June 3, Friday - 8pm
June 4, Saturday - 2pm
Sunday, June 5, 2-5pm
Trummerflora is collective in residence at Voz Alta where they curate Other Ideas, a forum for new independent music.
"Trummerflora, or rubble plants and trees, are a special phenomenon unique to heavily bombed urban areas. The bomb acts as a plow, mixing rubble fragments with the earth which often contain seeds dormant for a century or more. These seeds come to light and those that can live in this new and special earth grow and flourish." - Helen and Newton Harrison
Starts producing music, painting, and other objects in 1998. Now composes sounds by sampling and manipulating 8bit sounds (computer game) chip sounds, and field recording sounds. Not only manages his own label, Brain Escape Sandwich Rec. (b.e.s.r.) in the field of music, but simultaneously works in the visual arts, producing graphics, moving images and product designs by the name of WET SIDE. works by the name of "conceal" and ".nes" also in progress. Moreover, the session is done with various artists. (ex. Hair stylistics (viorent onsen geisya), L?K?O, Dose One)
In 2003, Baiyon/Hans Fjellestad/Jusco Punk was released on Brain Escape Sandwich Rec. The album is composed by tracks of the session.
And Baiyon's techno unit Conceal was released album on Brain Escape Sandwich Rec. it's create sounds after click /glitch strange techno or techno which passed hip-hop sound.
In 2004, Baiyon contributed music for sound track of moog movie of the world opening to the public. It takes charge of a part of opening and ending. Latest album will be heard soon.
C. J. "Reaven" Borosque is a noisician, multi-instumentalist, abstract graphicartist, and writer. In her youth she explored plunder-phonics as a means of expression "composing" tape works comprised of snippets of radio static,college radio and death metal.
As a teenager she was heavily influenced by her family to explore the realms of jazz through the saxophone.Her own interests diverged however, when she beganworking with guitar.Her first guitar CD "Machine" is an exploration intotal abandon of form and process of sheer layerednoise.
" ...solo guitar noise a la Lee Ranaldo, Caspar Brotzman. Fine layers of distortion, looping industrial machinery effects, hypnotic and droning mostly, like the sound of working in the bowels of a futuristic steel foundry on the planet moon Titan with robot drones standing guard, heavy artillery at their disposal."C. J. "Reaven Borosque is currently a sound artist, turntablist and noisician, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has performed at the NorCal Noise fest, The Big Sur Experimental Music Festival (2003/04), and The Oakland Noise festival. She is the leader of the free-noise trio Hideous Dream. She also plays in Rent Romus's free-jazz quartet The Lords of Outland. She has played with Kaylee Koombs in the out-ambient duo Swoon Doll.
She has also performed with many folks including John Berndt, Ellen Weller, and Ignaz Schick, and currently plays noise pedals, turntables, and detuned electric guitar.
"She's also fond of noise, chaos, machine-like repetition, and songs that combine layers of sonic strata to create the sound of machines growing, expanding, and overtaking their surroundings until they collide and destroy each other in gear-stripping, paint-stripping sheets of sound."www.noisegoddess.com
Coming from a visual art background, Rebecca Bryant has cultivated her dancing style by training in modern, post-modern, improvisation, contact improvisation, yoga, ballet and performance art. In addition to being a Lower Left core artist, Rebecca also creates and performs with percussionist Don Nichols as the Past)(Modern Performance Duo. She performs, choreographs and improvises in San Francisco with SHIFT>>>Physical Theater and in Los Angeles with Off the Hip, both of which are dance collectives she co-founded. Recognized for her intelligent dance-making, Rebecca received the Glorya Kaufman, Jean Irwin and Forti Family Awards while earning an MFA in Dance at UCLA. In addition to performing in the US and Mexico, she has spread her work internationally by performing in Germany, Sweden and Denmark and teaching contact improvisation in Italy. Rebecca recently performed in work by choreographers Wally Cardona and Victoria Marks while also crafting her own work on the performance collective GROUP. She teaches solo, ensemble and contact improvisation, as well as modern/postmodern technique at universities and in the community. Her recent travels include a stop in Philadelphia where she performed a percussion/theater piece in the Philly Fringe Festival.
Jon Calzo is an eclectic turntable/electronic music artist from San Diego. In recent years, he has performed concerts in Los Angeles and San Diego's own Museum of Contemporary Art-Downtown, as well as collaborations with Curtis Glatter, Jason Robinson, Nathan Hubbard, Marcelo Radulovich and many others. Calzo is also a member of an electronic music duo called TENSHUN which has released several short-run 7" and CDrs in the last three years. Calzo's extensive background in DJing, coupled with his involvement with extended sound possibilities and modified turntables places him at an interesting vantange point, blurring the lines of musical genres with his extensively wide range of influences by mixing his own music with trip-hop, funk, polish jazz and scratch-dub. In addition to his music, Calzo's visual art will also be presented at Spring Reverb 2005.
