Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sun, Jun 30 2019 7:00 PM


An evening of audiovisual performance with Chris Burns, Bill Hsu, John Ingle, and Peter J Woods. Doors at 7pm, first set starts 7:30pm.

Christopher Burns is a composer and improviser whose works collage and layer musical trajectories, creating imaginative juxtapositions and innovative forms. His music embraces complexity and clarity, incorporating densely braided, rapidly shifting materials alongside gradually evolving, linearly directed textures. Recent projects add digital animation, choreography, and motion capture into this mixture, integrating performance, sound, and visuals into a unified experience. His performance of Luigi Nono’s La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura, made in collaboration with violinist Miranda Cuckson, was named a “Best Classical Recording of 2012” by The New York Times.

Bill Hsu works with electronics and real-time video. He has built interactive pieces and installations in collaboration with Peter van Bergen, Christopher Burns, John Butcher, James Fei, Matt Heckert, Lynn Herschman, Jeremy Mende, and Gino Robair, among others, and performed in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Saxophonist John Ingle is originally from Memphis, TN and now resides and works in San Francisco. His music is informed and influenced by contemparary concert music, jazz, electronic music, improvised music, various Asian folk traditions, and the blues and gospel of his native Southeast US. He currently collaborates with electronics innovator Laetitia Sonami, in duo with composer/dulcimerist Dan Joseph, and in the quartet "Shinola". He also performs with the new music group "sfSound Ensemble" and with the popular electric-jazz-rock band "Britches Brue"(sic). John's solo saxophone music emphasizes multiphonics and subtle control of extended saxophone techniques.
He has developed a style of harmonic singing that he uses through the saxophone. This wide timbral palate has led to many collaborations with electronic musicians, including David Behrman, John Bischoff, Chris Brown, and Laetitia Sonami. John has performed in North America, Europe, and Asia with such diverse artists as Eliane Radigue, Wadada Leo Smith, Miya Masaoka, Marco Eneidi, Williiam Winant, Douglas Ewart, India Cook, Frederic Blin, Fred Frith, the Memphis Symphony, the Taipei Philharmonic and pop icon Stevie Wonder.

While he splits his time equally between curating shows, running a label and playing in numerous groups, Milwaukee artist Peter J Woods’ solo work resides within its own universe. Pulling equally from the worlds of harsh noise and absurdist theatre, Woods’ performances build a sense of terror from simple imagery, muted text and an unpredictable barrage of silence and sound. His most recent project, “Impure Gold,” represents this aesthetic and thematic sensibility through a multi-media approach that includes writing, theatre, concerts, photography and film. Woods has worked with a number of musical groups, from punk and metal bands like Galactic Cannibal and Mountain Language to collaborations with a wide range of experimental artists, including Olivia Block, Tatsuya Nakatani, xALLxFORxTHISx, Alex Kmet, Phoned Nil Trio, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee faculty members Christopher Burns and Amanda Schools. He has toured across the country off and on for close to a decade, performing at events such as End Tymes Festival in New York and Eugene Noise Fest in Oregon. Woods also runs FTAM, a record label and concert promotion organization that hosts a wide range of shows, including the annual Milwaukee Noise Festival for the first eight years and the St Louis Noise Fest for two. His theatre work has been shown at the Minneapolis Fringe Festival, the Chicago Sketch and Comedy Festival, and the Sensoria series at UW-Milwaukee.

Cost: $7-10
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Performance with John Butcher at ICLI 2016, Brighton
John Butcher, soprano saxophone and electronics
Bill Hsu, electronics and video
Demo for Floe (version 2/26/17)
video and music by Bill Hsu