11th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
co-presents
JULY 15-21, 2012

San Francisco Community Music Center
544 Capp Street @ 20th, San Francisco, CA click for map

Parking: New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st Street, between Mission and Valencia Streets)
Public Transportation: MUNI lines 14, 33 & 49, BART 16th or 24th Street Station
Tickets @ the Door or in Advance


San Francisco Friends of Chamber MusicArizmendi BakeryNMUSA
Touch the Gear Expo
An Outsound Presents Outspoken Public Event
A hands-on experience of sound producing gear and instruments!

-- previous exhibitors Philip Everett, Cheryl Leonard, Mark Soden Jr.- Photos by Peter B Kaars --

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Sunday July 15
Community Music Center
544 Capp Street @ 20th,
San Francisco, CA
click for map
7-10pm admission is free

Parking: New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st Street, between Mission and Valencia Streets)
Public Transportation: MUNI lines 14, 33 & 49, BART 16th or 24th Street Station

Ever wanted a closer look at the gear on stage? Want to try it out yourself? Touch the Gear is a hands-on, family-friendly event that allows the public to roam among 25-30 musicians and inventors with their various different configurations of “gear.” Everything from oscillators to planks of wood with strings attached everyone gets to ask questions, make sound and experience how these set-ups work. It’s an environment that demystifies technology while inspiring creativity.

 
Composers Symposium
Compositional Process and Changing the Rules


----------- Composers discussion panel "Compositional Process and Changing the Rules" ----------

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Monday July 16
Community Music Center
544 Capp Street @ 20th,
San Francisco, CA
click for map
7-9pm admission is free

Parking: New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st Street, between Mission and Valencia Streets)
Public Transportation: MUNI lines 14, 33 & 49, BART 16th or 24th Street Station

2012 composers John Shiurba, Christina Stanley, Benjamin Ethan Tinker, and Matthew Goodheart will discuss the elements of their compositional styles and how they navigate the worlds of modern compositional techniques, combined with individual forms of experimentation. There will be an answer and questions segment for attendees of this free public event.
 
Sonic Poetry
In a special Outsound presentation, three leading Bay Area poets collaborate with some of music’s top improvisers to create new word and sound compositions in this evening of visionary literary experimentation
Ronald Sauer, rAmu Aki, Carla Harryman , Jacob Felix Heule,
Jordan Glenn, Karl Evangelista, Jon Raskin, Gino Robair


Left to Right (Ronald Sauer, rAmu Aki, Carla Harryman - photo Barrett Watten, Jacob Felix Heule, Karl Evangelista, Jon Raskin, Gino Robair)

Buy Tickets

At the Door:
$12 General / $10 Student /$45 Festival Pass

Advance with Brown Paper Tickets:
$10 General / $38 Festival Pass

Wednesday July 18
Community Music Center
544 Capp Street @ 20th,
San Francisco, CA
click for map
Q&A Sessions 7:15 -7:30 pm Music Performance Starts @ 8:15 pm

Parking: New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st Street, between Mission and Valencia Streets)
Public Transportation: MUNI lines 14, 33 & 49, BART 16th or 24th Street Station


Listen to: The Sonic Poetry Sampler
music player
Ronald Sauer/Jacob Felix Heule

Ronald F. Sauer
is a native New Yorker and leading light of the North Beach poetry scene, known for trenchant social satires and poignant love poems and for translations of Baudelaire, Aloysius Betrand, and Jacques Prevert. A troubadour of urban America, Sauer is a musician, collagist, art collector, teacher of film history and literature, polymath critic, and compulsive talker. The only formal education he admits to is a summa cum laude in Horizontal Angelology. He likes to spend his free time playing haberdasher to the happily impoverished. He is the co-founder, with artist Rebecca Peters, of Fly-By-Night Productions, which stages art exhibitions, and publishes Off the Cuff Press broadside editions of new poetry and prose.

Jacob Felix Heule is a percussionist and electronic musician focused on sound-oriented improvisation following the traditions of electro-acoustic improv, noise, and 20th-century composition. His playing embraces both rough-edged intensity and disciplined instrumental technique.

Jordan Glenn has performed with the bands the Visible Men, Scrambled Ape, Mood Area 52, Deke Falcon, and Los Mex Pistols Del Norte, as well as with composer/arranger Maria Schneider, composer John Zorn, and many jazz players including Mike Denny, Greg Goebel, and Joe Manis. He also earned a BA in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. Since moving to the bay area in 2006, he worked with Fred Frith, William Winant, Zeena Parkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Anantha Krishnan, Josh Allen, Damon Smith and Moe! Staiano. Also, he earned a MFA in performance from Mills College in 2008. Currently he plays with Aram Shelton, Kanoko Nishi, Andy Strain, Michael Dale, Dominique Leone, Alee Karim, Efft, Vanessa Beggs, and Jack 'o the Clock. as well as lead his own group, a guitar and drum duo called Wiener Kids.
Performing Artists
Ronald Sauer - poetry
Jacob Felix Heule - percussion, objects
Jordan Glenn - percussion

Artists websites
heule.us

jordanglennmusic.com
 
rAmu Aki/Karl A.D. Evangelista

Poet, performer, visual artist, small publisher & occasional raconteur, rAmu Aki has lived in the San Francisco Tenderloin (tl) neighborhood since 1997. He has read & been published in numerous places, is a celebrated performer at open mic scenes, and is the publisher of akiPro-ductionZ. He produced Urbanthology, a CD of contemporary Bay Area poets, and most recently released a collection of his latest work, tl w/ P&P (tenda’loin with pain & ‘preciation).

Karl Evangelista is part of the new wave of Bay Area creative musicians drawing on both jazz and a broad, high/low tradition of 20th century musical experimentation to craft 21st century musical space. Born in Van Nuys, California to two Filipino immigrants, Evangelista brings a timely cultural perspective to the Bay Area music community, exploring the place of multiculturalism in an increasingly post-cultural, trans-idiomatic cultural space.
Performing Artists
rAmu Aki - poetry
Karl A.D. Evangelista - guitar, electronics

Artists websites
karlevangelista.com
 
Carla Haryman/Jon Raskin/Gino Robair

Carla and Jon
have been working with combining Poetry and Music for several years. Their most recent project was, Open Box, was just released on Tzadik Records which set the genre-busting poetry of Carla Harryman to music ranging from rock and metal to jazz and free improv.

Carla Harryman
is an American poet, essayist, and playwright often associated with the Language poets. She teaches Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University and serves on the MFA faculty of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. Born in Orange, California, Harryman studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara and San Francisco State University. In 1979, she co-founded the San Francisco Poets Theater, which staged numerous experimental plays, including her Third Man and other plays. Harryman has received grants and awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Fund for Poetry, Opera America Next Stage Grant (with composer Erling Wold), Alexander Gerbode Foundation, and the NEA Consortium Playwrights Commission, among others. Harryman's work is known for genre-disrupting poetry, performance and prose. In addition to her work and her interdisciplinary collaborations, she has written numerous experimental essays and writings about contemporary innovative women’s writing and experimental language-centered performance and co-edited a book devoted to the work of Kathy Acker.
Performing Artists
Carla Harryman - poetry
Jon Raskin - saxophone, electronics
Gino Robair - piano

Artists websites
jonraskin.net
ginorobiar.com
carla harryman

"As radical as the writing, the music is brilliantly arranged, and interacts with the texts in a variety of dynamic ways. Each track is a world of its own, and moves forward with a focus and direction unprecedented in music/poetry collaborations." - Tzadik.com

Highlights of Rova founding member Jon Raskin's early career include his '70s participation in new music ensembles directed by John Adams (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and Dr. Barney Childs (University of Redlands). Before Rova, Raskin served as music director of the Tumbleweed Dance Company (1974-77), was a founding member of the Blue Dolphin Alternative Music Space and participated in the creation of the Farm- an art project that included a city farm, a community garden, Ecology Center, Dance and Theater companies and organized the creation of a city park. Highlights as a member of Rova include composing a collaborative work for SF Taiko Dojo/Rova, working with Howard Martin on the installation work Occupancy, composing music for Mr. Bungle/ Rova, organizing the 30 year Anniversary Concert of John Coltrane's Ascension, performing the music of Miles Davis at the Fillmore with Yo Miles!, the Glass Head project with Inkboat and the ongoing Electric Ascension project. Raskin has received numerous grants and commissions to work on a variety of creative projects: NEA composer grant for Poison Hotel, a theater production by Soon 3 (1988); Reader's Digest/Meet the Composer (1992 & 2000); Berkeley Symphony commission (1995) and Headland Center for the Arts Residency 2009.
Other groups are The Jon Raskin Quartet featuring Liz Albee on trumpet John Shiurba on bass and Gino Robair, a duo with Kanoko Nishi on Koto and a trio with Matthew Goodheart and Vladimir Tarasov.

