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Z'EV (born Stefan Weisser, at 7:58 a.m. on February 8, 1951 in Los Angeles) is a text-sound artist who is perhaps best known for his work as a catacoustic (reflected sound-based) percussionist. Sound poetry is a form of literary or musical composition in which the phonetic aspects of human speech are foregrounded at the expense of more conventional semantic and syntactic values; verse without words. By definition, sound poetry is intended primarily for performance. ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ...


z'ev requests that people note that either Z'EV or z'ev are acceptable typographies for his "brand name" (context depending), but that Z'ev most emphatically is not.


History

After studying at CalArts with Concrete poet Emmett Williams, he produced works using the name S. Weisser, primarily concentrating on visual and sound poetries. In 1969, he was included in the "Second Generation" show at the Museum of Conceptual Art in San Francisco. Emmett Williams, born April 4, 1925, in Greenville, South Carolina, United States. ...


Beginning in the early 1970s, he developed a personal technique utilizing self-developed instruments formed from industrial materials such as stainless steel, titanium, and PVC plastics. Initially these instruments were assemblages of these materials with a movement-based performance style that was a form of marionette (although with the performer visible). It was at this time that he began performing using the name Z'EV. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... General Name, Symbol, Number titanium, Ti, 22 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 4, 4, d Appearance silvery metallic Atomic mass 47. ... Polyvinyl chloride Polyvinyl chloride, (IUPAC Polychloroethene) commonly abbreviated PVC, is a widely-used plastic. ...


In 1981, 'Shake Rattle & Roll', a VHS video documenting his first performance on the East coast (produced by video artist John Childs), was released by Fetish Records in the UK and was the first ‘music’ / art video to be commercially released.


Since 1984, he has been concentrating on performing in a more traditional mallet-percussion style.


Both performance modes have been described as cacophonous when considered in Western terms, because of the dense elemental acoustic phenomena these instruments produce. In point of fact, Z'EV doesn't actually consider the results as "music" per se, but more as orchestrations of highly rhythmic acoustic phenomena.


His work with both text and sound has been influenced by the middle eastern mystical system best known as kaballah (although not of the Jewish variety), as well as - but not limited to - African, Afro-Caribbean and Indonesian rhythms, musics and cultures. He has studied Ewe (Ghana) music and Balinese gamelan, and Indian tala. The tree of life Kabbalah (קבלה Reception, Standard Hebrew Qabbala, Tiberian Hebrew Qabbālāh; also written variously as Cabala, Cabalah, Cabbala, Cabbalah, Kabala, Kabalah, Kabbala, Qabala, Qabalah) is a religious philosophical system claiming an insight into divine nature. ... Afro-Caribbean may refer to: the British Afro-Caribbean community other members of the African diaspora in or from the Carribean This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Ewe music is the music of the Ewe people. ... Gamelan - Indonesian Embassy in Canberra A gamelan is a kind of musical ensemble of Indonesian origin typically featuring metallophones, xylophones, drums, and gongs. ... The term Tala can refer to: A rhythmic pattern in Carnatic or Hindustani (where it is also spelled taal or tal) music. ...


His recordings have been released by labels such as CIP, Cold Spring, Die Stadt, Soleilmoon, Tzadik Records, Subterranean and Touch Records at: rhythmajik {at} yahoo {dot} com Soleilmoon Recordings is an experimental music record label, which began in 1987. ... Tzadik Records is a record label based in New York City specialising in avant-garde and experimental music. ... Touch Music (sometimes written TouchMusic) is a British independent record label company, operating the Touch Records label. ...


External links

  • Z'EV Discography
  • Discography of Z'EV at AMG
  • Z'EV site
  • Interview

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