MOSSWOOD SOUND SERIES
a weekly experimental sound series presented by sfSound every Sunday
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sunday december 4, 2022 (2pm) motoko honda + danny kamins + jordan glenn / uc berkeley composers
sunday december 11, 2022 (2pm) quinteto latino / bruno ruviaro
sunday december 18, 2022 (7pm) sharkiface / eric glick rieman
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|SUNDAY DECEMBER 4 2022 2pm $10-$25|
MOTOKO HONDA + DANNY KAMINS + JORDAN GLENN
TASNEEM KHAN + SKYLER LEE BAYSA + NAOMI HO
Pianist MOTOKO HONDA and saxophonist DANNY KAMINS (saxophones) first met and played together at Moody Center for the Arts, Houston, Texas in 2018 for an event celebrating Graphic Scores and Avant-Garde Jazz. This concert is their first long-awaited musical reunion with the addition of local drum master JORDAN GLENN who also performs in Honda’s Simple Excesses Quartet. These seasoned improvisers/composers, fluent in a wide range of musical languages, can take you on an exciting sonic adventure going from textural and experimental soundscapes to unexpected rhythmic and melodic constructs.
Cellist NAOMI HO performs works by TASNEEM KHAN and SKYLER LEE BAYSA: Cello Suite - a collection of musical ideas inspired by Bach's second cello suite and Benjamin Britten's Suite for cello. The work uses sounds derived from vocalization techniques used in its creation. meditation on memory is an exploration of Javanese Gamelan music, storytelling, and vocalizations. Two Sarons will be accompanied by the voice relaying a transcribed sonic narrative.
Critically-acclaimed Japanese-born pianist/composer/interdisciplinary creator MOTOKO HONDA has created a distinctive sound through her holistic approach to music, her collaborative sensibility to multiple art forms and inspired use of innovative technologies. Portrayed as a “Keyboard Alchemist” (Chris Barton, L.A.Times) and the “Embodiment of a Muse” (Greg Burk, metaljazz.com), Honda has fascinated critics and audiences alike with her genre-defying innovative approach to piano playing and composing: “Imagine Radiohead teaching Franz List how to rock a Kaoss Pad; or John Cage facing off with Bud Powell over prepared piano”(Matthew Duersten, stompbeast.com). With stylistic influences ranging from jazz to world music and contemporary prepared & electrified piano, Honda is a musical force of nature, bringing a unique creative sound to her solo works and wide-ranging collaborations at both national and international venues.
DANNY KAMINS is an improvising saxophonist based out of Houston, TX. His current musical endeavors include playing in the Houston based groups Relative Dissonance, CARL, El Mantis, and Etched in the Eye as well as directing the jazz program at Rice University. He has also been booking shows in Houston that specialize in experimental/avant-garde music since 2016. Musicians he has presented include Peter Brotzmann, Jaime Branch, Claire Rousay, Michael Foster, Chris Pitsiokos, Brandon Lopez, Lisa Cameron, Illicit Relationship, and Gaute Granli. Musicians he has performed/recorded with include Tatsuya Nakatani, Alvin Fielder, Ra Kalam Bob Moses, Aaron Gonzalez, Stefan Gonzalez, Susan Alcorn, Thomas Helton, Lisa Cameron, Adam Goodwin, Vinny Golia, Antonio Borghini, David Leon, Jeb Bishop, Sandy Ewen, Damon Smith, Luke Stewart, Kamila Drabek, Marc Edwards, Natan Kryszk, Paulina Owczarek, Wiktoria Zakubowska and NewMusic groups Le Train Bleu, Loop 38, and Transitory Sound and Movement Collective.
Oakland based drummer JORDAN GLENN has worked closely with Fred Frith (FF Trio, Gravity Band), William Winant, Zeena Parkins (The Adorables), Roscoe Mitchell, Ben Goldberg, Todd Sickafoose, John Schott, Lisa Mezzacappa, Kyle Bruckmann, Michael Coleman, Matthew Welch and bands Jack O' The Clock, Secret Chiefs 3, The Rova Sax Quartet, tUnE-yArDs and the collective Sifter with Rob Ewing, Beth Schenck and Lisa Mezzacappa. He composes/conducts the large, percussion heavy band BEAK, and since 2007 has led the sax/drum trio Wiener Kids. He also has been commissioned to create scores for evening-length dance pieces by Sharp & Fine and Liss Fain Dance.
NAOMI HO is a pianist and cellist currently pursuing a double degree in History and Music at UC Berkeley. As a cellist, she has studied with Abraham Aragundi and currently studies with Elisabeth Reed. She is a member of Berkeley's University Baroque Ensemble and UC Berkeley Chamber Orchestra. Beyond classical music, Naomi is also a big fan of musical theatre and enjoys performing in pit orchestras.
Musician and composer at UC Berkeley, TASNEEM KHAN, has been exploring and developing her personal musical sound and style with the help of established composer and distinguished professor Ken Ueno. She has been commissioned to compose a piece for an original short film that was screened virtually at the American Trailer Film Festival in 2020. This will be her debut of compositional work in the bay area ahead of graduation in 2023. She has been developing her compositional knowledge and approach over the last year with the guidance of Ken. Tasneem has been focused on examining the realm of tonality through the work of J.S Bach, and Ben Britten as well as the exploration of modality to create her own unique sound for this upcoming performance.
