PERFORMANCE with Cilla Vee (north carolina) and local improvisers
Cilla Vee / Claire Elizabeth Barratt – dance
kyle bruckmann – oboe, english horn
david boyce – electronics
angela edwards (sharkiface) – electronics
phillip greenlief – tenor saxophone
jacob felix heule – percussion
aurora josephson – voice
crystal pascucci – cello
Claire Elizabeth Barratt (aka Cilla Vee) is an interdisciplinary artist with a performing arts background. She is the director of Cilla Vee Life Arts – an arts organization with a focus on cross-media collaboration. Her work utilizes artistic disciplines of dance, music, text, media, visual and installation art. She has presented her work in venues as diverse as Jacob’s Pillow, the New York Botanical Gardens, Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center and Art Basel Miami. She has performed and taught throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan and Pakistan.
alex cruse is a writer, artist, and curator based in Oakland. cruse has performed and exhibited nationally and abroad, often as DROUGHT SPA (with Kevin CK Lo.) She is the author of CONTRAVERSE (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017).
Voicebox is an electronic music duo formed by Oakland based musicians Dylan Burchett and Rodolfo Córdova. The duo combines elements of improvisation, chance, timbral, vocal and modular electronic music in an attempt to explore the liminal space between musician and composer, human and machine. Their performances combine a multi-faceted approach to music making, often employing a wide range of skills as instrumentalists, recordists, and writers.
Nurse Betty is a noise experiment by Dianne Lynn of FootSOS, Homoglochini, Weird Ear Records, and Life Changing Ministry. Born of curiosity for the art of noise and inspired by concepts and processes in life science such as circulation, osmosis, pressure, and release, her modular synths, sequencers, and field recordings culminate a visceral collage of equilibrium and agitation. Nurse Betty is influenced by friends and artists of the Bay Area noise scene. Dianne Lynn, with her partner Raub Roy, founded Weird Ear Records (2011), a record label reveling in disparate forms of experimental music. Their slogan, “The Weird Ear, The Better,” serves as a guideline to the curatorial themes across all of these projects.
DunkelpeK is Japanese born percussionist Nava Dunkelman and Canadian American guitarist Jakob Pek. This iconoclastic duo creates an experimental, improvised, exploratory music that reimagines the possibilities of the duet. Visceral, organic, and spontaneous in nature, DunkelpeK’s sound transfigures and hybridizes many musics, offering listeners a holistic exploration into the very essence of musical experience.
An improvising quartet featuring violinist gabby fluke-mogul, guitarist David Lechuga-Espadas, drummer Patrick Talesfore, Jr. and saxophonist Tom Weeks.
– 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.
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.