Lowe’s finger picked acoustic guitar sound[s] like he’s spent time pondering [John] Fahey’s legacy, but his looped, wordless vocals [are] reminiscent of Meredith Monk.” – Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader
Rare One-Night Only Performance by Critically Acclaimed Artist, Robert A.A. Lowe (aka Lichens), at Silo City
About Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (b. 1975)
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, an artist and multi-instrumentalist who works with voice to create spontaneous and ecstatic musical compositions. Lowe—who also performs under the moniker Lichens—uses effects boxes to loop guitars, percussion, and vocals to form a reverberating drone. His most recent performances and recordings, such as Timon Irnok Manta and Lítió Fólk, have combined his voice with modular synthesizer patch compositions. Lowe believes that the sensitivity of analogue modular sound systems echoes the organic nature of vocal expression, and that the two together can induce a trancelike state that promotes deeper listening.
Robert has collaborated and worked closely with Ben Russell, Ben Rivers, Rose Lazar, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Tarek Atoui, Ben Vida, Mark Borthwick, Lucky Dragons, Alan Licht, Michael Zerang, Doug Aitken, Patrick Smith, Monica Baptista, Lee Ranaldo, White/Light, Kevin Martin, Chris Johanson, Tyondai Braxton, Sabrina Ratte, David Scott Stone, Genesis P-Orridge and Rose Kallal, as well as many others. He has performed internationally, at locations such as Doug Aitken’s Migration Happening at 303 Gallery NYC (2008) and Princeton University (2010); All Tomorrow’s Parties music festival, Minehead, UK (2008); The New Museum, NYC (2008); Supersonic Festival in Birmingham, UK (2010); PS1 NYC (2010); Primavera Sound festival Barcelona, ES (2011); CPH:DOX film festival performance Copenhagen, DK (2011); Mono No Aware V, NYC (2011); and Ann Arbor Film Festival (2013).
About Hollis Frampton & the Magellan Cycle
Above text adapted from Michael Zryd’s program notes for the Anthology Film Archive’s 2003 presentation of the complete (extant) Magellan cycle and from Robert Haller’s catalog text for a retrospective screening at Korea’s EXIS Film Festival. Titles in brackets refer to the Magellan Calendar.
Selected films to be shown from Magellan:
BIRTH OF MAGELLAN
- The Birth of Magellan: Cadenza I (1977–1980 • 5 minutes, 41 seconds • Color • Mono)
STRAITS OF MAGELLAN
- Pans 0–4 and 697–700 (1969–74 • 1-minute each • Color • Silent)
- INGENIVM NOBIS IPSA PVELLA FECIT, Part I (1975 • 4 minutes, 48 seconds • Color • Silent)
- Magellan: At the Gates of Death, Part I: The Red Gate 1, 0 (1976 • 5 minutes, 10 seconds • Color • Silent)
- Winter Solstice (1974 • 32 minutes, 36 seconds • Color • Silent)
DEATH OF MAGELLAN
- Gloria! (1979 • 9 minutes, 36 seconds • Color • Mono)