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!
upcoming concerts

mar 9, 2015 - marco fusi
mar 18, 2015 - carl ludwig hübsch & radical 2
mar 28, 2015 - robert ashley tribute
apr 10, 2015 - uc santa cruz festival
apr 15, 2015 - florent colautti
apr 18, 2015 - james tenney's "spectrum iv"
may 9, 2015 - david bithell
may 22, 2015 - happy valley band & honda/vinkelo/hay trio
jun 13, 2015 - larry polansky
nov 3, 2015 - nakamura/kahn/akiyama/eubanks

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 Monday March 9 2015 
sfSoundSalonSeries :: center for new music :: 55 taylor :: san francisco :: $15 [$8 underemployed] :: 8:07p

Marco Fusi

Italian new music specialist Marco Fusi visits the bay area with a program of contemporary violin and viola works by some of the most innovative Italian composers working today.
Pierluigi Billone - ITI.KE.MI. for solo viola (1995)
Filippo Perocco - Ruvida per violino con risonatore (2014)
Salvatore Sciarrino - 6 capricci per violino (1975)
Marco Fusi's appearance is made possible in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco

MARCO FUSI, violinist, violist and composer, has studied with Dimitrios Polisoidis, Ernst Kovacic and Jeanne-Marie Conquer. Marco has performed with conductors and soloists including Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Peter Eotvos, Beat Furrer, Susanna Malkki, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gustav Kuhn, Jurg Wyttenbach, Jean Deroyer, and Marco Angius. He has premiered new works by Ferneyhough, Eotvos, Sciarrino, Billone, Scelsi, Cendo among others.

Marco has had the opportunity to perform concerts in renowned halls such as the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, KKL Konzertsaal in Lucerne, Royaumont abbey Paris, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome ,Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles, Experimental Intermedia in NYC, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, and the Bela Bartok Concert Hall in Budapest.

Marco has collaborated with Ensemble Linea (Srasbourg), Interface (Frankfurt), Proton (Bern), Phoenix (Basel), l’Arsenale (Treviso), MotoPerpetuo (NYC), Ecce (Boston), Algoritmo (Rome) and Handwerk (Koln) His complete recording of John Cage’s Freeman Etudes was released by Stradivarius; he has been invited to present this project, giving concerts, masterclasses and lectures at University of Southern California, Columbia University, Arizona State University, Basel Musikhochschule, and the Milan Conservatory.

During August 2012 he was part of the “Haas 3rd string quartet project”, working with the composer on his 3rd string quartet, performed in Lucerne and NYC. Incoming projects are devoted to Pierluigi Billone's ITI.KE.MI (concerts in Milano, Barcelona, Boston, London, Paris, Strasbourg, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York); a recording of Salvatore Sciarrino complete works for violin and viola and a recital in Milano Musica, featuring Romitelli's Ganimede, alongside with works by Scelsi and Xenakis.

Thanks to his collaboration with Pierluigi Billone, in 2015, November 15th, Marco will give the world premiere of a new work by Billone for solo violin; the concert, celebrating Helmut Lachenmann 80th birthday (in this occasion Marco will play as well Toccatina for solo violin), will be part of a special edition of Eclat Festival, Stuttgart. Marco was a member of Lucerne Festival Academy from 2007 to 2012, under the artistic and musical direction of Pierre Boulez.

 Wednesday March 18 2015 
sfSoundSalonSeries :: center for new music :: 55 taylor :: san francisco :: [donations accepted] :: 7:26p

Carl Ludwig Hübsch & Radical 2

German composer/tubist Carl Ludwig Hübsch performs a duo with clarinetist Matt Ingalls and a selction of his compositions for improvisers with members of sfSoundGroup.
Carl Ludwig Hübsch, tuba
Monica Scott, cello
Gino Robair, percussion
Tim Perkis, electronics
Brendan Lai-Tong, trombone
Benjamin Kreith, violin
John Ingle, alto saxophone
Matt Ingalls, clarinets
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe

Brooklyn-based percussion duo RADICAL 2 performs a program of theatrical compositions for percussion and electronics.
Alexander Schubert - Your Fox’s a Dirty Gold (for performer and voice with guitar and motion sensors)
Mark Applebaum - Aphasia (for solo peformer)
Radical 2 - Modified Attack (for two hacked logitech gaming joysticks)
Georges Aperghis - Le Corps á Corps (for solo zarb and voice)
Levy Lorenzo - Improvisation for Tea Cups and Light
Rick Burkhardt - Simulcast (for two speaking percussionists)

Born in Freiburg, CARL LUDWIG HÜBSCH grew up playing clarinet in the local brass band and drums in punk bands. Around 1983 he exchanged the clarinet for a tuba. Influenced by Frank Zappa, King Sunny Ade, and The Dead Kennedys, he has performed all kinds of music including a wonderfully-mediocre dance music trio. The discovery of jazz and improvisation led to studies in improvisation with M.A.Fataah. Hübsch received certification at the Pedagogic College in Freiburg in singing, theory, drums. He studied electronic music with Klaus Weinhold. In Cologne he studied as guest in the composition class with Johannes Fritsch. Since 1990, Carl Ludwig Hübsch has lived in Cologne where he finally awarded a livelong stipendium at his own university. Hübsch's work focuses on improvised music and conteporary music. He composes and performs in concert halls, studios and theatres lending his talents to ensembles and orchestras. He is well known for his unique solo concerts. He leads workshops for tuba or improvisation. Another most important focus on Hübsch's work is composition.

