Thursday, 30 November 2006
Dear Shaded Viewers,
I've known Satch for more than a decade we met when he was living in Paris, he moved to NYC some time ago. He was born in London, makes music, worked with Grace Jones, Stomu Yamashta, Louise Bourgeois in collaboration with Ramuntcho Matta and acted as a musicologist and commentator on "Music of Kenya," as part of the BBC series "Music about Us." Currently he is with "The Burnt Sugar Arkestra" New York where he plays the flute.
Considering his musical background it will come as no surprise that his sculptures/installations are accompanied by a sound element. THe music is always self composed/collage often of field recordings of ambient sounds or in the case of The Shrine (above) has 27 tweeter speakers imbedded in the facing wall omit the voices of the 27 brides. (These voices
were taken from a documentary made at SOBs club NYC whilst the women were
puting on their very elaborate make up) whilst simultaneously another
soundtrack can be heard from other speakers installed in the cylindical
sound capsule .
“The Shrine” The 27 Brides of the Black President is a multi-sensory, interactive installation commissioned for the exhibition Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (July through October 2003). The installation is a deconstruction of the myth, the music, and the 27 brides of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
The Puzzle installed in the Albert Dock which surrounds the Tate Liverpool. work commisioned for the UK Liverpool Bienale 04 the 3rd
element was a quiz game show on the subject of the history of the Liverpool
black community and the british black community at large the contestants
were 14yr old students the Quiz master was a teacher from their school in
Toxteth (The famous Liverpool black community massive race riots in the
the labyrinth will be recreated next year from sugar commisioned by the City
of London Festival 07
Im hoping to be able to recreate the Puzzle as it was trashed by the
elements in the Albert Dock
next year marks the 200th commemoration of the abolition of the slave trade
“The Ice Pick”
The Ice Pick investigates the disenfranchisement pertinent to the majority of peoples of the African Diaspora sighting as points reference the heritage and culture of African hair and the 1960s Black Power movements.
The accompanying soundscape titled “The Detanglement Suite Part 1” is comprised of tangled African hair being combed and the sound of the crystal comb.
"How does music relate to my visual art practice
One of the aims in my practice is to engage the viewer on a multi sensory
Through the Visual, Aural, Tactile, and the Olfactory senses.
Having spent most of my life as a musician/composer it also became apparent
Working on a sound collaboration in 1996 for a Louise Bourgeois CD titled
“Otte” with Ramuntcho Matta that I could combine sound with my visual
practice I did put music on the back burner in 1994 when I made the
transition from musician to visual artist in Paris.
The soundscape element was concretized with my move to NYC in 1999 in fact
my entire practice evolved into predominantly conceptual bodies of work with
the DonkingDom as a spring board into the universe I now traverse.
I met the miles Davis of contemporary art David Hammons and he said you’re
a new brother in town go ahead make big works just go for it so here I was
in NYC the mecca the seat/center of the African Diaspora an important hub
of the black intelligentsia being wholeheartedly embraced by the likes of
Greg Tate writer/cultural journalist/musician leader of Burnt Sugar, the
band I play flute and percussion with check www.burntsugarindex.com Butch
Morris conduction genius, Spike Lee whom I met and who became a collector.
Jeanne Ashe (Arthur Ashes widow) my first collector in NYC,
Jay Z who acquired a boxer sculpture.
“The 8Track Shack” Is a shack comprised of 2,500 8track tapes of Black Music
spanning Duke Ellington to Prince. Attached to a aluminum frame/armature
this work will be suspended from the ceiling there is a karaoke element
with 8 mikes on stands placed in a circle directly below the shack the
viewer is invited to sing/hum along
an accompanying looped soundscape will last for the duration of approx 2
minutes comprised of 2 second snippets of famous R&B/Funk hit songs thus
investigating memory , a type of instant recall. The 8Track Shack is a
archive .for an extremelty relevant
role in the history of the united states and just one of the major
contributions the African American community has bestowed on this country
and the world at large.
