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10/18/2017 - 12/02/2017

Wednesday, October 18
Wed 10/18 8:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Actress + Russell Butler live at Gray Area

DJ Dials and Gray Area present Actress with Russell Butler and more live in the Grand Theater! Doors are at 8:00pm. Capacity is limited. 21+.
Actress can produce mirage-like moments of beauty like nobody else. His new album on Ninja Tune, AZD, is described as “a chrome reflected journey into a parallel world.” He plays live for the first time in years at Gray Area's Grand Theater in San Francisco. Don't miss this stellar lineup!  More...
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Wed 10/18 8:00 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Degenerate Art Ensemble - Diphylleia Grayi  More...
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Wed 10/18 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Gordon Grdina solo/ Gordon Grdina Kjell Nordeson Duo

Gordon Grdina will explore the connection between Arabic Maqam and free improvisation on both the guitar and oud before Kjell Nordeson joins him for a set of improvisational interplay.  More...
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Thursday, October 19
Thu 10/19 6:45 PM The Contemporary Jewish Museum [736 Mission St SF]
Students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music perform Reich’s New York Counterpoint and Philip Glass' Music in Similar Motion and other selections. Presented in conjunction with The 613 by Archie Rand, contemporary classical musicians perform works by twentieth-century Jewish minimalist composers. Concerts take place in the gallery.  More...
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Thu 10/19 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00pm John Bischoff (electronics)
8:40pm Ctrl-Z
Ryan Page, Daniel Steffey, Nick Wang (electronics)
9:20 RTD3
Tom Nunn - inventions, Ron Heglin- voice/brass, Doug Carroll - cello  More...
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Thu 10/19 8:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Turning Into A Butterfly - Zachary Ostroff & Scott Amendola

Is this rock’n’roll? Is it jazz? Is it Japanese, electronic Zydeco music? Turning Into A Butterfly is a metamorphosis (or should we say, meta-bro-phosis) of the dual forces of Scott Amendola and Zach Ostroff.  More...
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Thu 10/19 8:00 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Degenerate Art Ensemble - Diphylleia Grayi  More...
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Friday, October 20
Fri 10/20 7:00 PM Southern Exposure [Southern Exposure 3030 20th Street San Francisco, CA 94110]
Our Sacred Noise in Street Light Shadows
Live performance by Radio Healer

Radio Healer, a Native American and Xicano-led performance ensemble founded in the Southwestern United States, will present a sound performance by two of the collective's artists, Cristóbal Martínez and Meredith Martínez. This duet performs the wailing cry of La Llorona as she is carried by pedestrian currents that flow through the nighttime streets of San Francisco. Listen to the sacred sounds of frenetic capitalism and its byproduct hallucinations of laughter, violence, and dreams.  More...
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Fri 10/20 7:30 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St San Francisco 94110]
Pamela Z • T.D. Skatchit & Tom Djll • Kim Nucci
Join us for Adobe's monthly music series!
This month we have some of the Bay Area's, nay, the world's best improvisors, experimental acoustic, amplified, electronic composer/performers (" dare he!") in the intimate setting you've come to know and love at Adobe Books on a early Friday eve (note, 7:30pm, perfect for after work!) make these dark days a bit brighter in cosy company at Adobe Books!
¡FREE!  More...
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Fri 10/20 8:00 PM Hertz Hall [UC Berkeley campus near corner of College and Bancroft Berkeley]

A diverse set of music by Bay Area composer Jay Cloidt is performed. Included are works for the Sather Tower carillon, the Eco Ensemble String Quartet, solo piano, a “duet for pianist and piano” with interactive electronics, and music from the music theater work DArc: Woman on fire, for singer and cellist.  More...
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Fri 10/20 8:00 PM Jupiter [2181 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley]
Joseph's Bones with Lisa Mezzacappa  More...
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Saturday, October 21
Sat 10/21 4:00 PM Taube Atrium Theater [Veterans Building 4th floor 401 Van Ness Ave San Francisco, CA 94102]
San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in Concert

works by
Philippe Leroux
Nicole Mitchell
Hans Abrahamsen
Composer Talk and Open Rehearsal with Nicole Mitchell  More...
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Sat 10/21 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Bottesini Project