RADICAL 2 (Levy Lorenzo and Dennis Sullivan) is a performance duo based in Brooklyn, New York. Grounded in the tradition of contemporary classical percussion, Radical 2 extends this performance practice by exploring compositions that use theatrical vocal techniques and prototype electronics. By integrating the human voice via extended techniques and oddly contextualized speech, Radical 2 is actively blurring the lines between their vocal chords and percussion instruments. While also making use of physical theater, their performances range from whimsical and witty, to somber and nebulous, to farcical and just plain absurd. With electronics Radial 2 uses newly designed instruments that allow the use of live electronics into their performances which provide strong engagement between the audience and the electronic sound worlds. Radical 2 extends the role of classical percussionists into actors and electronic musicians, yet still relying on the percussionist’s sense of extended techniques and new music performance practice. The members of Radical 2 have had the pleasure of collaborating with and/or personally performing for luminaries such as Rick Burkhardt, Georges Aperghis, Alexander Schubert, and Thomas Meadowcroft while also fervently studying and realizing the music of Vinko Globokar, Cort Lippe, Mauricio Kagel, Martin Matalon and Herbert Brun among many others. Radical 2 has also presented their work at international institutes such as the Darmstadt Festival (DE), NIME (UK), Ensemble Moderne Festival (AT) and at STEIM (NE).

 Saturday March 28 2015 
sfSoundSalonSeries :: center for new music :: 55 taylor :: san francisco :: $15 [$8 underemployed] :: 8:00p

A Tribute To Robert Ashley
presented by Thomas Buckner

One of the most original minds in new music, Robert Ashley reinvented opera and the relationship of words and music. New York based baritone Thomas Buckner, accompanied by members of sfSoundGroup, will perform some of the many works Ashley composed especially for Buckner to sing in a concert setting during the more than thirty years he sang in Ashley's operas.

The Producer Speaks - Extrait du cycle Atalanta (Acts of God) (1991)
voice and piano

Mystery of the River (2014)
voice and electronics

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Tract (2010)
voice and electronics

World War III Just the Highlights (2013)
solo voice, electronics, and 3 voice ensemble

Thomas Buckner, voice
Matthew Goodheart, piano
Matt Ingalls, voice

ROBERT ASHLEY (1930-2014), one of the leading American composers of the post-Cage generation, is particularly known for his work in new forms of opera. In the 1960s, during his tenure as its director, the ONCE Festival in Ann Arbor presented most of the decade’s pioneers of the performing arts. With the legendary ONCE Group, he developed his first large-scale operas. Along with Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma, and David Behrman, he formed the Sonic Arts Union, a group that turned conceptualism toward electronics. Throughout the 1970s, he directed the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College, and produced his first opera for television, the 14-hour Music with Roots in the Aether, based on the work and ideas of seven influential American composers. In the early 1980s The Kitchen commissioned Ashley’s Perfect Lives, the opera for television that is widely considered the precursor of “music-television.” Stage versions of Perfect Lives, as well as his following operas, Atalanta (Acts of God), Improvement (Don Leaves Linda), Foreign Experiences, eL/Aficionado and Now Eleanor’s Idea toured throughout the US and Canada, Europe and Asia during the 1980s and 1990s. A new group of operas was begun in 1999 when Kanagawa Arts Foundation (Japan) commissioned Dust, which was quickly followed by Celestial Excursions and The Old Man Lives in Concrete. He wrote and recorded his performance-novel, Quicksand (released in novel form by Burning Books). And his final opera, Crash, was completed in December 2013 for premiere at the 2014 Whitney Biennial Exhibition.

Ashley’s book Outside of Time: Ideas About Music (2009), was published by MusikTexte (available from Lovely Music) and Kyle Gann’s biography of Ashley (2012) was published by the University of Illinois Press. Burning Books has published several of his librettos and a large part of his recorded work is available from Lovely Music.

For more than 40 years, baritone THOMAS BUCKNER has dedicated himself to the world of new and improvised music. Buckner has collaborated with a host of new music composers including Robert Ashley, Noah Creshevsky, Tom Hamilton, Earl Howard, Matthias Kaul, Leroy Jenkins, Bun Ching Lam, Annea Lockwood, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Wadada Leo Smith, Chinary Ung, Christian Wolff and many others. He has made appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Herbst Theatre, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Ostrava Days Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Buckner is featured on over 40 recordings, including 6 of his own solo albums. His most recent solo recording “New Music for Baritone & Chamber Ensemble” includes works by Annea Lockwood, Tania Leon, and Petr Kotik. He also appears in the newly released CD/DVD “Kirili et le Nymphéas (Hommage à Monet)”. This recording documents the latest in his ongoing series of collaborations between the sculptor Alain Kirili and improvising musicians and dancers. For the past twenty years, Buckner has co-produced the Interpretations series in New York City. He also created the Mutable Music record label to produce new recordings and reissue some important historic recordings, previously unavailable in CD format.

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