Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Feb 13 2020 7:30 PM

660 Lomita Dr. Stanford
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Tania Caroline Chen, Gino Robair, Tom Djll perform free improvisations on piano and electronics with live interactive video generations by William Thibault.

Tender Buttons taps sound worlds of complexity and lush emptiness, using grand piano framed by modular electronics. At times evoking sound worlds reminiscent of early Stockhausen, Cage/Tudor, and new wave bands of the 1980s, the trio interplays compatibly with an intensity wrought from focused concentration – sometimes evoking a meditative “composed” sound world, at other moments setting up impossible musics in side-by-side coexistence, shimmering and translucent. Tender Buttons came together out of a shared passion for the practice of free improvisation as informed by contemporary musical disciplines, with a dash of intuitive and absurdist literatures.

Tender Buttons

Tania Chen – piano, electronics, toys
Gino Robair – electronics
Tom Djll – trumpet, electronics
Bill Thibault – live video

Program TBA.

Event Sponsor:
Department of Music, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics

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Cost: Donation
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Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Gino Robair and John Butcher, 2008
Tender Buttons at Second Act, SF, 2016; live video processing by Bill Thibault