Paul Riola: Saxophone Glen Whitehead: Trumpet Scott Walton: Bass Mark Clifford: Vibraphone Scott Amendola: Drums  More...
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Sat 10/21 7:30 PM Taube Atrium Theatre [Veterans Building 4th floor, 401 Van Ness Ave San Francisco, CA 94102]
SFCMP in Concert: Works by ABRAHAMSEN, LEROUX and MITCHELL. SFCMP's season-opener concert will juxtapose three looks at musical color, three sonic landscapes, and three provocative composers. The concert will feature the west coast premiere of a new work by Philippe LEROUX, as well as a world premiere by California composer Nicole MITCHELL, whose work celebrates African-American culture while reaching across genres, and "Schnee" by Danish composer Hans ABRAHAMSEN, a work esteemed as one of the first classics of 21st-century music. Concert tickets on sale now! You can SUBSCRIBE or BECOME A MEMBER today for the best ticket prices! Visit for information on subscriptions and memberships, starting at just $6.25 per month.  More...
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Sat 10/21 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Dohee Lee with Raphael Radna: MU/巫 (Connector)  More...
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Sat 10/21 8:00 PM Radius Gallery [1050 River St #127 Santa Cruz]
Ctrl-Z performs work by Pauline Oliveros and Johanna Beyer, alongside new commissions by Belinda Lee and Sarah Jane Reid. Ctrl-Z is a group dedicated to the performance of composed music for live electronics. Founded by Ryan Page, Daniel Steffey, and Nick Wang in 2015, the group often finds itself in collaboration with other musicians, who perform on both electronic and acoustic instruments, to realize these works. Using an array of modular synthesizers, computers, homemade circuitry, test equipment, and other machinery, they have commissioned new works for the medium, as well as realized classic pieces, or adapted open-ended instrumentation scores to fit their means of performance.  More...
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Sunday, October 22
Sun 10/22 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 pm The Actual Trio
John Schott - guitar, Dan Seamans - double bass, John Hanes - drums
8:30 pm Trouble Ensemble
Ernest Larkins, voice, Mia Bella D'Augelli, violin
Rent Romus and Joshua Marshall, saxophones, Jakob Pek, guitar
Andrew Jamieson, piano, Tim DeCillis, drums  More...
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Monday, October 23
Mon 10/23 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OFJS: Open Sorcerer and Oakland Future Trio  More...
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Tuesday, October 24
Tue 10/24 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Left Edge Percussion: Drumming at the Edge

Left Edge Percussion presents “Drumming at the Edge”, a dynamic and eclectic program featuring music by Mark Applebaum, John Cage, Erik Griswold, Terry Longshore, Eugene Novotney, Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, and Nick Zammuto. As artist-in-residence at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University and led by artistic director Terry Longshore, Left Edge Percussion actively collaborates on innovative projects with composers and artists of various media. The concert is curated by Jim Santi Owen, who will join the ensemble as special guest.  More...
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Wednesday, October 25
Wed 10/25 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
Night #1 - Wed. Oct25 at Peacock Lounge, 552 Haight, SF, CA
Tickets $12 ADVANCE | $15 DOOR
Wolf Eyes
Neha Spellfish
Beast Nest  More...
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Thursday, October 26
Thu 10/26 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
Night #2 - Thu. Oct26 at Peacock Lounge, 552 Haight, SF, CA
Tickets $12 ADVANCE | $15 DOOR
Wolf Eyes
Gaiamamoo (Tokyo)
False None
Doors 7:45pm, Music 8pm-midnight  More...
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Thu 10/26 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
On First: Flourescent Grey (electronics)
On Second: Agnes Szelag (cello/voice/electronics) and Kanoko Nishi-Smith (koto)
On Third: KREation Ensemble  More...
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Thu 10/26 9:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
UNSEEN series | Autumn 2017

