Composer and experimenter Ben Manley explores the natural variability of wind, amplified small vibrations,
and resonant objects as a means of generating dynamic electroacoustic environments.
Manley has presented performances and installations in New York City at venues including Experimental Intermedia, The
Kitchen, Roulette, Steinway Hall, Diapason Gallery, ISSUE Project Room, Greenwich House Music School, Lotus Fine Arts, Paula
Cooper Gallery/MATA, the Knitting Factory, Stephen Gang Gallery, Tonic, Momenta Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Downtown
Music Gallery, Harvestworks, Generator, Chashama, La Mama La Galleria, Jack Tilton Gallery, ABC-No-Rio, The Lucky Cat, Context,
Mercury Lounge, Victory Theater, Studio Five Beekman, Den of Cin, Pierogi 2000, The Williamsburg Art & Historical Center,
and New York University. He has also performed at Subtropics 18 (Miami), 411 Collective (Portland, OR), Rebis Galleries (Denver),
Mills College, 21 Grand (Oakland), High Zero 2002, The Red Room, University of Maryland (Baltimore), Deep Listening Space
(Kingston, NY), Speakeasy (Seattle), Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), New Music Circle, Washington University (St. Louis),
Festival '96 (Munich), The Loft (Kohn), MeX (Dortmund), CUBA (Muenster), Logos (Ghent), and at STEIM (Amsterdam).
He has collaborated
with Sean G. Meehan, Connie Crothers, Jim Staley, Dan Evans Farkas, Jens Brand, Linda Austin, and others, and has appeared
with Composers Inside Electronics in David Tudor's Rainforest IV at the Lincoln Center Festival 98 and with Essential Music
in performances of works by John Cage and Robert Ashley. He has installed versions of Alvin Lucier's works, including a new
realization of The Queen of the South with water and reflected light, at Studio Five Beekman, and installations of Music on
a Long Thin Wire at Greenwich House Music School, Subtropics 18 Festival in Miami, and MFA, Boston. Manley has also appeared
locally and overseas with the electroacoustic Manley Family Trio.
As a curator, Manley has presented festivals of experimental music at Greenwich
House Music School and the Jack Tilton Gallery including House Mix: 19 Pianos, 19 Improvisers & 19 Microphones (a collective
performance/recording/playback event), LUCIER @ 65 (retrospective of Alvin Lucier's performance and installation works), Stormy
Mondays (20 sound artists over 5 nights), Electro-Whammy (w/ Ron Kuivila, Ben Manley, Matt Rogalsky), say YES! to experimental
music (w/ Jens Brand, Dan Evans Farkas, Ben Manley, Phill Niblock), and Sculpture In/Out of Performance (w/ the Downtown Ensemble).
As an audio engineer
in New York City, Manley has recorded over 1,000 performances of non-commercial music (world, experimental, jazz, contemporary
classical) in more than 200 venues. He works as technical audio consultant to arts organizations, concert venues, music schools,
galleries, churches, museums, dance studios, architects, and visual/media artists.
1/27 - FLOW presentation: A/V performance with Ursula Scherrer
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