Unquestionably a pivotal figure in Irish dance music, Eamonn Doyle has made his mark locally - as DJ, producer, label owner/manager, club promoter, and as all-round advocate and enthusiastic purveyor of all that is good in techno and electronic music.
He first made his mark in his home country when he co-formed the now-legendary indie label Dead Elvis in 1991. Converted to the emerging sound of techno and electronic music, he founded D1 Recordings 3 years later. An unprecedented platform to help push Irish producers, D1 Recordings has remained consistent in the quality of its output, and has featured releases from both Irish and international talent including Donnacha Costello, Dave Donohoe, Mark Broom, DJ Bone and Keith Tucker. 2004 saw Doyle establish D1ASPORA as a sister label to focus attention on the diversity of new talent emerging from within Ireland's electronic music scene.
Doyle also established Model One - the longest running techno club in Ireland. Currently residing at Traffic in Dublin, the club has featured a wide variety of guests down through the years: from Auxmen, Octave One, and Laurent Garnier, to DJ Godfather, Peter Ford, and Underground Resistance. As resident DJ at Model One, Doyle has considerable experience behind the decks and has played numerous dates across Europe (his first Asian tour is coming up in Autumn 2005). Doyle also finds time to produce (as D1 for solo projects, and as Active Service Unit with Scott Logan), and he has released and remixed for D1 Recordings, Piranha, Traum and Fugato Technologies.
Doyle has also made a significant and defining contribution to the development of electronic music in Ireland through his establishment of DEAF (Dublin Electronic Arts Festival) in 2002 - an annual event designed to bring the electronic arts both into new environments and to new audiences. Since its inception, the festival has showcased an eclectic array of international artists (from Coil to 4Hero, Ulrich Schnauss and Mu-ziq) alongside their Irish counterparts.
Jeremy Drake is an improvising guitar player, sound artist, concert organizer and educator living in Los Angeles. Active in the improvised music community, he is co-founder of LINE SPACE LINE new and improvised music series, a weekly concert series dedicated to improvised music which began in May 2002.
Jeremy Drake has continuing projects with the following artists: Mitchell Brown, Jessica Catron, Alex Cline, Nels Cline, Harris Eisenstadt, Stephen Flinn, Vinny Golia, Chris Heenan, Kurt Heyl, David Kendall, Noah Phillips, David Rothbaum, G.E. Stinson, Kris Tiner, Ben Wright and has performed and/or recorded with many others. Releases can be found on the experimental musical research and Reify Recording labels.
Contrabass explorer Mark Dresser is a musician in command of a unique language. Having studied with Bertram Turetzky and played in the San Diego Symphony while studying at the University of California San Diego (B.A. and M.A. degrees), Dresser took part in the Los Angeles avant-garde jazz scene of the early 70's's forming around figures like Stanley Crouch, Bobby Bradford, Arthur Blythe, David Murray, and James Newton. After a 1983 Fulbright to Italy to study with Franco Petracchi he was invited to join Anthony Braxton's quartet, a group documented in Graham Locke's Forces in Motion and on a number of releases from that period on Leo and Arista records, as well in the early 1990's, including the four-disc studio/live Willisau boxed set.
Moving to NY in 1986, Dresser has recorded over one hundred cds, including those with John Zorn, Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Tim Berne, Gerry Hemingway, Dave Douglas, Satoko Fujii's, Bob Ostertag and Joe Lovano. Under his own name he has a recorded twenty projects including his trio with pianist Denman Maroney and Swiss flautist Matthias Zieglier, a solo bass repertoire which pushes the technical limits of the instrument aided by custom made electronics that amplify normally unheard regions of the instrument, and chamber music which presses at the boundaries between improvised and composed music, modern classical, and jazz. A chapter on his extended techniques for contrabass, "A Personal Pedogogy," appears in the book, ARCANA.
He received a 2003 Grammy nomination, two NYFA grants, Meet the Composer commissions, a McKim Fund commission at the Library of Congress, and commissions from sculptor Robert Taplin, flutist Matthias Ziegler, and tubist, David LeClair,.
He has been a lecturer at Princeton University, faculty at the New School University, and Hampshire College. Currently in fall of 2004, Dresser joins the faculty of UCSD.
improvisor. trombonist. noise artist. Performances in the US and Europe in many contexts including the Boston Philharmonic, SONOR, Klaresque Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, Mass Eye and Ear, and the Masashi Harada Ensemble, Ensemble Resonanz. founding member of 4862 Voltaire artist group.