Gray Area's UNSEEN series returns in October with collaborative A/V performances from the some of the most respected members of the Bay Area's underground music scene.  More...
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Friday, October 27
Fri 10/27 8:00 PM Seismic Retrofitters [San Francisco, CA]
Night #3 - Fri. Oct27 at Seismic Retrofitters, 650 Divisadero, SF, CA
Tickets $12 ADVANCE | $15 DOOR
Wolf Eyes
Las Sucias
William Winant Quartet featuring Josh Allen, Joshua Marshall and Aaron Levin
Oracle Plus
and Guerilla Comedy featuring:
- A Wolf Home Companion
- Annick Adelle
- Richard Savate
- Florentina Tanase
Doors 7:45pm, Comedy 8pm-9pm, Music 9pm-midnight  More...
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Fri 10/27 9:00 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
New Zombies, the large ensemble playing Afrobeat arrangements of avant-garde compositions by Dan Plonsey, play one long set. Local favorites El Duo open the show, playing lo-fi Afro dance grooves.  More...
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Saturday, October 28
Sat 10/28 2:00 PM Robotspeak [589 Haight St San Francisco, California 94117]
We are officially inviting you and yours to join us for our 5th Northern California Synth Meet at ROBOTSPEAk! We will clear out the shop to make way for thee Synthesizer vendors at our 2017 Synth Meet. This year BINARY SOCIETY will be organizing the 100% live synth lineup as Mike B once again generously hosts the show next door at Vinyl Dreams. Performances will be from 2:30pm - 7:00pm with Binary Society-curated music original submissions playing between sets.  More...
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Sat 10/28 7:30 PM Piedmont Center For the Arts [801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611]
Allow the Circadian String quartet to take you on an unforgettable journey as we team up with master storyteller Nikolaus Hohmann and composer Sahba Aminikia to create an evening which seamlessly weaves storytelling and music.  More...
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Sunday, October 29
Sun 10/29 5:00 PM Elbo Room [647 Valencia, SF, CA]
Wolf Eyes, Cruor Incendia, Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase, Matt & Paul Magic
No advance tickets, door only
Wolf Eyes
Cruor Incendia
Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase
Matt & Paul Magic
Doors 5pm, Music & Magic 5:15pm-8pm  More...
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Sun 10/29 9:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]

Jlin appeared first on Planet Mu's second volume of "Bangs & Works" compilation, which had a huge impact on electronic/club music, bringing footwork to a wider audience. A protegee of RP Boo, Jlin hails from Gary, Indiana, a place close yet distant enough from Chicago to allow her to develop a different perspective on the genre. Her debut album Dark Energy was named best album of 2015 by The Wire—and the new Black Origami is bursting with force, taking footwork to another level through dense rhythmic patterns and tension that overwhelm the listener. Jlin will premiere her live show at The Lab.  More...
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Monday, October 30
Mon 10/30 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OFJS: Fred Frith/Gabby Fluke-Mogul/Nava Dunkelman + Hare & Arrow  More...
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Thursday, November 2
Thu 11/02 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Please join us for an evening of multimedia works for piano, electronics, and video with Jenny Q Chai entitled "Sonorous Brushes" . An artist of singular vision, pianist Jenny Q Chai is widely renowned for her ability to illuminate musical connections throughout the centuries. With radical joie de vivre and razor-sharp intention, Chai creates layered multimedia programs and events which explore and unite elements of science, nature, fashion, and art. “Jenny Q Chai, who has studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, is following the more eclectic path…” New York Times.  More...
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Thu 11/02 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Song & Dance Trio Karl Evangelista-guitar, Cory Wright-reeds, Jordan Glenn-drums
9:00 pm Arma Agharta (from Lithuania) - voice/electronics/toys  More...
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Friday, November 3
Fri 11/03 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Full: Splinter Reeds  More...
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Fri 11/03 8:00 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2087 Addison Street Berkeley]
Ian Carey's Wood/Metal/Plastic & Nathan Clevenger Group: New Music for Septets  More...
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Saturday, November 4
Sat 11/04 7:00 PM Wind River [421 Wild Way Santa Cruz, CA 95065]
Splinter Reeds performs new work by Cara Haxo, Theresa Wong, and Sky Macklay, in addition to music by Matthew Shlomowitz, Eric Wubbels, and Jannik Giger. Splinter Reeds is the Bay Area’s first reed quintet comprising five virtuosic musicians with a shared passion for new music. The ensemble is committed to presenting top tier performances of today’s best contemporary composition, showcasing the vast possibilities of the reed quintet, and commissioning new works through collaboration with fellow musicians and artists.  More...
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Sat 11/04 8:00 PM lille æske [13160 Hwy 9 Boulder Creek, CA]
andPlay violin/viola duo performs music by Ravi Kittappa, David Bird, Robert Honstein, Christopher Goddard, and Kristofer Svensson. andPlay (Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola) is committed to expanding the existing violin/viola duo repertoire through performing rarely heard works and commissioning emerging composers.  More...
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Sunday, November 5
Sun 11/05 3:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]

Kris Palmer, flute
Steve Lin, guitar
Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello  More...
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Sun 11/05 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Man Forever

The music of drummer John Colpitts as Man Forever is explorative, innovative and fearless. A musician and composer equally versed in the disparate musical languages of DIY rock, improvisation, and contemporary classical, Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) has made an album that defies genre classification.  More...
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Monday, November 6
Mon 11/06 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor Street San Francisco]
Phillip Greenlief Presents 6 on the 6th performing the premiere of THE STATES UNITED - Donald Trump was elected 45th President of the United States on November 6th 2016. On November 6th, Phillip Greenlief and musicians will perform THE STATES UNITED, a map score composed for any ensemble or group of performers from diverse disciplines. Featuring: Kyle Bruckmann - oboe, English horn; Evelyn Davis - prepared piano; Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet; Claudia La Rocco - voice, text; Lisa Mezzacappa - bass; Tim Perkis - live electronics  More...
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Mon 11/06 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OFJS: Master Drummer Spirit Plays With...Matt Ingalls And Allen/Marshall  More...
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Thursday, November 9
Thu 11/09 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Chartreuse is violinist Myra Hinrichs (Chicago), violist Carrie Frey (New York City), and cellist Helen Newby (San Francisco). The tricoastal trio aims to take advantage of the distance by pooling the strengths of their chosen cities, commissioning new works from composers across the U.S. and in Norway and collaborating with fellow performers in each of their musical residences on "Chartreuse +/-" projects. The trio has toured extensively in the U.S. Northeast, the Midwest, and California, as well as in Norway.

Uniquely devoted to repeat performances and developing the string trio repertoire through adventurous commissions, Chartreuse has premiered works by Kurt Isaacson, Peter Swendsen, Katherine Young, Marek Poliks, Bethany Younge, David Bird, Tyler Futrell, and Aaron Holloway-Nahum, among others. Cleveland Classical described the trio's performance of Isaacson's work as "a maelstrom almost tactile in its grittiness." Their 2017/18 season will feature new works by Leah Asher, Matthew Ricketts, Joan Arnau Pamies, and Daniel Tacke.  More...
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Friday, November 10
Fri 11/10 6:00 PM Copperfield's Books [850 4th Street San Rafael]
Discover Flute Fired Fusion with Matt Eakle, flute; Joey Edelman, piano; Alex Baum, bass; and Jack Dorsey, drums. Their original compositions are launching pads for improvisation, and every performance includes one completely improvised piece.  More...
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Tuesday, November 14
Tue 11/14 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
Lords of Outland
+TBA  More...
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Thursday, November 16
Thu 11/16 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00) Benjamin Tinker
9:00) Gretchen Jude, Kevin Corcoran, Matt Davignon trio  More...
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Thu 11/16 8:00 PM Atrium Theater @ San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building [401 Van Ness (Fourth Floor) San Francisco, CA 94102]
For its 25th anniversary season, San Francisco's own Del Sol Quartet will present three concerts celebrating California’s distinct musical legacy of unfettered invention, openness, cultural inclusion, and innovation. Opening night celebrates the music of Terry Riley and the release of Del Sol’s new album, Dark Queen Mantra. The evening features Del Sol’s distinctive, off-book versions of G Song and The Wheel & Mythic Birds Waltz, performed from memory. Guitarist Gyan Riley joins Del Sol in the first performance of an expanded version of Terry Riley’s Dark Queen Mantra. Terry Riley will also play solo and in duo with Gyan.  More...
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Friday, November 17
Fri 11/17 8:00 PM Atrium Theater @ San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building [401 Van Ness Ave (Fourth Floor) San Francisco, CA 94121]
For its 25th anniversary season, San Francisco's own Del Sol Quartet will present its "Whole Sol Festival," celebrating California’s distinct musical legacy of unfettered invention, openness, cultural inclusion, and innovation. With special audience participation in Gyan Riley’s piece for quartet and ukuleles, “It’s Our Party” features three world premieres — by young Turkish composer Erberk Eryilmaz, who brings the irresistible energy of his native folk music to the concert stage; Theresa Wong, a brilliant Berkeley-based composer/improviser, who explores the resonances of just intonation; and Gyan Riley, whose new piece for quartet features an audience-participation ukulele choir. This evening also includes electronic soundscapes and visuals by composer Daniel Wohl.  More...
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Saturday, November 18
Sat 11/18 8:00 PM Atrium Theater @ San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building [401 Van Ness Ave (4th Floor) San Francisco, CA 94121]
The third night of Del Sol Quartet's Whole Sol Festival features the world premiere of Kanto Kechua by the award-winning, multicultural composer Gabriela Lena Frank, whose music reflects and explores her Peruvian heritage. Frank joins Del Sol with her whirlwind piano playing, and the concert will also include her favorite Andean-inspired chamber music.  More...
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Sunday, November 19
Sun 11/19 7:30 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]

SILVIA MATHEUS, light and gravity Tim Perkis, improvisations WENDY REID, bird variations  More...
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Tuesday, November 28
Tue 11/28 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Séverine Ballon presents an evening of works for cello and multichannel electronics. Her work focuses on regular performance of key works of the cello repertoire, as well as numerous collaborations with composers; in addition, her researches as an improviser have helped her to extend the sonic and technical resources of her instrument. She studied the cello at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and in Lübeck with Joseph Schwab and Troels Svane. During 2004-05, she was an academist at the Ensemble Modern (Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie). She perfected her contemporary cello technique with cellists Siegfried Palm, Pierre Strauch, and Rohan de Saram. During 2005-06, she was solo cellist of the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra, but subsequently decided to concentrate on contemporary music and on the premiere of new works.

Ballon particularly enjoys working with contemporary composers and has worked with Helmut Lachenmann, Chaya Czernowin, Rebecca Saunders, and Liza Lim. She has premiered a number of solo works which have been written especially for her by composers such as Rebecca Saunders, Mauro Lanza, and Franck Bedrossian. She has also worked with many of the best known contemporary music ensembles including Klangforum Wien, musikFabrik, Ensemble Intercontemporain, and Ictus. She is a member of the Elision ensemble (Australia), and she is currently a visiting scholar at Stanford’s CCRMA. This concert will feature new compositions by CCRMA’s Fernando Lopez-Lezcano and Eoin Callery.  More...
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