JULY 18-19 21-24, 2010
San Francisco Community Music Center
544 Capp Street @ 20th, San Francisco, CA click for map
Jul 18-19 - free admission Jul 21-24 admission $12 General / $8 Student
Q&A Sessions 7:15 -7:30 pm Music Performance Starts @ 8:15 pm

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Sun Jul 18 Mon Jul 19 Wed Jul 21 Thu July 22 Fri Jul 23 Sat Jul 24
OutSpoken Events
Hands-On Expo
Touch The Gear
How to build a Skatchbox demonstration
w/Tom Nunn
7:15 PM
Pre-Concert Q&A
All Artists
7:15 PM
Pre-Concert Q&A
All Artists
7:15 PM
Pre-Concert Q&A
All Artists
7:15 PM
Pre-Concert Q&A
All Artists
    8:15 PM
Blurred Lines
Films by Martha Colburn w/Thollem Mcdonas
60X60 International Film Mix

8:15 PM
Sound in a Blink
Hunt Allen Orr
Emily Hay /Motoko Honda
Alex Cline / G.E. Stinson
8:15 PM
Reconnaissance Fly Cornelius Cardew Choir Amy X Neuburg
8:15 PM
Phog Masheen
Kadet Kuhne
Chen Santa Maria

Sunday July 18OutSpoken
Touch the Geartm Expo
A hands-on experience of sound producing gear and instruments!
7-10pm admission is free - An OutSpoken Event

Presenting Artists to Date: Amy X Neuburg, Bob Marsh, Amar Chaudhary, CJ Borosque, Dan Ake, Travis Johns, Cheryl Leonard, Daniel MacNulty, Rick Walker, LX Rudis, Conure, Tim Thompson, Philip Everett, Mark Soden Jr., Tom Duff, Tom Nunn, Matt Davignon, Walter Funk and more!

Ever wanted a closer look at the gear on stage? Wish you could try it yourself? Touch the Gear is Outsound’s free public event that allows audiences to roam among the artists and their sonic inventions, asking questions, making noise and learning how these often one-of-a-kind set-ups work. It’s a hands-on, family-friendly environment that demystifies the technology while inspiring the creativity.

looping rig / blippo box, new MIDI controller, Silver Park, noise pedals, inventions, homemade hand-crank instruments, Walker Manual Glitch pedal, Looperlative LP-2, Video tracking system, loopycam, processed zither, amplified metal with homemade contact mics and stomp boxes, electroacoustic percussion boards(skatchboxes), turntable...
Touch the Gear

Monday July 19OutSpoken
How to build your own skatchbox demo
7-9pm admission is free - An OutSpoken Event
SkatchboxTom NunnSkatchbox
Come and observe how to build your very own cardboard synthesizer with San Francisco veteran instrument builder
Tom Nunn. Tom will be joined by co-conspirator David Michalak from TD Skatchit to show how to take an ordinary cardboard computer box and create a portable device capable for use an a performance instrument. This lightweight, durable invention can be built using household items and is safe for all ages. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0aUVf3R2ds
Wednesday July 21 Blurred Lines
Martha ColburnMartha Colburn StillThollem Mcdonas60X60 International Video Mix 2009
The films of Martha Colburn featuring live music by Thollem Mcdonas piano
60X60 2009 International Video Mix
60 one minute films by Patrick Liddell featuring 60 composers curated by Vox Novus

Martha Colburn is a stop-action animator whose work is inspired by American and European history. Fusing her animation and found footage into live 16mm performances, she performs internationally with the group Deerhoof and her own ensemble of musicians to create narratives using 1970s film re-enactments, pilgrim films, puppet films, and re-filmed Godzilla movies, to name but a few. To accompany her films will be local Bay Area pianist impresario Thollem Mcdonas who will create a seamless spontaneous improvised sound track.

