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Performers’ Notes & Programs for June 21, 2019

This page will be updated as it comes in with information on both the performers, and their plans for the performance itself at Garden of Memory.

Amanda Chaudhary and Serena Toxicat
This project combines ambient experimental music featuring Amanda Chaudhary (SF) on multiple synthesizers with words by Serena Toxicat (Oakland). There is an amorphous, ethereal and haunting quality to our sound, but also playful and rhythmic moments as well. Noise and harder elements provide punctuation and structure between clouds of harmonic and inharmonic sounds. Acoustic percussion is used as well, including a garrahand drum. Most of the music pays tribute to cats, both wild and domestic, including Invocation (Miaou Bast), our sample track.

Andrew Jamieson will be improvising on solo piano in the Chimes Chapel.

Anne Hege will “expand and extend what I offered last year by performing composed works that weave together my analog live-looper, the tape machine with electronic soundtracks, voice, megaphone, and smartphone instruments designed specifically for these pieces. I want to share some new works including “The Universe is Pulling Apart” and “Blessing the boats” as well as some of my old favorites “I See Spirits” and “Let Us Have Songs.” These pieces will be woven together with live improvisation and fixed tape track elements.

The Tape Machine is an instrument I constructed out of one retrofitted tape cassette recorder and two retrofitted tape cassette players. Since 2008, I have composed and improvised with this instrument honing my ability to use the unique attributes of this instrument, including haptic sensitivity, rate of playback change, live manipulation of sound by distorting both recording and playback, as well as compositional choice in vocal and sonic material and finally, interplay between recorded material (fidelity changing over time as the tape becomes used) and live sounds. Much of my work on The Tape Machine is an incantation. Using extended vocal technique, live rhythmic augmentation in conjunction with manipulated playback rhythmic augmentation, playback distortion, volume playback as well as record speed manipulation, I create a sonic world where the present and past mingle together on magnetic tape, and the speaking of spirits seems possible.”

Pianist Anne Rainwater and mezzo soprano Melinda Becker are New Moon Duo. They will perform in the Chimes Chapel “Quatro Canciones Andinas” (1999) by composer Gabriela Lena Frank.The cycle consists of four songs totaling 12 minutes in length.
“We were lucky enough to work with Ms. Frank on her Cuatro Canciones Andinas in October 2018. Influenced by the music of South America, she set music to texts drawn from the poetry of Quechua Indians, the descendants of the ancient Incas. Her pieces reflect her studies of Latin American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a unique classical framework. It is this approach to music-making that interests us, one that is driven by a very personal expression of heritage and culture.”

The Baker-Barganier Duo formed in September 2016 when multi-instrumentalist Erich Barganier joined forces with New Renaissance artist Elizabeth A. Baker to create a duo that combines spectral sonic landscapes, motion and visual art. Fusing toy piano, mandolin, experimental electronics, kinetic motion and more together, the ensemble explores original sonic landscapes and blurs the boundaries of experimental, classical and progressive music to create a unique experience.

Brenda Hutchinson will lead the annual sunset bellringing.
2008 was the inaugural year of this ongoing public interactive project dedicated to the observation of the sun every time it crossed the horizon and to sharing the awareness of that moment with others. As such the performance at the Garden of Memory in 2008 was also the first sunset observance of the Summer Solstice for the dailybell project. It has been celebrated every year at the Chapel of the Chimes since then.
“I am convinced that something as inarguable as the movement of the earth can be used as a point of unity and awareness among large groups of people who might find it otherwise impossible to agree. While this performance on the Summer Solstice is only one of 730 such observations each year, it by far the most spectacular and is celebrated by the largest group of people on a single occasion.”
The bell ringing begins at 8:24. There will be bells distributed, and you can bring your own bells. If you don’t have a bell, keys do wonders!

Garden of Memory Summer Solstice 2018 from Brenda Hutchinson on Vimeo.

The Cardew Choir will be performing Pauline Oliveros’ audience participatory “Heart Chant throughout the entire event.”

Chris Olson: “I was drawn to the idea of making the birch flags after finding some large sections of bark in the woods while living in Massachusetts. The durability, pliancy, and waterproof nature of this naturally occurring, formerly living material is inspiring. Its history of use in various northern cultures is a testament to that same fact. Due in part to the electronic, and often acousmatic nature of the music I produce I decided to use birch for an installation piece. A set of minimal speakers where the birch acts as resonator for sounds to be played in concert. I wanted the feel of something sci-fi, but in order to temper the sometimes cold image, familiar from research science, of visible wires and circuits connected in a coarse, probing way, I opted for the look of something more stately, with a feeling of tradition. The result was these hanging banners, giving the impression of a future where bio-technology intersects traditional craft. The supports are handmade, and stained. The birch, found, cleaned and separated, flattened, cut, and painted on the reverse. Set inside each hanging cross-bar is a hand-wired 1W amplifier circuit connected to a small piezo disc, which is then affixed to the bark. The piezo’s alone have a tinny, scratchy, and scarcely audible sound, due to their inability to properly transmit vibrations through air. But when brought in contact with a larger, and solid object, there exists the potential (depending on the object) to amplify, and color the sound. The sounds to be played can come from a range of sources, but for the purposes of this performance, will come from a homemade modular synthesizer housed in an old suitcase, and my guitar.”

