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public events and read-write interactions with audiences leading to the subtropics biennial




WED.DEC.09.2015.8PM | art party

“GIFfy” — an After-Basel Art Party with live P.A. by Needle & DJ Alcatel. Come and share your Art Basel GIFs!

THU.DEC.10.2015.8PM | concert
drumset and saxophone duets

Tatsuya Nakatani is by now no stranger in South Florida. His free improvisation style of drumming is rich in contrasting and unussual timbre and rhythmically exciting. He will be sharing the Audiotheque stage with our own Miami-based saxophonist, Matthew Taylor

SUN.DEC.13.2015.6PM | listening club
FRANK ZAPPA, musical innovator
curated by eric gottlieb

Anticipatong the upcoming 75th anniversary of Frank Zappa’s birth, Eric Gottlieb Vazquez will explore the diverse styles Frank worked with and explain his importance as a composer of the later half of the 20th century

WED.DEC.23.2015.8PM | concert
solo drumming

Voted one of the ‘100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music’ by Spin Magazine (May 2013) and described as “a peripatetic ace of the avant-garde.” – Nate Chinen, New York Times (Sept. 2012), Chris Corsano is a drummer who has been operating at the intersections of free improvisation, avant-rock, and noise music since the late 1990s. He’s worked with saxophonists like Paul Flaherty, Joe McPhee and Evan Parker; guitarists such as Sir Richard Bishop, Heather Leigh Murray, and Jim O’Rourke; and one-of-a-kind artists like Ghédalia Tazartès, Björk and Jandek. His style incorporates high-energy free improvising, more textural work, and augmenting the drum kit with everything from cello strings stretched across the skins to disassembled saxophone parts


Presented at Audiotheque with support from SFCA [isaw+subtropics], City of Miami Beach, The State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.



THU OCT 08, 2015 | 8PM
CONCERT: avant-garde

Cellist Jason Calloway:
Signature Classics of the Avant-Garde

Music for solo cello by Berio, Carter, Dutilleux, Lutoslawski and Zimmermann

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ArtCenter South Florida
924 Lincoln Road, 201
Miami Beach, FL 33139



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October 1-5, 2013

Tuesday, 1 – Friday, 4
Listening Gallery, 800-810 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL, USA
¿Oiste?: an Artist’s Residency with Jaap Blonk (creating a new 8-channel piece)

Friday 4 – 2013 | 9PM
Listening Gallery, 800-810 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL, USA
Performance with installation at Listening Gallery + parade to Audiotheque


Friday, 4 – 2013 | 9:45PM
Audiotheque, 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL, USA
Performance with Gustavo Matamoros and Liza Seigido


Saturday, 5
12 Nights Series, Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL, USA
Solo and Duo with Jeb Bishop

SUBTROPICS.ORG has organized a week-long residency with composer, performer and poet, Jaap Blonk. During his residency Jaap will create an 8-channel piece for the Listening Gallery.  It is entitled “¿Oíste?” (“Have You Heard?”) and is inspired by the notions of gossip and eavesdropping.  It will feature many different half-understandable utterances and other vocal sounds that might make people stand still wanting to listen more closely.

In the concert on October 4, Jaap Blonk will present a live version of the piece. He will start behind the gallery window and then walk outside with a wireless microphone and make small, and maybe occasionally loud, vocal sounds. After this there will be a parade to the Audiotheque, featuring also Kenny Millions, with whom Blonk briefly studied saxophone in  Amsterdam in the early 1980s.

The concert at the Audiotheque will feature voice and live electronics: a collaboration with improvising vocalist Liza Seigido and a new piece by Gustavo Matamoros and Jaap Blonk.  His residency will culminate with a 12Nights concert of solos and duos also featuring Jeb Bishop.



listening club: egg(s)travinsky

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16, 2013 | 7PM

listening club: egg(s)travinsky

a club for listening

This october SUBTROPICS.ORG is pleased to bring you the first full season of its listening club at Audiotheque

This year we are offering nine curated monthly sessions prepared by guest curators such as Andrew Yeomanson (DJ LeSpam), Brook Dorsch, Alba Triana, John Van Der Slice, Kerry Ware, Jose Hernandez and Armando Rodriguez

SFCA’s artistic director, Gustavo Matamoros will kick start the series OCTOBER 16, 2013 with egg(s)travinsky, an exploration of audible links between progressive rock and modern music based on recordings by Egg and Stravinsky


