Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Fri, Mar 3 2017 8:00 PM

Join us for an evening of audiovisual improvisations and live coding with Shawn Lawson/Ryan Ross Smith, and James Fei/Bill Hsu/Gino Robair.

8:00: James Fei (electronics), Bill Hsu (interactive video), Gino Robair (electronics)
9:00: Shawn Lawson (live coded graphics), Ryan Ross Smith (electronics)

James Fei has been active as a composer and performer on saxophones and live electronics. Works by Fei have been performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, MATA Micro Orchestra and Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest. Recordings can be found on Leo Records, Improvised Music from Japan, CRI, Krabbesholm and Organized Sound. Fei received the Grants for Artists Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2014. Fei has taught at Mills College in Oakland since 2006, where he is Associate Professor of Electronic Arts.

Bill Hsu works with electronics and real-time animation systems. He has performed and exhibited work at ICLI 2016 (Brighton), Outbound Summit 2015 (SF), xCoAx 2014 (Porto), Blurred Edges 2014 (Hamburg), Zero1 Garage (San Jose), NIME 2013 (Korea), NIME 2011 (Oslo), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), among others. He teaches and does research in the Department of Computer Science at San Francisco State University.

Shawn Lawson is a computational artist and researcher creating the computational sublime. He performs under the pseudonym Obi-Wan Codenobi where he live-codes real-time computer graphics with his open source software, The Force. He has performed at NIME, Australia; Radical dB, Spain; ICLI, Portugal and UK; ICLC, UK; ISEA, Canada; GENERATE!, Germany; CultureHub, NYC, and more. He is an Associate Professor of Computer Visualization in the Department of Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and selectively consults for independent artists and entertainment R&D branches.

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.

Ryan Ross Smith is a composer, performer, sound designer, engineer and educator currently based in the Catskills region of New York State. Smith has performed throughout the US, Europe and UK, including performances at MoMA and PS1 [NYC] and Le Centre Pompidou [Paris, FR], has had his music performed throughout North America, Iceland, Denmark, Australia and the UK, has presented his work and research at conferences including NIME, ISEA, ICLI, ICLC, SMF and TENOR, and has lectured at various colleges and universities.
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Gino Robair and John Butcher, 2008
Performance with John Butcher at ICLI 2016, Brighton
John Butcher, soprano saxophone and electronics
Bill Hsu, electronics and video
Performance with James Fei and Gino Robair, Outsound Summit 2015
James Fei, saxophones
Bill Hsu, video
Gino Robair, percussion
Demo for Floe (version 2/26/17)
video and music by Bill Hsu