Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Nov 21 2019 8:00 PM

8:15 pm Dubovoy/Whatley
Alexander Dubovoy - piano
Katherine Whatley - koto
9:00 pm Birgit Ulher Ensemble
Birgit Ulher, Tom Djll, Jacob Felix Heule and Kevin Corcoran

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Alexander Dubovoy is a Berlin-based pianist, singer, and composer. He graduated from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in May 2016, where he wrote an award-winning thesis on the history of jazz in the Soviet Union. In university, founded a successful student initiative to start a jazz program and built connections to New Haven’s thriving creative music scene. Since graduating, he has performed at storied international venues, including the Cornelia Street Cafe in NYC, Donau115 in Berlin, the Litchfield Jazz Festival in Connecticut, Rakuya Label in Tokyo, etc. His solo album Portraits Drawn Without You was released in the summer of 2016 and was recorded by 11-time Grammy-winning recording engineer Jack Renner. It has since garnered over 4 million streams on Spotify. His work has been featured by the New York Times, NPR, the Boston Globe, and YaleNews.

Katherine Whatley is a Bay Area-based writer and koto performer. She grew up in Tokyo, and now makes her life between the US and Japan. Her musical interests include free jazz and improvised music, improvised music in the context of non-Western and folk music, Japanese jazz, field recordings, noise music and sound art. Currently she’s a graduate student at Stanford studying premodern Japanese literature and music.

Birgit Ulher studied the visual arts, which still have an important influence on her music. Since moving to Hamburg in 1982 she has been involved in free improvisation and experimental music. She works mainly on extending the sounding possiblities of the trumpet and has developed her own extended techniques and preparations for producing these sounds.
Since 2006 she works with radiosounds, using extended speakers, fed with radio noise in her trumpet mutes. The trumpet functions as an acoustic chamber and modulates the radio noise, thus the trumpet is transmitter and receiver at the same time.
Her solo work includes pieces with tape (Traces and splitting 21, a collaboration with Michael Maierhof) as well as pieces for sound installations. She performs solo and with her working ensembles, collaborates with dancers, visual artists, composers and musicians from around the world. She has given lectures und workshops at Haifa University, SAIC - School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Hochschule für Musik Basel, The Queen's University in Belfast, Galeria Mérida, Mexico and Anahuac 33 in Mexico City.
She has performed at festivals in Europe, USA, South America, Russia, the Middle East and Australia, such as Warsaw Autumn, Szünetjel Festival in Budapest, High Zero in Baltimore, On the Outside in Newcastle, Kaleidophon in Ulrichsberg, FONT Festival in New York, The Now Now Festival in Sydney, SoundOut Festival in Canberra, Densités in Wesnes-en-Woevre, Teni Zvuka Festival in St. Petersburg, Concepts of Doing in Berlin, Tsonami Festival in Valparaiso - Chile, Umbral Anniversary in Mexico City among others.

Cost: $8-$15 sliding scale
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Tender Buttons at Second Act, SF, 2016; live video processing by Bill Thibault