sfSoundSeries/sfSoundSalonSeries is a concert series in the san francisco bay area featuring contemporary and experimental music. our programs reach from the latest music of the european avant-garde to the grittiest sounds of the west coast improv-underground, encompassing recent trends in instrumental technique, conceptual art, music theater, and electronic sound.
we also present the sfSoundSalonSeries at the center for new music in san francisco!
apr 18, 2015 - james tenney's "spectrum iv"
may 9, 2015 - david bithell & satie/clair
may 22, 2015 - mooncake & happy valley band
jun 13, 2015 - larry polansky
aug 30, 2015 - stefano scodanibbio, in memoriam
nov 1, 2015 - nakamura/kahn/akiyama/eubanks
:: view previous 2015 concerts here ::
James Tenney: Complete Guitar Music
A retrospective program of the music for guitars by JAMES TENNEY (1934–2006)—one of America’s unsung experimental music heroes. These concerts are produced in collaboration with Larry Polansky, Matt Ingalls and sfSound, and David Tanenbaum’s San Francisco Conservatory Guitar Ensemble; with funding from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the University of California Santa Cruz Music Department.
P R O G R A M
Harmonium #2 (two guitars)
Water on the mountain... Fire in heaven (six electric guitars)
Spectrum #4 (chamber ensemble)
Septet (six electric electric guitars, and electric bass)
UCSC Guitarists: Jay Arms, Brian Baumbusch, Giacomo Fiore, Larry Polansky, Lanier Sammons, Samuel Shaloub, guitars; Andrew Smith, conductor
sfSoundGroup: Monica Scott, contrabass; Brendan Lai-Tong, trombone; Benjamin Kreith, violin; John Ingle, alto recorder; Matt Ingalls, bass clarinet ; Matthew Goodheart, piano; Giacomo Fiore, guitar; Mark Clifford, vibraphone
San Francisco Conservatory Guitar Ensemble: John Zientek, Ryan Wallace, Zoë Holbrook, Sydd Urgola, Nathaniel Martinez, Roberto Borbone, Katrina Gavelin; David Tanenbaum, director
plus: sfSoundGroup performs Erik Satie’s silent film score, Entr’Acte
DAVID BITHELL returns to the Bay Area to perform a set of original works combining theater, performance art, and interactive electronic music. With works described "like a wordless Samuel Beckett play with a score by John Cage”, Bithell’s artistic language makes meaning out of the relationships between sound, image, and action.
P R O G R A M
YesNo (2010) - for solo performer, motion tracking, and interactive sound
Two Weill/Brecht Songs (2015)* - for digital washboard and electronics
Hithering (2009- ) - interactive environment for trumpet and computer generated sound
…a disc where there is no disc (2015)* - table top performance, bells, and electronic sound
The second half features sfSoundGroup performing ERIK SATIE'S short film score Entr’Acte - from the 1924 ballet Relâche - complete with the original film by RENÉ CLAIR. A collaboration between Satie, Clair, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, and other avant garde luminaries, Entr’Acte is proto-minimalism meets surrealism.
DAVID BITHELL is an interdisciplinary composer, artist, and performer exploring the connections between visual art, music, theater, and performance. Utilizing new technologies and real-time interactive environments, his work brings the precision and structure of contemporary music and audio practices together with an understanding of performance, narrative, and humor drawn from recent theater, live cinema, and performance art. He is an Associate Professor of Digital Art at Southern Oregon University where he heads the Cross-disciplinary Studio for Art and Technology (xARTS) and is a core faculty member of the Center for Emerging Media and Digital Arts (EMDA).
S F S O U N D G R O U P
Monica Scott, bass
Hadley McCarroll, piano
Andy Strain, trombone
Benjamin Kreith, violin
John Ingle, saxophone
Matt Ingalls, clarinet
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe
David Bithell, trumpet/conductor/arranger
Mooncake & The Happy Valley Band
Hailing from 3 different continents, the female music trio Mooncake consists of Swedish-based saxophonist/flutist BIGGI VINKELOE, flutist/vocalist EMILY HAY from Los Angeles and Japanese born pianist/sound artist MOTOKO HONDA who now lives in Oakland. Hay and Honda have collaborated for many years together as "Polarity Taskmasters" and at the the suggestion of bay area booker/promoter Rent Romus, first met Vinkeloe in San Francisco in 2014 to collaborate, scheme and explore unchartered sonic worlds through improvisation and immediate compositions which span the scope of free jazz, electronic forays with complex classical inuendo and primal searching.
THE HAPPY VALLEY BAND is the Great American Songbook heard through the ear of a machine. It is a cover band led by a computer, futilely attempting to notate every sound it hears in classic pop songs. Through a process of machine listening, original recordings are unmixed into their individual instruments, interpreted into musical notation, and performed live. The result is a hypercomplex and microtonal deconstruction of the song, with the machinemediated score accompanying the original voices of popular music icons such as Elvis, James Brown, and Patsy Cline. Taking after pioneering audio plunderer John Oswald, the Happy Valley Band recontextualizes the voices of popular music through modern digital sound analysis. Making a Happy Valley Band arrangement is a process of translation between machine analysis and human performance. Artifacts of the process of audio separation and transcription produce complex and overly specific notation, and the ensemble has developed a unique performance practice in response to the idiosyncratic scores.
Directed by bandleader / composer David Kant, the Happy Valley Band is a sevenpiece band with Alexander Dupuis (guitar), Beau Sievers (drums), Andrew Smith (piano), Mustafa Walker (bass), Conrad Harris (violin), Pauline Kim Harris (violin), and David Kant (saxophone), plus frequent special guests. The Happy Valley Band is performing west coast concert dates this spring, and will release a debut album this fall, The World Does Not Need More Songs, on Indexical.
Bandleader DAVID KANT is a composer and performer based in Santa Cruz, CA. His work is interested in the intersection of art, music, and computation, and explores the music of chaotic circuit networks, the soundscapes of bioluminescent phytoplankton, and machine deconstructions of his favorite pop songs. He is a coorganizer of Indexical, a composerrun record label and producing organization dedicated to supporting work outside of mainstream contemporary music institutions.