is the new loud
friday, january 31 doors
964 natoma, sf, ca, usa
$6-10 sliding scale donation requested
~ no one turned away
extend the reach of traditional instruments, new sensibilities breed a
new music of groove, drone and ambiance. For "Lovely is the New Loud,"
the artists have been asked to present work that pursues unabashedly the
lovely. In these loud and painful times, take a moment for something softer...
features Bay Area artists:
willits & scott pagano
guitar and laptop, projection
Christopher Willits and Scott Pagano overlap an audio generating system
and an image generating system. The two networked systems share data,
producing moments of synthesis and synchrony: a duet for sound and image.
Christopher's interests lie in music that is generated spontaneously
by self-organizing systems; his music is a direct result of the processes
involved: software processes recontextualize warm guitar chords and
fold acoustic timbres into fluid forms that retain geometry and centeredness.
These systems take on a life of their own, generating a music of constant
variation and repetition: structures that persist yet gradually drift.
Willits recently completed graduate research at Mills College where
he studied with Pauline Oliveros and Fred Frith. Prior to Mills, Willits
received a visual arts training at the Kansas City Art Institute, studying
under Patrick Clancy. Christopher has proliferated music through the
collaborative space of visuallistening.com and has released CDs with
Fallt (Ireland) and 12k (New York).
Scott Pagano is a video / sound artist currently living in San Francisco.
His work ranges from experimental video and film and video performance,
to architectural photography and electronic music composition. Driven
by a keen interest in the byproducts of machine errors, graphic reworkings
of architectural spaces, and breakdowns in communication systems, his
work foregrounds precision image reworking and malfunction fetishism.
Communication technologies, transportation, the physical layout of cities,
and the pathways through which we are 'informed' of events around the
world are the impetus behind his compositions...
Through careful/chaotic video works, Scott focuses on developing an
intense visual language to offer up an alternate view of the multitude
of systems and interactions that fill our lives.
Scott's work has been shown in the New York Underground Film Festival,
Transcinema, the Rotterdam Film Festival, Frieze magazine, Pond, and
Mass MoCA. He has accompanied musicians from Kid606 to the Kronos Quartet.
tuba and electronics
all previous conceptions of the tuba. When composer Tom Heasley conjures
his music for tuba, didjeridu, throat singing, electronic processing
and loop sampler, you will be transported to a cavernous panorama of
stunning sonic exploration: delicious deep drones; sublimely spiraling
swells of brass shifting like seismic plates...'
Tom's music has been featured on National Public Radio, BBC Radio 3,
Public Radio International, John Schaefer's New Sounds on WNYC, Hearts
Of Space, and many other radio programs. In 2002 Heasley was awarded
an Artist Fellowship in Music Composition by Arts Council Silicon Valley.
His work has also been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts,
the American Composers Forum and the McKnight Foundation.
saxaphone and laptop
Miltner is a composer, electronic musician, and video installation artist
from the midwest. She received her BFA in photography and new media
from the Kansas City Art Institute, where she studied with Kristine
Deikman and Patrick Clancy. She moved to the west coast to study music
with Alvin Curran and Pauline Oliveros at Mills College in Oakland.
include the Strictly Ballroom series at Stanford University, the CEAIT
festival at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, and the
T-10 Video Festival at 21 Grand. A performance of her small ensemble
piece at the Blackbox Theatre in Oakland entitled "altamont"
had musicians using interlocking rhythmic elements to emulate machine
sounds. Kristin plays laptop music at the Hush Hush Club and 26Mix as
k*m*t*v. She is also a member of the Brown Bunny Ensemble and Bilge/Radiolaria,
a group dedicated to the performance and composition of original expiremental
music. She composed and arranged music for the Shotgun Players' production
of "A Fairy's Tail" by Adam Bock.
Composer, saxophonist, and electronic musician James Livingston lives
in Oakland, California. He has composed music for orchestra, theater
(Latin Hustle, Theater Rhinoceros), dance (Blondell Cummings, Krista
Denio), chamber ensembles, and electronic instruments/media. He holds
an MA in Music Composition from Mills College and a BA in Cognitive
Science and Music from UC Berkeley.
2 new fibre-based pieces share a symbiotic relation with each other
that can only be activated by the viewer or attendee. Keeping in mind
that they are somewhat fragile, I encourage people to interact with
them, especially with the sound component. Same-Species Communication
is as old as the hills... and is as critical to maintain. These "sculptures"
behave as mini-environments for you to communicate various light intimacies,
flirty repartee & genuine nonsense. They may be used among strangers
mostly on futons to encourage comfortable deep listening. Hopefully we'll
still have beanbags (thanks to Blasthaus!).
Depending on weather, hot or cold drinks will be available. Hopefully
someone will make cookies again.
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is a private event for friends, family, and our community.