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The protean contrabass magician Mark Dresser will be performing a Telematic concert tomorrow evening in NYC with Ellery Eskelin on tenor saxophone and Jim Black on drums with Sarah Weaver conducting. That's the U.S. part of the ensemble.

The other part of the group will be interacting live, in real time, from Seoul, Korea. Those musicians will include Bae II Dong, p'ansori vocalist, Hyunseok Shin, haegum, and Simon Barker on drumset with Woon Seung Yeo conducting.

Simon Barker is an Australian drummer whose quest to meet an iconic Korean shamanic music master is told in the documentary film Intangible Asset #82, available on Netflix. Bae II Dong is also featured in the film.

Telematic music is live performance via the Internet 2 by musicians in different geographic locations. This is accomplished via super-bandwidth ultra-high-speed-connections, huge screens for visual communications, advanced software, cameras, audio equipment and highly trained support personnel. The musicians in the different locations can hear and see each other with minimal latency.

The concert will be a mix of compositions and improvisations. Dresser will be unveiling a new original piece, "Auspicious Meeting," which he got to hear for the first time in rehearsal, yesterday.

The title for this event is Thresholding 2012: A Telematic Music Event, New York-Seoul.

"Thresholding," is expressed as thresholds in the music, the telematic medium, and the "holding" of these states as profound liminal experience.

The May 4, Telematic performance kicks off a typically manic series of gigs for the ever-busy Dresser, who has left the country five times in the last 12 months to tour in nine different countries. This is his third trip to NYC in five weeks.

While he is in NY, he will play a concert on May 12 at Roulette with electronics pioneer Earl Howard, on May 15, his East Coast Quintet featuring Rudresh Mahanthappa on saxophone, Michael Dessen on trombone, Denman Maroney on piano and Tom Rainey on drums will play at the Cornelia St. Cafe.

That same quintet will cut a record for the Portuguese record label Clean Feed on May 14. On May 17, Dresser's group with drummer Matt Wilson and pianist Myra Melford, Trio M is off to Europe for the rest of month, with gigs in Poland, Austria, Germany and France.

I asked Dresser if he ever got tired of the traveling.

"Yes and no," said the bassist. "The activities by in large justify the hassle. I really don't love transatlantic flights! I'm a big guy and the seats are small and sometimes it can be a real drag. Traveling with a bass is the biggest hassle of all. The worsening of restrictions by the airlines have almost made traveling with my instrument impossible. That being said, the reward is in the performing--which I truly love."

Most amazingly, the bassist returns home in June for a rare San Diego appearance at the 6th Annual soundON FESTIVAL OF MODERN MUSIC, a three day festival, June 14-16 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., in La Jolla.

Dresser will be the featured guest artist, doing a solo performance and sitting in with the San Diego New Music ensemble NOISE.

Tomorrow night's Telematic concert will be streamed live on the Internet, at 7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. https://mtech.smusic.nyu.edu/~live/

Telematic concert photo by Anthony Cecena

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