Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Oct 26 2017 8:00 PM

8:00 pm Flourescent Grey (electronics)
8:40 pm Agnes Szelag (cello/voice) and Kanoko Nishi-Smith (koto)
9:20 pm KREation Ensemble
Tony Gennaro - Percussion, Gina Bonati - Vocals, Lee Hodel - Bass, Marc Zolinger - Guitar, Kevin Robinson - Tenor Saxophone

Fluorescent Grey is the longtime alias of Bay Area electronic musician and journalist Robbie Martin. After 11 LPs and 2 EPs he has recently completed the two hour soundtrack to the three part documentary ‘A Very Heavy Agenda” which he wrote, directed, edited and produced. In it he explores the current ‘Cold War 2.0’ scenario. Recently, he has oscillated from classic electronic genre riffs like the acid-break anthem about Obama ‘We Killed Kids on the Basketball Court’ to the utter fringes of sound art like Ganzfeld performances, to nostalgic conceptual electro (’Electronic/Synthesizer Greats’ Acroplane UK) constructed solely out of samples from three decades of pre-rave electronic vinyl records dating from 1955-1984. His dense 3xLP ‘Ambiente’ was given a recommendation in the MIT Computer Music Journal for the synthesis used, and followup ‘Delta Quadrant’ was described by Juno Records as ‘sci-fi-influenced noisedelicha’ that defies description. He’s often heard in the :zoviet*france: podcast ‘A Duck in a Tree’ and seen in the revolving lineup of musicians in Katabatik. Currently, he is composing music for the TV show ‘The Empire Files’ on Telesur. Upcoming works include an album with one half of :zoviet*france: Atom Mother Earth, and Australian synth-wizard Dave Noyze.

Agnes Szelag experiments and designs in the convergent space between composition and improvisation, video and performance, the material and immaterial, producing electro-acoustic works, installations, and textural video pieces. As a composer, Agnes writes for her own performances and releases as well as many collaborations. She performs using cello, voice, and electronics--often incorporating visual media into her solo performances. As an installation artist, Agnes prefers to work with specific, forgotten sites, but has also transformed gallery spaces, buildings, and objects. Her work has been shown at Grace Cathedral, Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow), THE LAB SF, de Young Museum, Project Artaud, Artists Television Access, CCA, The Stone NY, Monkeytown, Streaming Festival, Cologne Online Festival and many more. Currently Agnes is a Creative Director at UC Berkeley managing a media and design team.

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