May 3, 2017

May shows

Two shows this week, and more later in the month. Voicehandler rips it up at an early show in SF on Sunday along with tarot readings, lectures, video, and more. Thursday night my large group dance/music improvisation experiment with Christine Bonansea — started in 2014 — will perform at Center for New Music.

Thu 5/4

- Improv Lab Group (music + dance) — musicians: Tom Djll, Jacob Felix Heule, Kanoko Nishi-Smith, Suki O’Kane, Tim Perkis, & Danishta Rivero. dancers: Christine Bonansea, Marina Fukushima, Rosemary Hannon, & Kathleen Hermesdorf.
- Jorge Bachmann + Kevin Corcoran duet (music)
- Isak Emmanuel (dance) + multimedia

Center for New Music (55 Taylor St. SF)
$10 General, $5 Members
8:00 PM


Sun 5/7
Strange Thoughts Salon Night

female fronted medicine folk drone / Samashti
experimental music performance / Voicehandler
spoken word / Scott Hawkins & Travis Davis
video installation & art talk / Jesus Aguilar & Amy Ho
screening & lecture on the dark realm of the american gothic / Courtney Coulson
tarot readings / Della Watson

SAFEhouse Arts [1 Grove St. SF]
tickets sliding scale $7-$10
5:00-9:00 pm


Fri 5/19

FLOWERS ON LOAN teams up San Francisco-based guitarist Owen Stewart-Robertson with Los Angeles-based musicians Logan Hone and Jesse Quebbeman-Turley for a 2 week tour across the Western US. In store is a series of kinetic, sing-song, unpredictable, vibrant, and imaginative performances that will form, crystallize, and shatter over the course of the tour.

VERTEBRATE is a new project from percussionist/composer Tim DeCillis and features Steven Lugerner on clarinets and Max Judelson on cello.

D.E.J.J. is the collective spontaneous energies of Danishta Rivero, Evelyn Davis, Jacob Felix Heule, and Jordan Glenn.

Temescal Arts Center [511 48th St. Oakland]
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm SHARP


and my two monthly series:

Tue 5/9
Active Music Series
- LURK/CREEPS (Costuros/Pittman/Sutherland)
- Bonansea/Bachmann/Corcoran
- The Deconstruction Of What You Know (Allen/Kaiser/Orr/Winant)

Uptown Nightclub
1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland
9:00 PM


Sun 5/21
Doors That Only Open in Silence
(open participation workshop in free improvisation)
7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]


More new videos on my Active Music Series youtube page:

April 18, 2017

Harpoon through The Out Door

"a kind of musical block universe devoid of time’s beginning/middle/end arrow. Its existence seems oddly necessary - as if this sound had to exist, always existed, a part of the universe the group is discovering rather than inventing."

April 17, 2017

Harpoon reviewed by Touching Extremes

"The instruments explicate the harsh voice of their viscera, pretty much abused by the handlers in between smells of burnt metal and corroded wood. ... We just have to separate what we accept as acoustically plausible for our own health from what causes disdain or repulsion, and let it play forever if so needed."

April 13, 2017

a closer listen: Harpoon

"As the harpoon rends the flesh of animals and provokes the backlash of nervous systems, the musicians grind their instruments and materials to dust in a process that unleashes a similarly noisy response, a cruelty that oscillates between the impassioned and the neutral, or in other words, the kind of violence that seemingly only nature is capable of."

April 12, 2017

Harpoon on Ribosome Radio

Harpoon is featured on this cool radio show alongside Eli Keszler and a bunch of other good music.

April 4, 2017

April shows

This Sunday at CNMAT, Danishta Rivero and I are joining Scott Rubin and Tamara Chu for a first-time collaboration involving improvised music, diffused sound, dance, and paint. Read on for details, and a couple other April events.

Sun 4/9
CNMAT Users Group Presents:

eudiser is a performance experiment in cross-modal initiations and interactions. Scored for a dancer and three musicians, eudiser interrogates relationships between movement and sound through creating situations of ambiguous influence between the artists using acoustic, electronic, and visual mediums.

Outfitted with motion sensors, the dancer exerts influence over the electronic sound. These sensors stream movement data to a computer, which maps the data to sample, process, and playback shadows of the live acoustic sound.

As the music serves as an audible commentary on the movement, the canvas serves as a visual one. Using the body as a paint brush, the dancer creates a trail of her movement, gestures from the past that contextualize the present, feeding the sound that continues to create it.

Tamara Chu - dance, motion sensors, paint
Danishta Rivero - voice, electronics
Scott Rubin - viola, electronics
Jacob Felix Heule - percussion

featuring Trajectories: live sound diffusion algorithm by Ilya Y. Rostovtsev

1750 Arch St, Berkeley
$10 / $5 students

Tue 4/11
Active Music Series presents:

Andrew Jamieson's IVES BAND — multiple melodies played simultaneously, usually in contrasting keys and tempi, by Z Hazen, MB D’Augelli, J Marshall, A Jamieson, B Carson, B Zucker, R Kim, A Oppenheim, T DeCillis.

NAKATA is a free-improv duo consisting of Patrick Shiroishi (of Upsilon Acrux) on saxophones & Paco Casanova on keys. The two have been playing improvised music for 5 years as a duo and also in the progressive instrumental quintet Corima. They are releasing their first official record on Jacknife Records exploring different sonic qualities both instruments have to offer. They will be joined by Oakland percussionist Jacob Felix Heule.


Uptown Nightclub
1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland
9:00 PM

Sun 4/16
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation workshop in free improvisation)
7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]

I’ve been uploading a lot of recent sets to the Active Music Series youtube page. Check ‘em out: