Electronic Press Kit
Klimchak is a throat-singing, theremin-playing, homemade percussion instrument-making musician from Atlanta, GA.
In concert, Klimchak builds elaborate structures of interlocking melody & rhythm, then obliterates those structures with bursts of noise, random drones, and slabs of spontaneous improvised sound. Expect to see some combination of home built instruments, electro acoustic sound design and a mess of drums, flutes and a theremin.
Klimchak is a man of few names and many talents. In 2009, he was awarded the Loridans Arts Award, a $15,000 cash prize often called “Atlanta’s MacArthur Genius Award.” His sonic artwork has been heard in solo concerts, performance art pieces and scores for theater, dance and film.
Combining a sense of whimsy with the playing skills of a master multi-instrumentalist, his concerts are filled with surprises and crazy home-made instruments played using even crazier techniques. Waterworks is played by striking small pieces of metal while dipping them into an amplified bowl of water. Speaking NonSynths melds theremin, Tuvan throat singing, didgeridoo and percussion into a bubbling groove in 7/4 time.
Klimchak’s last performance art project was performed at The Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta. CookNotes is a performance art cooking show, funded in part by grants from Idea Capital and the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. He built instruments out of kitchen equipment & wrote music for them. Klimchak performed that music live, WHILE cooking food on the instruments. At the end of the concert, there was a complete meal made for the audience to eat.
In the last year, live performances include playing theremin, Moog Minitaur and a set of tuned circular saw-blades for Shakespeare’s As You Like It for Theater Emory, Theremin Bike in the Little Five Points Arts Alive Festival, and a modified kitchen sink with electronics for the Art In Odd Places Festival in Orlando. He’s currently composing music for an opera, The Followers, to be performed at 7 Stages Theater in 2018.