Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Sep 22 2022 6:00 PM

Musician and seeker Suki O'Kane returns to Shapeshifters to enact 10,000 things, a score for durational performance, to mark the fall equinox.
The piece starts 10,000 seconds before, and lasts a minimum of 10,000 seconds after the equinox itself, which will be observable at 6:03pm Pacific Daylight Time. Expect ritual acts of body, speech and mind, walking meditation, live cinema, durational sound, food, sunset, civil twilight, and the setting of a waning crescent moon.
3:16pm - 6pm: From wherever you are, attempt to do something 10,000 times. It could be as simple as breathing, or walking, or repeating a word.
Equinox - Sunset: Ernesto Diaz-Infante plays solo guitar to mark the moment.
Dark O'Clock: Join us for complementary autumnal food and drink. Shapeshifters will also be serving house libations for a modest price.
8pm: Phoebe Tooke creates a visual conduction for an improvising ensemble comprised of
Wayne Grim
Jacob Felix Heule
Suki O'Kane
Adria Otte, and
special guests to be announced
8:45pm: Spring Equinox Revisited by Alfonso Alvarez, Dyemark, Suki O'Kane, and special guests
About the Artists
Bay Area filmmaker and longtime Canyon Cinema artist member Alfonso Alvarez was inspired to make experimental films after seeing the work of Luis Buñuel, Barbara Hammer, and Oskar Fischinger. His work lately involves hand-printing found footage on black-and-white 16mm film, hand-processing, and toning. The results are lush misshapen images – ultimately deployed in multi-projector installations.

Ernesto Diaz-Infante’s musical compositions span a broad perspective: transcendental piano, noise, improvised music, avant-garde guitar, field recordings, and experimental song. He received his MFA from CalArts in Music Composition, where he studied with Stephen L. Mosko and Wadada Leo Smith. He lives in San Francisco with filmmaker Marjorie Sturm and their son and daughter.

Dyemark (Steven Dye) is a Bay Area-based visual / installation artist, kite photo- and sonographer, performative projectionist (Wet Gate), musician (Santo Subito, Tarentel), phonographer, and inventor. He has screened and performed at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Exploratorium, Other Cinema, San Francisco Cinematheque to name but a few. He received his degree in film, video and performance from the California College of Arts and Crafts.

Born in Baltimore, Wayne Grim studied music at The University of Maryland and Mills College in Oakland California. He currently curates and produces sound works for the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Grim is a sound artist, musician, composer, and improviser. His work with acoustic and electronic instruments, computers and sound objects explores worlds between beauty and failure. His work spans a variety of areas, generative music, spontaneous composition, non-western musical techniques, improvisation, durational works, minimalism, noise, conceptual art, and the sonification of scientific phenomena.

Jacob Felix Heule is an improvising percussionist with a special interest in friction techniques. His music is shaped by intuition, listening, and following where the sounds lead. He embraces limited instrumentation - like a single drum and a single cymbal - as a commitment to exploring the depth of his instruments. He frequently collaborates with Danishta Rivero, Guro Moe, Haavard Skaset, Kanoko Nishi-Smith, Matt Chandler, Chris Cooper, Kevin Corcoran, Kyle Bruckmann, Tom Djll, and Bill Orcutt. He also organizes the monthly Active Music Series, and facilitates a monthly improvisation workshop, Doors That Only Open in Silence. Heule's practice is informed by his work as an audio engineer. In addition to regularly doing live sound, he has worked on albums by artists such as Burmese, Las Sucias, and Black Spirituals.

Suki O'Kane is an Oakland-based musician, composer, improviser and instigator working with artists from a wide array of music, movement, expanded cinema and public art genres. She is a student of monumental and durational forms, combining Jurassic electronics, everyday objects and found sounds to create noisy, hand held miniatures.
Adria Otte creates music inspired from a diverse musical background that includes classical violin studies, rock bands, traditional Korean drumming, free improvisation, and experimental electronic music. As a multi-instrumentalist, she has performed improvised and composed works on violin, electric guitar in rock bands, and digital and analog electronics. As a sound designer and composer she contributes to dance and theater productions as well as collaborations with video and visual artists.

Phoebe Tooke, a native New Orleanian, is now a San Francisco based social worker turned filmmaker and video artist. She stays away from actors, so her work tends to be documentary and experimental in nature. She has had work screen at the Telluride Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Silverdocs, Slamdance and the Black Maria Film Festival. She has received awards including a Student Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures, a Golden Gate Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival and “Best Documentary Film” from the Documentary Film Institute. When not working on her own work, Phoebe can be found at the Exploratorium Museum working as a video producer. She received her MFA in Film Production from San Francisco State University in 2008.

Cost: $10
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Jacob Felix Heule, Clarke Robinson, Matt Ingalls
Ernesto Diaz-Infante (electric guitar, electronic tanpura, and singing bowl) and Marjorie Sturm (flute) at The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, California, October 19th, 2022.