MSP/Piano/Synth/+: w Biggi Vinkeloe Roughtet’s US Tour • Makeout Room (04 May) • The Emerald Tablet (14 May) • The Second Act (20 May) • The Nunnery (24 May – afternoon) – all dates: San Francisco

Biggi Vinkeloe Roughtet

Biggi Vinkeloe Roughtet

I’m very excited to once again join German/Swedish saxophonist and flautist Biggi Vinkeloe with her US touring ensemble, the Biggi Vinkeloe Roughtet!

We’re doing 4 Bay Area dates, all in San Francisco. Immediately below is a list of the dates, followed by info on Biggi and her crew, then details of each date adding info about the venues and other acts.

Added: Examiner.com review of show #1 below: here

Biggi Vinkeloe Roughtet — Bay Area Tour Dates

Mon 04 May: Makeout Room, San Francisco (Set 1, with Lisle Ellis on bass, video by Warren Stringer)

+ Set 2: Love, Devotion Surrender (Karl Evangelista, Ross Hammond, Eli Wallace, & Bob LaDue)

+ Set 3: Crickets (Ila Cantor, Kasey Knudsen, John Wiitala, & Hamir Atwal / हम्मीर अटवाल)

(jump to 04 May show specifics)

Thu 14 May: The Emerald Tablet, San Francisco (Set 3, with Lisle Ellis on bass, video by Warren Stringer)

+ Set 1: The Godfather of instrument inventors, Bart Hopkin (solo)

+ Set 2: Master vibraphonist Mark Clifford (solo)

(jump to 14 May show specifics)

Wed 20 May: The Second Act, San Francisco (Set 4, with Scott Walton on bass, video by Megan McKearney)

+ Set 1: Electronic mind-distorter, Heartworm

+ Set 2: Unpopular Electronics featuring Gino Robair

+ Set 3: Pioneer of networked computer music, John Bischoff

(jump to 20 May show specifics)

Sun 24 May (afternoon): The Nunnery, San Francisco (Set 2, with Scott Walton on bass)

+ Set 1: Unfolding modernist string structures by Adam Fong and Brent Miller

(jump to 24 May show specifics)

There is going to be a LOT of wonderful music in these shows, but something that always excites me about playing with Biggi is using her sound samples and field recordings, especially ones recorded during her tour of India under the auspices of the Goethe Institut. A pioneer of blending voice samples and “found music” with wind instruments, Biggi has contributed a variety of other samples to these shows as well.

Biggi Vinkeloe plays Bangalore („Bangalore Meine Liebe“ Werkstatt, Goethe Institut, Bangalore, 2011, photo by Selvaprakash L) 1.02

The Biggi Vinkeloe Roughtet

Details for each show follow below under our bios.

Don Robinson (L) and Biggi VInkeloe (R)

A sorceress of avant / jazz wind energy, and veteran of stellar collaborations with Roberto Bellatalla, Alberto Braida, Chris Brown, Lisle Ellis, Marco Eneidi, Ken Filiano, Gianni Gebbia, Vinny Golia, Giancarlo Locatelli, Miya Masaoka (正岡みや), Barre Phillips, Gino Robair, Cecil Taylor, Peeter Uuskyla, and Marie Wärme, among many others, Biggi Vinkeloe will réprise her long-standing collaboration with Bay Area master drummer Don Robinson, whom Coda Magazine has described as a “percussion Dervish”, and among whose most notable collaborators are Alan Silva, Anthony Braxton, Oliver Lake, Glenn Spearman, Larry Ochs, Bobby Few, Raphé Malik, and Joe McPhee.

Joe Lasqo @ Meridian Gallery, 11 Jan 2012 (Photo: PeterBKaars.com, http://www.peterbkaars.com)

Laptopist/pianist Joe Lasqo studied classical music in India; computer music at MIT, Columbia, Berkeley/CNMAT; has been a long-time avant jazz musician; & has lived, played & listened in many East Asian and European countries (now in SF).

Special interests include applying AI techniques from expert systems, natural language processing, and computational linguistics to music; and the intersection of traditional Asian musics with modernism.

Joe is a regular member of Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra and Jim Ryan’s Green Alembic, as well as his own Renga-kai (連歌会) & Mukaiji-kai (霧海) ensembles, and has played and recorded with musicians such as: Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Viv Corringham (London/NYC), Beth Custer, Thomas Dimuzio, Vinny Golia, Phillip Greenlief, Ron Heglin, Darren Johnston, Thollem McDonas, Lisa Mezzacappa, David Michalak, Tom Nunn, Suki O’Kane, Simon O’Rorke (NZ), Teddy Rankin-Parker, Rent Romus, Joe Snape (UK), Lucie Vítková (Czech Rep.), Paul Winstanley, Jack Wright, and Pamela Z, among many others.

Two master bassists will join this trio on different dates:

The electro-acoustic world of Lisle Ellis

◉ NYC bassist and computer musician Lisle Ellis. Veteran of 40+ recordings (including Down Beat ✰✰✰✰✰ The Ornette Coleman Songbook), he’s worked with Paul Bley, Peter Brötzmann, Andrew Cyrille, Anthony Davis, Ben Goldberg, Frank Gratowski, Joëlle Léandre, Rudresh Mahanthappa (ರುದ್ರೇಶ್ ಮಹಂತಪ್ಪ), Miya Masaoka (正岡みや), Myra Melford, Bob Ostertag, William Parker, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Stefano Scodanibbio, Cecil Taylor, William Winant, Pamela Z, and John Zorn, among many others.

Scott Walton

◉ On bass: Scott Walton.

Showing dazzling technique and incisive taste in recent Bay Area concerts with Steve Adams, Gilbert Isbin, Sten Sandell, & Gino Robair, Scott Walton is a bassist and pianist whose music negotiates the terrain between jazz, free improvisation, and the classical avant-garde.

Active in a variety of ensembles, current projects include duos with lutenist Gilbert Isbin, and with saxophonist/flautist Steve Adams; trios with dancer Ellen Webb and singer Cecilia Engelhart, with vocal artist Anna Homler and trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, and The Skerries, with guitarist Bill Horvitz and drummer Tom Hayashi; a quartet with Michael Vlatkovich, guitarist Tom McNalley, and percussionist/drummer Garth Powell; and ad hoc ensembles with electronic/computer musician Tim Perkis. He has performed or recorded with Alex Cline, Wadada Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, Myra Melford, Nels Cline, George Lewis, John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Anthony Davis, John Abercrombie, Davey Williams, Toshiko Akiyoshi (秋吉敏子), Clifford Jordan, and Philip Gelb, among many others.

It will be our honor and pleasure to welcome two of the Bay Area’s best video artists on 3 of our dates to create an expanded multimedia experience which will jam all channels:

Warren Stringer

I welcome a fresh opportunity to work with the inimitable visual synthesis of maestro Warren Stringer of Muse.

L → R: Warren Stringer, Joe Lasqo, and Rent Romus, Luggage Store Gallery, 27 Dec 2012

L → R: Warren Stringer, Joe Lasqo, and Rent Romus, Luggage Store Gallery, 27 Dec 2012

Those who have seen Warren at one of my previous shows or a Bay Area technorave know his unique mastery in combining art and algorithm for the real-time visual accompaniment of improvisatory music. (And the rest of you have something great to look forward to…)

Not only a master of improvisatory video, Warren is a software fiend in many other areas, encompassing a wide range of applications to enable social self expression for mobile devices, game machines, and the web (cf. Muse).

Megan McKearney

Megan McKearney

Megan McKearney is an imaginative visual artist based in Oakland. An intrepid traveler with a passion for photography, she’s travelled to many parts of the world including Europe, India, Egypt, Indonesia, and Guatemala, collecting images and stories that she compiles in books and transforms in art projects. She’s also worked as a cinematographer on Sue Useem’s award winning documentary Which Way to the War?. Megan also has extensive experience as a graphic designer, creating visual media for bands, venues and events, and she’s developed a unique approach to live video that incorporates her photographic images. Building from work which began with the performance art group Marana Jocund (Facebook link), Megan continues to develop this art form, combining spontaneous improvisation with her animated compositions

Mahabodhi Incense Mandala by Megan McKearney

Mahabodhi Incense Mandala by Megan McKearney

Arbetslag och instrument:

Biggi Vinkeloe: saxes & flute

Don Robinson: drums

Joe Lasqo: piano/laptop/synth/objects

Lisle Ellis: bass

Scott Walton: bass

Warren Stringer: video

Megan McKearney: video

Have a look at a a bit of a show at North Beach’s Emerald Tablet, from last year’s tour with Biggi (made available through the generosity of videographer Charles Smith)… and look out for an upcoming album which was recorded on that tour.

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Mon 04 May, 8:30pm: Makeout Room, San Francisco (featuring Lisle Ellis on bass, video by Warren Stringer)

The Makeout Room (Photo by Kelly Allen, kellyallen.com)

The Makeout Room (Photo by Kelly Allen, kellyallen.com)

I’m delighted to again play the great Monday Makeout series, curated and nurtured by Bay Area greats like Lisa Mezzacappa, Darren Johnston, & Karl Evangelista — a series that has made one of the best lounges in SF one of the best places to hear ground-breaking new music as well.

Coordinates: Makeout Room, SF3225 22nd St, SF (between Mission & Valencia – map).

— Set 1, 8:30pm: Biggi Vinkeloe Roughtet, feat. Lisle Ellis on bass, video by Warren Stringer (jump to Biggi Vinkeloe Roughtet description)

— Set 2, 9:20pm: Love, Devotion Surrender (Karl Evangelista, Ross Hammond, Eli Wallace, & Bob LaDue)

Taking inspiration from the “mystic shredding” period of John McLaughlin & Carlos Santana’s work in albums such as My Goal’s Beyond, The Inner Mounting Flame, and the eponymous Love, Devotion Surrender, this exciting new ensemble explores just how high two guitars can fly, propelled by a powerful rhythm section of vibrant pianist Eli Wallace and Africa-influenced avant drummer and percussionist Bob LaDue.

Karl Evangelista

Karl Evangelista

◉ Karl Evangelista (guitar | FX)

As well as organizing concerts at the Makeout Room and the incendiary Light a Fire Series, Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista is part of a new wave of creative musicians grounded in jazz, 20th-century experimentalism, and pop song, exploring the place of multiculturalism and ethnic co-existence in an increasingly post-cultural, trans-idiomatic cultural space. The creative force behind boundary breaking group Grex (who recently gave a brilliant performance at YBCA’s New Frequencies Festival), Karl has been called “essential current-and-future listening, his music “a near-seamless blend of modern jazz, contemporary structuralist composition, indie rock, and blues rock” (Tiny Mix Tapes). This complex, powerful aesthetic fosters an “otherworldly experience” that is “completely original” (Eugene Weekly).

Karl has explored the possibilities of intercultural dialogues across a vast spectrum of academic and professional situations, working in a wide variety of ensembles with or under the direction of Achyutan (Marvin Patillo), Scott Amendola, Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), India Cooke, Fred Frith, Eddie Gale, Ben Goldberg, Matthew Goodheart, Phillip Greenlief, Darren Johnston, Lewis Jordan, Myra Melford, Hafez Modirzadeh (حافظ مدیرزاد), Bill Noertker, Zeena Parkins, John-Carlos Perea, Gino Robair, Daniel Schmidt, Marcus Shelby, Aram Shelton, David Slusser, Damon Smith, Karen Stackpole, Moe! Staiano, and AIR co-founder Francis Wong (世明), and has performed in works by Luciano Chessa, Christian Jendreiko, Polly Moller, AACM co-founder Muhal Richard Abrams, and Art Ensemble of Chicago co-founder Roscoe Mitchell. Karl holds a BA from UC Berkeley & an MFA in Improvised Music from Mills College.

Ross Hammond

◉ Ross Hammond (guitar | FX)

To let Ross speak for himself:

“I’m a guitarist, improviser and composer living in Sacramento, CA. I never really know how to answer when people ask what type of music I play. I suppose it’s rooted in jazz and folk and rock and soul, and then it’s heavy on the improvisation, except when it’s a composed piece. Oftentimes the music I make is totally improvised. Sometimes there’s no music at all and it’s just sound. And then again I’ve been known to play a lot of acoustic, roots based music with other like-minded folks. Sometimes I’ll accompany singers, songwriters, poets and dancers. From time to time I’ll also get chances to write music for films and other art projects. I’m not sure there’s any easy way to describe all of that, so I just say that I play the guitar.”

Ross has collaborated/gigged/recorded with: Kevin Seconds, Oliver Lake, Pheeroan akLaff, Vinny Golia, Vladimir Tarasov (Владимир Тарасов), Nicole Mitchell, Dwight Trible, Calvin Weston, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Alex Cine, Amy Reed, Steve Adams, Ken Filiano, Mike Pride, Max Johnson, Catherine Sikora, Scott Amendola, Steuart Liebig, Sameer Gupta (समीर गुप्ता), Daryl Shawn, Tony Passarell, Alex Jenkins, Erik Kleven, and more.

Those who have heard Ross Hammond are familiar with the problem of describing his fluid music, always unpredictable (except you can be sure it will always be warm, ear-opening, and very, very hip).

And those who know the music scene of the Greater East Bay stand in awe of Ross’ role in organizing Nebraska Mondays at Luna’s and many other events that keep the flame creative music burning brightly in Sacramento, Davis, Berkeley and points beyond.’

Eli Wallace

◉ Eli Wallace (keyboards)

Pianist and composer Eli Wallace began his studies at Lawrence U. under Fred Sturm, Mark Urness, and Lee Tomboulian, and continued for a Master’s in Music (Jazz Composition) at the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Jason Moran, Jerry Bergonzi, Ken Schaphorst, Frank Carlberg, & Kati Agócs.

Since relocating to the Bay Area, Eli’s played with many musicians and ensembles in wildly different genres, e.g. Karl Evangelista’s Ai-Ai, Jim Ryan’s ensembles Virtual Assembly & Retro Blue, John Givens’ No Lovely Thing, and Bill Wolter’s Inner Ear Brigade, as well as appearing on Dan Meinhardt’s album Gone West. His own recent project is a series of pieces composed for solo piano that embrace his interest in jazz, improvisation & contemporary avant-garde classical music. Eli is also making waves in a new trio with Karl Evangelista and Jon Arkin.

As a composer Eli’s been commissioned to write music for jazz big band, solo piano, chamber orchestra, and dance, and his piece Influx Rebellion was well-received at the EarShot Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Readings (in affiliation with Columbia University / American Composers Orchestra).

Bob Ladue

Bob Ladue

◉ Bob LaDue (drums and percussion)

Bob Ladue's album, Chekeré, Part 1

Bob Ladue's album, Chekeré, Part 1

Africa-influenced avant drummer and percussionist Bob LaDue, the leader/avatar of music phenomenon Denny Denny Breakfast, is a unique presence on the Bay Area percussion scene, with a range encompassing driving traditional rhythms, electric/voodoo post-Miles sound, and large post-modern percussion choruses using the West African chekeré (for example his recent brilliant Luggage Store show with masses of the Bay Area’s most interesting percussionists in kaleidoscopic chekeré groupings.)

Score for Chekeré, Ⓒ by Bob LaDue

Score for Chekeré, Ⓒ by Bob LaDue

— Set 3, 10:10pm: Crickets (Ila Cantor, Kasey Knudsen, John Wiitala, & Hamir Atwal / हम्मीर अटवाल)

An all-star modern jazz quartet of Bay Area luminaries closes out the evening:

Ila Cantor

Ila Cantor

◉ lla Cantor is a young, dynamic, award-winning guitarist and composer based in Oakland.

She’s trained widely in composition, and jazz and classical guitar at the New School U. in New York; the Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta, Canada; in Spain with renowned Argentine composer/pianist Guillermo Klein; and with mentors such as John Scofield, John Abercrombie and Ben Monder.

Ila has toured and played internationally, as both a band member – w Aaron Parks, Steve Cardenas, Reid Anderson, Les Paul, and others – and leader, throughout the US & Spain. Her first CD, Mother Nebula (Fresh Sound Records), was released in 2006, and she’s composed music for the award-winning films Horizons and Blast.

Although grounded in jazz, Ila’s music and playing challenges our contemporary categories of music. Her guitar speaks for itself. At a moment of great ferment and interplay among all kinds of music – highbrow and pop, West and East, rock and jazz, alternative and mainstream, straight and outside – her work stands out for its compelling originality and musical integrity.

Kasey Knudsen

Kasey Knudsen

◉ Kasey Knudsen (sax)

Kasey Knudsen is a San Francisco based saxophonist, composer & educator. After studying at Berklee College of Music, she relocated to the Bay Area, and has been commissioned by the JazzSchool’s Emerging Artist Series, Intersection For The Arts, & the De Young Museum to write and perform new work. She leads her own trio and sextet, and co-leads The Schimscheimer Family Trio w Bay Area drummer Jon Arkin & pianist Michael Coleman and The Holly Martins, with vocalist Lorin Benedict and guitarist Eric Vogler.

Kasey performs with many ensembles and bandleaders, including Evan Francis (Facebook link), Ben Goldberg, Fred Frith, Eric Garland and Henry Hung’s Klaxon Mutant All Stars, the Ian Carey sextet, the Montclair Women’s Big Band, Graham Connah, Adam Shulman, Nathan Clevenger, Aaron Novik, Michael Coleman, the Bay Area Composers’ Collective Orchestra, Jarrett Cherner, Q Morrow, Rob Ewing’s Disappear Incompletely and more. Kasey has toured the world with tUnE-yArDs, including a number of performances at South By South West; she has played with: Scott Amendola, Fred Frith’s world premiere of Gravity Live, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Realistic Orchestra’s Brass Bows & Beats, The Slip, Joe Bagale, The Industrial Jazz Group, Rova Saxophone Quartet’s Sax Cloud, & many others.

John Wiitala

John Wiitala

◉ John Wiitala (bass)

San Francisco-based John Wiitala has worked with some of the greatest names in jazz, including Joe Henderson, Junior Cook, Charlie Rouse, James Moody, Bud Shank, and Cecil Payne. He’s toured with Richie Cole, Arturo Sandoval, Shorty Rogers, and Jessica Williams, performed with Wesla Whitfield, Madeline Eastman, Mark Levine, and Hal Stein, and has played at jazz festivals around the world, including Monterey, North Sea, Montreux, Detriot, and JVC/Concord. His recording credits include work with Scott Hamilton, Jessica Williams, Mark Levine, as well as Anton Schwartz.

Hamir Atwal (हम्मीर अटवाल)

Hamir Atwal (हम्मीर अटवाल)

◉ Hamir Atwal / हम्मीर अटवाल (drums)

An up-and-coming drummer/composer based in the East Bay, drummer/percussionist Hamir Atwal (हम्मीर अटवाल) is a Berklee College of Music graduate who has taught at Music Academy International, Stanford University, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the JazzSchool, CSU-Stanislaus, and Santa Rosa Junior College.

Hamir has performed with such acts as the Glimpse Trio, tUnE-yArDs, Michael Coleman, the Ben Goldberg School, and was a part of his own percussion group entitled CavityFang.

He has played in such notable venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, the Village Vanguard, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, and the Monterey Jazz Festival, and can regularly be heard throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Hamir has played and/or recorded with saxophonists Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, and Patrick Wolff; bassist/producer Bill Laswell; and clarinetist Ben Goldberg, among others.

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Thu 14 May, 9pm: The Emerald Tablet, San Francisco (featuring Lisle Ellis on bass, video by Warren Stringer)

I look forward to play again at the Ground Zero of the North Beach poetry, art, and music Renaissance, The Emerald Tablet (80 Fresno St., San Francisco, map)

The Emerald Tablet

— Set 3, 9pm: Biggi Vinkeloe Roughtet, feat. Lisle Ellis on bass, video by Warren Stringer (jump to Biggi Vinkeloe Roughtet description)

— Set 1, 7:30pm: The Godfather of instrument inventors, Bart Hopkin

Bart Hopkin at the wheel with one of his invented instruments

Bart Hopkin at the wheel with one of his invented instruments

Bart Hopkin has worked as a guitarist and musical arranger for several decades, performing, recording, composing and teaching in many contexts and places. He’s also an inventor and maker of musical instruments, and the director of Experimental Musical Instruments, an organization devoted to unusual musical instruments. In addition to building, teaching and consulting, he’s written many books on instruments and their construction, and produced books and CDs featuring the work of innovative instrument makers, e.g.: Funny Noises for the Connoisseur, Nice Noise: Preparations and Modifications for Guitar, Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones, Musical Instrument Design, and Orbitones, Spoon Harps & Bellowphones.

Master instrument inventors Bart Hopkin (L) and Tomm Nunn (R), 17 Feb 2012 (Photo - PeterBKaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

Master instrument inventors Bart Hopkin (L) and Tomm Nunn (R), 17 Feb 2012 (Photo - PeterBKaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

Bart’s long experience as an accomplished musician in the world of conventional instruments insures that his invented musical instruments are not merely exotic sculptures, but can be used with the expressivity and musicality of instruments which have developed through hundreds of years of historical evolution and design.

That said, they are bloody exotic sculptures — Have a look:

Bart Hopkin's invented instrument, the Zing Forest

Bart Hopkin's invented instrument, the Zing Forest

Bart Hopkin's invented instrument, the Trillium Harp

Bart Hopkin's invented instrument, the Trillium Harp

Bart Hopkin's invented instrument, the Disorderly Tumbling

Bart Hopkin's invented instrument, the Disorderly Tumbling

Bart received a B.A. magna cum laude in Folklore & Mythology, specializing in ethnomusicology from Harvard University, and later picked up a B.A. in music education and a teaching credential at San Francisco State University. He has faithfully attended the School of the Autodidact ever since.

Check out the great photo + sound gallery of many of Bart’s invented instruments here.

— Set 2, 8:15pm: Master vibraphonist Mark Clifford (solo)

Mark Clifford (photo - Chris Boutros)

Mark Clifford (photo - Chris Boutros)

Mark Clifford is an Oakland-based vibraphonist, composer, and percussionist. A much sought after performer and improviser, Marc is involved in free improvisation, new music, jazz, and rock, playing alongside musicians such as: Jeff Parker, Kjell Nordeson, Ches Smith, Joan La Barbara, Aram Shelton, Colin Stranahan, Ron Miles, Scott Amendola, Tatsuya Nakatani (中谷達也), Danny Meyer, Lisa Mezzacappa, and Sō Percussion, as well as serving as a percussionist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Mark Clifford

Mark Clifford

Mark is deeply involved in the creative music scene and has performed in a wide variety of groups including Aram Shelton’s Sound Quartet, the Oakland Active Orchestra, sfsound, DRMS (Facebook link), Aaron Novik’s Cosimo Lissy, the Dominique Leone Band, Jordan Glenn’s Beak, Denny Denny Breakfast, and Bells Atlas. Mark leads The Dirty Snacks Ensemble, an eclectic post-jazz ensemble in which he is composer, vibraphonist and vocalist. As a composer, Mark’s recent writing employs conceptual parameters for long form works, e.g. basing compositional interval structures on the ratio of vertebrae in human spines (Fair Slope). Most recently, Mark was commissioned to create a new work for San Francisco’s Switchboard Presents Series, Levity Factions 2-6. Further commissions include Fair Slope, an interdisciplinary dance / performance piece in collaboration w choreographer Sam Stone, as well as No Awareness, a setting of a rhythmic transcription of a Kool Keith verse for vibraphone, drums, & piano. Other works include: Toddler Hammock for the Oakland Active Orchestra, Winona & The Moods for New Keys ensemble, and A Crimson Hexagon, in collaboration with the Sam Stone Rooftop Dance Collective.

Mark Clifford

Mark Clifford

Mark studied classical percussion at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music as well as studying studying percussion under Colorado Symphony Orchestra master percussionist John Kinzie, jazz theory and composition under pianist Eric Gunnison, and composition under William Hill; percussion and marimba at Nagoya University in Japan with Tomomi Sugō (菅生知巳); and vibraphone with two of his greatest heroes, Steve Nelson and Matt Moran.

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Wed 20 May, in show starting at 8pm: The Second Act, San Francisco (featuring Scott Walton on bass, video by Megan McKearney)

The Second Act, the next generation of the Haight's Red Vic

The Second Act, the next generation of the Haight's Red Vic

It will be a great pleasure to play again at The Second Act, the terrific performing arts space and restaurant zone that Jack & Betsy Rix, members of the original Red Vic collective, have now created in the Red Vic’s former site — and great to play in the notorious “Third Wednesday” series run there by James Decker, proprietor/perpetrator of Resipiscent Records, which has created a powerful electronic music dipole traversing Haight St., resonating with the Lower Haight’s mutant sound scene @ ROBOTSPEAk.

Coordinates: The Second Act, SF, 1727 Haight St, SF (between Shrader & Cole – map).

— Set 4 of show beginning @ 8pm: Biggi Vinkeloe Roughtet, feat. Scott Walton on bass, video by Megan McKearney (jump to Biggi Vinkeloe Roughtet description)

— Set 1 of show beginning @ 8pm: The electronic artistry of Heartworm (Brandon Taylor)

Heartworm (Brandon Taylor)

Heartworm (Brandon Taylor)

Heartworm (Brandon Taylor) is “focused on cinematic sound design, experimental synth explorations, breakbeat gnarlification, musique concrète-esque collage & field recordings, slowed-down-pitch-jacked hip hop, granular reality warping, and ambient narcoleptic insomnia”.

After playing bass, drums and guitar in early bands and experimenting with electronics, Heartworm became a regular in New York’s drum & bass, experimental, noise, industrial, and downtempo electronic music scenes, co-hosting the long running “Opiate” experimental series with Aaron Spectre, and working a heavy schedule of DJ residencies, music releases, & collaborations. In NY he also co-founded the grassroots weblabel/artist collective Slum.org and worked closely with New York’s underground soundsystem scene, most notably with the Renegade Virus soundsystem crew.

Relocating to San Francisco more than a decade ago, Heartworm has worked for many years with Bay Area soundsystem collective 5LOWERSHOP, and other Bay Area soundsytems and collectives, promoting and planning events, political actions and various nefarious schemes.

— Set 2 of show beginning @ 8pm: Unpopular Electronics featuring Gino Robair

Gino Robair displayed prodigious talent from early childhood...

Gino Robair displayed prodigious talent from early childhood...

Gino Robair has created music for dance, theater, radio, television, silent film, and gamelan orchestra, and his works have been performed throughout North America, Europe, & Japan.

Gino has recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, John Butcher, Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald, Ōtomo Yoshihide (大友良英), Rova Saxophone Quartet, and Eugene Chadbourne, among many others, as well as performing with John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Fred Frith, Eddie Prévost, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, Myra Melford, Wadada Leo Smith, and the Club Foot Orchestra.

Gino Robair

Gino Robair

Gino is a founding member of the Splatter Trio and the heavy-metal band, Pink Mountain. In addition, he runs Rastascan Records, a label devoted to creative music.

— Set 3 of show beginning @ 8pm: John Bischoff

John Bischoff

John Bischoff

John Bischoff, a great pioneer of live computer music, has been at the forefront of the digital wave from its beginning. He’s known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis as well as his development of computer network music. John studied composition with Robert Moran, James Tenney, Robert Ashley, and David Behrman, and has been active in the experimental music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years as a composer, performer, and teacher. His performances around the US include two NEW MUSIC AMERICA festivals, Roulette & Experimental Intermedia in New York, and Lampo in Chicago, to name a few. He’s performed in Europe at the Festival d’Automne in Paris, Akademie der Künste in Berlin, STEIM in Amsterdam, and Fylkingen in Stockholm among other places. He is a founding member of the League of Automatic Music Composers, the world’s first computer network band, and co-authored an article on the League’s music that appears in Foundations of Computer Music (MIT Press 1985). From 1985 to now John has performed and recorded with the network band The Hub.

John Bischoff

John Bischoff

In 2004, noted media theorist Douglas Kahn published A Musical Technography of John Bischoff in the Leonardo Music Journal (Vol. 14). Two astonishing retrospective CD packages documenting the computer network music field which John and his colleagues invented were released in 2007 and 2008: The League of Automatic Music Composers: 1978-1983 (New World Records) and 3-CD set of recordings by The Hub titled Boundary Layer (Tzadik). Recordings of John’s work are also available on Lovely Music, 23Five, Centaur, and Artifact. His recent solo CD titled Audio Combine, released on New World Records, was picked as one of the “Best of the Year 2012″ by The Wire magazine. John is currently Associate Professor of Music at Mills College in Oakland, California.

The Glass Hand, an intently focused exploration of dazzling sonic transparencies by John Bischoff

The Glass Hand, an intently focused exploration of dazzling sonic transparencies by John Bischoff

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Sun 24 May, Set 2, 3pm (N.B. matinée): @ the Nunnery, (3016 25th St., San Francisco, CA 94110, between Florida and Alabama Streets, map)

The Nunnery

The Nunnery

The Nunnery is the secret lair and new-instrument research lab of sound-inventor Tom Nunn, who hosts a series of concerts there which often involve invented / homebrew instruments and extended improvisational techniques.

Part of the invented instrument orchestra at The Nunnery

The performance space is surrounded by Tom’s latest creations. Once a month he opens his atelier to the public for performances on a Sunday afternoon, and we look forward to a matinée performance there on Sun 24 May:

Set 2, 3pm: Biggi Vinkeloe Roughtet, feat. Scott Walton on bass (jump to Biggi Vinkeloe Roughtet description)

Set 1, 2pm: Adam Fong (contrabass) & Brent Miller (electric guitar)

Well-known for their savvy arts business model and the crisp, effective execution that has made San Francisco’s Center For New Music an avant-arts model throughout the country, Adam and Brent have also long worked together musically as members of the composers’ collective The Collected.

A room I take care to never miss at the summer solstice Garden Of Memory event at Oakland’s Chapel of the Chimes is the one that has Brent and Adam playing — or I might rather say, unfolding — their luminous and beautifully spacious duet pieces.

Their command of extended electro-acoustic string technique, elegant economy of means, and transcendent sonic design create a listening focus of strong clarity like a form of light for the ears.

Brent MIller and friends

Brent MIller and friends

Brent Miller is a composer, performer, and arts administrator based in San Francisco. He studied composition at the University of Arkansas with Robert Mueller and University of Missouri-Kansas City with James Mobberley and Paul Rudy. Recent projects include works for Rova Saxophone Quartet, violinist Eric km Clark (EAR Unit), Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, and Sqwonk. He has received grants from Zellerbach Family Foundation and American Composers Forum to fund his work. Brent is active in the arts administration field, managing Rova:Arts, a non-profit organization that supports Rova Saxophone Quartet. He’s also worked with Other Minds, helping to produce the annual Other Minds Festival.

Adam Fong

Adam Fong

Adam Fong is an active cultural entrepreneur, and a composer, performer and producer of new music. He has helped build two innovative arts service organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area: Emerging Arts Professionals (Co-Founder & Director) and the Center for New Music (Co-Founder & Executive Director). Adam received the MFA in Music Composition at California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with James Tenney and Wadada Leo Smith. As Associate Director of Other Minds (2006–2012), he produced six editions of the annual Other Minds Festival, dubbed the “premier new music festival on the West Coast” (Los Angeles Times), and many special projects including the CD reissues of Conlon Nancarrow’s Studies for Player Piano and The Complete Music of Carl Ruggles, tribute concerts to Ruth Crawford Seeger, Henry Cowell, and Dane Rudhyar, a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Fluxus, and the American Premiere of 18 Microtonal Ragas based on Solo for Voice 58 by John Cage. Adam’s own compositions have been performed internationally in Auckland, London, Berlin, Tübingen and Darmstadt, at many US universities, and throughout California, by performers including the two-piano team Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa (滑川真希). Adam has lectured on experimental music, received international publication of his scholarly and creative work, and serves on numerous advisory boards, panels, and committees at the local and national level.

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Join us for these beautiful shows with one of Europe’s most unique improvising voices and a glittering cast of co-conspirators…

Joe

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MSP/Synth+: in Puppy Surprise Electro-acoustic improv vortex #2, w Jorge Bachmann, Sheila Bosco, Ferrara Brain Pan, Matt Davignon, Philip Everett, Joe Lasqo, Bob Marsh, Joshua Marshall, Collette McCaslin, David Michalak, Rent Romus, & Eli Wallace, Thu 07 May @ The Luggage Store (in slightly displaced location)

Outsound: A New Sonic Collective for the 21st Century

Outsound Series @ Luggage Store Gallery, 998 Market St. @ Taylor Street, San Francisco8pm, Thu 07 May.

NOTE: Due to renovations at the “usual” Luggage Store space, this concert will be held in a slightly displaced location, kitty-corner across at 998 Market Street at Taylor (ground floor).

+ Examiner.com preview: here

Luggage Store Gallery – Doorway to the beyond…

Luggage Store Gallery – Doorway to the beyond…

Matt Davignon (photo - Michael Zelner)

Matt Davignon (photo - Michael Zelner)

Organized by the indefatigable electronic musician and curator, Matt Davignon, the electro-acoustic improv vortex will take forward the grand tradition of chance-generated small improv ensembles, pioneered in New Zealand by the Vitamin S collective, and in the U.K. by figures such as Derek Bailey in his Company nights — a  format designed to be maximally impervious to advance preparation and so generate synchronistic improv of the utmost purity.

Puppy Surprise — pregnant with possible musical worlds

Puppy Surprise — pregnant with possible musical worlds

Leading electronic and acoustic improvisers will have their names drawn from a Puppy Surprise (qua quantum box…), determining trios and quartets for approx. 7-minute sets, while spawning a combinatorial explosion of possible musical worlds.

Disclaimer: Outsound’s use of Puppy Surprise registered trademark does not suggest a relationship with Just Play Products, or make any sort of implication about the opinions of Just Play Products (or puppies, for that matter) about the validity and appeal of strange improvised music.

Sounds and players will remain cloaked until just before dropping out of warp.

(….and in this spirit, unanticipated drop-ins from players and audience members not listed below are also warmly welcomed).

About the players:

◉ Matt Davignon (electronically enhanced drum machine | ringleader | MC)

Matt Davignon (Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

Matt Davignon (Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

Matt Davignon is an Oakland-based experimental musician, best known for combining drum machine and voice with a variety of electronic processing devices to create an expressive, organic-sounding synthesizer. His distinctive sound palette is informed not only by past experience with field recordings, household objects, prepared instruments and live sound collage, but also his love of psychedelic and space music.

Matt Davignon

Matt Davignon

In addition to his solo work, Matt frequently collaborates with other improvisers. With Hugh Behm-Steinberg, he manipulates speech recordings in the band Oa. He was also a member of the improvising avant-rock quartet Tiny Owl, and is the founder of the Pmocatat Ensemble, a group that performs on CD and tape recordings of their instruments.

Music At ½ Speed, a personal favorite, by Matt Davignon

Music At ½ Speed, a personal favorite, by Matt Davignon

Matt is also a well-known contributor to the San Francisco Bay Area experimental music community, co-curating concerts at the Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco, and hosting a radio show, The World of Wonder, on San Francisco Community Radio.

Jorge Bachmann (aka Ruidobello)

◉ Jorge Bachmann (electronics)

Sculptor, electronics master, photographer, and engineer [ruidobello] (Jorge Bachmann) is a multi-disciplinary, mixed-media and sound artist. Since the early 80s, Jorge has been exploring the strange, unique and microcosmic sounds of everyday life, collecting field recordings. The sound atmospheres created are meant for deep listening and are composed in symbiosis with the sculptural installations.

He creates equally sensual and detailed oriented photo-based work; and his art explores social and sensual constructs and experiences.

Starting his career in Bogotá, Colombia and then active for a long period in Lausanne, Switzerland, Jorge eventually relocated to the Bay Area and became a technical and artistic mainstay of MEDIATE’s Soundwave Series as well as the Engineer Scotty of the Starship SFEMF. Now he’s returned to regularly giving solo electronic concerts such as his recent brilliant one at The Lab Serge 40-year Reunion.

Sheila Bosco

◉ Sheila Bosco (percussion | keyboards)

Sheila Bosco, versatile, many-faceted musician, and veteran of the New York scene with the celebrated band Autobody, will bring some subset of her arsenal of sounds, kit, percussion, and video projection to the improvisatory vortex.

Alien Planet, the duo of Sheila Bosco (L) and Collette McCaslin (R), perform at Berkeley Arts Festival, 17 Apr 2014

Alien Planet, the duo of Sheila Bosco (L) and Collette McCaslin (R), perform at Berkeley Arts Festival, 17 Apr 2014

When not busy working on her Opus Maximus, Part 12, you can find her playing any of drums | percussion | electronics | keyboards | vocals | projection | or… in the duo Alien Planet with Collette McCaslin as well as with industrial jazz and post-rock configurations such as Mountain vs Building, zBug, and Dire Wolves.

Ferrara Brain Pain bowing a psaltery

Ferrara Brain Pain bowing a psaltery

◉ Ferrara Brain Pan, sometimes also known as Forms Of Things Unknown (saxophone)

Ferrara Brain Pan’s earliest musical experimentations developed in the wake of the original Punk and Industrial scenes in the late 1970s. Fresh out of high school in San Diego, she became involved with the international Mail Art scene under the tutelage of Fluxus artist and historian Ken Friedman, putting her in direct contact with Genesis P-Orridge. Around the same time, Ferrara established fast friendship with noise music pioneer Boyd Rice.

A move to San Francisco in the ’90s set off amassing and learning a formidable collection of wind instruments ranging from flute, saxophone, bass clarinet, and recorder, to non-Western wind instruments such as the didjeridu, shakuhachi (尺八) and Tibetan thigh-bone trumpet, the kangling (རྐང་གླིང།). During this time, she participated in the initial formation of longtime friend Timothy Hendricks’ ambient dub project 23 Degrees. The subsequent addition of harmonium, bowed psaltery, glockenspiel, percussion, and assorted electronics ranging from vintage oscillators and shortwave radio to digital signal processors led to a further expanded instrumental palette for Forms Of Things Unknown.

Ferrara has been involved with various collaborations, including Everything But The Gargoyle (dark wave duo with Pixyblink), Darmstadt Pharmacy (with Ure Thrall), and with legendary noise provocateur Boyd Rice.

