Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Fri, Aug 19 2022 8:00 PM

Mosswood Sound Series
3630 Telegraph Ave enter 2nd door on 37th St Oakland
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Visiting from Japan, violinist CHIKO performs a set of 20th century classics: Morton Feldman's "for aaron copland"; Toru Takemitsu's "Distance de Fee"; Igor Stravinsky's "Elegy"; Astor Piazolla's "Ave Maria"; and Ennio Morricone's "Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso". She will joined by HADLEY MCCARROLL on piano.

Improvisations by Lorin Benedict and Ron Heglin - Two vocalists, improvising together, each of whom sings in his own invented language.

Closing the concert, THE MOSSWOOD IMPROVISATION GROUP, a collection of local improvising musicians, will perform a set of free improvisation. Performers include: Tim Perkis, electronics; Kanoko Nishi-Smith, koto; BRENDAN LAI-TONG, trombone; Matt Ingalls, clarinets; Tom Djll, trumpet; BEN DAVIS, cello; Kevin Corcoran, percussion/electronics; KEVIN CK LO, violin/flute/piano/electronics.


CHIKO is currently one of 1st violin players of the City of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the orchestra, she promotes and plays her own concerts including solo, duets and chamber music. She also works on collaborative creations between violin and various artists in other fields. With the theme of “awakening of the five senses” with her “sound” as the starting point, she incorporates improvisation and creates a unique world view through her variety of music. She studied mental coaching and Ericsson Hypnosis, and adopted a spiritual approach to help the sound and music reach deeper into the human heart. Recently she has started doing sound healing in private sessions.

Ron Heglin is a trombonist and vocalist working with extended technique on the trombone and with spoken and sung imaginary languages as a vocalist. His vocal music has been influenced by his study of North Indian vocal music. He works both compositionally and in an improvisational mode and is a member of the Bay Area music context as well as performing internationally. He is a founding member of the groups MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS, ROTODOTI, and BRASSIOSAURUS, and has performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Leo Smith, Henry Brant, Logos Duo, Tim Perkis, John Bischoff, Tom Djll, and Toyoji Tomita.

Lorin Benedict is an improvising vocalist (scat singer, essentially) who works in the areas of jazz and related music. He co-leads several small groups dedicated to playing highly structured music in a manifestly loose and playful way. This includes the duo Bleeding Vector, the trio The Holly Martins, and duo projects with drummer Sam Ospovat and bass player Logan Kane, respectively. He has also, over the past two decades, appeared as a side-man in groups led by musicians such as Howard Wiley and Sheldon Brown, among many others.

Cost: $10-$25 sliding scale
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Tender Buttons at Second Act, SF, 2016; live video processing by Bill Thibault