Finishing DMA in contemporary music at UCSD with Miller Puckette, Ed Harkins, and Charles Curtis. specializes in post-war solo and chamber repertoire for the trombone. premieres include Homiski, Finnissy, Malfatti. recently name-dropped Jerome Rothenberg, George Lewis, Bertram Turetzky, Steve Roden, Nick Hennies, Bhob Rainey, Nathaniel Clark, Sabine Vogel. the trio, IIBasspit, with Seth Cluett and Mike Bullock, has performed throughout New England and may never have an album.
projects include: a commission by San Diego New Music for an interactive installation for computer and ambience, an 18-hour performance of unconventionally-notated scores, and a linux cluster sound war installation at NWEAMO. recent lectures at USCD on contemporary music and the sounds of anim. forthcoming: 3-night event using resonant qualities of Geisel library, UCSD, as structure.
Lisle Ellis' work as a bassist over the past thirty years has placed him in the realm of leading contemporary improvising musicians. He played a pioneering role in the development of improvised music in his native Canada and shortly after relocating to the United States in the early 1990's he rose to prominence on the world stage. Ellis' numerous recordings for international labels such as Black Saint, DIW, and Hat Art attests to the strength of his artistry. He has participated in a multitude of world wide performances with leading individuals including Peter Brotzman, Marylin Crispell, Dave Douglas, and Myra Melford as well as being a member of visionary groups such as The Cecil Taylor Unit, The Paul Bley Trio, and the Glenn Spearman Double Trio.
In the sphere of Free Jazz, Ellis' distinct instrumental voice has been heard in the company of players such has Karen Borca, Raphe Malik, Paul Murphy, Rashid Bakr, Thurman Barker, Anthony Davis, Wadada Leo Smith, John Tchicai, Sonny Simmons, Dennis Charles, Andrew Cyrille and Joe McPhee, Fred Frith and Nels Cline among others. His unique expression, which critic Ben Watson described as "funky and free sensuality," can be found in Ellis' current projects: What We Live -- with Larwence Ochs and Donald Robinson -- Sound On Survival -- with Marco Eneidi and Peter Valsamis -- REV -- with Robinson and Swedish saxophonist Biggi Vinkeloe; Duos with pianists Paul Plimley and Mike Wofford -- Di Terra -- with Alberto Braida and Fabrizio Spera. Ellis is currently living in New York City.
Another aspect to Ellis' recent work that is gaining more and more attention are his explorations into computer music including his electronic performances with George Lewis, Joelle Leandre, Gerry Hemingway and Pamela Z. and Haco and Mrlectronic.
"Ellis' playing is truly remarkable in its beauty, intensity, and energy"www.lisleellis.com
Born in Yokohama, Japan, Marcos Fernandes has long been active in San Diego as performer, producer and curator. He has performed in Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico and the US as a solo improviser, phonographer and as percussionist/sound artist with various ensembles, including Wormhole, a decade-long collaboration with percussionist/sound artist Robert Montoya.. Fernandes runs the artist-based independent label Accretions, started nearly two decades ago as a vehicle for his then worldbeat group Burning Bridges and which now features some of today's more innovative experimentalists such as Fred Frith, Barre Philips, Scott Fields to name just a few. He is a founding member of the Trummerflora collective, dedicated to creative music in Southern California. Fernandes' recordings have appeared on Accretions, Bake/Staalplaat, Circumvention Music, Pan handler, Pax, Pfmentum, Phonography.org (And/Oar) and Ribosome Music.
Hans Fjellestad is a filmmaker and musician currently based in California. He has presented his work throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico and Brazil. Recent appearances include the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands 2005), ARCO (Madrid 2005), Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporneo (Mexico City 2005), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic 2004), Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (Ireland 2004), In-Edit Documentary Film Festival (Barcelona 2004), Bergen Ekko Festival (Norway 2004), Sheffield International Film Festival (England 2004), Northwest Film Forum (Seattle 2004), Sound Unseen Film & Music Festival (Minneapolis 2004 & 2003), D.U.M.B.O. Arts Center Art Under the Bridge Festival (Brooklyn 2003), Yokohama Jazz Promenade (Japan 2002), Calgary International Film Festival (Canada 2002), Big Sur Experimental Music Festival (California 2001). As musician Fjellestad has an extensive discography both as a solo artist and in collaboration with many legendary players in the international experimental music scene. As filmmaker he has directed numerous video art and film projects including the feature documentaries Moog (2004) and Frontier Life (2002).
