Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Fri, Dec 2 2022 8:00 PM

An evening of audiovisual electroacoustic improvisations with Bjll Dingalls (Tom Djll/Bill Hsu/Matt Ingalls) and Bill Wiatroski.

In the blur between acoustic and amplified, synthetic and analog, algorhythm and improvisation, clarity is forged anew only if you look ahead. Swinging serious sonic sledgehammers since 2019, Bjll Dingalls (Tom Djll, Bill Hsu, and Matt Ingalls) lay the railroad into terra incognita.

Tom Djll first studied electronic music on the EMS Synthi 100 system. He spent the years 1981-1993 working with the Serge Modular Music System before enrolling in Mills College Contemporary Music Program, where he extended his quest to develop and integrate a personally developed extended trumpet language into an electronic sound environment, while also pursuing advanced improvisation studies Further refinement of trumpet languages and free improvisation with his band GROSSE ABFAHRT was undertaken from 1999 – 2010, with international CD releases resulting on the Emanem, Creative Sources, and Setola di Maiale labels.

Bill Hsu works with electronics and real-time video. His work mostly involves using gestural interfaces to control animation and sound synthesis, and building real-time audio-visual systems that interact with human performers. He has built interactive pieces and installations in collaboration with Peter van Bergen, Chris Burns, John Butcher, James Fei, Matt Heckert, Lynn Herschman, Jeremy Mende, and Gino Robair, among others, and performed in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Reviled for his "shapeless sonic tinkering" by the Los Angeles Times, oakland musician Matt Ingalls is a composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer. Often incorporating elements of improvisation, his music is heavily influenced by his long involvement in computer music. His composerly solo improvisations explore extended clarinet techniques that interact with the acoustic space, often as combination tones. Matt is the founder and co-director of sfSound, a new music series, ensemble, and internet radio station devoted to new ideas and traditions of experimental music, performance art, live electronic music, Bay Area composition, and the various facets of contemporary improvisation.

Bill Wiatroski is a Media Artist based in Alameda, California. He uses modular video synthesis and
video feedback to create abstract visual interpretations of the hidden energy fields that surround us.
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Tender Buttons at Second Act, SF, 2016; live video processing by Bill Thibault
Live at Peacock Lounge, San Francisco, 3/5/2020
Bjll Dingalls (Tom Djll/Bill Hsu/Matt Ingalls) live at Center for New Music, 11/5/2021, Set #1