Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Mon, Oct 15 2007 8:00 PM

1510 8th St Performance Space
1510 8th Street Oakland
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Polly Moller, Jim Carr, Amar Chaudhary, and John Moreira are about to head north to play some dates in Portland, Astoria, and Seattle. But first they need to play some music at home!

8ish - Amar Chaudhary solo electronica set
9ish - Polly Moller & Company

Performer bios:

Amar Chaudhary is a longtime composer and performer specializing in contemporary and electronic music, as well as a developer of advanced software for sound synthesis and music composition. Amar has seen his music performed internationally and has received several honors for his musical work, including a 1992 premier of his clarinet quartet Conversational Impromptu at Weill Recital Hall in New York and the 1990 NGCSA Young Composers Award for Earth Songs. Amar received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. While at Berkeley, Amar was a researcher at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) and developed advanced software for music composition and performance, including Open Sound Edit, an advanced 3D graphical editor for sound representations and Open Sound World, a programming environment for real-time music and audio applications.

Polly Moller improvises on the flute and bass flute. She also composes, creates performance art, and heads up a revolving cast of characters called Polly Moller & Company. Her flute quartet, Remove Before Flight, was commissioned by the Hiller Aviation Museum in 2005 and is now available from ALRY Publications. Her piece for four improvisers, The Flip Quartet, was performed on Nov. 2nd at San Francisco's Luggage Store Gallery and again in Oakland on May 16, 2007. Polly has been awarded grants by the American Composers Forum Subito Program, the American Composers Forum Community Partners Program, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Her recordings have been released on Albany Records, Pax Recordings, Mindspore Records, and Silver Wheel Music. The new album, Not Made of Stone -- Polly's fourth album, and the first by Polly Moller & Company -- is now available.

Bassist, composer, and teacher James H. Carr performs and teaches bass in the Lexington, KY area. Jim has also taught music theory, music history, and composition and at San Francisco State University, Stanford, and Columbia University. As an electric and upright bassist, Jim has worked and collaborated with many artists, including the pioneering live-electronic/Jazz improvisation ensemble Sonic Wallpaper, Boston Bluegrass stars Spider Bridge, oldies greats The Shirelles and The Platters, and San Francisco Bay Area R&B bands Little Sister and the Bad Intentions, The High Rollers, Shinola, and the Skin Divers. He is currently recording for the Lexington Bluegrass band, “Mama Tried,” the Staunton, VA–based roots band “The Rusticators,” and San Francisco Bay Area flutist/performance artist, Polly Moller. Jim is a member of the Folk Boy Orchestra—the house band at Wood Songs—the Kentucky Theater’s weekly live radio, web, and PBS TV broadcast, hosted by folksinger Michael Jonathon.

Having recently received his BA in Jazz and world music from San Francisco State University, John Moreira continues his studies at both SFSU and U.C. Berkeley as he works towards his Master’s in music history, and a second Bachelor’s in Japanese culture and language. He also studied for some time at Berklee School of music in Boston, and spent his formative years under the mentorship of Bay Area great, guitarist Dave Bernstein. While his interest lies in the improvised musical performance, he continually seeks to expand his influences outside the scope of his formal music training. His sound is essentially the product of his formal music training, and his recent excursions in atonality, with a deep exploration of color.


Cost: 10.00
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