As a special treat as part of the opening of our PHOTOMEDIA MAYHEM festival, composer/sound artist Kraig Grady will perform in the gallery from 6pm on Friday May 7. Kraig will have CDs available so please do support him in his travels through Australia by purchasing a copy.
Kraig Grady, an Anaphorian now living in Australia, composes almost exclusively for acoustic instruments of his own making or modification tuned to just intonation. Often his work is combined with his Shadow Theatre productions.Check out this video of a Kraig Grady collaboration with Chris Abrahams.
Kraig will be performing on one of his main instruments, a vibraphone that has been retuned to a scale known as Meta-Slendro. This 12-tone scale developed by Erv Wilson and likewise found among the people of Anaphoria Island, comprises harmonics that occur in a recurrent sequence of similar properties to the Fibonacci series. Grady has selected out of the almost infinite variations of this series, one of those found upon the 'slopes' of a figure known as Meru Prastara. Due to the strong reinforcement of difference tones and beats, the music is able to venture also into explorations in room resonance and acoustical phenomenon using the nowdays often disregarded parameter of pitch.
His work has been presented at Ballhaus Naunyn Berlin (Germany), the Chateau de la Napoule (France), the Norton Simon Museum of Art (Los Angeles) , the UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, the Pacific Asia Museum, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's American Music Weekend and New Music America 1985. He was chosen by Buzz Magazine as one of the "100 coolest people in Los Angeles".