...and there's nothing on? Say it ain't so!
If only because you're never going to see all these acts on the same bill again...
Anthony Donovan - fretless-half guitar & electronics
Ian Simpson - prepared lap steel
Charlie Collins - percussion & metal
at the Mopomoso free improvisation afternoon event at the Vortex, London, on 19 April 2015
filmed by Kostas Chondros
Big City Orchestra
Das - amplified objects, percussion
Ninah Pixie - reeds, percussion
Andy Cowitt - voice, reeds, guitar
Polly Moller - flutes, percussion
Suki O'Kane - percussion
15th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
San Francisco Community Music Center, July 30, 2016
Big City Orchestra presents a unique version of "In a Persian Market" by British composer Albert William Ketèlbey. Composed in 1920 and inspired by Johann Strauss II's composition "Persischer Marsch", it was very popular with theater orchestras and in sheet music form, and was followed by other similarly exotic compositions such as "In a Chinese Temple Garden" and "In a Monastery Garden".
ORGANELLE is a “set" of compositions, inspired by diverse scientific processes – some enormous and unfathomable, others impossibly microscopic – that form a whole through the insights and explorations of master improvisers. The modular work draws its musical ideas from the different ways that the human body, the natural world, and the cosmos mark and “experience” the passing of time. The notes, rhythms, musical relationships, melodies, and structures in each movement of ORGANELLE are connected to theories of cell biology, astrophysics, paleontology, zoology, or neuroscience, exploring these otherwise-imperceptible phenomena through sound.
The first iteration of ORGANELLE premiered in Europe in spring of 2016, with musicians in Köln, DE; Naples and Rome, IT; and back at home that fall, in Berkeley, CA at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. In each presentation, the music is revised, re-imagined, and expanded to embrace a new set of musical personalities and a different performance context. New movements will be added, and old ones discarded or re-worked, to suit different configurations of musicians as the work continues to develop in the coming years.
ORGANELLE also reflects my fascination with the challenges of notating musical ideas for improvisers to play (with), which for me has an interesting parallel with the ways science tries to visually represent complex, multi-dimensional systems and processes with flow charts and graphs and diagrams. The practical concern of wanting this score to be playable by any kind of improviser - a laptop electronic musician, an experimental koto player, a guitarist with nontraditional tunings - meant I often needed to find ways of visually representing musical ideas and relationships that were not confined to the traditional music staff. Many of these new graphic notations ended up having poetic connections to the scientific diagrams I was discovering in researching the content for the piece.
Part I: Syzygy
Lisa Mezzacappa, contrabass + Wayne Grim, electronics/sonification
Part II: Percussion Quartet
Gino Robair, Kjell Nordeson, Mark Clifford, Jason Levis
at Exploratorium, Pier 15, The Embarcadero & Green St., San Francisco, CA
Hey, cool link! I saw a lot of the old 80's punk bands but never did get to see DK's.
Jello Biafra - vocals
East Bay Ray - guitar
Klaus Fluoride - bass, vocals
D.H. Peligro - drums, vocals
at DMPO's On Broadway Nightclub, San Francisco, Saturday, June 16, 1984
Fire! Orchestra - Ritual
Mats Gustafsson – conduction, baritone sax
Martin Hederos – keyboards, violin
Mats Äleklint - trombone
Mette Rasmussen alto saxophone
Finn Loxbo - guitar
Lotte Anker – alto saxophone
Sofia Jernberg - voice
Niklas Barnö - trumpet
Mads Forsby – drums
Mariam Wallentin – voice
Johan Berthling – bass
Nate Wooley - trumpet
Andreas Werliin – drums
Anna Högberg - tenor saxophone
Per-Åke Holmlander - tuba
Julien Desprez – guitar
Per Texas Johansson – bass clarinet, clarinet
Andreas Berthling – electronics
at A38 Ship, Budapest, Hungary, 6 June 2016
Maja S. K. Ratkje
Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje - vocals, electronics, live processing
Tord Knudsen - live visuals
at Punkt Festival 2013, Kick, Kristiansand, Norway
Paula Temple - laptop, electronics
at The Peacock Society Festival, 17.02.2017, Parc Floral de Paris, France