Saturday, August 28, 2004, 8:00 pm
Community Music Center
544 Capp Street (between 20th and 21st in the Mission)
The second in our series of paired solo recitals. Australian flautist and "new complexity" specialist Kathleen Gallagher presents virtuosic works from the contemporary flute repertoire, including rarely-heard music by Chris Dench, James Dillon, and Michael Finnissy, and upcoming composers Christopher Jones and Dominik Karski. Local improviser and composer Kyle Bruckmann will explore a live re-working of materials and approaches from his new record gasps & fissures, grotesquely magnifying and manipulating the sounds of his oboe and English horn "to sculpt music of claustrophobic intimacy and impossible physicality."
Oboist Kyle Bruckmann has recently relocated to San Francisco from Chicago, where he had lived since 1996. He became a fixture in that cityhriving experimental music scene, collaborating regularly with many of the most creative visiting and resident improvisers and sound artists, including Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jeb Bishop, Michael Zerang, Guillermo Gregorio, Scott Rosenberg, Bob Marsh, and Olivia Block. National and European tours have brought him into contact with the likes of Polwechsel, Bhob Rainey, Greg Kelley, Guiseppe Ielasi, Boris Hauf, Larry Marotta, Matt Ingalls, Karen Stackpole, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Dan Plonsey, and John Shiurba. Ongoing affiliations include EKG (an electroacoustic duo with Ernst Karel), the quintet Wrack, new music specialists Ensemble Noamnesia, and the experimental punk monstrosity Lozenge.
Regarded as one of Australia's foremost advocates of the contemporary flute, critics have remarked upon Kathleen Gallagher's "distinguished display in a specialized field" (Sydney Morning Herald), her "brilliantly performed recital" (SMH) and how she "played wonderfully" (SMH). Gallagher has performed in Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, throughout Australia and at festivals including the Australian Womens Music Festival, Totally Huge New Music Festival in Perth, the Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music and most recently at the Warsaw Autumn Festival. She is a longstanding member of the Sydney new music group Ensemble Offspring and has also appeared with Halcyon, Coruscations, austraLYSIS, Noise, Sonor, WATT, and Alpha Centauri.
She has established good working relationships with some of Australia's most interesting composers, who have in turn dedicated works to her. These include: Matthew Bieniek, Andrew Ford, Rosalind Page, Damien Ricketson, Ian Shanahan, Matthew Shlomowitz, and Mark Zadro Agra. In addition to her performance activities, Gallagher has been a guest lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Launceston, Queensland Conservatorium, University of Southern Queensland and in 2003 was a guest artist at the 11th Australian Flute Convention where she presented classes regarding contemporary flute repertoire and gave a solo recital of new Australian music for solo flute. Prior to studying in England with Trevor Wye, Kathleen completed a Bachelor of Music Degree and a Masters of Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Margaret Crawford and Laura Chislett. She currently lives in San Diego while undertaking a DMA at UCSD with John Fonville.
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