Ms. Colburn currently lives in Long Island City, New York. She is most well-known for her animation films, which are created through puppetry, collage, and paint on glass techniques. She has made over forty films since 1994. Colburn’s style of collage fuses pop culture and political imagery with an aesthetic that is simultaneously fantastical, painterly, punk, and avant-garde. Many of her appropriated images are painted over with a diverse variety of paints which integrate them with the drawings and textures that are completely her own. Colburn makes her animations by facing the camera directly downward at the collaged panels below. She has always rejected the computer program as a means to create her animations. The “hands-on,” non-technological quality that defines her process keeps it at a personal and intimate level. Color is another very important aspect of Colburn’s films. Although her 2006 film "Meet Me in Wichita" deals with disconcerting subject matter, Colburn still chooses bright colors to define the film’s color scheme. It is these types of contradictions in Colburn’s work which deepen her visual and conceptual complexity.
Thollem Mcdonas began working with Ms. Colburn two years ago on her film "Triumph Of The Wild" Parts 1 and 2. The connection between her collage work and his improvisation create a unique memorable experience for viewers and new music fans alike. Thollem, was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of Irish and Cherokee descent. His extensive travels as a performer and teacher have covered much of the North American continent and Europe. He is a founding member of several innovative ensembles all of varying and disparate music. In the past 5 years alone he has added 18 albums to his discography on 6 different vanguard labels in 3 different countries. His music is diverse, with each album and every concert exploring a variety of approaches and paths, resulting in dramatically different outcomes. Thollem is a recipient of the 2010 US Artists International Award as the founder and Artistic Director of Estamos Ensemble. He was commissioned by The Limon Dance Company for a large-scale piece in commemoration of their 50th year anniversary. This previous September he was invited to perform the late works of Claude Debussy on the piano on which they were written, as well as his own comprovisations with Stefano Scodanibbio. This will be the first album (OnDebussy'sPianoAnd...) ever recorded on Debussy's piano.
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60x60 is a remote concert, film, and dance series creating an environment of many different styles and approaches to contemporary music. With 60 pieces each 60 seconds long from different composers the concert brings a variety of sounds and creativity all put together in a one hour set. The Summit performance will consist of the 2009 60X60 International Film Mix featuring a wide range of new and experimental composers each one minuet long forming a one hour program. Robert Voisey founded Vox Novus in 2000. This organization was created for the purposes of expanding the presence of contemporary music in the public's vision, empowering composers and contemporary musicians to create, produce, and promote their music. Vox Novus does this by the production of concerts, exposure on the Internet, and facilitating networking between professionals. Vox Novus promotes and produces contemporary music using repeatable methods and models that composers can take and use on their own. This way contemporary music can reach an ever wider audience thereby continuing the advancement of culture and art.
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Patrick Liddell recently received this Doctor of Music at Northwestern University in Music Composition. His primary instructors have been Jay Alan Yim (Northwestern University, Evanston IL), Chris Mercer (Northwestern), Peter McIlwain (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia), and Steve Heinemann (Bradley University, Peoria IL). His music has been performed by Function Ensemble (London, UK), Monash Gamelan Ensemble (Melbourne), pLAy Ensemble (Los Angeles, CA), Vox Novus (NYC, NY), Third Coast Percussion Ensemble (Chicago, IL), and many other chamber and popular groups. His art is a combination of music and video (video being the visual counterpart to the temporality of sound), and in a postmodern idiom attempts to combine popular, art, and world musics into a “unified disassociation”. His most recent project, Arrow To The Sun, is a multi-dimensional fractal-art piece that fuses music, video, taste, touch, smell, and thought to evoke an anti-narrative of spiritual enlightenment.
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Thursday July 22 Sound in a Blink
Josh AllenRandy HuntTimothy Orr

