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Bob Bellerue (Music MFA 03)

Bob Bellerue (Music MFA 03) checks in: “I’m an experimental musician, audio engineer, festival curator/producer, educator, and dad in Ridgewood, Queens, NYC. I’ve dug my heels, head, and heart into heavy avant-garde/noise/experimental sound art since the early 2000s, and have kept up the pace as I enter my 50s. I work with multidimensional feedback systems, incorporating instruments (piano, guitar, suling gambuh), metal objects, acoustic objects/spaces, handfuls of mics/contact mics/pickups, and armfuls of speakers of varying sizes. I was awarded a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Music/Sound and performed recently at the High Zero Festival, Basilica Drone, International Noise Conference, Fridman Gallery, The Kitchen, and the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya Which Liberates Upon Seeing. I’ve been hosting the Ende Tymes Festival since 2011. Our 11th iteration was in April. Over the years, we have presented more than 300 noise/avant/radical performances, and it only gets better. My son Neon (6) and I have an improvised band called Zvahrnde (say it like a wolfmanchild). He plays ‘amplified guitar,’ voice, and percussion. I wrote him into my Charmed Piano performance in July 2019, with parts for gentle and fierce percussion acts alongside piano feedback, viola (Jessica Pavone), and baritone sax (Ed Bear). My main work gig is as technical director for Issue Project Room, and I taught a workshop in experimental sound art February–March 2020 at Pioneer Works.”