Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Oct 26 2017 8:00 PM

On First: Flourescent Grey (electronics)
On Second: Agnes Szelag (cello/voice/electronics) and Kanoko Nishi-Smith (koto)
On Third: KREation Ensemble

Agnes Szelag is a composer, performer (cello and vocals), and multi-media installation artist. Transformation is often a theme in her work as she creates spaces that connect the tangible with the intangible, interactive schemes that ride the line between composition and improvisation, and electronic textures that are both delicate and dark. Her solo EP No Summer or Winter on Aphonia was hailed as “a distinctive voice in the electro-acoustic field” by Textura, and “gorgeous” by XLR8R. Her most recent release as myrmyr with Marielle Jakobsons The Amber Sea on Digitalis (2009) as was named by Boomkat as “one of the most unique and absorbing albums we’ve heard this year,” and made their top 100 for 2009. Her duo with The Norman Conquest, Dokuro, is described by THE WIRE as “discreetly sculptured.” Agnes Szelag has also recently formed Evon and released a debut record The Bees Are Coming.

Kanoko Nishi-Smith is a performer currently based in SF/Bay Area. Though classically trained on piano, receiving a BA in Classical Music Performance from Mills College, her recent interest has primarily been in performing 20th century and contemporary musical compositions for piano as well as for koto (Japanese 13-string zither), and free-improvisation in various different contexts, with musicians, as well as dancers, poets, and visual artists.

KREation Ensemble:
Steeped in the study of the powers of vibration, KREation is lead by Bay Area via Baltimore saxophonist/composer Kevin Robinson. Formed in 2003. The group performs in a variety of instrumentation and configurations- from a 12 piece band to a quartet, trios, duets to solo etc. The group has performed at various festivals, jazz clubs, concert venues and art galleries throughout the US.

Cost: $6-10 sliding scale