Gino Robair has performed and recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, John Butcher, Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald, Otomo Yoshihide, and the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. He is one of the "25 innovative percussionists" included in the book Percussion Profiles (SoundWorld, 2001), as well as a founding member of the Splatter Trio and Pink Mountain. His opera, I, Norton, based on the life of Norton I, Emperor of the United States, has been performed throughout North America and Europe.
 
The Composers Muse
Three world premiers by three of some of the Bay Area’s most creative music composers
Christina Stanley's Skadi Quartet, Matthew Goodheart
John Shiurba's 9:9


Christina Stanley---------------------------------Matthew Goodheart --------------------------------------John Shiurba - photo by Peter B Kaars
Buy Tickets

At the Door:
$12 General / $10 Student /$45 Festival Pass

Advance with Brown Paper Tickets:
$10 General / $38 Festival Pass

Thursday July 19
Community Music Center
544 Capp Street @ 20th,
San Francisco, CA
click for map
Q&A Sessions 7:15 -7:30 pm Music Performance Starts @ 8:15 pm

Parking: New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st Street, between Mission and Valencia Streets)
Public Transportation: MUNI lines 14, 33 & 49, BART 16th or 24th Street Station

Listen to: The Composers Muse Sampler
music player
Skadi Quartet

Christina Stanley will present two graphic scores, both 40x40 oil and charcoal on canvas. The Skadi Quartet will perform the scores, one a string quartet, and the other a violin and cello duet.

Christina Stanley is a violinist and vocalist who holds an MFA in MusicPerformance and Literature from Mills College, where she studied violinwith David Abel and composition with Fred Frith and Roscoe Mitchell, andwon the Margaret Lyon prize for excellence in music. She also holds a BMfrom San Francisco State University where she received a full performancescholarship and studied violin with Daniel Kobialka, Jassen Toderov and theAlexander String Quartet. She is an active performing violinist, working as asolo artist as well as a member of various ensembles, including theAnagamin Ensemble. She is passionate about working with livingcomposers and composing new music.
Performing Artists
Christina Stanley - violin
Tammie Dyer
- violin
Vijay Chalisani
- viola
Crystal Pascucci
- cello

Artists websites
christinastanley.net
 
Matthew Goodheart

Building on his research at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies involving "recursive physical object electro-acoustics," composer and performer Matthew Goodheart combines his unusual piano techniques with sonified metal percussion to create a new immersive work that propels the listener through a series of sensuous and unexpected sound environments.
Performing professionally since age 17, native San Franciscan Matthew Goodheart has gained an international reputation as an improviser, composer, and sound artist. His works have been performed throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, and have been featured at the International Spectral Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Klappsthulfest, and The Illuminations New Music & Arts Festival, among many others. He has been the recipient of the Nicola DiLorenzo Award, the A.H. Miller Prize in Composition, the New Langton Arts Award, and a William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Honorary Fellowship.

Performing Artists
Matthew Goodheart - piano, metal percussion

Artists websites
matthewgoodheart.com
In addition to numerous solo CDs, he has recorded as part of Zen Widow, the Glenn Spearman Trio, the Marco Eneidi Creative Music Orchestra, and Gino Robair’s “I, Norton: An Opera in Realtime.” He has performed with such luminaries as Wadada Leo Smith, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Glenn Spearman, Gianni Gebbia, Vladimir Tarasov, and Jack Wright, and performs frequently with the new music ensemble sfSoundGroup. He is the founder and curator of Evolving Door Music, and has lectured and taught internationally, including Mills College, Eastman School of Music, Cal Arts, the Music Conservatory of Coimbra in Portugal, and Istanbul Teknikal Univeristy. He is presently a candidate in advanced standing at the University of California at Berkeley, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in music composition.  
 
