Joe Colley and Jason Lescalleet present two nights of concerts, alternating solo sets the first night and playing as a duo the following evening. Colley and Lescalleet share an active, physical approach to live performance and a common predilection for old, broken equipment.
Joe Colley (b.1972, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) is a self-taught artist, interested in lo-fi electronics. The Oakland-based musician’s performances have been seen as part of festivals, including Activating the Medium (SFMOMA), Observatori (Valencia, Spain), Phonotaktik (Vienna, Austria), Mutek (Montreal, Canada), Beyond Music (Venice, Ca.), and Songlines (Mills College, Oakland, Ca.). Notable recordings include Desperate Attempts at Beauty: Conceptual and Research Exercises (Auscultare Research), which was nominated for the Transmediale 05 Award, and Psychic Stress Soundtracks (Antifrost), which received an Award of Distinction at Ars Electronica 2006. Colley made his Chicago debut at Lampo in February 2004.
Jason Lescalleet (b.1968, Worcester, Mass.) uses a ragtag collection of ancient reel-to-reel tape recorders and equally tattered electronics, running short loops of crumpled tape between machines. He blends layers of ambient tape loops, found sound, shades of silence and white noise, transformed through cheap microphones and trashed speakers. Lescalleet lives in Maine.