Damon Holzborn is an improviser and composer who works primarily with electronics. In performance, he makes the recognizable unrecognizable, subjecting sound sources such as guitar and field recordings to manipulation through custom-programmed interfaces, traditional effects and interactive processes. He is a founding member of the Trummerflora collective and co-creator of zucasa.com, recently named one of the top 25 essential online music resources by The Wire. Holzborn holds a degree in music from UCSD, where he studied improvisation with George Lewis, guitar with Celin Romero, and composition with Frederic Rzewski, Brian Ferneyhough, Will Ogden and Rand Steiger.
Holzborn has presented his work in the US, Mexico and Japan, performing as a solo artist and with several ensembles, including Donkey (a decade-long collaboration with musician/filmmaker Hans Fjellestad) and Quibble (with Nathan Hubbard and Marcelo Radulovich). He has performed and/or recorded with Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, Miya Masaoka, Lê Quan Ninh, Eugene Chadbourne, Matt Ingalls, Andrea Polli, DJ Marcus B, Scott Looney, Jason Robinson, Anthony Burr, Marcos Fernandes, Marcelo Radulovich, Scott Walton, Mike Keneally, Ellen Weller, Kristy Cheadle, Alan Lechusza, Nathan Hubbard, Robert Montoya, Joscha Oetz, Mike Khoury, Blaise Siwula, Nortec Collective, Jonathan Glasier and The San Diego Art Ensemble. Holzborn also regularly creates music for dance, often collaborating with innovative dance collective Lower Left, producing both custom compositions and improvised performances.
David Kendall's date of birth is unclear, but according to most sources, he was born between the years 1975 and 1977, in or around Pomona, California, and grew up in nearby Rialto. David Kendall began by experimenting with multitrack recordings of degraded sound sources in the early nineties. David Kendall's focus soon shifted to feedback, as an audio phenomenon and as a general principal of recursion in the sound world: first explored in plucked string instruments, then in found objects, found electronics, found computers, and (in the present day) very expensive "top-of-the-line" computers with tons of RAM. David Kendall's music is very performative: improvisation and realtime control are the norm, and much of David Kendall's musical output has been within the context of small ensembles playing improvised music. Projects include or have included the invisible Music Production Ensemble, Improvisatyrs, Honeycomb Wheels, and The Kentucky Knobs. Collaborators include Jeremy Drake, Jessica Catron, Sandor Finta, Bob Bellerue, Bryan Eubanks, David Rothbaum, and Jonathan Zorn. David Kendall recently earned his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, where David Kendall learned from David Rosenboom, Mark Trayle, Laetitia Sonami, Tom Erbe, Michael Pisaro and all the rest.
Lower Left is a performance collective committed to artistic innovation, with an emphasis in dance. LOWER LEFT fosters professional artistic development by providing alternative methods of training that promote personal and collective art-making in a supportive community environment.
Alicia Marván is a performance artist, choreographer, improviser and set designer dedicated to innovative stage practices. Her work focuses on creating original movement vocabulary and often incorporates voice, media, unique environments and installation art. She was born in Mexico City and received her earliest training in Cunningham and Graham dance techniques. She became exposed to Postmodern Dance and Improvisation in 1996 and since then has been cultivating such forms with Lower Left, Anna Halprin, Ruth Zaporah and Mary Overlie, among others. She has also been influenced by the work of Pina Bausch, Robert Wilson, Richard Foreman and Trisha Brown. She co-directed Head On Off, a performance ensemble she co-founded in 2001, where she explored site-specific performance and dance for the camera. Other past performance ventures include performing with Heads On Fire, Sawako Nakayasu, Katsura Kan, and directing several shows of her own in Mexico and the United States. She has performed at renowned performance venues and festivals such as Highways, The Electric Lodge, Sushi Performance and Visual Art, Sledgehammer Theater, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, The 418 Project, and Celebrate Dance Festival. She was recently presented in Mexico as part of the first Festival of Feminist and Kitsch Art and is currently a core artist with Lower Left performance collective in San Diego, CA.
Tracy McMullen is a performer, composer and scholar. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University, and an M.M. (Jazz Performance) and M.A. (Music Composition) from the University of North Texas. She is currently a Humanities Fellow in the Critical Studies/Experimental Practices doctoral program at UCSD. Her current interests include: the corporeal logics of performance, i.e., the creation of knowledge, meaning and being in the act of performing/improvising; the connection between current Western theoretical models, such as post-structuralism, and the Eastern philosophy of Buddhism; and a general overarching interest in Heidegger, Derrida, post-structuralism, Buddhism, conceptual art/artists and the art of performance. She studied with David Murray and Dewey Redman and has performed and/or recorded with Scott Amendola, Jon Birdsong (Beck), David Borgo, Anthony Davis, Trevor Dunn, Jon Evans (Tori Amos), Rick Helzer, George Lewis, Bertram Turetsky and Victoria Williams among others and can be found on various independent label CDs. Her compositions have been performed throughout the United States and in Canada.
Robert Montoya (improviser-percussionist-sound artist) is an Accretions recording artist, and has been active in the San Diego music scene since the early 1980's. He is a member of the organic-trance-groove improvisation ensemble, Wormhole Effect and a founding member of the Trummerflora Collective. He has recently released his first solo recording under the name of robert m. Montoya has performed and/or recorded with George Lewis, L Quan Ninh, Mike Keneally, Marcos Fernandes, Marcelo Radulovich, Jason Robinson, Nathan Hubbard, Damon Holzborn, Ellen Weller, Scott Looney, Hans Fjellestad, among others. Montoya has performed in Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, and throughout California.
In 2004, Percussionist/Composer Curtis Glatter unleashed a new electronics based ensemble combining the sounds of an obscure amalgam of '50s Italian contemporary music with dark metal. Musically the septet started as a collection of musicians interested in combining music from across various cultures slamming so called ?low art? into the bunghole of ?highbrow artistic concepts.? Thus confounding critical pigeon-holers. The influences of Obscuricon reach as far back as Italian composers from Rossolo to Berio and integrate the influences like Ornette Coleman and John Zorn. The result is a mixture of jazz-fuzed/electro-acoustic metal mayhem utilizing electronic frame, found sounds, electric bass, guitar, turntables, samples and a hybrid trap kit of metals and skins played by Glatter. In February 2005, Curtis Glatter and Nathan Hubbard released ?Rivulet? as a percussion duo on Circumvention records. The sextet will be releasing a new CD in 2006 as well as performing at the Second Anniversary concert of NEW SOUNDS DOWNTOWN/VOZ ALTA-San Diego SEASON FINALE CONCERT in October 2005. Glatter, Hubbard, Robinson and Scholl are also members of the TRUMMEFLORA COLLECTIVE. Obsuricon is Curtis Glatter (hybrid trap kit), Justin Grinnel (electric and acoustic bass), Nathan Hubbard (electronics, frame and percussion), Jason Robinson (saxophone and electronics) and Al Scholl (electric guitar).
Marianthi Papalexandri (b.1974,Greece) Composer,improviser. Studied composition with Roger Redgate and Goldsmiths College University of London . She is currently a fellow Ph D student tin composition at the UCSD.
Marianthi has attended seminars and courses tutored by composers including Richard Barrett, C. Czernowin S. Takasugi and R. Barrett G. Aperghis & J. Shllhorn, M. Lindberg, P. Lindgren, B. Sorensen J. Harvey & T. de Mey Christina Kubisch, Her music has been performed and broadcasted in various festivals in Europe, Unites States and South America. Commissions include works for The Volharding Orchestra, Sur Plus, QNG, Corrado Canonici, rout, Ictus, Niklas Brommare, Scot Walton, The London Improvisers Orchestra, the Black jackets Company. Since 1999 she has performed and collaborates with Eddie Prevost. She has also performed among others with The Scratch orchestra, Steve Beresford, Charles Curtis.e.t.c
"I see instruments as objects and objects as instruments," she said. "The question is, is it you who is touching the object or the object that is touching you? Objects and gestures have their own associations [and] histories. My intention is to create an illusion or moments that seem to appear as something with no name... fresh."
Oluyemi & Ijeoma Thomas of Positive Knowledge has recorded & performed together for the past two decades, composing and sharing their joyful Creative World Music Systems with lovers of music and poetry around the world. Ijeoma Thomas - Wordsmith, spoken word artist, poet vocalist and teacher believes "all art is a gift of the Holy Spirit." Composer, teacher & multi-reed musician (bass clarinet, saxophones) Oluyemi Thomas brings elements of life and work to the flow & he believes: "The musician's art is among those arts worthy of the highest praise..." As a great enhancement to their compositional approaches, Positive Knowledge continues to perform throughout the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, Israel, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands which has resulted in a rich multifaceted vocabulary to date. They have recorded or performed with such artists as Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Alan Silva, Peter Kowald, Henry Kaiser,William Parker, Miya Masaoka & Gino Robair, "Kidd" Edward Jordan.