The “8Track Shack” is a commissioned work for the exhibition “Black light
WhiteNoise” curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver at The Contemporary Arts Museum
“Say it Loud” a work investigating freedom of speech and Dub Ramp Summer 75
investigating the Africanisation of the sport Cricket and Dub music of the
are 2 works in “Caribbean Encounters”an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum
“ In The Corner “ (The DonkingDom) first exhibited at the Stuttgart
Kunstverein germany will be in the exhibition
“La quinzaine de lentorse” 2007
chez La maison folie de la Wazemmes Lille France
The Stenersen Museum Oslo
“Equatorial Rhythms” 2007
Gallery 138 NYC
“Rim Shot” 16 automobile wheel rims welded in the form of a chain and
“Out of The Field”
40 fabric mule tails form a circular space inside is a mound of soil approx
10ft high 30 silver coins are imbedded in the mound.
Next year I aim to concentrate on a body of work iconising certain
Overall a body of sculptural work on sound no doubt there will also be
drawings and paintings as I still love to work in these mediums albeit I am
mostly known for the other stuff would love to do a solo drawing show of
Ive reached a point where I need a much larger studio this is impossible in
manhattan as its
Basically become a gated community so much is dictated by markets hence the
exodus to places like Berlin for many artists, musician Djs etc.
There I can have a large studio for a affordable price I will be close to
London my family is
There I want to reconnect with London and Europe generally the world is a
big place I am a international artist who has resided in NYC for the last 7
years im not leaving NYC im expanding .
I will also have less career pressure in Berlin hopefully allowing me to
embark on a solo music project ive got a great crew of old and new friends
there I speak german don’t forget that’s where my Artist career began as a
singer /dancer in a production of the Musical Hair at 16 yrs of age all is
circular nes pas
Grace Jones new album release date jan 07
I co-composed “Key to Funky” written in Paris a decade ago also played flute
on 1 track
And percussion in London."
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Joseph "Satch" Satriani (born July 15, 1956 in Westbury, New York) is an American multi-instrumentalist, known as an instrumental rock guitarist, who has been nominated for Grammy Awards. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, and some of his former students have achieved fame with their guitar skills (Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett, Charlie Hunter, Kevin Cadogan). Satriani has been a driving force behind other musicians throughout his career, as a founder of the ever-changing touring trio, G3, as well as performing in temporary positions with other musicians.
In 1988, Satriani was recruited by Mick Jagger as lead guitarist for his first solo tour.
Later, in 1994, Satriani was the lead guitarist for Deep Purple.Satriani worked with a range of guitarists from many musical genres, including Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Eric Johnson, Larry LaLonde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brian May, Patrick Rondat, Andy Timmons, Paul Gilbert, Adrian Legg, and Robert Fripp through the annual G3 Jam Concerts.He is heavily influenced by blues-rock guitar icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck,possessing, however, his own easily recognizable style. Since 1988, Satriani has been using his own signature guitar, the Ibanez JS Series, which is widely sold in stores.He has a signature series amplifier, the Peavey JSX, and a signature Vox distortion pedal, the Satchurator. He is currently the lead guitarist for the supergroup Chickenfoot.
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I am sitting with Satch right now!!! We're having diner together in Vienna! He is here for his show, and I absolutely love it.
He insisted I contact you, so I hope you get this message, I would love to invite you to Premiere Class this October in Paris, as I will be showing there and would be honored for you to stop by the booth to see the collection, "shoes". I am over 8 1/2 months pregnant so I will unfortunately not be there in person but my partner will!! and hopefully you and I can meet an another occasion, Sach is convinced we should do so! Best, Michelle Boore
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Love you choice of Satct and his work!
I have been following Satch over some years now & it is amazing how his work has evolved into a puzzle which takes shape step by step over time. He has always been an artist "engagé" who knows what he wants and who goes out to get it.
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