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 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)


Active Music Series

Doors at 7pm

Music promptly at 7:30pm

No cover, donations accepted.



Omni Commons


4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland


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