Performing artist Jessica Radulovich has been a core artist with Lower Left since 2003. Previously she co-directed Head On Off, a performance ensemble she co-founded in 2001. Jessica has performed her collaborative and solo works in renowned contemporary performance venues including Sushi Performance and Visual Art, Sledgehammer Theatre, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, and the 418 Project in Santa Cruz, CA. Jessica extends beyond the stage in Site Specific performances, highlighting enlivening opportunities dormant in our 'ordinary' environs. Inspired by postmodern, minimalist, and conceptual art, as well as transpersonal psychology, she engages in a two-fold contemplative and rigorously physical creative process. Jessica's performance training includes postmodern dance, performance art, Authentic Movement, Alexander Technique, ballet, yoga, and classical opera. She received a BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art. Jessica loves working with Lower Left, exploring all levels of the collaborative creative process with fascination.
Chilean-born Marcelo Radulovich is an audio/visual artist residing in the U.S.
An effusive and infectious fan of music, Rob's production brims with personality, marking him out as one of Ireland's most distinctive and prolific techno producers. Rowland began producing in 1995, supplying D1 Recordings with their first release; to date he has had eight releases with the label. While the force of funk and disco is most definitely with him, notably on under his Bombjack pseudonym, including the jumping Top Pixel Action EP, the Mark Broom remix of his track Point Monster highlighted the eerie overtone of the original that belies his persona. Look deeper again and other early releases such as the Long Distance EP feel coolly detached.
Setting up his own imprint in 2000, the Freestate releases teased with distilled epics and moved into more cinematic realms. Rowland is also one of the founders and directors of D.E.A.F. [Dublin Electronic Arts Festival] now heading into its fourth year it has been responsible for providing a platform for Irish electronic art and music.
Of late live Rob has taken to laptop experimentation through new live sequencing/recording systems to explore new collaborations with other artists on the D1 roster. While still recording for D1 Recordings, Rowland now also records for Swiss label Adreenagroov, and he has taken his live show to the UK, Spain, Finland, Latvia and Estonia.
SF Bay Area composer/improviser Eric Glick Rieman performs improvised and previously structured music in several settings, both solo and in groups - most notably Bilge, Bilge/ Radiolaria, and the Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble.
Rieman writes for piano and for ensembles, and his work for the 'prepared and extended Rhodes piano' has garnered quite a bit of attention lately. Focusing on improvisation based on lightly notated scores, Rieman forays into extended technique. Rieman manipulates his Rhodes to create otherworldly textures not normally associated with the instrument, using mallets, bones, rocks, screws, brushes, finger puppets, marbles, and other household objects.
He elaborates, "The instrument which I'll use in this performance has been deconstructed and reassembled to enable new aspects of technique. I basically cut a Rhodes electric piano into pieces and reassembled it onto a smaller frame, separating its outputs. Then I added contact mics to the general pickup structure to let me amplify very small sounds. Each event can be spatialized in a stereo mix and effected through a mixer. "
Rieman has recorded with Fred Frith (of Henry Cow, Naked City, Keep the Dog), Lesli Dalaba (Land, Carbon), Carla Kihlstedt (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Tin Hat Trio, Two Foot Yard), and Stuart Dempster (Merce Cunningham Dance Troupe, Deep Listening Band).
Two Cds of Glick Rieman's prepared electric piano work are available (www.accretions.com).
"Glick Rieman improvises slow, haunting music that passes well beyond Ambient agreeableness to offer the more substantial satisfactions of deep listening.....His prepared electric piano generates a refreshingly strange climate..."On the Prepared Rhodes:
"It's funny how art follows extinction for so many electronic instruments of the 20th century... scratching vinyl becomes the axe du jour once digital audio becomes the reproduction norm, analog synthesis becomes the rage for a generation swimming in digital seas -- eric glick rieman's explorations of the venerable rhodes electric piano is part and parcel of the same pattern. no "quiet storm" here ...the tines sprout tentacles, sounding a forest of inharmonicity."On "Ten to the Googolplex", Accretions, San Diego, 2001:
"Amazing record of manipulated Rhodes electric piano ambient tone paintings. One of the very best extended minimalist records of recent memory... If you like dark ambient minimalism, then this record will be your bliss. Highly recommended."On "DalabaFrithGlickRiemanKihlstedt" , Accretions, San Diego, 2003:
"...an unusual and highly effective quartet..."www.accretions.com/artists/eric.asp
Largely self taught, guitarist Al Scholl's approach to music has been described as "alternately brash and intensely introspective." Years spent working at record stores and indie labels have infused his aesthetic with a stanky potpourri of influences. The diametrically opposed styles of the gutbucket '50's instro-rockers such as Link Wray flourish alongside the more refined angles of modern experimental music. At least that is what he likes to think. Scholl has been fortunate to perform and record with numerous excellent musicians that you have probably heard of. He has also played with way too many crappy ones that he sincerely hopes you will never have to hear. Luckily, Nathan Hubbard, Jason Robinson and Nate Wooley have been frequent collaborators. A Trummerflora member, Scholl's current projects include the gray matter of Trio Mahgreb (with Marco Fernandes and Tracy McMullen), the beastly Obscuricon and several manic manifestations of the Skeleton Key Orchestra. He has also been seen performing recently with the one and only, Titicacaman.
