AMBIcon 2013 : AMBIENT JOURNEYS IN IMMERSIVE SURROUND SOUND
EMBASSY SUITES Hotel & Conference Center, Marin County, San Rafael, CA San Rafael, CA
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Saturday May 04, 2013 2:00 PM - Sunday May 05, 2013 11:00 PM | $25.00 - $65.00
AMBIcon 2013 : AMBIENT JOURNEYS IN IMMERSIVE SURROUND SOUND
FOUR SHOWS, EIGHT ARTISTS: HOW DEEP CAN YOU GO?
The ballroom of the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Rafael will be transformed into an intimate club-like setting with fabric, color, lighting, and video. Each concert includes two full-length performances. Hear rare Bay area appearances by 8 top Ambient/World artists produced and hosted by Stephen Hill of Hearts of Space.
DEEP AMBIENT JEFF PEARCE / ROBERT RICH DEEP SPACE TIM STORY / MICHAEL STEARNS DEEP JOURNEY STEPHAN MICUS / STEVE ROACH DEEP WORLD HANS CHRISTIAN / STELLAMARA, with VJ Luna
How deep can you go?
CONCERT 1 : SATURDAY, MAY 4TH, 2PM - 5PM
JEFF PEARCE : electronic guitar & space piano ROBERT RICH : synths, lap steel guitar, spatial flute
"One of the top two electronic guitarists of all time." Allmusic.com "One of the best guitarists to follow the solo electric guitarist concept." Billboard "Mines the terrain where Ambient, Space and Minimalism converge" Wind and Wire
With seven full length CDs and featured tracks on many prestigious anthologies, JEFF PEARCE is well known among Ambient and spacemusic fans. He transforms the electric guitar to create spatial electronic images, and has extended this sensibility to the spatially expanded piano. His music ranges from deep, dark soundworlds to elegant melodic compositions. His AMBIcon set will include deep journeys on both instruments.
In three decades and over 30 albums, ROBERT RICH has helped define the genres of ambient music, dark-ambient, tribal, trance, and even IDM. Robert's unique sound seamlessly integrates electronic, electric, and acoustic instruments while exploring special harmonic tunings. A master of sound engineering, he has also done sound design for numerous television and film scores, including Pitch Black, Crazy Beautiful, and Behind Enemy Lines.
CONCERT 2 : SATURDAY, MAY 4TH, 8PM - 11PM
TIM STORY : sublime Ambient chamber music, piano, electronics MICHAEL STEARNS : profound electronic environments by a master of surround sound
TIM STORY has been hailed as "a true artist in the electronic medium" (Victory Review) and "a master of electronic chamber music" (CD Review). He is acclaimed for his complex, refined compositions blending piano and orchestral acoustic instruments, subtle electronics, and sophisticated sound design. Tim spends months refining his seemingly effortless pieces until he achieves an emotional and intellectual effect of great beauty with subtle, unexpected undertones. His music stands out for its haunting elegance and meticulous detail. Tim lives and works in Maumee, Ohio.
MICHAEL STEARNS is internationally known as an film composer, ambient music composer, sound designer and soundtrack producer for large format and theatrical films, documentaries, commercials and theme attractions. He's best known for his award-winning scores to Ron Fricke's non-verbal global film masterpieces "Chronos," "Baraka," and "Samsara." His music has also been used by NASA, Laserium, and in numerous IMAX films and theaters. He has created the soundtracks to Universal's "Back To The Future, The Ride" and Paramount's "Star Trek, The Experience." Michael lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Michael's appearance at AMBIcon 2013 will be an extremely rare live performance.
CONCERT 3: SUNDAY, MAY 5TH, 2PM - 5PM
STEPHAN MICUS : refined contemplative acoustic music from exotic instruments STEVE ROACH : extended electro-acoustic journeys in the sound current
STEPHAN MICUS is a German musician and composer based on Mallorca. His unique style has been built on field travel and study of traditional instruments and musical techniques from Japan, India, Asia, Japan, South America, Africa and dozens of traditional cultures around the world. On over 25 albums to date for the ECM label, he plays all the instruments in non-traditional and unprecedented ways. Working alone, he often employs many layers of a single instrument or his voice to create remarkable textures and harmonies. While he has performed hundreds of solo concerts over the last 30 years throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, this will be only his third appearance in the U.S.
STEVE ROACH has achieved international renown as a pioneer and cornerstone of Ambient-atmospheric-electronic music. Roach earned his position in the international pantheon of major new music artists through almost 100 groundbreaking recordings and collaborations, fueled by his prolific nature and uncompromising approach. His innovative sound worlds have been nourished by years of live concerts worldwide, experience that has enhanced the emotive, cinematic soul-stirring depth of his music. This will be his first live performance after three years of intense studio work.
CONCERT 4 : SUNDAY, MAY 5TH, 8PM - 11PM
HANS CHRISTIAN : deep improvisations for looped cello, saranghi & nyckelharpe STELLAMARA : powerful ethnic fusion with Balkan and Middle Eastern roots
Trained in his native Germany as a classical cellist, HANS CHRISTIAN emerged in the U.S. as a versatile and talented recording artist and record producer. As a session bassist in Los Angeles in the 1980s he worked with icons like Robbie Robertson and Daniel Lanois. After moving to the Bay area, he immersed himself in the ethnic and classical music of India and Europe while working as a player, recording engineer and producer.
A multi-instrumentalist, he gives unique voice and exposure to obscure instruments like the sarangi, sitara and nyckelharpa. He co-founded the much-beloved Bengali devotional duo RASA with singer Kim Waters. He produced six albums with RASA, in addition to seven solo albums and collaborations with the alternative world band Vas, singer Krishna Das, guitarist Harry Manx, and ambient musician Robert Rich.
STELLAMARA is an internationally acclaimed world music ensemble founded and led by the inspiring vocalist SONJA DRAKULICH. Their innovative electro-acoustic sets feature passionate rhythms and Middle Eastern melodies with dramatic orchestral sections, otherworldly ambience, and hypnotic bass grooves. "Though often compared to Dead Can Dance, if Stellamara had formed first they would be the standard. Drakulich has as singular a vocal style as Lisa Gerrard does, but with the added allure of a siren." (Alternative Press).
Integrating diverse cultural sources rooted in Turkish, Eastern European, Medieval, Arabic, and Persian music, Stellamara is at the forefront of contemporary world music, giving new life and modern expression to the beautiful and mysterious qualities of traditional modal music.
EMBASSY SUITES Hotel & Conference Center, Marin County, San Rafael, CA
101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903