Trummerflora Spring Reverb 2009 Home | Bios | Schedule
8th Annual Festival of Creative Music, Dance and Art
create + bloom + flourish


Roger Aplon

Born in Chicago, Illinois. No siblings. Raised on the southeast side near Lake Michigan and Jackson Park. Attended multiethnic, multicultural Hyde Park High School. Early memories include summers in the small lakeside town of Glenn, Michigan; swimming alone; growing apart from the family; Herbie Mann at the Stage Lounge, The Jazz Messengers at the Crown Propeller on Sixty-Third, Miles Davis at the Southerland Hotel, John Coltrane at McKee's on Cottage Grove, Billie Holiday at the Blue Note in 'The Loop' . . . Attended the University of Illinois-Urbana and the University of Chicago. Began writing poems. Married Judith. Founded CHOICE Magazine with Aaron Siskind and John Logan. Attended Roosevelt University (completed Bachelor of Arts degree twenty-five years later). Son, Jason, born. Worked many years as a bartender and restaurant manager. Divorced. Moved to California. San Francisco - eighteen years. Published Stiletto and By Dawn's Early Light at 120 Miles Per Hour. Father dies. Moved to San Diego to care for mother. Married Ellen. Published It's Mother's Day. Moved to Barcelona, Spain. Published Barcelona Diary. Returned to US. Widowed. Scattered mother's ashes in 2002. Returned to Barcelona where in 2006/07 The Man With His Back To The Room Poems 2000-2005 and Intimacies Prose Poems & Stoies were designed and published. 2007/08 saw the publication of three 'chapbooks:' After Goya: Disasters of War / Escapades / Improvisations. 2008 - No longer living in Barcelona having returned to San Diego to teach and write. Most recently was awarded a two month fellowlship (summer 2009) to The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico.

Author & Punisher

Author & Punisher I am a mechanical engineer (RPI, BS), sculptor (UCSD, MFA), musician (doom band Author & Punisher) and creator of the Drone Machines (and now Dub Machines) industrial sound controllers. Alongside fabricating machines and composing sound for performance, I work at the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research ( at UCSD as a mechanical engineer. Drone Machines are custom made machines fabricated from raw materials and utilizing open source circuitry. The devices draw heavily on aspects of industrial automation, robotics and mechanical tools and devices, focusing on the eroticism of interaction with machine. The machines require significant force from the performer, aligning he or she with the plodding drone and doom influenced sounds that are created. for more details


Borborygmus first rumbled onto the San Diego music scene at the dawn of the millenium as the performing unit of the newly formed Trummerflora Collective. The ensemble's energetic live performances can be heard on "No Stars Please" (2001 Accretions). The Wire described it as "collective improvising: a pool of players immersed in the unfolding of a continuous present, egos submerged in the sound stream. The stream's currents tug towards free jazz, the extremities of rock, the 20th century chamber avant garde and electroacoustic strangeness." Though active originally for about a year, the group's rumbling effects can be heard on many of Trummerflora's consequent releases. After nearly five years, Borborygmus reared its multitudinous head once again at Spring Reverb '06 to cast forth the gurgles and growls from the belly of the musical underground, and has continued to perform and record since that time. This set is usually the main collaborative set for Spring Reverb, with multiple guests joining in the music making.

Hans Fjellestad

Los Angeles musician and filmmaker Hans Fjellestad tours and records extensively as a solo artist and in collaboration with numerous players on the experimental music scene in over a dozen countries. A "mad scientist improviser" (International DJ Magazine) and "master of analogue synthesis" (The Wire), his music has been described as "unbridled sonic freedom... raw, almost shamanic energy that embodies the true essence of unrestricted music" (XLR8R). As filmmaker, Hans directed the feature documentaries Frontier Life (2002) and Moog (2004).