Josh Allen
has created his own personal language on the tenor saxophone, with an emphasis on polytonal and asymmetrical phrasing, as well as extending the range and sonic ability of the instrument. He does this with constant emphasis and study of the overtone series, and the generation of multiphonics from the application of this process. He is currently teaching Fellowship students at the Brubeck Institute at the University of Pacific.
He was born in Berkeley, California in 1972. Like many of today’s prominent musicians, Mr. Allen was a product of the Berkeley public school system, studying saxophone starting at the age of nine under Phil Hardymon. He went on to study with such prominent Bay Area musicians as Bill Aron, Joe Henderson, and Rory Snyder. With his focus squarely on jazz composition and performance, Mr. Allen moved to Southern California in the early nineties to study with Rick Helzer at San Diego State. He became active in the Latin Jazz community, and worked with various musicians such as Dennis Chambers, and Eddie Palmieri. Mr. Allen’s return to the Bay Area in the mid 90s to finish his Bachelors degree at Sonoma State. His association with saxophonist Marco Eneidi led to working relationships with musicians such as Glen Spearmann, Matthew Goodheart, Damon Smith, and eventually Cecil Taylor.
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Timothy Orr was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1967 and began playing the drums 1976. After playing in several rock bands in the early 80s, he studied with Edward Blackwell from 1985-89 at Wesleyan University where he earned a BA in English, with a concentration in Medieval and Renaissance literature. During this period, Tim played in several rock, punk and grunge bands, warming up for emerging talents like Helmet, Fugazi, and Soul Asylum. Upon graduation Tim performed in several roots music bands in the New England region, performing Cajun, zydeco, bluegrass, Chicago blues. Tim has played with a number local and international artists such as Josh Roseman, Shoko Hitage, Stephen Schwartz, Damon Smith, Josh Allen, Marco Eneidi, Richard Hell, Randy Hunt, Adam Lane, Ike Levin, Tony Malaby and many more. He recently recorded the soundtrack to The Tale of Three Mohammeds, a film by Nasri Zacharia.
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Randy Hunt's performance background includes work with Sonny Simmons, Donald “Duck” Bailey Ricky Ford, Joel Futterman, Royal Hartigan, Fred Houn, Eddie Gale, Tony Malaby, Reggie Workman, and Henry Kaiser.
He was born in Los Angeles and raised in a musical environment. His mother taught piano and voice, as well as performances in local musicals. Developing as a bassist in the San Francisco bay area music scene of the early ‘90’s, Randy performed in a variety original rock, funk, jazz, blues bands, symphonic orchestras and big bands. In 1993 Randy was accepted to the renowned Mannes / New School jazz and contemporary music program at New York City’s New School for Social Research. During his time in New York he studied bass with Reggie Workman, Andy McKee, and Steve Neil. As an active educator he has conducted lectures, enrichment classes and clinics for the San Francisco public school system, presented classes on improvisation and jazz theory, as well as privately teaching bass, guitar, and piano. Randy has been involved in composing music for jazz ensembles, pieces for strings, piano, and solo bass.
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Emily Hay &
Motoko Honda

"Emily Hay vocalizes through her flute and blows a mighty mean streak that picks up emotion along the way. She carries each melodic fragment on high and packs it with energy. She inspires." - Jim Santella

She extends traditional roles and capabilities of her instruments by incorporating the complexity of contemporary classical technique with the spontaneity and experimentation of free improvisation. The result is startling interpretations of sound and intense ensemble interaction. Her explorations on the flute and alto flute embody unusual tone colors and soaring rhythmic structures, augmented by electronically generated effects and often overlapped by unusual vocalizations ranging from primal to operatic with lyrics and sounds from the stream of consciousness.
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Motoko Honda is a pianist, keyboardist, improviser, composer, and sound architect living in Los Angeles. Graduated from California Institute of the Arts. She is an Electro-Acoustic-Prepared piano soloist, sound artist collaborating with visual artists and dancers, and recording artist for films covering wide range of music from classical, avant-garde, jazz, punk, contemporary, world and new music. Being a frequent "pick of the week" by Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Weekly, also documented as a featured musician in documentary film "Good Ear", she has performed at major venues such as Ford Theater, Barnsdall Gallery Theater, REDCAT/Disney Hall/MOCA, and many festivals. Continuing to pursue the boundaries of different kind of music, Motoko is known to weave through genres of music and create something unique and personal every time.

Pianist Motoko Honda is the walking definition of the phrase “sound sculpturist.” She stands as much as she sits during her performances: either to direct her ensembles with a sweep of the hand or stabbing point of a finger, or to just lean into her open piano to perform some sort of bewitching skullduggery on its prepared strings—all the while working her (bare) foot pedals to create loops of electronic squiggles and sighs. Not content to simply compose and make music, Honda, in the sage words of Greg Burk, “colors the air.”
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Alex ClineG.E. Stinson
Alex Cline &
G.E. Stinson

Alex Cline
and electric guitarist G.E. Stinson have played together in a number of contexts over the last couple of decades including in one another's bands and in collaborative ensemble projects focusing on free improvisation. In more recent years they have been performing as an improvising duo. Their set at the Outsound New Music Summit will delve into explorations of the common ground they share as musicians and as human beings. This means a great deal of attention to subtle sonic color, a very wide dynamic range, varied textures, and alternately tonal and atonal musical content delivered somewhat paradoxically (for a duo) in a very orchestral manner, all often presented as a very gradually evolving, slowly developing whole. The result is beyond genre or idiom, but a shared musical vocabulary activated in the moment in the interest of manifesting pure sound and spontaneous music.

