Link to home page : Bruce Ackley
Biography:Born in 1948 in Detroit. A 1986 Bay Area Music award nominee for best saxophonist, Ackley has recorded with such noted musicians as John Zorn, Henry Kaiser, and Eugene Chadborne, and collaborated with trombone/electronics composer J.A. Deane on sound environments for the films of Bay Area film maker, David Machalak. He was a founding member of the Sound Clinic, an improvising wind trio, with trumpeter George Sams and saxophonist Lew Jordan and a 1970's precursor to the all-winds Rova, and participated in the founding of the Blue Dolphin, an artist-run alternative art space in San Francisco. He began playing saxophone in 1970, and formed his first trio that year in Detroit. As a disc jockey from 1973-75, Bruce presented jazz and new music programs on San Francisco's community sponsored station, KPOO.
Tom's Place3111 Deakin Street
Tuesday, May 28 2013 7:30 AM
T.D. Skatchit & Company ~ EAR OF THE STORM CD Release Show
Part 1 - Performance - 4 sets
-T.D. Skatchit & Bruce Ackley (soprano saxophone, clarinet)
-T.D. Skatchit & Gino Robair (energized surfaces)
-T.D. Skatchit & Aurora (vox extraordinaire)
-Aurora, Gino Robair & Bruce Ackley
Part 2 - Deep Listening
A multi-channel sound system will be set up for the playback of the title piece recorded in surround sound.
EAR OF THE STORM - This turbulent piece is based on an extended skatchbox arrangement inspired by the wild rhythms of tornados, hurricanes and thunderstorms. The listener is in the ear of storm, where music is born out of the elemental noise only to be whisked away by the wind. Multiple musical scenarios, characters and abstractions present themselves within the different phases and sonic locations in the storm. Each of 17 musicians added their musical reflection and resolve to the path of this skatch tornado.
The Players ~ T.D. Skatchit are Tom Nunn & David Michalak - skatchboxes
Aurora Josephson- voice, Bob Marsh - voice, Kyle Bruckmann - English Horn, Bruce Ackley - soprano saxophone
Rent Romus - alto saxophone, accordion, Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone, Tom Djll - Trumpet
Polly Moller - bass flute, Thollem McDonas - piano, Scott Looney - piano, Gino Robair - energized surfaces
Jacob Felix Heule - Percussion, Doug Carroll - cello, Jonathan Segel - violin, Tony Dryer - contra bass,
Tim Perkis - electronics
Another track from the DVD, Battle in the Bird House (for surround sound), will open part 2.
CDs on which Bruce Ackley appears: