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The Bay Area's New Sound Festival - July 27 August 2, 2014

The Emergency String (X)tet

Community Music Center

544 Capp Street @ 20th, San Francisco, CA
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Q&A Sessions 7:30 pm
Performances 8:15 pm

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Improvisations Sat. Aug 2
The Emergency
String (X)tet
Violins: Mia Bella D'Augelli, Jeff Hobbs,
Christina Stanley
David Michalak, lap steel guitar
Doug Carroll, cello
Kanoko Nishi-Smith, bass and koto
Bob Marsh, cello, composer

The Emergency String (X)tet
grew out of the ashes of Fred Longberg-Holms Phenomenal String Quartet in Chicago about fifteen years ago. After the dissolution of the Phenomenal Strings, founder Bob Marsh created The Emergency String (X)tet. Originally taking the form of a more conventional string quartet while engaging in a most non-traditional improvisational approach to the music, it has expanded to be more inclusive of numbers of players and the type of instruments involved. Thus, the "(X)" refers not only to the unknown factor inherent in improvisation, but also to the number of players and instrumentation in any given performance creating exciting new, energetic and aural possibilities each time it performs. They combine free improvisation and the use of graphic scores in their performance. This year, at the 13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit the (X)tet will perform its world debut of a Terrascore for founder Bob Marsh's 70th birthday. The Terrascore is

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The Emergency String (X)tet

a musical geobiographic representation of an individual. This Terrascore will represent Detroit, Chicago, and San Francisco. They will also perform the original compositions “Window,” “Door,” “River,” and “Les Michilux 10.”

The appearance of The Emergency String (X)tet is made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and Grants for the Arts|San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.