George Cremaschi: Solo for Doublebass / Pea Soup with Nic Collins

Concert and Duo with Nic Collins, Saint Benedict Chapel
Limbo II, 1998 Festival
Plasy Monastery

The best performances of Pea Soup result from playing acoustically and moving within the spatial field of the feedback. Manipulations of the electronic circuits or software are best done as part of the “tuning” process, and I encourage performers to interfere with the patch as little as possible once the performance is underway. The Nulling Filters are useful for eliminating strong resonances from the system in the course of the sound check, but, used judiciously, can also subtly modulate the “key” of the feedback over the course of the performance. The Whistler can serve as a substitute for a live musician.

Nic Collins

George Cremaschi was born in New York where he studied music and composition. He later lived for many years in California and currently lives in Prague. He teaches film sound at FAMU, and works with a variety of approaches and strategies in the areas overlapping music, sound art and noise. In thirty years as a composer and performer he has a long and diverse history of working with musicians, filmmakers, dancers and choreographers, visual artists, and writers.

Some of his current projects include the groups KRK (with Matthew Ostrowski), Rohr Rohr (wie dieb13 and Gino Robair) and Lambs Gamble (with Fritz Welch and Eric Boros). He is also the founder (with Petr Vrba) and director of Prague Improvisation Orchestra (PIO), a 15-member group working with conducted and free improvisation and graphic scores.

As an improviser Cremaschi has worked with many people including Liz Allbee, Marshall Allen, Han Bennink, Greg Goodman, Mats Gustafsson, Joelle Leandre, Thomas Lehn, Paul Lovens, Louis Moholo, Butch Morris, Evan Parker, Rova Quartet, Cecil Taylor. As an interpreter, he has performed works by many composers including Adamčiak, Andriessen, Braxton, Cage, Cardew, Nicolas Collins, Feldman, Mingus, Oliveros, Penderecki, Tenney, Xenakis, etc., and he has appeared on over 40 recordings on Apestaartje, Beak Doctor, Black Saint, Emanem, Evander, Evolving Ear, Leo, Music & Arts, Nine Winds, Rastascan and other labels.