Danny Clay and Amy Foote will have a music-ritual piece for three voices and movement.

duo B., the 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.duo B will play 4 hours straight of Anthony Braxton’s compositions, arranged for their duo. “We are in touch with Braxton’s Tricentric Foundation, which is curating a set of scores for us especially for this performance. Also, our set will be recognized as an official “Braxton75″ event in celebration of his birthday this year.” 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 immersion in the improvised-composed musical worlds of masters Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor and Henry Threadgill. Most recently, duo B. embarked on a journey in long-form improvisation with its latest project and release, No Ins & Outs, an exploration of the musical vision of pianist Cecil Taylor, re-imagined for bass and drums.

Dutton/Nishi-Smith/Otte Trio: The trio explores the group dynamic through both traditional and extended techniques on acoustic string instruments, coupled with electronics and live processing.

Violinist/composer Kristina Dutton works in a wide range of musical settings, moving freely between improvisation, new music, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Conservatory trained, she has performed on more than 40 albums of various genres, and her most recent works include: a commission for Fury, a collaboration between the San Francisco Ballet and the Alonzo King Lines Ballet; Ice Hours, a multimedia performance at the Exploratorium in collaboration with National Geographic photographer Camille Seaman, and performances with her duo Hae Voces – most recently at The Stone in New York with Jeff Zeigler of Kronos Quartet.

Kanoko Nishi-Smith is an artist currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her primary training is in classical piano performance, with a focus in Contemporary/New Music performance. Kanoko’s most recent interest is improvisational music making, both in a solo context and in collaborations with other artists, on piano as well as on her second instrument, koto (13, or 17-string Japanese zither). She approaches her explorations through various extended techniques in addition to more traditional techniques, widening the range of vocabularies on each instrument and enabling them to adapt to both musical and interdisciplinary situations.

Adria Otte creates music inspired from a diverse musical background that includes classical violin studies, rock bands, traditional Korean drumming, free improvisation and experimental electronic music. As a multi-instrumentalist, she has performed improvised and composed works on violin, electric guitar in rock bands, and live electronic music in her duo OMMO. As a sound designer and composer she has collaborated with performance artist Dohee Lee, NAKA Dance Theater, as well as video and visual artists.

Dylan Mattingly and Eli Wirtschafter will be improvising on cello and violin. They first started playing together in 2009, Garden of Memory is their annual reunion.

Edward Schocker will perform on his glass instruments and the Japanese Sho (mouth organ).

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan New Carnatic improvised music.

Gino Robair and Tom Djll —aka Unpopular Electronics: analog electronics, interpreting graphic scores and using chance operations to determine their sounds.


Henry Kaiser and Scott Amendola will be performing together, while Brandy Gale paints to the music.

IMA: is Nava Dunkelman (percussion) and Amma Ateria aka Jeanie Aprille Tang (electronics). IMA is a sound project marching forth with fearless percussion, stark electronics, and Japanese poetry. Deconstructing and dissolving heavy music through restraint and release, IMA strives for a balance between meticulous detailed precision of instrumentation. Chaos of densities driven to brinks of breakage situated by beautification in between.

Violinist Irene Sazer will be improvising with violinist Kate Stenberg.

“a thin line between,” for solo tam-tam, is the result of an ongoing collaboration between composer Lydia Winsor Brindamour and percussionist James Beauton. The work explores the instrument’s varied timbral and sonic attributes, as the activation of the tam-tam’s fundamental is continually manipulated to create subtle variations in the resulting sound. The piece allows the resonance of the instrument to engulf the listener, yielding a perceptual experience that is both auditory and physical. The resonance, and acoustic characteristics, of a particular performance space dictate the performer’s choices. Due to this, the score allows for flexibility in the temporal manifestation of the work, allowing the piece to function as a reflection of the space it inhabits. James Beauton is a Southern California based percussionist and conductor who specializes in the experimental music of the last century. Presently, James is a member of the contemporary percussion ensemble, red fish blue fish, and conductor of the UC San Diego Wind Ensemble. He is concurrently working toward his DMA in Contemporary Music Performance at UC San Diego. Lydia Winsor Brindamour writes music that explores simplicity, absence and loss. Lydia completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard College and is currently pursuing a PhD in composition at the University of California, San Diego, studying with Rand Steiger.

Janam( My Soul ) blends Balkan, Near Eastern and American roots music, creating rapturous acoustic textures, whirling rhythms and stunning vocal harmonies. Led by Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble veteran Juliana Graffagna, Janam unites some of the Bay Area’s most imaginative and devoted players of Balkan and Near Eastern music, who weave together Eastern exoticism, Appalachian folk melodies and their own compositions.

Joe Colley will be performing in a meditative vein.

Joe Colley at KYTN 07 – EDIT from Arika on Vimeo.

John Benson will be bringing back his drum dancing with milk again.

Karen Stackpole & Krys Bobrowski: Gongs and gliss glass. Using various bowing techniques to excite these instruments, we tend to create long, slowly evolving sounds. People can come and listen for awhile or just meander through a wash of shifting timbres. Additionally, they like having the opportunity to discuss their instruments and allow visitors to play them during breaks in an informal way.

Kevin Robinson is a saxophonist/composer and leader of the KREation Ensemble founded in 2003. He will be presenting a body of work steeped in compositional approach that investigates ideas of labyrinths, mazes and meditation. The work is entitled Through the Twisting Prisms” It is a collection of intervallic, rhythmic, harmonic labyrinths and mazes that explore ideas convergence, expansion, contraction and meditation. It highlights the compositional approach that Kevin Robinson has been crystallizing throughout his artistic and spiritual practice. His approach explores concepts of circular motion and elastic symmetry to reflect overlapping paths in life. He is a native of Baltimore, MD and is currently based in Oakland, CA. He is currently attending Mills College in the MA Composition Program where he is studying with Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins and others. He received his BFA in Jazz Reeds from California Institute of the Arts where he studied composition with Wadada Leo Smith and Vinny Golia.

Kitka will perform three sets in the Chimes Chapel.Kitka is an American women’s vocal arts ensemble inspired by traditional songs and vocal techniques from Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
For 40 years, Kitka’s mission has been devoted to cultivating global community through the practice of cross-cultural song sharing and collective harmony singing. “In today’s sociopolitical climate, Kitka’s work is more important than ever. Our performances, community choirs, vocal workshops with master artists from around the globe, multicultural/multidisciplinary collaborations, and song documentation and sharing activities all serve a vision of a world in which cultural diversity is celebrated—and human connection is rediscovered—through shared experiences of creativity and beauty.”

Laura Inserra will be playing the Hang. She is a multi-instrumentalist, sound and music therapist, teacher, composer, sound designer and event producer. Born and raised in Sicily, she is specialized in the transformative and healing power of sound, ethnomusicology, sympathetic resonance, ambisonic and binaural technologies.

The Lightbulb Ensemble: Brian Baumbusch says: “I’ve been working on a big project, “The Pressure” for the past year that is set to premiere on June 15 at YBCA as part of the Other Minds festival, and I thought that it would be fantastic if we could do a portion of the piece at the Chapel, since the timing of it would be so convenient. The piece is for The Lightbulb Ensemble, performing on a new set of instruments that I built last fall, as well as the Friction Quartet, a quartet of singers, electric organ, and me as narrator accompanied by a disklavier that is imitating my narration. I’m narrating a story written by my brother, which is in the style of early german expressionistic horror films, and there is a collection of illustrations which I project during the narration that portray the story, sort of like a performance of a graphic novel. The full ensemble is not playing through the duration of the piece, rather different subsets of the ensemble are featured at different times; the piece is split into two 45-minute halves.”

Maggi Payne will be back with her theremin for the audience to experiment with.

Majel Connery: “An electronic solo set. A keyboardist & vocalist; my instrumentation is vocals, TC-Helicon vocal processor, 88-key keyboard, 2-3 synths on smaller tables, a laptop & 2 speakers. (I do need electricity 🙂 I’ve been working toward the release of a new solo electronic album over the past year called Anything Chartreuse, and my performance at Chapel of the Chimes will involve primarily this material, which I would describe as dream pop.”

Nils Bultmann, violist.

Orchestra Nostalgico will be performing again on the Pacific Plaza

Pamela Z will be sharing a room with Donald Swearingen this year – and, in addition to solo sets, will be collaborating with him. Pamela Z is a composer/performer who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, and gesture activated MIDI controllers. She has also composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her performances and sound installation works have been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention and the NEA/JUSFC Fellowship.

Donald Swearingen is an Oakland, California-based composer, performer, multimedia artist, and designer of interactive performance systems and installations. Classically trained, but with an ear to the radio, he gravitated to popular music in his teens and early twenties, working for 10 years in the Memphis music industry, both as a traveling performer, and recording artist at such legendary studios as Stax and Hi. Eventually, his work with studio electronics and synthesizers reoriented his focus, and he turned to the academic world where he pursued undergraduate studies in computer music, mathematics, electronics and physics, followed by advanced degrees in mathematics and computer science.
For the past 20 years, his work has revolved around the use of movement and gesture as the source of media control in an expanded, computer-assisted performance environment, leading to the design custom instruments and software for both himself and other artists, including Pamela Z, Miya Masaoka, Guillermo Galindo, Todd Shalom, and Thea Farhadian

Performing in the Julia Morgan Chapel on a pair of huge invented musical instruments, the Duo of acclaimed composer, performer & instrument inventor Paul Dresher and percussionist-extraordinaire Joel Davel consistently generates excitement and wonder.
Playing the 15-foot Quadrachord or the 10-foot Hurdy Grande, both controlled by Don Buchla’s magical Marimba Lumina, Dresher and Davel create lush textures and rhythmically propulsive grooves that fascinate the ear and the eye. Exploring unique sound-colors amplified by live digital looping, this electro-acoustic duo creates complex sonic layers as rich as a full orchestra.

Sahba Sizdahkhani “I am an Iranian-American who grew up in Washington DC and then Costa Rica and back to East Coast. I grew up as a percussionist and studied Jazz at Berklee. Some years ago I began playing the ancient Persian dulcimer called santur. It has 140 strings. I relocated to nature and have been living in Los Padres National Forest on border with Santa Paula California and Upper Ojai Valley, in a Quonset hut cabin, exploring new ways to explore this instrument as well as record”

Pianist Sarah Cahill will perform two sets in the Chimes Chapel. She will play Percy Grainger’s arrangement of John Dowland’s “Now, O Now I Needs Must Part,” Terry Riley’s The Walrus in Memoriam, and Theresa Wong’s She Dances Naked Under Palm Trees. With bassist Richard Mix, she will also perform works by Roscoe Mitchell and Ann Callaway. Cahill will be performing in memory of Joe Botz, an avid audience member at new music concerts who died in March.

SCLork ensemble plays live electronic music (8 players) with dedicated loudspeakers per player. Created in the Spring of 2012 by Bruno Ruviaro and his students at Santa Clara University, this interdisciplinary group explores the intersection of music composition, live performance, human/computer interaction, programming, and sound design, with an emphasis on musical creativity based on cutting-edge technologies. Chamber SCLOrk members are Edmund Howser, David Kerr, Tanya Sonker, Miles Elliott, Kevin Roth, Luke Nihlen, Bruno Ruviaro, and Kaitlin McSweeney. They will be performing ambient, textural and atmospheric pieces based on soft synthetic waveforms and amplified small objects using contact mics and live processing.

Theresa Wong will perform solo, with cello and voice. Pieces for Contrabass flute and electronics. Also some very sonorous pieces for the large low clarinets which have not been performed before. A piece or two with woodwinds, gongs and possibly electronics which is both soothing and adventuresome at the same time. “I have been working with woodwind instruments for almost close to 50 years and about 8 or 9 years ago started a journey using Gongs and Singing Bowls along with my woodwinds. Through the manipulation of the Gongs with various mallets, bowing techniques and specialized rubbing with modified objects, overtones are produced that have other worldly qualities and create a bed for my woodwinds and aerophones. Many people find the sounds quite serene and inspirational.”

Wendy Reid and Friends “My group will be performing a small ensemble version of ‘Ambient Bird 433’ an hour+ long tree piece, as well as a new bird haiku collection. These pieces will take up the entire time. The ensemble includes Brenda Hutchinson, Aurora Josephson, Ron Heglin, Lulu (my parrot), and me, with possibly a few others.”

Watkins / Peacock is a psychedelic improvising trance and new dance music duo formed in 2017. Featuring members of acclaimed musical outfits Mwahaha (Plug Research) and Black Spirituals (Sige). Watkins / Peacock perform live with vintage and new hardware. They mix live borrowing from kraut and dub traditions.

A few schedules for 2018’s Garden of Memory

For the most part there are no schedules – or they’re loose schedules between the performers sharing rooms as to how they’ll trade off playing. Our recommendation is to wing it – just wander the building and come upon the music serendipitously, with the understanding that if you circle back again you might hear something completely different.

However, for those of you who insist on planning your experience we will post here schedules as we learn them.

Here’s the current plan for the Chimes Chapel with the piano:
5-5:20- Dylan Mattingly
5:25-5:45- Kitka
5:50-6:10- Adam Tendler
6:15-6:35- Sarah Cahill and Kate Stenberg
6:40- 7:00- Kitka
7:05-7:25- Adam Tendler
7:30-7:50- Sarah Cahill and Kate Stenberg
7:55-8:15— Kitka
8:20 to 8:40- Adam Tendler
8:40- 9 pm- Dylan Mattingly

The Court of Quietude
The Cardew Choir will begin Pauline Oliveros’ The Heart Chant at 5 and conclude it at 9. Audience participation welcome throughout.

Garden of St. Matthew
ROVA is “on the hour” 5 Pm, 6 pm 7 pm 8 pm
Mobius Trio is “on the half hour” 5:30, 6:30, 7:30; 8:30

Palm Garden
5:30-7:30pm Dylan Mattingly & Eli Wirtschafter
7:30pm-9pm Gyan Riley & Timba Harris: Probosci

Chapel of Light
5pm William Winant Percussion Group
5:30 Real Vocal String Quartet
6:30 William Winant Percussion Group
7:00 Real Vocal String Quartet
7:45 William Winant Percussion Group
8:15 Real Vocal String Quartet

Garden of Ages and Main Entrance
The Living Earth Show with Dennis Aman will be playing the first hour, 5:00-6:00 outside at the front entrance on Piedmont, then move into Garden of Ages for two hours before moving back outside for the last hour from 8:00-9:00.

Julia Morgan Chapel
5:00 Amy X Neuburg
5:30 Paul Dresher & Joel Davel
6:00 Amy X Neuburg
6:30 Paul Dresher & Joel Davel
7:00 Amy X Neuburg
7:30 Paul Dresher & Joel Davel
8:00 Amy X Neuburg
8:30 Paul Dresher & Joel Davel

Chapel of St Luke
Faythe Vollrath, harpsichord
5:00 – 6:00 PM
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Adam Fong, bass & electronics
6:00 – 7:00 PM
8:00 – 9:00 PM

Integrity East & West
The How Are You Feeling Project
5:00 – 6:00 PM
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Moe! Staiano Ensemble
6:00 – 7:00 PM
8:00 – 9:00 PM

Pacific Plaza
Orchestra Nostalgico
5:00 – 6:00 PM
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Dan Plonsey’s Goggle Plex
6:00 – 7:00 PM
8:00 – 9:00 PM

Benevolence West
duo B. will play a continuous 4-hour performance of Wadada Leo Smith’s composition, Luminous Axis.

