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Big Sur Experimental Music Festival
Henry Miller Memorial Library
Highway 1
Big Sur California USA 93920  


I hope all is well. This is Ernesto Diaz-Infante, composer/improviser/organizer, and co-founder of the Big Sur Experimental Music Festival the Luggage Store Gallery (Creative Music Thursdays) series in San Francisco.

Over the holiday, I've had some time to think about my future music plans and my involvement with the Big Sur Experimental Music Festival. Unfortunately, I came to an honest realization that I will not have the time or energy to commit to organizing the festival this year. It's been a wonderful 3 years. I hope you understand. I wanted to give you all enough notice and if you're still interested in performing this year please get in contact asap with Magnus Toren , director of The Henry Miller Library. Magnus will be making a decision soon about the future of the festival this year

The BIG SUR EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC FESTIVAL 2002, is tentively scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 18th and 19th, 2002 12-8pm. (Reserve your tickets by calling 831-667-2574 $15.00/day  $20.00 for both).

NO ARTIST FEE OR TRAVELING STIPEND IS AVAILABLE. Although BSXMF will still seek sponsors, the only secure funding BSXMF can offer artists is a percentage of the revenue from tickets sold. The festival will, however provide low-cost camping arrangements and subsidized food for the performers. BSXMF CANNOT offer any hotel accomodations, car rides/rentals, instruments/amps/gear or an acoustic piano. However, BSXMF offer a space to play (7 groups per day), free advertising, PA equipment and a percentage from the door (divided equally by 14 sets). Realistically, not much money is made. For BSXMF 2002 booking consideration email Magnus Toren or send a CD, a brief proposal and press materials to the following address:

attn: Magnus Toren
Henry Miller Library
Highway South 1
Big Sur CA 93912

All the best...Thanks,
Ernesto Diaz-Infante

The festival's goal for 2002 is to provide an innovative and unique forum for artists and audience alike. We are featuring performers whose work is experimental, improvisational, or avant-garde in nature.

The Henry Miller Library is nestled in a redwood-lined canyon in beautiful Big Sur, California. The space is an intimate outdoor venue that can comfortably accommodate 250 people; it captures the inspirational spirit of Henry Miller, the world-renowned writer, artist, and Big Sur resident.


@ Henry Miller Memorial Library, on Highway 1, Big Sur
Henry Miller Library

Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th, 12-8pm.

A wide variety of adventurous modern music: electronic, experimental improv, and ambient music from Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Australia, Austria, and Italy. Featuring performances by the following artists:

Day1. Saturday, May 19 2001

12pm Steev Hise - electronics (San Francisco)
1pm Hans Fjellestad/Damon Holzborn Duo keyboard/guitar/electronics (San Diego)
2pm David Gross/James Coleman/Tucker Dulin Trio - sax/theremin/trombone (Boston)
3pm Boris Hauf - g3 powerbook (Austria)
4pm Bob Marsh/Bob Falesch/Sue Wolf Trio - 2 cello/electronics (Chicago)
5pm Franco Degrassi/Gianni Lenoci Duo - keyboard/electronics (Italy)
6pm The Clocked-Out Duo - percussion/electric keyboard (Australia)
7pm BSXMF 2001 Large Ensemble (Interzone)

Day2. Sunday, May 20 2001

1pm Philip Gayle - acoustic guitar solo (Houston)
2pm Jeff Arnal/Dan DeChellis Duo - electric keyboard/drums (New York)
3pm Recursive Heretics - sax and live processing w/g3 powerbook (Oakland)
4pm Ernesto Diaz-Infante/Chris Forsyth Duo - acoustic/electric guitar (San Francisco/New York)
5pm 99Hooker/Akio Mokono Duo - sax/spoken word/g3 powerbook (New York)
6pm Gino Robair - potluck percussion (San Leandro)
7pm Electro-acoustic tape pieces set curated by Steev Hise

For more info, tickets, or volunteer help, call (831) 667-2574, email: Magnus Toren

BSXMF 2001 is sponsored by:
Coast Weekly 668 Williams Avenue. Seaside, CA 93955, 831-394-5656
Streetlight Records 939 Pacific Street, Santa Cruz
Monterey Mattress Company 701 Redwood Ave. Sand City, 831-899-5464
KFJC 89.7 FM 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills CA 94022, 650-949-7260
KUSP 88.9 FM P.O. Box 423, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-0423, 831/476-2800 or 1-800-695-5877
Ventana Inn & Spa Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, 831-667-2331

Video documentation by
Claytowne Productions PO Box 245, Capitola, CA 95010, 831-477-9029

Food and drink by
Big Sur Coast Foods

Traveling south from San Francisco or San Jose, Big Sur is 35 miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea on Highway 1. The Library is a quarter-mile south Nepenthe restuarant in a redwood grove on the mountain side of the road.

Camping is available at Andrew Molera State Park for the cost of $3 per person. Andrew Molera has 20 miles of hiking and/or biking trails, coastal access, fishing, swimming, and surfing. Hike in 0.3 miles to primitive camping. For more info, call 831.667.2315

Hotel/motel accommodations in Big Sur are very expensive, and all accommodations on the Monterey Peninsula book quickly near holidays. If you would like to stay in a motel, we suggest the following:

Mariposa Inn, 1386 Munras Avenue, Monterey, 831.649.1414; Munras Lodge, 1010 Munras Avenue, Monterey, 831.646.9606;
Sand Dollar Inn, 755 Abrego Street, Monterey, 831.372.7551.

For more info on directions/accommodations call 831.667.2574 or email Magnus Toren

Monterey is a one-hour drive away from Big Sur and the Henry Miller Library.