Skeleton Key Percussion Ensemble brings together San Diegos finest improvising percussionists into a working group situation. In keeping with the splinter group concept, the SKPE works to bring each members "language" to the group, and interaction of each members interests, background and instruments serves as the basis for the music performed. For Spring Reverb 2005, SKPE will present a new work by Nathan Hubbard for percussion quartet and dancer, entitled No. 12 (for Harry Smith)
Nate Atwood combines his background in rock music with an interest in instrument building and electronically modified percussion to form a unique world where the push and pull between energy and silence meet. Atwood has collaborated with many improvisers, most notably Curtis Glatter and Nathan Hubbard, and has a long-standing duo with guitarist Jeff Podezwich.
James Burton's background in math and interests in acoustics form a more complete picture of his eloquent, understated drumming. Burton's extended sound language helps form the basis of the Skeleton Key Percussion Ensemble, and he can also be heard performing regularly with Perfektomat, Nathan Hubbard Skeleton Key Orchestra, the Rubberband, the Adrian Rollini Trio, the Taco Shop Poets, Looking West Ensemble and the Hubbard/Burton Duo. In addition to this work, Burton has a keen interest in politics and will gladly play you his latest shampoo commercial when asked.
Curtis Glatter is an American composer, improviser and percussionist born on February 20, 1972. Glatter was raised in Dearborn Heights, Michigan and began performing at the age of eight. In 2000, Glatter graduated with a B.A. in Music Composition from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. In the past ten years, members of the Trummerflora Collective, Detroit Symphony, Pontiac Oakland Symphony and Camarada Ensemble have premiered his compositions. Glatter relocated to study in Vienna in 1999 and later the following year he was invited to study at Carnegie Hall. He has studied composition as well as classical and African percussion techniques at Henry Ford Community College, Interlochen Arts Academy and Oakland University thus affording him the luxury to utilize a wide variety of possibilities when composing or improvising. Glatter is currently living in Southern California and remains an active member ASCAP, a member of the TRUMMERFLORA COLLECTIVE, Artistic Director for the new music concert series called NEW SOUNDS DOWNTOWN in San Diego, California, a composer/performer in the Glatter/Hubbard Percussion Duo, an affiliated member of the Center for the Promotion of Contemporary Composers and a writer for the San Diego New Music Newsletter.
Percussionist/Composer/Instrument Builder Nathan Hubbard works in many different fields, but in general his work shows a decided interest in exploring the possibilities of sound and embracing the passing of time. This interest in sound can be seen in everything from his extended sound language as an improviser to his homemade and found instruments. The different rates of passing time become relevant as both a rhythmic impetus and defining element in his compositions and their changing definitions of form, shape and outcome. Musically his explorations range from solo improvisations through small group collaborations to large scale compositions for his twenty-six member large ensemble, Skeleton Key Orchestra. As a composer his works range from solo pieces to medium scale works for a variety of ensembles, works for tape, electronics and acoustics instruments, large works for orchestras, creative orchestras and traditional big bands as well as pieces involving text, voice and other mediums. In the last several years Hubbard has been more involved with musical situations incorporating acoustics, environments and field recordings. Hubbards work as a poet is documented on several of his recordings and his work as an artist can be seen on several of his CD covers. In addition to all of this, his work as an engineer and producer can be heard on almost all of his recordings. Almost all of these wide ranging interests and activities have found their way into the Skeleton Key Orchestra, a large ensemble Hubbard formed in 2001. His other current projects include solo performances, duo collaborations with Curtis Glatter, Jon Calzo, Alicia Mangan, Justin Grinnell and James Burton, the vibraphone/bass/drums trio Adrian Rollini Trio, and density trio Quibble, the quartets Return To One and Cosmologic, and numerous "splinter groups" based around the large ensemble Nathan Hubbard Skeleton Key Orchestra. In addition to all this work, Hubbard has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Martin Blume, David Borgo, Vinny Golia, Phillip Greenlief, Rick Helzer, George Lewis, Garth Powell, Jim Ryan, Moe! Staiano, Bertram Turetzky, Phillip Wachsmann and Clay Walker. Hubbard is a member of the Trummerflora Collective.
Adaptations, improvisation and allegory.