Philip Everett (Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

Philip Everett (Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

◉ Philip Everett (autoharp | electronics)

Philip Everett began studying drumming with Warren George from the Stan Kenton band. Warren stuck Philip in a room alone for an hour a day, told him to learn drum rudiments, and put him in advanced orchestra & marching band. Then came Bartok, Debussy, Gershwin, and New Orleans style 2nd line marches. Furthering his studies, Philip sought wisdom from George Marsh & Eddie Moore, from whom he was taught the finer subtleties of the drums. Phillip states, “These guys taught me to relax and trust my own instincts and that pursuit of one’s own uniqueness was not a negative quality”

Armed with an array of teachings, Philip led various groups over the years, beginning in 1967 with his first group Ice, a psychedelic R & B group who opened for bands like Canned Heat & Sweetwater. Then he started Arrival, a band featuring the electronics of David Toby & bassist Ray Schaeffer, and combining elements of hard rock, folk, world music, electronic improvisation & composition. Next, Philip’s restless imagination led him to form Sound Oasis, a jazz sextet. A later stage saw Philip making a living with various country & western groups including his own The Homewreckers and The Ghettobillys — but he was unfulfilled. He decided to leave it all and devote himself to sonic exploration, deepening his involvement with electronics and the unorthodox (unholy…?) electrification of various acoustic instruments.

His current projects include Tri-Cornered Tent Show, an improv group that explores music inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, various ensembles with saxophonist Rent Romus (including The Abstractions and Lords of Outland), and writing experimental country music for his project White Buffalo, Midwestern Gothic.

Among the Cthulhic highlights of his current kit is the unique sound of an electrified (and highly distressed) auto-harp, fed through a maze of FX boxes.

Joe Lasqo & Morgana perform w Jim Ryan's Green Alembic in the sfSoundSalonSeries at Center for New Music, San Francisco, 15 Apr 2014 (Photo by Carly Hoopes)

◉ Joe Lasqo (laptop | synth | objects)

Laptopist/pianist Joe Lasqo studied classical music in India; computer music at MIT, Columbia, Berkeley/CNMAT; has been a long-time avant jazz musician; & has lived, played & listened in many East Asian and European countries (now in SF).

Special interests include applying AI techniques from expert systems, natural language processing, and computational linguistics to music; and the intersection of traditional Asian musics with modernism.

Joe is a regular member of Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra and Jim Ryan’s Green Alembic, as well as his own Renga-kai (連歌会) & Mukaiji-kai (霧海) ensembles, and has played and recorded with musicians such as: Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Nancy Beckman, Tom Bickley, Viv Corringham (London/NYC), Beth Custer, Thomas Dimuzio, Vinny Golia, Phillip Greenlief, Ron Heglin, Darren Johnston, Thollem McDonas, Lisa Mezzacappa, David Michalak, Tom Nunn, Suki O’Kane, Simon O’Rorke (NZ), Teddy Rankin-Parker, Rent Romus, Joe Snape (UK), Lucie Vítková (Czech Rep.), Paul Winstanley, Jack Wright, and Pamela Z, among many others.

Bob Marsh, the Ziggy Stardust of the Indeterminate

◉ Bob Marsh (instruments to be quantumly determined…)

Having previously left large swathes of stunned onlookers and listeners gasping in the Midwest, Bob Marsh has become a treasure of our own Bay Area music scene.

Bob Marsh performs as Mr. Mercury, Receiver Gallery, San Francisco, 03 Mar 2007

Bob is a master improviser on any instrument (or surface… or sound-generating costume…), whose work involves shaping sounds words images motions sonic-suits ideas.

Bob Marsh performing in Sonic Suit #1, Outsound New Music Summit, 2011 (Photo - Peter B. Kaars, http//:www.peterbkaars.com)

Originally from Detroit, Bob arrived in the Bay Area after a decade in Chicago where he played with most of the avant improvisers in that rich and varied scene, and has been busy with multiple projects since his arrival. He currently leads or directs: Emergency (X)tet, a string ensemble focusing on textures and microtonics; the Che Guevarra Memorial Marching (and Stationary) Accordion Band, structured and free improv for 6 to 15 accordions; Robot Martians, electronics and processed voice; the Out of the Blue Chamber Ensemble, a mixture of reeds and strings; Opera Viva, voiced physical theater; the Quintessentials, a quintet specializing in interpreting graphic compositions based on alterations to the Michelin Road Guide to France; the Free Reed Vibrating Society (inexplicable/self-explanatory), and the Illuminated Orchestra, structured improvs for large ensemble. Additionally Bob is a member of Rent Romus‘/Ernesto Diaz-Infante’s Abstractions, Moe! Staiano’s MOE!kestra, Tom Bickley’s Cornelius Cardew Choir, and a duo with Sandra Yolles, YO-YO MA-MA. Bob tours frequently with his long term collaborator, saxophonist Jack Wright, and has recently been presenting a solo work involving violin, voice and tap shoes. Bob’s educational background includes a BFA in sculpture and an MA in humanistic clinical psychology. He has studied classical piano, classical guitar, and vibraphone and has taught himself various other instruments. He’s currently active with cello, accordion, violin, voice, vibraphone, and electronics.

M. Mercure à R-de-Choc, 21 mai 2010 (pour plus de détails sur R-de-Choc et son organisateur, Pascal Marzan, svp. voir: http://r-de-choc.blogspot.com)

Bob plays well with others, such as Jim Baker, John Berndt, Tom Bickley, Jeb Bishop, Kyle Bruckmann, Gust Burns, Gene Coleman, George Cremaschi, Matt Davingon, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Dina Emerson, Bryan Eubanks, R. Albert Falesch, John Finkbeiner, Tara Flandreau, Stephen Flinn, Jonathan Fretheim, Carol Genetti, Greg Goodman, Morgan Guberman, Greg Hamilton, Chris Heenan, Ron Heglin, Jeff Hobbs, Matt Ingalls, Kurt Johnson, Aurora Josephson, Andrew Lafkas, Adam Lane, Joe Lasqo, Eric Leonardson, Jacob Lindsay, Fred Longberg-Holm, Toshi Makihara (牧原トシ), Tatsuya Nakatani (中谷達也), Tom Nunn, Suki O’Kane, Garth Powell, Bhob Rainey, Hal Rammel, Rent Romus, Scott Rosenberg, Jim Ryan, Joe Sabella, Jonathon Segel, John Shiurba, Blaise Siwula, David Slusser, Damon Smith, Adam Sonderberg, Karen Stackpole, Grant Strombeck, Tom Swafford, Ken Vandermark, Matt Weston, Sue Wolf, Theresa Wong (天欣), Michael Zelner, and Michael Zerang.

Joshua Marshall and Crystal Pascucci perform in Opera Wolf @ the 2013 Outsound New Music Summit (Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

Joshua Marshall and Crystal Pascucci perform in Opera Wolf @ the 2013 Outsound New Music Summit (Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

◉ Joshua Marshall (winds | saxes)

Joshua Marshall is an Oakland-based saxophonist and composer/improviser. His work involves architectural innovation, narrativity, advanced extended saxophone techniques, and live digital media. He’s studied with Pauline Oliveros, Evan Parker, Butch Rovan, I.M. Harjito, & Steve Adams of ROVA Saxophone Quartet. In addition to work with Opera Wolf, Joshua has worked with Ikue Mori (もりいくえ), Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland, Architect/Enchantress, Medium Sized Band, Josh Allen’s Deconstruction Orchestra, Key West, and Modest Machine.

His amazing technique gives him relaxed command of cracked multi-phonics, exotic trills, and timbre tremolos, which he uses to superb effect.

Collette McCaslin (a.k.a. C.J. Borosque, photo by Louise Mitchell)

Collette McCaslin (a.k.a. C.J. Borosque, photo by Louise Mitchell)

◉ Collette McCaslin (a.k.a. C.J. Borosque, trumpet)

Collette McCaslin is a frequently heard Bay Area-based improviser, noisician, and video artist. Her art is a blending of genres pulling from abstract and avant-garde traditions.

Her electronic work is unique and she’s a pioneer of blending radical electronics with free jazz acoustic ensembles like Rent RomusLords Of Outland and vocalists like Laurie Amat to stunning effect. Her trumpet lines are paradoxically fluid and dry at the same time — and always beautiful.

Collette plays trumpet and analog FX boxes configured in a “no-input” design which allows for the creation of sonic feedback and feedback sounds without the use of a typical sound source… her noise projects are currently created using the electrical signal that is within her gear.

Collette is a regular member of Rent RomusLords Of Outland and plays frequently with other Bay Area avant ensembles. In addition, she’s performed at the NorCal Noise Fest, The Big Sur Experimental Music Festival, The Oakland Noise Festival, and at the Spring Reverb experimental music festival in San Diego.

David Michalak

◉ David Michalak (skatchbox, and possibly lap-steel guitar)

David Michalak has made over 50 films with original soundtracks, including 3 features starting out on the East Coast.

After decades of films such as Dreamlife, Inside-Out (featuring The Kate Foley Dance Company and score written with Nik Phelps, performed by the Club Foot Orchestra), When The Spirit Moves, featuring (Joe Goode) dancer Vong Phrommala & silent-movie style actress Billie-Marie Gross, Firefly, and Regenbogen, a soundtrack ensemble was formed to play live scores for David’s movies. The group, called Reel Change has featured: Andrew Voigt, Joe Sabella, David Michalak, Phillip Greenlief, Adam Hurst, George Cremaschi, Tom Nunn, Kyle Bruckmann, Theresa Wong (天欣), and Tom Djll, releasing the CD Open In Total Darkness

Ghost In The House's ectoplasmically ecstatic first CD

Ghost In The House's ectoplasmically ecstatic first CD

David followed up with a new group called Ghost In The House, an ensemble often including Kyle Bruckmann, Tom Nunn, Dean Santomieri, and  Karen Stackpole, whose brilliant first CD can be found on Edgetone, and a duo with Bob Marsh called Dr. Bob. Some of David’s other musical collaborators include: J.A. Deane, Bruce Ackley, Carla Kihlstedt, Matt Brubeck, Beth Custer, Damon Smith, Ed Herrmann, Doug Carroll, Jim Heron, Myles Boisen, Ron Heglin, and Nik Phelps’ Sprocket Ensemble.

Rent Romus, Godfather of Avant Soul

◉ Rent Romus (winds | saxes | electronics | toys | joik)

Organizer of innumerable Bay Area events, Rent Romus, saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and producer, is deeply involved in going beyond the confines of standard music forms of composition and improvisation and focused on presenting and supporting the local experimental and avant-garde community. From his beginnings as a student of jazz while being exposed to the tutelage of Stan Getz to today, Rent Romus has recorded and released 25+ recordings as a leader which have included Jason Olaine, Steve Rossi, Chico Freeman, John Tchicai, Jonas Müller, Stefan Pasborg, Toyoji Tomita (富田豊治), Dave Mihaly, Bill Noertker, Collette McCaslin, Philip Everett, Ray Schaeffer, Paris Slim, Jesse Quattro, Scott R. Looney, Bob Marsh, Jim Ryan, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Tobias Fischer, and Thollem Mcdonas.

As a producer and artist business activist he runs Edgetone Records a label for all forms of improvisation and experimentation. He is the founder and Executive Director of Outsound Presents under which he curates the SIMM Series, the Luggage Store Series every Thursday, both in San Francisco, and The Outsound New Music Summit, a national experimental music festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area every summer in July.

Eli Wallace

◉ Eli Wallace (keyboards)

Pianist and composer Eli Wallace began his studies at Lawrence U. under Fred Sturm, Mark Urness, and Lee Tomboulian, and continued for a Master’s in Music (Jazz Composition) at the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Jason Moran, Jerry Bergonzi, Ken Schaphorst, Frank Carlberg, & Kati Agócs.

Since relocating to the Bay Area, Eli’s played with many musicians and ensemble in wildly different genres, e.g. Karl Evangelista’s Ai-Ai, Jim Ryan’s ensembles Virtual Assembly & Retro Blue, John Givens’ No Lovely Thing, and Bill Wolter’s Inner Ear Brigade, and appeared on Dan Meinhardt’s album Gone West. His own recent project is a series of pieces composed for solo piano that embrace his interest in jazz, improvisation & contemporary avant-garde classical music. Eli is also making waves in a new trio with Karl Evangelista and Jon Arkin.

As a composer Eli’s been commissioned to write music for jazz big band, solo piano, chamber orchestra, and dance, and his piece Influx Rebellion was well-received at the EarShot Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Readings (in affiliation with Columbia U. / American Composers Orchestra).

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Drop out of (or into) warp with us in this second electro-acoustic improv vortex and experience what the Puppy Surprise has in store…

どうぞ。。。

Joe

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—— Past Performances ——————————————————

Note: Shows, releases, and other events below are only in approximate chronological order.

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Year of the Ram Show (羊新年音樂會): MSP/Synth+: Electro-acoustic improv vortex w Jorge Bachmann, Matt Davignon, Bryan Day, Karl Evangelista, Philip Everett, Joe Lasqo, Joshua Marshall, Collette McCaslin, David Michalak, Mark Pino, Rent Romus, & Eli Wallace, Thu 19 Feb @ The Luggage Store (in slightly displaced-reality location)

新年快樂!Year of the Ram - 羊新年

新年快樂!Year of the Ram - 羊新年

新年快樂!Join us as the Horse Year closes and we welcome the Year of the Ram with a joyful noise unto heaven!

駿 馬 四 蹄 擊 鼓

羚 羊 雙 角 開 春

The steed’s four hooves beat the drum, the antelope’s horns open Spring !

Outsound: A New Sonic Collective for the 21st Century

Outsound Series @ Luggage Store Gallery, 998 Market St. @ Taylor Street, San Francisco, 8pm, Thu 19 Feb.

NOTE: Due to renovations at the normal Luggage Store space, this concert will be held in a new, slightly displaced-reality location, kitty-corner across Market Street at Taylor @ 998 Market (ground floor).

Luggage Store Gallery – Doorway to the beyond…

Luggage Store Gallery – Doorway to the beyond…

Matt Davignon (photo - Michael Zelner)

Matt Davignon (photo - Michael Zelner)

Organized by the indefatigable electronic musician and curator, Matt Davignon, the electro-acoustic improv vortex will take forward the grand tradition of chance-generated small improv ensembles, pioneered in New Zealand by the Vitamin S collective, and in the U.K. by figures such as Derek Bailey in his Company nights — a  format designed to be maximally impervious to advance preparation and so generate synchronistic improv of the utmost purity.

Puppy Surprise — pregnant with possible musical worlds

Puppy Surprise — pregnant with possible musical worlds

Leading Bay Area electronic and acoustic improvisers will have their names drawn from a Puppy Surprise (qua quantum box…), determining trios and quartets for approx. 7-minute sets, while spawning a combinatorial explosion of possible musical worlds.

Sounds and players will remain cloaked until just before dropping out of warp.

(….and in this spirit, unanticipated drop-ins from players and audience members not listed below are also warmly welcomed).

About the players:

◉ Matt Davignon (electronics)

Matt Davignon (Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

Matt Davignon (Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

Matt Davignon is an experimental musician living in Oakland, California, best known for combining drum machine and voice with a variety of electronic processing devices to create an expressive, organic-sounding synthesizer. His distinctive sound palette is informed not only by past experience with field recordings, household objects, prepared instruments and live sound collage, but also his love of psychedelic and space music.
Matt Davignon

Matt Davignon

In addition to his solo work, Matt frequently collaborates with other improvisers. With Hugh Behm-Steinberg, he manipulates speech recordings in the band Oa. He was also a member of the improvising avant-rock quartet Tiny Owl, and is the founder of the Pmocatat Ensemble, a group that performs on CD and tape recordings of their instruments.

Music At ½ Speed, a personal favorite, by Matt Davignon

Music At ½ Speed, a personal favorite of mine, by Matt Davignon

Matt is also a well-known contributor to the San Francisco Bay Area experimental music community, co-curating concerts at the Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco, and hosting a radio show, The World of Wonder, on San Francisco Community Radio.

Jorge Bachmann (aka Ruidobello)

◉ Jorge Bachmann (electronics)

Sculptor, electronics master, photographer, and engineer [ruidobello] (Jorge Bachmann) is a multi-disciplinary, mixed-media and sound artist. Since the early 80s, Jorge has been exploring the strange, unique and microcosmic sounds of everyday life, collecting field recordings. The sound atmospheres created are meant for deep listening and are composed in symbiosis with the sculptural installations.

He creates equally sensual and detailed oriented photo-based work; and his art explores social and sensual constructs and experiences.

Starting his career in Bogotá, Colombia and then active for a long period in Lausanne, Switzerland, Jorge eventually relocated to the Bay Area and became a technical and artistic mainstay of MEDIATE’s Soundwave Series, as well as the Engineer Scotty of the Starship SFEMF. Now he’s returned to regularly giving solo electronic concerts such as his recent brilliant one at The Lab Serge 40-year Reunion.

Tom Bickley and friend

◉ Tom Bickley (electro-acoustic winds | voice | objects)

Tom Bickley composes electro-acoustic music, plays and teaches recorder, performs with Three Trapped Tigers (with recorder player David Barnett), co-founded and directs the Cornelius Cardew Choir.

Tom has just come back from a tour of Japan with shakuhachi player Nancy Beckman, and he returned with new sonic insights that were beautifully in evidence in his recent performance with Mukaiji-kai (霧海) at the 2015 SF Fog Music Festival.

Tom is a curator emeritus of the Meridian Gallery music series, and is on the Library Faculty (music, philosophy and political science) at CSU East Bay. His education includes degrees in music, theology, and library and information science and the Certificate in Deep Listening.

Bryan Day performs in the Active Music Series @ The Uptown, Oakland, 11 Jun 2013 (photo - John Scharpen)

◉ Bryan Day (invented instruments | software | processing)

Bryan Day is an improviser, instrument inventor, illustrator & installation artist based in Richmond, CA. His work involves combining elements of the natural and man-made world using field recordings, custom audio generation software and homemade instruments. Bryan’s work explores the parallels between the patterns and systems in nature to those in contemporary society.

Bryan has toured throughout the US, Europe, Japan, Korea, Argentina & México, performing both solo as Sistrum and Eloine, and in the Shelf Life and Seeded Plain ensembles, as well as with innumerable collaborators.

Since 1997 he has been running the new music label Public Eyesore and its sister label Eh?. Through Public Eyesore and Eh?, Bryan has produced and released over 200 albums of improvised and experimental music by artists from all over the globe, in addition to co-curating the music series at Meridian Gallery in San Francisco.

Karl Evangelista

Karl Evangelista

◉ Karl Evangelista (guitar | FX)

NOTE: I am just informed that Karl Evangelista has had to cancel.

As well as organizing concerts at the Makeout Room and the incendiary Light a Fire Series, Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista ranks among a new wave of creative musicians grounded in jazz, 20th-century experimentalism, and pop song, exploring the place of multiculturalism and ethnic co-existence in an increasingly post-cultural, trans-idiomatic cultural space. As the creative force behind boundary breaking group Grex (who just gave a brilliant performance at YBCA’s New Frequencies Festival), Karl has been called “essential current-and-future listening, his music “a near-seamless blend of modern jazz, contemporary structuralist composition, indie rock, and blues rock” (Tiny Mix Tapes). This complex, powerful aesthetic fosters an “otherworldly experience” that is “completely original” (Eugene Weekly).

