Ka Baird (usa) + Ben Bertrand (b)
Ka Baird is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, producer, and performer based in New York City. She is known for her live solo performances which include extended vocal and breath techniques with electronics and psychoacoustic interplay of flutes and other aerophones. She creates a present tense sound with a vigorous delivery that seeks extreme release through physical exertion and psychic extension.
She is one of the founding and continuing members of Spires That In The Sunset Rise founded in Chicago in 2001. Her debut solo album "Sapropelic Pycnic" was released through independent Chicago label Drag City in 2017. Her latest recording "Respires" was released through Brooklyn based imprint RVNG Intl in October 2019. Recent national and international engagements have included performances at the Unsound Festival (Krakow), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), MoMA PS1 (NYC), Issue Project Room (NYC), The Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C.), The Kitchen (NYC), The Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), TUSK Festival (Newcastle, UK), Incubate (Tilburg, Netherlands), KRAAK (Brussels, Belgium), Le Guess Who (Utrecht, Netherlands), and the Festival Of Endless Gratitude (Copenhagen,DK). She has been a music resident at Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago), Pioneer Works (Brooklyn) and was a 2018 Jerome Foundation Artist-in-Residence at Roulette Intermedium (Brooklyn).
Belgian composer Ben Bertrand uses the bass clarinet and a plethora of machines to create hypnotic pools of sound that dilate time and space. His last two albums 'Ngc 1999' and 'Manes' were released on Les Albums Claus and Stroom, and Bertrand is currently putting finishing touches on the third which is due for release this year. The music reflects the versatility and character of the clarinet, an instrument that can refract a spectrum of colors in just a single note. Bertrand funnels the sound through his selection of effects to create unusual soundscapes that dance in and out of our perception, sounding both electronic and acoustic at once.