Curtis Glatter

Curtis Glatter 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 and improvising. In the past 6 years, Glatter has been an invited guest to the Edgefest-Ann Arbor, Big Sur Experimental Music Festival, Spring Reverb (2005 and 2008) and December Nights Concert at Balboa Park and a featured guest on WCBN, WKPBS, WHFR, KSDS as well as given lectures on music at Coronado School of the Arts and San Diego Community College. The list of collaborators and improvisers Glatter has collaborated with includes James Cornish, The Dearborn Percussion Ensemble, Lisle Ellis, Hans Fjellestad, Marcos Fernandes, Emily Hay, Nathan Hubbard, Mike Khoury, Piotr Michaloswski, Jason Robinson, Justin Grinnell, Jules Ryan, DJ Tenshun, Al Scholl, Ellen Weller, Will Sonderberg/Defenestra, Tracy McMullen, Mark Ephram (NYC Shorebirds), Detroit's Climax Divine (1995-2000) and Joscha Oetz. Glatter is currently an active member ASCAP, a member of the TRUMMERFLORA COLLECTIVE, Founder and Co-Artistic Director for the new music concert series NEW SOUNDS DOWNTOWN in San Diego, California, a composer/performer in the collaborative ensemble Glatter/Hubbard, a member of both Nathan Hubbard Skeleton Key Orchestra and the splinter group Skeleton Key Percussion Ensemble, an affiliated member of the Center for the Promotion of Contemporary Composers and has written for the San Diego New Music Newsletter. Recordings of Glatter can also be found on the distinguished Circumvention Music, Accretions Records, White Rose, Cohort Records and the Castor And Pollux Music record labels.

halfmonk aka g.e.stinson

halfmonk birthplace: kingfisher, oklahoma. early musical influence: mother and her family who were gospel musicians. after moving to chicago, began playing blues and hanging with cash mccall, hound dog taylor, willie dixon, hubert sumlin, etc. over many years mutated into jazz - world music. eventually co-founded shadowfax. relocated to los angeles, recorded and toured extensively in the u.s.. europe, japan and south america from 1982 - 90. success and eventual dissatisfaction. began exploring LA's outsider - improvised musical landscape. numerous collaborations followed including nels cline, miya masaoka, steuart liebig, alex cline, jeff gauthier, vinny golia and many others. curated the new music monday series created by nels cline and hosted at the alligator lounge in the 90s. at present, constructing laptop pulses, electronic texture and extended technique guitar noise mostly under the moniker, "halfmonk." file under jalapeno glitch candy from the pacific rim.


HING is a loose-knit but committed 3-7 piece ensemble of musicians from the San Diego area. Their goal, roughly, is to engage the high ideals of the Avant Garde with the musical aptitude and attitude of a Saturday night bar band. Their various members have roots in Pop, Punk, Metal, Blues, Country, and even Polka- strains of which can often be heard in their spontaneous, and sometimes chaotic, improvisations.

Nathan Hubbard

Nathan Hubbard Nathan Hubbard is getting old, isn't worried about it, continues to spend late night at Termite Studios mixing the new Skeleton Key Orchestra record, hasn't cut his hair in over three years, continues to learn new things every day, enjoys absinthe, electric organs and cactus. Is gleefully awaiting the arrival of Elliott. Is happy this year to present his long-standing vocal quartet Everything After. Continues to dream music and write dreams. Enjoys writing bios that sound like they should belong in a high-school musical program. New CDs - Cosmologic - Eyes in the Back of my Head (Cuneiform), Nathan Hubbard - Blind Orchid (Accretions), etc. Praise the sunshine, the transition and brooklyn.

Nathan Hubbard/Everything After

Nina Deering - voice
Nathan Hubbard - vibraphone, scribbling
Justin Grinnell - acoustic bass
Jeanette Kangas - drumkit, percussion

Everything After is creative music ensemble led by Nathan Hubbard performing original music. An indepth look into traditional harmony, the music offers slow melodic movement based around the long ringing tones of the vibraphone. The group sets the vibraphone with melding timbres, from the beautiful doubling of voice to the woody resonance of the acoustic bass and percussion. EA is excited to collaborate with percussionist/electronic musician Curtis Glatter and poet Roger Aplon for Spring Reverb 2009.