John Shiurba's 9:9

9:9
is a suite of nine pieces written to be interpreted by nine players with a prompter/conductor. The score will utilize nine different types of notation all of which are somehow derived from the newspaper, so the piece acts as a celebration and/or elegy for the old-fashioned print medium. The notation types will vary from standard music notation to graphic, textual and pictorial notation, allowing the ensemble some creative input in the interpretation. The form of the suite will be open, allowing the conductor and the players to spontaneously shape the way the music develops in real time.
John Shiurba is a composer and guitarist whose musical pursuits include improvisation, art-rock, modern composition and noise. Shiurba has recorded and toured the U.S. and Europe as a member of the bands Pink Mountain, Eskimo, The Molecules and Spezza Rotto, as a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Anthony Braxton's ensemble and the SFSound Group, and as an improvisor. Shiurba has conducted the premiers of his compositions at ODC in 2005 (Moon Cycle for SFSound) at New Langton Arts in 2002 (Triplicate) and at SFAlt in 2002 (5x5 1.4 for SFSound). Shiurba was invited to play at the Musique Action Festival and the Festival Terra Firma in France in 2007, the Music Unlimited Festival in Austria in 2007, the Push International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver in 2007, the SFAlt Festival in 2004, the Olympia Experimental Music Festival in 2002 and 2004, the High Zero Festival in Baltimore in 1999, and the Seattle Improvised Music Festival in 1998. As a guitarist Shiurba has developed a unique and personalized approach to the guitar. Through the use of extended techniques and unusual preparations, he expands the traditional sound range of the instrument, producing stunning, often unrecognizable results. Cadence Magazine calls Shiurba a “wildly creative guitarist... anti-jazz, anti-everything else, yet utterly compelling.”
Performing Artists
Gino Robair - percussion, piano
ma++ ingalls - clarinet
Phillip Greenlief - clarinet
Polly Moller - flute, voice
Monica Scott - cello
Scott Walton - bass
Sarah Wilner - violin
Ava Mendoza - guitar
Hadley McCarroll - piano, voice
John Shiurba - conductor/prompter

Artists websites
ginorobiar.com
ma++ ingalls
Phillip Greenlief
Polly Moller

Monica Scott
Scott Walton
shiurba.com

Thwack, Bome, Chime
Showcasing the wide and wild world of modern percussion in all shapes, sizes, and sounds
Dave Douglas' The Walls Are White With Flame
Falkortet
Benjamin Tinker's “Seems An Eternity”


Dave Douglas' The Walls Are White With Flame --------- Benjamin Ethan Tinker - photo by Alicia Hentemann---------- Falkortet

Buy Tickets

At the Door:
$15 General / $10 Student /$45 Festival Pass

Advance with Brown Paper Tickets:
$12 General / $38 Festival Pass

Friday July 20
Community Music Center
544 Capp Street @ 20th,
San Francisco, CA
click for map
Q&A Sessions 7:15 -7:30 pm Music Performance Starts @ 8:15 pm

Parking: New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st Street, between Mission and Valencia Streets)
Public Transportation: MUNI lines 14, 33 & 49, BART 16th or 24th Street Station

Listen to: The Thwack Bome Chime Sampler
music player
David Douglas

Using a sophisticated integration of custom-built delays, loopers, samplers, and other effects, David Douglas transforms a wide variety of percussive sound sources into raw audio materials, which are then used in the improvised construction of highly spatial sound sculptures. Utilizing a host of MIDI controllers that interface with a laptop running Max/Msp, he has discovered a uniquely gestural approach to working with the electronic elements of his instrument. A solo project by design, The Walls Are White With Flame is in a constant state of evolution and no two performances are ever exactly alike. Once a new identity has asserted itself into the fabric of the musical language, the project’s name (originally The Walls Are White) is amended to reflect the latest account of the overall story.
David Douglas was born in Greenville, South Carolina and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He spent his formative years studying percussion at the University of North Texas, receiving a Bachelor of Music in Performance from that institution in 1999. From 1999 to 2009, he performed most notably as a drum set player with a wide variety of artists and bands including Mandarin, The Baptist Generals, Kelley Stoltz, John Vanderslice, Cursive, Tommy Guerrero, and Mark Eitzel. He has appeared on recordings for a wide variety of labels including Barsuk, Bella Union, 54/40 or Fight, Two-Ohm Hop, and C-level productions. Douglas received an MA in Music Composition from Mills College in May of 2011. While at Mills, he studied composition, percussion and improvisation with Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, Chris Brown, Les Stuck, and William Winant.
Performing Artists
David Douglas - electro-acoustic percussion