Trio Maghreb is Tracy McMullen, Al Scholl and Marcos Fernandes who use saxophones, voice, guitars, green tea, percussion, field recordings and electronics to explore open and structured improvisation, minimalism and the blues.
M.A., Music History, University of Hartford Contrabassist; Currently the senior professor of Music at UCSD, Turetzky has been a distinguished clinician and pedagogue for over three decades, giving master classes, seminars, and workshops nationally and internationally. His knowledge of repertoire, performance style, and his unique approach to technical, psychological, and physical problems has made him a highly sought-after teacher. His master classes have been referred to as "life-altering."
Turetzky has been a featured contrabass soloist in the music centers of the United States, Europe, Latin America and Australia. The response to his many concerts, recordings, lectures, writings and his unique sonic vocabulary has taken the contrabass from it's traditional role to assume the position of a major solo instrument. More than 300 compositions have been written for, performed by, and recorded by Turetzky, making him one of the few performers, in all of music history, to have created a large and impressive repertoire of music for his instrument.
He is is a prolific recording artist and has recorded for Nonesuch, Finnador, Son Nova, Desto, Music and Art, Incus, 9 winds, Advance, Vanguard, New World, and others as soloist, improvisor, chamber player, Jazz player, orchestra player, and Klezmer artist. He is also an acclaimed scholar/researcher in the fields of Jazz History, 18th Century Chamber Music and the author of many reviews, articles and the now classic book "The Contemporary Contrabass."
After the success of his book, Turetzky was named co-editor of "The New Instrumentation Series" [UC Press]. He is also a published composer, editor, transcriber and arranger of music for his instrument. His compositions are published, reviewed and recorded. Turetzky has also received many awards for composition from ASCAP plus grants from the NEA and Meet the Composer as well as many commissions.
Scott Walton has performed with George Lewis, Wadada Leo Smith, John Carter, Vinny Golia, Bobby Bradford, Nels Cline, Quincy Troupe, Ray Anderson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Clifford Jordan, and Al Cohn, among others. He has collaborated with poets, dancers, performance artists, and filmmakers. Current projects as a bassist include Cosmologic, the Vinny Golia Quintet, the Rain Trio (with Alex Cline and Eric Barber), and ongoing work with Harris Eisenstadt, Erik Griswold, and Jason Stanyek. As a pianist he has commissioned and premiered works by numerous composers (David Lipten, most recently), has toured with the Octagon Ensemble, and has collaborated in interactive computer and multimedia performances with Vibeke Sorenson and Harry Castle. He is currently performing piano music of Henry Cowell, and an improvised interpretation of Charles Ives' Concord Sonata. Walton is featured on recent CD releases by the Vinny Golia Quintet (One, Three, Two), O'Keefe, Stanyek, Walton, Whitehead (Tunnel), Nathan Hubbard (Skeleton Key Orchestra), Jeff Kaiser (17 Themes for Ockodektet), Chris Chafe (Arcology), and Anthony Davis (Tania). He has recorded on the Soul Note, Nine Winds, JazzHalo, Circumvention, pfMentum, Koch, Innova, Centaur, Albany, and Revelation labels. He is a member of the San Diego based Trummerflora Collective.
Multi-winds/Pianist/Ethnomusicologist/Improvisor/Composer Ellen Weller divides her musical performance activities between improvisation, jazz, klezmer and classical music. An active member of San Diego's Trummerflora Collective and one of the original members of Maiden Voyage, an all-female big band out of Los Angeles, Weller has performed with George Lewis, Vinny Golia, Lisle Ellis, Anthony Davis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jason Robinson, Nathan Hubbard Skeleton Key Orchestra, Lesli Dalaba, Carla Kihlstadt, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Hans Fjellestadt, Vanessa Tomlinson, Marcos Fernandes, Michael Dessen, Michael Friedman, Second Avenue Klezmer Ensemble and the Weller Family Jazz Quartet. She has recently appeared at several festivals, including the SF Alt Festival, the Spring Reverb 04 (San Diego), and the Big Sur Sound Shift. Her compositions have been performed in New York, Detroit, San Diego and Los Angeles, and include music for the 1996 UCSD revival production of Terminal directed by Joseph Chaiken.
Ellen received her Masters in Music Composition from Queens College of the City University of New York and the Ph.D. in music (Critical Studies and Experimental Practices) from the University of California San Diego. She has taught music at all levels, from kindergarten through college, currently teaching World Music courses and a course she designed entitled "The Music of War: Patriotism, Propaganda and Protest" at the University of California, San Diego. Her past research has focused on multicultural performance in San Diego, public arts funding and cultural tourism.
Ellen Weller - Spirits, Little Dreams and Improvisations [2004/Circumvention 041]