Karl has explored the possibilities of intercultural dialogues across a vast spectrum of academic and professional situations, working in a wide variety of ensembles with or under the direction of Achyutan (Marvin Patillo), Scott Amendola, Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), India Cooke, Fred Frith, Eddie Gale, Ben Goldberg, Matthew Goodheart, Phillip Greenlief, Darren Johnston, Lewis Jordan, Myra Melford, Hafez Modirzadeh (حافظ مدیرزاد) ,Bill Noertker, Zeena Parkins, John-Carlos Perea, Gino Robair, Daniel Schmidt, Marcus Shelby, Aram Shelton, David Slusser, Damon Smith, Karen Stackpole, Moe! Staiano, and AIR co-founder Francis Wong (世明), and has performed in works by Luciano Chessa, Christian Jendreiko, Polly Moller, AACM co-founder Muhal Richard Abrams, and Art Ensemble of Chicago co-founder Roscoe Mitchell. Karl holds a BA from UC Berkeley & an MFA in Improvised Music from Mills College.

Philip Everett (Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

Philip Everett (Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

◉ Philip Everett (electronics)

Philip Everett began studying drumming with Warren George from the Stan Kenton band. Warren stuck Philip in a room alone for an hour a day, told him to learn drum rudiments, and put him in advanced orchestra & marching band. Then came Bartok, Debussy, Gershwin, and New Orleans style 2nd line marches. Furthering his studies, Philip sought wisdom from George Marsh & Eddie Moore, from whom he was taught the finer subtleties of the drums. Phillip states, “These guys taught me to relax and trust my own instincts and that pursuit of one’s own uniqueness was not a negative quality”

Armed with an array of teachings, Philip led various groups over the years, beginning in 1967 with his first group Ice, a psychedelic R & B group who opened for bands like Canned Heat & Sweetwater. Then he started Arrival, a band featuring the electronics of David Toby & bassist Ray Schaeffer, and combining elements of hard rock, folk, world music, electronic improvisation & composition. Next, Philip’s restless imagination led him to form Sound Oasis, a jazz sextet. A later stage saw Philip making a living with various country & western groups including his own The Homewreckers and The Ghettobillys — but he was unfulfilled. He decided to leave it all and devote himself to sonic exploration, deepening his involvement with electronics and the unorthodox (or, unholy…?) electrification of various acoustic instruments.

His current projects include Tri-Cornered Tent Show, an improv group that explores music inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, various ensembles with saxophonist Rent Romus (including The Abstractions and Lords of Outland), and writing experimental country music for his project White Buffalo, Midwestern Gothic.

Among the Cthulhic highlights of his current kit is the unique sound of an electrified (and highly distressed) auto-harp, fed through a maze of FX boxes.

Joe Lasqo & Morgana perform w Jim Ryan's Green Alembic in the sfSoundSalonSeries at Center for New Music, San Francisco, 15 Apr 2014 (Photo by Carly Hoopes)

◉ Joe Lasqo (laptop | piano | objects)

Laptopist/pianist Joe Lasqo studied classical music in India; computer music at MIT, Columbia, Berkeley/CNMAT; has been a long-time avant jazz musician; & has lived, played & listened in many East Asian and European countries (now in SF).

Special interests include applying AI techniques from expert systems, natural language processing, and computational linguistics to music; and the intersection of traditional Asian musics with modernism.

Joe is a regular member of Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra, various ensembles involving Donald Robinson, and Jim Ryan’s Green Alembic, as well as his own Renga-kai (連歌会) & Mukaiji-kai (霧海) Ensembles, and looks forward to upcoming releases with Thomas Dimuzio, Beth Custer, and Biggi Vinkeloe.

Joshua Marhsall and Crystal Pascucci perform in Opera Wolf @ the 2013 Outsound New Music Summit (Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

◉ Joshua Marshall (winds | saxes)

Joshua Marshall is an Oakland-based saxophonist and composer/improviser. His work involves architectural innovation, narrativity, advanced extended saxophone techniques, and live digital media. He’s studied with Pauline Oliveros, Evan Parker, Butch Rovan, I.M. Harjito, & Steve Adams of ROVA Saxophone Quartet. In addition to work with Opera Wolf, Joshua has worked with Ikue Mori (もりいくえ), Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland, Architect/Enchantress, Medium Sized Band, Josh Allen’s Deconstruction Orchestra, Key West, and Modest Machine.

His amazing technique gives him relaxed command of cracked multi-phonics, exotic trills, and timbre tremolos, which he uses to superb effect.

Collette McCaslin (a.k.a. C.J. Borosque, photo by Louise Mitchell)

Collette McCaslin (a.k.a. C.J. Borosque, photo by Louise Mitchell)

◉ Collette McCaslin (a.k.a. C.J. Borosque, trumpet)

Collette McCaslin is a frequently heard Bay Area-based improviser, noisician, and video artist. Her art is a blending of genres pulling from abstract and avant-garde traditions.

Her electronic work is unique, and she’s a pioneer of blending radical electronics with free jazz acoustic ensembles such as Rent RomusLords Of Outland and vocalists like Laurie Amat to stunning effect. Her trumpet lines are paradoxically fluid and dry at the same time — and always beautiful.

Collette plays trumpet and analog FX boxes configured in a “no-input” design which allows for the creation of sonic feedback and feedback sounds without the use of a typical sound source… her noise projects are currently created using the electrical signal that is within her gear.

Collette is a regular member of Rent RomusLords Of Outland and plays frequently with other Bay Area avant ensembles. In addition, she’s performed at the NorCal Noise Fest, The Big Sur Experimental Music Festival, The Oakland Noise Festival, and at the Spring Reverb experimental music festival in San Diego.

David Michalak

◉ David Michalak (skatchbox, and possibly lap-steel guitar)

David Michalak has made over 50 films with original soundtracks, including 3 features.

After many films such as Dreamlife, Inside-Out (featuring The Kate Foley Dance Company and score written with Nik Phelps, performed by the Club Foot Orchestra), and When The Spirit Moves, featuring (Joe Goode) dancer Vong Phrommala & silent-movie style actress Billie-Marie Gross, a soundtrack ensemble was formed to play live scores for David’s movies. The group, called Reel Change, has featured: Andrew Voigt, Joe Sabella, David Michalak, Phillip Greenlief, Adam Hurst, George Cremaschi, Tom Nunn, Kyle Bruckmann, Theresa Wong (天欣), and Tom Djll, releasing the CD Open In Total Darkness

Ghost In The House's ectoplasmically ecstatic first CD

Ghost In The House's ectoplasmically ecstatic first CD

David followed up with a new group called Ghost In The House, an ensemble often including Kyle Bruckmann, Tom Nunn, Dean Santomieri, and  Karen Stackpole, whose brilliant first CD can be found on Edgetone, as well as a duo with Bob Marsh called Dr. Bob.

Some of David’s other musical collaborators include: J.A. Deane, Bruce Ackley, Carla Kihlstedt, Matt Brubeck, Beth Custer, Damon Smith, Ed Herrmann, Doug Carroll, Jim Heron, Myles Boisen, Ron Heglin, and Nik Phelps’ Sprocket Ensemble.

Mark Pino

Mark Pino

◉ Mark Pino (percussion)

Mark Pino began playing percussion at the age of twelve, and has played music regionally, and nationally since 1990.

Mark studied jazz under Herbie Lewis at New College of California, along with taking private instruction from master jazz drummer Richie Goldberg and master rock drummer Dawn Richardson.

Currently, Mark focuses on improvised music, within several different musical/instrumental configurations, including Cloud Shepherd (w Andrew Joron, Joe Noble, and Brian Lucas), The Ruminations (w Rent Romus, Bob Marsh, Christina Stanley, and Markus Hunt), and Ear Spray (w Carlos Jennings and Ann O’Rourke), among others.

From Mark’s “Mission Statement“:

“I consider myself a band player. It’s from the musical interactions, publicly and privately, that I get creative satisfaction.

My aesthetics are formed by appreciation of music + other art forms, especially sculpture and poetry. Creativity is a bottomless well and an endless challenge. I thrive on the challenge and stand in awe of the well.”

Rent Romus, Godfather of Avant Soul

◉ Rent Romus (winds | saxes | toys | joik)

Organizer of innumerable Bay Area events, Rent Romus, saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and producer, is deeply involved in going beyond the confines of standard music forms of composition and improvisation and focused on presenting and supporting the local experimental and avant-garde community. From his beginnings as a student of jazz while being exposed to the tutelage of Stan Getz to today, Rent Romus has recorded and released 25+ recordings as a leader which have included Jason Olaine, Steve Rossi, Chico Freeman, John Tchicai, Jonas Müller, Stefan Pasborg, Toyoji Tomita (富田豊治), Dave Mihaly, Bill Noertker, Collette McCaslin, Philip Everett, Ray Schaeffer, Paris Slim, Jesse Quattro, Scott R. Looney, Bob Marsh, Jim Ryan, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Tobias Fischer, and Thollem Mcdonas.

As a producer and artist business activist he runs Edgetone Records a label for all forms of improvisation and experimentation. He is the founder and Executive Director of Outsound Presents under which he curates the SIMM Series, the Luggage Store Series every Thursday, both in San Francisco, and The Outsound New Music Summit, a national experimental music festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area every summer in July.

Eli Wallace

◉ Eli Wallace (keyboards)

Pianist and composer Eli Wallace began his studies at Lawrence U. under Fred Sturm, Mark Urness, and Lee Tomboulian, and continued for a Master’s in Music (Jazz Composition) at the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Jason Moran, Jerry Bergonzi, Ken Schaphorst, Frank Carlberg, & Kati Agócs.

Since relocating to the Bay Area, Eli’s played with many musicians and ensembles in wildly different genres, e.g. Karl Evangelista’s Ai-Ai, Jim Ryan’s ensembles Virtual Assembly & Retro Blue, John Givens’ No Lovely Thing, and Bill Wolter’s Inner Ear Brigade, as well as appearing on Dan Meinhardt’s album Gone West. His own recent project is a series of pieces composed for solo piano that embrace his interest in jazz, improvisation & contemporary avant-garde classical music. Eli is also making waves in a new trio with Karl Evangelista and Jon Arkin.

As a composer Eli’s been commissioned to write music for jazz big band, solo piano, chamber orchestra, and dance, and his piece Influx Rebellion was well-received at the EarShot Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Readings (in affiliation with Columbia University / American Composers Orchestra).

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Drop out of (or into) warp with us and the Ram of a resurgent Spring in the electro-acoustic improv vortex, and experience what the Puppy Surprise has in store…

新年快樂!

Joe

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Indo-Encounter Zones: New Western instruments in today’s Indian classical music ◉ Set 1 – North Indian: Teed Rockwell: touch-style veena, Peter van Gelder: sitar, Samrat Kakkeri (सम्राट कक्केरी), tabla ◉ Set 2 – South Indian: Prasant Radhakrishnan (ప్రశాంత్ రాధాకృష్ణన్), saxophone + Rohan Krishnamurthy (ரோகன் கிருஷ்ணமூர்த்தி), mṛdangam, Sun 22 Feb @ Berkeley Arts Festival

I have the honor to assist in organizing and presenting a unique concert at Berkeley Arts Festival (2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA – map) on Sun 22 Feb (see set times below).

Sarasvatī (सरस्वती) on her animal mount, the swan; painting by Navneet Parikh (नवनीत पारिख)

Sarasvatī (सरस्वती) on her animal mount, the swan; painting by Navneet Parikh (नवनीत पारिख)

The phenomenon of Western-instrument crossover in North & South Indian classical music during the 20th century is a fascinating one, accelerating a long process that began with the first adoption of the violin into South Indian music around the time of the American Revolution. This concert showcases two of the foremost Bay Area musicians who are working in this area.
Sarasvatī (सरस्वती), goddess of music, at the touch-style veena

Sarasvatī (सरस्वती), goddess of music, at the touch-style veena

Set 1, 8pm: North Indian Jugalbandi (जुगलबंदी)

Teed Rockwell and the Touch-Style Veena

Teed Rockwell and the Touch-Style Veena

Western instrument: Chapman Stick ® type touch-guitar, modified into a “Touch-Style Veena”

Jugalbandi (जुगलबंदी) expands the solo format of classical Hindustani (North Indian) music to combine two melody instruments playing together with tabla drums. However, it can’t be seen as a step in the direction of a band or orchestra. It is instead a completely different perspective altogether: two soloists in interactive conversation with each other. This form was developed by Indian music greats Ravi Shankar (রবি শংকর) and Ali Akbar Khan (علي أكبر خان), and for this concert it will be expanded even further by two of Ali Akbar Kahn’s most dedicated disciples, with the assistance of a pioneer of Kathak tabla.

Line-up:

Teed Rockwell

Teed Rockwell

— Teed Rockwell is the only person in the world to play Indian music on the touchstyle veena - a modified Chapman Stick type instrument which is played by tapping the strings with the fingertips, making it possible to play a separate part with each hand. He took over a hundred classes with Ali Akbar Khan (علي أكبر خان), and also studied extensively with sitarist Shahid Parvez Khan (شهيد برويز خان).
The album Snakes And Ladders, by Australian Bebop Ragas

The album Snakes And Ladders, by Australian Bebop Ragas

His group Australian Bebop Ragas, which combines Indian ragas and rhythms with the playing of didjeridu master Stephen Kent, has received extensive air play and has performed in concerts throughout the United States. He frequently performs in the Festival of Harps concert series with harpist Diana Stork, and is featured on the Polygram album Harpestry, which has sold over 200,000 copies.

Neither Brain nor Ghost, by Teed Rockwell

Neither Brain nor Ghost, by Teed Rockwell

In his spare time, Teed is an academic philosopher of consciousness and teaches at Sonoma State U. In his recent book, Neither Brain nor Ghost: A Nondualist Alternative to the Mind-Brain Identity Theory, he rejects both dualism and the mind-brain identity theory and instead proposes that mental phenomena emerge not merely from brain activity but from an interacting nexus of brain, body, and world. The mind can be seen not as an organ within the body, but as a “behavioral field” that fluctuates within this brain-body-world nexus.

Peter van Gelder

Peter van Gelder

— Peter van Gelder – (sitar) first appeared on the San Francisco music scene playing bass guitar & soprano sax in the seminal rock band The Great Society with Grace Slick.

The Great Society - Grace Slick, Jerry Slick, Darby Slick, and Peter van Gelder

The Great Society - Grace Slick, Jerry Slick, Darby Slick, and Peter van Gelder

He was one of the first American disciples of India’s great maestro Ali Akbar Khan (علي أكبر خان), and one of the very few people to have studied with the great Annapurna Devi (अन्नपूर्णा देवी), sister of Ali Akbar Khan (علي أكبر خان) and wife of Ravi Shankar (রবি শংকর). Peter has performed with world famous musicians including Zakir Hussain (زاكير حسين), the late Chitresh Das (चित्रेश दास), and Lalgudi Krishnan (லால்குடி கிருஷ்ணன்). His lucid sitar style has won praise from audiences around the world, from Europe to the Fiji Islands as well as India and China.

Samrat Kakkeri (सम्राट कक्केरी)

Samrat Kakkeri (सम्राट कक्केरी)

— Samrat Kakkeri (सम्राट कक्केरी) – tabla, comes from a long line of musicians. He inherited his talent from his father Pandit Mohan Rao Kakkeri (मोहन राव कक्केरी), professor of tabla at Thyagaraja School of Music & Dance, who was his first teacher.
Samrat Kakkeri (सम्राट कक्केरी)

Samrat Kakkeri (सम्राट कक्केरी)

He was a child prodigy who received acclaim as an accomplished tabla player from an early age and has performed both as a solo artist and accompanying artist all over India. Samrat is additionally skilled in the specialized genre and unique demands of tabla playing for the Kathak classical dance of North India, where the dancer uses ankle bells and foot stamps as a co-percussionist in intricate interlacing rhythms. He’s accompanied many prominent Kathak dancers including Urmila Nagar (उर्मिला नागर) and Nilima Devi (नीलिमा देवी) as well as master musicians such as Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (विश्व मोहन भट्ट), Kankana Banerjee (কংকনা ব্যানার্জী), Irshad Khan (إرشاد حسین خان), and Satish Vyas (सतीश व्यास).

Rāgas Pūriyā Dhanāśrī (पुरिया धनाश्री) and Jog (जोग) will be performed.

South India's Saxophone Sisters will be the subject of a documentary film at the Asian Art Museum on 15 June 2015

South India's Saxophone Sisters will be the subject of a documentary film at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum on 15 June 2015

Set 2m 9pm: Classic South Indian format

Western instrument: saxophone.

Kadri Gopalnath (ಕದ್ರಿ ಗೋಪಾಲನಾಥ್)

Kadri Gopalnath (ಕದ್ರಿ ಗೋಪಾಲನಾಥ್)

Due to the pioneering virtuosity of “Padmashri” Dr. Kadri Gopalnath (ಕದ್ರಿ ಗೋಪಾಲನಾಥ್), the Western saxophone has joined the violin and mandolin as a prominent cross-over instrument in Karnatic (South Indian) classical music.

(L→R) Kadri Gopalnath (ಕದ್ರಿ ಗೋಪಾಲನಾಥ್) and Prasant Radhakrishnan (ప్రశాంత్ రాధాకృష్ణన్)

(L→R) Kadri Gopalnath (ಕದ್ರಿ ಗೋಪಾಲನಾಥ್) and Prasant Radhakrishnan (ప్రశాంత్ రాధాకృష్ణన్)

Prasant Radhakrishnan (ప్రశాంత్ రాధాకృష్ణన్) is the foremost disciple of “Padmashri” Kadri Gopalnath (ಕದ್ರಿ ಗೋಪಾಲನಾಥ್), with whom he studied in the traditional gurukulam format for about a decade, and whom he accompanied in hundreds of concerts.

Prasant has performed with luminaries such as M.S. Anantharaman (எம். எஸ். அனந்தராமன்), Guruvayur Dorai (ഗുരുവായൂർ ദൊരൈ), Mannargudi Easwaran (மன்னார்குடி ஈஸ்வரன்), Srimushnam Raja Rao (ಶ್ರೀಮುಶ್ನಂ ರಾಜ ರಾವ್), Poovalur Srinivasan (பூவலூர் சீனிவாசன்), V. Suresh (வீ. சுரேஸ்), B. Rajashekar (ಬೀ. ರಾಜಶೇಖರ), as well as superstars of the younger generation such as B.U. Ganesh Prasad (பீ. யூ. கணேஷ் பிரசாத்), P. Satish Kumar (P. சதீஷ் குமார்), Embar S. Kannan (எம்பார் எஸ். கண்ணன்) and Delhi P. Sunderrajan (தில்லி P. சுந்தர்ராஜன்), among others.

Prasant Radhakrishnan (ప్రశాంత్ రాధాకృష్ణన్)

Prasant Radhakrishnan (ప్రశాంత్ రాధాకృష్ణన్)

In parallel with his meteoric development as a Karnatic artist, Prasant immersed himself in jazz at the U. of  Southern California, and after moving to the Bay Area, founded the acclaimed Indo-jazz band VidyA, as well as performing in Sameer Gupta’s (समीर गुप्ता) Indo-jazz band Namaskar and with Indo-jazz musician George Brooks.

Prasant has been commissioned by the de Young Museum Cultural Encounters Initiative and Intersection for the Arts, as well as being awarded with grants and fellowships such as a Zellerbach grant and the prestigious AIIS Senior Performing Arts fellowship to study in Chennai.

Rohan Krishnamurthy (ரோகன் கிருஷ்ணமூர்த்தி)

Rohan Krishnamurthy (ரோகன் கிருஷ்ணமூர்த்தி)

Rohan Krishnamurthy (ரோகன் கிருஷ்ணமூர்த்தி), mṛdangam.

