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Guitarist John Shiurba is a composer and guitarist whose musical pursuits include improvisation, art-rock, modern composition and noise. Shiurba has recorded and toured the U.S. and Europe as a member of the bands Eskimo, The Molecules and Spezza Rotto, as a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and the SFSound Ensemble, and in various improv settings. Shiurba has composed works for his own Triplicate and 5x5 ensembles, for the SFSound Ensemble, and for various soloists. As a guitarist Shiurba has developed a unique and personalized approach to
the guitar. Through the use of extended techniques and unusual preparations, he expands the traditional sound range of the instrument, producing stunning, often unrecognizable results.

Cadence Magazine calls Shiurba a "wildly creative guitarist... anti-jazz, anti everything else, yet utterly compelling." Shiurba was invited to play at the Seattle Improvised Music Festival in 1998 and at the High Zero Festival in Baltimore in 1999, and the Olympia Experimental Music Festival in 2002, as well as being featured at New Langton Arts in 2002, premiering his work "Triplicate" He has played with internationally acclaimed musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Fred
Frith, Eugene Chadbourne and Jack Wright, as well as many of the finest West Coast improvisers-- Gino Robair, Dan Plonsey, Scott Rosenberg, Myles Boisen, Matt Ingalls, Tim Perkis, and Matthew Sperry to name a few.

In 1998 Shiurba formed the improvised music label Limited Sedition, which has released 28 CDs documenting the diverse and lively Bay Area improvised music scene.

Upcoming Events:

Berkeley Arts

2133 University Avenue

Saturday, Jun 14 2014 2:00 PM

The 2nd Annual Richard Waters New Music Festival - a festival of musical invention inspired by Richard Waters and his creation, the Waterphone. The festival will run from 2 10 PM and feature musicians from the greater bay area, including a large waterphone ensemble to open and close the show.

Partial line-up more TBA.

Music For Hard Times
Tom Nunn - inventions, Paul Winstanley - extended electric bass

Get Your Bad Self Ready!
Steve Shain - metal bass, Ted Dutcher, Bart Hopkin - inventions, Mike Knowlton - inventions

Jon Raskin - solo

Bryan Day - inventions

Reconnaissance Fly
Polly Moller, Amanda Chaudhary, Rich Lesnik, Larry the O and Tim Walters

Full Disclosure Big Band
Gary Knowlton, Keith Cudaback, Lee Charlton, Tom Solinger, Rob Wright

The Emercency String Ex-tet
Bob Marsh - contrabass, Doug Carroll - cello, David Michalak - lap steel, Jeff Hobbs- violin, Kristina Dutto - violin

The Richard Waters Orchestra
Tom Nunn, Bart Hopkin, Eric Glick Rieman, Gary Knowlton, Lee Charlton, Karen Stackpole - waterphones and Cindy Webster - saw

Grosse Abfahrt
Tom Djll - trumpets, electronics, Kyle Bruckmann - oboe, English horn, Jacob Felix Heule - percussions, electronics, Matt Ingalls - clarinets, Tim Perkis - electronics, John Shiurba - guitar

Doug Carroll - cello, birds

Ghost in the House
Tom Nunn - inventions, Polly Moller - bass flute, John Ingle - saxophones, Kyle Bruckmann - double reeds, Karen Stackpole - gongs, percussion, David Michalak - lap steel, percussion

CDs on which John Shiurba appears:

Bruckmann/Diaz-Infante/Shiurba/Stackpolegrand malPax Recordingsbar 1234/pax
John ShiurbaMUTABLE WITNESSLimited SeditionLS009
Matt Ingalls/ Matthew SperryRecorded LiveLimited SeditionLS003
Morgan Guberman/ John ShiurbaGUMBO PUSHERLimited SeditionLS008
Myles Boisen/John ShiurbaUncleLimited SeditionLS005
Phil Gelb, etcSMOKING BALANCELimited SeditionLS002
PISSPISSLimited SeditionLS011
Shiurba, Rosenberg, RobairBubble & SqueakLimited SeditionLS001
Spotted DickSpotted DickLimited SeditionLS015
UncleUnpluggedLimited SeditionLS017