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Nameless Sound was established in 2001 to present the best of international contemporary music and to support the exploration of new methods in arts education

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Nameless Sound and Ripley House
present
2nd Ward - A Bicycle Opera
under the direction of Kaffe Matthews







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Bikes available at Ripley House and Houston Makerspace
until November 22, 2014.

Ripley House Neighborhood Center
4410 NAVIGATION STREET, HOUSTON TX 77011


Bikes available at Ripley House:
Wednesday and Thursday
8am-8pm

Friday
8am - 7pm

Saturday
8am - 2pm


Houston Makerspace
100 HUTCHESON STREET, HOUSTON TX 77003

Bikes available at Houston Makerspace:
Tuesday-Saturday
10am - 8pm


Para la versión en español de esta página: español

'2nd Ward | 2° Barrio' tells tales of daily lives from sonic bikes that audience can cycle to hear compositions unfold de-pendent on where they go. Constructed from a score woven from local journeys, it's a new work commissioned and produced by Nameless Sound made in collaboration with the Bicrophonic Research Institute(BRI), Vampire Squid Labs, Eastside residents, writers, musicians, children, programmers and engineers, directed by UK artist Kaffe Matthews.

Sonic bikes have speakers that play so that cyclist and passers by can enjoy sonic experiences as they go. Hidden sounds might entice you to ride faster, slower, stop, turn in circles, cruise paths or pause in shadows for listening.

2nd Ward | 2° Barrio is the first BRI opera that not only sees the sonic bikes made locally, but that enables them to remain and be developed through an ongoing collaboration with Nameless Sound and Vampire Squid Labs indefinitely.

Workshops for 2nd Ward | 2° Barrio have run at Ripley House with those for seniors conducted by writer and artist Stalina Villarreal and additional musical input from Abel and Denis Cisneros. 


FREE OF CHARGE!


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Awarded sound artist and composer Kaffe Matthews was born in Essex, England and lives and works in London.  Since 1990 she has made and performed new electro-acoustic music worldwide. Currently she is researching interactive composition for outdoor enjoyment with sonic bicycles and live diffusion instruments for spatialized performance.

Acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of electronic improvisation and live composition, Kaffe has released six solo CD's on the label Annette Works.

Her 2004 collaboration with the artist collective Weightless Animals was awarded a BAFTA. She received a NESTA Dreamtime Fellowship in 2005 and an Award of Distinction, Prix Ars Electronica, in 2006 for the work Sonic Bed, London. In February 2006 she was made an Honorary Professor of Music at the Shanghai Music Conservatory in China.

She has presented her work internationally at various institutes including The University of Maryland, Maryland Institute of Contemporary Arts, University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany; Bard Collage, New York; City University London, and Central St. Martins College of Art in London, England.    


For more information:

www.kaffematthews.net
www.sonicbikes.net
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This project is funded by a grant form the City of Houston through The Houston Arts Alliance and a grant from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Generous technical support is provided by Vampire Squid Labs, Jason Prince, Jairo Sanchez and Matt Simonelli.