Phil Dadson Ensemble

October 19th, 2012

At the Chapel Performance Space on Friday night, Earshot Jazzz Festival presented the Phil Dadson Ensemble. New Zealand home-made-instrument innovator Phil Dadson, above right, performed with three Seattle soundscapers: Bill Horist, Paul Kikuchi and Steve Barsotti.

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Dadson is a sound installation artist, solo performer, experimental instrument maker and composer. He is the founder of the sound-performance group From Scratch (1974-2002), which developed an international reputation for an innovative sound and performance style that included sculptural, ritual and theatrical elements with large, custom-built plastic instruments and industrial and natural materials used in a variety of non-electronic sounds and energetic rhythms.

Born in Napier, New Zealand, 1946, Dadson studied at Elam School of Fine Arts, where he later lectured in intermedia art from 1977-2001. He is co-author of the From Scratch Rhythm Workbook and Slap Tubes and Other Plosive Instruments, a DIY guide to building a variety of slap tube instruments.

Since 1990 he has received many major awards and commissions, including a Fulbright travel award to the U.S., and research, exhibition and performance grants to Canada, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Hungary, Austria, UK, India and Argentina. A New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate Award in 2001 led Dadson to further expand – in festival appearances, various new commissions; an Artist-to-Antarctica fellowship; and recently, a 2011 expedition of nine artists into the South Pacific, called the Kermadec Ocean Project, to produce works in support of a Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary.

Phil Dadson writes: In terms of pure sound, I am attracted to intricate texture; the microscopic, the unexpected, the naturally rhythmic and the adventurous; to sound atmospheres and layered perspectives, to sounds that conjure mood and imagination, that convey ideas and express the human heart and soul.

– SH

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