Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Fri, Oct 14 2022 8:30 PM

Tannery Arts Center 1050 River St. #119 Santa Cruz
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METHODS BODY (Portland, OR, USA) is a performance duo that creates original sound art and music using custom tunings systems, polyrhythms, and the cadences of language. Longtime collaborators Luke Wyland (keys, electronics) and John Niekrasz (drums, percussion) use bespoke live-sampling technologies to create compositions that inhabit waves of subliminal melody and deep, uncanny grooves.

Methods Body builds on the non-traditional tunings of Terry Riley, the experimental energy of Éliane Radigue and Silver Apples, and the refracted electronics of Aphex Twin to create a sonic language completely their own. Together, Wyland and Niekrasz have been pushing the bounds of rhythm and melody for more than a dozen years. Their duos, AU and Why I Must Be Careful, were lauded as groundbreaking and breathtaking. Both Niekrasz and Wyland are idiosyncratic innovators on their instruments and use performance as an arena for legitimate connection and energetic exchange. They're currently working on the follow-up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut record (New Amsterdam Records/Beacon Sound 2020), forthcoming in 2023.


Classical violinist gone rogue, Samantha Bounkeua (RogueViolin) is a queer performer, composer, & music producer with a focus on violin-driven compositions and collaborating with and amplifying the work of queer, femme and non-binary artists. A graduate from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, she's performed internationally as a guest artist with the Southern Arizona Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Britten-Pears New Music Festival, Festival de Opera San Luis, the Rogue Theatre and more. She is a recipient of multiple grants from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona and has been commissioned to write music for the Binational Encuentro (an event about the female migratory experience from Mexico), ChamberLab, LuftBassoon, Hawkins Dance Company and more. Her solo album “Etudes” is a collection of acoustic-electric songs about navigating a competitive and emotionally fraught academic journey and seeks ways in which we might find catharsis and overcome narratives of our younger selves. In 2021, Samantha’s film score for “Sun | Sun” with digital artist Cyane Tornatzky was the Director's Choice selection for the Supernova Regeneration Feature Program and an official selection in the Kerala Short Film Festival.

Cost: $16