Zaïmph is the solo project of artist, musician and performer Marcia Bassett. Zaïmph’s recordings and performances shimmer with a dense, dissonant and often unsettling electronic aura, shot through with flashes of meditative beauty. Her preferred sonic toolkit includes prepared guitar, keyboard, cracked drum machines, custom-built noise/drone boxes, processed environmental sounds and tabletop effects.
Bassett’s releases have appeared on a variety of independent labels including Hospital Productions, Utech Records, Volcanic Tongue and No Fun. Although Bassett has released a number of recordings on her now-retired Heavy Blossom imprint, she continues to showcase Zaïmph and other aesthetically allied projects on Yew, a label she founded in 2012.
As a co-founder of Philadelphia’s shambolic psychonauts un, tectonic drone pioneers Double Leopards, and the psych-folk drone trio GHQ, Bassett is deeply entwined with the American noise underground, and has mapped regions still only dimly understood by subsequent sonic travelers. From 2003-2008, Bassett joined Matthew Bower in Hototogisu, where her mastery of cacophonous eardrum shred achieved monolithic proportions.
In addition to her solo project Zaïmph, Bassett collaborates with a wide spectrum of musicians including Samara Lubelski, Barry Weisblat, Andrew Lafkas, and Helga Fassonaki.
Jenny Gräf is a sound, video and performance artist who explores peripheral places and states through composition, improvisation and participatory works. In Gräf’s music and art she invokes immersion and rupture to explore changing perceptions of diegesis and space, formal choices rooted in a deep interest in social roles and behavior.
Gräf has produced sound and video work from projects she designed with people with Alzheimer’s such as The Guitars Project and The Hilgos Project to explore agency within the context of memory loss. She has created a number of pieces that explore social behavior within the context of server/consumer dynamic in pieces like Threshold for Action and Sound, where the audience’s menu selections generates a score for the musicians and food servers. In 2009 she formed The Stone Carving Oraclestra, which uses Experimental Archeology and the use of phonemes to channel sonic “readings” for members of the audience. In 2009 she premiered Proud Flesh, an experimental Western shot in the Badlands of South Dakota that contains an original score by Gräf and collaborator Chiara Giovando. In 2009 she was commissioned by Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago to create Osmosymbiotic Echo, a sound installation for the Chicago Lincoln Park Conservatory’s Fern Room.