Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Wed, Jul 18 2012 7:30 PM

Eleventh Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Sonic Poetry
In a special Outsound presentation, three leading Bay Area poets collaborate with some of music’s top improvisers to create new word and sound compositions in this evening of visionary literary experimentation.

Ronald Sauer w/Jacob Felix Heule, Jordan Glenn
rAmu Aki w/Karl Evangelista
Carla Harryman w/Jon Raskin, Gino Robair
At the Door:
$12 General / $10 Student /$45 Festival Pass
Advance with Brown Paper Tickets:
$10 General / $38 Festival Pass

Ronald Sauer - poetry
Jacob Felix Heule - percussion, objects
Jordan Glenn - percussion
Ronald F. Sauer is a native New Yorker and leading light of the North Beach poetry scene, known for trenchant social satires and poignant love poems and for translations of Baudelaire, Aloysius Betrand, and Jacques Prevert. A troubadour of urban America, Sauer is a musician, collagist, art collector, teacher of film history and literature, polymath critic, and compulsive talker. The only formal education he admits to is a summa cum laude in Horizontal Angelology. He likes to spend his free time playing haberdasher to the happily impoverished. He is the co-founder, with artist Rebecca Peters, of Fly-By-Night Productions, which stages art exhibitions, and publishes Off the Cuff Press broadside editions of new poetry and prose.

Jacob Felix Heule is a percussionist and electronic musician focused on sound-oriented improvisation following the traditions of electro-acoustic improv, noise, and 20th-century composition. His playing embraces both rough-edged intensity and disciplined instrumental technique.

Jordan Glenn has performed with the bands the Visible Men, Scrambled Ape, Mood Area 52, Deke Falcon, and Los Mex Pistols Del Norte, as well as with composer/arranger Maria Schneider, composer John Zorn, and many jazz players including Mike Denny, Greg Goebel, and Joe Manis. He also earned a BA in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. Since moving to the bay area in 2006, he worked with Fred Frith, William Winant, Zeena Parkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Anantha Krishnan, Josh Allen, Damon Smith and Moe! Staiano. Also, he earned a MFA in performance from Mills College in 2008. Currently he plays with Aram Shelton, Kanoko Nishi, Andy Strain, Michael Dale, Dominique Leone, Alee Karim, Efft, Vanessa Beggs, and Jack 'o the Clock. as well as lead his own group, a guitar and drum duo called Wiener Kids.
rAmu Aki - poetry
Karl A.D. Evangelista - guitar, electronics
Poet, performer, visual artist, small publisher & occasional raconteur, rAmu Aki has lived in the San Francisco Tenderloin (tl) neighborhood since 1997. He has read & been published in numerous places, is a celebrated performer at open mic scenes, and is the publisher of akiPro-ductionZ. He produced Urbanthology, a CD of contemporary Bay Area poets, and most recently released a collection of his latest work, tl w/ P&P (tenda’loin with pain & ‘preciation).

Karl Evangelista is part of the new wave of Bay Area creative musicians drawing on both jazz and a broad, high/low tradition of 20th century musical experimentation to craft 21st century musical space. Born in Van Nuys, California to two Filipino immigrants, Evangelista brings a timely cultural perspective to the Bay Area music community, exploring the place of multiculturalism in an increasingly post-cultural, trans-idiomatic cultural space.
Carla Harryman - poetry
Jon Raskin - saxophone, electronics
Gino Robair - piano
Carla and Jon have been working with combining Poetry and Music for several years. Their most recent project was, Open Box, was just released on Tzadik Records which set the genre-busting poetry of Carla Harryman to music ranging from rock and metal to jazz and free improv.

Carla Harryman is an American poet, essayist, and playwright often associated with the Language poets. She teaches Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University and serves on the MFA faculty of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. Born in Orange, California, Harryman studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara and San Francisco State University. In 1979, she co-founded the San Francisco Poets Theater, which staged numerous experimental plays, including her Third Man and other plays. Harryman has received grants and awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Fund for Poetry, Opera America Next Stage Grant (with composer Erling Wold), Alexander Gerbode Foundation, and the NEA Consortium Playwrights Commission, among others. Harryman's work is known for genre-disrupting poetry, performance and prose. In addition to her work and her interdisciplinary collaborations, she has written numerous experimental essays and writings about contemporary innovative women’s writing and experimental language-centered performance and co-edited a book devoted to the work of Kathy Acker.

Highlights of Rova founding member Jon Raskin's early career include his '70s participation in new music ensembles directed by John Adams (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and Dr. Barney Childs (University of Redlands). Before Rova, Raskin served as music director of the Tumbleweed Dance Company (1974-77), was a founding member of the Blue Dolphin Alternative Music Space and participated in the creation of the Farm- an art project that included a city farm, a community garden, Ecology Center, Dance and Theater companies and organized the creation of a city park. Highlights as a member of Rova include composing a collaborative work for SF Taiko Dojo/Rova, working with Howard Martin on the installation work Occupancy, composing music for Mr. Bungle/ Rova, organizing the 30 year Anniversary Concert of John Coltrane's Ascension, performing the music of Miles Davis at the Fillmore with Yo Miles!, the Glass Head project with Inkboat and the ongoing Electric Ascension project. Raskin has received numerous grants and commissions to work on a variety of creative projects: NEA composer grant for Poison Hotel, a theater production by Soon 3 (1988); Reader's Digest/Meet the Composer (1992 & 2000); Berkeley Symphony commission (1995) and Headland Center for the Arts Residency 2009.
Other groups are The Jon Raskin Quartet featuring Liz Albee on trumpet John Shiurba on bass and Gino Robair, a duo with Kanoko Nishi on Koto and a trio with Matthew Goodheart and Vladimir Tarasov.

Gino Robair has performed and recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, John Butcher, Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald, Otomo Yoshihide, and the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. He is one of the "25 innovative percussionists" included in the book Percussion Profiles (SoundWorld, 2001), as well as a founding member of the Splatter Trio and Pink Mountain. His opera, I, Norton, based on the life of Norton I, Emperor of the United States, has been performed throughout North America and Europe.

Cost: $12/10/45
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Gino Robair and John Butcher, 2008
Jacob Felix Heule, Clarke Robinson, Matt Ingalls
Fred Frith, Guitar; Jordan Glenn, Drums; Jason Hoopes, bass