Wednesday July 23rd, 2008
Q&A Session 7:15 -7:30 pm
Performance Starts @ 8:15 pm
No More Twist! (sound and light lie detector)
No More Twist! is made up of Les Hutchins and Polly Moller, who have been collaborating together since 2003. They will premiere their new piece, "Inquisition", for Suspect, Examiner and Audience. As the Suspect, Moller will be attached to a lie detector and Hutchins, as the Examiner, will interpret her biometric data with music and imagery. The Examiner will give the Suspect a series of control questions, and then the Audience will present the Suspect with yes/no questions of their choice. The truth or falsehood of the Suspect's answers will determine the sounds and visuals.
Kwisp (Volumetric Movies: Dioramic Holo-Cinema system) Created by Walter Funk, an extemporaneously generated Holographic quality movies, volumetric worlds and musical dioramas are explored. Freeform and composed music integrated with true 3D movies, are seen without special glasses, with the same visual quality as a hologram. Smashing the boundaries between film, holography and live music.
Thickness/Mono-Layer (cut-up film and sound Power Trio)
John Reily, Eric Steinberg and Charles Kremenak have worked together off and on over the past five years in various live visual-sound performance projects. In particular, re-interpreting B-movie and art-house narrative films in the Cinematic Soundtrack group 'Epic[abridged]', Reily and Kremenak with Owen O'Toole of Wet-Gate as the abstract stained-glass-light multi projector ensemble 'Nonet'.
The current direction of their work aims to combine the operatic elements of live cinema, alchemical conjuring, and the late work of Jack Kirby's hyper kinetic cosmic comic artistry. Through their song and dance, Thickness/Mono-Layer seeks to resurrect a collective sense of child-like freedom and euphoria, as well as to awaken a sense of hope, wonder and mystery within the swell of our contemporary media onslaught.
Thursday July 24th, 2008
Q&A Session 7:15 -7:30 pm
Performance Starts @ 8:15 pm
(The) Giants of Gender
(performing works by Kyle Farrell, Adam Lahm, Sundar Subramanian, and Zachary Zukowski)
The unique instrumentation and approach of (The) Giants of Gender have attracted the attention of several composers.
(The) Giants of Gender are an improvisational trio that formed in 2006 in Youngstown, Ohio. Through the use of improvisation in an open-ended format, the members of the group have allowed themselves to explore latent sounds within each of their instruments, thus producing a diverse amalgamation of both characteristic and non-idiomatic sounds. While maintaining a focus on improvisation, the group also incorporates original composed material. The instrumentation consists of Andy Meyer on woodwinds, Kyle Farrell on vibraphone and percussion, and Jenna Barvitski on violin and viola. The trio has toured nationally and has performed most often in the Cleveland and Columbus areas. They previously curated a concert series in Youngstown at the McDonough Museum of Art that featured artists such as Ryan Jewell, James Ilgenfritz, Thollem McDonas, Larry Marotta, Ben Bennett, Madame P, Jack Wright, and Michael Johnsen. The group collaborated with choreographer Kathleen Larrick on a work for music and dance that was premiered at Tulsa’s New Genre Festival XV in March 2008. They were featured at the Second Annual Conference of the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) and were selected to appear on ISIM’s compilation album (2007). Their most recent album was released by Edgetone Records.
Birgit Ulher Trio w/Gino Robair & Tim Perkis
(sponsored by The Goethe Institute)
Born 1961 in Nuremberg, Birgit Ulher studied the visual arts, which still have an important influence on her music. Since moving to Hamburg in 1982 she has been involved in free improvisation and experimental music. Since then she has “established a distinguished grammar of sounds beyond the open trumpet”, jazzdimensions.de. She performs solo, with dancers, working ensembles, and one-time collaborations with musicians from around the world.
She has been organising the festival of improvised music Real Time Music Meeting for over ten years.
