– Jon Arkin & Jordan Glenn
– Madalyn Merkey
– Apartment D
Jordan Glenn’s BEAK is a percussion-heavy ensemble that blurs the line between dynamic/energetic grooves and chaos. The power of this electric ensemble is wheeled by Jordan Glenn’s curious baton, moving in and out of composed and spontaneous material. https://jordanglennbeak.bandcamp.com
A field folded: Widow (A. Vitacolonna, microphone, bells, movement) and Wilson Shook (woodwinds). Sound, movement, space. Listening and choice. Dissonance and pleasure. Grasping the contours of possibility in a hostile environment. A field folded.
“This stone is you, this fire is you, this departure is you.” – G. Luca
Usufruct (YOO-zoo-fruckt) is the right of the people to harvest the fruits of common property. The duo Usufruct, consisting of flutist, composer, vocalist/improviser Polly Moller Springhorn and computer musician Tim Walters, deconstructs, lovingly reassembles, and improvises around found texts and musical materials in the public domain.
Musical roughhousing is what this group does. They work from the roughest edges of free improvisation to the precise center. Whether it’s a hornets’ nest or a perfect Mondrian painting is up to you.
evan lipson…..double bass
zachary darrup…..guitar and objects
Syrnx is degenerate drum elongation, sound inside sound, shifting awareness between speeds. Ritualized display describing a security system. Ten tinted silences pointed to benefit even those not trying to hear them
gabby fluke-mogul & Jordan Glenn duo
gabby fluke-mogul is a violinist, improviser, composer, & educator living in Oakland, CA. gabby is deeply committed to exploring & connecting to the spiritual depths, infinite sounds, hues, & multitudinous voices of the acoustic violin.
Jordan Glenn is a drummer, percussionist, composer, conductor, video maker and general craftsman. He grew up in Oregon and has lived in Oakland CA since 2006.
EUPHOTIC: A world-renowned sonic trekker, an instrument-inventor genius, and a master of improvising electrons convene to broadcast stories of worlds free from gravity but teeming with strange, beautiful life. Hidden-band transmissions of the green and purple shifting curtains of the Aurora Borealis. Turn your ears up to the skies.
Cheryl Leonard: instruments from rocks, trees, sand, and water, and occasionally violin
Bryan Day: invented instruments that roll, rub, bang, strum, howl and screech
Tom Djll: analog feedback systems, trumpet
Nail-Biter: New trio of Josh Marshall – sax, Matt Chandler – bass, & Daniel Pearce – drums
Gabby Yi Wen is an emerging multi-instrumental improviser and multimedia artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been working with guqin (Chinese 7-string zither), synthesizer, computer, homemade electronics, and field recordings to create sounds. Originally from Shenzhen, China, she moved to the Bay Area at in 2010 and studied abroad in France during college, her artistic visions are shaped by a wide range of cultural perspectives. The Fluxus movement has been her greatest inspiration. Her musical influences include musique concrète, free jazz, ancient Chinese music, Buddhist chants, Beijing and Cantonese Opera. She studied at Mills College under instructions of James Fei, Maggi Payne, Chris Brown and John Bischoff. Inspired by her spiritual guidance in Tibetan Buddhism, her works are usually created in a meditative state and are improvisation-based. She explores the intuitive connection with her instruments during performances, as well as the ways of sound manipulation using extended techniques, code and hardware.
VOL. is an art group FKA “The Blues”, comprised of Marissa Magic and Max Nordile, founded in 2014. The genre of music they play could be called Post Apocalyptic Bud Com Free Wave.
Tarik Kazaleh / Marwan Kamel / Micah Bezold
First-time meeting of electric buzuq, oud, & drums improv trio from Chicago and Bay Area, drawing from experimental music vernacular as well maqam tradition.
The Cataonic 5 is a collective of individuals formed around the compositions of Scott Bazar. Many of the works are mixed media pieces that effectively blend improvisation techniques with video production. The result is a unique approach to composition.
