Composer: The Thing
Born and raised in New York City, Alexis Gideon makes idiosyncratic work that is founded in the rich diversity of his experiences growing up in the city, and expressed through the links between them. From the classical and modern composers in constant circulation on his father's record player to the hip hop permeating every shop and street corner to the jazz Gideon vigorously studied at New York City High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts -- with its extraordinary ethnic and cultural diversity -- a singular vision of a fully integrated trans-stylistic sonic language began to take shape.
In 2008, Gideon debuted his multimedia opera "Video Musics." The work combined line drawing, charcoal, collage and claymation animation techniques with recorded music and live performance. New York Magazine called the music and visuals “operatic” and the Willamette Week called the work a “visually-explosive double scoop of candied bubble gum ice cream.” The artist toured the critically-acclaimed piece throughout the United States and Europe, including performances at the Baltimore Museum of Art, HBC Gallery (Berlin), Galerie D21 (Leipzig), Fleche D'Or (Paris). Video Musics was released as a DVD+CD set in the US (Sickroom) and the EU (Africantape).
On the strength of the original piece, The Regional Arts and Culture Council of Oregon funded Gideon's second video opera, "Video Musics II: Sun Wu-Kong." Video Musics II premiered at Disjecta in Portland, Oregon in 2010, and toured extensively in the US and EU. The piece has been performed over 100 times in nine countries, at venues including the The Santa Fe Art Institute, Hendershot Gallery (NYC), Pittsburgh Flimakers, Open Space (Victoria, BC), The Lab (San Francisco), Glazart (Paris), Kawenga (Montpelier), Sudpol (Luzerne), Centre d'Art Bastile (Grenoble). Video Musics II was released on DVD+vinyl in the US (Slowtrain) and the EU (Africantape).
Gideon's body of work has been called "mind-boggling...completely unique...weird and gorgeous" (Portland Mercury), "the ultimate adult cartoon" (Willamette Week), "adroit" (Flagpole), and "eccentric like Animal Collective and Beck...a carnival of sound" (SPIN). Gideon has toured with Dan Deacon and played with Barr, Marnie Stern, tUnE yArDs, Parts and Labor, Zs, Matt and Kim, among others.
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