Carl Stone Trio
with Ned Rothenberg & Soo Yeon Lyuh
Although Carl Stone is known best for his mind-warping sampling excursions using MAX/MSP software to create dense sound worlds from rigorously manipulated, tweaked and repurposed samples of every conceivable musical tradition, he’s also a terrific improviser. Over the years he’s engaged in various collaborations, and while many of those have been purely electronic—such as a project with Japanese noise maven and guitarist Otomo Yoshihide, where they traded files back and forth—he has applied his signal processing mastery to the live context.
That’s what he’ll be doing in this trio with Ned Rothenberg, a dazzling improviser on reeds and shakuhachi, and Soo Yeon Lyuh, a master of the haegeum, a two-stringed Korean bowed instrument. Rothenberg has performed in countless contexts over the years, whether playing freely improvised solo and group works, engaging with old-school New York figures Elliott Sharp and Samm Bennett in the trio Semantics, and, most germane to this performance, interacting with electronics and signal processing alongside Paul Dresher and in Evan Parker’s Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.
Soo Yeon Lyuh, a Korean native who now lives in Princeton, New Jersey, is a simpatico partner in this project, as her work straddles the line between traditional Korean music and free improvisation, an ethos that mirrors Rothenberg’s embrace of experimentation and international disciplines. She’s worked with a number of top-flight experimentalists, including guitarist Henry Kaiser, bassist Bill Laswell, keyboardist Tania Chen, and percussionist William Winant. It’s impossible to predict exactly what these three will conjure together, but their sonic resources run incredibly deep and they can all adapt to sonic shifts with quicksilver grace and empathy.