Artists websites
ddouglas.org
 
Falkortet

Falkortet
is a San Francisco based percussion ensemble founded in 2009. The group’s main objective has stayed the same: an ensemble that can compose pieces for itself, and can perform in a variety of different situations and for very different audiences. This unique array of differing styles include varying traditional percussion, hand drums, electronics, Indonesian, Brazilian, Jazz, Minimal, and mainstream Pop/Rock.

Ed Garcia is a percussionist based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently works as a performer and educator. Ed received his B.M. in 2007 from UC Santa Cruz, and his M.F.A. in Multi-Focus Percussion from CalArts in 2009. Presently, Ed performs in several Sundanese and Balinese gamelan ensembles throughout the Bay Area. Ed plays drum set for the indie rock band The Golden Path, and he performs and composes for the percussion group Falkortet. Ed also teaches at UC Davis, where he leads the West Javanese Gamelan Ensemble. He teaches several percussion students throughout the Bay Area.
Performing Artists
Ed Garcia - marimba, percussion
Tim Black
- drums, percussion
Josh Mellinger
- percussion
Paul Heiman
- percussion
Lydia Martin - vibes, glock, piano, percussion


Artists websites
Ed Garcia
Lydia Martin

Timothy Black has a BA in Drumset and Percussion with a Minor in Electronic Music from University of California at Santa Cruz where he studied with William Winant and George Marsh. He is currently a student at Mills College pursuing a graduate degree in composition. His interests include percussion music from a wide array of influences: 20th century western art music, Indonesian gamelan of Bali and Java, and the construction of new instruments and their practical performance applications. As an Oakland resident and a fan of urban decay, Timothy has spent the last two years hitting tons of rusty pipes and train tracks as well as strumming metal cables attached to large oak trees. He plans to use and expand on his knowledge of acoustic principles and love of using found objects as instruments.
Josh Mellinger is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where he received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Percussion Performance in 2010. Josh attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in high school, performing with the Orchestra and the percussion ensemble. At CalArts he was involved in many ensembles including the New Century Players ensemble, Calarts New Millennium Brass ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and World Percussion Ensemble. In 2008, Josh played with the CalArts Percussion Ensemble that was invited to perform a tribute concert of the works of John Bergamo at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Josh is currently a student of the Ali Akbar College of Music under the instruction of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. He is involved in multiple musical groups in the Bay Area, playing in a variety of musical styles.
Lydia Martín received an BFA in Multi-focus percussion from California Institute of the Arts and a MA in Music Composition from Mills College. She has spent the last two years studying instrument construction from Daniel Schmidt and Daniel Yasmin. Since moving to Oakland in 2010 she has played with Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Gadung Kastori, Gamelan X, The Contemporary Players, Pauline Oliveros, Christian Woolf, William Winant, Daniel Schmidt, Thomas Buckner, The Berkeley Chorus, and Falkortet. Other artist she has worked with include; John Bergamo, David Johnson, Randy Gloss, Pak Nyoman Wenten, Alfred Ladzekpo, Ulrich Krieger, Vinny Golia, Joe La Barbara, Payton MacDonald, Pete Jarvin, and Michiko.
 
 
Benjamin Ethan Tinker

Initially sourced from a sound collage of electronic processed sound, I used this structure as a way to arrive with a sense of the timbral qualities I am after, and an overall structure for the piece Seems An Eternity. A deep, encompassing low-end sound bath with orbiting, brighter high-end sounds all resonate & co-exist. Evoking a desert night sky, the grounding bass of our terrestrial surface gives way to a velvety deepness in which tiny explosions, brilliant and slow motion, dance about. Metal and skin percussion are explored in this cannon, where an arrangement for 3 percussion trios explore the same composition but with three sets of different batteries. Battery 1: thunder sheet bowed and beaten, kalimba with a pickup processed and amplified via Arp 2600 synth, glockenspiel Battery 2: large, low quica played slowly & ""unstably"", finger cymbals & triangle Battery 3: 1 tympani stroked w/rubber mallet, small tam tam & bell tree By having a cannon the aural space recreates a panorama effect of the continuing dome of the cosmos across the horizon.
Performing Artists
Benjamin Ethan Tinker - Arp 2600/tape
Shani Aviram - Kalimba
Tim Black
- Percussion
Lydia Martín
- Percussion
Daniel Steffey
- Percussion

