Omaha Under the Radar

Omaha Under the Radar

Alexa Dexa, Jeff Kaiser, Developing Crisp, Michael Wittgraf

Thu 7/26/18

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

$10

This event is all ages

Omaha Under the Radar
Omaha Under the Radar
Join us for Omaha Under the Radar's 5th Anniversary Festival. Event 4 of the 2018 festival is an eclectic mix electronic music, hand-built instruments, and spoken word poetry.
Alexa Dexa
Alexa Dexa
Alexa Dexa is a New York based composer, electronic sound designer, and performer noted as "an example of pure charm and whimsy” by The New York Times and "unarguably personifying DIY for the millennium" by Creative Loafing. Her toychestral electronic pop solo project parades her soulful vocals, computer-based sequences, and enough instruments made with children in mind to rival a playpen. Always enchanted with miniatures and drawn to resonant bell tones, Alexa instantly fell head over heels upon discovering the realm of toy instruments and immediately began to seek out the toys that continue to shape her compositions. Albums from her self-released discography have been awarded Creative Individual Grants from the Puffin Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. An adventurer at heart, Alexa spends 4-6 months out of the year touring the world with a strong do-it-yourself ethos. Her 12 previous self-booked tours have taken her throughout North America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia. Festival appearances include the UnCaged Toy Piano Festival (NY), BFF Femme Fest (NE), Future City Festival (NZ), Fairy Tale Festival (HR), the Florida International Toy Piano Festival (FL), Fusion Festival (DE), Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts (MI), and Make Music New York (NY).
Jeff Kaiser
Jeff Kaiser
Jeff Kaiser is a music technologist, trumpet player, composer, conductor, and scholar. Classically trained as a trumpet player, Kaiser now views his traditional instrument as hybrid with new technology in the form of software and hardware interfaces that he creates for his performances and recordings. He gains inspiration and ideas from the intersections of experimental composition and improvisation and the timbral and formal affordances provided by combining traditional instruments with emerging technologies. The roots of his music are firmly in the experimental traditions within jazz, improvised and Western art music practices. He regularly performs throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, and has recently performed in China. His work is featured on Clean Feed Records, Leo Records, NineWinds, Cuneiform Records and his own label, pfMENTUM, among others.

As Assistant Professor of Music Technology at the University of Central Missouri’s Center for Music Technology, Kaiser embraces the idea of being an artist/scholar. As a scholar, he is particularly interested in changing notions of agency, instruments, and virtuosity, and how technologies can also configure musicians and musical communities by affording specific ways of creating sonic and social value.
Developing Crisp
Developing Crisp
Devel (Developing) Crisp is a spoken word artist, born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He wrote hip-hop verses in high-school and was inspired by HBO’s Def Poetry Jam to perform them a cappella at open mics. He joined a coalition of poets in 2009, dubbed “The Wordsmiths”, in which he still performs locally with. In 2013, he became a Teaching Artist for the Nebraska Writers Collective, where he has shared and coached poetry in various schools, prisons and businesses. In 2014, he earned a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and has competed around the United States as a member of the Omaha Slam Poetry Team. He went on to win an Omaha Entertainment and Art Award in 2017 for Best Performance Poet. Crisp is known for his carefully crafted wordworks, delivered in a powerful, vibrant style. Think Rembrandt meets DMX! Always searching to find interesting and fresh ways to tell a story and deliver a message, Devel Crisp seeks to unconventionally meld emotion with aptness, all in the name of reflection, amusement, change and progressive art.
Michael Wittgraf
Michael Wittgraf
Michael Wittgraf is an electronic music composer whose recent work explores live manipulation of feedback, interactive improvisation, and time as data. His music has been performed in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia, and appears on the Eroica, New Ariel Recordings, and SEAMUS labels. He has awards, commissions, and recognition from ASCAP, Modern Chamber Players, National Symphony Orchestra, Tempus Fugit, Louisiana State University, University of Minnesota, University of North Dakota, Florida State University, PiKappa Lambda, Zeitgeist, Chiara String Quartet, Bush Foundation, North Dakota Council on the Arts, and more.
Mike is a multi-instrumentalist, performing with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra on principal bassoon, in a number of rock-and-roll bands on keyboards, saxophone, and electric bass, and as a solo and collaborative performer on computer. He holds the title of Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor at the University of North Dakota, where his teaching specialties are music technology, composition, theory, and bassoon.
Venue Information:
Slowdown - Front Room
729 North 14th Street
Omaha, NE, 68102
http://www.theslowdown.com