Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Jun 29 2017 8:00 PM

8pm: Christine Richers & Laura Schwartz
9pm: Pet the Tiger Instrument Inventors Collective plays Harmonic Series Gamelan
David Samas, Director
Bart Hopkin, Peter Whitehead, Daniel Schmidt, Stephen Parris, Derek Drudge, Sally Davis

Laura Schwartz is a composer, horn player, conductor, and music theorist, interested in acoustic noise floors, Pauline Oliveros, verbal notation, and electric fans. She was artist in residence with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physics and Astronomy (2016), culminating in System Cooling, an illustrated set of six miniatures for clarinet, baritone saxophone, violin, and double bass. Currently, she is commissioned by Durward Chamber ensemble to write a sextet to raise money for breast cancer research. Her collaborations with solo performers include Sarah Pyle (flute(s)) and Aaron Hydns (tuba). The Tuba piece she wrote for Hydns, entitled Left Out, is set for release in Summer 2017 on the album Colossus: Recordings of New Music for Tuba.

Christine Richers draws upon her background in classical composition and audio engineering to create pieces with cello, bass, and electronics.

Pet the Tiger is an SF Bay Area inventors collective led by David Samas that plays in a wide variety of idioms exploring new timbral dimensions through extended techniques, new instruments, xenharmonics and fringe acoustic phenomena. The Harmonic Series Gamelan is a collection of instruments tuned to the Schumann Resonance (sound of the atmosphere of earth) and its natural harmonic overtones. Performers include David Samas, Bart Hopkin, Peter Whitehead, Daniel Schmidt, Stephen Parris, Derek Drudge and Ian Saxton.