Category: Generator Series • Members • Performances | Season: Re•Purpose
Seriously playful music.
Join KANEKO and Omaha Under the Radar for the final 2018-19 Generator Series event, GAMES, featuring Alexa Dexa, Kelley Sheehan, Polka Police – a lineup of artists who take playful music very seriously, delighting audiences with their surprising confluence heavy sounds and fun-loving, “joie de vivre” performance styles. This interactive event merges experimental music with opera, noise, electronics, kiddie pools, accordions, no-input mixers, and more.
Artists & Program
Alexa Dexa will perform her new one-woman opera, be a doll, which the artist describes as “ an electroacoustic toy opera for solo vocalist performing choreographed play routines on musical and nonmusical toys with live electronic processing and pre-programmed electronic sequences.” Supported by Opera America, the opera follows a woman struggling with her perfectionist and submissive conditioning in a world that commands her to “be a doll”.
Kelley Sheehan will showcase her work “Maze” which uses electronic processes and instruments through an interactive scheme that involves audience participation. The piece isn’t finished until the audience solves the Maze!
The program will close out with Polka Police, an iconoclastic noise and performance art duo based in Nebraska who consistently push the limits of style. Prepare for “Stupid awesome polka themed rockin’ parodies, covers & originals.”
About Generator Series: Presented by KANEKO and Omaha Under the Radar, the Generator Series will present events that investigate music’s relationship to our physical world, seeking the connections between sound and architecture, sound and natural landscapes, sound and the human body, and more. Focusing on music by living composers, including sound improvisation and experimental composition, the Generator Series will be an outlet for non-commercial music that asks questions about how we listen, and how we interact with sound in the 21st century.
Category: Generator Series • Members • Performances | Season: Human Condition
Exploring themes of creative expression in confinement, violence against women, and contemporary ideas of femininity through music, poetry, and performance.
Omaha Under the Radar is a nonprofit dedicated to the production and presentation of contemporary music, dance, and theatre. Through the Generator Series – a concert series created in partnership with KANEKO – Omaha Under the Radar explores concepts that impact us individually and on a collective level.
February 2019 will be the launch of our most ambitious Generator Series event to date: RESILIENCE, a multi-event series of concerts, talks, masterclasses, and open rehearsals exploring themes of creative expression in confinement, violence against women, and contemporary ideas of femininity.
The artists featured on RESILIENCE have direct experience with these themes, and have created generous and engaging works that illustrate the struggle, self-determination, and transformation of their stories.
ARTISTS and PROGRAM:
Dominique Morgan; singer-songwriter, poet, advocate
While incarcerated as a juvenile, Dominique Morgan began writing poetry and songs as a way to cope and express his individual experience. For the first time, he is returning to the songs he wrote during that period, which he will perform with a classical music ensemble.
The Body of the State by Eliza Brown with Ensemble Dal Niente
The Body of the State tells the story of Juana of Castille (known as “Juana the Mad”), the rightful Queen of Spain who was stripped of her power and incarcerated for decades by her husband, father, and, eventually, her son. While teaching graduate courses at the Indiana Women’s Prison, Eliza Brown noted a strong urge among the students to create and express their lived experiences through poetry and other creative writing, and invited them to participate in the creation of the libretto for The Body of the State. The writers also desired to contribute their physical voices, so their recorded voices are heard during the performance of the opera. The process was both illuminating, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Ultimately, both composer and librettists felt empowered by the process, and are honored to share their collective work in the form of the opera, which is performed by Chicago chamber orchestra Ensemble Dal Niente.
Jenna Lyle; composer, vocalist, movement artists
As a composer and vocalist, Jenna Lyle explores issues of identity and femininity in her work, working toward an embodied and empowered presence, while allowing for honesty and vulnerability. Her work, Louise, utilizes Theremins and a massive skirt that doubles as both a beautiful costume and a cage.
Category: Generator Series • Performances | Season:
Sometimes you just want to make noise!
