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2016 Dec // The Dither Extravaganza! 2016

It's that time again! Come on out to the Frost Theater in Williamsburg on Dec 4 for a raucous of evening of music and art with Dither and a formidable line-up of friends and collaborators!

-----------> Dither
-----------> Nels Cline
-----------> Rabbit Rabbit
-----------> Glasser
-----------> David Grubbs & Mantra Percussion
-----------> Ashley Bathgate
-----------> Min Xiao-Fen
-----------> Toby Driver/Maddonawhore
-----------> Real Loud
-----------> John Zorn's Rugby
----------->
Tristan Perich's Interference Logic


"Immerse yourself in the here and now of New York's postclassical music scene. Be there or be square. seriously." - Time Out NY

Sunday Dec 4, 2016 // 5:00 -10:00 pm
@ 17 Frost Theater of the Arts
17 Frost St, Brooklyn NY
L to Lorimer, G to Metropolitan
$10 Admission // MORE INFO HERE!

2015 Aug // Lincoln Center Out Of Doors!

On August 5th Dither is excited to host a tremendous show as part of Lincoln Center Out Of Doors! The evening will feature a live rendition of Steve Reich's iconic work Electric Counterpoint with Mark Stewart and a 13-guitar big band! In Addition, we're premiering two new collaborations with guitarist Lee Ranaldo [Sonic Youth] and with the indie rock band Yo La Tengo. We've also got a quartet set for you with music by Eve Beglarian and Dither member Joshua Lopes, and Matmos is opening! Come on out!


The Dither Guitar Orchestra at the Bang on a Can Marathon

2015 April // Dither & Otomo Yoshihide!

Taylor, Josh & James joined the venerable Japanese noise artist Otomo Yoshide at the Stone for a rousing set of his pieces and improvisations! Peter Ganushkin took some great photos of the event.

2015 Feb // showing and hiding / showing and vanishing

In February Dither joined forces with Mantra Percussion, Nick Didkovsky and Philip White to perform Paula Matthusen's beautiful and monstrous new piece for Avant Media's annual festival. It was an amazing night!

2014 Dec // Dither plays Zorn!

We are thrilled to announce the release of Dither plays Zorn on Tzadik! Volume one in the Olympiad series, Dither offers the first recordings of Zorn's early game pieces Fencing and Curling, and new renditions of Hockey! The album hits the streets on January 20, 2015.

Please join us for an evening of Game Pieces at The Kitchen on Dec 13! We'll play the works from the record as well as Lacrosse and Rugby, joined by the amazing improvisers Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) and Kenny Wollesen (percussion). Tickets available here!

2014 Sept // The Dither Extravaganza! 2014

This may very well be our most insane Extravaganza to date!! 15 sets throughout the night with influences spanning classical, metal, jazz, avant-garde, turntablism, Japanese pop, and more!

Friday, Sept 5, 6:00 - midnight
@ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn Heights.
$8 admission
Funded by New Music USA, sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery!

Dither
Lee Ranaldo
Cleric
Andrea Parkins & Brian Chase
Jace Clayton (DJ /rupture)
Mellissa Hughes
Tigue
Brandon Seabrook
String Noise
Wil Smith
Seaven Teares
James Ilgenfritz
Happy Fun Smile

"Immerse yourself in the here and now of New York's post-classical music scene. Be there or be square. Seriously." - Time Out NY

"Official concert on the edge." - The New Yorker

2013 Nov // Niblock Release!

Pioneering experimental composer Phill Niblock's latest CD Touch Five has been released on Touch Music! Dither’s monolithic 26 minute rendition of Niblock's 2 lips was constructed from 40 overlayed guitar tracks. It appears alongside two other versions of the same piece by our guitar quartet comrades Zwerm and Coh Da.

2013 OCT // David Lang and Susan Marshall: PLAY/PAUSE

This Fall members of Dither have been touring with PLAY/PAUSE, an awesome dance production by Choreographer Susan Marshall with original music by David Lang. We'll be performing at Columbia College (Chicago), The Gammage Auditorium (Phoenix), UCLA Live (Los Angeles), The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) and we'll close out the year with our New York premiere at the BAM Next Wave Festival! It's been an amazing collaborative experience working with a great crew of performing artists.

2013 OCT // The Dither Extravaganza! 2013

The Extravaganza is back!! Hope to see you there!!

Saturday, October 26, 7:00 - midnight
@ The Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn
$8 admission
Funded by the Brooklyn Arts Council, sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery!

performances by ...

