8pm The Hurd Ensemble
George Hurd: electronics, composition, Solenn Seguillon-Dye: violin, Jacob Hansen-Joseph: viola, Anton Estaniel: cello, Ari Gorman: bass, Elyse Weakley: piano
9pm Aaron Oppenheim
- ambient dark ambient drone experimental live laptop
Performing original music by San Francisco-based composer George Hurd, The Hurd Ensemble unifies the worlds of electronic and classical music. All the music is written for string quartet (violin, viola, cello, upright bass), piano and electronics, meticulously bound together with digitally-arranged sounds collected from Hurd’s travels. Absolutely no stock electronic sounds are used – every sound produced is of his own creation, recorded, edited and manipulated himself. The electronics are layered to create textures that perfectly complement the acoustic instruments, giving rise to a sound that is extremely organic despite its partially digital origins. Hurd’s music is both wildly, intricately rhythmic and aglow with shimmering harmonies and melodies. Accessible and daring, its percussive yet lyrical qualities make it at home in both concert halls and nightclubs.
Aaron Oppenheim is an American-Canadian Canadian-American composer and improviser currently based in Oakland. He recently received a Masters' Degree in Electronic Music from Mills College, where he studied with John Bischoff, Chris Brown, and Fred Frith. His recent work has focused on laptop-based improvised music and developing a performance practice for group electronic/acoustic free improvisation. Aaron's solo performances straddle the line between acousmatic music and droney, glitchy electronic soundscapes. He is a member of several bay-area improvising ensembles including Architect/Enchantress, the Joshua Marshall Quintet, and the Andrew Weathers Ensemble. Cost: