Bonnie Jones (b. 1977) is a Korean-American writer, improvising musician, and performer working primarily with electronic music and text. Jones creates improvised and composed text-sound performances that explore the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken).
Jones has performed her work in the US, Europe and Asia, and has appeared in the Christian Marclay Festival at the Whitney (NYC,) ErstQuake Festival (NYC), No Idea Festival (TX), Cha’ ak’ ab Paaxil Festival (Mexico), and High Zero Festival (MD). She collaborates with musicians, visual artists, and writers including Andrea Neumann, Toshimaru Nakamura, Carla Harryman, and others. Jones has received several awards and recognitions including a commission from the London Institute for Contemporary Art, Fulbright Fellowship, and artist residencies at STEIM (Amsterdam, NL) and Q02 (Brussels, BE.) She has been a visiting artist at Wesleyan College, University of Maryland, Dartington College at the University of Falmouth (UK), and has conducted workshops on electronic music, improvisation, and technology. She is also co-founder of the Transmodern Festival, and curator / organizer of the Los Solos Series (a performance series presenting solo works of female artists). Jones received her MFA from the Milton Avery School for the Arts at Bard College.
Jones will perform in a solo set, as well as collaborate with Philadelphia-based saxophonist and electronic musician Bhob Rainey.
Bhob Rainey, a saxophonist and composer, is best known as a solo artist and as one half of Nmperign, with whom he plays alien extended technique effects that are influenced by electronic music, environmental sounds and free improvisation.
Rainey studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with free jazz saxophonist Joe Maneri. Rainey’s music during his early- to mid-twenties was, like Maneri’s, characterized by long microtonal lines. Rainey’s first CD, Ink, featuring Dan DeChellis, was released in 1997. After a controversial 1998 solo concert in Washington D. C. attracted a considerable amount of attention to Rainey’s music, he and trumpeter Greg Kelley formed Nmperign with the goal of avoiding linear approaches to form and melodic contour. Nmperign, including Rainey, Kelley and Tatsuya Nakatani, recorded its first CD in 1998. Since 1998, Rainey has recorded extensively, including a number of projects with nmperign (minus Nakatani) and collaborations with musicians and composers like Jason Lescalleet, Le Quan Ninh, Ralf Wehowsky, etc. He continues to pursue a more sound-based (as opposed to note-based) approach in his work with nmperign, whereas his solo work, while far from traditional, often involves the use of more melodic lines. Since 2000, he has also led the BSC, a large ensemble that uses both acoustic instruments and electronics. In 2011, Rainey produced and contributed to the book and album, Manual, which deals with
improvisational concepts practiced by the BSC. Beginning in 2005, Rainey has released a handful of works based around electronics and field recordings, notably his 2006 collaboration with Ralf Wehowsky, I don’t think I can see you tonight and his solo EP, Two Bites of a Bitter Sweet. Rainey also occasionally appears as a sideman in more traditional settings, most recently in recurring work with ex-Galaxy 500 indie rock duo Damon & Naomi, for whom he has also done horn and string arrangements.