Dither
Phantom Orchard: Ikue Mori & Zeena Parkins
JACK Quartet
Weasel Walter, Mary Halvorson & Peter Evans
Blarvuster
Dan Friel
Probosci: Gyan Riley & Timba Harris
Vomit Fist
Elliott Sharp's Ile Tigre Lily performed by Sharp, Dither & Friends

"Immerse yourself in the here and now of New York's post-classical music scene. Be there or be square. Seriously." - Time Out NY

"Official concert on the edge." - The New Yorker

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2013 SEPT // Zorn's Olympiad!

On Sept 27 Dither is honored to join an incredible line-up of artists for an evening of John Zorn's game pieces at the Miller Theater as part of Zorn at 60! We've had the pleasure of working with Zorn over the past year to develop several of these early improvisationally based compositions. For this concert we'll perform Fencing.

Dither performing Zorn's Lacrosse

2013 MARCH // Winter Tours!

This winter Dither went on a lovely chain of tours beginning with a residency at the University of Virginia, and followed by a week-long tour of the midwest. We performed at Bowling Green State University, The Robinwood Concert House in Toledo, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, The Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, and a special concert hosted by curators of the Cleveland Museum of Art. We were especially excited to be joined by the amazing Nick Didkovsky for these dates!

A colorful setlist of compositions and improvisations for our show in Toledo

2012 DEC // Dither in Amsterdam

In December Dither traveled to the Netherlands for our European debut at the Amsterdam Electric Guitar Heaven Festival! We spent a week wandering the beautiful canals of the city, and performing three shows alongside a formidable line-up of guitarists including Andy Summers, Adrian Belew, Benjamin Verdery, and an unlikely but fun pairing of Dither with Rich Robinson (of the Black Crowes). We played at some great venues including Melkveg, Paradiso, and the Amsterdam Conservatory.

Dither performing at Amsterdam Conservatory

2012 NOV // Dither's Invisible Dog Extravaganza!

Saturday, November 17, 5:00 - 10:00 pm
@ The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn
$8 admission - Supported by the Brooklyn Arts Council and Brooklyn Brewery!
RSVP on Facebook

performances by:
Dither
Anthony Coleman & Ashley Paul
Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone
Victoire
Peter Evans
Preshish Moments
TILT Brass
Object Collection

featuring:
John Zorn's Lacrosse performed by Dither
Lois V. Vierk's Jagged Mesa performed by TILT
Phill Niblock's 2 Lips performed by the Dither Guitar Orchestra

Keep an eye out for updates! Hope to see you there! ~ Dither

2012 JUNE // Bang on a Can Marathon

Dither was the opening act this year for Bang on a Can's annual marathon - We played a rousing rendition of "Go Guitars" by Lois V. Vierk - a raucous and twangy microtonal quintet (Dither was joined by the venerable Grey McMurray as a fifth member!)

Taylor Levine, Gyan Riley, Josh Lopes, James Moore, Grey McMurray

Lois Vierk, Josh Lopes, Taylor Levine, James Moore

2012 MAR // Dither Benefit Concert

Many thanks to all those who came out to support Dither at our benefit concert, Featuring Fred Frith, Eve Beglarian, and Mark Stewart! Check out three videos from the performance on our Youtube Channel!

top: Nick Didkovsky, Taylor Levine, Josh Lopes, James Moore, Eve Beglarian, Tigger Benford
bottom: Gyan Riley, Mark Stewart, Fred Frith
photo by Stephen Taylor

2011 OCT // Niblock Recording Session!

We had a great time working with the influential composer Phill Niblock to record his piece "2 Lips". The monstrous track of 40 guitars will be released on Touch Music at the end of 2012!

Taylor Levine, David Linaburg, Phill Niblock, Josh Lopes, James Moore
Photographer, and recording engineer: Robert Poss

2011 July // Dither's Invisible Dog Extravaganza II!

On July 8, 2011 we hosted our second annual Extravaganza!
Sponsored by The Brooklyn Arts Council and Brooklyn Brewery

Dither
Marc Ribot
These Arches (Ches Smith, Marc Ribot, Mary Halvorson, Andrea Parkins, Tim Berne)
So Percussion
Lesley Flanigan
Corey Dargel
R We Who R We
Nathan Koci
Paula Matthusen's Portable
Phill Niblock's Guitar too, for Four

Dither joins forces with Ribot, Smith, Koci,and R We Who R We to perform Travis Just's "I'm the loudest voice"
Photo by Isabelle Selby

2010 Dec // Dither's Incubator Workshop!

On Dec 11, in collaboration with The Incubator Arts Project, Dither put on a showcase of new works for Dither, featuring compositions by Eve Beglarian, Nick Didkovsky, Tristan Perich, and Ted Hearne.

