2018 concerts

jan 5-7, 2018 - the san francisco tape music festival
mar 3, 2018 - oliveros, pisaro, joseph, sfSound
jun 17, 2018 - apartment d and sfSound:cartilage
dec 9, 2018 - oliveros, wolff, burns, ingalls, sfSound

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 January 5/6/7 2018 
tape fest 2018 :: victoria theater :: 2961 16th Street :: san francisco

The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2018

America's only festival devoted to the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space, The San Francisco Tape Music Festival features three distinct evenings of classic audio art and new fixed media compositions by 20 local and international composers. Hear members of the SF Tape Music Collective, along with guest composers, shape the sound live over a pristine surround system consisting of 24 high-end loudspeakers while the audience is seated in complete darkness. It's a unique opportunity to experience music forming - literally - around you.

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 Saturday March 3 2018 
sfSoundSalonSeries :: center for new music :: 55 taylor :: san francisco :: $15 [$10 underemployed/members] :: 8:00p


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Returning to San Francisco’s Center for New Music for their first concert of 2018, sfSoundGroup presents an evening of experimental and open form compositions with guest composer/performer DAN JOSEPH.

The program will include the late PAULINE OLIVEROS’ classic text score "Earth Ears", Joseph’s "Notes & Queries", selections from Los Angeles based composer MICHAEL PISARO'S "harmony series", and sfSound’s own "Tinnitus Insect Volume Knobs" project that explores the psychoacoustic phenomena of "difference tones" by performing only closely-tuned pitches above 1000Hz.

Appearing in the Bay Area for the first time since 2014, Joseph will perform on hammer dulcimer, with musicians of the sfSoundGroup.

Dan Joseph, hammer duclimer
Erik Ulman, violin
Monica Scott, cello
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
John Ingle, saxophone
Matt Ingalls, clarinets
Diane Grubbe, flute
Tom Dambly, trumpet
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe and english horn

DAN JOSEPH is a composer, performer, writer and curator based in New York City. For the past fifteen years, the hammer dulcimer has been the primary vehicle for his music and he is active as a performer with his own chamber ensemble, The Dan Joseph Ensemble, as well as in various improvisational collaborations and as a soloist. He produces the monthly music and sound series Musical Ecologies in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and is a contributing writer to The Brooklyn Rail, Musicworks Magazine and NewMusicBox.org. In 2017, the venerable New York based new music label XI Records released a 2 CD retrospective of his electroacoustic and mixed-media works titled Electroacoustic Works.

 Sunday June 17 2018 
pro arts :: 50 frank h ogawa plaza oakland :: $5 - $10 :: 8:00p


Pro Arts and sfSound present an evening of intersections: between acoustic and electronic music, composition and improvisation, and traditional instrumentation and repurposed and newly invented sound sources.

APARTMENT D is an electro-improv duo that explores sound and space by combining live electronic processing and experimental performance of voice and pipa during improvisation. Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir brings a background of both experimental electronic music and vocal training from Iceland. Sophia Shen combines her traditional Chinese pipa playing techniques with her new approaches to the instrument. The unique soundscape and the emotional depth that the duo creates are a result of an exchange and convergence from two very contrasting musical backgrounds and cultures.

Born in Zhangzhou, a small city in southeast China, Sophia Shen is a composer, sound artist, pipa performer/ improviser and pianist who believes in the subjective, evocative, conceptual and ineffable nature of music and sound. She makes intangible connections with performers and listeners by creating music that evokes memory and imagination. She is interested in bridging the divide between cultures by using instruments to dissemble and synthesize new sounds. Sophia is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College where she also studied composition and improvisation. She received a BA degree in Music with High Distinction and a BA degree in German from the University of Virginia.

Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir (1989) is an Icelandic composer, vocal improviser, and a sound-artist based in Oakland/California and Reykjavík/Iceland. She holds an MFA Electronic Composition and Recording Media from Mills College and BA in Composition from The Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Her compositions explore programming in experimental electronic music, with particular experience using the programming language Max/MSP. She also includes includes real-time processing and synthesis, as well as analog techniques, recording and synthesisers. Before studying composition Ingibjörg studied for an ABRSMdip Certificate from The Reykjavik Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts. She seeks to use her voice in her compositions, and expand the vocal sound-source by exploring different vocal techniques and vocal processes. Her compositions have been performed widely in Europe and America, and have taken place within festivals like Cycle Music and Art Festival, Berkeley Arts Festival, Dark Music Days and Nordic Music Days.

sfSound members Kyle Bruckmann, Christopher Burns, and Matt Ingalls present the latest iteration of their project CARTILAGE: a heavily-amplified journey through microscopic sound worlds. Kyle, Chris, and Matt tickle, strike, flex, and rattle a variety of found objects and custom instruments, turning motion into music. Idiosyncratic resonators, wired with contact microphones, supply complex architectures of resonance, and amplify micro-acoustic events to concert-hall scale. Each musician brings a distinctive toolbox of analog and digital electronics, sharpening the rhythmic and timbral qualities of the performance, along with their personal sensibilities as improvisers, honed through decades of individual and shared experience.

 Sunday December 9 2018 
prelinger library :: 301 8th st :: san francisco :: FREE :: 8:00p


for the their inaugural performance at PRELINGER LIBRARY,
SFSOUND performs improvisations, graphic scores, and other experimental sounds by group members.

Pauline Oliveros - Inner/Outer Sound Matrix (2007)
Christian Wolff - Edges (1968)
Christopher Burns - alligator char (2011)
Matt Ingalls - December 2018 (2018)
sfSoundGroup - Improvisations in various groupings

Benjamin Kreith, violin
Brendan Lai-Tong, trombone
John Ingle, saxophone
Matt Ingalls, clarinets
Diane Grubbe, flute
Tom Dambly, trumpet

Library will be open to the public starting at 7pm.

Due to the nature of the performance we will post an alternate cell number at the Intercom and disconnect the intercom during the performance. Late arrivals can be admitted by calling the posted cell number which will vibrate instead of ring, and someone will come get you. To minimize this kind of interruption, please arrive before 8pm!

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