Crashing the Russian Renaissance
From three of San Francisco's leading experimental/new music purveyors, Crashing The Russian Renaissance finds the trio in some seriously adventurous compositions for electronics and guitar. Reflecting the artists' continued musical evolutions, the music constantly evolves over 30 compositions from thin soundscapes to heavy improvisational dialogues. Lx Rudis is an interdisciplinary media artist based in San Francisco, California. He has been active in both commercial and underground sectors in the San Francisco Bay Area since the early 1980s. Early contact with groups such as Tuxedomoon, The Units and SRL led to media work ranging from radio shows on NPR with members of negativland to commercial work for ABC affiliate KGO-TV and various corporate entities. Since 1988, Mr. Rudis' work has been concentrated in the field of interactive computer entertainment. He was a charter member of SF's Virtual Reality Group and has lectured at Cyberarts and performed at the first Digital Be-In. He has lectured at the Computer Game Developer's Conference and several universities in California. He has worked in all areas of video game production and is named in the credits of over 40 video games. Andre Custodio is a SF bay area native Percussionist/Sound Designer who studied with Brian Fergus, Bob Danielson and Carl Perazzo. He has collaborated (in some way) with Rent Romus, The Splatter Trio, David Slusser, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, LX Rudis, Fear of Math and Tom Nunn. 'Nihil Communication' is his ongoing solo project, combining reconfigured samples, digital processing, unique instruments and additive analog synthesis. He's influenced by Witold Lutoslawksi, Lustmord, The Splatter Trio, Negativland, AMM, Morbid Life Society, Cecil Taylor, Curtis Mayfield, Miguel 'anga' Diaz, John Coltrane and too many others to mention. Born in Salinas, California, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, is Chicano (of Mexican descent). He received his MFA in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts (studied with Wadada Leo Smith and Stephen L. Mosko) and has created musical compositions that span a broad perspective: transcendental piano, noise, avant-garde guitar, field recordings, lo-fi four-track manipulations, and experimental song. ED-I has performed throughout Europe and the United States, and his music has been broadcasted internationally. He has recorded more than 15 CDs of music and collaborated with numerous musicans. In 2000, his composition, I/O (for chamber ensemble), was performed by the California EAR Unit. He has been awarded residencies at the Centre International de Recherche Musicale (CIRM) in Nice, France, The Millay Colony for the Arts, Villa Montalvo, The Ucross Foundation, among others. He runs Pax Recordings record label which is dedicated to the documentation, preservation, and contagion of music from the margins of our culture and psyches. He lives in San Francisco with the filmmaker/video artist Marjorie Sturm and their son and daughter.