WEST OAKLAND SOUND SERIES
a weekly new music and experimental sound series presented by sfSound


dresher ensemble studio :: 2201 poplar street, oakland california
(please park perpendicular when past the trees on poplar)
$10-$25 sliding scale (cash & venmo accepted at door)
(late arrivals follow instructions on door to get buzzed in)

sunday may 26, 2024 pacific pythagorean music festival
sunday june 2, 2024 sung kim / oakland reductionist orchestra
sunday june 9, 2024 microfestival of surround sound diffusion
sunday june 16, 2024 ruben mattia santorsa (italy) / karen yu (hong kong) + ken ueno
sunday june 23, 2024 goggle / united brassworker's front
sunday june 30, 2024 larry ochs group / ric louchard + tom djll

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 MAY 26 2024  7pm  $10-$25
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PACIFIC PYTHAGOREAN MUSIC FESTIVAL





In a co-presentation with sfSound's West Oakland Sound Series, the DEL SOL STRING QUARTET hosts the Bay Area's only festival celebrating 'just intonation’ compositions with an all-star lineup showcasing experimental and traditional styles!


P R O G R A M

GIACOMO FIORE - LARRY POLANSKY'S ii - v - i for electric guitar
DEL SOL STRING QUARTET - works by MAT MUNTZ and JURI SEO
HWAYOUNG SHON - new work for gayageum
PAUL DRESHER/JOEL DAVEL INVENTED INSTRUMENT DUO
SAM WEISER - TAYLOR BROOK'S Vocalise for violin with tape
CALEB ROSE, MATT INGALLS, and SAM WEISER -
              ANDREW MCINTOSH'S Three Symmetry Etudes for two clarinets and violin sfSoundOrchestra - MATT INGALLS' 49 Rays

sfSoundOrchestra
Hadley McCarroll, piano
Diane Grubbe, Michelle Lee, Kevin Lo, flute
Kyle Bruckmann, Amber Lamprecht, oboe
Matt Ingalls, Caleb Rose, Cory Wright, clarinet
John Ingle, Elizabeth Schenck, saxophone
Tom Djll, trumpet
Ron Heglin, tuba
Joel Davel, Paul Dresher, invented instruments
Giacomo Fiore, guitar
Benjamin Kreith, Wendy Reid, Sam Weiser, Hyeyung Sol Yoon, violin
Charlton Lee, viola
Kathryn Bates, Ben Davis, Monica Scott, Scott Thompson, cello






 JUNE 2 2024  7pm  $10-$25
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SUNG KIM
OAKLAND REDUCTIONIST ORCHESTRA







Instrument maker SUNG KIM demonstrates a few of his unique instruments and performs improvisations offering a melodic tapestry of healing and triumph.

Sung Kim's emergence in avant-garde sound has become inseparable from a defining moment of adversity: a life-altering accident that saw two of his fingers severed and reattached on his dominant left hand. Yet, from this crucible of challenge, Sung's artistic trajectory found new resonance. His workshop, once a space of routine craftsmanship, became a laboratory of innovation born out of necessity. From more rudimentary forms crafted during the initial stages of recovery to intricately designed instruments as his hand regained strength, each piece tells a story of perseverance and transformation.


The concert also features the OAKLAND REDUCTIONIST ORCHESTRA, a supergroup of local musicians with a predilection for lowercase/fricative/reductionist acoustic improvisation that often sounds more electronic than acoustic. This ensemble grows out of a rich tradition of "American reductionist" music that emerged (re-emerged?) in the late 1990's and early 2000's. Previous projects like Tom Djll's Grosse Abfahrt and The Jack Wright Large Ensemble Eight By Nine document the Bay Area's contribution to the genre.

PERFORMERS
Monica Scott, cello
Kanoko Nishi-Smith, koto
Matt Ingalls, clarinets
Ron Heglin, tuba
Tom Djll, trumpet
Kevin Corcoran, percussion
Chris Cooper, objects, electronics
Kevin CK Lo, violin/flute/piano






 JUNE 9 2024  7pm  $10-$25
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A MICROFESTIVAL OF SURROUND SOUND DIFFUSION


THE SAN FRANCISCO TAPE MUSIC COLLECTIVE presents a "micro-festival" of fixed media works projected live over Dresher's 16-channel Meyer Sound System. Featuring works by international composers and works by members KRISTIN MILTNER, DOUGLAS MCCAUSLAND MATT INGALLS, CLIFF CARUTHERS, and THOM BLUM

P R O G R A M
....details coming soon...