Alex Cline has been a mainstay on the jazz and new music scenes of Los Angeles for over thirty-five years, his endeavors having established for him a career international in scope. Combining colorful and sensitive percussion sounds with a drumming foundation based in the jazz tradition, Cline is recognized for his contributions to the music of such artists as Vinny Golia, Julius Hemphill, Bobby Bradford, Tim Berne, Richard Grossman, John Carter, Don Preston, Horace Tapscott, Gregg Bendian, Joseph Jarman, Wadada Leo Smith, Charlie Haden, and countless others. He has toured extensively in North America and Europe and appeared on almost a hundred recordings. His work as a composer and bandleader has been documented on four recordings with his group, the Alex Cline Ensemble. Cline has spearheaded some notable improvisational group collaborations as well, such as the trio Cline-Gauthier-Stinson and the quartet Cloud Plate (with Kaoru, Miya Masaoka, and G.E. Stinson), both of which have released CDs. He has also been heard on numerous film soundtracks and in collaboration with many dancers and visual artists.
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G. E. Stinson (born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma) is an American guitarist and founding member of new age / electronic musical group Shadowfax. Inspired by blues masters such as Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters, Stinson experimented with blues, jazz and other musical genres before co-founding Shadowfax in 1974. He remained with the band for six albums. He departed Shadowfax after recording "The Odd Get Even" (1989), entering the Los Angeles underground music community to refine his 'extended technique' and 'frequency manipulation'. Since then he has worked with a number of musicians on various projects, including Alex Cline, Napalm Quartet, Splinter Group, Stinkbug, Metalworkers, and others.
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Friday July 23 MultiVox
Reconnaissance Fly
Reconnaissance Fly
Tim Walters, Polly Moller,
Amar Chaudhary & special guest Moe! Staiano

Polly Moller's collected and adapted spoetry texts form the basis for a new "spong cycle" -- a song cycle based on spoetry. Entitled "Flower Futures", this otherworldly ten-movement work shifts constantly in imagery and sound. Movements feature free improvisation, graphic scores, and full scored music, each with a spoem as its basis. Moller's band, Reconnaissance Fly, will perform "Flower Futures".
The brainchild of flautist/composer Polly Moller,
Reconnaissance Fly features electronic artist Amar Chaudhary, bassist Tim Walters, and special guest percussionist and drummer Moe! Staiano in addition to Ms. Moller’s work on flute and voice. They're a band of composers, whose mission is to interpret spoetry (a mix of spoken word and poetry) -- the glorious gifts of the internet, designed to evade your spam filter, captured by them and set to music intermixed with electro acoustic music and multimedia art. Polly Moller is a composer, improviser, and performance artist based in Oakland, California, USA. Her current obsession with found text, specifically "spoetry" -- the poetry generated by the internet in its efforts to evade the spam filters of innocent netizens -- drives the compositions she writes for her band, Reconnaissance Fly.
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The Cornelius Cardew Choir
The Cornelius Cardew Choir

The Cornelius Cardew Choir is a SF Bay Area-based vocal performance ensemble. Situated at the intersection of community & experimental music, these professional, amateur, & novice singers work collectively to turn ideas into sonic action. Founded in 2001 by Kattt Sammon, Bob Marsh and Tom Bickley, the ensemble consists of professional, amateurs, and novice singers who collectively work to turn their ideas into sonic action. All participants feel free to make suggestions about ways of performing a given piece or try new approach to singing. The Cornelius Cardew Choir sings at the intersection of community and experimental music, strongly influenced by Cardew and his circle in the 1960's in England. Inspired by the experimental music tradition, Pauline Oliveros, John Cage and others, the Cardew Choir intends their mutually supportive work to be compassionate, joyful and liberating political action.

Jaime Robles Sarah Rose Stiles Eric Theise Katherine Setar Ann O'Rourke Marianne McDonald Bob Marsh (co-founder) Cathryn Hrudicka Brad Fischer Tom Duff Amar Charudhary Nancy Beckman Tom Bickley (co-founder, director) Susan Angst and guest performer Polly Moller, flute

That Alphabet Thing by Joseph Zitt (1995) an extroverted, detailed examination of the letters of the alphabet

Genesis by Polly Moller (2006-2010) a musical experiment in which the M-theory of the 11-dimensional universe combines with the inward and outward spiral of the Western magical tradition.

