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July 27, 28, 29, 30


Thursday July 27th
Living Sound
a night of intermedia performance
Luggage Store Gallery
1007 Market St. @ 6th, San Francisco 8pm
$12 general $8 students/seniors @ the door
$10 advance general only


Pamela Z

Pamela Z is a composer/performer who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, sampled sounds, and The BodySynth™ gesture controller. She has also composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles. Her audio works have been presented in exhibitions at the Whitney in NY and the Diözesanmueum in Cologne. She has toured throughout the US, Europe, and Japan in concerts and festivals including Bang on a Can, the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds, and the Venice Biennale. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Captipal Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award, the ASCAP Award, and the NEA/JUSFC Fellowship.
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Positive Knowledge
Oluyemi & Ijeoma Thomas of Positive Knowledge have recorded & performed together for the past two decades, composing and sharing their joyful Creative World Music Systems with lovers of music and poetry around the world.
Ijeoma Thomas - Wordsmith, spoken word artist, poet vocalist and teacher believes "all art is a gift of the Holy Spirit."
Composer, teacher & multi-reed musician (bass clarinet, saxophones) Oluyemi Thomas brings elements of life and work to the flow & he believes: "The musician's art is among those arts worthy of the highest praise..."
Their drummer known as Spirit speaks through the drum. He plays gongs, bells, rain stick, singing bowl, donno (West African talking drum), sheet metal, rachet, cymbals, & rototom, as well as his modified trap kit.
As a great enhancement to their compositional approaches, Positive Knowledge continues to perform throughout the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, Israel, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands which has resulted in a rich multifaceted
vocabulary to date. They have recorded or performed with such artists as Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Alan Silva, Peter Kowald, Henry Kaiser,William Parker, Miya Masaoka & Gino Robair, "Kidd" Edward Jordan.
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Positive Knowledge will present the “Tone Worlds” and “the Victory Systems” that utilize exercises in visual/compositional notation and physical movement to represent the various spheres of the rhythmic velocity, harmonic, and melodic tones in his music system.

 

Nicholas Chase
Rus Pearson

NIRISU III featuring Susan Allen, Nicholas Chase, Rus Pearson work improvisationally with graphical video imagery, electronics and harp/kayageum sounds in cutting-edge explorations of state of the art music and visuals.
Susan Allen is widely known for her premiere performances of new music for harp throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Australia and Europe.
She has appeared on the NBC Today Show, National Public Radio with the Vermeer String Quartet, New York Philharmonic's Horizons Series, Carnegie, Weill, Alice Tully, Merkin and Symphony Space halls in New York, the Kitchen, the Smithsonian Institute, Gaudeamus Contemporary Music Week in the Netherlands, the Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany and the Festival de Caracas, Venezuela.
With jazz great Yusef Lateef she performed at the Los Angeles Festival, the Verona Jazz Festival in Italy, the World Music Institute's Concert Series in New York, the Jazz Bakery, and the Jazz and Blues All-Star Festival in Stockholm, Sweden. Susan performs on the concert harp, the electric harp and the Kayagum (Korean zither).
Susan has performed and toured with SONOR, Composers in Red Sneakers, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Musica Viva, Speculum Musicae, and many orchestras. She has been active in studio recording in the Los Angeles area for Universal, Paramount, and Warner Brothers. She received grants from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, the Massachusetts Arts Council and the Gaudeamus Foundation. She has lectured internationally on both the harp and music pedagogy and has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Her records are on the Flying Fish, Black Saint/Soul Note, 1750 Arch, Meta, Vox, Galaxia, Nonesuch, and Opal/Warner Brothers labels.
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Nicholas Chase, Alpert Award Nominee Nicholas Chase holds an MFA in Composition - New Media and Integrated Media from the California Institute of the Arts from whom he is the first recipient of the President’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in Music (2000). Mr. Chase’s work has been hailed by Strad Magazine as ‘brilliant,’ the Los Angeles Times as ‘flamboyant, avant-garde’ and ‘brawling yet taut…the Rite of Spring meets Metallica,’ by the Albuquerque Journal as ‘crackling, witty,’ by the Whittier Press as ‘seamless, powerful…spectacular’ and the LA Weekly writes of his short opera 22 (Taker of the Total Chance), ‘the human brain at its most imaginative.
Chase studied composition with Stephen L. Mosko, Bunita Marcus, Morton Subotnick, Annie Gosfield, Anne LeBaron and Mary Jane Leach and additionally worked with Ziad Bunni of the Aleppo Conservatory of Arabic Classical Music, James Tenney, Christian Wolf and Zhou Long.
As a performer Mr. Chase is former frontman to the pop act Soul Parish, who topped the European Indie/Gothic club charts in 1995 with their single Lilith. Chase has since appeared performing electronics and DJ turntables with the Los Angeles Music Studio Ensemble, the California E.A.R. Unit.
Chase is founder and director of the Musical Arts/Sound Laboratory (www.mas-lab.org) who will premiere Chase's new trans-media collaboration Dali's Egg in 2007.
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Rus Pearson was born in Wolverhampton, England on June 22nd 1981. He was drawn to music at an early age starting with clarinet and guitar at age 8 and eventually the bass guitar at 14. Rus began professional engagements at 16 and was selected to perform with the Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra, touring New York and Boston in the summer of 1998.
His passion for Jazz and experimental music was nurtured by his tutors and Rus moved to Leeds to study Jazz with Contemporary Music. It was here he was persuaded to switch from electric to double bass and began to juggle his studies with gigs.
Upon obtaining a 1st Class BMus Hons degree from Leeds College of Music, Rus began performing and touring with various ensembles and soloists.
As a composer Rus has written music for productions by the BBC, Channel 4, E4 and soundtracks for promotional material for various companies. He has also composed and arranged for both Theatre and Dance performances.
Rus currently divides his performance time between Jazz, Free Improv and Experimental music.
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NIRISU III utilizes Isadora, a graphic programming environment that provides interactive control over digital media, with special emphasis on the real-time manipulation of digital video.
Through presentation they will demonstrate Isadora and its ability to manipulate live and pre-recorded video showing how response to the live video helps in creating a group composition.
Friday July 28th
Sonic Foundry
a night of inventions played by the inventors
21 Grand Gallery
416 25th St. @ Broadway
Oakland, CA 8pm
$12 general $8 students/seniors @ the door
$10 advance general only
 
