RICKSPLUND is an improvising duo consisting of Steven Ricks (trombone, electronics) and Christian Asplund (viola, piano/keyboards, electronics). The most recent manifestations of our duo work involve one of us improvising on our particular acoustic instrument (trombone or viola, respectively), while the other improvises adding effects, samples, and loops created from the live instrument’s sound. In some cases prerecorded/composed audio elements are incorporated. In other cases, both of us set the acoustic instruments aside and improvise together using our respective electronic setups.
Performance at Salty Cricket Composers Collective "Just Duets" concert, Thursday, November 17, 2016. Urban Arts Gallery in SLC. Filmed by Eric Ringger.
RICKSPLUND at ISIM 2016, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. May 15, 2016. Here are a couple video clips from our performance there:
"Panic at the Laurier..."
Here's one of our early/original performances with the amplified-viola-with-loops-effects setup, frequently called "VvioLla." Additional performances with this setup and others follow.
And several more, at various venues, from over the past several years...