Two times this week I have the rare privilege of playing somebody else’s music, those somebodies being Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir and Chris Duncan. Later in the month my main band Voicehandler has the pleasure of opening for John Chantler.
First, the big one:
is a musician and organizer living in Stockholm, Sweden working with
synthesizers, electronics and sometimes pipe organs to explore his own
personalized compositional and improvisational strategies — working with
and against the specific systems inherent in his chosen tools. https://vimeo.com/170416110
Voicehandler plays intuitive,
incantatory music grounded in the most primitive and somatic instruments
-- the voice and percussion -- juxtaposed with contemporary,
disembodied electronics. We situate ourselves in our physical and social
environment through our music. Our improvisations are shaped by their
setting and context, and we use site-specific installations to more
deeply experience spaces. We deconstruct song forms in relation to
mythology and literature to explore our humanity and the shifting
discourse surrounding it.
is an electro-acoustic duo comprised of Julie Moon and Adria Otte.
Launched in 2014 with collaborative projects inspired by shared
interests in Korean diasporic identity, ritual and impressionistic
harmonies, the duo seeks opportunities to explore past traditions
through a contemporary and conscious framework, employing varying
configurations of piano, voice, violin and electronics in original
LAND AND SEA, 5428 SAN PABLO, OAKLAND
And the two larger group shows, both this week:
Signal Flow at Mills College
- chris wood (Haas Gym)
- Kaori Suzuki (Chapel)
- Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir (Chapel)
- Isaac Otto (Chapel)
I’m playing Bergrún’s piece with Kyle Bruckmann, Marissa Deitz, John McCowen, Crystal Pascucci, and William Winant.
Chris Duncan’s 12 SYMBOLS
1275 Minnesota St. San Francisco
8pm - 10pm (performance begins at 8:30 sharp)
12 SYMBOLS is an immersive sound performance that metaphorically implicates the energy and patterns of the sun and the moon.
12 SYMBOLS questions how we perceive and experience the passing of time through sound and vision.
12 percussionists stand in a large circle as if they were numbers on a clock.
performed by: Ashley
Bellouin, Nicole Thomas, Christie Yuri Noh, Jen Belleville, Marcella
Gries, Kevin Corcoran, Jacob Heule, Jason Leggiere, Aaron Harbour, James
Cordas, Ben Bracken, and Christopher Duncan
Of course my two recurring series:
Tue 3/14 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
- We Buy Gold (Glenn, Hoopes, Lopez, Rivero)
- Lion Creek
Sun 3/19 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation workshop in free improvisation)
NEW LP! Sult (Guro Moe, Håvard Skaset & me) mixed and chopped up by LASSE MARHAUG. https://sult.bandcamp.com/