Austrian Cultural Forum prides itself on an eclectic array of offerings, with regular programs presenting excellent composers and ensembles on the cusp of new music making. Pop has been among past proceedings, but an event like the one this Friday treads new ground for the venue.
Viennese duo Demi Broxa (Jakob Schneidewind, bass/electronics and Agnes Hvizdalek, vocals) make their US debut at ACF. In addition to synth soundscapes and beat-driven electronica, vocal effects – whistles and mouth clicks – will be on display in their “Vocals, Electronics, and Bass” set.
NY-based electronic artist Aki Onda supplies the other half of the show. Onda is known for his cassette soundscapes: for decades he has made field recordings from a variety of locales that then are transformed into sound art. At Friday’s event he will share Cassette Memories from Morocco.
The sound in at ACF is good but the seating is not commodious. Events remain free and demand can be high. I recall more than a few occasions where there were lines out the door of hopefuls seeking seats. Friday may just be one of those nights.
Friday, June 15th, at 7:30 pm
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Admission is free, and reservations (online at ACFNY.org) are required.
11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY (between Fifth and Madison Avenue)
Aki Onda – Cassette Memories (Morocco 1988 & 2010)
Demi Broxa – Vocals, Electronics, and Bass