Garden of Eternal Wisdom
Laura Inserra will perform from 5pm to 9pm

Chapel of the Holy Word
Gautam Tejas Ganeshan will perform from 5pm to 9pm

Hae Voces will perform from 5pm to 9pm

Peter Whitehead
5:00 – 6:00 PM
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Sidney Chen
6:00 – 7:00 PM
8:00 – 9:00 PM

Everlasting Hope
Gabby Fluke-Mogul Group (Nava Dunkelman, Gabby Fluke-Mogul, Kim Nucci, Kevin Schwenkler, & Tom Weeks) will improvise from 5-9pm.

California Columbarium
5-5:45PM – Krys Bobrowski and Karen Stackpole ~ Gliss Glass and Gongs 1
5:45-6:30PM – Larnie and Bodil Fox Eclipse ~ Quiet Version 1
6:30-7:15PM – Krys Bobrowski and Karen Stackpole ~ Gliss Glass and Gongs 2
7:15-8PM – Larnie and Bodil Fox Eclipse ~ Quiet Version 2
8PM Larnie and Bodil Fox, Krys Bobrowski and Karen Stackpole ~ Improvisation

Loving Kindness
4:00–5:00: Giacomo Fiore performs Michael Pisaro’s black, white, red, green, blue (~40′) and Eve Beglarian’s until it blazes (~15′)
6:00–6:30: John Bischoff performs 3 of his electronic works: Circuit Combine, Level Shift, and Visibility Study
6:30–7:30: Giacomo Fiore performs Cat Lamb’s point/wave (~60′)
7:30–8:00: John Bischoff performs 3 of his electronic works: Circuit Combine, Level Shift, and Visibility Study
8:00–9:00 Giacomo Fiore performs Danny Clay’s Turntable Drawing 16 (~20′) and Larry Polansky’s freeHorn (~30′)

St Paul
5-6pm: Sharmi Basu
6-7pm: Pamela Z
7-8pm: Sharmi Basu
8-9pm: Pamela Z

Cloister of Cherubs
Anne Hege 5:00pm – 5:30pm
Silvia Matheus 5:30pm to 6:00pm
Anne Hege 6:00pm – 6:30pm
Silvia Matheus 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Anne Hege 7:00- 7:30pm
Silvia Matheus 7:30 to 8:00pm
Anne Hege 8:00- 8:30pm
Silvia Matheus 8:30pm- 9:00pm

2018’s Map of the Performers at Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes

For those of you who like to plan ahead, or afterwards want to remember who you saw where, here is a link to a downloadable map showing where the performers will be playing. Many will be sharing a room, but some will be on their own – which means there will be times when they have to take a break. Don’t despair, circle back! There are a few schedules which we may post online, but the best place to look for an artist’s schedule is posted outside their appointed spot once you get there, if they choose to put one up. There will be a schedule for The Chimes Chapel posted in the lobby area.

Garden of Memory 2018 program

Performer & Ensemble notes for 2018

John Bischoff Sarah Cahill The Cornelius Cardew Choir Paul Dresher & Joel Davel Duo B Giacomo Fiore Adam Fong Amy Foote & Danny Clay Larnie & Bodil Fox Guillermo Gallindo & Sangita Moskow Gautam Tejas Ganeshan Hae Voces Anne Hege “The How Are You Feeling Project” Brenda Hutchinson Dylan Mattingly The Mobius Trio Amy X Neuburg Maggi Payne Robin Petrie and friends Real Vocal String Quartet Wendy Reid Rova Saxophone Quartet Dean Santomieri & Cindy Sawprano The Sparkle Boys Moe! Staiano Ensemble Adam Tendler Faythe Vollrath The Willam Winant Percussion Group Theresa Wong Pamela Z

Brenda Hutchinson will lead the sunset bell ringing as part of her dailybell project. Sunset is at 8:34 PM and everyone is invited to participate. If you have bells, please bring them. For the bell-less, Brenda will have some bells onhand to share.

Giacomo Fiore will explore long-form pieces by Catherine Lamb, Larry Polansky, and Michael Pisaro, and improvise meditative soundscapes for electric and acoustic guitars.

Giacomo Fiore Photo credit, Marco Sanchez, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes June 21, 2015 All Rights Reserved

Duo B The 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.

Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes 2017. Photo by Tom Holub, All Rights Reserved.

Probosci The Probosci duo of Gyan Riley and Timba Harris will be playing music from their brand new album Nethermead.

Photo by Chris Tompkins 2017, All Rights Reserved

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:

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.

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan new Carnatic music

The William Winant Percussion Group The William Winant Percussion group will be performing the west coast premiere of a Jon Gibson piece for percussion and winds.

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 How Are You Feeling 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; Kevin Droese: Guitar and pedals; Anne Lesley Selcer: Vocals and electronics

Dylan Mattingly will be performing solo piano in the Chapel of the Chimes in addition to improvising on cello with violinist Eli Wirtschafter.

Wendy Reid will be performing a new hour+ long tree piece along with Brenda Hutchinson, Aurora Josephson, Ron Heglin, Lulu (her parrot), and possibly a few others.

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

The Cornelius Cardew Choir will offer our four-hour version of Pauline Oliveros’ meditative Heart Chant. As in other years, we welcome audience participation and members of the Cardew Choir will be present to help you enter and exit the circle as well as sing alongside you.

