January 14th: Antimatter + Rankin-Parker/Pearce + M22 + Deconstruction of What You Know

Active Music Series presents The Deconstruction of What you Know + Antimatter + MK22 + Rankin-Parker / Pearce

The Deconstruction of What You Know features the electro-acoustic improvising quartet of Joshua Allen (tenor saxophone); Christina Stanley (violin), Henry Kaiser (electric guitar); and Phillip Everett and Timothy Orr (drums and percussion). Devoted to the exploration of indeterminate sound, noise and sonic timbres, each member bears responsibility for propelling the group. The music and musicians straddle the line between jazz and rock, new music and esoteric microtonal traditions, and skronk — balancing the weird, serious, and outrageous in a celebration of Bay Area musicians that are known for defying convention.

ANTIMATTER is the sound work of Xopher Davidson – an ongoing exploration into the material of sound. Xopher builds his experiments in electronic sound from a basis in painting, photography, and film, and through an interest in electronic circuits going back to building radios and homemade circuits as a kid. Over a course of the last 11 years he has built and explored the sound world of a homebrew modular synthesizer comprised of surplus laboratory equipment: various oscillators, pulse generators, filters and an ‘analog computer.’’

Teddy Rankin-Parker and Daniel Pearce are Bay Area-based improvisers whose music considers friendship. A cello player and graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Rankin-Parker has performed, toured, and/or recorded with dozens of artists, including the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble N_JP, Iron & Wine, Glen Hansard, Birthmark, OosImaginary Art Collective, the Kirtan Choir, the Chicago Sinfonietta, Joffrey Ballet, AACM, Chicago Folks Operetta, Opera Cabal, Renee’ Bakers Mantra Blue Free Orchestra, Henry Grimes, Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, and Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble. Pearce is a drummer and writer based in San Francisco who has performed, toured, and/or recorded with numerous groups, including Tenebre, the Ghost Shirt, the Odilon Swan Ensemble, the Canyon Rays, Cardboard, and Ex-Nihilo.

M22 is Kent Cates and Daniel Hintz, an Oakland guitar feedback duo. M22 began high-volume feedback experiments in November of 2012, and they are focused on live performance. M22 is named after the very beautiful and curious Messier 22 elliptical globular cluster in the constellation Sagittarius, near the Galactic bulge region. It is one of the brightest globulars that is visible in the night sky. Two black holes of between 10 and 20 solar masses each have been discovered, initially with the Very Large Array radio telescope in New Mexico, and corroborated by the Chandra X-ray telescope in 2012. Their detection implies that gravitational ejection of black holes from clusters is not as efficient as was previously thought, and leads to estimates of a total 5 to 100 black holes within M22.

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Key West / Lords of Outland + Music for Hard Times + Angela Roberts and Scott Goff – May 14th

Active Music Series presents Key West/Lords of Outland + Music for Hard Times + Angela Roberts and Scott Goff

The Lords of Outland & Key West: Rent Romus created the Lords of Outland in 1994, a collective of like-minded musicians focusing on exploring improvisation, melody, noise, and sound art. Key West began in 2000 with similar sonic pursuits and a rotating cast of characters. Romus has been playing with Key West since 2010, this will be the first time these two units collide. With CJ Borosque- no-input pedals and trumpet; Philip Everett- drums; Ray Schaeffer- electric bass; Rent Romus- alto, soprano, C-melody saxophones; Brian Pedersen- alto, soprano saxophones; Sung Kim- the hare; Tim Orr- drums

Music For Hard Times (Tom Nunn & Paul Winstanley)is a free-improvisation noise band, exploring syntax and duration through the use of wildly extended techniques and unique invented instruments. The sounds range from conversational, to tonally haunting, to purely textural landscapes which seamlessly evolve. MFHT donates all their proceeds to poverty relief charities.

Angela Roberts is a cellist and improvisor. Scott Goff plays live electronics. The duet has been active since 2007 largely performing improvised noise sets in Seoul, ROK, and not performing very often at all in the Bay Area. Their music is a sequence of tiny noise miniatures.