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D Faktion Nyne and Mumsigo Tribe Bands

D Faktion Nyne and Mumsigo Tribe Bands are Arizona based multi-generational bands with popular dance music of the Natives of Southern Arizona. Popularly known as “Chicken Scratch”, Waila is the energetic dance music of the Native peoples of southern Arizona. Waila features the intertwining melodies of saxophone and accordion propelled by the rhythms of guitar, bass and drums. Playing the Polkas and Two-Steps that are hallmarks of the Scratch sound, these multi-generational bands exemplify the confluence of music from Tohono O’odham and European culture. In June 2012, D Faktion 9 Band won the first prize in the Chicken Scratch Battles of the Band. Mumsigo Tribe Band’s first CD, Lesson 1, was nominated for the Native American Music Awards in the Best Waila Recording.   Listen to the bands: Listen 1 Listen 2 Performance schedule: Saturday, March 2nd, 7-9:30pm,  Neeb Plaza, ASU Tempe Campus  

Rachel Bowditch

Rachel Bowditch is a performer, theatre director, performance studies scholar, and an assistant professor in the School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Bowditch will bring three atmospheric site-specific performances Transfix, Spectrum, and Chrome to the EMERGE festival. These performances will surprise and delight audiences, transforming the street into a stage and revealing the poetry and the beauty of the mundane. Performance schedule:  Friday, March 1st, 6-8pm,  Combine Studios, Phoenix | Saturday, March 2nd, 5-7pm,  Neeb Plaza, ASU Tempe Campus  

James O’Halloran

James O’Halloran is an award winning songwriter, a bluesman, and a flamenco guitarist with 25 years combined experience teaching, playing, and mentoring youth. O’Halloran is also a founder and a director of the SongCatcher, an integrated language and fine arts program using songwriting, performance, and recording. At EMERGE, O’Halloran will perform a special program called “Migration Roots” which showcases three different type of guitars — Spanish, steel string, and resonator — where each guitar takes a journey through places and times. This impressionistic program exemplifies the evolution of harmonic truths reflecting various routes of travels, techniques, and tunes. Performance schedule:  Thursday, Feb 28th, 9am, Stauffer B | Saturday, March 2nd, 7pm,   Neeb Plaza, ASU Tempe Campus  

Lance Gharavi, Eileen Standley, and Jake Pinholster

Lance Gharavi is an actor, director, performance artist, technologist, and an Associate Professor of the ASU School of Theatre and Film. Eileen Standley is an artist and a Clinical Professor at the ASU School of Dance. Jake Pinholster is the director and an associate professor of the ASU School of Theatre and Film and the interim director of the ASU School of Dance in the Herberger Institute. Gharavi, Sandley and Pinholster will present Twitter Verses. An iterative time-based performative sculpture, Twitter Verses offers a kinetic meditation on the ancient problem of the one and the many. It is an encrypted parable of of our fantasies and anxieties surrounding narrative and truth in the digital age.
Twitter Verses
We hear you. We see you.
Tell us your story.
On Feb. 28 – March 2, you will be part of a larger story.
Emerge 2013
Tweet us a fragment of a story.
The story must be true.
Send as many fragments as you can.
Tweet these at #emergeTV
Performance schedule:  Friday, March 1st, 8:30pm, “The Lot: What Should Go There? 1005 N 2nd Street, Phoenix 85004., First Friday, Downtown Phoenix  I Saturday, March 2nd, 6:45-7:10pm,   Neeb Plaza, ASU Tempe Campus  

David Tinapple & “Media Installations 494/598” students

David Tinapple is part artist part engineer and Assistant Professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University. For Emerge2013, students in Tinnaple’s new class, “Media Installations 494/598”, will perform an experimental media installation by geometrically mapping video projection onto structural objects and forms. The “Media Installations 494/598” is a new class and a core Digital Culture undergrad/graduate split course. In this class students “will investigate historical and contemporary instances of the media installation, not only as a form of art but as a cultural artifact that appears in a variety of contexts… and will learn to design and build our own media installations by learning to gather, manipulate, and present many different kinds of media using a variety of high and low-tech tools and techniques.” Performance schedule: Saturday, March 2nd, 7-9:30pm,  Neeb Plaza, ASU Tempe Campus  