924 Lincoln Road | Studio 201
Miami Beach, FL 33139


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Jaap Blonk’s residency is organized with support from ArtCenter/South Florida & FETA. Our 2013-14 season of events is possible with funds from City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Culture Builds Florida, and the generosity of private foundations, corporations and individuals and the members of Audiotheque.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 8 PM

924 Lincoln Road | 201
Miami Beach

the program will include:

Luciano Berio: Sequenza XIVb

Kaija Saariaho: Folia (for double bass and electronics)

Stefano Scodanibbio: On Turning

György Kurtág: Message-consolation á Christian Sutter  and …eine Botschaft an Valerie

Kyle Motl: Apotheosis (for double bass and electronics)

Biographical note:

Kyle Motl is a bassist, composer, and improvisor active in the South Florida area. A musician of eclectic tastes, Kyle works in a wide variety of styles and settings, from jazz and avant-garde to heavy metal, classical, and contemporary art music.

KYLEAs a bassist, Kyle is currently a member of master free jazz drummer Abbey Rader’s quartet with saxophonists John McMinn and Noah Brandmark. In his own trio, Kyle is developing a repertoire inspired by various traditional musics and informed by contemporary art music concepts and aesthetics, while remaining in the improvised jazz idiom. Lately, Kyle has been collaborating with a number of up and coming composers on works featuring the double bass, and has been involved in numerous performances of new music in the Miami area. Recent performances include collaboration with legendary saxophonists Kidd Jordan and Larry McKenna, vocalists Jill Burton and Nat Chandler, percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, and violist Martha Mooke, among others.

Kyle received a BM from Florida Atlantic University, and is currently a MM student at Florida International University, where he studies jazz and improvisation with Gary Campbell and Dr. Jamie Ousley. While at FIU, Kyle also studied electroacoustic and computer music with Dr. Jacob Sudol and currently studies with cellist Jason Calloway.

As a composer, Kyle is particularly interested in exploring cyclical and recursive structures, as well as chaotic systems and fractal mathematics. Other interests integrated in his composition include timbral exploration, spectralism, and the influence of the spiritualism and mysticism of various cultures. Recent compositions have been performed at the 2012 FEASt and 2013 Subtropics festivals.

ST22 – ERIC GOLDEMBERG: Pulsation in Architecture



MAR. 02 | 1PM
Audiotheque | Studio 201, 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

ERIC GOLDEMBERG: Pulsation in Architecture

Pulsation in Architecture highlights the role of digital design as the catalyst for a new spatial sensibility related to rhythmic perception. It proposes a novel critical reception of computational architecture based on the ability of digital design to move beyond mere instrumentality, and to engage with core aspects of the discipline: the generative engine of digital architecture reinvigorates a discourse of part-to-whole relationships through the lens of rhythmic affect.

There is a paradigm shift in spatial perception due to the intense use of computational techniques and the capacity to morph massive amounts of data in spatial patterns; rhythm plays a pivotal role in the articulation of the topology of buildings, generating the atmospheric character that induces moods and throbbing sensations in space.

Pulsation introduces the fundamental animate capacity of living form and reshapes our perception of architectural space across the multiple scales of a project, from digital inception to fabrication. An emerging thread of rhythmic sensibility loosely binds a survey of contemporary design practices, including contributions by Peter Eisenman, Jeff Kipnis, Greg Lynn, UNStudio, Preston Scott Cohen, Reiser + Umemoto, Asymptote, Ali Rahim, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Ruy Klein, Gage / Clemenceau, NOX, Evan Douglis Studio, kokkugia, and MONAD Studio.


Eric Goldemberg holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. He worked in New York for Peter Eisenman and Asymptote Architecture. Goldemberg is Associate Professor at FIU in Miami. He also taught at Pratt Institute, Columbia University, New York Institute of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and University of Buenos Aires.

Eric Goldemberg is the author of the book “Pulsation in Architecture” which highlights the range and complexity of sensations involved in constructing rhythmic ensembles. He has lectures at Studio-X, Columbia University, Cooper Union New York, Architectural Association London, Die Angewandte Kunst Wien, Politecnico di Milano, ETSAB and Iaac Barcelona, MIT Boston, University of Puerto Rico, MOCA Miami, Wolfsonian Museum Miami, University of Miami, University of Buenos Aires, among other institutions.

