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Jaap Blonk and CORAL REMAINS

As a special Halloween treat, we bring you the acclaimed vocal artist and interpreter of avant garde sound works, Jaap Blonk. Blonk will perform Antonin Artaud's seminal 1947 radio art shocker "To Have Done with the Judgement of God." Banned instantly by French radio Artaud's blackened and cathartic masterpiece retains the power to shock and remains an atavistic totem of human barbarity. Blonk uses Artaud's fragments of phonetic poetry as a basis for improvisations, duelling with unpredictable live electronics. He will also perform from his own “Songs of Little Sleep."

The Bay Area's own CORAL REMAINS (formerly Styrofoam Sanchez) will open at 8:30pm. "Styrofoam Sanchez sounds like today's sonic detritus assembled into some approximation of a doomy tomorrow, as if the future will just be the sum of today's trash. The experimental group performs in elaborate Styrofoam headpieces and suits, evoking future monopolists of nonrecyclable material flaunting their wealth. Its sets consist of a single lengthy piece, incorporating musique concrète, computers, and live electronic manipulation, that at times sounds like grating machinery or a chorus of amplified empty stomachs. It's harsh, arrhythmic, and conceptual, but not pedantically so. The group bio uses phrases like "sculptural personification," but the experience is enthralling even for people who don't think or talk like that." - Sam Lefebvre

Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension.

Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002. On several occasions he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin.

CORAL REMAINS (formerly Styrofoam Sanchez) has toured or performed with The Ruins, Laetitia Sonami , Caroliner Rainbow, Nate Young and Aaron Dilloway of Wolf Eyes, GX Jupitter Larsen, Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, AMK, Damion Romero, COCK E.S.P., Headboggle, Mark McGuire, Leslie Keffer, Horaflora , Yaxamillo (Japan) , Bastard Noise, Relay For Death, Black Dog, Crank Sturgeon, PCRV, The Haters, Stillsuit, Radio People, and many more.

Photo by Arthur Nieuwenhuijs

Photo by Arthur Nieuwenhuijs