Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Wed, Sep 28 2016 7:30 AM

For our September installment of the Composers in Performance Series, we are excited to present flautist and vocalist Emily Hay with bassist Steuart Liebig and a solo set by Tom Djll on trumpet and electronics with video artist Bill Wiatroski, to celebrate the release of his new album on Eh? records.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Canessa Gallery

Emily Hay and Steuart Liebig will present a 40-60 minute set of structured duo improvisations which incorporate mesmerizing soundscapes, primal wordplay, enigmatic drones, harsh grooves, soaring flute passages and impromptu tone poems.

Emily Hay - C Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Piccolo, Voice, and Electronic Effects
Steuart Liebig - Electric ContraBass, Guitars and Electronic Effects

Emily Hay is a flutist and vocalist specializing in avant garde, experimental and improvised music. She is known for her work with ensembles based on the 'left coast' of California, including Hay Fever, U Totem, Motor Totemist Guild, Go: Organic Orchestra, Otherparts, Jeff Kaiser Okodektet, Mooncake and many others. She has toured and performed throughout No. America and Europe and is a featured recording artist on Cuneiform Records, ReR Records, Dragnet Records, Public Eyesore, amongst others.

Steuart Liebig began his career performing as a bassist with Les McCann and Julius Hemphill, later founded the groups BLOC, Quartetto Stig and The Mentones and is known for his compositions and impressive discography, having performed and recorded with Alex Cline, Jeff Gauthier, Anna Homler and an array of other well known Los Angeles experimental and jazz musicians.


Tom Djll is a composer, improviser, and occasional writer on music. He is the recipient of a Masters degree from Mills College in Electronic Music as well as a Deeploma from the Deep Listening Organization, and was awarded the Paul Merritt Henry Prize for Composition at Mills. His projects include hackMIDI, impossible mechanical piano manipulations; Grosse Abfahrt, large-group free improvisational music; and Beauty School, hardcore electronic free-noise. Djll appears on recordings from EMANEM, Tzadik, Creative Sources, Rastascan, and Artifact. His writings have been published in The Wire, Signal To Noise, Musicworks, Sequenza 21, and online publications.

Tom Djll has taken the trumpet as far beyond its silver, snarling vernacular as it is possible to go, and as far from the extended technique proponents as Bill Dixon is from Roy Castle. Djll’s trumpet extensions are in some respects no different to what early jazzmen used as punctuation devices or timbral effects. Few have gone as far as Djll, though, in making such articulations the entire substance of a piece, and none have gone so far in the development of split-channel playing." - The Wire

Bill Wiatroski is a Media Artist™ based in Alameda, California. His aim is to expose the subtle but unruly world of electromagnetic signals surrounding our normal field of perception.

Cost: 10 / 20
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Tender Buttons at Second Act, SF, 2016; live video processing by Bill Thibault