Lou Mallozzi is a Chicago-based artist known primarily for his work in sound, often with a focus on dismembering and reconstituting language, gesture, and signification. His work includes performances, installations, music works, recordings, and radio works. In addition, he has a visual art practice that includes drawing and other media. He has performed and exhibited in the U.S. and Europe, including projects at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Arts Club in Chicago, the Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University Bloomington, Experimental Intermedia New York, "Le Cri du Patchwork" on Radio France, Ausland Berlin, Podewil Berlin, TUBE Audio Art Series Munich, and the Radiorevolten Festival Halle. In addition to his solo works, Mallozzi often collaborates with artists, filmmakers and musicians. These have included Sandra Binion, Michael Vorfeld, Alessandro Bosetti, Michael Zerang, Frédéric Moffet, Antonia Contro, Jacques Demierre, Vincent Barras, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Charlotte Hug, Jaap Blonk, Vincent Raude, and many others. He has received support for his work that includes several fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, and artist residencies through the Chicago-Lucerne Sister Cities Program, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, Ragdale Foundation, and Spritzenhaus Hamburg. He is on the faculty of the Sound Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is co-founder and former executive director of Experimental Sound Studio.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Coppice Turning Concert

On August 27, 2016, I performed on one of two nights of the recent Turning Concert by Coppice (Noé Cuellar and Joseph Kramer), along with Peter Speer (analog synthesis) and Phil Peters (video), at Silent/Funny in Chicago.  

Still from video by Noé Cuellar
Click HERE to view video

My part of the evening consisted of two improvisations.  In the first, two 20-foot pieces of .75-inch diameter steel conduit were connected to my ears, so that Noé and Joseph could perform very delicate, quiet sounds in the two separate spaces of Silent/Funny. They could not hear each other, but I could hear them both in separate ears. In response, I improvised vocal sounds with two microphones very close to my mouth, amplified to loudspeakers in the two separate spaces.  Immediately following was a second improvisation using the two microphones in and around my mouth to create controlled feedback in a pair of drones that shifted pitches and beating patterns, combining and colliding in the bifurcated architecture.
Ken Vandermark's Momentum 3

I was very pleased to be included in a quintet performing Ken Vandermark's wonderful composition Momentum 3, commissioned by the Smart Museum for their recent Monster Roster exhibition. Originally presented last spring at the Stoney Island Arts Bank, the recent performance was at The Sugar Maple in Milwaukee on August 21, and two days later we recorded the piece at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.

L to R: Williams, Vandermark, Barnes, Macri, Mallozzi
Photo: Paul Averbeck

Tim Barnes: drums
Nick Macri: bass
Lou Mallozzi: turntables, CDs, mixer
Mars Williams: saxophones, toys
Ken Vandermark: reeds

Monday, June 13, 2016

Mallozzi + Raude: duos + in May 2016

In May 2016 I had several duo performances with laptop musician Vincent Raude in Rennes, Brest, and Paris.
        21 May: FRAC Bretagne, Rennes
        24 May: Béàj Café, Brest (with Phillipe Champion, trumpet)
        26 May: interview and recording for Radio France "Le Cri du Patchwork", for broadcast on 19 June 2016 (and available as a podcast).

FRAC Bretagne, Rennes - photo: Sandra Binion

 Béàj Café, Brest - photo: Sandra Binion

Friday, April 29, 2016

Halve Knots at the Arts Club Chicago

On April 20, 2016, I presented Halve Knots, a program of four simultaneous works at the Arts Club in Chicago.  The pieces presented were: 

Two Rooms (for DVM) [2005], looping video with stereo sound. 

Talk to the wall [2016], performed by Anna Orlikowska and Willy Smart with voice-activated piano. 

Module [2016], floor installation with four tape measures. 

Decades (for MM) [2016], a durational performance and drawing, beginning in the upstairs salon and continuing through the stairway and into the gallery space.

click to view:

 Decades (for MM)

 Decades (for MM)

 Willy Smart performing Talk to the wall

Anna Orlikowska and Willy Smart performing Talk to the wall

Prior to presenting those pieces, I performed five pieces from the series Usi scrutati for Arts Club members and guests in the second floor salon.  

Arc from the series Usi scrutati

Special thanks to Experimental Sound Studio, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, John Vinci, Stephen Ptacek, Yechen Zhao, Anna Orlikowska, Willy Smart, Danhua Ma, Yoni Goldstein, Meredith Zielke, and Kristin Mariani. Design by Dan Mohr. Photos by Mary Maclane.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Residency in Krems, Austria

In July-August 2015 I had a one-month residency in Krems, located on the Danube about 1 hour west of Vienna.  It was awarded through the School of the Art Institute.  I  worked on a number of projects, including plans for a new sound installation and a series of drawings based on a little-known archaeological dig in the area that, in 2005, unearthed a unique burial of two infant twins dating to 25,000 BCE. 

This part of Austria, the Wachau, is home to some of Europe's finest white wines, a troubled fascist history, and innumerable beautiful landscapes and contradictions.  Our hosts were exceptional, the apricots were superb, and even the 100-degree-Fahrenheit heat didn't deter us from many new discoveries.
Third Coast Ensemble

In October 2015 I performed with the Third Coast Ensemble, led by Chicago's Rob Mazurek. This is a 16-piece ensemble of musicians from Brest, Chicago, and elsewhere organized by Ensemble Nautilis in Brest. We performed at the Penn Ar Jazz Festival at the Quartz Theater in Brest, and at the Banlieu Bleu Festival at the Dynamo in Paris.  There's a video excerpt here.

The lineup:
Rob Mazurek : Cornet, composition and direction
Nicole Mitchell : Flute
Christophe Rocher : Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Nicolas Peoc'h : Alto  and Soprano Saxophone
Irvin Pierce : Tenor Saxophone
Philippe Champion : Trumpet
Steve Berry : Trombone
Jeff Parker : Guitar
Christofer Bjurström : Piano
Lou Mallozzi : Turntables, Text Recitation
Vincent Raude : Electronics
Mazz Swift : Violin
Tomeka Reid :Cello
Frédéric B. Briet : Bass
Nicolas Pointard : Drums
Avreeyl Ra :Drums
Alexandre Pierrepont : Texts and Artistic Consultant
Sylvain Thévenard : Sound

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tranistions des arts, transitions des esthétiques

From March 5 - 8, 2015, I was in Paris and St Denis to participate in the conference Tranistions des arts, transitions des esthétiques, sponsored by Université 8 Paris.  I performed La patria partorisce padri partiti, and gave a talk called An architectonics of public speech.  The conference was organized by Université 8 Paris.

(photos: Sandra Binion)