May 10, 2016: Room 47, Pedro Lopes, & The Norman Conquest

ROOM 47 (John McCowen – clarinets / gabby fluke-mogul – violin / Adam Hirsch – saxophone)

Pedro Lopes – [turntable percussion, cymbals and modified needles]
Pedro Lopes is a turntablist metamorphosed into a percussionist.
When playing live he deconstructs his instrument, the turntable
s, into a vehicle of a rapid, post-scratch and post-jazz, musical dialog of analog intonation and acoustic overtones. In Pedro’s music the needles do not merely amplify the vibrations stored in the grooves of the vinyl records. For him, the needles are microscopes that enable us to hear otherwise
unheard micro-realities, such as the sound of a fingernail scratching
a membrane, a coin revolving as it falls, a brush dragged across a plastic surface. Pedro has been collaborating with artists such as Carlos Zíngaro, Reinhold Friedl, DJ Sniff, Imre Thormann, amongst many others, in a life entangled deeply with his research on interfaces and performance arts. This extra-musical investigations have led him to produce pieces for Transmediale, a Fundação de Serralves, Fylkingen, Ausland, and Goethe Institut.
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Website: plopesmusic.org
Most recent work: deadact.bandcamp.com
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March 8: Tonal Masher, Fred Frith/Nava Dunkelman Duo, & See Saw Quartet

Tonal Masher is the solo electroacoustic project of Aram Shelton. To find a new application for the use of his 1937 Conn alto saxophone, Shelton has chosen to remove the reed and mouthpiece, and work with the tones that are a result of feedback via microphone and amplification, and the percussive elements of keys and pads. Using a Max patcher that he has developed over several years, Shelton creates music that uses the unique harmonic palette of the instrument to create patient polyphony from a monophonic instrument, while highlighting the rhythmic side of the saxophone via key clicks and pad thumps.

Aram Shelton is a saxophonist, improviser and electronic musician from Oakland, California, where the projects Tonal Masher, Gold Age, and the Broken Trap Ensemble represent his music. He is connected to Chicago (where he lived from 1999 to 2005) through his Quartet, the cooperative sextet Fast Citizens and Jason Adasiewicz’ Rolldown. His playing and music are available through Delmark, Clean Feed, Cuneiform, 482 Music, Locust Music, MultiKulti, Edgetone, and his own Singlespeed Music.

Fred Frith/Nava Dunkelman Duo
Fred Frith is a songwriter, composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist best known for the reinvention of the electric guitar that began with Guitar Solos in 1974.
He learned his craft as both improviser and composer playing in rock bands, notably Henry Cow, and creating music in the recording studio. Much of his compositional output has been commissioned by choreographers and filmmakers, but his work has also been performed by Ensemble Modern, Hieronymus Firebrain, Arditti Quartet, Robert Wyatt, Bang on a Can All Stars, Concerto Köln, and Rova Sax Quartet, among quite a few others.

Nava Dunkelman is a Bay Area based percussionist and improviser. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in a multi-cultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother, her musical interests span the globe from Japanese taiko 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, Fred Frith, Maggi Payne, Zeena Parkins, and David Bernstein.
Since graduating with a degree in music performance in 2013, she has performed and collaborated with William Winant, Fred Frith, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, George Lewis and many others. She has performed classical and contemporary pieces with the William Winant Percussion Group, inkBoat, The Luna Ensemble, San Francisco Girls Chorus, among others.
She also formed the improvisational trio Dapplegray, as well as electro-percussion experimental noise duo IMA, and improvisational duo DunkelpeK.
Nava enjoys discovering her own musical language by exploring experimental approaches to communication, progression and space.