Silver Park, Bob Marsh Bob Marsh is a well seasoned improviser whose work has involved shaping sounds words images ideas. Originally from Detroit, Marsh arrived in the Bay Area in 2000 after ten years in Chicago where he played with most of the avant improvisers in that rich and varied scene. Since his arrival on the west coast, multi-instrumentalist and composer Marsh has been busy with several projects. He currently leads or directs String Theory, a string ensemble focusing on textures and microtonics; the Che Guevarra Memorial Marching (and Stationary) Accordion Band, structured and free improv for six to fifteen accordions; Robot Martians, electronics and processed voice; the Out of the Blue Chamber Ensemble, a mixture of reeds and strings; Opera Viva, voiced physical theater; the Quintessentials, a quintet specializing in interpreting graphic compositions based on alterations to the Michelin Road Guide to France; and the Illuminated Orchestra, structured improves for large ensemble. Marsh is also an inventor of sound devices including the Silver Park shown on the left.
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Steven Baker Steven Baker was born May 31, 1960 in Albert Lea, Minnesota. He earned a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1983. He moved to Los Angeles in 1988 and to the bay area in 2002 where he currently lives and works in Pacifica. Steven has worked on projects collaboratively and solo in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Mexico, and across the United States.
Recently Steven played his other instrument the bowed bellows on three tracks of the Rent Romus and Thollem McDonas recording project “Bloom”, and will soon work with Thollem on another CD project. In 2005 he lent his oil well head bell tree to CWRK Music Company to record samples to be used as part of a public interactive music installation in Hong Kong.
 