Dylan Burchett – Laptop
Gina Bonati – Voice
Honor Monaco – Violin
Breonna Taylor – Voice
Joel Nelson – guitar
Karl Evangelista’s Song & Dance Trio is a longstanding collaboration with baritone saxophonist Cory Wright and drummer Jordan Glenn, a functional jazz trio that explores the nexus between free improvisation, rock elements, and noise music. The Song & Dance Trio synthesizes its influences into songs that are unique, surprising, and yes–fun and danceable.Tiny Mix Tapes calls Evangelista’s music “essential current and future listening,” and fans of Canterbury prog rock, 60’s Impulse! records, and Bay Area pop will find plenty to enjoy in Song & Dance’s special blend.
Theresa Wong | cello, voice
Kanoko Nishi-Smith | koto
John McCowen | contrabass clarinet
James Fei | contrabass clarinet
Adria Otte, solo electronics
Adria Otte creates music inspired from a diverse musical background that includes classical violin studies, rock bands, traditional Korean drumming, free improvisation and experimental electronic music. As a multi-instrumentalist, she has performed improvised and composed works on violin, electric guitar in rock bands, and live electronic music in her duo OMMO with Julie Moon. As a sound designer and composer she has collaborated with performance artist Dohee Lee, NAKA Dance Theater, as well as video and visual artists.
Percussion sextet with Tatsuya Nakatani, Kevin Corcoran, Jacob Felix Heule, Robert Lopez, Marshall Trammell, and Karen Stackpole.
Kevin CK Lo: solo violin with responsive electronics
Kevin CK Lo is a composer, choreographer, writer and artist from New Zealand, previously based in Melbourne, Australia. In his compositions for live performance and installation, he utilizes instruments, digital sound processing and generative programming environments to examine spatial and auditory sensitivities, topological structure and audience kinesthetic response while seeking to corrupt conventional compositional/performative/installative rationale. He lives in Oakland with his wife alex cruse, with whom he collaborates in the duo DROUGHT SPA.
Aurora Josephson + Kim Nucci duo
duo voice, voice/electronic work with the inimitable Aurora Josephson, and imitate-able Kim Nucci. Their current project is exploring the space of extended vocal techniques for amplified(and altered) voice, hyper-reality of organic and synthesized sound, cat and bird sounds, bubbles and other means of resistance. Aurora Josephson and Kim Nucci met at Mills College in Fall of 2014 in the master’s in music programs. They have since been working with each other on various improvisation related projects inside and outside of class. Aurora and Kim have been researching improvisation rituals and the mysticism surrounding it. They have prepared some songs about cats, at least that’s what the cats told them to do.
Aurora Josephson is an accomplished musician and visual artist residing in San Francisco, California. Building on a foundation of operatic training and a BA in Music Performance and MFA in Performance and Literature from Mills College, she has forged a bold vocal style that is uniquely her own. To unleash the limitless range of sonic possibilities in the voice, Josephson employs a variety of extended and unconventional techniques drawn from the worlds of contemporary composition, improvisation, and rock. She has performed and recorded with international talents like improvising musicians Martin Blume, Alvin Curran, Gianni Gebbia, Henry Kaiser, Joelle Leandre, Phillip Wachsmann and William Winant, musical groups like Big City Orchestra, The Molecules, the Flying Luttenbachers, T.D. Skatchit & Company, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Kim Nucci is a multimedia artist, composer and technologist. They are currently engaged in researching concepts of cybernetic memory and digital/physical body. They recently completed an artist residency at ACRE in Steuben, WI. They hold an MFA in Electronic Music and MA in Composition from Mills College, and a BA in Visual Arts and Music Composition from Bennington College. Kim claims to be the Pope of facebook and worships dollar slice pizza as the one true god, while living in the god(pizza)less land of California.
Active Music Series presents:
Sung Kim/Brian Pedersen duo
Robert Lopez (percussion) w/Deborah Karp and Megan Nicely (dancers)
Robin Hiroko Walsh solo