His firm MONAD Studio was co-founded in 2002 in New York with Veronica Zalcberg.  The work of MONAD Studio has been published in The New York Times, Architectural Record, World Architecture (China), Architecture in Formation book, Conditions Magazine (Norway), I4Design (Chicago), Future Arquitecturas (Spain), Miami Herald, Florida InsideOut, Design Book Magazine, Summa+ (Argentina), La Nacion (Argentina), PP@PD (Penn School of Design), Evolo Magazine (L.A.) among other architecture journals. MONAD Studio was one of the 5 finalists of the 2008 PS1-MoMA competition and the project was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

JILL BURTON + DAVEY WILLIAMS | beautiful shells

LISTEN to an excerpt from a performance by
Davey Williams in 2009 during Subtropics 20
then rush! and buy some tickets

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Marathon Solo (2009)

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Watch a video of Jill Burton performing recently in Miami

Burton – Motl – Dominguez from Stephen Malagodi on Vimeo.

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Not convinced yet? The read the article
davey williams and jill burton make beautiful shells
by Paul Borr


FANTASTIC COLLABORATIONS SERIES + steve malagodi’s spectacular sound


SAT | AUG.18

924 Lincoln Road | studio 201
Miami Beach

FRI | AUG.17

2021 NW 1st PL
Miami, FL 33127




Acclaimed Vocalist Jill Burton

JILL BURTON is an extended vocalist and movement artist who focuses amazing energy from the environment into her stunning performance art. Considered by LaDonna Smith of Improvisor Journal to be “…one of the great foundation improvisors of America.” “… an undeniably beautiful voice. … Ultimately Burton is subverting common perceptions about what vocalists should do.” said Norime Dworkin, of High Performance. “There is a non-verbal level of energy … it’s revealed in the physicality of the energy exchange between the artist and the audience.” said NY’s EAR Magazine. “One of the finest singers I have ever heard.” said Steve Malagodi, host of Miami’s Modern School of

Legendary Guitarist Davey Williams

A lifelong guitarist, from jazz bands and blues bands, soul bands to avant-garde prog-rock and punk, Davey’s done it all.  He got his start with Memphis blues man Johnny Shines.  He’s worked with Southern Surrealist madman Col. Bruce Hampton and OK, Nurse, the punk band Fuzzy Sons, an improvisational three-piece called Say What!, with New Music stalwarts Ladonna Smith, Jim Staley and Ikue Mori.  He’s also published a CD of duets with South Florida drummer Abbey Rader.  He’s most well known for his work with the New York avant-rock group Curlew, featured at CBGBs and the Knitting Factory.  Williams has appeared live at over 1,500 concerts worldwide.  Williams also co-founded The Improviser, a journal of experimental music, in 1981.  He has also worked as a music critic for the Birmingham News.

Modern Jazz Friday, August 17th, 9PM at Inkub8 Miami
Free Improvisation Saturday, August 18th, 9PM at the Audiotheque Miami Beach

Davey Williams Photo: © Peter Gannushkin,
Jill Burton Photo: © Steve Malagodi,

JAAP BLOCK | Polyphtong and Ursonate

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FRIDAY: first event

SFCA [] in collaboration with
Artcenter | South Florida

FRI-MAR23.2012 7PM | Listening Gallery, 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach


Polyphtong, a new 4-channel composition, and Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonate.


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FEB18—2012•7PM | Listening Gallery: 800 Lincoln Road

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David Dunn — sound artist member of Frozen Music — will introduce his new work: THRESHOLDS and FRAGILE STATES at the SEA of CORTEZ, commissioned for the Listening Gallery by SFCA []





Frozen Music is hosting a Free and eclectic marathon-style event we are calling Subtropicalia.

By now you all know our ensemble Frozen Music is Gustavo Matamoros, David Dunn and Rene Barge. So we’ll skip it to tell you a bit about our special guests.

The Complainer and The Complainers – (really good complainers – Poland):

The Complainer and The Complainers, straight from Poland and in true Subtropicalia fashion, will bring a playful collaborative spirit to the North Beach Bandshell as part of a rare Florida-Mexico tour.

What does it sound like? Try dark techno and slightly out-of-tune 80s electro-rock, as played by a group of talented but disoriented folk musicians. What does it look like? A post-apocalyptic Partridge family gives an art lecture and throws a party all at once. That explains it. Kind of. Or not really. You just have to see and hear it, that’s all!