Tom Nunn Tom Nunn has designed, built and performed with original musical instruments since 1975, having received a B.Mus. and M.A. in music composition from the University of Texas at Austin and S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook. His instruments typically utilize commonly available materials, are sculptural in appearance, utilize contact microphones for amplification, and are designed specifically for improvisation with elements of ambiguity, unpredictability and nonlinearity. In addition to the more than 50 instruments he has made, Tom has performed extensively throughout the San Francisco Bay Area over the last 20 years, and in Canada and Europe, both as soloist and with other musicians, including the groups ROTODOTI and OFF RAMP, and has appeared on a number of recordings (see DISCOGRAPHY). In 1998, Tom completed writing and self-published WISDOM OF THE IMPULSE: ON THE NATURE OF FREE IMPROVISATION, a book that examines various aspects of this illusive art and presents a theoretical foundation for creative listening, analysis and discussion. Tom has also written a number of articles about the use of experimental instruments and improvisation in publications such as EXPERIMENTAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, MUSICWORKS and LEONARDO.
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Krystyna Bobrowski Krystyna Bobrowski is a sound artist, composer and musician living in Oakland, California. In addition to French horn she plays acoustic and electronic instruments of her own design. Her collection of original instruments includes prepared amplified rocking chairs, bull kelp horns, Leaf Speakers, Gliss Glass and the Harmonic Slide.
Bobrowski received her M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College and her B.A. in Computers and Music from Dartmouth College. She has presented her work in a number of music festivals throughout the US, Europe and Mexico. In addition to performing her own work, Bobrowski plays with the Bay Area-based, improvisation ensemble, Vorticella.
She will be presenting Kelp Call a.k.a. Nereocystis (Mermaid's Bladder). Kelp, technically known as Nereocystis luetkeana, is a large, hollow, naturally conical-shaped seaweed found along the Northern California coast. After drying for several weeks, the kelp may be cut and played in a similar fashion to a brass instrument: bugle, trumpet, French horn, trombone or tuba. Bobrowski has made a habit of of gathering Kelp on occasional trips to the beach - and some of her friends have started doing the same. She has amassed a collection which will be featured during her set.
Members:Jen Bake, John Betteo, Krystyna Bobrowski
Keith Cary, Eric Crawford, Tom Dambly, Tom Djll, Jack Garton
Curtis Hollenbeck, Andy Strain, Toyoji Tomita, Sarah Wilson
 
E. Doc Smith
Eric Dahlman
Drummer and percussionist E. Doctor Smith has been performing and recording since 1973. His impressive performance history has brought him to record with pop icons Bryan Eno & Madonna while keeping to the roots of sonic exploration with local groups and artists such as Henry Kaiser, Charles Unger, and Feat of Clay.
His invention, The Drummstick is a percussion controller that he invented in June of 1995. It utilizes his patented design created with drumming and percussion in mind. With the Drummstick and a MIDI drum module, he is able to access a variety of musical, and digital sounds including Samples, Chords, Drum kits, World Instruments, Sound Effects, and more.
In 2002 he moved to San Francisco, and today performs with a variety of eclectic musicians; Bay Area saxophonist Charles Unger, hip-hop artists Nyambezi Holman, the electronic hip-hop combo, Triple Ave., Montana's Wilbur Rehmann Quartet, Mathias Mederer and Ubi Whitaker's Blues 9000, a reformation of his Drummstick and Feat of Clay groups with John Moremen, as well as his ongoing projects with writer and poet Robert Anbian.
Boston based Eric Dahlman, has studied jazz composition with Anthony Davis and Dave Frank and trumpet with the National Symphony's principal trumpeter Steve Hendricksen.Dahlman has performed with Chicago's late great free jazz icon Hal Russell and his NRG Ensemble, performance artist and sound artist Jed Speare, Boston's Aardvark Jazz Orchestra and in various ensembles with E Doctor Smith including the recent reunion of Bangtime and Feat of Clay here in SF.He is currently finishing his second ambient solo CD in addition to a solo free improv trumpet recording entitled 'Spit Valve'.Dahlman appears on the recent Leo Records CD by the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra 'Trumpet Madness'which features other free wheeling trumpeters including Greg Kelley, Taylor Ho Bynum and Raj Mehta. Eric's new hybred horn to be used at the music summit is the Trident trumpet inspired by Dahlman seeing a photo of a 1920's "saxophone trumpet" and built by instrument builder Erik Nugent
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Larnie Fox's Crank The Crank Ensemble performs using hand-cranked instruments made by Larnie Fox. Each has a contact microphone (piezo) mounted on it so it can be amplified. The crank is the mechanical version of a loop. By using cranks, we are able to create rhythmic and repetitive patterns easily. We can alter the sound by altering the crank's speed and direction, and we can also use plucking and scratching. By working in an ensemble, we can create layers of sound.
The resulting sounds are surprisingly pleasing. They can range from sparse new-music style "plinking" to melodic loopiness to hardcore noise.
The Crank Ensemble has performed at the Garden of Memory, the Luggage Store, and for Other Minds' BRINK series at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco. We two very good CDs and you can listen to a nice chunk online. At last count, The Crank Ensemble includes a rotating roster of Bodil Fox, Lena Strayhorn, Chris Miller, Keith Nomura, Patricia Ravara, Eugene Chen, Adam Shraft, Matt Davignon, Mark Brest van Kempen, Aaron Ximm, Brownwyn Ximm, Kevin Mathieu, Vicki Olds, Molli Simon, Mary Behm, and Hugh Steinberg.
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Marcos Fernandes
Saturday July 29th
Phonography as Art and Activism Discussion Panel
21 Grand Gallery
416 25th St. @ Broadway
Oakland, CA 2-4pm

Marcos Fernandes will facilitate a public discussion panel of phonographers. The Phonography panel will address the issue of field recording as art vs. documentation with analogies to other disciplines such as photography; Acoustic Ecology as social activism and preservation of our sonic environment; the use of phonography in improvisation and the challenges encountered therein. The panel will also answer questions regarding the tools and techniques used in phonography.
 