David Hurley

Forward thinking drummer, multi-instrumentalist David Hurley exercises a thoughtful ear to bring a fresh and unique approach to improvised situations and compositional music. A contemporary artist, Hurley incorporates a wide variety of melodic and ethnic percussive instrumentation conveying eclectic vocabularies and coloring his sensitive organic approach to drumming which is why his latest album, Outer Nebula Inner Nebula, has been hailed as a "resounding breath of fresh air" by For David Hurley music becomes a glue between past genres and new ideas transcending all too familiar archetypes. Born in 1978 he has had over a decade of experience contributing to a diverse variety of groups from punk rock to jazz-fusion, Progressive rock, dub, free-jazz, and world percussion music. Both Astra and Seesaw Ensemble, Hurley's psychedelic progressive rock band and free-jazz collective, have been celebrated as best of in their categories in San Diego City Beat magazine. Astra is scheduled to release a much-anticipated debut on Rise Above Records (UK) in May of 09. Seesaw Ensemble has finished recording with Philly jazz veteran Elliott Levin to be released this year on Porter Records. A recent collaboration with Preston Swirnoff aka Prince Zohar of Habitat Sound System has produced acclaimed original dub music with and an album praised and mastered by Mad Professor. Outer Nebula Inner Nebula, Hurley's November of 08 debut as a leader has already been breaking ground rapidly working its way into the ear of the jazz community. Los Angeles's Whisky a Go Go, the Roxy, and the Avalon, as well as San Diego's Sports Arena, Casbah and Soma, and San Francisco's Elbow Room are among the long list of notable venues Hurley has played since the mid 1990's when he began his musical pursuit. Notably Hurley prides himself as an avid "street performer" setting up on busy urban streets with all percussion groups and sax and drum jazz duets which he states brings a whole new perspective to live improvisation. An extensive musical background with many years of experience, add confidence to David Hurley's music and ability to crate and improvise with impressive vigor. Hurley plays music with a sharp emphasis on being a performer. He introspectively shines with lively expressions and a talent for his craft.

Steuart Liebig/The Mentones

The Mentones "A raucous mutation of Muddy and Ornette, the compositions are bi-tonal aberrations of classic blues lines and grooves. The melodies are a collage of beautifully malformed chromatic blues licks. The tunes feel vaguely familiar, but are rarely comforting."

Tony Atherton: Alto Saxophone
Bill Barrett: Chromatic Harmonica
Joseph Berardi: Drumset
Steuart Liebig: Contrabassguitars/Tunes

Formed in 1999, The Mentones is made up of four members of the Los Angeles music with diverse and overlapping experiences. The members have played with Les McCann, Julius Hemphill, Billy Childs, Dianne Reeves, Ann Magnusson, Stan Ridgeway, The Fibonaccis, Rufus Wainwright, Lydia Lunch, James White and the Blacks, Motor Totemist Guild, Kraig Grady, Mike Watt, Joe Baiza, Greg Ginn, Mark Ford, Hazmat Modine, Eugene Chadbourne, Elliot Sharp, Nels Cline, Alex Cline, Vinny Golia . . . In other words, a wide array of disparate folks.

An exploration of american roots music fused with avant garde jazz practice. rocking tunes, concise solos and hard-edged grooves . . . with a little bit of california "outsider music" aesthetic thrown in for good measure . . . the music draws on a number of cultural touchstones: Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Ornette Coleman, Anthony Braxton, Charles Mingus, Roscoe Holcomb, Dock Boggs, Hank Williams, George Jones, Albert King, Elmore James, Harry Partch, George Crumb, James Elroy, Raymond Chandler, Walter Mosely, Nathaniel West, John Fante

"(The Mentones) . . . will burn your tail. First off, this is an instrumental quartet that grooves, no matter what kind of cross-eyed time signature is spinning. Second, the manfully constructed compositions tug at your guts as well as your gray matter. Third, lawdy mama, can these knuckleheads play." - L.A. Weekly

"There's a 21st-century blues current flowing through this overheating hybrid. Including many strains of American popular music, the Mentones weave them together to expand the language of each." - Jazz Weekly

Samuel Lopez

Sam Lopez Sam's mortally versatile ability in music can range from Free Jazz, to Avant-Garde Noise Music, to Extreme Metal. His multifarious talents allow him to literally turn anything into a musical instrument. Sam's diverse musical background combined with his progressive way of thinking can make for largely undomesticated performances with sounds and images that make nerves twitch, and emotions run wild.