Artists websites
Benjamin Ethan Tinker

Lydia Martin
Benjamin Tinker (New York, 1969) is a multidisciplinary artist and electronic musician who has lived in San Francisco since 1996. He chooses to work primarily with analog synthesizers with which he composes electroacoustic music, and performs regularly with the improv ensemble White Pee, and his own project That Hideous Strength. In addition, he curates and writes about experimental music. He has a BFA in sculpture from SUNY Purchase and is currently pursuing a MFA in Electronic Music at Mills College after a decade of commercial audio engineering. (note I will have finished my received my MFA by the time of the performance, so if need be you can replace “He has a BFA in sculpture from SUNY Purchase and is currently pursuing a MFA in Electronic Music at Mills College after a decade of commercial audio engineering.
With: He has received a BFA in sculpture from SUNY Purchase and a MFA in Electronic Music at Mills College with a decade of commercial audio engineering in between.
 
 
Harmolodics Workshop
A free workshop to learn about the Harmolodics system of music with
Dave Bryant


OutSpokenOUTSPOKEN EVENTS



Saturday July 21
Community Music Center
544 Capp Street @ 20th,
San Francisco, CA
click for map
2-4pm admission is free

Parking: New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st Street, between Mission and Valencia Streets)
Public Transportation: MUNI lines 14, 33 & 49, BART 16th or 24th Street Station
Keyboardist and composer, Dave Bryant is best known for his work as a member of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time group. Bryant’s addition to the group marked Ornette Coleman’s first extended work with a keyboard instrument in decades. Starting in 1990, Bryant toured as part of the group and performed on the Prime Time “Tone Dialing” CD.
In this workshop Mr. Bryant will present material gleaned from those years of performance and study with Ornette Coleman on Harmolodic Theory, as well as compositional and improvisational techniques developed in his own music and ensembles.
 
Fire & Energy
A massive blowout of seasoned veterans of the improvised-jazz-inspired-music
collide on this final night

Jack Wright, Dave Bryant Trio, Vinny Golia Sextet
Tony Passarell's Thin Air Orchestra


Jack Wright ----------------------------- Dave Bryant ----------------------------- Vinny Golia ----------------------------- Tony Passarell - photo by Tom Monson
Buy Tickets

At the Door:
$15 General / $10 Student /$45 Festival Pass

Advance with Brown Paper Tickets:
$12 General / $38 Festival Pass

Saturday July 21
Community Music Center
544 Capp Street @ 20th,
San Francisco, CA
click for map
Q&A Sessions 7:15 -7:30 pm Music Performance Starts @ 8:15 pm

Parking: New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st Street, between Mission and Valencia Streets)
Public Transportation: MUNI lines 14, 33 & 49, BART 16th or 24th Street Station

Listen to: The Fire and Energy Sampler
music player
Jack Wright

Jack Wright taught at various universities beginning in the 1960s, and left academia in the early 70s to engage in radical politics. Later that decade he was directing his energies into playing the saxophone. He is today one of a small group of musicians in North America that has played free improvised music exclusively since that time. Through years of near constant touring, often performing for audiences in cities and towns where improvised music had never before been heard, he came to be regarded as an underground legend, the ""Johnny Appleseed of Improvised Music"". He has deliberately avoided the conventions and socio-aesthetic limitations of musical careerism to pursue his own vision. Although his de-professionalized approach sets him apart from most musicians at his level of accomplishment, his art has always grown, expanded, and synthesized new musical experience. He is unquestionably an original and virtuosic saxophonist, a master improviser who is deeply lyrical, with humor never far away. His playing ranges from pitch-oriented to sound-oriented, what he calls “post-electronic” saxophone. Wright lives in Easton PA, centrally located on the East Coast. He travels regularly in Europe as well (and in Japan in 2006), for the sake of making new musical and human connections, bringing Europeans to the U.S. to play with himself and others. His inspiration has provided crucial impetus to hundreds of musicians, even as he maintains that he is the one inspired by them. His vast list of collaborators includes some “name” luminaries (in the past ten years alone, Axel Dorner, Michel Doneda, Andrea Neumann, Denman Maroney, Tatsuya Nakatani, and Bhob Rainey) but more significant are the many obscure greats he has played with. He has made over 40 recordings (many published on his own Spring Garden label), performed in over 20 countries, and written extensively and insightfully about music and society for journals such as Improjazz (France) and Signal to Noise (US), as well as his own website, www.springgardenmusic.com

