Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sun, Sep 13 2015 7:30 PM

SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall
Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103
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7:30pm Gestaltish
Rachel Condry - clarinet
Gretchen Jude - voice
Jakob Pek - guitar
Jennifer Wilsey - percussion
8:30pm Noertker's Moxie
Annelise Zamula - saxes, flute
Amber Lamprecht - oboe, flute
Bill Noertker - contrabass
Jason Levis - drums

Gestaltish is a Bay Area ensemble that explores improvised music in both playful and methodical ways with a surprising array of results. Performers Rachel Condry (clarinet), Gretchen Jude (voice), Jakob Pek (guitar) and Jennifer Wilsey (percussion) have diverse musical backgrounds and met while working with Fred Frith in the Mills College Improvisation ensemble. Since 2012, they have been shaping and exploring sounds to create evocative yet open-ended musical experiences. Using game structures as temporal architectures in which to play, Gestaltish deeply listen to each other and their surroundings, encapsulating sonic moments and reinvigorating the notion of free improvisation with unexpected instrumentation and intuitions.

Bassist/composer Bill Noertker has been active in the Bay Area jazz and avant-garde scene since the late 1980s. Since 2001, he has lead his own ensemble, Noertker's Moxie, as a forum for his compositions inspired by visual artists such as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, architect Antoni Gaudí, poet Rainer Maria Rilke, sculptor David Beck, and others. Noertker has composed over 150 pieces of music for this group and has released eight CDs, including three CDs of his extended suite Sketches of Catalonia, and two volumes of his extended Blue Rider Suite.
He has also composed music for three films that showcase the intimately-scaled sculptures of David Beck; composed the score for a Nikos Koumoundouros film, The Commandments or the Nostril of Ektor Kaknavatos, that was selected for the Short Film Corner at the prestigious Festival de Cannes 2010; and scored the Olympia Stone film “Curious Worlds: the Art and Imagination of David Beck” which is currently screening on the festival circuit.

Cost: $10-$15 sliding scale
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