A mini fest that manifests the cathartic nature of sound. Noise will immerse you in complicated textures and novel sounds that you may not be able to place or describe. The night will be filled with installations and performances by Screaming Plastic, Jesse Langen, Stacey Barelos and a special pop-up with Soundry musicians during the day at 2:00 PM.
Screaming Plastic is an improvisational noise rock band comprised of percussion, electronics and cello. Jesse Langen uses the electric guitar to create dense, layered soundscapes using pedals and non-traditional implements like hand-held fans and sponges. Soundry musicians will dive into the work of italian futurist, Luigi Russolo who was a builder of incredibly inventive instruments. On top it all, composer, Stacey Barelos will be debuting her newest eclectic percussion piece.
We run with the motto “If you don’t like it, don’t worry.” New music isn’t for everyone, and we get that. We don’t expect you to like everything you hear. Instead, we challenge you to be open to new sounds that break the bounds of traditional music.
Soundry pop-up at 2:00 PM (Free!)
This performance is part of the Generator Series, a collaboration between KANEKO and Omaha Under the Radar. We present events that investigate music’s relationship to our physical world, seeking the connections between sound and architecture, sound and natural landscapes, sound and the human body, and more.
Category: Generator Series • Performances | Season: light
Generator Series explored Sound And Memory with The Afield and Alejandro T. Acierto.
Generator Series looked inward, considering the ways that long and short-term memory impact our listening experience. On March 8, we hosted a unique performance featuring multimedia performers, The Afield and Alejandro T. Acierto.
About The Afield
The Afield is a multidisciplinary collaboration between violinist Rebecca Fischer (Chiara String Quartet) and visual artist Anthony Hawley. Combining new and original compositions for violin, voice, and electronics with video and other media, The Afield is dedicated to exploring the space between sound and sight. The Afield has commissioned works by composers such as Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini, Lisa Bielawa, Augusta Read Thomas and others, and has premiered work at National Sawdust in New York, the HIFA festival for the Arts in Zimbabwe, and Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine.
We like the idea of being “afield,”–off the usual track and beaten path; wandering farther afield, beyond borders, beyond the area of one’s “subject.”
About Alejandro T. Acierto
Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. He has exhibited artworks at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Issue Project Room, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Salisbury University, SOMArts and presented performance works at Rapid Pulse, the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Center for Performance Research, and Center for New Music and Technology. Noted for his “insatiable” performance by the New York Times, Acierto has performed extensively throughout the US and abroad and can be heard on Carrier, Albany, New Focus, Parlour Tapes+, and Avant Media Records and has issued a solo record on Prom Night Records. He was also a recipient of the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Darmstadt Festival for New Music with Ensemble Dal Niente, with whom he is a founding member.
Acierto has also held residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Banff Centre, High Concept Laboratories, Chicago Artists’ Coalition and was recently an FT/FN/FG Consortium Fellow and a Center Program Artist at the Hyde Park Art Center. He received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University, an MM from Manhattan School of Music, an MFA in New Media Arts from University Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is currently Artist-in-Residence for Creative Practice in Critical Race Studies. Learn More ->
Upcoming Generator Series Performances:
Sound and Sensor: Obelus and tbd Dance Collective – June 21, 2018
About the Generator Series
Presented by KANEKO and Omaha Under the Radar, the Generator Series will present events that investigate music’s relationship to our physical world, seeking the connections between sound and architecture, sound and natural landscapes, sound and the human body, and more. Focusing on music by living composers, including sound improvisation and experimental composition, the Generator Series will be an outlet for non-commercial music that asks questions about how we listen, and how we interact with sound in the 21st century. Learn More ->
About Omaha Under the Radar
Omaha Under the Radar is an annual experimental performance festival in the Midwest. We celebrate cultural innovators with performances throughout the city of Omaha. The festival emerged from a desire to support innovative performers and creators living and working in the Midwest, and to connect this community to other performance communities throughout the United States. Since the first festival, held in 2014, Omaha Under the Radar has presented over 200 artists from more than a dozen cities throughout the United States. We work to represent a multiplicity of genres, ideas, and identities through performances, talks, group discussions and educational opportunities. Omaha Under the Radar is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization. Learn More ->