Michael Krzyzaniak

Michael Krzyzaniak is  a composer of cutting edge art music and a computer programmer. At Emerge, Krzyzaniak and AME dancers will perform Separation: short range repulsion
Separation: short range repulsion uses dance, reactive electronic noise, and visual elements to explore the dichotomous gradient between society’s encouragement and rejection of social deviation. Dancers improvise synchronized flocking behaviour on stage. Because the dance is improvised, and there is no established leader, the dancers must continually examine each other for behavioural cues in order to maintain synchronicity. A camera and computer vision software are used to analyze the flock’s behavior, and measure its performance in real time. This information is used to control electronic noises and projected graphics.
The title is a reference to Craig Reynolds’ original ‘rules’ of flocking behaviour.
Performance schedule: Saturday, March 2nd, 6:20-6:40pm,  Neeb Plaza, ASU Tempe Campus  

Boyd Branch

Boyd Branch is a digital media designer,writer, director, actor, and teacher. His interactive installation for Emerge, Neuro, is a cocktail lounge featuring projection and actors in costume. Using projectors and movable screens, the piece explores the brain as a physiological entity that is governed more by chemicals and genes than any autonomous metaphysical spirit or essence. Performance schedule: Saturday, March 2nd, 5:00-9:30pm,  Neeb Plaza, ASU Tempe Campus  

ASU X Square

X-Square is a transdisciplinary initiative of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University that aims to transform an otherwise unremarkable brick courtyard on the northern edge of ASU’s Tempe campus into a vital gathering place for students, faculty and visitors. The square resides between the Art Building and the Design South Building. X-Act is a cross disciplinary project of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts that focuses on activating its sister project, X-Square.  X-Act challenges student teams to integrate the designed space into their music, dance, film, or other performances. This year, X-Act participants will perform at Emerge2012. Performance schedule: March 1st-2nd, 7:10-7:25pm,   Neeb Plaza, ASU Tempe Campus


Laptop Orchestra of Arizona State

Laptop Orchestra of Arizona State (LOrkAS) is an experimental sonic art performance collective exploring the use of the laptop as an ensemble instrument for musical expression. LOrkAS uses this medium to develop new possibilities and skills in listening, improvisation, performance, composition, coding, and teaching, as well as adapting contemporary classical repertoire and ‘classic’ laptop orchestra works. LOrkAS is a project under urbanSTEW , in cooperation with the LOrkAS @ ASU Club on the Arizona State University campus. Performance schedule: Saturday, March 2nd, 5-5:45pm, Stauffer B, ASU Tempe Campus


Phonic Vibrations, Caleb Kilian + Justin Boord-Balash

Phonic Vibrations is a capstone project by Justin Boord-Balash and Caleb Killian for the Digital Culture BA program.  Phonic Vibrations a piece driven by the self creation and discovery of sound, science, and emotions by using the energy presented by the dancer. This is an experience that allows the dancer to take control of composition, structure, movement, all while creating a storylined soundscape. Using this piece of technology, the dancer is turned into the musician, conductor, and choreographer. How she moves, the speed of movement, as well as where she moves in the space all impact the timbre and parameters of the sounds created. Upon completion, Phonic Vibrations will facilitate a creation of a piece that binds sound and movement into an interactive production in which no two performances would ever be the same.
Performance schedule: Saturday, March 2nd,  6:00-6:15pm, Stauffer B, ASU Tempe Campus

Genesis, Caleb Kilian + Justin Boord-Balash

Genesis is a dance performance with reactive music that depicts the concept of the empowerment in self-realization. A single dancer is bedizened with sensors that detect her movement and muscle activity. Music is synthesized in real-time, and data from the sensors is used to control various aspects of the sound. The dancer’s movement represents a metaphorical birth, which analogizes her realization that she has the power to control her musical environment.
Performance schedule: Saturday, March 2nd, 12-1pm, Stauffer B, ASU Tempe Campus