I'm a New York City based musician making experimental music/art. As a performer I'm interested in extended technical & physical demands, noise, signal processing, and long-term collaborations. I make music/art about the internet, glitch ethics, conceptual & archival processes, usually with live electronics &/or video.
i make music with/by my friends.
Weston Olencki is a New York City based trombonist/composer specializing in the performance and production of experimental music & art. Weston is a member of Ensemble Pamplemousse, one half of RAGE THORMBONES & People Making Sounds, and has performed with Ensemble Dal Niente, wasteLAnd, Wet Ink Ensemble, wildUP!, Fonema Consort, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Talea Ensemble, sfSound, Wild Rumpus, Eco Ensemble, Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW, and a.pe.ri.od.ic - under conductors Alan Pierson, Enno Poppe, Steven Schick, Marino Formenti, and Michael Lewanski. He was awarded the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis for Interpretation  and a Stipendiumpreis  from the Darmstadt Ferienkurse.
An active proponent of new repertoire, Weston has pursued individual collaborative work with composers Eric Wubbels, Katherine Young, Kurt Isaacson, Dave Reminick, Michelle Lou, Ray Evanoff, and Timothy McCormack, alongside US/world premieres of pieces by Peter Ablinger, Bernhard Lang, Elliott Carter, Michael Gordon, James Saunders, Dai Fujikura, Katharina Rosenberger, Erik Ulman, and Chris Mercer. Festival/series appearances include Alatszto Hang [Budapest], Weisslich [London], Constellation's Frequency Series [Chicago], FOCIarts [New Orleans], Permutations [NYC/SF], sfSoundSalonSeries [SF], NUNC [Chicago], Indexical [Santa Cruz], Switchboard Presents [SF], OPTION [Chicago], and Omaha Under the Radar.
His compositional work has been performed/commissioned by Bass2Bass [Michelle Lou + Scott Worthington], People Making Sounds, trombonist Matt Barbier, clarinetist Erin Cameron, and saxophonist David Wegehaupt. Upcoming projects include a large ensemble piece for Talea [through EMBF], a piece for Pamplemousse, and an object+electronics trio for Dennis Sullivan/Eric Wubbels/myself.
As a performer, Weston has been in residence through University of California Santa Cruz and Harvard University [HGNM] with upcoming residencies at NYU and Stanford University. He has recorded for HatHut, Sound American, Indexical, and Clean Feed with forthcoming releases on Carrier.
He holds a B.M. cum laude from Northwestern University with degrees in trombone performance and musicology. His teachers include trombonists Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Timothy Higgins, Paul Welcomer, and Colin Williams - additional guidance with Mike Svoboda - private composition studies with Erik Ulman.