She has performed with artists like John Edwards, Michael Zerang, Damon Smith, Lou Mallozzi, Gino Robair, Martin Blume, Ute Wassermann, Albert Márkos, Sven Ake Johansson, Gene Coleman, Ernesto Rodrigues, Heddy Boubaker, Tim Perkis, Nate Wooley, Bryan Eubanks, Christoph Schiller and Sean Meehan just to name a few.
Gino Robair is a percussionist, music journalist, and published composer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gino frequently tours North America and Europe as a soloist and often improvises in ad-hoc groups. He has performed and/or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Tom Waits, John Butcher, LaDonna Smith, Otomo Yoshihide, Eugene Chadbourne, John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, Myra Melford, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, The Club Foot Orchestra, and he is a founding member of the Splatter Trio.
Tim Perkis has been working in the medium of live electronic and computer sound for many years, performing, exhibiting installation works and recording in North America,Europe and Japan. His work has largely been concerned with exploring the emergence of life-like properties in complex systems of interaction.In addition, he is a well known performer in the world of improvised music, having performed on his electronic improvisation instruments with hundreds of artists and groups, including Chris Brown, John Butcher, Eugene Chadbourne, Fred Frith, Gianni Gebbia, Frank Gratkowski, Luc Houtkamp, Yoshi Ichiraku, Joelle Leandre, Roscoe Mitchell, Gino Robair, ROVA saxophone quartet, Elliott Sharp, Leo Wadada Smith and John Zorn. Ongoing groups he has founded or played in include the League of Automatic Music Composers and the Hub -- pioneering live computer network bands -- and Rotodoti, the Natto Quartet, Fuzzybunny, All Tomorrow's Zombies and Wobbly/Perkis/Antimatter.
Shudder (w/special guest from The Netherlands Jorrit Dijkstra)
Formed in 2004 for the purpose of playing for a Matt Gonzales for Mayor fundraising event, Shudder works with compositions and improvisation to explore and develop a language for acoustic instruments that can exist easily in the realm of electronic music. shudder features Kyle Bruckmann and Phillip Greenlief on wind instruments; Lance Grabmiller performs on laptop/Audiomulch. Electro-acoustic innovation, deep listening-informed group communication and an ear for dynamics and austere details, shudder provides one of more rewarding listening experiences available to San Francisco Bay Area audiences.
The music of saxophonist and composer Jorrit Dijkstra draws from the jazz tradition in spirit and sound, but has crossed stylistic and cultural borders in order to express a strong, evolving personal vision. He spent his formative years in Amsterdam’s vibrant improvisation community, playing jazz, free improvisation, contemporary opera, and African, Celtic and Balkan music. Since moving to the United States in 2002, Dijkstra has deepened his affinity with the experimental forces of American music, while staying in touch with his Dutch musical roots.
Friday July 25th, 2008
Q&A Session 7:15 -7:30 pm
Performance Starts @ 8:15 pm
(string duets with Yehudit & Beth Snellings)
Two classically trained and jazz savvy string players stretch the bounds of their instruments to create a unique approach. Formed in the spring of 2000, Different Strokes has performed at venues around the SF Bay Area, including the Old First Church Concert Series, San Francisco Arts Festival, SIMM series, People in Plazas Series, Canvas Gallery, The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival; The Berkeley Art Center, Bird’s Nest Jazz Series, and the Healdsburg Society for Music and Art to name a few. Different Strokes is also on the performance roster of Bread and Roses, Inc.
Violinist Yehudit (pronounced "yeah who DEET") has made a place for herself in the forefront of the jazz scene, demonstrating that the electric violin, in her hands, is a convincing and innovative jazz instrument. The artists she has appeared with include John Handy, Dan Hicks, Walter Savage, Denise Perrier, and Jules Broussard. In May of 2007, Yehudit resigned her long-time position with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra in order to devote her full energies to performance and composition.