Saturday July 29th
Sound of a Thousand Pictures
a night of the mysterious worlds of phonography
21 Grand Gallery
416 25th St. @ Broadway
Oakland, CA 9pm
$12 general $8 students/seniors @ the door
$10 advance general only
 
Shea M Gauer and Scott A Peterson Shea M Gauer and Scott A Peterson known as smgsap, is an ongoing experimental project which presents an even blend of electronic and analog textures, using a variety of sources from field recordings, drones, musical & nonmusical sounds as well as manipulated live audio and instruments. They have performed in and created sound installations for numerous settings over the course of their six years of working together. In addition to performing and recording as smgsap they also host an experimental music series called “The Sounds Around” under the name Parabolic Productions. They are also both active members of FLOOD, the Long Beach based artist group that produces the annual SoundWalk event, a one night only event in the Arts District in Downtown Long Beach featuring site-specific sound installations.
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Marcos Fernandes Born in Yokohama, Japan, Marcos Fernandes has long been active as performer, producer and curator. He has performed in Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico and the US as a solo improviser, phonographer and as percussionist/sound artist with various ensembles, including Wormhole, a decade-long collaboration with percussionist/sound artist Robert Montoya. Fernandes runs the artist-based independent label Accretions, started two decades ago and which now features some of today's more innovative experimentalists. He is a founding member of the Trummerflora collective, dedicated to creative music in Southern California. Fernandes' recordings have appeared on Accretions, Bake/Staalplaat, Circumvention, Pan Handler, Pax, Pfmentum, Phonography.org, Public Eyesore, Ribosome and Solitary B.
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Glenn Bach Glenn Bach is a sound artist, poet, and visual artist living in Long Beach, California. His audio works have appeared on numerous labels and projects, including an EP, Diamond Finesse, on Stasisfield.com. He has performed his work at festivals and concerts throughout California, New York and Paris. His current project is a long poem called Atlas Peripatetic, inspired by a six-month cataloging of sounds heard on his morning walks, excerpts of which have appeared in various print and online journals such as The Argotist Online, Aught, Chiron Review, DIAGRAM, hutt, jubilat, Shampoo, Softblow, and The Tiny. He is also an active curator. Bach ran a monthly house concert series in 2003 that featured some of the leading figures in quiet (lowercase) music. Inspired by the success of the series, Bach put together so.cal.sonic, a six-day festival of experimental and improvised music, in April 2005. He also guest-curated two nights of experimental music and spoken word at the Orange County Museum of Art in March 2006.
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Aaron Ximm is a 33 year-old sound artist who lives and works in San Francisco. Since 1998, his Quiet American project has focused on constructing new sound-scapes from the intimate recordings he collects while traveling. Aaron and his wife Bronwyn won the Third Coast International Audio Festival's Director's Choice award in 2002 for their collaboration, Annapurna: Memories in Sound.
Ximm's recordings have also appeared in a variety of guises elsewhere in public radio, most notably in the Sound Travels segment of The Savvy Traveler. In 2002 he produced a four-hour documentary on sound artists working with field recordings, Quiet, Please, for KFJC. His work also appears with some frequency on London's ResonanceFM.
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Guillermo Galindo a.k.a. gal*in_dog Guillermo Galindo a.k.a. gal*in_dog (post-Mexican composer) Guillermo Galindo's artistic work spans a wide spectrum of artistic expression from symphonic composition to the domains of musical computer interaction, electro-acoustic music, opera, film music, performance, instrument building, and multimedia installation and soundscape design.
His music has been performed at major festivals throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
From 1992 to 2004, Galindo wrote music for the San Francisco based Asian American Dance Performances Unbound Spirit Dance Company.
Galindo holds a BA in Film Scoring Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts and a Master in the Arts degree in Music Composition from Mills College in Oakland California. His composition teachers include Julio Estrada, Robert Kyr, Alvin Curran and Andrew Imbrie. Presently, Guillermo Galindo teaches composition, sound design, music cultural history and music theory at the California College of Arts and at the College of San Mateo.
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Jason Robinson
Sunday July 30th
Lecture – Improvisation and Social Activism in the United States
21 Grand Gallery
416 25th St. @ Broadway
Oakland, CA 2-4pm