Sarah Cahill Garden of Memory founder and pianist Sarah Cahill will give the Bay Area premiere of John Adams’ I Still Play and she will be joined by violinist Kate Stenberg for Tocar by Kaija Saariaho and three movements of Suenos de Chambi by Gabriela Frank.

A Midsummer Celebration on 2018’s Summer Solstice (Ritual No. 10 by Amy Foote/Danny Clay)
Performers: Amy Foote (voice, autoharp, wine glasses, chimes), Lora Libby (voice, wine glasses), Danny Clay (Sound Gardener, wine glasses)

To Begin, gather some beautiful, colorful, and playful objects that delight.
Also, gather some beautiful, colorful, and playful sounds that delight.

Go to a garden that gives you a sense of curiosity and place your objects and sounds in the garden in a way that illuminates the space, but does not dominate. Spend time with the garden.

Bring a few instruments in the folk tradition (autoharp, bells, chimes, wine glasses, etc). Every 10-15 minutes, play a playful tune about summertime love to renew the playfulness and warmth of the space. To make sure everyone (seen and unseen) enjoys themselves, it is suggested that these musical events are varied and chosen at random. Do this by choosing runes that represent each event. You may also use any other means of chance process. Each event should be performed delicately, playfully, and must not overwhelm the garden sounds but must instead grow from them. Songs and events may be arranged by the performers and participants in ways that are most pleasing to themselves and/or most pleasing to the garden spirits.

Amy Foote and Lora Libby will sing and play wind chimes, autoharp, and/or wine glasses. Danny Clay will also play instruments, combs, or drips, as needed in each song or fluxus ‘event’. This means that every 10 or 15 minutes we will perform one of the following pieces, as decided by our chance process: “Dreamlover” (Mariah Carey) / “I don’t want to wait” (Paula Cole) / “Angel” (Shaggy ft. Rayvon) / Wind Music (Shiomi) / Comb Music/Comb Event (Brecht) / Drip Music (Brecht)

As people pass by, they may either participate with sound (should we be performing Comb music, Drip music, or Wind Music.)

Rova Saxophone Quartet Since its inception in 1978 – forty years ago – Rova has always performed “structured improvisations.” The jazz form is designed for improvising and is one form of “structured improvisation.” But in our forms created for Rova, we devise rules or games or sound-specific events which we can then include in combinations / variations in each new structured improvisation that we create. In our sets on the hour in at Chapel of the Chimes tonight, we will fill the half-hour sets with music and sounds that fit the space. Our newest long-form structure is called NC17. It includes seven scenarios which can be cued in by the performers during the piece. But in one version we might cue them all in. In another version we might use only one or two or three, and re-cue amongst those, ignoring the other cueing options. The decisions are spontaneous but always influenced by the music of the moment. So you’ll be seeing new versions of the piece each time you come by.

Pamela Z will be performing solo works for voice and electronics.

Paul Dresher & Joel Davel Moving Parts – Paul Dresher with Joel Davel (2011-18) for Hurdy Grande and Marimba Lumina. Moving Parts is Dresher and Davel’s evolving work for these two invented instruments. The work combines both fully composed sections (including the structure of all the live loops) as well as improvisational elements that provide elaboration on and connectivity between the composed materials.

About the Hurdy Grande: Collaboratively created and built by Paul Dresher and Daniel Schmidt for the invented musical instrument theatrical work Schick Machine, the Hurdy Grande is inspired by its namesake, the hurdy gurdy – a medieval European folk instrument about the size of a large guitar and whose strings are bowed hand-cranked wooden wheel.

Dresher and Schmidt’s Hurdy Grande borrows the idea of mechanically bowing strings with a spinning wheel but in all other ways, it is entirely different from the traditional instrument, particularly in it’s size – the strings are nearly 10 feet long – and because the wooden wheel spins under the power of a variable speed motor (controlled with a foot pedal). This leaves both of the performer’s hands free to play on the strings. More importantly unlike the hurdy gurdy, whose strings are constantly touching the wheel – providing a nearly constant drone, the Hurdy Grande’s seven strings lay just above the spinning wheel and the performer presses down on each of the strings with a finger in order to engage/bow it with the spinning wooden wheel.

Most typically, the finger presses on the string at a precise point in the harmonic series between the 2nd and 16th harmonic, though it is also possible to pluck the strings like a guitar or to pinch the string at any point in it’s length while pressing into the wheel in order to obtain pitches not in the open string’s harmonic series.

The Hurdy Grande is capable of a vast array of simultaneous sound production, combining the sounds and techniques of bowed stringed instruments, the harp and percussion. It is capable of generating more simultaneous and contrasting layers of sound than virtually any other acoustic instrument in the hands of a single (or two) player(s).

About the Marimba Lumina: A recent instrument design by synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla in collaboration with Joel Davel and Mark Goldstein, Marimba Lumina is a sophisticated electronic instrument that has more expressive control than a typical electronic keyboard. Modeled somewhat after its acoustic namesake, it is a dynamically sensitive electronic mallet controller that brings an extended vocabulary and range of expression to the mallet instrument family. Marimba Lumina’s playing surface includes a traditionally arrayed set of electronic bars. Each bar is made up of two overlapping antennas that receive proximity information from each of the four mallets. This allows the Marimba Lumina to respond to new performance variables such as position along the length of each bars. In addition, each mallet is tuned to a unique frequency which allows one to program different instrumental responses for each mallet. This all augments the potential for expressive control with easily implemented pitch, volume and timbre modulation.

