Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sun, May 5 2019 7:30 PM


7:30pm Gabby Wen: solo performance of guqin
8:30pm After the End of the World Coretet - 30th anniversary - Annelise Zamula - saxes, flute/Bill Noertker - basses/Dave Mihaly - drums and whatnot

Gabby Wen (b. 1995) is an improviser, electroacoustic composer, and sound/performance artist. Born in Toisan, raised in Shenzhen and the East Bay, she is currently based in San Francisco. Having a background in computer science and postcolonial studies, she is interested in the subtle intersections of mathematics and art, of tradition and innovation, and the impact of new technology on indigenous music around the globe. Her works explore the disordered human life experience, the physical state of obsolete and dysfunctional, erotica, and conscience. Works with modular synthesizers, code, homemade electronics, field recordings, guqin (Chinese seven-stringed zither), found objects, voice, body & more.
Guqin, or qin, is an ancient Chinese plucked 7-string instrument that was mainly played by the literati class with its history dating back more than 3000 years ago, in improvisational styles for personal meditation or small gatherings among the sages. Seeking to break the elitist, patriarchal and Confucianist connotation of the qin, Gabby Wen de-romanticizes its sound, reimagining the instrument as a vehicle of a radical grassroots resistance fueled by feminine and queer energy with unorthodox performance and electronic processing.

Cost: sliding scale $10-20