Mark Clifford’s See-Saw Quartet
A much sought after performer and improviser, Clifford is equally involved in free improvisation, new music, jazz, and rock; he is involved in multiple projects in the Bay Area and around the Country. His performance experience spans worldwide; he has had the honor of playing alongside an array of esteemed contemporaries, including: Jeff Parker, Kjell Nordeson, Ches Smith, Joan La Barbara, Aram Shelton, Colin Stranahan, Ron Miles, Scott Amendola, Tatsuya Nakatani, Danny Meyer, Lisa Mezzacappa, So Percussion, Oakland Active Orchestra, and has served as a percussionist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

As a composer, Clifford keeps busy writing music for a wide range of projects, ensembles, and commissions. He is the leader of The Dirty Snacks Ensemble, an eclectic post jazz ensemble in which he serves as the composer, vibraphonist and vocalist.

Clifford’s recent writing employs strong conceptual parameters for long form works, such as basing compositional interval structures on the ratio of vertebrae in human spines in Fair Slope (2014). After improvising with his established parameters, he transcribes and orchestrates the results for the working ensemble. Throughout the composition process, Clifford works closely with the performers to emphasize each individual player’s strengths and interests.

Tue, March 8th, 2016 at Omni Commons, Oakland

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Feb 9: Gamelan X, Sult, & Collision Stories

Gamelan X draws inspiration from the clove and incense scented air of Bali, Indonesia, Gamelan X, “The Bay Area’s own Funkadelic of ethnomusicology” (SF Guardian), will be premiering my new piece entitled “Division,” written for the Balinese instruments of Gamelan X and inspired by the Sundanese gamelan music that Ed Garcia studied in West Java last year. The piece is an accompaniment to an original dance, choreographed and performed by Cia Garcia and Maurissa Dorn.
This will be a unique Gamelan X-perience, featuring several original Indonesian-inspired dances accompanied by original music composed by members of Gamelan X. Plus this will be our first performance using the instruments from our Reflective Resonance project from Burning Man 2015: an array of aluminum gongs hung vertically on 7-foot frames!!

SULT is an acoustic noise trio with members from Oslo and Oakland. Their music reflects the noise genre’s concern with layers of sonic texture, though completely performed on acoustic instruments. Individual sounds run precariously aside one another as independent streams, and alternately blur into a unified mass.
“They combine to create a scrap-heap collage of dry, brittle, abstract sounds, which they control with exquisite patience in slowly developing cycles of tension and release.” — Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
http://sult.bandcamp.com/

COLLISION STORIES is a four-piece abstract sound brigade based in San Francisco, CA.
Members: Jorge Bachmann, Bryan Day, Michael Gendreau, and Mason Jones.
Instruments may include: analog and digital synthesizers, guitar, bass, turntables, percussion, theremin, and handmade sound machines.
https://collisionstories.bandcamp.com/
http://www.collisionstories.com/

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Jan 12: Fistortion (Gorlen/Kim/Korber/Pedersen), ready box (Dimuzio/Greenlief), & OMMO (Moon/Otte)

Fistortion is an American coming of age drama that tells the story of four boys and a mild mannered monster who go on a hike across the countryside to view the dead body of a missing child.

OMMO is an electro-acoustic duo comprised of Julie Moon and Adria Otte. Launched in 2014 with collaborative projects inspired by shared interests in Korean diasporic identity, ritual and impressionistic harmonies, the duo seeks opportunities to explore past traditions through a contemporary and conscious framework, employing varying configurations of piano, voice, violin and electronics in original compositions.

ready box
Thomas Dimuzio – live electronics, sampling
Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone

Pairing extended technique, multi phonics, and circular breathing of saxophone virtuoso Philip Greenlief with, live sampling and processing pioneer, Thomas Dimuzio, ready box transforms the power of reeds and real-time musique concrete into soaring to new realms. Two masters of their instruments forming an elemental core where air meets electronics. A paradoxical and no boundaries aesthetic fuse nuance, bombast, consonance, noise, density and space into an approach rapt in musicality and the moment.

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Dec 8: Nathan Clevenger Group, James Fei, Giacomo Fiore & Larry Polansky

The Nathan Clevenger Group has been playing sideways-but-melodic jazz-adjacent music in the Bay Area since 2003. Recently expanded to a septet, the band is exploring a new series of pieces constructed on a base of duel drummers, featuring dense rhythmic and melodic counterpoint. The ensemble features Cory Wright, Rachel Condry, Ian Carey, Sam Bevan, Jon Arkin, and Jason Levis. The Group’s most recent album, Observatory, was released in 2013 and critic Andrew Gilbert — appearing on KQED — recently named the Group a Top Local Band to Watch, opining that “(Clevenger) makes brilliant use of the many colors at his disposal.”

www.nathanclevengermusic.com
James Fei (b. Taipei, Taiwan) moved to the US in 1992 to study electrical engineering. He has since been active as a composer and performer on saxophones and live electronics. Works by Fei have been performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, MATA Micro Orchestra and Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest. Recordings can be found on Leo Records, Improvised Music from Japan, CRI, Krabbesholm and Organized Sound. Compositions for Fei’s own ensemble of four alto saxophones focus on physical processes of saliva, fatigue, reeds crippled by cuts and the threshold of audible sound production, while his sound installations and performance on live electronics often focus on feedback. He was a recipient of the 2014 award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Fei has taught at Mills College in Oakland since 2006, where he is Associate Professor of Electronic Arts.

Sine of Merit is a series of works for analog electronics where the system is driven by multiple feedback loops. In addition to audio feedback—through reverb springs, transducer coupled objects and acoustically exciting the space, signals are also converted to control voltages and back, resulting in more oblique translations between signal types. The complex interplay between these loops result in an instrument that has a behavior of its own, oscillating between stable and chaotic states. The title is taken from a slogan of the Daven Company, which made precision attenuators and measurement equipment from the 1930’s to the 1970’s. I always liked the dry engineering humor found in early advertisements of decidedly unexciting products, and the idea of a commendable sine wave seems appropriately absurd for my work.

 

Larry Polansky and Giacomo Fiore present electric guitar readings of music from the U.S. experimental tradition, including pieces by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Carl Ruggles, James Tenney, Nick Didkovsky, and Polansky.

http://eamusic.dartmouth.edu/~larry/

http://www.giacomofiore.com

 

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Nov 10: IMA, Andrew Jamieson’s Trouble Ensemble, Felidae

IMA [ii­ma] 今. 瞬間.

Electro­percussion duo of Amma Ateria and Nava Dunkelman explores distortions of time and handling of the ever present moment through restraint and release. Their array of metallic nature march forth with space expanding densities to brinks of breakage, situated to be caressed by the beautification of spaces in between. IMA have performed and collaborated with avant garde pioneers such as John Zorn, Fred Frith, Ikue Mori, and many others.

Amma Ateria aka Jeanie Aprille Tang is an audio visual artist + electro­acoustic composer/improviser. Born in Hong Kong, she gravitates to rhythms of construction sites, roaming traffic, inaudible conversations, and airplanes. Her instrument is a collection of electronic hardware and plexiglass.

Nava Dunkelman is a percussionist and improviser based in the Bay Area. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in a multicultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother, Nava’s musical interests span the globe from Japanese taiko to Indonesian gamelan to American marching band, as well as performed classical to contemporary to the avant­garde.

 

Andrew Jamieson’s Trouble Ensemble

Trouble Ensemble is dedicated to the tradition of invigorating conversation known as improvised music.  With west African-inspired sounds of jazz and gospel music, and new sounds innovated from a tradition of experimentation, players use their own musical voices to share stories and truths.

They present arrangements by pianist, composer and arranger Andrew Jamieson, expanded from his solo album Heard the Voice.  This album is itself in dialogue with the tradition of African American spirituals and the voices that emerge in rendering them.  During this set, the group will dialogue with the spirituals “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel,” “O Freedom,” “Amen,” “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder,” “Amazing Grace,” and the Civil Rights song, “Eyes on the Prize.”