SKYLER LEE BAYSA is an 18-year-old composer living in Albany, California. He started learning the piano at 5 years old and began to compose music at age 11. His first composition “Otatop’s Variations” received an Honorable Mention from the Morton Gould Young Composer Award Competition. Skyler’s compositions have been performed by various professional musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Friction Quartet and players from the SF Symphony. He was the youngest composer to be commissioned for Musaics of the Bay’s inaugural Stay-at-Home Symposium in July 2020. Currently, he attends UC Berkeley and will graduate in 2023 with a double major in Music and Linguistics.
|SUNDAY DECEMBER 11 2022 2pm $10-$25|
QUINTETO LATINO presents three works: Gabriela Ortiz’ Puzzle-Tocas, Orlando Jacinto Garcia’s multiple winds in the distance, and a QL commission, C U Z A – four nocturnes for wind quintet, by Felipe Nieto-Sáchica.
Happy to share this concert with long-time colleagues from Quinteto Latino, BRUNO RUVIARO will play a set of live coding electronic improvisations based on reworked samples of Brazilian music.
Since 2004 QUINTETO LATINO has grown from a classical wind ensemble exclusively performing music from Latin America to a regionally and nationally recognized music education and advocacy organization with a mission to disrupt racial and economic disparities within the classical music field by championing past, present, and future contributions by Latino composers and musicians. The quintet has commissioned numerous works, expanding the body of woodwind quintet repertoire. Quinteto Latino is flutist Diane Grubbe, oboist Kyle Bruckmann, clarinetist Leslie Tagorda, bassoonist Shawn Jones and Armando Castellano, founder and French hornist. (Season guest artist Jamael Smith replaces bassoonist Shawn Jones for this performance.)
BRUNO RUVIARO is an Oakland-based Brazilian electronic musician and composer. He teaches music at Santa Clara University, where he founded SCLOrk (the Santa Clara Laptop Orchestra). Much of his music utilizes other musical sources as raw material -- from Brazilian popular music to Classical sources, directly or indirectly through sampling, quotations, allusions, or collage.
|SUNDAY DECEMBER 18 2022 7pm $10-$25|
ERIC GLICK RIEMAN
ANGELA EDWARDS presents Invoke: Parte 2, an aleatory score in the form of a card game. The deck consists of 30 text and 10 visual cards. In this case, the conductor chooses cards for the players and determines the length of time each card is played. The specifics of the card and the order is left to fate. Players include: ALEXANDRA BUSCHMAN-ROMAN, voice; MATT INGALLS, clarinets; KANOKO NISHI, koto; BRAN(..)POS, electronics; and MITCH STAHALMANN, flute. Edwards also performs her electro-acoustic solo project, SHARKIFACE.
ERIC GLICK RIEMAN offers a piece for ensemble that includes improvisation with friends from the SOUTH BERKELEY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (Masha Albrecht, violin; Tracy Randolph, English horn; Laurence Lewis, viola). Reiman also performs his explorative solo work for prepared and augmented Rhodes electric piano -- an instrument designed to show off the mechanical sounds of the Rhodes piano that are usually unheard.
Digging out after Covid, I have this feeling like I did when it had just snowed when I lived in the Midwest. The ground is new, the landscape is changed, and I can choose what to do. There is a new space here.
In this case, I have put together an ensemble to play my piece, "Broken Ice Slides Down The Frozen Sea” (2016), which seemed relevant. Inspired by a sound (my kids throwing slabs of ice as large as they can pick up down an icy hill of frozen water in Maine’s Frenchman’s Bay), but not referential in a physical sense, this piece is about memory, loss, and a hint of forboding. The sense that the ice is about to break, and this is a harbinger of the next situation. -- EGR
SHARKIFACE / ANGELA EDWARDS is a sampling siren and static-witch from Texas, who has been weaving incantations through experimental sound since 1999. Relocated from Austin, she's played in many Bay Area noise, experimental and electro-acoustic musical projects over the last 20+ years and founded LCM, Life Changing Ministry, a former noise venue housed in an old church in West Oakland. Sharkiface has toured the US, Europe and Japan and played festivals in many countries.
ERIC GLICK RIEMAN Performing on a variety of instruments, including the prepared/extended Rhodes electric piano, as well as piano, melodica, celeste, organ, Waterphone, and toy piano, SF Bay Area composer/improviser Eric Glick Rieman performs improvised and previously structured music in several settings, both solo and in groups, He has performed with the Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble in Oakland, CA, USA since 1999, and received an MFA from Mills in Electronic Music and the Recording Media in 2001. Rieman writes for piano, Rhodes electric piano, and ensembles.
Rieman has recorded with Fred Frith, Lesli Dalaba, Carla Kihlstedt, Stuart Dempster, Zoe Keating, and Tom Heasley. He has performed with Ikue Mori, Fred Anderson, Daniel Godston, David Boykin, Marcos Fernandes, Amy Denio, Matt Ingalls, David Slusser, Kristin Miltner, and John Ingle, and he has performed the work of Roscoe Mitchell, Eliane Radigue, Meredith Monk, Fred Frith, Cecil Taylor, Alvin Curran, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, James Tenney, George Lewis, and Alvin Lucier under the composers' supervision.
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.) We strongly suggest local musicians attend concerts before requesting to perform on the series. Visting artists aritsts are also welcome, 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.
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