 JUNE 16 2024  7pm  $10-$25
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RUBEN MATTIA SANTORSA
KAREN YU + KEN UENO






RUBEN MATTIA SANTORSA performs a solo electric guitar journey through diverse sonic landscapes. This concert showcases 5 distinct "planets," starting with the delicate sounds of Laurence Crane's Bobby J and moving through Lisa Illean's Tiding in scordatura tuning to Giulia Lorusso's loop-based composition, Unspoken and her fragile À fleur de peau. Additionally, the premiere of a wake up Siri! by Ying Wang, written for Ruben Mattia's American tour. Finally, Ruben Mattia presents his own composition, Drones II.


KAREN YU and KEN UENO perform Noise Box Cantos and Shadow Mudras, both developed collaboratively as a reaction to their experience being pitted in improvisative situations against a collective of modular synthesizer players. After a critical mass of a few modular synth players is reached, it is hard to discern the individual contributions of each performer. Outnumbered in such a context, Ueno and Yu, felt alienated and determined that such performance contexts were at odds with the core values of their respective performance practices as a vocalist and percussionist. As resistance to the culture of electronic noise performance in which physical gestures are decoupled from sonic output, Noise Box Cantos and Shadow Mudras, for Ueno and Yu, are performative investigations towards foregrounding subtle physical gestures in the generation of noise. The stylized use of the hands is important in both pieces. In Noise Box Cantos, four noise boxes, instruments with contact mics inputs and small speakers, built by Hong Kong-based sound artist, Kin Lam, are likened to tiles (or Kanji characters) that are “read” by the hands – likened also to the way Chinese characters operate in Ezra Pounds’ Cantos. In Shadow Mudras, the hand gestures of both performers on a snare drum subtly nuance the sonic output of contact mic inputs fed into a transducer placed on the snare drum. To further theatricalize the hand gestures, lights cast shadows of their stylized gestures (mudras) on the snare head, an abstract kind of shadow puppetry or sign language.






 JUNE 23 2024  7pm  $10-$25
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GOGGLE
UNITED BRASSWORKER'S FRONT







GOGGLE is the quartet of saxophonists Chris Jonas, Randy McKean, Dan Plonsey and Cory Wright. Individually they have worked with creative mavericks from Anthony Braxton, Vinny Golia, Yusef Lateef, Roscoe Mitchell, to ROVA, but the group has a brainiac squalling sound all its own, fueled by their original compositions—one part laboratory, the other playground. The nucleus of Goggle was formed in 1987 at Mills College, has recorded as the Great Circle Saxophone Quartet for New World Records, and since 2013, as Goggle, have worked with Taylor Ho Bynum, duo B., Lisa Mezzacappa and the Del Sol String Quartet. Goggle will be joined at this sfSound set of new compositions by special guests percussionist Jordan Glenn and vocalist Mantra Plonsey, whose mesmerizing “Nothing Wrong with Him” was featured on Goggle’s latest release Eeyahdi on Cure-All Records.


The UNITED BRASSWORKER'S FRONT seeks to draw on the broad and diverse experiences and interests of it's members, to blur the lines between composition and improvisation, and between tradition and experimentation, all in the hopes of distilling this recipe into a sound that is unique, soulful, and that reexamines what a brass band can be. After many years in hibernation, this will be the first ever performance for the newest incarnation of the UBF, originally founded in the Bay Area in the early 2000's by trumpeter/composer Darren Johnston. Along with Johnston, the other original member this evening will be trumpeter Henry Hung. Past collaborators include Ches Smith, Devin Hoff, Lisa Mezzacappa, Sameer Gupta, Chris Brown, Adam Theis, Ara Anderson, and many others, including the late John Finkbeiner, who's singular sound and approach on electric guitar was a crucial element to the original band's sound.

Darren Johnston, Henry Hung - trumpet
Danny Lubin-Laden, Alan Williams - trombone
Luke Kirley - tuba
Jordan Glenn - drums






 JUNE 30 2024  7pm  $10-$25
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LARRY OCHS GROUP
RIC LOUCHARD + TOM DJLL













PROPOSALS


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. Visiting aritsts are also welcome, ideally splitting a concert with local musicians.

We are also seeking compositions (in all forms of notation) to be performed by the sfSoundGroup.

We have a 92-key (down to a Low F!) 1953 Bösendorfer 7’4” Model 225 Piano (no sostenuto pedal; inside/prepared is OK). The venue hosts a Meyer Sound System, drum kit, additional piano, lighting, and projection equipment.

Please send proposals to matt ingalls: series@sfsound.org.





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