The Hugh Behm-Steinberg Project John Bischoff Duo B Giacomo Fiore Adam Fong Larnie & Bodil Fox Guillermo Gallindo & Sangita Moskow Gautam Tejas Ganeshan Hae Voces Anne Hege Dylan Mattingly The Mobius Trio Maggi Payne Wendy Reid Faythe Vollrath The Willam Winant Percussion Group Theresa Wong
Duo BThe San Francisco Bay Area improvising and composing ensemble of percussionist Jason Levis and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, is a musical think tank of grand schemes and impossible scenarios. Over a dozen years, the ensemble has developed and refined its singular approach to improvisation and composition, through cross-disciplinary projects with film, collaborations with improvising instrumentalists at home and abroad, and intensive study of the recorded work of master improvisers of the past century. At the Garden of Memory 2018, the duo will perform Wadada Leo Smith’s expansive and evocative graphic score, Luminous Axis (2002).
Hae Voces will be featuring selections from “Rapoport Remembered,” a musical tribute to the extraordinary work of visual artist Sonya Rapoport (1923-2015). Imagined and developed by composer-performer team Hae Voces, violinist Kristina Dutton and vocalist Majel Connery, “Rapoport Remembered” is a musical meditation on Rapoport’s Anasazi Series, vivid color pencil drawings from the 1970s. Performing live with violin, vocals, keyboards, and a technical array of live processing, Hae Voces treats Rapoport’s drawings as graphic scores, reading their visual intensity and playfulness like notes on a page. http://haevoces.bandcamp.com/track/a-little-one-a-little-two
Faythe Vollrath This concert seeks to explore a variety of new music for solo harpsichord, providing the audience with insight into the age defying beauty of this instrument. Viewed primarily as a Baroque instrument, the harpsichord also occupies an important niche in compositions of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The juxtaposition of old and new in this unique instrument provides a wealth of opportunities for today’s composers in exploring sounds, tonal colorations, and textures. Originally only a Western instrument, this concert will include pieces by international composers, that have adopted the harpsichord into global music. Pieces such as Rain Dreaming by Toru Takemitsu, and Jardin des herbes by Karen Tanaka use exotic sound clouds to invoke images of rain and gardens. Other pieces, such as Lou Harrison’s Sonata for Harpsichord, explore the use of different tonal systems, emulating the sounds of the gamelan. Spinal by Vladimir Tošić explores rhythmic repetition and the slow movent of tonal clusters, wrapping the listener in layers of sound.
Maggi Payne Supercharged Theremin Morph.
Theremin Morph is an interactive experience that invites everyone to play a supercharged Theremin. The vertical antenna on the right controls the pitch of the Theremin and an Aries analog synthesizer and the Morpheus digital synthesizer’s pitch or drum sound. The closer your hand is to the antenna, the higher the pitch.
Bodil & Larnie Fox Bodil and Larnie Fox will be working with Larnie’s low-tech invented instruments, using piezo contact microphones, long strings and “rotors” made with recycled materials, small electric motors, hot glue and bamboo. Larnie and Bodil are both visual artists working with sound.
Theresa Wong As a solo performer, Wong takes the listener into the molecules of the materials at hand. A relentless digging to unearth the raw vibrations of her instruments, in her personalized total art form centered around the voice and cello, a timbral merging gives birth to new acoustically synthesized sounds. For more info, please see: www.theresawong.org
Adam Fong will be performing a new composition titled Mangle for electric bass and electronics. The piece draws inspiration from disfigurement, both literal and conceptual, as reflected through scientific factors such as physiological impacts of abiotic and repetitive stresses, anthropological considerations of historical forms of manual labor, the history of disability rights activism, and meditation on the fluidity of identity and the spiritual transformations that accompany the human experience of senescence.
John Bischoff will perform a 30 minute set of three electronic pieces. Bischoff’s recent work incorporates custom analog circuitry in sonic exchange with laptop synthesis. As he activates the circuit in performance, the resulting tones and noises are analyzed in real-time and used to inform an extended computer response. A binding together of the analog and digital realms is the result, the unique characteristics of each medium counterpoised in time to form a hybrid sensibility. Examples include: Visibility Study (2015) which turns the familiar format of musician-processed-through-looping-pedal on its head. A noisy analog circuit becomes the player while the laptop produces a looping texture via analysis and re-synthesis of each circuit gesture; Level Shift (2017) intersects the timing of circuit actions from early in the piece against subsequent musical actions later on. The resulting counterpoint flows from the sonic interpenetration of two different parts from the same performance. A primary dynamic is found in the shifting balance between textural stability and continual change.
Guillermo Galindo & Sangita Moskow
Sonic journeys unto uncharted territories blending modified traditional Eastern and Western instruments with electronics and an imaginative integration of alternative non-Western tunings constantly shifting through complex rhythmic undercurrents are just some of the elements that make the musical pilgrimage of Sangita Moskow and Guillermo Galindo a unique musical experience. Combining their talents for over 10 years, these master musicians have created a unique blend that incorporates Western XX and XXI avant garde and electronic music with a contemporary interpretation of North Indian classical musical traditions.
The Hugh Behm-Steinberg project Using recordings of people reminiscing on health, both gains and losses, as a base, they will construct an installation/performance. The piece will have two components:
Recordings of people discussing their health — physical and mental, gains and losses, struggles with medical bureaucracies, finding community, caretaking, healing. Use the semantics of spoken language to pin down the corner of a flapping tent. Use the openness of sound to ventilate the space.
Performers include: Anna Avery – Bass, vocals; Hugh Behm-Steinberg – Turntable, pedals and vocals; Mary Behm-Steinberg – Medical percussion; Chris Christensen – Modular synthesizer and analog tape loops; alex cruse – Autoharp and electronics; Lenny Gonzalez – Electric baritone guitar and pedals; Kevin CK Lo – Violin; Angela Roberts – Cello and synthesizer
Anne Hege Improvisations and original songs on The Tape Machine. The Tape Machine is an instrument constructed out of one retrofitted tape cassette recorder and two retrofitted tape cassette players. Using extended vocal technique, live rhythmic augmentation in conjunction with manipulated playback rhythmic augmentation, playback distortion, volume playback as well as record speed manipulation, she will create a sonic world where the present and past mingle together on magnetic tape and the speaking of spirits seems possible.
The Mobius Trio The guitar trio of Robert Nance, Mason Fish, and Matthew Holmes-Linder will be performing:
Brendon Randall-Myers – Making Good Choices
Robert Nance – Plexus
Maurice Ravel – 2nd Movement from String Quartet
Kevin Villalta – Witch Wagon
Santiago Gutiérrez Bolio – Thinking Songs
Adrian Knight – Bon Voyage
Danny Clay – a place that inhabits us
Carlos Lyra – Influencia do Jazz
Anthony Porter – needle-play