Saxophonist and scholar Jason Robinson will lead a discussion examining ways in which musicians have used improvisation to engage critical social questions.
This presentation will examine ways in which musicians have used improvisation to engage critical social questions. A rich and dynamic history of African American musical activism is evidenced in organizations like Los Angeles’ Union of God’s Musicians and Artist’s Ascension, Chicago’s Association for the advancement of Creative Musicians, St. Louis’ Black Artists Group, and New York’s Jazz Composer’s Guild. This talk highlights the role that improvisation played in these influential organizations and demonstrates the impact of new forms of musical activism evidenced in contemporary improvised music communities. Special attention will be given to the San Francisco Bay Area. A participant question and answer period will proceed after the lecture portion of the presentation.
 
Sunday July 30th
Saxophonists [Who Play Other Things]
an exploration of multi-instrumentalism
21 Grand Gallery
416 25th St. @ Broadway
Oakland, CA 8pm
$12 general $8 students/seniors @ the door
$10 advance general only
 
Jason Robinson Reedist/improviser/composer Jason Robinson leads a life of fractured multiplicity, dividing his time between a dynamic performance and recording career, teaching activities, organizing efforts, ethno/musicological research, and general rabble-rousing. He's a mainstay of the improvised and popular music scene(s) of the West Coast (U.S.) - leading his own "jazz" groups, collaborating in a variety of improvised and experimental contexts, and touring as a sideman with a number of groups. Robinson has performed/recorded with Peter Kowald, George Lewis, Anthony Davis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Eek a Mouse, Bertram Turetzky, Mel Graves, Marco Eneidi, Mike Wofford, Philip Gelb, Hans Fjellestad, Dana Reason, J.D. Parran, Gerry Hemingway, Marcelo Radulovich, Michael Dessen, Sonor and others; and has toured with theater-oriented groups such as the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the New Pickle Circus.
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Ettrick Ettrick (Jacob Felix Heule, Jay Korber) "is a sax and drum duo that offers up a bludgeoning amalgam of black metal and skronk sure to summon the apocalypse. Jacob Felix Heule and Jay Korber rotate instruments to create an excruciating free jazz that feels like being trapped in a metal shed during a thunderstorm." - SF Bay Guardian
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  The S[wpot] Ensemble, directed by Suki O'Kane
Ralph Carney, David Slusser, Phillip Greenlief, Jeff Hobbs, Dan Plonsey, Joshua Smith, Elizabeth Torres, Jacob Felix Heule, Jay Korber, Jason Robinson plus more...
Performing in a series of solo, duo, trio (etc to the point of a very large ensemble) improvised pieces that will be variously created with nothing but saxophones, or with saxophones and the (at last count) fourteen instruments that these saxophonists also play, or with no saxophones at all... just fourteen other instruments.
   
Ralph Carney
David Slusser
Phillip Greenlief
Jeff Hobbs
Dan Plonsey
Joshua Smith
Jacob Felix Heule

Allen Ginsberg said: “Ralph Carney’s Circle of Fifths continuously evolves in horns’ circular breathing (like Australian Aborigines’ Didgerey Doo) matching voice-text power to make the most perfect poetry music recording I’ve done.”
He has spent the better part of the last 2 decades criss-crossing the world, on stage and in studios with the likes of Tom Waits, Jonathan Richman, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, B-52’s, Marc Ribot, Bill Laswell, David Thomas, Hal Wilner, Elvis Costello, Tipsy, Galaxie 500, Daevid Allen, Mushroom, Oranj Symphonette and The Black Keys, to name a few. More Information...click here

David Slusser was born in Akron, Ohio in 1952. He began playing tenor saxophone at age 10, around the same time he started experimenting with reel to reel tape recorders. Getting his first film sound job in 1975, he continued his career with a move to the San Francisco Bay area in 1977, where he joined Lucasfilm in 1984, and received an Emmy award for sound editing in 1993. He has worked often as a music editor for directors Francis Coppola, George Lucas and David Lynch, with whom he has co-composed music for his films. On his own he has composed for documentaries and public radio, as well as his jazz group Rubber City. His sound design is in the collections of both the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Contempory Art in Los Angeles, though far more people have heard it in some of the more imaginative commercials on television. He began an association with John Zorn in the mid eighties. Received two prizes in the 1999 Julius Hemphill Composition Awards, including first for jazz orchestra.
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Since 1982, Phillip Greenlief has performed internationally in a variety of settings. In addition to club dates and tours across North America and Europe, he has performed at the 1st Annual John Coltrane Festival in Los Angeles, Seattle Improvised Music Festival; North Sea Festival in Den Hague; Freiburg Zelt Muzik Festival in Germany; Big Sur Sound Shift; Olympia Experimental Music Festival; Du Maurier Jazz Festival - Vancouver, B.C.; Werkstatt fur Improvisierte Musik in Zurich; the Ulrichsburg Festival and the Konfrontation Festival in Nickelsdorf, Austria; the Isole Che Parlano Festival in Sardinia and the 2003 Biennale in Venice Italy; and the International Festival of Arts in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 1998 he lived in St. Petersburg (Russia) where in addition to playing solo he performed and recorded with several jazz groups, singer-songwriter Yelena Kolokolnikova, and the Russian folk ensemble Dubinushka.
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Jeff Hobbs is a well-known San Francisco Bay Area musician who plays nearly everything. Since the Summer of 2002, Jeff has played saxophone, cornet, and both electric and acoustic vioilins with the Night Watchmen. And, Jeff will match three and four part vocal harmonies in a flash.
He is a musician known for his esoteric and quiet personality, and he's a strong musical leader with this spiritual presence. And he really digs the minor keys, a musician after my own heart.

Dan Plonsey was born September 1, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio, grew up in Cleveland Heights, and graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1976. He earned a BA in math and music from Yale University (1980) and an MA in composition from Mills College (1988). He has studied composition with Martin Bresnick, David Lewin, Anthony Braxton, and more briefly, Roscoe Mitchell and Terry Riley. He has written more than 200 works for large and small ensembles. Recent commissions have come from Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund, the Berkeley Symphony ("The Dolphins in the Forest" for a series of concerts for children), and New Music Works in Santa Cruz.
Plonsey's music is characterized by a dogged determination to be as un-abstract as possible. Each work is populated by characters rather than by ideas; the ideas are obliged to loiter about in nearby alleys. Most of his music is extremely simple but by no means minimal, rather, it results from the presentation of "those melodies and structural ideas that I find most obvious and inescapable."
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Saxophonist Joshua Smith was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. After sporting an adolescent obsession with jazz and playing in the trio of Cleveland improvisation guru Scott Davis, Joshua formed with the band "birth" which has toured the country for the past several years and recently expanded it's tour niche to include several European nations as well. Throughout this time period, Joshua has also toured and performed with many other groups: The Cleveland Creative Orchestra and Amitosis featuring Chris Jonas, performances and touring with Joe Maneri (a luminary of improvisation); collaborations with Trevor Dunn of Mr. Bungle, Dan Plonsey, Howie Smith, Scott Amendola; has been highlighted by playing with Nels Cline, Carla Kihlstedt of the Tin Hat Trio, Assif Tsahar, Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Cuong Vu of the "Pat Metheny Group"; Smith is also the keyboardist for "Superbabies"and one half of the low-fi tape/electro-acoustic duo, "Last Chance for the Loneliest Kitty."
An outstanding technician, he articulates very clearly even when playing at blistering speed, and his improvisations are consistently rich in content.
-Jazziz Magazine

Jacob Felix Heule
from Ettrick is an improvising musician living in San Francisco. Jacob plays drum set, alto saxophone and whatever else fits the situation (including electronics and bowed saw). After putting in a decade or so playing drums for punk and indie rock bands in Wisconsin, Jacob moved to San Francisco and settled into playing improvised music inspired by free improv, noise, free jazz, black metal and gamelan. Jacob is currently a member of the free jazz/black metal duo, Ettrick, and the doom noise duo, Hodag, as well as a frequent participant in ad hoc Bay Area improv ensembles such as the Moekestra. Jacob currently studies percussion with Gino Robair. In addition to playing instruments, Jacob plays CDs and records on KUSF.
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The 2006 Edgetone Music Summit is funded in part through Meet The Composer’s Creative Connections program, with support from National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, ASCAP, BMI Foundation, Inc., Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Jerome Foundation, mediaThe foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, Target, Virgil Thomson Foundation, Ltd.
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