Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Tue, Feb 18 2020 9:00 PM

Pro Arts
150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland
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Voicehandler, John Krausbauer, Henry Birdsey, Chris Cooper

feb18 / pro arts gallery
doors at 8p / music at 9p / $5-15

John Krausbauer is a composer/multi- instrumentalist/improviser based in Oakland, CA and co-founder of the Los Angeles publishing label, Besom Presse.

A long time purveyor of the ur-drone and trance-psychedelia, his compositional work involves audio transmissions for TOTAL/immersive sensory experience. Transcendence through repetition, duration, alternate tunings, maximum volumes, and stroboscopic lighting. In recent years he has returned to improvisational playing and sought out particular collaborations to further explore his interest in improvisatory music making.

He's performed and presented his music across N America, Europe, and Japan in a multitude of settings - from basements, sidewalks, and rock clubs to colleges, churches, and art museums. Over 20 recordings of his have been released on independent labels in the US, Europe, and Japan. His group and solo music can be found on Important, Beta-Lactam Ring, ANTS, Fabrica, Debacle, Autumn, Thin Wrist (upcoming), and a number of other international labels.

His current music projects include the Ecstatic Music Band (a 10+ member-collective of strings players); solo music for voice, violin, and synth; his collaboration with partner, Kaori Suzuki, with bells, voices, strings, tape; the Minimalist psych-punk group Night Collectors; his systems-based phase compositions; and ongoing duo collaborations with Kentuckian steel bodied resonator guitar player R. Keenan Lawler, NYC bagpipe player David Watson, and Tokyo based guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama.

https://fabricarecords. approaching-the-infinite album/spectre-of-radiants

Henry Birdsey

Henry Birdsey is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and recording engineer from Vermont (currently based in New Haven, CT), working primarily with microtonal organ, pedal steel, violin, and homemade instruments. His music is often drone-based and involves microtonal tunings, the amplification of metal, and fragments of church music.

https://henrybirdsey.bandcamp. com/album/orchard-cut-2

https://henrybirdsey.bandcamp. com/album/concertina-wire




Danishta Rivero is a musician and sound artist based in Oakland. She is a vocalist who performs on electronics and the Hydrophonium, a water-based electro-acoustic percussion instrument she created.

Rivero performs solo as well as with her electro-acoustic duo Voicehandler with percussionist Jacob Felix Heule. She is also half of Las Sucias, a feminist noise reggeat├│n duo with Alexandra Buschman.

Previous projects include Blood Wedding, a just intonation noise duo with Chuck Johnson.

Jacob Felix Heule is a percussionist and electronic musician focused on sound-oriented improvisation following the traditions of electro-acoustic improv, noise, and 20th-century composition. His playing embraces both rough-edged intensity and disciplined instrumental technique.

As an acoustic musician, Heule employs diverse techniques to activate the sonic potential of physical objects, usually drums and cymbals. The primary content of his music arises from this heightened awareness of the physicality of sound -- vibrating material objects creating air pressure waves. His playing is minimalist in allowing the raw sounds of objects to stand on their own: The material is the music.

Heule's Norwegian/American acoustic noise ensemble Sult has been actively touring the US and Europe, and released its second album, Harm, in 2013. His local group Addleds (with Kyle Bruckmann, Kanoko Nishi, and Tony Dryer) was awarded a grant from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music to hold a concert series in the fall of 2013. Heule has also been actively touring with Voicehandler, his electro-acoustic duo with Danishta Rivero, and they are currently working on a recording of the their open-form song cycle.

chris cooper

Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase (Chris Cooper, often Jess Goddard) is a jackdaw chasing glowing worms through collapsing tunnels of luminous rust. Frequently there's an electric guitar and lots of effects involved, though sometimes it's just wires and junk. Prior musical affiliations include Fat Worm of Error, The BSC, White Limo, and more seemingly arbitrary combinations of words and letters (ie, A: Pfeffer Kwitter).
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