Real Vocal String Quartet We now have a bass player…an incredible one at that. We have been awarded a Gerbode Grant and are in the midst of writing and recording a new body of work with collaborative artists from 8 of San Francisco’s international sister cities. We will release this (our 4th) CD and premiere the work next spring at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. To move forward with this project, RVSQ welcomes Sumaia Jackson on five string fiddle, Helen Newby on cello and Sam Shuhan on string bass. Yes BASS. We are changed and it’s a beautiful sound.

Real Vocal String Quartet – Irene Sazer, Helen Newby, Sam Shuhan, and Sumaia Jackson

The Sparkle Boys Sparkle Boys is a sound of twisted circuits kalimba mush loops, swirling spirit cats being accidentally stepped on and running down the hall of banana leaf drapery to the playful joy of pursuant bees. Music to promote a weekly frisbee game. The helpers are calling from inside the house screams the startled detective. Matthew and Eric met in Philadelphia in 2003 this was is the best and only option.

Robin Petrie and friends will be playing new and improvised music on stringed instruments and percussion, featuring the hammered dulcimer.

Moe! Staiano Ensemble Moe! Staiano is an Oakland-based composer/drummer whose large ensembles, Moe! Staiano Ensemble and Moe!kestra!, have performed in both Europe and the United States. His dense, heavy and intense compositions often include unconventional instrumentation, such as sirens, u-bolts, prepared guitars and wine glasses, as well as traditional orchestral and rock instruments. His composition, “Away Towards the Light,” is an exploration of tonal interplay and contrasting rhythms for nine electric guitars, bass and drums composed in three movements, and is his first composition for multiple electric guitars. It will be performed in an abbreviated version specially for this event (with no bass and drums, obviously).

Amy X Neuburg will perform her customary assortment of “avant-cabaret” songs for voice, live looping and electronic percussion — always a few new tunes and some old favorites. Amy has been a staple at Garden of Memory for — oh gosh — almost forever. She looks forward every year to this magical event, and especially enjoys its family-oriented nature and seeing the delighted faces of young kids being turned on to adventurous new music.

Amy has presented her energetic and unclassifiable music, solo and as a composer for ensembles, all over the U.S. and the world.

Dean Santomieri will be performing, (guitar & voice), with Cindy Sawprano, at this year’s Garden of Memory Solstice Concert. Cindy plays saw, hurdy-gurdy, accordion and voice, as well as an array of sound-making items that she uses for looping. They will be performing a number of spoken word pieces, modern classical songs (and originals), instrumentals and improvisations.
Cindy and Dean will be in The Chapel of Meditation, where Dean has performed for the last few years with violinist Thea Farhadian. They will be alternating 30-minute sets, on the hour and half-hour, with the amazing Tuvan Throat Singer, Soriah!

Adam Tendler will chance-determine his three sets so that no piece repeats and no set will be the same.
Works to be played include:
-for thing (Marina Poleukhina)
-Music for Piano 4 (Toshi Ichiyanagi)
-Imaginary Husband (Elodie Lauten)
-Le Loriot (Olivier Messiaen)
-while nailing at random (David Lang)
-Mad Rush (Philip Glass)

Notes for June 21 2017

There are very few scheduled performances – in some of the chapels, and some shared rooms, there will be specific sets – otherwise the performers will perform for the entire concert – taking occasional unscheduled breaks. The best way to see everyone is just to wander, and go back to a room if it was empty when you first passed by.

In the Chimes Chapel

5pm-5:35pm: A performance by Joel Davel, Nannick Bonnel, Peter Apfelbaum & Claudine Naganuma honors the memory of Don Buchla, whose innovative instruments and dedication to contemporary music influenced the lives of many in the Bay Area new music community.

5:45 to 6:15- Kitka: ancient and contemporary harmonies from Eastern Europe with special guest Svetlana Spajic

6:15 to 7:35- Samuel Adams and Helen Kim perform Morton Feldman’s “For John Cage”

7:40 to 8:10- Kitka: ancient and contemporary harmonies from Eastern Europe with special guest Svetlana Spajic

8:10 to 8:30- Sarah Cahill performs Lou Harrison

8:30 to 9 pm- Kitka: ancient and contemporary harmonies from Eastern Europe with special guest Svetlana Spajic

In the Julia Morgan Chapel:
Paul Dresher & Joel Davel alternating with
Amy X Neuburg

In the Meditation Chapel:
Kristine Barrett alternating with
Dean Santiomeri & Thea Farhadian

On Pacific Plaza
Orchestra Nostalgico will alternate hourly with
Dan Plonsey & Goggle Plex

In The Chapel of Light:
Duo B: Lisa Mezzacappa & Jason Levis alternating with
The Real Vocal String Quartet

Map of Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes 2017

For those of you who like to plan ahead, or afterwards, want to remember who you saw where, here is a map showing where the performers will be playing. Some will be sharing a room, but most will be on their own – which means there will be times when they have to take a break. Don’t despair, circle back! There are few schedules – none we can publish, but they might be posted in the rooms once you get there. There will be a schedule for The Chapel of the Chimes itself posted in the lobby area.

