For Immediate Release
June 10, 2023
Announcing the 2023 Annual Outsound New Music Summit
July 28 - 31 at the Berkeley Finnish Hall
Co-Presented by KFJC 89.7FM
Experimental improvised jazz, electronic, noise, acoustic ambient, and vocal adventure!
Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble, Cracking the Surface, Eki Shola, Lily Taylor, Las Sucias, Kim Nucci/Mitch Stahlmann, Phogmasheeen, The Present Quartet, Rent Romus’ Actual/Actual, Myles Boisen’s Ornettology
Berkeley, California; June 10, 2023; Outsound Presents announces its lineup for the 2023 Annual Outsound New Music Summit taking place from July 28-31, at the Berkeley Finnish Hall located at 1970 Chestnut Street in Berkeley California. Advance tickets now on sale at Eventbrite. The New Music Summit is co-presented by Bay Area radio station KFJC 89.7FM located on the campus of Foothill Junior College in Los Altos Hills.
The twentieth version of the Outsound New Music Summit will take place over four nights July 28 - 31, 2023, at the iconic Berkeley Finnish Hall. The Summit will open with composer, author, and filmmaker Jack Curtis Dubowsky’s Ensemble featuring dancer Isadora Kolmorgan. The Ensemble will debut a new piece that takes the audience on the adventure of a lifetime: a millionaire’s space tourism adventure aka "Space tourism show" followed by Cracking the Surface which fuses Skatch from David Mihalak, hyper piano with Scott R. Looney and live electronics from Thomas Dimuzio morphing, reversing and re-imagining music from electro-acoustic and noise to classical, dark ambient, drone and beyond.
The second night will present three unique approaches to the voice featuring Best of the Bay Editors’ Pick Eki Shola whose music transcends genre, as she seamlessly draws from jazz, electronica, and soul music to create a sonic landscape all her own; San Francisco experimental ambient vocalist, educator and art administrator Lily Taylor who now resides in Texas. Her much anticipated album, Amphora is expected to release in 2023. Taylor continues to teach private voice lessons and hosts a radio show on 92.9FM KUZU LP Denton, Texas. Closing out the second evening will be the powerhouse duo of Las Sucias. Featuring Danishta Rivero and Alexandra Buschman-Román, they mix anti-patriarchal riotgrrrl lyrics, afro- caribbean rhythms, brujería noise and possessed vocals creating a ritual that combines all of the senses and elevates into a higher realm.
The third evening will present a wide range of sonic exploration opening with the synths, objects and winds of Kim Nucci and Mitch Stahlmann followed electronic psychedelic film invention music by dwellers of the high California desert Phogmasheen and closing with Los Angeles based Present Quartet featuring Ellen Burr (flutes), Anne LeBaron (harp), Jeff Schwartz (bass), and Charles Sharp (reeds).
Closing the festival Rent Romus will present his Midwestern freejazz quartet Actual/Actual showcasing their brand of improvised music with a blues music orientation, spontaneous composition and elements of improbable connections. Romus originally hails from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and has made it a point to engage and collaborate with musicians from the region. This band represents recent “talent reconnaissance” and is truly a multi-generational affair. Closing the entire Summit will be a special gathering of Bay Area creative luminaries with guitarist Myles Boisen’s Ornettology. Joining Myles in this high energy septet will feature Jordan Glenn on drums, Lisa Mezzacappa on double bass, John Shiurba on guitar, Steve Adams on alto saxophone, Sheldon Brown on tenor saxophone, and Chris Grady on trumpet. The group utilizes the late Ornette Coleman's compositions as a springboard for re-interpretation, group improvisation, and free jazz exploration, always keeping a focus on his distinctive melodies.
Doors 7:30pm, Music 8:15pm Tickets: $25 General, $18 Student/Senior
Friday, July 28
Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble featuring Isadora Kolmorgan
Jack Curtis Dubowsky - Spoken word, keyboard | Charles Sharp - Reeds, electronics | Jeff Schwartz - Double bass | Isadora Kolmorgan - Dance
Cracking the Surface
Thomas Dimuzio - Buchla modular synth, live sampling | Scott Looney - Piano, Hyperpiano DSP | David Michalak – various instruments of Skatch, box of junk, Phantom Harp
Saturday, July 29
keyboard, midi controller keyboard, vocals
vocals, keyboard, looping and effects pedals
Danishta Rivera & Alexandra Buschman-Román - voice/electonics/found objects
Sunday, July 30
Kim Nucci & Mitch Stahlmann
modular synths, drum machine, laptop), voice and winds using samples and live processing
William Alma - video | Dr. K and Mark A Soden Jr. - objects, electronics
Ellen Burr - flutes | Anne LeBaron - harp | Jeff Schwartz - bass | Charles Sharp - reeds
Monday, July 31
Rent Romus’ Actual/Actual
Gerard Cox- piano, key bass | Josh Strange - vibraphone | Troy Kunkler - drums | Rent Romus - alto, soprano, c-melody, sopraino saxophones
Myles Boisen’s Ornettology
Jordan Glenn - drums | Lisa Mezzacappa - double bass | Myles Boisen - guitar | John Shiurba - guitar | Steve Adams - alto saxophone | Sheldon Brown - tenor saxophone | Chris Grady - trumpet
About the Outsound New Music Summit
Since 2002, the Outsound New Music Summit, presented by Outsound Presents, has been held every July showcasing a broad range of local and national artists, world premieres and first-time collaborations. The Summit features everything from free improvisation to microtonal composition to experimental electronics to harsh noise, covering the broadest range of musical exploration and sonic creativity.
The mission of Outsound Presents is to raise public awareness of music not usually supported by the mainstream. Our events and projects focus on the creation of experimental music, avant-garde and original composition, found sound, free improvisation, free jazz, creative music, noise, musique concrète, minimalism, invented instruments, genre-bending music, and sculptural/textural sound Outsound events also include film, dance, and intermedia works.
Outsound’s Board of Directors is drawn from the Bay Area music community. It runs on the tireless professional efforts of this all-volunteer board, who are involved in all aspects of administration, fundraising, curating, and presenting our concerts and projects. In addition to the Outsound New Music Summit, Outsound hosts two year-round concert series. www.outsound.org
About KFJC 89.7FM
KFJC 89.7FM was founded in 1959, and is and operated as a teaching laboratory for the Fine Arts and Communications Department of Foothill College, located in Los Altos Hills, Calif. KFJC’s commitment to current music is “to be a conduit for new and interesting audio art and information, especially the sorts that are unavailable elsewhere.” www.kfjc.org
For event details including the list of performers, biographies and information about the 20 Outsound New Music Summit, visit www.outsound.org/summit. Artists and schedules subject to change.
Who: Outsound Presents, a nonprofit arts organization
What: 2023 Annual Outsound New Music Summit, Presented by Outsound Presents and KFJC 89.7FM
When: July 28– 31, 2023
Where: Berkeley Finnish Hall 1970 Chestnut Street Berkeley, CA, 94702 All Ages
Tickets: All tickets are available for sale in advance at Eventbrite
Festival Pass: $85; Single Event Tickets range from $18 - $25
Schedule: Friday, July 28
JACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY ENSEMBLE
CRACKING THE SURFACE
Saturday, July 29
Sunday, July 30
THE PRESENT QUARTET
Monday, July 31
RENT ROMUS’ ACTUAL/ACTUAL
MYLES BOISEN ORNETTOLOGY