MOSSWOOD SOUND SERIES
a weekly experimental sound series every friday evening
presented by sfSound


mosswood chapel :: 3630 telegraph oakland ca :: 2 blocks from macarthur bart :: enter 2nd door on 37th st
masks and vaccination required :: performers will be unmasked
8pm prompt start time (unless otherwise noted)
$10-$25 sliding scale (cash & venmo accepted at door)
click here to purchase advanced tickets ($20) online

booking info

may 27, 2022 jason kahn + kevin corcoran / kim nucci
june 3, 2022 roco córdova + theresa wong / bjll dingalls
june 10, 2022 webern, feldman, boulez, oliveros, spahlinger, oakland reductionist orchestra
june 17, 2022 brett carson + joshua marshall / thea farhadian + tim perkis

view previous concerts here

 MAY 27 2022  8pm  $10-$25

JASON KAHN + KEVIN CORCORAN
KIM NUCCI




Visiting from Switzerland, JASON KAHN (analog electronics) performs a set of improvised music with local percussionist KEVIN CORCORAN.

KIM NUCCI performs three solo compositions for electronics with voice.


Born 1960 in New York, JASON KAHN is a artist, musician and writer. He lives and works in Zürich. His work with electronics involves chaotic feedback systems and placing his body in the circuit flow. Grabbing open leads with the hands makes and breaks circuits, causing the synthesizer to overload or momentarily collapse. Various contact microphones, electromagnetic inductors and the synthesizer's own output via a mixing board are used to modulate the parameters of the synthesizer. This results in a very dynamic system, often difficult to control, but allowing great expressivity—much like any acoustic instrument, but electronic. Live radio captures during the concert and recordings made beforehand in the performance space and its environs provide further working material for each concert. In the end, these performances are essentially site-specific works, improvising with the space at hand, both in the sense of its physicality and the sounds found there. Every performance is different, not only because the music is improvised but also because the source material used pertains directly to each space being played in.

KEVIN CORCORAN works with percussion, field recordings and electronics with an open interest in sound as medium as it moves through contexts of music, art, communication and place. As a percussionist he is focused on techniques emphasizing textural sound, friction, sympathetic vibration, sustained tones and the use of found objects with a preference for freely arranging sounds in duration rather than marking time by rhythm. Whether working in sparse sound with a single drum and cymbal or frenetic contexts on the drum kit, improvisation is crucial to his practice as generative method and non-hierarchical exchange of ideas.

KIM NUCCI is an Oakland-based media artist, composer, and technologist. Kim claims to be the Pope of facebook and worships dollar slice pizza as the one true god, while living in the god(pizza)less land of California. As a musician, they perform on electronics, modular synthesizer, and saxophone. As a visual and sound artist, they create interactive installations using architectural interventions, sculpture, arduino and other microcontrollers, idiosyncratic interactive design, painting and projections. They also VJ, and create generative and audio-reactive video art for live musical performance.

     






 JUNE 3 2022  8pm  $10-$25

ROCO CÓRDOVA + THERESA WONG
BJLL DINGALLS (TOM DJLL + MATT INGALLS + BILL HSU)







ROCO CÓRDOVA (voice, electronics) and THERESA WONG (cello, voice) dialogue in a realm beyond language where timbre, textures, noise, and melodies are shaped through the alchemy of improvisation.

In the blur between acoustic and amplified, synthetic and analog, algorhythm and improvisation, clarity is forged anew only if you look ahead. Swinging serious sonic sledgehammers for a threefold lifetime now, BJLL DINGALLS [TOM DJLL (trumpet & electronics) + MATT INGALLS (clarinet & electronics) + BILL HSU (electronics)] lay the railroad into terra incognita.


M U S I C I A N S
THERESA WONG is a composer, cellist, and vocalist active at the intersection of improvisation, composition, and the synergy of multiple disciplines. Following inquisitive paths into song forms, just intonation, and visual media, her primary interest lies in finding the potential for transformation for both the artist and receiver alike. Her works include As We Breathe, an installed song commissioned by Long Beach Opera, She Dances Under Naked Palm Trees, commissioned by pianist Sarah Cahill, and Harbors, co-composed with Long String Instrument inventor Ellen Fullman and chosen as one of Wire’s top 50 releases of 2020. Recent commissions include works for San Francisco Girls Chorus, NakedEye Ensemble, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Clarinet Ensemble, Splinter Reeds, and Del Sol String Quartet. Wong has shared her work internationally at venues including Café Oto (London), The Stone (New York), and Fabbrica Europa (Florence), and is founder of fo’c’sle, a record label dedicated to adventurous music from the Bay Area and beyond.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, baritone ROCO CÓRDOVA is a vocalist, composer, producer, and improviser, with a B.Mus. in Composition from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and an M.A. in Composition from Mills College. They have studied voice with countertenor Paul Flight, and have participated in vocal advancement workshops with Meredith Monk. Voice is at the core of Roco’s compositions, which incorporate techniques like throat singing, overtone singing, falsetto, yodeling, and vocal clicks and pops into live performances. Their music has been described as "slow-boiling, apparently timeless" with "an odd momentum of its own" (The Washington Post). As a touring vocalist and improviser with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Roco has performed in venues including the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago; SESC Pompéia in São Paulo, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.. They have also toured internationally and published recordings with the improvising bands Monopiece and Temoleh.