Acclaimed an “international mṛdangam performer” by USA Today and “pride of India” by India’s leading newspaper, The Times of India, Dr. Rohan Krishnamurthy initially received mṛdangam training with Damodaran Srinivasan (ദാമോദരൻ ശ്രീനിവാസൻ) and continued advanced training from maestro, Guruvayur Dorai (ഗുരുവായൂർ ദൊരൈ).

Rohan has shared the stage with the leading artists of Indian classical music, including Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna (మంగళంపల్లి బాలమురళీకృష్ణ), T.N. Krishnan (ടി.എൻ. കൃഷ്ണൻ), N. Ramani (என். ரமணி), the late R. K. Srikantan (ಆರ್.ಕೆ ಶ್ರೀಕಾಂತನ್), T.N. Seshagopalan (டி. என். சேசகோபாலன்), Chitravina N. Ravikiran (ಚಿತ್ರವೀಣೆ ಎನ್. ರವಿಕಿರಣ್), Shashank Subramanyam (சசாங்க் சுப்பிரமணியத்தின்), T. M. Krishna (டி. எம். கிருஷ்ணா), O.S. Thyagarajan (ஓ. எஸ். தியாகராஜன்), and “Ranjani & Gayatri” (ரஞ்சனி – காயத்ரி).

Having intensely studied many styles of music, he has also spearheaded new cross-musical collaborations with eminent symphony orchestras, jazz ensembles, and musicians including Grammy Award-winners Glen Velez & Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (विश्व मोहन भट्ट), Anoushka Shankar (अनुष्का शंकर), Jamey Haddad, and Ayano Ninomiya (二宮あやの).

West coast premiere of the Rohan Concerto by Payton MacDonald @ the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (photo - Emily Sevin)

West coast premiere of the Rohan Concerto by Payton MacDonald @ the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (photo - Emily Sevin)

He recently premiered Rohan, a concerto for South Indian percussion and Western percussion ensemble written for him by composer and percussionist Payton MacDonald, on both coasts at The Juilliard School in NYC and SF Conservatory of Music.

Rohan Krishnamurthy (ரோகன் கிருஷ்ணமூர்த்தி) with a special mṛdangam of his own patented design

Rohan Krishnamurthy (ரோகன் கிருஷ்ணமூர்த்தி) with a special mṛdangam of his own patented design

An innovator, Rohan designed a new drumhead tuning system that won him first place in Eastman’s New Venture Challenge entrepreneurship competition. His work was published in the premier music journal, Percussive Notes. Rohan conducted acoustical research on his new design and has been regularly invited to present his work at the Acoustical Society of America’s international conferences. Rohan has also received a patent for his invention. He is currently a professor in the Music Department at Ohlone College.

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In a globalizing world where building a future planetary culture is an existential imperative, cross-cultural encounter zones and their creolization vectors are where some of the most beautiful and important action is happening.

Come vibrate with us in this particularly exciting encounter zone!

फिर मिलेंगे…

Joe

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MSP/Piano+: w Mukaiji-kai (霧海箎会): Nancy Beckman, Tom Bickley, Nan Busse, Joe Lasqo, Suki O’Kane, Bill Thibault, in the final night of the 2015 Fog Music Festival, Sat 31 Jan @ The Second Act, Haight/SF, plus++ ◉ Bryan Day, Jack Hertz, rizorkestra ◉ RTD3 (Doug Carroll, Ron Heglin, Tom Nunn) ◉ Dohee Lee (이도희), Adria Otte, Edward Schocker ◉ Chris & Sebastian Chafe, w guest from Paris, Aurélie Ménétrieux

San Francisco Fog Music Festival, 2015

San Francisco Fog Music Festival, 2015

I’m very excited to curate and perform in the final night of the 2015 San Francisco Fog Music Festival!!

Under the direction of the indefatigable Jack Hertz, Fog Music Festival 2015 will be a major 4-day electronic music event. While the preceding nights will be electronics-focused (28 Jan: Space Drone, 29 Jan: Sound Design, 30 Jan: Noise), Sat 31 Jan will end the festival on an Electro-acoustic note.

I’ll be playing in Set 4 (9:15pm sharp) as part of the neogaku multimedia consort Mukaiji-kai (霧海箎会), consisting of Nancy Beckman & Tom Bickley (just back from their Japan tour…), Nan Busse, Joe Lasqo, Suki O’Kane, and Bill Thibault, in a modernist transformation of ancient fog-related music from Japanese Zen repertoire, using elements as diverse as video, dance, didgeridoo, shakuhachi, percussion, piano, monster contrabass recorder, and laptop-based electronics.

Other artists in the evening will include (more details below): ◉ Bryan Day, Jack Hertz, rizorkestraRTD3 (Doug Carroll, Ron Heglin, Tom Nunn) ◉ Dohee Lee (도희), Adria Otte, Edward Schocker ◉ Chris & Sebastian Chafe, w guest from Paris, Aurélie Ménétrieux.

Please note that the festival calls for a dense format, so in order to give artists full-length sets, the set times given below will be strictly observed.

Shakuhachi master Kyochiku Zenji (虚竹禅師) received the piece Mukaiji (霧海箎, "Fog, Ocean, Flute") in a dream

Among other music, we’ll be presenting an extended transmutation of the ancient shakuhachi piece Mukaiji (霧海, “Fog, Ocean, Flute”) which was received by shakuhachi and Zen master Kyochiku Zenji (虚竹禅師), on a boat in a dream…

Fog | 霧

Fog | 霧

…a dream where he found himself in a skiff, floating peacefully on the ocean and admiring the moon…

…when suddenly, thick fog moved across the waters, diffusing the moonlight everywhere and nowhere….

Ocean | 海

Ocean | 海

Flute | 箎

Flute | 箎

Through the fog, he heard only the sound of the shakuhachi…

Dream | 夢

Dream | 夢

Our electroacoustic boat drifts through the fog, and sound islands come into earshot, as solos and embedded contrastive pieces emerge from this flowing matrix, in a structure designed by Nancy Beckman.

This will be preceded by Tom Bickley’s meditative and translucent piece, Tolling, which relaxes and opens as it is realized by the players’ explorations and choices within its abstract melodic and harmonic system.

About the players:

Nancy Beckman

◉ Nancy Beckman (shakuhachi)

Nancy Beckman creates performance pieces, plays and teaches the shakuhachi, and performs with the Cornelius Cardew Choir. Her education includes an undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University, a master’s in Interarts from SFSU and ordination to teach shakuhachi from Myōan-ji (明暗寺, the famous “Temple of Light & Darkness” of shakuhachi history) in Kyoto.

Note: Nancy has just got back from Japan a bit sick; we are assuming for now she’ll be recovered enough to perform by showtime.

The Gate of Light & Darkness at Myōan-ji (明暗寺門)

Tom Bickley and friend

◉ Tom Bickley (Paetzold contrabass recorder | EWI wind synth | objects)

Tom Bickley composes electro-acoustic music, plays and teaches recorder, performs with Three Trapped Tigers (with recorder player David Barnett), co-founded and directs the Cornelius Cardew Choir, is a curator emeritus of the Meridian Gallery music series, and is on the Library Faculty (music, philosophy and political science) at CSU East Bay. His education includes degrees in music, theology, and library and information science and the Certificate in Deep Listening.

Nan Busse

◉ Nan Busse (dance | didgeridoo)

Nan Busse has been creating dance-based art works since receiving her MFA from UC-Irvine. Collaborating with choreographer Christopher Beck she made pieces performed at Centerspace (Project Artaud) & New College; and with her partner, poet Tobey Kaplan, participated in the Link inter-disciplinary performance series.

Since about 1999 she’s been unable to stop dancing – thanks to Yvonne Caldwell, Evelyn Thomas, Roger Dillahunty, Georgia Ortega, John Tanner, and the great Cassie Terman, and has toured in Việt Nam and the US with Nguyễn Dance Company.

Originally trained as a musician (piano), Nan’s increasing engagement with the didgeridoo, as both an instrument and dance partner, has led to some wonderful collaborations where she executes her part at all points on the spectrum between sound and movement.

Joe Lasqo & Morgana perform w Jim Ryan's Green Alembic in the sfSoundSalonSeries at Center for New Music, San Francisco, 15 Apr 2014 (Photo by Carly Hoopes)

◉ Joe Lasqo (laptop | piano | objects | organizer)

Laptopist/pianist Joe Lasqo studied classical music in India; computer music at MIT, Columbia, Berkeley/CNMAT; has been a long-time avant jazz musician; & has lived, played & listened in many East Asian and European countries (now in SF).

Special interests include applying AI techniques from expert systems, natural language processing, and computational linguistics to music; and the intersection of traditional Asian musics with modernism.

In addition to Mukaiji-kai (霧海), Joe is a regular member of Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra, various ensembles involving Donald Robinson, and Jim Ryan’s Green Alembic, as well as his own Renga-kai (連歌会) Ensemble, and looks forward to upcoming releases with Thomas Dimuzio, Beth Custer, and Biggi Vinkeloe.

Suki O'Kane

◉ Suki O’Kane (percussion)

Suki O’Kane is a classically trained mallet percussionist, a composer and an instigator working with artists from a wide array of of music, movement & public art genres. One of the founding members of the lo-fi sampling ensemble The Noodles (w Michael Zelner), Suki plays percussion with Moe! Staiano’s Moe!kestra!, Dan Plonsey’s Daniel Popsicle, Big City Orchestra and is an ensemble member of Thingamajigs, performing new works by Edward Schocker, Dylan Bolles and Zachary James Watkins.

She works in partnership with House of Zoka, a live recording project that has documented over 13 years of creative new music in the Bay Area, & since 2003 has been curating performances of live music and film, such as The Illuminated Corridor, a nomadic public art project that creates streetscapes of live experimental music and performative projection and Music by the Eyeful, the indoor performance series exploring the work of intermedia artists.

The 4 heads of Bill Thibault depicted as video Brahmā (ब्रह्मा)

◉ Bill Thibault (video)

Bill Thibault received a Ph.D. in Information & Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology (thesis: “Application of Binary Space Partitioning Trees to Geometric Modeling and Ray-Tracing”) As a Ph.D. candidate he worked at Bell Labs (now Lucent Technologies) in Murray Hill, NJ. Upon graduation, he took his current position on the faculty of the Dept. of Math & Computer Science at California State University, East Bay.

Somewhere along the way he also turned to the Multispectral Side and became the notorious VJLove, master of the doors of visual perception, and co-conspirator in many raids on reality, with partners in crime like Kattt Atchley, Kenneth Atchley, John Bischoff, Chris Brown, Barbara Golden, Scot Gresham-Lancaster, Tim Perkis, and WIGBAND.

Bryan Day's kit reflects his sound universe (photo - John Scharpen)

Bryan Day's kit reflects his sound universe (photo - John Scharpen)

Set 1: Bryan Day: invented instruments/processing, Jack Hertz: FM synthesis, rizorkestra: guitar/FX (7pm sharp)

What happens inside the quantum box when your load it with this chromodynamic mixture: — a master of transcultural modal improv on many instruments (rizorkestra) — an electronic musician who’s gone so far down the event-horizon of FM synthesis that he may never return (Jack Hertz) — and the unhinged imagination of invented-instrument mad scientist, Bryan Day?

Well, we’re going to find out…

I predict translucent sheets of gorgeous modal shimmer washing over a terrain of crunchy invented sounds, like ultraviolet fog pouring through hills dotted with telepathic cows and a large glowing radar dish, alongside an alternate Route 280.

Bryan Day performs in the Active Music Series @ The Uptown, Oakland, 11 Jun 2013 (photo - John Scharpen)

Bryan Day is a improviser, instrument inventor, illustrator & installation artist based in Richmond, CA. His work involves combining elements of the natural and man-made world using field recordings, custom audio generation software and homemade instruments. Bryan’s work explores the parallels between the patterns and systems in nature to those in contemporary society.

Bryan Day

Bryan has toured throughout the US, Europe, Japan, Korea, Argentina & México, performing both solo as Sistrum and Eloine, and in the Shelf Life and Seeded Plain ensembles, as well as with innumerable collaborators.

Since 1997 he has been running the new music label Public Eyesore and its sister label Eh?. Through Public Eyesore and Eh?, Bryan has produced and released over 200 albums of improvised and experimental music by artists from all over the globe, in addition to co-curating the music series at Meridian Gallery in San Francisco.

Jack Hertz performs at Noisebridge, San Francisco

“Inspired by the mystery of life. I manipulate sound to create intangible techno-organic impressions between music and noise.”

Starting from expriments more than 30 years ago with analog tape and a Casio VL-Tone, Jack Hertz has created an extensive ambient and meta-ambient sound universe, with particular emphasis on Frequency Modulation, and has implemented an elaborate and unique customized software platform for FM synthesis.

rizorkestra @ Davies Symphony Hall, SF

rizorkestra @ Davies Symphony Hall, SF

rizorkestra is based in Los Angeles and “currently roaming the California coast and deserts performing music, collecting musical instruments, photographing and filming the Pacific Ocean and the sun in the sky and planning cheap, sensible meals.”

A jazz/modal/blues master, riz has played with Dan Hicks, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, and Jack Hertz, among many others.

riz studied at Claremont Colleges, with symphonic pieces commissioned under grant by Pitzer College, and was one of the composers for the film Sex Tax, inspired by the story of the 1999 IRS takeover of the Mustang Ranch Brothel in Nevada — a film for which he brought in “two truck loads of instruments” (and…?). “Instruments find me,” he laughs. “I’m the Saint Francis of stray musical instruments”

His instrumentation accordingly varies with the tides and moon, and can range from one-man-band kits, vibraphone, piano, or FX, to stringed instruments such as guitar, slide guitar, ‘ud (عود‎), and pipa (琵琶).

RTD3 @ Meridian Gallery, 20 Feb 2010

Set 2: RTD3 (Doug Carroll, Ron Heglin, Tom Nunn) (7:45pm sharp)

RTD3 is the hypersensitive improv trio of Ron Heglin (trombone, voice), Tom Nunn (invented instruments), and Doug Carroll (cello).

L → R: Ron Heglin, Doug Carroll, Tom Nunn (Photo: Dill Pixels)

All 3 players span the full range from percussive to melodic… sometimes within the same note.

Although Ron Heglin and Doug Carroll use conventional instruments, their explorations of extended technique (viz. playing the cello upside down) enable them to use their instruments as sound synthesizers of a most unconventional sort. Coupled with leading instrument inventor and improv phenomenologist, Tom Nunn, in the long standing improvising trio, RTD3, they become a 6-eared vibration-telepathy music monster whose sonic lair you’ll be irresistibly drawn to enter.

Ron Heglin (photo by Tom Djll / Djll Pixels)

Ron Heglin is a trombonist, tuba-wallah, and vocalist working with extended technique on the brass instruments and with spoken and sung imaginary languages as a vocalist. His vocal music has been influenced by his study of North Indian vocal music. He works both compositionally and in an improvisational mode and is a member of the Bay Area music context as well as performing internationally. He is a founding member of the groups Music for All Occasions, Rotodoti (RTD3 + Tim Perkis), Dynosoar (with Tom Djll and Karen Stackpole), and Brassiosuarus, has performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Brant, Logos Duo, Tim Perkis, John BischoffKattt Atchley, Toyoji Tomita (富田豊治), and is my bandmate in Jim Ryan’s Green Alembic.

Tom Nunn playing his invented instrument, The Crab

Tom Nunn has designed, built and performed with original musical instruments since 1976, and has built over 200 instruments.

His instruments typically utilize commonly available materials, are sculptural in appearance, utilize contact microphones for amplification, and are designed specifically for improvisation with elements of ambiguity, unpredictability and nonlinearity.  Tom has performed extensively throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years, as well as in other parts of the U.S., Canada, Europe, and New Zealand, both as soloist and with other musicians.  Tom also performs with T.D. Skatchit, RTD3, Ghost in the House, Music for Hard Times (duo with Paul Winstanley) and has appeared on a number of recordings, including his solo CD, Identity (2007), T.D. Skatchit & Company (2009) and Skatch Migration (2010) (Edgetone Records) and numerous releases of material from Music for Hard Times on EdenGully. In 1998, he published Wisdom of the Impulse: On the Nature of Musical Free Improvisation.

Doug Carroll & friend

International cellist and composer, Doug Carroll expands into new sound domains with the use of electronic processing and creative thought. Doug’s compositions for electronic cello and tape combine the spontaneity and drama of a live performance with the richness and diversity of the taped material (including, among others, his masterful field recordings of birds and animals).

His solo improvisations have received international acclaim for their stark originality and musical sensitivity. Additionally, he has composed for a variety of multimedia events, including modern dance, theatre, film, and video, as well as collaborations with visual artists. He studied composition with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Lou Harrison, and Anthony Braxton. He has an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College and a BA in Music from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Other studies include the Darmstadt International Course for New Music and the Royal Conservatory at the Hague, Netherlands, is an active member of various Bay Area improvising ensembles such as RTD3, and Rotodoti, and is my bandmate in Jim Ryan’s Green Alembic.

Dohee Lee (이도희)

Dohee Lee (이도희)

Set 3: Dohee Lee (도희) Adria Otte Edward Schocker (8:30pm sharp)

An Asia-inspired trio who have often worked together in Thingamajigs.org’s invented instrument festivals and/or the ritualistic performances of vocalist/neo-shaman Dohee Lee (도희); for example: the recent piece Mago (마고), which sold out on all nights at Yerba Buena Center, or the piece Water Storied in last year’s Soundwave (6) Festival.

— Edward Schocker (invented instruments, esp. contact-mic’d water-canister instruments; East Asian wind instruments)

— Adria Otte (East Asian percussion & electronic processing)

— Dohee Lee (도희) (vocalist, shaman, dance, controllers, costume design)

Dohee Lee (이도희) performs: ARA (Gut) | 아라 (굿)

Dohee Lee (이도희) performs: ARA (Gut) | 아라 (굿)

“I passionately believe by practicing art we can commune with spirits to express and share our thoughts and ideas on  vital issues such as identity, politics, nature and spirituality.”  – Dohee Lee (도희)

Born on Jeju Island in South Korea, Dohee Lee (도희) studied Korean dance, music, percussion and vocals at the master level. Since her arrival in the US, she’s been a vital contributor to both the traditional & contemporary arts landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Dohee’s work focuses on integration of traditional forms and contemporary arts through music, movement, images, costumes and installations, and more recently, custom gesture controllers designed by Donald Swearingen.

Her distinctive and profound performance style evokes the full spectrum of human emotion, the primordial, futuristic, visible and invisible realms. A review that that appeared in the Chicago Tribune stated, “Lee unfurled an extraordinary lexicon of vocal colors, tones and textures. Yet she deftly controlled these otherworldly sounds…with her sinuous, thoroughly personalized one-woman choreography, self-styled art form.”

Dohee Lee (이도희) performs @ Teatro Municipal de Lima, Peru, 17 Nov 2012 (photo - Edi Hirose)

Dohee Lee (이도희) performs @ Teatro Municipal de Lima, Peru, 17 Nov 2012 (photo - Edi Hirose)

Born out of her desire to explore new art forms, she founded the Puri (풀이) Project in 2004 to present interdisciplinary works that embrace the ritualistic and healing aspects of performance. She received the Isadora Duncan Special Award honoring Outstanding Achievement for her piece FLUX, performed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and has performed in venues and festivals around the world and collaborated with a wide range of artists such as dancers/choreographers Anna Halprin, Shinichi Iova-Koga’s inkBoat, Amara Tabor-Smith, Sherwood Chen, Yannis Adoniou’s Kunst-Stoff, the Degenerate Art Ensemble, Sue Li-Jue’s Facing East Dance & Music, and musicians/composers such as ETHEL, Larry Ochs, Scott Amendola, Joan Jeanrennaud, Theresa Wong (天欣), Francis Wong (世明), and Tatsu Aoki (青木達幸).