El Morro by Tom Bickley (2010) voices and electronics combine in a consideration of impermanence inspired by Inscription Rock/Atsinna at El Morro National Monument in New Mexico

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Amy X NeuburgAmy X Neuburg

Singer, composer and electronic instrument performer
Amy X Neuburg has developed a unique career bridging the boundaries between classical, experimental and popular music. She is best known for her 'avant-cabaret' performances, in which she uses a MIDI drum kit, a real-time looping machine, and an array of sounds and samples to construct meticulously crafted songs and stories one layer at a time. She has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad at venues as diverse as Other Minds, Bang on a Can, YBCA, the Berlin International Poetry Festival, and the Wellington and Christchurch jazz festivals (NZ). Chamber commissions include Robin Cox Ensemble, Present Music, Pacific Mozart Ensemble and Santa Cruz New Music Works, and she has composed extensively for theater, dance and visual media. As vocalist Amy has been featured in contemporary operas and recordings including works by Robert Ashley, Culture Clash and Guillermo Galindo. Her recent song cycle "The Secret Language of Subways" with The Cello ChiXtet is on MinMax Music.
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Saturday July 24 SoundScapes
Natto Quartet
phog masheeen

w/ Mark Soden Jr., Dr. Francene Kaplan & live video-mixes by William Almas

Masterminded by composer
Mark Soden Jr., phog masheeen performances integrate live video-mixes performed by visual artist William Almas in connection with the composer's own acoustic and electronic presentation. Soden's new work will be presented by Dr. Francene Kaplan and Soden himself on percussion and aerophones.
Dr. Kaplan's percussion instruments are chosen from common objects that have unique resonant properties. Of the aerophones used by Mark Soden, some are recognizable (i.e. a trumpet) and some are handmade from re-purposed vehicle parts. Aerophones operate through exploiting the resonant nodes of open pipe resonance. Mark Soden and phog masheeen use not only these physical properties of open pipe resonance, but also the physical attributes of metal dealing with heat and cold, plus the mechanical sounds of each instrument and various objects applied to it.
Phogmasheeen (a.k.a. Mark Soden) graduated from San Francisco State University in 1977, earning a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Creative Arts, with an emphasis in electronic music and film. In his original music he uses processed trumpet, groovebox and laptop as source material, emphasizing the sounds of the springs, valves and pipe of his trumpet by means of contact and condenser microphones small enough to fit in the tubing of the horn. Sounds of rushing hot air, clanking metal and vibrating springs are all revealed to have an important say in the sound of the instrument.
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is a self described "culmination of diverging unsound musical and accidental pursuits…" He studied Classical and Ragtime piano under noted Ragtime Revivalist Dr. Brian Dykstra. Influences may/not include "Bartok, Scott Joplin, and Morton Subotnick, Eno's Oblique Strategies, Andy Kaufman, and John Cage. A typical performance might include live analog synthesizer improvisation over a prepared backing. Backing sounds are usually multritracked soundscapes featuring unique field recordings and other synthetic treatments.
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Richard WatersKadet Kuhne
Kadet Kuhne
is a media artist whose work includes video, installation and music composition. As an award-winning filmmaker she has numerous shorts that have screened worldwide including Infinite Delay, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her installations involve a combination of motion sensors, customized software, online virtual space and single or multiple channels, exploring themes of communication, control and confinement. Kadet's compositions twist signal processing, FM synthesis and neurological impulses into experimental electronic ambiences that make your cilia vibrate in curious patterns. Trained in jazz guitar in her youth, Kadet became attached to the instinctive nature of improvisation which led her to the California Institute of the Arts where she studied Composition and Integrated Media. Past exhibitions and performances include the Museum of Art Lucerne, LACMA, Musees de Strasbourg, Museum of Contemporary Art-LA, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, The Weisman Art Museum, CEAIT Festival and the New York Underground Film Festival.
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Left Coast Improv Group
Chen Santa Maria

Steve Santa Maria, George Chen

Chen Santa Maria
is a duo consisting of Steve Santa Maria, George Chen.
"Question: How would you describe your live set to someone who has never seen you perform before? GC: We find out when you do." - SFGate
The group utilizes a mix of samples, drum machines, guitars and effects to hone their varied outputs. The duo was formed in the winter of 2005 out of two solo acts (Megaweapon and Fun Santa Maria) which were thrust together on a West Coast tour. An ever fluctuating instrumentation and dedication to computer-free improvising has been the only consistent factor since CSM's inception. Buffalo native Steven Santa Maria has made copious CDR noise releases under the names Fun Santa Maria and collaborated with Randy Lee Sutherland in Jah No Dead. George Chen has played in the bands KIT, 7 Year Rabbit Cycle, Boxleitner, Vholtz, Grey Daturas (as touring bassist), Must Have No Magic, and Common Eider King Eider. Having shared stages with pinnacles of rock and noise (Yellow Swans, UsaIsAMonster, Hair Police, The Better To See You With, Evolution Control Committee, Sic Alps, YACHT), CSM have toured West and East Coasts of the United States and plan to continue said campaign for the foreseeable future.
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