The lineup can be fluid, but here’s who’s expected to perform:

Wojciech Kucharczyk: Manic percussionist, crooner, emcee, energetic and noble ring leader. Asia Bronislawska (aka Asi Mina): Singer, guitarist, song crafter and all around superstar. Pawel Trzcinski: Sound informationalist employs tools such as keyboard, vocal, and dj apparatus. Marcin Zarzeka: Performance and plastic art meet at the overhead projector. Asia Ficek: Individual water sports and youthful guitar

They are also in town to record and play with local artists, including frequent cross-continental collaborator Randall Beaver.

Jelly Bean (live) Metka (live)

The Complainer and The Complainers (aka TC&TCS) is the global-reaching indie pop project of Wojciech Kucharczyk, who started the festivities in 2005 as a solo follow-up to his successful stint (1994-2008) as czar of legendary Polish indie label mik.musik.!. Evolving into a full-force band by 2007, TC&TCS consists of a shuffling lineup of a mostly youthful cast of characters, each with a set of special skills (both musical and non-musical), along with some international guests and friends from previous projects. The overall effect is like a superhero cartoon show with each member bringing his or her special talents to form a creative juggernaut. TC&TCS shows are all-out energetic affairs, combining acoustic and electronic, common and exotic instrumentation to create a sometimes quirky, sometimes muscular, and strangely catchy amalgamation of sounds, stories, visuals, and motion. Before becoming the chief Complainer, Wojciech was involved in other successful and interesting projects and bands since the late 1980s- Molr Drammaz, retro*sex*galaxy, Go Underground To See More Animals, TerriTerrorTorium (duo with Felix Kubin), Pathman, HWDJazz to name a few.

TC&TCS albums are available worldwide through iTunes, Amazon, and also from various smaller, independent resellers. The group has also released special MP3-only special recordings.

Touring History
The Complainer (with and without The Complainers) has participated in international festivals such as: I.D.E.A.L/Nantes, Progress/Ljublijana, Nuits Sonores/Lyon, Garage/Stralsund, Eurocultured/Manchester, Off Festival/Myslowice, New! New!/Brno, Pulse/London, Skif/St. Petersburg, C.sides/Tel Aviv, Transvizualia/Gdynia, Unsound/Krakow, Ars Cameralis/Katowice, Nowa Muzyka/Cieszyn and many gigs in nice places such as Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Den Haag, Wien, Bratislava, Minsk or Moscow and numerous smaller ones. In 2009 alone, more than 50 concerts were on the itinerary.

“Power Joy Happiness Fame!” (Mystic Prod./Ars Cameralis 2008)
“…& The Complainers” (mik.musik.!. 2007)
“sponsored by retro*sex*galaxy” (mik.musik.!. 2005)

The Complainer and The Complainers appear in Subtropicalia thanks to the generous support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw

Nicole Martinez (really good circuit bender – Miami):

“Nicole Martinez is a sound and video artist specializing in interactive and mixed media and, live sonic performances. Having received her Master’s degree in Electronic and Computer Music while teaching music theory, she is heavily influenced by a strict conservatory education. This background serves as a foundation, as well as a point of departure from tradition and convention. Electronics and computer programming form another component of her background and education which brings forth the technological aspect of her work. Nicole discards traditional instrumentation in exchange for invented sounds and instruments. Her methods include original instrumentation such as her own hand made oscillators as well as hacked [children’s] toys. These analog instruments are complimented by rich sounding digital samples which are the product of programs Nicole writes using the Csound programming language which is an open source coding language, based on C, created as a joint effort between and Bell Labs, Princeton and, MIT led by Max Mathews and Barry Vercoe in the 1960’s. Nicole’s technical and production experience spans the arts and industries from large scale musical production to network broadcasting to education and training all in the areas of audio engineering and video editing.

In addition to music composition and performance, Nicole is an active multimedia artist. Recent shows include: Analog/Digital Part 1 – 06.08; It Might be Light and Sound – 03.08; Sleepless Night Miami Beach – 11.07; Optic Nerve ix finalist, MOCA – 08.07; Optic Nerve x finalist, MOCA ; borscht film festival – 08.08; Timeline Miami, Art Basel – 12.08″ (subtropics 20,

Dino Felipe (really good Karaokian – Miami):

“Miami-based sound wizard Dino Felipe has made a lot of records– more than 30 in the past decade, if you count his various groups and compilation appearances– but very few of them sound alike. His primary M.O. is electronic noise, but he’s also good at droning ambience, fractured punk, sample-heavy frivolity, and weirdo bedroom pop. He’s made a subterranean career out of dodging definition, so it figures that his first record for No Fun, the noise label run by his friend and colleague Carlos Giffoni, would be his poppiest to date. It may not also be his best, but it’s up there.” (excerpt by Marc Masters,, July 24, 2008)

Rat Bastard (really good radio and air guitarist – Miami):

Frank “Rat Bastard” Falestra is a transgressive guitarist, bassist and audio engineer who was a founding member in numerous psych, noise music, and performance art rock bands of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. He assisted Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids in recording their early demo cassettes.

