Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sat, Nov 5 2016 8:00 PM

The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music present Mills Music Now 2016-2017

(David Tudor Composers-in-Residence)

Confluence & Divergence, 3 Movements
Bonnie Jones (Electronics) and Suzanne Thorpe (Flute, Electronics)


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$15 general/$10 seniors, non-Mills students, and Mills alums
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Mills College

Music Department

5000 MacArthur Blvd

Oakland, CA 94613


Bonnie Jones
Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American writer, improvising musician, and performer working primarily with electronic music and text. Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Bonnie creates improvised and composed text-sound performances that explore the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). She is interested in how people perceive, “read” and interact with these sounds and texts given our current technological moment. Bonnie has received commissions from the London ICA and has presented her work in the US, Europe, and Asia and collaborates frequently with writers and musicians. She received her MFA at the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.

Suzanne Thorpe
Suzanne Thorpe composes site-specific sound installations that use a variety of media and technology, and performs on the electroacoustic flute, expanded with digital and analog tools. She is also a Deep Listening instructor, having studied in depth with American Composer and Deep Listening Founder Pauline Oliveros. Thorpe draws upon traditions of acoustic ecology, soundscape, land art, and improvisation, as well as research in phenomenology, ecological design and critical theory. With sound, she works in conjunction with environments, and their behavior. By situating herself as a collaborator with an environment, Thorpe’s work becomes the result of an enjoining with place and community, yielding compositions and performances that render evolving sonic expressions of dynamic interactions.

Thorpe’s work has been shown and performed internationally at venues such as The New Museum (NYC), Exit Art (NYC), San Diego Art Institute (San Diego, CA), All Tomorrow’s Parties (UK & US), Roskilde (DK) and more. As an improviser she has performed with artists such as Pauline Oliveros, Zeena Parkins, Chris Brown, Zbigniew Karkowski, Nate Wooley, Ulrich Krieger, Miguel Frasconi, Jenny Walsh, and Miya Masaoka, among others. Her discography features over 20 recordings on labels such as Sony, V2, Beggars Banquet, Geffen, Specific Recordings, and Tape Drift, and she was a founding member of critically acclaimed Mercury Rev, with whom she performed, recorded and toured from 1989 - 2001, earning a gold record for 1998's Deserter's Songs. Thorpe has received residencies and fellowships from Harvestworks Digital Media Foundation, Meet the Composer, New Music USA. Most recently she is the recipient of a grant from the MAP Foundation, with which she is composing Resonance and Resemblance, a site oriented work to be performed at Russel Wright’s estate, Manitoga. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Music/Integrative Studies at University of California San Diego.


Cost: $15 general, $10 seniors and students