Techne presents ARISE: A Dynamic Musical Environment for Change Summer Tour 2014

ARISE: A Dynamic Musical Environment for Change  is an innovative electronic music program created by arts organization TECHNE, founded by musicians Bonnie Jones & Suzanne Thorpe. ARISE is an ecosystem of interconnected music, technology, and arts events that explore social identity through electronic music and improvisation.

Working in collaboration with local Girls Rock Camps and concert venues, TECHNE is giving workshops in DIY electronics, alternative instrument building and improvisation, and co-curating concerts featuring Bonnie and Suzanne in duo, plus local female artists. The workshops and performances, together, create a network of encounters that dynamically inform one another in the moment, and beyond, rippling outward to enhance the roles of women in technology and electronic music.
ARISE will be taking place in several US cities this summer. The tour includes workshops at Girls Rock Camps and local nonprofit arts organizations, and concerts held at local venues.

Workshops are only open to Girls Rock campers with the exception of the Bridge PAI workshop in Charlottesville, VA. All concerts are open to the public.


7/2 NEW ORLEANS, LA (concert at Mudlark Theater)
7/3 NEW ORLEANS, LA (concert at Mudlark Theater)

7/12 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (public workshop Bridge PAI)
7/13 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (concert at Bridge PAI)

7/14 CHARLESTON, SC (concert John Rivers Communication Museum)


7/18 BALTIMORE, MD (Concert at Worlds in Collusion, Artscape)

7/22 PHILADELPHIA, PA (concert Bowerbird at the Rotunda)

7/25 NASHVILLE, TN (concert, Abrasive Media)



SUZANNE THORPE (flute, electronics) is a musician/composer who works in a spectrum of modalities, fixed and improvised, installed and recorded. She plays electro-acoustic flute through an ever-evolving array of analog and digital effects, incorporating laptop upon whim. Her way is to listen for just-the-rightsounds and timbres, and the appropriate moments to introduce them to each other. Her composed works tend to be site-specific sound pieces that speak of, and with, their environment with an amalgam of sound sources, bringing forth moments of possibility and multiplicity. Her work has been shown and performed internationally, including All Tomorrow’s Parties (UK and U.S.), Roskilde (DK), The New Museum (NYC), Issue Project Room’s Floating Points Festival (NYC), Activating the Medium Festival (San Francisco), No Idea Festival (Austin), High Zero Festival (Baltimore), and exhibited at Klieo Gallery (NYC), Exit Art (NYC), Mills College (Oakland), California College of the Arts (Oakland)

BONNIE JONES(electronics) is a Korean-American writer, improvising musician, and performer working primarily with electronic music and text. Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Bonnie creates improvised and composed text-sound performances that explore the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). She is interested in how people perceive, “read” and interact with these sounds and texts given our current technological moment. Bonnie has received commissions from the London ICA and has presented her work in the US, Europe, and Asia and collaborates frequently with writers and musicians. She received her MFA at the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.

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