Levine, Beglarian, Didkovsky, Hearne, Moore, Lopes, Linaburg, Perich
Photo by Isabelle Selby

2010 Aug // Whitney Museum with Elliott Sharp!

Dither had the pleasure of joining Elliott Sharp at the Whitney Museum for a performance of Christian Marclay's Graffiti Compositions, as part of the the museum's Christian Marclay: Festival.

Photos by Isabelle Selby David Linaburg

James Moore

Josh Lopes

Taylor Levine

Elliott Sharp

2010 June // Dither's Album Release! Invisible Dog Extravaganza!

On June 12, 2010 Dither hosted our first Extravaganza to celebrate the release of our self-titled debut album on Henceforth Records!

Dither
Elliott Sharp
Kathleen Supove & Nick Didkovsky
Matthew Welch
Mantra Percussion
Loud Objects
Florent Ghys
Redhooker
The Deprivation Orchestra of NYC
Fred Frith's Stick Figures
James Tenney's Septet

Dither expands its forces for James Tenney's Septet, conducted by Larry Polansky.
Ensemble: Devin Maxwell, Nick Didkovsky, Taylor Levine, James Moore, Dan Joseph, Josh Lopes, David Linaburg
Photo by Isabelle Selby

2010 MAR // Dither Benefit Concert

Dither hosted our first benefit concert on March 14, 2010 at the home of David Lang and Suzanne Bocanegra in NYC. The intimate program featured Tristan Perich's qsqsqsqqqqqqqqq for three toy pianos and 1-bit electronics (performed by Tristan, Lorna Krier & David Broome) and Ted Hearne's I Remember (performed by soprano Mellissa Hughes). Dither performed the music of David Lang, Paula Matthusen & Jascha Narveson, and concluded with the World Premiere of Tone Boy by Nick Didkovsky (who was guest guitarist & conductor). The event also featured The Unusual Suspects (Eleonore Oppenheim, double bass & Nathan Koci, accordion). It was a truly festive and inspiring event thanks to a wonderful mix of Dither friends and supporters!

2009 NOV // Performa

On November 20, 2009, Dither members James Moore and Taylor Levine performed at Performa's two-day music festival curated by artist Mike Kelley. James and Taylor performed Stick Figures by Fred Frith, a beautiful and epic piece for six table-top guitars. This was an amazing event featuring some truly legendary artists including Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore, Alan Licht, Arto Lindsay, and John Zorn.

Moore and Levine play "Stick Figures"

We also joined the group to perform on Luigi Russolo's Intonarumori futurist Instruments!

2009 MAY // Bang on a Can Marathon

On May 31, 2009, Bang on a Can programmed Eric km Clark's exPAT, a Dither commission for hearing deprived electric guitar orchestra, as part of their annual marathon concert. From the center of the World Financial Center's Winter Garden, Dither's 11-piece ensemble created a monstrous texture of endlessly growing intensity. We proudly shared this bill with some of our favorite artists, including Bill Frisell, The BOAC All-Satrs, and Tortoise.

Stephen Griesgraber, Geremy Schulick, James Moore, Brett Parnell, Taylor Levine,
Nick Didkovsky, Caleb Burhans, Josh Lopes, David Linaburg, Gavin Harper, David Linaburg

2009 JAN // MATA Interval 2.3

In January 2009, Taylor and James curated an entire evening of electric guitar music for the MATA Festival's Interval series. The show began with a quartet set including premieres by Lisa Coons, Florent Ghys, and Wil Smith, as well as compositions by Dither members Josh Lopes and Simon Kafka. Taylor and James began the second set with Bryce Dessner's beautiful duo Jumeaux. To close, Dither commissioned L'amour du Pain, an epic new deprivation work by Eric km Clark, in which two soloists slowly manipulate the signals of an orchestra of hearing deprived guitarists.

Front: Taylor Levine, Eric km Clark, James Moore; Back: Geremy Schulick, Brett Parnell, Simon Kafka, Matt Hough, Josh Lopes, Gavine Harper, Kenji Shinigawa, David Linaburg

2008 OCT // HONG KONG

In late October 2008, we began a tour of Samson Young's original evening-length, multi-media work, Hong Kong Explodes! We started off with a premiere at NYC's Players Theater and a second show at Princeton University. Flying to Hong Kong, we then played a week of shows at The Fringe Club in Central, and finished the tour at another Hong Kong venue, The Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre.