Marfa Book Co. presents Desert Encrypts, a series of performances co-organized by multidisciplinary artist, musician, composer and improviser, Rob Mazurek (Chicago Underground Duo, Black Cube SP, Exploding Star Orchestra) and Tim Johnson.
Desert Encrypts brings four internationally acclaimed artists to Marfa, TX (July 25-28, 2019) for a series of exhibitions and performances, including the premiere of the second part of Rob Mazurek’s ongoing composition, Desert Encrypts: Volume 2.
There will also be a presentation by John Corbett, author of the forthcoming book, Pick Up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music, whose previous books include Microgroove: Forays into Other Music, and Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium.
Nate Cross of Astral Spirits Records will spin records and will host a party for the record release of Desert Encrypts Vol. One, a gathering of performances from last year.
Coming from Berlin, Philadelphia, and Marfa, this new quartet includes: Rosa Barba (projections), Rob Mazurek (compositions, piccolo trumpet and electronics), Chad Taylor (drums), and Jan St Werner (electronics). This world-class quartet will premiere Desert Encrypts: Volume 2 .
Rosa Barba “Rosa Barba’s work is a subtle interrogation into and co-option of industrial cinema-as-subject, via various kinds of what might be understood as “stagings”—of “the local,” the non-actor, gesture, genre, information, expertise and authority, the mundane—and removals from a social realism within which they were observed, and which qualifies them as components of the work, to be framed, redesigned, represented. The effect of which her work contests and recasts truth and fiction, myth and reality, metaphor and material to a disorientating degree, which ultimately extends into a conceptual practice that also recasts the viewer’s own staging as an act of radical and exhilarating reversal – from being the receiver of an image (a subject of control) to being in and amongst its engine room/s, looking out.” – Ian White
Rob Mazurek has been reshaping modern music’s cutting edge for the past three decades. He is co-leader (with Chad Taylor) of the Chicago Underground collective, and director of Exploding Star Orchestra. His compositions utilize traditional, graphic and electro-acoustic techniques and strategies, which have consistently pushed the limits of modern music. A recent All About Jazz review remarks “Rob Mazurek has spent years exploring less tangible parts of the universe, seldom seen—or heard—by others. In the process he has laid claim to a space of his own.”
Chad Taylor has been redefining the way drums can be approached for over twenty years. The Wire remarks that Taylor’s “deftness, imagination and formidable technical skill make his playing a joy to listen to.” All About Jazz describes his latest solo recording, Myths and Morals, as “a lively dialogue with the vibrant sounds of the world. The music acknowledges the masters that have been here before while searching for new sounds in a language that is both personal and universal.”
Jan St. Werner (Mouse on Mars, Lithops, Microstoria, Von Südenfed) has been at the forefront of forward thinking electronic music for over twenty years. As an artist concerned primarily with sound as a sculptural material, St. Werner has also exhibited his work in museums and his numerous collaborators include Rosa Barba, Markus Popp, Mark E. Smith.