Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

John Shiurba
Guitarist John Shiurba is a composer and guitarist whose musical pursuits include improvisation, art-rock, modern composition and noise. Shiurba has recorded and toured the U.S. and Europe as a member of the bands Eskimo, The Molecules and Spezza Rotto, as a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and the SFSound Ensemble, and in various improv settings. Shiurba has composed works for his own Triplicate and 5x5 ensembles, for the SFSound Ensemble, and for various soloists. As a guitarist Shiurba has developed a unique and personalized approach to
the guitar. Through the use of extended techniques and unusual preparations, he expands the traditional sound range of the instrument, producing stunning, often unrecognizable results.

Cadence Magazine calls Shiurba a "wildly creative guitarist... anti-jazz, anti everything else, yet utterly compelling." Shiurba was invited to play at the Seattle Improvised Music Festival in 1998 and at the High Zero Festival in Baltimore in 1999, and the Olympia Experimental Music Festival in 2002, as well as being featured at New Langton Arts in 2002, premiering his work "Triplicate" He has played with internationally acclaimed musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Fred
Frith, Eugene Chadbourne and Jack Wright, as well as many of the finest West Coast improvisers-- Gino Robair, Dan Plonsey, Scott Rosenberg, Myles Boisen, Matt Ingalls, Tim Perkis, and Matthew Sperry to name a few.

In 1998 Shiurba formed the improvised music label Limited Sedition, which has released 28 CDs documenting the diverse and lively Bay Area improvised music scene.
Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, June 19 2019 7:30 PM
Tom's Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]

Michael Fischer, Vienna (saxophone, electronics)
Solo and Company-style improvisations, with Grosse Abfahrt (Bay Area):
Tom Djll (tpt, elec), Tim Perkis (elec), Gino Robair (elec, perc), Matt Ingalls (cl, bcl), John Shiurba (gtr)
Includes a brief poetry reading by Thomas Antonic  More...
Wednesday, July 24 2019 7:30 PM
Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
18th Annual Outsound New Music Summit, The Bay Area's Creative Music Festival
Rocket, a night of exploratory rock
Gentleman Surfer
Difficult to categorize, they draw upon a wide range of influences, anywhere from Captain Beefheart and King Crimson, to film and video game music, Classical, Jazz, Punk, etc. . .
Vegan Butcher
Led by guitarist John Shiurba assembled to interpret his music and somniloquy. The lyrics are culled from the early-morning, half-asleep ramblings of the composer, while the music employs the signature January Scale.
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Tuesday, August 6 2019 7:30 PM
California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
The California Jazz Conservatory's Way Out West concert series presents an evening with New Zombies, performing one long set of original instrumental compositions. The Way Out West series provides composer-performers from the Bay Area and beyond with a showcase for forward-looking original work in jazz and related genres.  More...
CDs on which John Shiurba appears:
New Zombies New Zombies
Artist: New Zombies
Title: New Zombies
Label: Self Produced
Label page on this site: Self Produced
Self Produced
Bruckmann/Diaz-Infante/Shiurba/Stackpole grand mal
Artist: Bruckmann/Diaz-Infante/Shiurba/Stackpole
Title: grand mal
Label: Pax Recordings bar 1234/pax
Label page on this site: Pax Recordings
Pax Recordings bar 1234/pax
Myles Boisen/John Shiurba Uncle
Artist: Myles Boisen/John Shiurba
Title: Uncle
Label: Limited Sedition LS005
Label page on this site: Limited Sedition
Limited Sedition LS005
Artist: John Shiurba
Label: Limited Sedition LS009
Label page on this site: Limited Sedition
Limited Sedition LS009
Morgan Guberman/ John Shiurba GUMBO PUSHER
Artist: Morgan Guberman/ John Shiurba
Label: Limited Sedition LS008
Label page on this site: Limited Sedition
Limited Sedition LS008
Matt Ingalls/ Matthew Sperry Recorded Live
Artist: Matt Ingalls/ Matthew Sperry
Title: Recorded Live
Label: Limited Sedition LS003
Label page on this site: Limited Sedition
Limited Sedition LS003
Artist: Phil Gelb, etc
Label: Limited Sedition LS002
Label page on this site: Limited Sedition
Limited Sedition LS002
Shiurba, Rosenberg, Robair Bubble & Squeak
Artist: Shiurba, Rosenberg, Robair
Title: Bubble & Squeak
Label: Limited Sedition LS001
Label page on this site: Limited Sedition
Limited Sedition LS001
Artist: PISS
Title: PISS
Label: Limited Sedition LS011
Label page on this site: Limited Sedition
Limited Sedition LS011
Spotted Dick Spotted Dick
Artist: Spotted Dick
Title: Spotted Dick
Label: Limited Sedition LS015
Label page on this site: Limited Sedition
Limited Sedition LS015
Uncle Unplugged
Artist: Uncle
Title: Unplugged
Label: Limited Sedition LS017
Label page on this site: Limited Sedition
Limited Sedition LS017
Phillip Greenlief (08/29/2004)
A Look Through the Keyhole at John Shiurba’s 5 X 5