BILL HSU works with electronics and real-time video. His work mostly involves using gestural interfaces to control animation and sound synthesis, and building real-time audio-visual systems that interact with human performers. He has built interactive pieces and installations in collaboration with Peter van Bergen, Chris Burns, John Butcher, James Fei, Matt Heckert, Lynn Herschman, Jeremy Mende, and Gino Robair, among others, and performed in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Articles about his projects have appeared at huffingtonpost.com and slashdot.org. He is a founding member of the Beanbender’s collective, which organized over 150 concerts of new music in the San Francisco Bay area. He teaches and does research in the Department of Computer Science at San Francisco State University.

Reviled for his "shapeless sonic tinkering" by the Los Angeles Times, oakland musician MATT INGALLS is a composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer. Often incorporating elements of improvisation, his music is heavily influenced by his long involvement in computer music. His composerly solo improvisations explore extended clarinet techniques that interact with the acoustic space, often as combination tones. Matt is the founder and co-director of sfSound, a new music series, ensemble, and internet radio station devoted to new ideas and traditions of experimental music, performance art, live electronic music, Bay Area composition, and the various facets of contemporary improvisation.

TOM DJLL studied electronic music with Stephen Scott at the Colorado College, working with the EMS Synthi 100 system at Packard Hall. He spent the years 1981-1993 working with the Serge Modular Music System before enrolling in Mills College Contemporary Music Program, where he extended his quest to develop and integrate a personally developed extended trumpet language into an electronic sound environment, while also pursuing advanced improvisation studies, formally, with Pauline Oliveros, and, informally, with Jack Wright. While at Mills, Djll concentrated on microtonal composition, split-tone trumpet technique, and computer music. He also worked extensively with Chris Brown, resulting in contributions to Brown’s recordings LAVA (Tzadik) and DUETS (Artifact). Further refinement of trumpet languages and free improvisation with his band GROSSE ABFAHRT was undertaken from 1999 – 2010, with international CD releases resulting on the Emanem, Creative Sources, and Setola di Maiale labels. Beginning in 2012, Djll gradually re-introduced electronics into his sound-set. The results are heard in projects such as hackMIDI (extreme electro-mechanical piano music), the hardcore free-noise trio BEAUTY SCHOOL, piano + analog electronics in TENDER BUTTONS (with Tania Chen and Gino Robair), delicate environments in EUPHOTIC (with Cheryl Leonard and Bryan Day), austere acoustic spaces with KOKUO (Kanoko Nishi-Smith, John McCowen, Jacob Felix Heule, and Kyle Bruckmann) and ongoing sessions and performances within the lively and ever-evolving Bay Area scene, with playing partners old and new (including but not limited to Tim Perkis, Amanda Chaudhary, Jordan Glenn, Rova, Clarke Robinson, Suki O’Kane, Matt Ingalls, Tom Nunn, bran(…)pos, and Karen Stackpole.







 JUNE 10 2022  8pm  $10-$25

A Concert Exploring the Influce of Anton Webern
works by
WEBERN, FELDMAN, BOULEZ, OLIVEROS, SPAHLINGER,
and improvisations by
THE OAKLAND REDUCTIONIST ORCHESTRA





The music of Second Viennese School composer ANTON WEBERN (1883-1945) has influenced countless musicians for over 100 years. We present a concert of a selection of 20th and 21st century composers and improvisers that have adopted and transformed various facets of his innovative style. Twelve-tone technique, small forms, timbre exploration, reductionism, athematicism, and Klangfarbenmelodie will be in full display.

P R O G R A M
4 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 7 (1910) - Anton Webern
Quartet, Op. 22 (1930) - Anton Webern
Durations I (1960, excerpt) - Morton Feldman
Domaines (1968, excerpt) - Pierre Boulez
128 erfüllte augenblicke (1975) - Mathias Spahlinger
Selections from Four Meditations for Orchestra (1996) - Pauline Oliveros
Improvisation (2022) - Oakland Reductionist Orchestra


M U S I C I A N S
Monica Scott, cello
Danishta Rivero Castro, voice
Kanoko Nishi-Smith, koto
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Janis Mercer, piano
Hadley McCarroll, soprano/piano
Ricardo Martinez, saxophone
Joshua Marshall, saxophone
Daniel Lewin, violin
John Ingle, saxophone
Matt Ingalls, clarinet
Jacob Felix Heule, percussion
Andy Guthrie, french horn
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe






 JUNE 17 2022  8pm  $10-$25

Brett Carson + Joshua Marshall
Thea Farhadian + Tim Perkis













BOOKING


Our focus is on the bay area experimental and new music community, hopefully encouraging crossover among sub-scenes (composition and improvisation; established and emerging; institutional and underground; etc.) Programming is relaxed right now, but eventually we will establish a kind of system where local musicians will only be given slots after they attend a certain number of concerts. We are also interesting in hosting visting artists, ideally splitting a concert with local musicians.

There is a "hall-like" reverberation in the space, so until we have a better feel for the limits of the space, we are only programming mostly acoustic performances, but we will also consider lightly amplified electronics.

If you are interested in performing on the series, please send an email to series@sfsound.org.





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