Performing Artists
Jack Wright - saxophones

Artists websites
Jack Wright
 
Dave Bryant Trio

Keyboardist and composer, Dave Bryant is best known for his work as a member of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time group. Bryant’s addition to the group marked Ornette Coleman’s first extended work with a keyboard instrument in decades. Starting in 1990, Bryant toured as part of the group and performed on the Prime Time “Tone Dialing” CD. During Bryant’s tenure with Prime Time, the band also performed with Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, and numerous symphony orchestras throughout the world, including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Kurt Mazur. Bryant’s first CD project was a self-titled debut album with his trio Shock Exchange in 1986, featuring bassist John Turner, percussionist Chris Bowman, and liner notes by Coleman. In 1999, Bryant released a second CD, “The Eternal Hang,” recorded with Turner, Bowman, saxophonist George Garzone, drummer Bob Gullotti, and noted recording engineer Roger Nichols. He has also recorded an as-yet unreleased project featuring Turner, Bowman, and Gullotti, this time joined by fellow Prime Time alumni Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Badal Roy, Bern Nix, and Ken Wessel. In 1999 he performed on the John Tchicai /Charlie Kohlase Quintet CD, “Life Overflowing,” which was named Boston Music Awards Jazz Album of the Year. Other credits include performances with Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, , and Eric Person. Most recently, he has performed concerts in Chicago and Istanbul. Bryant has also composed and performed scores for silent films including Battleship Potemkin, Greed, Metropolis, and Pandora’s Box. He now produces and performs in a monthly concert series at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, featuring many long-time associates as well as special guests. Dave Bryant attended Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music before moving to Boston, where he attended Berklee College of Music, graduating with a B.M. in Jazz Piano Performance in 1982. He began studies with Ornette Coleman in 1983. Bryant has conducted master classes in harmolodic theory and performance at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, the Longy School of Music, and the Conservatory at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul. Currently serving as a faculty member at the Longy School of Music, Bryant resides with his family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Performing Artists
Dave Bryant - keyboards, piano
Dax Compise
- drums, percussion
Bryan Clark
- contrabass

Artists websites
Dave Bryant
 
Vinny Golia Sextet

The Vinny Golia Sextet
expostulated defiantly jumpy rhythms and tensile Schoenbergian harmonies while young guitarist Alex Noice ripped blazing fuzz guitar.” Greg Burk – Metaljazz.com The Vinny Golia sextet was formed by musicians who sought him out at California Institute of the Arts, created this ensemble and wanted to improvise and perform the compositions of Mr. Golia. There is no greater tribute than that. These fabulous musicians are equally at home performing with complex charts, no charts, standards, music from other cultures, they are today’s new breed of musicians. The primary group focus became the interpretation of his compositions with an emphasis on improvisation. Vinny Golia works in the field of music performance, composition and improvisation. His music synthesizes the jazz traditions of Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington and Gil Evans; the mid-20th century timbral explorations of composers such as Edgard Varese, Maurice Ohana, and Olivier Messiaen, the Spectral composers like Murail, and DuFort; along with the vast palette of world music uniquely available in greater Los Angeles. He combines and deconstructs these parallel sonic inquiries into compositions designed to create interplay between soloistic improvisation, collective communications, structured compositional elements and guided group improvisations. Each of his compositions, especially for larger ensembles such as the sextet, is carefully crafted. Their function is to provide a platform for spontaneous personal expression by my colleagues and my own playing. Ideally, the final result fulfills the dual function of being an amalgam of the performers’ life experiences, connecting directly with the listeners’ emotional and intellectual lives. I employ cryptic titles and life experiences to create a puzzle for research on history and persons that have influenced me. Improvisation balanced with composition and visa versa has been an enlightening form of expression for his work. In it he finds the perfect outlet for combining the spiritual, technical and emotional aspects of music in
Performing Artists
Vinny Golia - woodwinds, compositions
Gavin Templeton - alto saxophone
Daniel Rosenboom - trumpet
Alex Noice - guitar
Jon Armstrong - electric bass
Andrew Lessman - drums