Beth Snellings, cellist, has been performing in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 20 years. Her performing experience spans such musically diverse contexts as symphony orchestras, musical theatre, television, chamber music ensembles, jazz combos and new music groups. Beth’s credits include performances at the 2007 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival (Charya Burt Cambodian Dance Company), a European tour of “West Side Story,” performances with the Austin Willacy Band and the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. She was also the music director of “Funky Fitness”, a TV show produced in San Francisco.
C.O.M.A. (The California Outside Music Associates)
(CD Release celebration performance for Big Words)
"C.O.M.A. does with jazz what Kronos Quartet does with chamber music: they update and expand the tradition" - Greggory Moore, Long Beach Culture
C.O.M.A. The California Outside Music Associates, is a collective of improvising musicians from central California dedicated to music of the moment. The collective performs throughout California in settings ranging from the duo to an octet, with dancers, visual artists and poets.
John Vaughn is a founding member of C.O.M.A. He is currently involved in a recording project with COMA and playing with as many creative people as possible. He has performed in groups ranging from concert and jazz bands, pit orchestras to improvisations groups of all types. He is often playing in Sacramento with the Gambari Arts Ensemble led by Adam Jenkins or at Old Ironsides with Ross Hammond and Tony Passerell. John is focused on making the central Valley of California into a friendly place for improvising and experimental musicians.
Dax Compise is one of the founding members of the California Outside Music Associates. He has performed throughout the region in settings ranging from the symphony, to blues and jazz groups, to fully improvised percussion ensembles. His command of the instrument and creativity has led to Dax being great demand as a sideman. Besides performing on a regular basis with COMA, he has forged a musical relationship with the improvisational community in Sacramento. Recordings with Ross Hammond and Tony Passerell are in the works.
Zach Silver is primarily a violinist, but also plays guitar, sings and compute. He is a school teacher in rural San Joaquin County. Zach has played and recorded with groups ranging from bluegrass to punk rock to experimental music in the Central Valley and the SF Bay Area. For the past year Zach has been a regular player in the Blackwater ensemble of improvisor's playing in the Yosemite Sound Series in Stockton California.
(performing a new suite of music, "La Naturecanique," to the film loops of David Beck)
Noertker's Moxie will be performing a new suite of music, "La Naturecanique," composed especially for the Edgetone New Music Summit by bassist Bill Noertker.
"La Naturecanique" is inspired by film maker/musician David Beck's intimately-scaled moving sculptures. Film loops of each moving sculpture will be projected while the band is performing each piece. The use of loops will remove the time constraints usually associated with film scoring
and allow for the exploratory and open-ended compositions that Noertker’s Moxie favors.
For this performance, Noertker’s Moxie will include Noertker’s long-time
co-collaborator Annelise Zamula on tenor saxophone and flute, David Beck on baritone
saxophone, Jenny Maybee on piano, Bill Noertker on contrabass, and a drummer TBA.
Bassist/composer Bill Noertker has been writing and performing new music in the San
Francisco Bay Area since 1987. Noertker has studied with the renowned cornetist Bobby Bradford, composition under the tutelage of Aldo Ryzy-Ryzky while a member of the experimental art rock band, Bardo. In the late 1990s, Noertker traveled to Europe, to soak up the culture and play music. In the year 2001 he formed his own group, Noertker's Moxie, as a forum for his thematic compositions. Since that time he has been exploring the relationship between the visual and the aural with a series of suites inspired by the works of visual artists such as Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and Pablo Picasso, architect Antoni Gaudí, poet Rainer Maria Rilke, sculptor David Beck, and others. Since 2001 Noertker has composed 12 suites of music for Noertker's Moxie, including a score for David Beck’s short film “Animatique.”
David Beck is a major American artist. He has been creating intimately-scaled moving sculptures since the 70s. His most recent work, MVSEVM, is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's permanent collection. Commissioned by the museum, David Beck created MVSEVM, an exquisitely crafted world in miniature; the work reflects the neoclassical architecture of the building, from the 1840s when it was the U.S. Patent Office to the present day. Other works by Beck have also been shown at the Smithsonian, including L'Opera and Movie Palace.
Noertker first collaborated with Beck when he was commissioned to score Beck's movie "Animatique" which was shown at Beck's 2004 exhibit at the Allan Stone Gallery in New York.
Go-go Fight Master w/Aaron Bennett, John Finkbeiner,
Vijay Anderson, Lisa Mezzacappa
(Saxophonist Aaron Bennett's Power Quartet)
"Heavy-Metal-Country-Jazz" that embraces both the avant-garde & the straight-ahead. Drawing on all forms of world, popular and folk music to create their refreshingly unique sound. Go-go Fightmaster is led by San Francisco Bay Area composer/saxophonist Aaron Bennett.
Aaron Bennett graduated from Cal Arts with a masters degree in Jazz Performance in 1995. At Cal Arts he studied extensively with Ismael Wadada Leo Smith. He currently plays music in the bay area as an active member of the following bands: Marco Eneidi's American Jungle Orchestra, The Scott Looney, Full Throttle, Go-Go Fightmaster, electro-magnetic trans-personal orchestra, the Vijay Anderson Quartet.
Vijay Anderson has had the pleasure of performing/recording with Lynn Johnston, Adam Lane’s Full Throttle Orchestra, Musical Genius, Baculum, Aaron Bennett’s Go-Go Fightmaster, The Facing East Dance Company, the Adam Lane Trio (featuring Vinny Golia), Josh Allen, Marco Eneidi , the Smith Dobson Jr. Quartet, and the Dystemic Octet. He holds a B.A. in music from San Francisco State University . At SFSU, he studied with Eddie Marshall, Francis Wong, Wayne Wallace and Hafez Modirzadeh. He continues to play in various groups throughout the bay area as well as leading his own group, The Vijay Anderson Quartet.
Able-bodied and addle-brained, right-handed engineer and multi-instrumentalist John Finkbeiner hails from Waukegan , Illinois . John has studied engineering with Myles Boisen; guitar with Morris Acevedo, Myles Boisen, and Richard Festinger, and drinking straw with Aaron Bennett.
John plays or has played with, among others, these bands: Guerrilla Hi-Fi, Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra, The Highlander II's, Sir Dance-a-lot, Aaron Novik's Gubbish, The United Brassworkers' Front, Go-go Fightmaster, The Quiet Storm All-Stars, The Electro-Magnetic Trans-personal Orchestra, The Scenty-Gents, Optimist International, Sparklecock, etc.
Lisa Mezzacappa's music lives in the intersection of improvisation and composition. Her projects as a doublebassist, composer, curator and collaborator explore new contexts for developing interactive musical languages and experiences. She has studied with Michael Formanek,
Henry Threadgill and Steve Coleman, and has performed and workshopped with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Meredith Monk, Bob Moses, Myra Melford, Art Baron, Terry Riley and David Murray, among others. She was artist-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2006) and
the Banff International Jazz Workshop (2000), holds an MA in ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley (2003), and a BA in music from the University of Virginia (1997). She is composer-in-residence at
Djerassi Resident Artists Program in fall 2008. Lisa has been awarded grants from American Composers Forum, the City of Oakland and Meet the Composer. She currently performs in nearly a dozen original jazz, pop and chamber ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives.
Saturday July 26th, 2008
Doors 7:30 pm Performance Starts @ 8:00 pm
15 Degrees Below Zero
15 Degrees Below Zero (Daniel Blomquiest, Michael Addison Mersereau, and Mark Wilson) began recording material for their third full length CD (second on Edgetone) in February of 2008. Unlike the material from their previous CD ("New Travel"), which was mainly recorded as structured compositions before large amounts of reconstruction took place in the editing stages, this new material is initially being recorded as extended improvisations. Their performance at the
Summit will continue to play with ideas presented during these recording sessions, and in turn, the performance will produce new ideas that will be used during the actual piecing together of the new CD, steps that will include cut-ups, recontextualization of recorded layers, processing, and other editing -- as well as additional recording.
