Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Wed, May 8 2019 7:30 PM

Tom's Place
3111 Deakin Street Berkeley
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On Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30pm, Tom's Place presents

Ron Heglin-Lorin Benedict Duo
Usufruct
(Polly Moller Springhorn & Tim Walters)

Tom's Place presents an evening of speech-based music, featuring two Bay-Area duos that specialize in looking deeply at language and rebuilding linguistic materials to find their hidden musical meaning.

Lorin Benedict and Ron Heglin individually practice vocal idioms that, while personal and idiosyncratic, share an obsessive concentration on phonetic structures that suggest language, but defy conventional decoding. They will perform duos and solos in celebration of the release of their new Artifact Recordings album entitled, appropriately, "Duos and Solos".

Usufruct (Polly Moller Springhorn (voice, flute) and Tim Walters, electronics) decompose found texts and public domain recordings and reassemble them into new composed and improvised performances. Their 2017 album "Windfall" (Vaux Flores Industrial) includes "Donzerly," a rebuilt Star-Spangled Banner; "This is Only a Test," cutting up the Espionage Act of 1917 for its hundredth anniversary; and "Psalm (After John Coltrane)," Polly's original text improvised on the bass flute.

Here's video of a Heglin/Benedict performance at the Luggage Store:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsBz-BIyRtE
And video of Usufruct's 2017 Outsound New Music Summit performance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gd7h5qs0b3A

Tom's Place
3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley CA
Directions: http://4-33.com/directions.html
Information: http://4-33.com/toms-place/index.html

Admission: donation. All proceeds go directly to the musicians.
Doors open at 7:00. Wheelchair accessible.

Cost: Free -- donations accepted.
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play: