Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Aug 10 2017 6:30 PM

Pro Arts
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (around the corner from Awaken Cafe) Oakland, CA 94612

Please join us for this event that aims to bring people together to learn from, awaken, and influence one another. Throughout the evening there will be performances by musicians working at the intersection of sound and ecology. A panel discussion exploring collaborative opportunity and possibility will be at the center of the event, featuring several of the night’s performers in conversation with ecological restoration practitioners, scientists and artists.

Musical performances by Cheryl Leonard, Jorge Bachmann, The Dutton/Nishi-Smith/Otte Trio, and Secret Drum Band. Panelists include artist Elise Brewster, ecologist Ed West, the San Francisco Estuary’s cartographer Ruth Askevold, and conservation biologist Dr. Claire Kremen.


6:30pm Act 1 – Dutton/Dunkelman/Nishi-Smith Trio – The Dutton/Nishi-Smith/Otte trio explores the group dynamic through both traditional and extended techniques on acoustic string instruments.

7 Act 2 – Cheryl E. Leonard – Many of her recent works cultivate stones, wood, water, ice, sand, shells, feathers, and bones as musical instruments.

7:45 pm panel presentations and discussion

9 act 3 – Jorge Bachmann – Working across a wide range of explorations, Bachmann’s work is eclectic, going from subtle “musique concrete” soundscapes to analog synth minimalism.

9:30 act 4 – Secret Drum Band – percussion and noise group from Portland, OR. Driven by five drummers, each song also employs an array of affected vocals, guitar, and synthesizers from noise musicians, often mimicking sounds found in nature.


Elise Brewster is a sculptor practicing in the field of art, landscape, architecture and design. She is currently working on a film called THE BOATRIGHT about a woman re-generating a 47’ wooden sloop, dreaming of sailing into a resurrected ocean.

Dr. Ed West’s areas of expertise include project design and management, ecology and management of rare, threatened and endangered species, single and multi-species conservation planning, and quantitative analysis.

Ruth Askevold is a Senior Project Manager at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where she manages the Resilient Landscapes Program. She has provided consultation and developed exhibit content for the Exploratorium and the Oakland Museum of California.

Carol Maxwell is at the crossroads of ecological restoration, landscape design and artistic imagination. Her work as a landscape designer has focused on integrating restoration with design specializing in educational landscapes, river islands and freshwater mussels.


Secret Drum Band is a percussion and noise group from Portland, OR, and their debut album, Dynamics, was released on XRAY Records this month. The album’s eight tracks were written in response to locations in the Mojave Desert, logging sites in Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon, and Hawai’i, where composer Lisa Schonberg’s entomology work has helped the native Hylaeus bees attain endangered species status. All pieces are carefully scored by Schonberg and composer Allan Wilson, allowing each musician to realize the complex and intricate arrangements in a live setting.

Cost: $10/free to Pro Arts members/no one turned away fo