"15 Degrees Below Zero is a majestic and often cinematic work, its colors produced both from sampled and live sound." -Mike Wood, Music Emmissions
Say Bok Gwai
(CD Release celebration performance for CHINK IN THE ARMOR)
True to their roots of musical experimentation and paying homage to their hometown, the first release show will be in San Francisco as part of the Edgetone New Music Summit.
San Francisco's first Chinese American hardcore band, Say Bok Gwai melds two distinct cultures into a completely unique sound. Say Bok Gwai's original compositions are rooted in American punk/thrash/ hardcore music and sung primarily in Cantonese. The subject matter ranges from Chinese American identity to grappling with traditional Chinese values and down with "the man" aesthetics. Say Bok Gwai is a Chinese American band that pushes the envelope of musical, social, and political extremes. Say Bok Gwai shows a new face of Chinese American music and is not for the timid or easily offended. Frontman Alex Yeung is a long time San Franciscan musician who has worked in both the local rock and experimental music scenes. Alex serves as the songwriter and guitarist for Say Bok Gwai---as well as playing guitar for the instrumental group Fear of Math. Drummer Andre Custodio has been an integral part of the Bay Area experimental music scene for over 10 years and is also part of the experimantal trio, Tri-Cornered Tent Show. Say Bok Gwai has released their self-titled debut CD on Monkey King Reccords. This CD has also been released in Hong Kong on Global Chinese Rock Records. Say Bok Gwai has been featured in festivals such as NoisePop, Pinoise Pop, Tidal Wave, and Rock On(Hong Kong). Say Bok Gwai has also been a monthly participant of the only series to feature Asian American musicians called Asian American Musician's Showcase (AAMS) in San Francisco. Guest artists performing will be saxophonist David Slusser and Val Mih on keyboard.
(featuring Moe! Staiano from Moe!kestra! & Sleepytime Guerilla Museum)
Drummer/percussionist Moe! Staiano (Moe!kestra!, ex-Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) had always wanted to have a band of his own. Finding suitable candidates in the young talents of guitarist Ava Mendoza and bassist
Alee Karim (Atomic Bomb Audition), together they began in 2006 to create bizarre, instrumental fleshings-out of Moe!'s compositional frameworks as Mute Socialite. In January of 2007, 2nd drummer Shayna Dunkleman joined the ranks and augmented the volume and overall goodness.
Mute Socialite represents a dense synthesis of our diverse backgrounds--Moe!'s driving post-punk drumming and percussion guitar, Ava's free jazz sensibility and mangled country and black metal riffage, Alee's sub-bass, grinding harmonic interplay, and Shayna's prismatic sense of percussive dynamics. Jolting, hocketing rhythms, atonal surf riffs, and blackened salsa grooves combine to create a singular brutal, polyrhythmic spasmathon. A primordial beastie unleashed on the world in either fury or love!
Since early 2007, we've shared bills with Uz Jsme Doma, Old Time Relijun, XBXRX, Death Sentence: Panda!, Capillary Action, Time of Orchids, Cellular Chaos (Weasel Walter), Cryptacize (members of Deerhoof), Moggs and Ettrick.
The Late Severa Wires
(from New Mexico featuring Carlos Santistevan from High Mayhem)
Ultraviolet-turntables Mike Rowland-drums Yozo Suzuki- guitar Carlos Santistevan-bass
The Late Severa Wires will be performing a set of music that is yet another in a series of musical journeys in which they delve deeper and within the musical vocabulary which they have established over the last 7 years. During this time, the Wires have developed and unique vocabulary of platforms upon which they re-organize into new pieces each time they are performed. Using musical semantics to communicate ideas of texture, density, instrumentation, rhythmic relationships, movement and form, they create a new statement with each and every live performance by improvising music over predetermined schematics. Integrating conduction allows each player the opportunity to further steer the music; propelling and shaping the music allowing the moment’s sound to completely manifest itself.