Weston Olencki is a trombonist/composer working at the boundaries of sound art, composition, improvisation, and electronic noise. His work is primarily concerned with material conditions of sound and its diffusion, emphasizing geometrical construction, unconventional sound design, and extended durational processes. He has presented work at the Borealis Festival [Bergen], ISSUE Project Room [NYC], Transparent Sound [Budapest], Time of Music [Viitasaari], REDCAT [LA], Roulette [NYC], Blanton Museum of Art [Austin, TX], Squeaky Wheel [Buffalo], Mostly Mozart Festival [NYC], Weisslich [Manchester/London], Qubit [NYC], Constellation's Frequency Series [Chicago], Indexical [Santa Cruz], and OPTION [Chicago], and was awarded the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis for performance from the 2016 Darmstadt Ferienkurse. He also co-curates/presents the Chance and Circumstance festival, an annual festival for experimental arts in NYC. Previous collaborators include George Lewis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Scott Walker, Michelle Lou, Katherine Young, Jennifer Walshe, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and he has received commissions from line upon line percussion, Wet Ink Ensemble, wild Up, and the Talea Ensemble.
Weston has held residencies at the University of California Santa Cruz, Harvard, NYU, Columbia, Stanford, Northwestern, and was a 2018 visiting artist at CalArts. Various recording projects have been presented on HatHut, Not Two, Sound American, Parlour Tapes+, and Clean Feed, Anticausal Systems, Dinzu Artefacts, with forthcoming solo releases on Carrier Records and Astral Spirits. He is an active member of RAGE THORMBONES, Ensemble Pamplemousse, the Wet Ink Large Ensemble, tunnels, and performs regularly as a soloist and ensemble member on low brass, modular synthesizers, and electronics. He lives in New York City.
what others say:
‘…a wild, exhilarating, disturbing picture of our pixelated times…’ [LA times on ‘bent’]
‘…these exhalations are wondrously vaporous things, streaming out in gassy, overlapping wafts, like some beatific guru practising breathing exercises in a cruiser liner’s boiler room…’ [We need no swords, writing on Gram, released by Dinzu Artefacts]