Robert M

robert m has been active in the San Diego music scene for the past two decades as a percussionist, improviser and sound artist. In recent years, his work has focused on sample-based electronic music, creating complex, subtly-evolving soundscapes which can be heard on his eponymous solo release on the Accretions label and in his ensemble projects: Wormhole with long-time collaborator Marcos Fernandes and mrlectronic with Lisle Ellis and Fernandes. He is a founding member of Trummerflora, a musician's collective dedicated to creative music. A Tijuana native, he has performed in Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico and the U.S. He has performed and/or recorded with members of Trummerflora, the Nortec Collective, George Lewis, Le Quan Ninh, Mike Keneally, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Rent Romus, Eric Glick Rieman, Michael Dessen, David Gould, Scott R. Looney and Ultra 7.

Jim McAuley

Jim McAuley Jim McAuley is a Los Angeles-based guitarist/composer/improviser. His solo acoustic work is "pan-idiomatic," incorporating elements of jazz, blues, folk, contemporary classical and "world" musics. He has performed with many of LA's improv legends, including John Carter, Horace Tapscott, Nels & Alex Cline, Rod Poole, and many others. His solo CD debut--"Gongfarmer 18" (2005)--was hailed by The Wire as "great stuff". His most recent album ("The Ultimate Frog", 2008) is a 2-CD set of duets with the late Leroy Jenkins, Nels Cline, Alex Cline and Ken Filiano. The New York Times (Jan. 4, 2009) wrote of this album: "Mr. McAuley's precise writing and playing is full of blues figures and rich-toned, acoustic-folk resonance. It's peaceful and rigorous music." An live album of the Acoustic Guitar Trio, comprising McAuley with Nels Cline and the late Rod Poole, will be released this Spring by LongSong Records.

Moment Trigger

Moment Trigger LA's premiere noise duo. Epic in scope, metal in feel, and harsh from beginning to end. Well WRITTEN noise pieces that shake the room pierce your ears just the way they want.

Toni Pope

Defying convention is common among "break-out" artist...singers and musicians who make quantum leaps into a virtual "twilight zone" of harmony and resonance, but once in a great while, an unconventional artist's work is so profound that connoisseurs of the truly different worldwide sit up and take notice. Toni Pope is such an artist! Toni Pope is an amazing vocal artist and sound healer who invokes sounds ranging from Tuvan throatsingers to Tibetan monks. She began her career in San Francisco and met with larger audiences in Europe, playing large halls and Berlin's Philharmonic. While in India she experienced night-long meditations in the caves of the Siddha sound yogis. Friends and associates describe the youthful Toni as an "old and gentle soul" who channels ancient harmonics from the deepest part of her being. Toni continues to perform a limited number of concerts annually but has lately turned her attention to the art of healing...or "vocal tone and meditative sound therapy. - Dave Powers 2007

Marcelo Radulovich

Marcelo Radulovich voice, various instruments

Born in Santiago, Chile, raised in Costa Rica and California, Marcelo is a musician / visual artist / producer currently residing in Cardiff, CA. Marcelo has performed and/or collaborated with Neil Carlill (Me Me The Moth), Merry Go Down, Gunther's Grass, Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa), David J (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets), japanese chanteuse and sound artist Haco and others.

DJ Tenshun

DJ Tenshun

Bertram Turetzky

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. 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."

Scott Walton

Scott Walton Scott Walton has performed with luminaries from across the stylistic spectrum of jazz and improvised music. Active projects as a bassist include Cosmologic, the Alex Cline Ensemble, and the Isbin/Gauthier/Walton trio. As a pianist he has commissioned and premiered works by numerous composers, and has an interest in works for piano and mixed-media. Walton is featured on recent CD releases by Alex Cline (Continuation), Cosmologic (Eyes in the Back of My Head), and Ibsin/Gauthier/Walton (Venice Suite). He is a member of the San Diego-based Trummerflora Collective.

Ellen Weller

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.