Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Nov 16 2017 8:00 PM


8:00) Benjamin Tinker
9:00) Gretchen Jude, Kevin Corcoran, Matt Davignon trio

Benjamin Ethan Tinker (New York, 1969) is a multidisciplinary artist and electronic musician who has lived in San Francisco since 1996. He chooses to work primarily with analog synthesizers with which he composes electroacoustic music, and performs regularly with the improv ensembles White Pee, The Heroic Trio & Poles of Interest. In addition, he curates and writes about experimental music. He has a BFA in Sculpture from SUNY Purchase and a MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College, between those degrees was a decade of commercial audio engineering.

Gretchen inhabits the liminal spaces between natural & artificial, tradition & experimentation, self & other; she tends to wander various borderlands of contemporary experience. Improvisatory interaction with the immediate environment forms the core of her musical practice. As a composer, she approaches music composition as 'a channel for the desire to sing' (to paraphrase Joel Ryan paraphrasing William Forsythe). Her work aims to synthesize and harmonize personal, embodied experience with the rapid changes in culture and machinery that both empower and impinge upon us.

Kevin Corcoran is a percussionist and field recordist with an open interest in sound as medium as it moves through contexts of art, music, ecology, and communication. As a drummer and percussionist he is most interested in techniques which extend the sonic possibilities of the instrument emphasizing textural sound, sympathetic vibration, sustained tones without audible attack and the use of found objects. As a field recordist he gathers sounds in urban and rural locations. These sonic environments are presented, as encountered or edited and manipulated, displaced from their origins with an intent to create temporary, imagined acoustic places and are often combined with or serve as inspiration to his work with percussion.

Matt Davignon’s music is “fragile and gorgeous and stubbornly weird,” according to the SF Bay Guardian. He’s best known for combining drum machine and/or pre-recorded voices with a variety of electronic processing devices to create shifting layers of organic and expressive sounds. His music is inspired by field recordings, natural sound phenomena, irregular and imperfect rhythms, and psychedelic, drone and space music.

Cost: $6-10 sliding scale
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