Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Wed, Sep 13 2017 7:30 PM

Meridian Music Presents:
T.D. Skatchit w/ Bruce Ackley & Aurora Josephson
Kristina Dutton & Majel Connery

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Canessa Gallery
708 Montgomery St. SF
$5-15 sliding scale
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Our September show will feature sounds by S.F. Skatchbox duo T.D. Skatchit featuring Bruce Ackley of ROVA and Aurora Josephson. Later in the evening Kristina Dutton and Majel Connery will be performing new works for violin and voice.

Kristina Dutton & Majel Connery
Violinist/composer Kristina Dutton works in a wide range of musical settings, moving freely between improvisation, new music, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Conservatory trained, she has performed on more than 30 albums of various genres, appeared with numerous orchestras, and a handful of internationally acclaimed rock groups.

As vocalist, composer, scholar, and producer, Majel Connery is a relentless ambassador for new opera. In all branches of her artistic life, Connery propels a reimagining of contemporary opera through bold collaborations with artists beyond the operatic mainstream. Her distinctive voice has served as muse to a range of composers from Caroline Shaw (Pulitzer Prize) to Ken Ueno (Berlin and Rome Prizes). In 2016-17 she had the honor of serving as Mohr Visiting Artist at Stanford University, where she partnered with the St. Lawrence String Quartet in the debut of Caroline Shaw’s first opera, “Contriving the Chimes,” with famed opera director Christopher Alden at Bing Concert Hall Studio.

T.D. Skatchit & Company features Tom Nunn & David Michalak playing skatchboxes with guests from over 20 collaborators known as the Company. Tonight's guests are: Aurora Josephson - voice and Bruce Ackley - saxophones. A free T.D. Skatchit & Co. CD featuring the guests is included with admission. FUTURE SKATCH is here!

Tom Nunn has designed, built and performed with original musical instruments since 1976. In addition to the nearly 100 instruments he has made, Tom has performed extensively throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years, as well as in other parts of the U.S., Canada and Europe, both as soloist and with other musicians. Tom has performed with the groups Rotodoti, Off Ramp, Stritch, Twine, Toax, Reel Change and Ghost In The House, T.D. Skatchit & Company and others. Tom has also written a number of articles about the use of experimental instruments and improvisation in publications such as Experimental Musical Instruments, Musicworks and Leonardo. His latest book is entitled, The Book of Skatch."

David Michalak plays a Fender lap steel guitar and an assortment of odd percussion instruments. While he is more commonly known as a filmmaker (50 films with original soundtracks since 1971), the visual art side of him seeps inherently into his solo performances and group compositions which are characterized by shimmering passages, abstract snapshots and haunting representations of natural elements. Besides Ghost In The House, David plays in his instrumental ensemble Reel Change as well as the duo, Dr. Bob, T.D. Skatchit, Scare The Neighbors and others.

Aurora Josephson is an accomplished musician and visual artist residing in San Francisco, California. To unleash the limitless range of sonic possibilities in the voice, Josephson employs a variety of extended and unconventional techniques drawn from the worlds of contemporary composition, improvisation, and rock. She has performed and recorded with international talents like improvising musicians Martin Blume, Alvin Curran, Gianni Gebbia, Henry Kaiser, Joelle Leandre, Phillip Wachsmann and William Winant, musical groups like Big City Orchestra, The Molecules, the Flying Luttenbachers T.D. Skatchit & Company, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Born in 1948 in Detroit. A 1986 Bay Area Music award nominee for best saxophonist, Ackley has recorded with such noted musicians as John Zorn, Henry Kaiser, and Eugene Chadborne, and collaborated with trombone/electronics composer J.A. Deane on sound environments for the films of Bay Area film maker, David Michalak. He was a founding member of the Sound Clinic, an improvising wind trio, with trumpeter George Sams and saxophonist Lew Jordan and a 1970's precursor to the all-winds Rova, and participated in the founding of the Blue Dolphin, an artist-run alternative art space in San Francisco. He began playing saxophone in 1970, and formed his first trio that year in Detroit. As a disc jockey from 1973-75, Bruce presented jazz and new music programs on San Francisco's community sponsored station, KPOO.

Cost: $5-15
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Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Bruce Ackley and Eugene Chadbourne
Invented Instruments , at the High Zero festival September 22nd 2012 , Baltimore Maryland