“An experimental keyboardist who is happy to go wherever her heart and ears tell her, redefining genres along the way, Lorna Dune inhabits a world of her own, and it’s a glorious thing to behold.” – Red Bull Music Academy
Issued on the lo bit landscapes imprint, imbued with a sense of mystery that is equal parts “Dune” mythos and new Brooklyn scene, “Miamisphere” is not the kind of record you are likely to encounter often in your travels through electronic music." – Lo bit landscapes
Get ready for a special party celebrating Lorna Dune’s critically acclaimed electronic debut EP ‘Miasmisphere’. While experimental synthesist and electronic dance music composer Lorna Dune explores new depths of minimalism through electronic dance music, this party will reflect industrial, Synth Pop, House and Techno mixes by a lineup of key artists from the Brooklyn and Pittsburgh's scene including L.I.E.S.’ central figures Bookworms and Steve Summers, DJ and renowned Brooklyn promoter Bryan Kasenic from The Bunker, and Pittsburgh-based electronic artist Chase Smith.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Brooklyn-based artist Lorna Dune aka Lorna Krier is a virtuosic performer of "New Music" (think: classical music that is still being written). She has worked extensively with composer & visual artist Tristan Perich, has performed Steve Reich‘s music for Steve Reich himself, has joined the Philip Glass Ensemble as a keyboardist in the past, and is the founding keyboardist /synthesist in the quintet Victoire with indie-classical darling Missy Mazzoli. She appeared at the Whitney, MoMA, New Museum, Carnegie Hall, Millenium Park, and more throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Miamisphere manages to incorporate many of the structures and harmonic motivations that inform so much of the Minimalist tradition. From the swooping synths and rapid arpeggiations of evolving chordal forms on the opener, "Plasmodium", to the basically surefire hit of "Agnes Day" and the acid-influenced, lower-BPM, but perhaps even more complex tonal range of “Miamisphere”, the uplifting and emotional content of the music—not just sound—squeezes through. Closing with a vintage "stoner house" remix by NYC‘s mysterious Terekke (L.I.E.S.) and issued on NIHITI‘s lo bit landscapes imprint, Miamisphere is not the kind of record you are likely to encounter often in your travels through electronic music. Beyond recently appearing on renowned outlets such as Resident Advisor and The Fader, Lorna Dune was featured in The New York Times for beautifully remixing Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.
As a central figure in the L.I.E.S. circle, Bookworms’ notoriety spreads considerably faster than his single solo record would suggest. He has appeared both credited and uncredited on collaborative releases for the Confused House label and for L.I.ES., and his frequent live and DJ sets in New York have made him one of the more visible members of the small group that is defining the new, rough-edged house sound of New York. Following his two last releases African Rythms and Japanese Zelkova, Bookworms is coming back in 2014 with a new Confused House record featuring a collaboration with Terekke, and Steve Summers.
Jason Letkiewicz is a man of many aliases but is perhaps best known as the producer behind the Steve Summers handle—a project whose brand of DIY house has become a leading force at the adventurous L.I.E.S. imprint. Summers has become an intriguing voice among the latest crop of house producers. His early releases were drenched in analog timbres and Chicago-reminiscent structures. His live show is an impressive, enthralling set of propulsive house percussion and assertive (sometimes abrasive) textures — all cast in dark hue with the use of his heavily processed vocals. His strongest recorded statements yet have come in 2013 after an extended tour in Europe, via his latest EP for L.I.E.S., and the start of his collaborative label Confused House with roommate and label mate Bookworms
Bryan Kasenic (pka Spinoza) is known in the electronic music world for throwing many incredible parties (The Bunker), playing adventurous DJ sets, and starting Beyond, his own booking agency. The past few years have seen Bryan take his infamous Brooklyn-based party, The Bunker, to Panorama Bar in Berlin, Corsica Studios in London, Unsound Festival in Krakow, Communikey Festival in Boulder, Decibel Festival in Seattle, Smartbar in Chicago, GAFFTA in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and of course Detroit. The Bunker celebrates its eleventh anniversary in January 2014 and will be launching a record label in 2014 with the first release due out on January 13th.
Growing up in the Midwest rave scene, partying in Ohio, Michigan, and now Pittsburgh has given him a distinctly American viewpoint on electronic dance music. From Wax Trax to Chicago Trax, he has been taking cues from Industrial, Synth Pop, House,and Techno resulting in a deeply personal sound. Current and past releases are from Technoir Audio, W.T. Records labels, and forthcoming releases are expected on Argot, Pittsburgh Tracks, and R-Zone.