Mia Bella D’Augelli: violin

Joshua Marshall: saxophone

Jakob Pek: guitar

Sharmi Basu: synthesizers

Jordan Glenn: drums

AndrewBarnesJamieson.com/talking-with-spirituals

 

Felidae

Felidae is Sharmi Basu (of Beast Nest) and Fanciulla Gentile. Their collaborative soundscapes brew non-linear stories, thoughtful yet cacophonous in nature. It has been described as “a brain massage” by some. Dream noise sprinkled with sparse dance beats and sweeping vocals punctuate a narrative about ancestral worship and the destruction of capitalism.

 

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Oct 13: Wiener Kids, Tender Buttons, Ctrl-Z

Wiener Kids

Brainchild of drummer/composer Jordan Glenn, Wiener Kids is Oakland’s premier bizarro saxophones/drums trio.

Formed in 2007, with help from reed masters Aram Shelton and Cory Wright, Wiener Kids continues to straddle the line between the profound and whimsical.

 

Tender Buttons

Tania Chen–piano, toy electronics; Gino Robair–modular electronics; Tom Djll–modular electronics

Tender Buttons taps sound worlds of complexity and lush emptiness, using grand piano framed by two setups of modular electronics. At times evoking sound worlds reminiscent of early Stockhausen, Cage/Tudor and new wave bands of the 1980s, the trio interplays compatibly with an intensity wrought from focused concentration – sometimes evoking a meditative “composed” sound world, at other moments setting up impossible musics in side-by-side coexistence, shimmering and translucent — with a dash of intuitive and absurdist literatures (having borrowed their name from the 1914 book by Gertrude Stein). Individually, the members have worked with a range of artists from Tom Waits and Pauline Oliveros to Derek Bailey and Lol Coxhill.

 

Ctrl-Z

Ctrl-Z is a new electronics trio made up of Ryan Page, Daniel Steffey, and Nick Wang.  Using an array of synthesizers, computers, junk, and other performers, they play composed material written for, or adapted to, live electronics, video, and often bringing in other performers to participate in their realizations.  They are currently accepting new works submitted by composers, as well as realizing classic works by pioneers of the genre.

This concert will feature these works:

— Pauline Oliveros – Sound Piece (1998)

— John Cage – Fontana Mix, Aria, and WBAI (1958/60)

Ryan Page – modular synthesizer (Fontana Mix)

Nick Wang – modular synthesizer (Fontana Mix)

Christina Stanley – voice (Aria)

Daniel Steffey – machines (WBAI)

 

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Sep 8: John Bischoff, Las Sucias, Miranda Hill

John Bischoff will perform a set of solo electronic pieces built from intrinsic features of the electronic medium: high definition noise components, tonal edges, digital shading, and non-linear motion. The set will incorporate a custom analog circuit of his own design. As he activates the circuit, the resulting sounds are analyzed in real-time and used to inform an extended computer-synthesis response. A binding together of the analog and digital realms is the result, the unique characteristics of each medium crossbred and counterpoised in time to form a hybrid sensibility. Pieces include Circuit Combine, Visibility Study, and Surface Effect.

Las Sucias

Las Sucias is Riot-Reggaeton Noise but its many other things too, multi-layered chaotic experimental explosion of rhythms and anti-patriarchal lyrics drenched in noise sauce. Its a feminist reaction to reggaeton and other latino sounds we were brought up with, but also embracing them with nostalgia after living in the US for so long. Embrace your inner chaos.

https://www.facebook.com/sucieria

Miranda Hill

Miranda Hill is a double bassist, producer and improvisor based in Melbourne, Australia. Miranda directs 3 Shades Black, an experimental new music ensemble, who have performed in Melbourne, Auckland, Beijing, and have recently been part of a national education program about graphic scores. Miranda is also a founding member of the Flying Tapirs, a performance theatre baking troupe that is making its’ public debut at the Melbourne Fringe 2014; and keeps a photo diary of hotel rooms at Why Won’t the Windows Open?

https://finefinesmallmountain.wordpress.com/miranda-hill/

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