Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Oct 10 2019 8:00 PM


8:00 pm ENS EKT
Paul Stapleton sound sculpture, Mad Pulse Maybe double bass, David Bud baritone saxophone
8:50 pm Hauras
Howard Ryan - multi-media
9:30 pm Shachar/Weeks Quartet
Yeonathan Shachar - Guitar, Tom Weeks - Saxophone, Tim Duff - Bass, Tim DeCillis - Drums

Ens Ekt features the experimental musical inventions of Paul Stapleton (Californian born, Belfast-based) placed in dialogue with the circular breathed multiphonics and harmonic textures and the resonant gestural and spectrally focused playing of the other band members. The group explores emergent timbral, dynamic and social musical structures through improvisation. Having worked together more frequently in duo settings (see below), the trio configuration offers an opportunity to explore new modes of interactions in part facilitated by purpose built technologies that intertwine metallic, wooden and electronic resonances in real time.

Hauras is the experimental, multi-media project of Howard Ryan, based in San Francisco. Finnish for “fragile”, Hauras is interested in employing time, repetition, decay and chaos to help find a space where a song could exist. Elements of Early Music, Ancient Chant, Experimental Pop and Modern Drone appear alongside shortwave, AM radio and live police scanner feeds. Delayed, effected viola and vocals, low tuned, overdriven electric guitars and distorted keyboards provide a distinctive palette for a new kind of chamber music, A music at once cinematic and static. Minimalist and abstract. Improvisatory and precise. Secular and psychedelic. Full of bravado and restraint.

"Crescendo as road trip"
A conceptual undertaking that started with Snickers (his remote collaboration with Sam Sharp described by Byron Coley in Wire Magazine as “recorded underwater, then sent into submarines via broken transmitters”) as a way to deal with PTSD and the end of civilization, Hauras is a coping mechanism as well as a lot of fucking fun. Howard has appeared on recordings with Richard Youngs, Supersilent, Devendra Banhart, Will Oldham and Joan Shelley. He has performed on bills with Sarah Davachi, Laraaji, Alan Sparhawk, Mary Lattimore and Nels Cline. Utilizing a loose narrative of the anti-hero, each Hauras performance is a strange visit to one or more recurring themes. Loss. Journey. Memory. Trauma. Love. The Void. Occasionally using local filmmakers, unknown dead still photographers, radio stations and other visual artists and musicians as collaborators, Hauras often ends up relying heavily on his community when he thought all along he could do it all himself.


Tom Weeks (Oakland) and Yeonathan Shachar (Tel Aviv) have collaborated for many years in a wide variety of projects. Having first met in Boston in 2019, the two both relocated to New York City in 2012, where they worked together to develop the foundations of their deep relationships to creative improvised music. The two reunite for their first ever Bay Area performance.

Cost: $8-15 sliding