In the early 1980s Falestra co-founded a recording studio in North Miami Beach, Florida which existed under different names and locations for nearly twenty years. He currently runs his own studio in the South Beach section of Miami Beach, Florida. Among his most famous studio credits are recording Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids demo cassette The Beaver Meat Cleaver Beat, and serving as second engineer and studio coordinator on their 1991 cassette After School Special.

Falestra also made a compilation of tracks by bands based in/around Miami, Florida, around the early 1990’s, known as The Funnel Zone.” (



Gustavo Matamoros – David Dunn – Rene Barge

Frozen Music is an artist research collective and experimental music ensemble that designs and realizes interdisciplinary music in response to the acoustical characteristics of a given site. It focuses upon the making of otherwise inaudible phenomena audible in science, nature and architecture. Each performance is a kind of acoustical “tuning” or redrawing of the existing aural landscape through direct sound generation and amplification.

FM is a unique vehicle for the development and implementation of a novel kind of extended electroacoustic music presentation, at times lasting up to 16 hours. Its members use new and custom-designed audio technology to engage audiences in activations of indoor and outdoor spaces that promote an aural perception of the world. Rather than a traditional ensemble—where each musician contributes a single voice to a collective—FM arises from a confluence of sonic activation strategies where each performer engages with their own autonomous audio gestalt and unique instrumentation to simultaneously occupy and stimulate the same acoustic environment.

FM germinated from ideas explored in the Subtropics 20 exhibition SOUND at The Bass Museum of Art in March 2009. Similar to current discourse in the art world concerning the concept of art as a research activity, FM takes this notion seriously and attempts to transcend mere theoreticism by focused efforts to combine both aesthetic and scientific insights, thereby creating experiential understandings and descriptions of reality based in aural perception.


dca-white NEA_LogoColor The 2009-10 season of presentations by Frozen Music have been sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


FM presentations in Miami Beach are also made possible with support from City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council.

Subtropics Presents and the Subtropics Biennial of Experimental Music and Sound Art are produced by iSAW and SFCA, with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.


Booking This Sound Art Exhibition


Traveling Exhibition Budget and Conditions:

1. A rental fee of $10,000 will cover access to specific artworks, technical support, equipment rental, shipping of the core installation works, plus support and promotional materials for a 6-week run ($500 for each additional week if negotiated before the exhibition opens).
2. A curatorial fee of $3,500, plus travel, accommodation, and per diem expenses for two (2), includes one preliminary 2-day site visit for tailoring the exhibition to the desired gallery space as well as discussing the presenter’s needs for supplemental programming.  It also covers a second weeklong visit to oversee the setup, as well as troubleshooting, tuning, and activating of the exhibition in time for the opening. This includes the participation of the curators in a panel discussion and attendance to opening event.

Additional Presenter Responsibilities:

The presenter will be responsible to cover the cost of in-transit and on-premises insurance, shipping of additional selected works and equipment, exhibition preparation staff and materials, maintenance and conservation, publicity, and other presenting costs.

Additional Available Services / Supplemental Programming:

Additional fees can be negotiated with SFCA for the design and organization of supplemental programming to be implemented by museum staff to accompany the exhibit. Programs can include concert presentations and lectures featuring artists in the show and/or a performance by Frozen Music Ensemble, Microphone Building and Critical Listening Workshops, and activities for a Family-Day event.

For More Information:

For additional information about SOUND or to request a copy of the exhibition’s DVD write us at or call us at 1-786-206-7886.  You can also write to us at this address:

SOUND EXHIBITION, P.O. Box 015298, Miami, FL 33101-5298.

To learn more about the history of SOUND, Subtropics Biennial, and other programs produced by SFCA, visit us at:

SOUND exhibition | resonance study for sound exhibition

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by Gustavo Matamoros

SOUND exhibition | selected sound installations

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by Tom Hamilton, Phill Niblock, Davey Williams,
Richard Kostelanetz, Armando Rodriguez,
Russell Frehling and Lou Mallozzi