Headlands Center for the Arts

12/09/2014 12:51

I spent the month of August composing, practicing, walking and hanging out with artists from every discipline but music at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA.

I made major headway on a couple of pieces, found a deeper love for the Kyma System, took runs going uphill and down and met other artists whose work will resonate with me for a long time.

This was my studio. Enormous thanks to Joe Metzler for lending me the Tannoys.

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This was the view from my studio. Most days were overcast with fog. Ideal conditions for sitting in a room.

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This view was a short walk up the hill.

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Off-the-Cuff in Splendor

12:35

Off-the-Cuff
is a new series of irregular improvisation concerts presented by VOLSAP in Splendor

The first one featured Zebra:
Yedo Gibson, saxophones
Ada Rave, saxophones
Anne La Berge, flutes

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with special guest from Vancouver:
Lisa Cay Miller, piano

and virtuoso Amsterdam musicians:
Ig Henneman, viola
Wilbert de Joode, doublebass
Nora Mulder, piano
Jasper Stadhouders, guitars

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Lotus Blue Dream

07/07/2014 13:09

The family concert!
We sang songs, played David’s piece for violin and piccolo,
premiered a series of text works by David
and won the hearts of our faithful Splendor audience.

David Dramm Splendor Members concert
with Diamanda Dramm and me at Splendor Amsterdam

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Laboratoire Artistique Sans Limite

12:50

Laboratoire Artistique Sans Limite, meaning ‘shorter and shorter nights’ was an initiative of
music, dance and word concerts by Ig Henneman and Ab Baars. I was one of the guests for the third and final night that was indeed very short. We were a diverse and creative fivesome. And to get to know more of Jos Kley’s work was a treat for me!

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Poetic Pioneers in Splendor

12:48

Playing premieres is one of my all time favorite things to do. This time the composers Michael Edwards and Hugo Morales came from afar to work on the pieces in Splendor a few days before the concert. A few major and minor changes were made and we launched the new music into the world.

Michael Edwards
hyperboles are the worst thing ever (aka Epimenides would have been gutted)
musician-tweaked algorithmic piece for flute and computer

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Hugo Morales
Modes of Mechanical Ventilation for intubated flute and electronics

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Anne La Berge
Black Veined White (2005) for speaker and loudspeaker

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Hugo Morales
Diferenciales for one scrubbed metal rod
Diego Espinosa percussion

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Poetic Pioneers

11/06/2014 10:34

The program text for the upcoming Poetic Pioneers concert in Splendor on Sunday 15 June 2014 is available online:

View the text here.
(Easy format for smartphones.)

Download PDF here:
PoeticPioneersProgramDownload

This is the e-flyer:
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Bologna

10:30

MAZE played at the AngelicA festival on May 29th in Bologna. The concert included a premiere of Yannis Kyriakides’ oneirocriticon, works by Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley and me. We played a new version of RAW for ensemble and Max patch. I used iPads and MIRA for the visual cueing. Very excited about using it in for future works.

The review of RAW likened the performance to Evan Parker, Maarten Altena, Derek Bailey, Paul Lytton, Anthony Braxton, Leo Smith. Not such a bad club to be included in.

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Shackle at Huddersfield

18/05/2014 10:29

Shackle gave a Converging Objects workshop 9 and 10 May with a concluding concert on the last evening. We improvised, we laughed, we discussed, we drank local beer and made some incredible music together.

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UCSD was the end of California

23/04/2014 18:14

Shackle gave a workshop and concert at UCSD on 16 April. Robert headed home, I flew off to see family and friends. UCSD has changed a lot since I as a student. They really know how make visitors feel welcome and they’ve got an incredible space filled with Meyer speakers!

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Curious young artists in Irvine

18:14

Was wonderful to revisit the Gassman Electronic Music Series at UC Irvine and see what the students have been up to. Hats off to the faculty of the Integrated Improvisation Composition and Technology program. They are supporting a new generation of artists!

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