12 November 2012


Brian McCorkle, Valerie Kuehne, and Esther Neff made this a really special show!  Brian, an old friend, and his fellow travelers put on a show at the Far House last night.  They had some time before their next show in Cincinnati, so they were keen to get into CBN for a performance.


Performances by Brian and Valerie, and a brief interview at the end of the show highlight what talented and inspired individuals these folks are.

The three live in the Panoply Performance Lab in Brooklyn and regularly curate multidimensional performance art exhibitions.  They are currently touring the Midwest.  Brian and Esther went to school at UM and it was a real joy having them back in the CBN studios.

Brian and Esther’s operas incorporate a distinct idealogy.  From their site:

Brian McCorkle and Esther Neff have been collaborating as “Panoply Performance Laboratory” or “PPL” for the past 6 years on work that combines conceptual music, sculpture, and performance art. Each site-and-context-specific performance theorizes compositional and constructive systems, ideological structures, modes of production, and epistemic geneologies via precise, viscereal actions. PPL perform barefoot, employing extended vocal techniques, using home-made instruments of sound and labor, manipulating sculptural objects stuffed with analog electronics, and operating crude wood/rope/plastic contraptions. Often participatory and created in the moment with a collaborating audience, PPL performances swing violently between the hyper-structural and the indeteriminate, dealing with causation, reaction, conception, cognition, and active human practices of construction and reality- projection.

I wish them well on their travels!  For information on their various projects, see the links below.

Panoply Performance Lab

Brian McCorkle (What Color Is Your Machine Gun, Big Plastic Finger, etc.)

Valerie Kuenhe

Esther Neff

The Supercoda (one of Kuehne’s projects)


And, for mp3s of the 2 hours of the show, click below.

Hour 1

Hour 2

Also, I hope to see everyone at WCBN’s Free Night at the Movies on Wednesday!  ABC at 9pm; The Robot Vs. the Aztec Mummy!

2:46 PM
The Raincoats
Off Duty Trip
The Raincoats

2:45 PM
Silver Jews
Candy Jail

2:22 PM
Echo & the Bunnymen
Forgotten Fields
The Fountain
Ocean Rain

2:17 PM
Six Finger Satellite
Coke and Mirrors
Sub Pop

2:14 PM
Coefficient Ascender

2:10 PM
Grass Widow
Past Time
Kill Rock Stars

2:10 PM
Brian McCorkle
-Live in Studio-
-Live in Studio-
-Live in Studio-

1:39 PM
Strauss-Tausig (Jorge Bolet, piano)
Man Ist nur Einmal
Bolet at Carnegie Hall

1:29 PM
Igor Stravinsky (Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Stravinksky, conductor)
Symphony in 3 Movements
Violin Concerto and Symphony in Three Movements