Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sat, Sep 10 2016 6:00 PM

Acoustic Habitats: Visual Scores of the SF Bay Area // FREE Opening Reception for the Visual Exposition

FREE Opening Reception & Discussion for the visual exposition
On display Sept-Dec, 2016
@ Center for New Music, 55 Taylor st. SF

Acoustic Habitats:
Visual Scores of the SF Bay Area

Works by:
Steve Adams
Bryan Day
Phillip Greenlief
Barry Guy
Anna Halprin
Cheryl Leonard
Bob Marsh
Pauline Oliveros
Jon Raskin
Gino Robair
David Samas
Amy Trachtenberg

Panel Discussion at 7 PM featuring:
Steve Adams, composer/performer
Dena Beard, Executive Director, The Lab
Jon Raskin, composer/performer
Gino Robair, composer/performer

About Acoustic Habitats

We live in a sonic environment which is not easily notated on staff paper. In this exhibit we explore graphic scores from living Bay Area artists whose work reflects a sensitivity to this place and a deeper conversation with the local social, spiritual and environmental landscapes.

As a result of the interdisciplinary skill and creativity of contemporary performing artists, graphic notation and visual score-making have become prevalent both in new music and dance. Many composers have become less fixated with expectations of what sounds/actions are made and more concern themselves with how or why actions/sounds are made. Often these composers and performers come from a strong background in free improvisation.

Coded within the visual information, more or less subjectively, are the symbols that the dancer/musician must re-express into space and time as music and movement. To navigate this novel realm requires a map that is often site specific; often games or strategies are employed to create this self composing material and ultimately, these artists compose their own acoustic habitats.

-David Samas
Curator, the Window Gallery @ the Center for New Music San Francisco
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Ken Filiano/ Steve Adams Duo at the Stone
Gino Robair and John Butcher, 2008