Dohee’s been awarded artist residencies at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, the Watermill Center in New York with the Degenerate Art Ensemble, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Paul Dresher Artist Residency  Center, the Montalvo Arts Center and Djerassi Art Center. In 2010, she appeared at Carnegie Hall with Kronos Quartet,  performing her original composition, Sinawi (시나위) and Muru (무루) at Teatro Municipal de Lima in Peru with Pauchi Sasaki (パウチ・ 佐々木) and Colectivo (((OIE))).

Adria Otte performing @ YBCA, San Francisco

Adria Otte performing @ YBCA, San Francisco

Adria Otte is a violinist, electronic musician and Korean percussionist, especially in the styles of P’ungmul (풍물) & Samulnori (사물놀이), using the percussion instruments kkwaenggwari (꽹과리), jing (징), janggu (장구), and buk (북).

A long-time veteran of the San Francisco Bay Area new music scene, Adria has curated a memorable concert series at the Meridian Gallery and is known for her collaborations with Tom Bickley (in the duo Mad Ratio) Dohee Lee (도희), Bob Marsh’s Emergency (X)tet, Suki O’Kane, Edward Schocker, and many others.

Ed Schocker performs at the Garden of Memory event, Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, 21 June 2014 (photo - Marco Sanchez)

Ed Schocker performs at the Garden of Memory event, Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, 21 June 2014 (photo - Marco Sanchez)

Edward Schocker is a composer and performer who creates music with made/found materials and alternate tuning systems. He holds an M.A. in composition from Mills College, where he studied with Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran, and independently with Lou Harrison. At Mills, Edward founded The Music For People & Thingamajigs Festival, an annual event in The Bay Area devoted to unusual instruments and tunings.

In 1999-2000 Edward was artist in residence at the now defunct European Dance Development Center in Düsseldorf, Germany where he took part in and conducted workshops in instrument building, and composer/choreographer collaborations. Many of his dance-theater collaborations at this time toured throughout Europe and were performed by Jim Fulkerson and members of Amsterdam-based The Barton Workshop. In 2004 he composed music for an UNESCO sponsored work with Echo Arts — a large bicommunal project in Cyprus that helped build understanding between communities in conflict. His other collaborations in dance/theatre include multiple works with UK director Angus Balbernie: Mud Wings, Nine Days On Dark Water, and Sassantedue.

Edward’s residencies and commissions include Stanford Lively Arts with Brenton Cheng, the St. Ignatius Choir directed by Jonathan Dimmock in San Francisco, Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra directed by Gordon Lee in San Jose, and Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo. In 2006 he was awarded The NEA/Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Fellowship to research Japanese musical instruments and tuning systems, and in 2010 received a 6-month residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

As a performer, he has presented work at festivals around the world, including Internationales Klangkunstfest in Berlin, Playback in San Francisco and Pacific Exchange in Japan.

Thingamajigs Performance Group @ Berkeley Art Museum, 13 May 2013 (photo - Michael Zelner)

Thingamajigs Performance Group @ Berkeley Art Museum, 13 May 2013 (photo - Michael Zelner)

Currently, Edward is an ensemble member of the Thingamajigs Performance Group, creating works in a group process with Dylan Bolles, Suki O’Kane and Zachary James Watkins. The group is presently in a multi-year collaboration with literary artist Stephen Ratcliffe in creating long-duration multimedia works.

Chris Chafe at the celletto

Chris Chafe at the celletto

Set 5: Chris & Sebastian Chafe, w guest from Paris, Aurélie Ménétrieux (10pm sharp)

Chris Chafe is a composer, improvisor and cellist, developing much of his music alongside computer-based research.

In moments off from sonifying tomatoes or smog, Chris is also Director of CCRMA.

A PuffTron in the wild

A PuffTron in the wild

In fact, Chris has kindly agreed to revisit his use of CO₂ sensors called PuffTrons (from his Smog Music) in honor of the Fog Music Festival theme. PuffTron streaming data of “hyperlocal fog” will be mapped, sonified, and visualized in a multimedia software framework, combining with sound from modified and unmodified string instruments and live electronics to bring the Fog Music Festival to a grand conclusion. Among the string instruments will be Chris’ own invention, the hybridized electro-acoustic celletto.

At IRCAM (Paris) & The Banff Centre (Alberta), Chris pursued methods for digital synthesis, music performance and real-time internet collaboration. The SoundWIRE project at CCRMA, which he has been deep involved with, enables live concertizing with musicians the world over, and the online collaboration software, including jacktrip and research into latency factors, continues to evolve.

An active performer either on the net or physically present, his music reaches audiences in dozens of countries and sometimes at novel venues (for example, Sun Shot, played by the horns of large ships in the port of St. Johns, Newfoundland). A simultaneous 5-country concert was hosted at the United Nations in 2009. Chris’ works are available from Centaur Records and various online media. Gallery and museum music installations are into their second decade with “musifications” resulting from collaborations with artists, scientists and MD’s.

Sonification interface for Tomato Quintet, by Chris Chafe

Sonification interface for Tomato Quintet, by Chris Chafe

Recent work includes the Brain Stethoscope project, PolarTide for the 2013 Venice Biennale, and Tomato Quintet for the transLife:media Festival at the National Art Museum of China. Chris premiered Rocco Di Pietro’s concerto, Finale, for electric cello and orchestra in 2012.

(L→R) Chris Chafe, Rob Hamilton & Sebastian Chafe @ Meridian Gallery, 15 May 2014 (photo - Michael Zelner)

(L→R) Chris Chafe (celletto), Rob Hamilton (guitar/electronics) & Sebastian Chafe (contrabass) @ Meridian Gallery, 15 May 2014 (photo - Michael Zelner)

Sebastian Chafe is active both in musical activities involving contrabasses and sonic sculptures on the one hand, and leading edge audio tech at Sennheiser and elsewhere (leading to the award of microphony patents), on the other.

His recent explorations of doubly-mutated string sonorities with Chris Chafe, combining contrabass, celletto, algorithms, and hardware, open up new string-based sectors of sonic space for exploration.

Aurélie Ménétrieux taking samples in the woods 500h 1.01

Aurélie Ménétrieux taking samples in the woods

Intermedia artist and plasticienne sonore Aurélie Ménétrieux is based in Paris. We are very fortunate that she’s currently touring in the US and able to join Chris & Sebastian Chafe for a special audio-visual and electro-acoustsic intermedia trio.

After studying at thé École des beaux arts de Rueil-Malmaison, she has gone on to realize a unique series of audio-visual experiments and was the composer for the critically acclaimed film Spartacus & Cassandra, which débuted at Cannes last year.

Also remarkable are a stunning series of audio-visual collaborations…

validez, with Guillaume Guérin (below), featured at SCRIME 2012 (Bordeaux) and Festival Futura 2011 (Espace Soubeyran de Crest), is a wonderful example.

Join us for a night of amazing electro-acoustic music weaving together musical influences from 3 continents, and convolving an ancient Zen repertoire based on dreams with cutting-edge A/V mappings based on hyperlocal fog datastreams.

どうぞ。。。

Joe

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MSP/Piano: Post-jazz compositions for improvisers w Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra, Thu 18 Dec @ Center for New Music, SF (Set 2, 8:30pm) ◉ avant-Bolly++ w Horn of Plenty, (Set 1, 7:30pm)

I’m excited to once again join wind giant Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra at San Francisco’s focal-point new music incubator and venue, Center for New Music (55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA – map), Set 2 (8:30pm).

To Bollywood… and beyond!

To Bollywood... and beyond!

It’s aways a high-warp adventure to play with this unusual ensemble, and I look forward with special pleasure to bringing the superluminal energy of Aaron’s fantastic “comprov” charts to CNM, together with a great program of festive avant-Bollywood and more from another of Aaron’s projects, Horn of Plenty.

If you’ve already heard the first album of Aaron Bennett’s unique compositions released by Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra (cover below), you’re already coming to this great show. If not, run, don’t walk, to get a copy at http://emtpo.bandcamp.com/ and hear what the fuss is about.

Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra (cover art: Nancy Bennett)

Among Aaron’s many stellar contributions to the Bay Area improv and new music scenes (like sax trio arrangements of Bollywood standards) are fantastic “breathing chart” compositions for large improvising groups that deliver heightened coherence and adventure at the same time. They stand as Himalayas of group improv music. And Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra is the Mt. Everest.

Vapor Trails of Structure in Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Improv...

Vapor Trails of Structure in Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Improv...

To quote Aaron: “The members of this ensemble utilize the electro-magnetic field of their collective mind to attain a unitive transcendent state of sonic consciousness and in turn, create sublime and/or unusually expanded sonic experiences for their listeners.”

The electro-magnetic field is tuned and amplified by means of unique “breathing chart” compositions using a special graphic notation Aaron has designed for large improvising ensembles to focus and unleash aural energies. The resulting sound is like nothing else and has amazed audiences in a string of orgone-accelerating Bay Area performances over the last year.

(For a more detailed interview with Aaron about this music, please check out Craig Matsumoto’s post: Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Improv).

Aaron Bennett in Space

Bio note: Saxist/composer Aaron Bennett has been bending space in the Bay Area jazz and improvised music communities for more than 15 years. Beyond his studies in composition and performance of western music at California Institute of the Arts, Aaron has also studied and played the music of West Africa, Indonesia, India, and traditional Japanese 雅楽 (Gagaku) music. He has performed throughout the United States and abroad including performances with Wadada Leo Smith, Peter Kowald, John Butcher, Donald Robinson, Marco Eneidi, Gianni GebbiaWeasel Walter, Adam Lane, Larry Ochs, Steve Adams, John Raskin, Victoria WilliamsAphrodesiaLagos-RootsBlack Water GoldROVA Saxophone Quartet and many others.

Aaron Bennett in Time

He leads his own groups Go-Go-FightmasterElectro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra and performs in the Oakland Active OrchestraLisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & SwitchVijay Anderson Quartet, and Guerilla Hi-Fi. Aaron has composed for large ensembles, chamber groups, plays, films, dance performances, wind quintet, saxophone quartets and trios as well as pieces for solo instruments.

In addition to Aaron Bennett (sax & compositions), the E.M.T.P.O. line-up for this show will also include:

— Rob Ewing: trombone

Rob Ewing

— John Finkbeiner: guitar

John FInkbeiner

John FInkbeiner

— Ron Heglin: trombone & voice

Ron Heglin (photo by Tom Djll / Djll Pixels)

— Jeff Hobbs: violin

Jeff Hobbs performs at Vexations Re-vex'd I, 22 Mar 2013, Berkeley Arts Festival (photo - Joel Deuter)

Jeff Hobbs performs at Vexations Re-vex'd I, 22 Mar 2013, Berkeley Arts Festival (photo - Joel Deuter)

— Darren Johnston: trumpet

Darren Johnston

— Bob Marsh: cello

Bob Marsh

— Lisa Mezzacappa: bass

Lisa Mezzacappa

— Joe Lasqo: MSP/laptop, piano, objects

Joe Lasqo & Morgana perform w Jim Ryan's Green Alembic in the sfSoundSalonSeries at Center for New Music, San Francisco, 15 Apr 2014 (Photo by Carly Hoopes)

Set 1 (7:30pm) will be sax trio Horn of Plenty, consisting of Aaron Bennett,  Jon Raskin & Aram Shelton

Horn of Plenty (L → R) Aaron Bennett, Aram Shelton, Jon Raskin

Horn of Plenty (L → R) Aaron Bennett, Aram Shelton, Jon Raskin

3 saxophones reimagine music from 3 continents, from a multitude of traditions to create their own. Re-engineered sound track music from Bollywood films, original music, deconstructed blues, and more.

For info on Aaron Bennett, see above.

Aram Shelton

Aram Shelton

Aram Shelton is a saxophonist, clarinetist, improviser and composer based in Oakland, where the projects Sound Quartet, Tonal Masher, Broken Trap Ensemble, and Ton Trio II represent his music. He is connected to Chicago (where he lived from 1999 to 2005) through his Quartet, the  sextet Fast Citizens, and Jason Adasiewicz’ Rolldown. His writing and playing is grounded in and influenced by the rich history of avant-jazz and free improvisation in America and Europe since the 1950s and has been documented through more than a dozen albums since 2003.

After studying classical alto sax techniques in college, Aram moved to Chicago and became involved in the city’s creative music scene focusing on alto saxophone and clarinet, playing with Jason Adasiewicz, Jason Ajemian, Josh Berman, Tim Daisy, Anton Hatwich, Keefe Jackson, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jason Roebke and Frank Rosaly; and began to use Max/MSP for the live sampling and manipulation of acoustic instruments, primarily with Johnathan Crawford in the electro acoustic duo Grey Ghost.

In 2005, Aram moved to Oakland to study at Mills College, writing music with a focus on the technique of phrase modification, where phrases played by acoustic instruments are recorded in real time and rearranged via custom built patches in MAX/MSP, and he continues to improvise and compose electroacoustic music based on these concepts.

Since moving to California, Aram has developed his ensemble music with groups including musicians Scott Brown & Alex Vittum (Ton Trio II); Michael Coleman & Alex Vittum (Stratic); Darren Johnston, Lisa Mezzacappa, & Kjell Nordeson (Cylinder); his sextet Marches, inspired by the music of Shepp, Ayler & Sun Ra; and the Oakland Active Orchestra. He also curates the Active Music Series.

In addition to the above groups, Aram has recently performed with Britt Ciampa, Mark Clifford, Jordan Glenn, Aaron Novik, Larry Ochs, Safa Shokrai, William Winant and Cory Wright.

Jon Raskin

Jon Raskin

Also joining will be saxophonist & electronic musician Jon Raskin.

Jon has been a member of Rova Saxophone Quartet for 3 decades, exploring the relationship of improvisation and composition, developing and honing the language of ensemble music and researching linguistic possibilities of the saxophone.

Highlights of Rova founding member Jon’s early career include his ’70s participation in new music ensembles directed by composers John Adams and Barney Childs. Before Rova, Jon served as music director of the Tumbleweed Dance Company, was a founding member of the Blue Dolphin Alternative Music Space, and participated in the creation of The Farm — an art project that included a city farm, a community garden, Ecology Center, Dance and Theater companies and organized the creation of a city park.

Highlights as a member of Rova include composing a collaborative work for San Francisco Taiko Dojo/Rova, working with Howard Martin on the installation work Occupancy, composing music for Mr. Bungle/Rova, organizing the 30 year Anniversary Concert of John Coltrane’s Ascension, performing the music of Miles Davis at the Fillmore with Yo Miles!, the Glass Head project with Inkboat and the ongoing Electric Ascension project.

Jon has worked and recorded with Liz Allbee, Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, George Cremaschi, Fred Frith, Philip Gelb, Matthew Goodheart, Phillip Greenlief, Phillip Johnston, Henry Kaiser, Pauline Oliveros, Kanoko Nishi-Smith (西鹿乃子) Dana Reason, Gino Robair, Sam Rivers, John Shiurba, Wadada Leo Smith, Vladimir Tarasov (Владимир Тарасов), and poet Carla Harryman, among many others.

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Join us for a fantastic double-shot of fiery soloist and composer Aaron Bennett in two completely different musical ecosystems, each populated by some very strange animals…

Joe

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MSP/Synth: Post-jazz compositions for improvisers w Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra, Mon 01 Dec @ Makeout Room, SF (Set 3, 10:30pm) ◉ Lewis Jordan Trio, (Set 1, 8:30pm) ◉ Heikki Koskinen Quartet (Set 2, 9:30pm)

The Makeout Room (Photo by Kelly Allen, kellyallen.com)

The Makeout Room (Photo by Kelly Allen, kellyallen.com)

I’m delighted to join the great Monday Makeout series, which has been curated and nurtured by Bay Area greats like Lisa Mezzacappa, Darren Johnston, & Karl Evangelista — a series that has made one of the best lounges in SF one of the best places to hear ground-breaking new music as well.

Coordinates: Makeout Room, SF, Mon 01 Dec, 10:30pm (Set 3)3225 22nd St, SF (between Mission & Valencia – map). (For another preview of the show by Examiner.com’s Steven Smoliar, see: here.)

(L → R) Joe Lasqo, Steve Adams, Aaron Bennett @ the Makeout Room, 6 May 2013 (Photo by Michael Zelner)

(L → R) Joe Lasqo, Steve Adams, Aaron Bennett @ the Makeout Room, 6 May 2013 (Photo by Michael Zelner)

Even more exciting will be playing there again with wind giant Aaron Bennett… it’s aways an adventure at warp-drive to play with Aaron’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra, and I look forward with special pleasure to bringing the superluminal energy of his fantastic “comprov” charts to the Makeout Rooms deluxe music lair.

If you’ve already heard the first album of Aaron Bennett’s unique compositions released by Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra (cover below), you’re already coming to this great show. If not, run, don’t walk, to get a copy at http://emtpo.bandcamp.com/ and hear what the fuss is about.

Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra (cover art: Nancy Bennett)

Among Aaron’s many stellar contributions to the Bay Area improv and new music scenes (like sax trio arrangements of Bollywood standards) are fantastic “breathing chart” compositions for large improvising groups that deliver heightened coherence and adventure at the same time. They stand as Himalayas of group improv music. And Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra is the Mt. Everest.

Vapor Trails of Structure in Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Improv...

Vapor Trails of Structure in Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Improv...

To quote Aaron: “The members of this ensemble utilize the electro-magnetic field of their collective mind to attain a unitive transcendent state of sonic consciousness and in turn, create sublime and/or unusually expanded sonic experiences for their listeners.”

The electro-magnetic field is tuned and amplified by means of unique “breathing chart” compositions using a special graphic notation Aaron has designed for large improvising ensembles to focus and unleash aural energies. The resulting sound is like nothing else and has amazed audiences in a string of orgone-accelerating Bay Area performances over the last year.

Aaron Bennet in Space

Aaron Bennet in Space

Bio note: Saxist/composer Aaron Bennett has been bending space in the Bay Area jazz and improvised music communities for more than 15 years. Beyond his studies in composition and performance of western music at California Institute of the Arts, Aaron has also studied and played the music of West Africa, Indonesia, India, and Traditional Japanese 雅楽 (Gagaku) music. He has performed throughout the United States and abroad including performances with Wadada Leo Smith, Peter Kowald, John Butcher, Donald Robinson, Marco Eneidi, Gianni GebbiaWeasel Walter, Adam Lane, Larry Ochs, Steve Adams, John Raskin, Victoria WilliamsAphrodesiaLagos-RootsBlack Water GoldROVA Saxophone Quartet and many others.

(For a more detailed interview with Aaron about this music, please check out Craig Matsumoto’s post: Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Improv).

Aaron Bennett

Aaron Bennett in Time

He leads his own groups Go-Go-FightmasterElectro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra and performs in the Oakland Active OrchestraLisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & SwitchVijay Anderson Quartet, and Guerilla Hi-Fi. Aaron has composed for large ensembles, chamber groups, plays, films, dance performances, wind quintet, saxophone quartets and trios as well as pieces for solo instruments.

In addition to Aaron Bennett (sax & compositions), the E.M.T.P.O. line-up for this show will also include:

— Bishu Chatterjee (বিশু চ্যাটার্জি): bass

Bishu Chatterjee (বিশু চ্যাটার্জি)

— Kristina Dutton: violin

Kristina Dutton

— Karl Evangelista: guitar

Karl Evangelista

— Jeff Hobbs: violin

Jeff Hobbs performs at Vexations Re-vex'd I, 22 Mar 2013, Berkeley Arts Festival (photo - Joel Deuter)

Jeff Hobbs performs at Vexations Re-vex'd I, 22 Mar 2013, Berkeley Arts Festival (photo - Joel Deuter)

— Darren Johnston: trumpet

Darren Johnston

— Joe Lasqo: MSP/laptop & synthesizer

Joe Lasqo @ Meridian Gallery, 11 Jan 2012 (Photo: PeterBKaars.com, http://www.peterbkaars.com)

Set 1 (8:30pm) will be Lewis Jordan, appearing in trio with Karl Evangelista (guitar/FX) & Nava Dunkelman (percussion allsorts)

Lewis Jordan

Lewis Jordan

Born in San Francisco, Lewis Jordan grew up in Chicago…with the blues… “which he got too from time to time…”

An international touring and recording musician; poet; actor and playwright, Lewis Jordan has bridged the worlds of music and the written word — through composition, saxophone and poetry.

Lewis Jordan (at micophone) performs w Grencsó Kollektíva at Mediawave Fesztivál 2010, Jazz Forum Budapest

Lewis Jordan (at micophone) performs w Grencsó Kollektíva at Mediawave Fesztivál 2010, Jazz Forum Budapest

He was a founding member of United Front, the seminal San Francisco Bay Area ensemble known for its originality, aggressive imagination and cultural synthesis. Starting as the Lewis Jordan-George Sams Quartet, and including bassist Mark Izu (マーク・伊豆) and drummers Carl Hoffman (and, at times, Anthony Brown), United Front is featured in a documentary film, Outside in Sight, including footage of United Front at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

Of his major ongoing project, Music at Large, Lewis Jordan says:

Lewis Jordan

Lewis Jordan

“I began Music at Large in 1976, dedicated to interdisciplinary and multicultural productions, with presentations incorporating music, theater, dance, poetry and visual art. Since that time, Music at Large has been a vehicle for producing musical performances of my own and others’ work, plays, and panels. The genesis of the Music at Large is the commitment to bringing people together by bridging arbitrary distinctions that have only served to divide us from ourselves, as well as serving to divide us from others. As the saying goes, “put all my food on the same plate.

Most recently, the focus of Music at Large has been a performing unit. This group, based in the San Francisco Bay area, features myself on alto and baritone saxophones; Karl Evangelista on electric guitar; John-Carlos Perea on electric bass and cedar flute; Marshall Trammell on drums; and Jimmy Biala on percussion.

The group brings together the music of three major soul food groups: Asian, African and Native American. And, in the process, new recipes are constantly unfolding.”

Lewis Jordan performs w Grencsó Kollektíva at Mediawave Fesztivál 2010, Jazz Forum Budapest

Lewis Jordan performs w Grencsó Kollektíva at Mediawave Fesztivál 2010, Jazz Forum Budapest

In his career, he has focused on creative structures for improvisation, which has led to his work with artists from a range of disciplines. He has performed with dancers, poets, actors and musicians — including Brenda Wong Aoki (ブレンダ・ウォン・青木), Russel Baba (ラッセル・馬場), Rashid Bakr (رشيد بكر), Anthony Braxton, Anthony Brown, Juan Ceballos, India Cooke, Scott Davis III, Lisle Ellis, Sara Felder, Danny Glover, Grencsó István, Q.R. Hand, Carl Hoffman, Mark Izu (マーク・伊豆), Jon Jang (健良), Kash Killion, Masaru Kōga (古賀マサル), Genny Lim (吉尼), devorah major, Dhyani Dharma Mas, James Newton, Donald Robinson, George Sams, Ntozake Shange, Cecil Taylor, Charles Tyler, Francis Wong (世明), and others, many presented in his Music At-Large series.

Lewis Jordan’s partners in crime for this date will include Karl Evangelista.

Karl Evangelista

As well as organizing the Monday Makeout Series and the incendiary Light a Fire Series, Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista ranks among a new wave of creative musicians grounded in jazz, 20th century experimentalism, and popular song, exploring the place of multiculturalism and ethnic co-existence in an increasingly post-cultural, trans-idiomatic cultural space. As the creative force behind boundary breaking group Grex, Evangelista has been called “essential current-and-future listening, his music “a near-seamless blend of modern jazz, contemporary structuralist composition, indie rock, and blues rock” (Tiny Mix Tapes). This complex, powerful aesthetic fosters an “otherworldly experience” that is “completely original” (Eugene Weekly).

Karl has explored the possibilities of intercultural dialogues across a vast spectrum of academic and professional situations. He’s worked in a wide variety of ensembles with or under the direction of, among others, e.g. Achyutan (Marvin Patillo), Scott Amendola, Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), India Cooke, Fred Frith, Eddie Gale, Ben Goldberg, Matthew Goodheart, Phillip Greenlief, Darren Johnston, Lewis Jordan, Myra Melford, Hafez Modirzadeh (حافظ مدیرزاده), Bill Noertker, Zeena Parkins, John-Carlos Perea, Gino Robair, Daniel Schmidt, Marcus Shelby, Aram Shelton, David Slusser, Damon Smith, Karen Stackpole, Moe! Staiano, and AIR co-founder Francis Wong (世明), and has performed in new arrangements of works by Luciano Chessa, Christian Jendreiko, Polly Moller, AACM co-founder Muhal Richard Abrams, and Art Ensemble of Chicago co-founder Roscoe Mitchell. Karl holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Improvised Music from Mills College.

Nava Dunkelman (ナヴァ・ダンケルマン), photo by Mido Lee

Also joining will be Nava Dunkelman, percussioniste extraordinaire.

Nava Dunkelman (ナヴァ・ダンケルマン) is a Bay Area percussionist and improviser. Born in Tokyo, and raised in a multi-cultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother, Nava’s musical interests span the globe from Japanes taiko (太鼓) to Indonesian gamelan to American marching band, and from classical to contemporary to the avant-garde. Nava studied percussion under Eugene Novotney at Humboldt State University before attending Mills College, where she studied with William Winant, as well as Fred Frith, Maggi Payne, Zeena Parkins, and David Bernstein, among others.

Since graduating with a degree in music performance in 2013, Nava has performed and collaborated with John Zorn, William Winant, Fred Frith, Chris Brown, Dominique Leone and many others, as well as formed the improvisational trio Dapplegray with Jeanie-Aprille Tang (恬怡) and Tara Sreekrishnan (தாரா ஸ்ரீக்ரிஷ்ணன்) , which debuted in 2012 at The Stone in New York City. She also is a member of two marvelous duos: DunkelpeK with Jacob Pek, and IMA () with Jeanie-Aprille Tang (恬怡). Through improvisation, Nava enjoys discovering her own musical language by exploring experimental approaches to communication, progression, and space.

Set 2 (9:30pm) will be Heikki Koskinen, appearing in quartet with Adam Lowdermilk (bass), Timothy Orr (drums), and Rent Romus (saxes & flutes)

Heikki Koskinen playing the Morrison Digital Trumpet

Heikki Koskinen playing the Morrison Digital Trumpet

Heikki Koskinen is a recording artist, composer, and educator currently living in San Francisco, with main current instruments are piano, the Morrison Digital Trumpet, and the tenor recorder.

Heikki Koskinen w tenor recorder

Heikki Koskinen w tenor recorder

Heikki’s music career began in Finland with playing American Soul music as well as free improvised jazz, with musicians such as Edward Vesala, Juhani Aaltonen, and Heikki Sarmanto. Heikki received various Finnish composing grants, recorded several albums, and won awards as an innovative children’s music teacher.

After being chosen in Rytmi magazine critics’ polls as Finland’s top jazz trumpet player in the 1970’s, he left his native Finland to study jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (in addition to private studies with Henrik Otto Donner, Charlie Banacos & Jimmy Owens).

His 1980’s Bay Area bands, with Heikki on trumpet, featured such musicians as Hadley Caliman, Steve Heckman, Mark Levine, Joe Bonner, Bennie Green, Larry Hancock and Michael Spiro.

(L → R) Mika Pontecorvo, Heikki Koskinen, and Rent Romus perform in Rent Romus' Other World Cycle, based on the Finnish epic, the Kalevala

(L → R) Mika Pontecorvo, Heikki Koskinen, and Rent Romus perform in Rent Romus' Other World Cycle, based on the Finnish epic, the Kalevala

Lately Heikki has re-connected with his free improvising musical roots, especially with Bay Area sax player Rent Romus and the Finnish Kellari (Cellar) Trio, featuring reed player Mikko Innanen and bassist Teppo Hauta-aho.

Besides performing and composing, he teaches music in the Bay Area. For ten years he was coordinator and host of the local radio program, Studio Finland and he has been a key musical figure in the Bay Area Finnish community for several years.

Adam Lowdermilk

Adam Lowdermilk

With a background strongly rooted in the rich traditions of jazz, funk, and various African and Pan-American musical styles, bassist Adam Lowdermilk creates an intellectually and viscerally stimulating music.

After studies w bassist Stan Poplin and at, Adam studied music performance at Mills College under bassists Peter Barshay, Steven Tramontozzi, and Henry Grimes, as well as Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, William Winant, Christian Wolff, Pauline Oliveros, and Zeena Parkins, while continuing his focus on jazz while exploring free improv, and taking a keen interest in West African music.

Recent credits include performances with the David Mayfield Parade, the T Sisters, Bill Stevens, Dahveed Behroozi (داويد بهروزی), David Flores, Kristen Strom, the Jorge Pineda/Larry Douglas Alltet, Blackbird Blackbird (STRFKR Tour), and multiple performances at the Festival International Jazz Plaza in Havana, Cuba with the Will Magid 4.

Currently, Adam performs regularly with Bay Area groups such as American Nomad, Soji Odukogbe (guitarist of Fela Kuti), Albino! Afrobeat, and the Justin Ancheta Band, as well as his own original project Kuckaw!, which melds funk, afrobeat, and disco with jazz and progressive rock.

Tim Orr

Timoth Orr (Photo © 2014 Lenny Gonzalez)

Timothy Orr studied with Edward Blackwell at Wesleyan University and has worked in the music industry since then. He has held positions in alternative radio promotion & classical marketing at Virgin Records, publicity at MCA, retail sales at HMV and warehouse & operations management at TVT Records. He spent five years with the Arkadia Jazz label as sales & marketing director, and two-and-a-half years as Associate Director of the Brubeck Institute at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. He’s also been a journalist for DRUM! and Traps magazines, and has worked with Oakland’s Jazz In Flight. Timothy joined the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2006, and specializes in marketing, public relations, and communications.

Timothy has played with a number of musicians in many fields, including local and international artists Josh Roseman, Stephen Schwartz, Damon Smith, John Finkbeiner, Josh Allen, Marco Eneidi, Richard Hell, Randy Hunt, Henry Kaiser, Adam Lane, Scott R. Looney, Rent Romus, Aram Shelton, Joris Teepe, William Winant, Key West, and many more.

Tim plays with a number of Cajun and Zydeco and roots bands as well: Kenny Menard, Motordude, Tête Rouge, Andre Thierry, the Zydeco Flames, Zydeco Slim, the Royal Deuces, CZ & the Bon Vivants, Mark St. Mary, and others. He has played over 1600 gigs since 1989 in a variety of venues across the country, and has appeared on a number of CDs in a variety of genres.

Rent Romus, Godfather of Avant Soul

The Godfather of Avant Soul, organizer of innumerable Bay Area events, Rent Romus, saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and producer, is deeply involved in going beyond the confines of standard music forms of composition and improvisation and focused on presenting and supporting the local experimental and avant-garde community. From his beginnings as a student of jazz while being exposed to the tutelage of Stan Getz to today, Rent Romus has recorded and released 25+ recordings as a leader which have included Jason Olaine, Steve Rossi, Chico Freeman, John Tchicai, Jonas Müller, Stefan Pasborg, Toyoji Tomita (富田豊治), Dave Mihaly, Bill Noertker, Collette McCaslin, Philip Everett, Ray Schaeffer, Paris Slim, Jesse Quattro, Scott R. Looney, Bob Marsh, Jim Ryan, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Tobias Fischer, and Thollem Mcdonas.

As a producer and artist business activist he runs Edgetone Records a label for all forms of improvisation and experimentation. He is the founder and Executive Director of Outsound Presents under which he curates the SIMM Series, the Luggage Store Series every Thursday, both in San Francisco, and The Outsound New Music Summit, a national experimental music festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area every summer in July.

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Join us for a wonderful evening of cooly hot chamber jazz, Finno-Ugric psychedelic jazz, and electrically trans-personal post-jazz at the Mission’s cozily chic Makeout Room..

Joe

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MSP/piano, trio w wind, voice & electronics virtuosi Beth Custer & Thomas Dimuzio (Sun 09 Nov @ SIMM Series, SF, 7:30pm) + Set 2: Art ↔ Jazz w Noertker’s Moxie, 8:30pm

Beth Custer - Joe Lasqo - Thomas Dimuzio

Beth Custer - Joe Lasqo - Thomas Dimuzio

Outsound: A New Sonic Collective for the 21st Century

I’m very excited to again join wind, voice and electronics virtuosi Beth Custer & Thomas Dimuzio at Outsound’s SIMM Series: 7:30pm, Sun 09 Nov (Set 1) at the Musicians Union Hall, 116 9th St @ Mission, SF (map).

Yakitori-ya in the rain at night, Shimbashi (夜の雨の中で焼き鳥屋、新橋)

Outsound’s SIMM Series reminds me of cozy parties among friends at my favorite yakitori joint, nestled under the Shimbashi Bridge in Tokyo in the night rain… from the outside a few hints of warm light and laughter, on the inside a serious wild time. The difference is that, unlike the yakitori joint, the SIMM Series is a spaceship that travels to other musical dimensions.

An acoustic-centered sister of the Luggage Store Series, SIMM has brought the best cutting-edge acoustic jazz and avant-garde musicians in and out of the Bay Area to SF audiences and delivered one musical adventure after another.

I’m delighted as well to be playing with two of the Bay Area’s most unique and unclassifiable musicians, clarinetist, vocalist, and composer, Beth Custer, and synthesizer sifu (師傅) Thomas Dimuzio. We were all delighted earlier in the year at how well everything clicked when we played together to create a mysterious, beautiful sonic universe, and we’re looking forward to another space expedition.

A sequence of typical quantum eigenvectors for the quantum map (Nodal domain statistics for quantum chaotic maps, by J.P. Keating, J. Marklof and I.G. Williams, New J. Phys. 10 (2008) 083023)

We’re planning an evening of improv interplay that will splatter sonic possibilities all over the quantum map into alternate universes where our musical triangle can have many more than three vertices.

Putative SLE trace from an eigenfunction of the quantum map (Nodal domain statistics for quantum chaotic maps, by J.P. Keating, J. Marklof and I.G. Williams, New J. Phys. 10 (2008) 083023)

Beth Custer (Photo - Anne Hamersky)

Beth Custer (Photo - Anne Hamersky)

Beth Custer is a San Francisco based composer, clarinetist, vocalist, bandleader, and the proprietor of BC Records.

An original member of the Club Foot Orchestra, a trailblazing ensemble who pioneered scoring and performing with silent films (Pandora’s Box, Sherlock Jr., Metropolis, etc.), Beth is also a founding member of the 4th-world ensemble Trance Mission, the trip-hop duo Eighty Mile Beach, and leads the quartet of esteemed jazz clarinetists Clarinet Thing, as well as The Beth Custer Ensemble. The Pacific Film Archive commissioned Beth to compose a live score for My Grandmother / ჩემი ბებია / Моя Бабушка, a rare Soviet film, which she toured internationally in Russia, Czech Republic, Ireland, and England, supported by Trust for Mutual Understanding and Mid Atlantic Arts Fund awards.

Beth Custer performs "For the Grace of Any Man" at the Red House Speak Easy, San Francisco, June 2012

She composes for theatre, film, dance, television, installations and the concert stage and has created scores for the contemporary chamber ensembles Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Zeitgeist, Earplay, City Winds, + Turtle Island and Kronos String Quartets; for the theatre productions of Campo Santo Theatre, Berkeley and San Diego Repertory Theatre, Magic Theatre, California Shakespeare, Overtone Industries, A Traveling Jewish Theatre, and Cornerstone Theatre; for dancers and troupes Joe Goode Performance Group, Flyaway Productions, Osseus Labyrinth, AXIS Dance Company, and butō (舞踏) masters Harupin Ha (ハルピン派), Koichi Tamano (玉野黄市) and Ledoh (レドー). Her score for JGPG’s The Maverick Strain, which won an Isadora Duncan Award, excerpts enjoyed a run at the Joyce Theater in NYC during April ’09.

Beth created KQED’s Independent View theme with her band Eighty Mile Beach and composed for CBS/Film Roman’s Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat with Club Foot Orchestra, as well as creating music for the films of Cathy Lee Crane, Melinda Stone, Betsy Bayha, Julie Wyman, George Spies, Karina Epperlein, Will Zavala, Peter MacCandless, and Koohan Paik (구한). Beth created four musicals with award winning writer Octavio Solis in LA & SF, and her collaborative scores with inventor and MacArthur Fellow Trimpin led her to compose Vinculum Symphony, a site-specific, large-scale work that unites chamber musicians with experimental instrument builders.

Stephen Kent and Beth Custer perform in the Sanctuary of Dawn at the Garden of Memory event, Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, 21 Jun 2012

Beth has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including inventor Trimpin; artists Vladimir Kokolia and Billie Grace Lynn; musicians Stephen Kent, Fred Frith, Miya Masaoka (正岡みや), Joan Jeanrenaud, Amy Denio, Tin Hat, Tango № 9, Pamela Z, Will Bernard, Sex Mob, John Schott, Grassy Knoll, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Violent Femmes, J.A. Deane, the late, great Snakefinger, Greg Goodman, William Cepeda, Elaine Buckholtz, Mark Eitzel, Penelope Houston, Anna Homler, Ollin, and Connie Champagne.

She has over 35 recordings out with her ensembles Eighty Mile Beach, Clarinet Thing, Trance Mission, The Beth Custer Ensemble and Club Foot Orchestra.

Head LIght by Trance Mission (Beth Custer: clarinets/trumpet/voice, Stephen Kent: didjeridu/percussion/cello, John Loose: multi-ethnic drums/samples, Kenneth Newby: Asian winds/percussion/digital atmospheres)

With such a creative explosion, it’s very hard to pick particular jewels out of the box, but Beth’s pathbreaking work with Trance Mission holds special significance for me as a musician integrating non-Western and Western musics, and the sparkling, sensuous tracks of Head Light are a wonderful place to hear the most disparate of world-musical elements click together as if they’d been designed to from the start.

Thomas Dimuzio

Thomas Dimuzio is a composer, multi-instrumentalist & electronic musician, mastering engineer, sound designer, and label proprietor based in San Francisco.

Long regarded as a musical pioneer for his innovative use of live sampling and looping techniques to create compelling works, Thomas is a true sonic alchemist who can seemingly create music events out of almost anything. Listed sound sources on his various CDs include everything from ‘modified 10 speed bicycle’ and ‘resonating water pipe’ to short-wave radios, loops, feedback, samplers, and even normal instruments such as clarinet and trumpet, while his current work is facilitated by the deep expanses of modular synthesis.

His use of signal processing, custom crossfade looping, and algorithmic mixing fuels a synergy of man and machine in his live performances, while intercepted signal feeds from collaborators, wild sources of MIDI-controlled feedback, modular synthesizers, circuit-bent toys, or ambient microphones on the streets, become integrated as sound sources within his system of live interactive electronics, effortlessly moving from electroacoustic and noise to glitch, dark ambient, improv and drone.

Thomas Dimuzio

In his work as a sound designer, Thomas has worked with synthesizer and processor manufacturers such as Kurzweil, Lexicon, and OSC to create custom presets and sample libraries, and he has collaborated with Fred Frith, Tom Cora, and ROVA Saxophone Quartet to create sound libraries for Rarefaction and Big Fish Audio. Thomas also continues to play a key role in the development of Avid’s industry standard Pro Tools HD recording and mixing system, as he has for the past 20 years.

As a collaborator, Thomas works with numerous artists and ensembles such as Dimmer (with Joseph Hammer), Chris Cutler, Fred Frith, Dan Burke/Illusion of Safety, Nick Didkovsky, ISIS, Negativland, Arcane Device (David Lee Myers), Matmos, Wobbly (Jon Leidecker), Poptastic, 5uu’s, Tom Cora, Mickey Hart, Paul Haslinger, Arte Saxophone Quartett, Due Process, and Voice Of Eye.

Thomas Dimuzio

As a mastering engineer, Thomas has worked with independent artists and labels through his own Gench Studios since the early 1990’s. Among his clients are Matmos, Negativland, ISIS, AMM, Captain Ahab, Doctor Nerve, Psychic TV3, Xiu Xiu, Devin Hoff, GG Allin, KK Null (Kazuyuki Kishino / 岸野 一之), Joey P, Fred Frith, Scott Amendola, and many others.

Thomas Dimuzio’s recordings have been released internationally by ReR Megacorp, Asphodel, RRRecords, No Fun, Sonoris, Drone, Record Label Records, Odd Size, and other independent labels.

Album cover for Slew, by Thomas Dimuzio

Among his many gem-like albums, the one I’ve been listening to the most recently is the great Slew, a rich assortment of solo pieces that probe the facets of inter-dimensional sound space.

Joe Lasqo & Morgana perform w Jim Ryan's Green Alembic in the sfSoundSalonSeries at Center for New Music, San Francisco, 15 Apr 2014 (Photo by Carly Hoopes)

It’s my great pleasure and honor to join these eminent colleagues for your listening pleasure.

Set 2, 8:30pm: Noertker’s Moxie (Bill Noertker, Annelise Zamula, Dax Compise, Joshua Marshall)

Noertker's Moxie perform at SIMM Series (L → R): Joshua Marshall, Bill Noertker, Annelise Zamula. (Out of frame: Dax Compise; Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

Noertker's Moxie perform at SIMM Series (L → R): Joshua Marshall, Bill Noertker, Annelise Zamula. (Not pictured: Dax Compise; Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

We have the honor to share the bill with Noertker’s Moxie, the long-standing ensemble of bassist Bill Noertker, who comes to the show fresh from a recent triumph at the 2014 Outsound New Music Summit with his ensemble Obstreperous Doves (w Dave Mihaly, Nava Dunkelman, Karl Evangelista, and Christina Stanley).

Bill started out as a trombonist, then moved to the electric, and eventually, the acoustic, bass. In high school a teacher gave him Count Basie Jam: Montreux ’77, with Ray Brown on bass. Later that year, he heard Benny Goodman’s version of Sing Sing Sing while tripping on acid. These two events changed his perspective entirely, and he later became further de-tethered by dangerous levels of exposure to the music of Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago tempered by the administration of cooling doses of Duke Ellington.

After studying with Putter Smith (…who also played assassin Mr. Kidd in the James Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever) and Bobby Bradford, Bill moved to San Francisco and studied composition under Aldo Ryzy-Ryski and and bass with Mandy Flowers while a member of the experimental art rock band, Bardo, three of whose members, Bill, Annelise Zamula, and Dave Mihaly, later formed the After the End of the World Coretet. Bill and Annelise also later became the core of Noertker’s Moxie, for which Bill has composed 150+ pieces.

Kleiner blauer Teufel (Little Blue Devil), by Paul Klee

Kleiner blauer Teufel (Little Blue Devil), by Paul Klee

Ein weiterer Teufel... Bill Noertker (Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

Ein weiterer Teufel... Bill Noertker (Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

Bill has drawn on his travels in Europe — and an unusual working partnership with 20th-century artists like  Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, & Wassily Kandinsky (Василий Кандинский) — to create a large body of work that uses their paintings as a graphic seed for subtly surreal jazz compositions and suites such as the Blue Rider Suite, Sketches Of Catalonia, and Acrobats (a jazz ballet inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duineser Elegien).

Little Blue Devil — Blue Rider Suite, Vol. 2, by Noertker's Moxie

Little Blue Devil — Blue Rider Suite, Vol. 2, by Noertker's Moxie

A highlight of Noertker’s Moxie shows is usually such a trans-historical intermedia collaboration where one or more paintings of these European masters is paired with a composition inspired by it.

Noertker's Moxie perform at SIMM Series (L → R): Annelise Zamula, Bill Noertker, Joshua Marshall, w guest appearance by the painting of Paul Klee (Out of frame: Dax Compise)

Noertker's Moxie perform at SIMM Series (L → R): Annelise Zamula, Bill Noertker, Joshua Marshall, w guest appearance by the painting of Paul Klee (Out of frame: Dax Compise)

The surreaistic poetry of Ektor Kaknavatos (Έκτωρ Κακναβάτος)

The surreaistic poetry of Ektor Kaknavatos (Έκτωρ Κακναβάτος)

He’s also composed music for three films that showcase the intimately-scaled sculptures of David Beck, and composed the score for a film by Nikos Koumoundouros (Νικος Κουμουνδουρος), The Commandments or The Nostril of Ektor Kaknavatos (Οι εντολές, ἠ το ρουθούνι του Έκτορα Κακναβάτου), which was selected for the Short Film Corner at the prestigious Festival de Cannes 2010, and he’s now at work scoring the upcoming Olympia Stone film Curious Worlds: the Art and Imagination of David Beck.

Bill’s other ensembles and collaborations are far too numerous to list in full, including work with Jon Birdsong, Laurie Buenafe Krsmanovic, Brett Carson, Graham Connah, David Cooper, Rob Ewing, Annette Giesriegl, Motoko Honda (本田素子), Darren Johnston, Kasey Knudsen, Jason Levis, Tracy McMullen, Lisa Mezzacappa, David Slusser, Karen Stackpole, Greg Stephens, Strawberry Moon String Quartet, John Vaughn, and Eli Wallace.

For 14 years Bill has also collaborated with saxophonist & neo-joikist Rent Romus in Outsound Presents to produce the SIMM Series, our cozy host for this show.

Annelise Zamula (Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

Annelise Zamula (Photo by Peter. B. Kaars, www.peterbkaars.com)

Annelise Zamula started on flute at age 11 and picked up sax at 14 after falling in love with jazz. She studied classical flute with Wallace Mann, and, after moving to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, with Matt Marvuglio.

In addition to being a founding member of the After the End of the World Coretet and Noertker’s Moxie, Annelise has performed with the Riffrats, Moodswing Orchestra, Montclair Women’s Big Band, Connie Champagne & Her Tiny Bubbles, Carwash, The Strayhorns, Golden Gate Park Band, the Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet (BTMSQ), the Indigo Girls, and the Pat Graney Dance Company.

Annelise currently performs with Big Lou’s Dance Party, Noertker’s Moxie, and the Berkeley Saxophone Quartet, and is now in the studio with Bill Noertker, recording the soundtrack for Curious Worlds: the Art and Imagination of David Beck.

Dax Compise

Dax Compise

Drummer Dax Compise is one of the founding members of the California Outside Music Associates (COMA).

Dax has performed throughout the region in settings ranging from the symphony, to blues & jazz groups, to fully improvised percussion ensembles, and his creativity and command of trap set has led to him being great demand as a sideman.

Besides regular performances with COMA, he’s a key collaborator with the improv community in Sacramento, including upcoming recordings with Ross Hammond and Tony Passarell.

Josh Marshall

Joshua Marshall is an Oakland-based saxophonist and composer/improviser. His work involves architectural innovation, narrativity, advanced extended saxophone techniques, and live digital media. He’s studied with Pauline Oliveros, Evan Parker, Butch Rovan, I.M. Harjito, & Steve Adams of ROVA Saxophone Quartet. Joshua has worked with Opera Wolf, Ikue Mori (もりいくえ), Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland, Architect/Enchantress, Medium Sized Band, Josh Allen’s Deconstruction Orchestra, Key West, and Modest Machine. His amazing technique gives him relaxed command of cracked multi-phonics, exotic trills, and timbre tremolos, which he uses to superb effect.

Join us for some space yakitori and surrealism/jazz tapas among friends with these two special sets…

Joe

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MSP/piano, w UBU RA BIG BAND (Set 3, 8:45pm) ◉ Reconnaissance Fly (Set 1, 7pm) ◉ Electropoetic Coffee (Set 2, 8pm) ◉ Wed 12 Nov @ Center for New Music’s Friendly Galaxies Sun Ra event, SF

Sun Ra and friend, from the film Space Is The Place

Sun Ra and friend, from the film Space Is The Place

As many people are aware,this year is the 100th anniversary of Sun Ra’s arrival to planet Earth, giving rise to a wave of remembrance and RA-CONSCIOUSNESS washing over the the planet like a cosmo-vibrational meteor shower.

Yo, Morton Street!

Yo, Morton Street!

When CNM’s wonderful Jan Michaels put the Friendly Galaxies extravaganza together and asked me to organize a big band for it, I was very happy to accept, as I have many fond memories of Sun Ra shows from living in Philadelphia during the heyday of his Morton Street commune in Germantown, as well as some choice El Saturn records in homemade sleeves, that were pressed in handfulls and sold in the back at the shows in those days.

Sun Ra

Sun Ra

The Sun Ra Friendly Galaxies event will be at San Francisco’s focal-point new music incubator and venue, Center for New Music (55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA – map), with our set at approx. 8:45pm on Wed 12 Nov. (Note: all set times below approximate; Examiner.com preview with more info about this show: here)

Bill Sebastian's Outerspace Visual Communicator in action

Bill Sebastian's Outerspace Visual Communicator in action

A wonderful, essential, feature of those Philly concerts was the Outerspace Visual Communicator, invented by Bill Sebastian. Controlled by a keyboard, this pioneering visual synthesizer was the perfect backdrop for the ecstatic music, poetry and dance of the Ra scene. We’re likewise very fortunate to have the video artisty of software virtuoso Warren Stringer to fulfill our needs for direct trans-asteroidal stimulation of the visual cortex. (John O’Shea will do likewise in Set 1).

My Way Is The Spaceways, by Sun Ra

My Way Is The Spaceways, by Sun Ra

“I think of myself as a complete mystery. To myself.”
Sun Ra, interview with Jennifer Rycenga (1988)

Mystic, space alien, musician, poet, afrofuturist, and mathematical philosopher, Sun Ra, who was obsessed with equations, was far too multi-dimensional a formula himself to “add up”. Many aspects of his life are known, many not, some deliberately obscured… with multiple versions of his first journey to Saturn in the 1930′s recorded in many places.

Space Is The Place, by Sun Ra

Space Is The Place, by Sun Ra

The more you find out about the details of his life, the more they seem simultaneously mysterious and mundane, as the important turning points seem not take place in the plane of human events…

John Cage Meets Sun Ra — a really weird record, even for these guys.. one of my favourites

John Cage Meets Sun Ra — a really weird record, even for these guys.. one of my favourites

… and not even the most outlandish assertions by Sun Ra can account for the superfluid transitions from outer-space to Fletcher Henderson that made you feel like you heard the entire history of jazz in one show (or one song).

Sun R

Sun Ra

We come not to explain therefore, but to celebrate, and shine with the mysterious beauty of the black Sun..

Sun Ra, cover from The Shadows Cast by Tomorrow

Sun Ra, cover from The Shadows Cast by Tomorrow

UBU RA BIG BAND

Assembled from the luminous gas remnants of the Beanbenders Supernova & other far corners of the universe, we travel through the sonic space of Sun Ra’s repertoire:

Steve Adams

Steve Adams – electronics (w possible wind instrument outbreaks)

Aaron Bennett

Aaron Bennett

Aaron Bennett – saxes

Myles Boisen

Myles Boisen – guitar

Phillip Greenlief

Phillip Greenlief – reeds

Percussion by any means necessary with John Hanes...

Percussion by any means necessary with John Hanes...

John Hanes – percussion

Joe Lasqo @ Meridian Gallery, 11 Jan 2012 (Photo: PeterBKaars.com, http://www.peterbkaars.com)

Joe Lasqo – keyboards/laptop

Lisa Mezzacappa

Lisa Mezzacappa – bass

Dan Plonsey performs at Temescal Arts Center

Dan Plonsey – reeds

Jon Raskin

Jon Raskin

Jon Raskin – reeds

David Slusser

David Slusser

David Slusser – reeds

Barbara Golden, the “Joan Rivers and Mae West of the Bay Area experimental music scene”

Barbara Golden, the “Joan Rivers and Mae West of the Bay Area experimental music scene"

Kattt Atchley

Space songtresses: Barbara Golden & Kattt Atchley

Nan Busse

Evangel King performs Bare Bones Crow against/with ancestor figures by Gillian Garro at The Garage, San Francisco, Sep 2009

Astro-Terspichorean dancers: Evangel King & Nan Busse

Warren Stringer

Video artist: Warren Stringer (Youtube, bio)

Set 1, 7pm: Reconnaissance Fly (Amanda Chaudhary: keyboard/electronics; Rich Lesnik: reeds; Polly Moller: voice, flutes, guitar; Larry the O: drums, and Tim Walters: bass/electronics)

Reconnaissance Fly

Reconnaissance Fly

We have the honor to share the bill with an astonishing band started a dozen years ago by Polly Moller, Reconnaissance Fly.

Through many kaleidoscopic changes of personnel and instrumentation, they’re now in one of their most vibrant electroacoustic forms ever, balancing twin analog/digital super beings Amanda Chaudhary (अमांडा चौधरी) and Tim Walters against the acoustic fire of reed wizard Rich Lesnik, the raw vocal & flute is-ness of Polly Moller, and the added inter-dimension of Larry the O. They will delight and amaze you with a mixed repertoire of original and Sun Ra sound adventures.

Polly Moller

Polly Moller

Polly Moller: voice, flute, bass flute, guitar, heat sink

The originator of the band and tea drinker, Polly Moller has a hard time resisting potatoes in all their myriad forms…

…with an emphasis on tasty multiphonics…

When composing for ensembles of other people and things, she makes sound-art rituals based on natural phenomena and the occult.

When composing for Reconnaissance Fly, she has difficulty keeping a piece the way she originally heard it.

Amanda Chaudhary (अमांडा चौधरी)

Amanda Chaudhary (अमांडा चौधरी)

Amanda Chaudhary (अमांडा चौधरी): keyboard, electronics

A brilliant elettronicista and keyboard player, Amanda is also a mistress of understated (and so all the more deadly) music theater and performance art in her duo Pitta of the Mind with poet Maw Shein Win, as well as a noted blogger writing on the multiverse-intersection of felines and voltage control at catsynth.com.

Larry the O

Larry the O

Larry the O: drums, percussion, odd commentary

“…it all runs together like the peanut butter and jelly sandwich you forgot in your pocket before doing the laundry. I guess I could just Google myself and find out…”

Rich Lesnick

Rich Lesnick

Rich Lesnik: clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone

Fiery, warm, wry, and often bizarre, Rich is not only a master of reeds but also a master builder of bicycle wheels at his business Hands On Wheels. Some of his heroes are (in this order): John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Che Guevara, Thich Nat Han.

Tim Walters

Tim Walters

Tim Walters: bass, computer

SuperCollider guru Tim Walters was born in the wagon of a traveling show. Mama used to dance for the money they’d throw. Papa would do whatever he could.

John O'Shea against a background of marigolds

John O'Shea against a background of marigolds

John O’Shea: video artist / illuminationist

“I am alive in San Francisco and a native Californian — working artist, Burning Man artist/volunteer, film maker, painter, stage manager”.

Also, not to be missed, in Set 2, approx. 8pm: Electropoetic Coffee (poet NSAA + guitarist Ross Hammond)

Electropoetic Coffee

Electropoetic Coffee

This wonderful duo has blown me off my feet with their totally-on, high-impact combination of poetry and music, and they’ll brilliantly carry forward the afrofuturist poetic tradition, which Sun Ra was such a vibrant part of, in our Friendly Galaxies event.

The blinding musical light of Sun Ra sometimes causes his impact as a 20th-century African American poet to be overlooked, but lyrics and poetic chant are integral to to a large portion of his vast book. And like Bob Dylan’s, they stand alone.

Who better to represent this bardic tradition than techno-griots Electropoetic Coffee?

“The new Dial-A-Poem format à la Burroughs/Anderson/Gyson…..BRING IT ON!!! “ – R. Foley, Chicago Hipster

Poet, NSAA (photo - Noel Neuburger)

Poet, NSAA (photo - Noel Neuburger)

Lawrence Dinkins a.k.a. NSAA (pronounced en-sah-ah), is a host at Mahogany Urban Poets, one of Sacramento’s oldest spoken word venues and a dynamic and expressive poet whose poems attack injustice and inhumanity. NSAA explores the African American experience, commenting on youth movements, musical rhythms, and social justice.

His first book, Sub American, is a collection of poems dealing with the concept of being a hyphenated American. In the book he explores a broad range of topics, ranging from President Bush+ Hurricane Katrina to the Civil Rights Movement.

NSAA is also the author/editor of Open Mic Sketchbook (2013) and released two spoken word CD’s, Lightning in a Bottle 1 (2009) and Lightning in a Bottle 2: NSAA’s Revenge (2013).

Ross Hammond

To let Ross Hammond speak for himself:

“I’m a guitarist, improviser and composer living in Sacramento, CA.  I never really know how to answer when people ask what type of music I play.  I suppose it’s rooted in jazz and folk and rock and soul, and then it’s heavy on the improvisation, except when it’s a composed piece.  Oftentimes the music I make is totally improvised.  Sometimes there’s no music at all and it’s just sound.  And then again I’ve been known to play a lot of acoustic, roots based music with other like-minded folks.  Sometimes I’ll accompany singers, songwriters, poets and dancers.   From time to time I’ll also get chances to write music for films and other art projects.  I’m not sure there’s any easy way to describe all of that, so I just say that I play the guitar.”

Those who have heard Ross Hammond are familiar with the problem of describing his fluid music, always unpredictable (except you can be sure it will always be warm, ear-opening, and very, very hip).

And those who know the music scene of the Greater East Bay stand in awe of Ross’ role in organizing Nebraska Mondays at Luna’s and many other events that keep the flame creative music burning brightly in Sacramento, Davis, Berkeley and points beyond.

Why indeed?

Why indeed?

Come vibrate with us in our meteor shower of RA-CONSCIOUSNESS on this special night (the night of the landing of the Philae probe on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko…!)

Joe

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