Artists websites
Vinny Golia Sextet

Vinny Golia
Gavin Templeton
Daniel Rosenboom
Andrew Lessman

their purest forms. Within these forms the ensemble musicians not only bring to life the structures of what is written but inside their interpretations they find an outlet for personal expression, particularly, of course through the solo sections, serving as the player's own cadenza to each written piece. The pieces are divided as smaller individual selections to correspond to the moods and whims of the composer but each form and title has a relevant meaning and colors the writing of the piece. The compositions form a bridge to one another by having selected soloists or collective group improvisations that tie the written material together. The brilliance with which the musicians move fluidly between the interpretation of written music and improvisation brings the music to life. Because of the interplay between tightly scored and improvised passages, the music never appears the same way twice. The sextet uses written compositions intertwined with structured improvisation and open improvisation. Relying on the improvisational talents of its members and using structured backgrounds as transitions between composed sections a seamless suite unique to the moment is created for the listener in every set. We do not explore the material used for traditional jazz forms, but these elements are present in the music largely due to the musical histories of the players involved with the ensemble. Within the ensemble compositions are arenas for improvisation relating to the written themes whether they be melodic or rhythmic patterns or even ideas that are obliquely relevant to written materials, radical time shifts, odd metered areas, tonal structures etc, often the soloists has written areas he or she improvises with or against this arena ranging from the traditional jazz soloist over rhythmic or harmonic structure to unaccompanied soloists, or multiple soloists with unusual accompaniments, i.e.; string quartets, brass ensembles, electronic environments. There is also the spontaneous cueing of the band with hand signals delineating sections for the ensemble to interact with the soloists. In this way the ensemble can never lose sight of where the improviser(s) is/are and their own relation to the performer, as this support material is meant to enhance the character of the improvisers and their relationship to the ensemble music created.  
 
Tony Passarell's Thin Air Orchestra

In 2009, Sacramento based musician
Tony Passarell was offered a chance to create a project he'd imagined for nearly twenty years. When Ross Hammond curator of Sacramento's In The Flow Festival called to ask if Passarell had any big ideas on how to end that years festival he knew it was time for him to bring his vision to life. Combining over fifteen musicians collectively improvising with only simple hand signals as their guide the Thin Air Orchestra was born. Dipping into the pool of improvisers from many backgrounds he'd met over the years, Passarell was genuinely surprised by the players interested in pursuing the project. ""The trust factor is huge in this sort of undertaking.... When the call went out, people responded."" Now in it's fourth year, Thin Air Orchestra has had the opportunity to perform with such inspiring musicians as Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake and Vinny Golia. An exciting CD from 2010 documents this group in full form.
Performing Artists
Tony Passarell - conductor, sax, cornet, piano & percussion
Randy McKean - clarinet, alto sax
Vinny Golia - woodwinds
Keith Kelly - soprano & tenor sax
John Vaughn - baritone sax
Cory Wright - woodwinds
Ken Kawamura - c-melody sax
Rent Romus - alto sax
Tom Djll - trumpet
Murray Campbell - viola
Keith Cary - cello
Mike Turgeon - acoustic bass
Gerry Pineda - acoustic bass
Ross Hammond - electric guitar
Dax Compise - drum kit, percussion
special guests,
Loren Benedict - voice,
also possible guests, Emily Hay - flute, voice

Artists websites
Tony Passarell
The 11th Annual Outsound New Music Summit is made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by Heller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.
Leadership support for New Music USA’s MetLife Creative Connections program is generously provided by MetLife Foundation. Additional support is provided by ASCAP, BMI Foundation, Inc., Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Jerome Foundation, mediaThe foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation and the Virgil Thomson Foundation, Ltd.