Garden of Memory 2017 program MAP

Sarah Cahill Garden of Memory Chronicle

Musical reflections 2016 – Chapel of the Chimes December 18, 2016

Chapel of the Chimes and New Music Bay Area present Musical Reflections of 2016, a free four-hour musical community gathering in honor of those we’ve lost this year, including the Ghost Ship fire victims and beloved composer Pauline Oliveros.

Kitka Photo credit, Tom Holub, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, June 21, 2015

Kitka Photo credit, Tom Holub, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, June 21, 2015

Musicians include survivors of the Ghost Ship community who will play music for their lost friends and bandmates, and close collaborators of Pauline Oliveros, who had deep roots in the Bay Area. Musical Reflections of 2016 gives us all a chance to gather and mourn many events and loved ones from this difficult year. Several of Pauline Oliveros’ works being performed invite audience participation.
Cardew Choir Heart Chant
Performers are all donating their services and talents, and include Kitka, the Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir, Sharmi Basu, the William Winant Percussion Group, the Cardew Choir, Samuel Carl Adams, Ellen Fullman, Theresa Wong, Luciano Chessa, Dylan Mattingly, Pamela Z, Edward Schocker and Thingamajigs Performance Collective, Majel Connery, Katabatik, Soriah, Laura Inserra with Suellen Primost and Barbara Eramo, Gino Robair and Anne Pajunen, Diane Grubbe, Phil Gelb with Chris Brown and Tim Perkis, Sarah Cahill, Danny Clay, John Benson, Carletta Sue Kay, Gautam Tejas Ganeshan, Ramon Sender, Zina Bozzay, Maggi Payne, For Now, members of Volti, Carta, East Bay Ray, Andy Meyerson, The Gyuto Monks, Sarah Lockhart, and many more.
Performances are simultaneous and throughout the beautiful chapels and alcoves and spaces at the Julia Morgan-designed Chapel of the Chimes. Musical Reflections of 2016 offers a unique and personal musical experience to every listener as he or she wanders freely through this multilevel maze of interior gardens, alcoves, pools, and antechambers ingeniously designed by Julia Morgan.
Laura Inserra
Everyone is encouraged to take public transportation or carpool, since parking will be limited.

Map of the Performers for Garden of Memory 2016

For those of you who like to plan ahead, or afterwards, want to remember who you saw where, here is a map showing where the performers will be playing. Some will be sharing a room, but most will be on their own – which means there will be times when they have to take a break. Don’t despair, circle back! There are few schedules – none we can publish, but they might be posted in the rooms once you get there. There will be a schedule for The Chapel of the Chimes itself posted in the lobby area.
Garden of Memory 2016 Map

Sarah Cahill Garden of Memory Chronicle

Performers at Garden of Memory 2016

Photo credit, Marco Sanchez, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes June 21, 2015

Photo credit, Marco Sanchez, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes June 21, 2015

The 2016 Garden of Memory event will take place on Tuesday, June 21st from 5–9 p.m. The list of confirmed participants as of this writing is:

Hannah Addario-Berry
Sharmi Basu and Alexander Brown
John Benson
John Bischoff
Krys Bobrowski & Karen Stackpole
Chris Brown & Vân Ánh (Vanessa) Võ
Sarah Cahill & Kate Stenberg
Cornelius Cardew Choir
Cvbe ov Falsehood
Beth Custer & Stephen Kent
Paul Dresher & Joel Davel
Adam Fong, Brent Miller & sfSound
Larnie Fox
Gautam Tejas Ganeshan
Phillip Gelb & Tim Perkis
Phillip Greenlief
Laura Inserra
Andrew Jamieson
Jaroba & Keith Cary
Henry Kaiser & Brandy Gale & Knut Reiersrud
Danny Paul Grody
The Lickets
Lightbulb Ensemble
Living Earth Show
Dylan Mattingly with Eli Wirtschafter and Alex Fager
Richard Mix
Mobius Trio
Lisa Sangita Moskow with Guillermo Galindo
Amy X Neuburg
Maggi Payne
Robin Petrie and friends
Dan Plonsey with Goggle Saxophone / Live Art Collective
Larry Polansky & Giacomo Fiore
Randy Porter
Wendy Reid
Eric Glick Rieman & Wayne Grim
Rova Saxophone Quartet
Santiomeri-Farhadian Duo
Sheldon Brown’s Distant Intervals
William Winant Group
Theresa Wong
Pamela Z

This list will be updated as the program is finalized.

Photo by Marco Sanchez, All Rights Reserved

Photo by Marco Sanchez, All Rights Reserved

Lightbulb Ensemble Photo credit, Marco Sanchez, Garden of Memory June 21, 2015

Lightbulb Ensemble Photo credit, Marco Sanchez, Garden of Memory June 21, 2015

Kitka Photo credit, Tom Holub, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, June 21, 2015

Kitka Photo credit, Tom Holub, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, June 21, 2015

ROVA at Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes Photo credit, Holly Healy, June 21, 2015 All Rights Reserved

ROVA at Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes Photo credit, Holly Healy, June 21, 2015 All Rights Reserved