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ROOM: A Psaltery and Batterie
Royce Gallery
San Francisco, CA
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ROOM: A Psaltery and Batterie
This iteration of Pamela Z Arts' intimate avant chamber series juxtaposes the processed, percussive string sounds of experimental hammered dulcimer artist Dan Joseph with percussionist Joel Davel's virtuousic mallet work on the Buchla Marimba Lumina, and the complex vibrations of Karen Stackpole's otherworldly wall of gongs. Pamela Z joins them to add a little voice and electronics to the Psaltery & Batterie mix!

Joel Davel (marimba lumina)
Karen Stackpole (cymbols)
Dan Joseph (hammered dulcimer)
with Pamela Z (voice & electronics)
Each will perform solo work (and some possible duos), and then they will join forces for an ensemble finale.

Dan Joseph:

Dan Joseph is a New York-based composer who began his career as a drummer in the vibrant punk scene of his native Washington, DC. During the late 1980s, he was active in the experimental tape music underground, producing ambient-industrial works for independent labels in the U.S. and abroad. He spent the '90s in California where he studied at CalArts and Mills College. His principal teachers include Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran and Mel Powell. Equally influential where his studies with Terry Riley during several workshops in California and Colorado. As an artist who embraces the musical multiplicity of our time, Dan works simultaneously in a variety of media and contexts, including instrumental chamber music, free improvisation, and various forms of electronica and sound art. Since the late 1990s, the hammer dulcimer has been the primary vehicle for his music. He is active with his chamber ensemble, The Dan Joseph Ensemble, as well as in various improvisational collaborations and as an occasional soloist. He has collaborated with a variety of creative artists including Miya Masaoka, Pamela Z, Loren Dempster, JD Parran, India Cooke, Andrea Williams, William Winant and Miguel Frasconi and John Ingle. Dan Joseph's work has been presented at at numerous venues including Merkin Concert Hall (NY), Roulette (NY), The Kitchen (NY) Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), and New Langton Arts (SF. He has received commissions from several ensembles and performers, including Gamelan Son of Lion, the sfSoundGroup, and baritone Thomas Buckner. His most recent CD Tonalization (for the afterlife) is available from the Mutable Music label.

Joel Davel:

Joel Davel has toured and recorded with a variety of new music and jazz groups featuring original music and premiers by some of todays leading composers. He has also composed for and appeared as an on-stage accompanist for several theater and dance companies both as soloist and most recently in duos with composer and instrument-builder, Paul Dresher. His primary interests are in non-traditional instruments, interdisciplinary work, and performing original contemporary music both written and improvised. Davel is noted for his solo electronic performances on the Buchla-created Marimba Lumina. He has made frequent appearances at venues including the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation and the Other Minds Film Festival, and has toured in Russia.
Davel has worked as a technician with the infamous Don Buchla on the building and design of innovative electronic music instruments since 1993 including  involvement with almost every aspect in the creation of the Marimba Lumina.
He performs with the Paul Dresher Ensemble, and has a long history as a mallet player with jam jazz group Jack West and Curvature, and electronic-avant-cabaret diva Amy X Neuburg. He holds percussion and electronic music degrees from Northern Illinois University and Mills College.

Karen Stackpole:

Karen Stackpole performs and records with metals/gongs duo Euphonics, Dean Santomieri, Ron Thompson, Myles Boisen, Moe Staiano, and John Schott's Ensemble Diglossia as well as collaborating on various other projects. Gongs and resonance are the calling. Small distinct sounds (a la insect music) and use of silence and space rank high also. She is the drummer for Cactus Motel and has played with Malcolm Mooney and The Tenth Planet, Moxie, Bolshoi Rodeo, and Rare Thing. She is the percussionist for the improvising quartet, Vorticella. In her duo Machine Shop, a collaboration with Drew Webster, Stackpole coaxes otherworldly vibrations from her wall of gongs with an arsenal of implements while Webster amplifies and augments the sound with electronics. Her percussive efforts include work with the Onsite Dance Company and the San Francisco Shin Taido group. Karen also operates Stray Dog Recording Services and works as a freelance writer for DRUM! and Electronic Musician magazines.

Pamela Z

Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and media artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, sampling technology, and video. A pioneer of live digital looping techniques, she creates solo works combining experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, digital processing, and MIDI controllers that allow her to manipulate sound with physical gestures. In addition to her solo work, she has been commissioned to compose scores for dance, theatre, film, and new music chamber ensembles including Kronos Quartet and the Bang on a Can Allstars. Her large-scale multi-media works have been presented at venues including Theater Artaud and ODC in SanFrancisco, and The Kitchen in New York, and her media works have been presented in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum (NY) , the Diƶzesanmuseum (Cologne), and the Krannert Art Museum (IL). Her multi-media opera Wunderkabinet  inspired by the Museum of Jurassic Technology (co-composed with Matthew Brubeck) has been presented at The LAB Gallery (San Francisco), REDCAT (Disney Hall, Los Angeles), and Open Ears Festival, Toronto. Pamela Z has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. She has performed in numerous festivals including Bang on a Can at Lincoln Center (New York), Interlink (Japan), Other Minds (San Francisco), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Festival (Wuppertal, Germany). She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts, The MAP Fund, the ASCAP Music Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, and the NEA and Japan/US Friendship Commission Fellowship. She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. For more information visit www.pamelaz.com

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Location

Royce Gallery (View)
2901 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States


Categories

Arts > Other
Arts > Performance
Music > Ambient
Music > Classical
Music > Experimental

Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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