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10th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Community Music Center Concert Hall
San Francisco, CA
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10th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
San Francisco (CA)  There is more art and sensation to be discovered in music than is contained in hit charts, sound alike trends, or snappy tunes. Or so say a diverse and intrepid band of musicians and sonic artists who improvise performances, make their own instruments, freely cross genres (jazz with classical, say) and media (sound with film or poetry or both), push electronic soundscapes to the edge, and regularly break out in head-banging noise fests.  John Cage would approve.

The Outsound New Music Summit marks its 10th anniversary in 2011 with a night of wildly imaginative vocals backed by experimental electronic musician bran(pos); a performance by East Bay improvisatory ensemble Grosse Abfahrt accompanied Kyle Bruckmann; a night of new compositions, featuring Gino Robair's Aguascalientes Ensemble; and a second edition of "Sonic Foundry," a true "summit" of some of the most inventive new instrument builders, performing five original collaborative pieces. The festival kicks off Sunday, July 17, 7:30 p.m., with its always popular Touch the Gear tm night, a free hands-on expo where attendees can experience new and exotic instruments and electronic gear and make some of their own unique sounds.

Over the past nine years, The Outsound New Music Summit, presented by Outsound Presents, the Bay Area organization of independent and experimental music and sound artists, has showcased over 300 artists and groups from the U.S., Europe, Japan and Australia, many of them performing in the Bay Area for the first time. Performances have included the legendary Richard Waters, inventor of the water phone, the instrument you've heard in movies, TV, and music CDs but probably can't name; a 2005 collaboration with the Illuminated Corridor collective, which brings music and film into pubic spaces; and Tom Nunn, musician, composer and designer and builder of over 200 new instruments, who returns this year as part of the second edition of Outsound's "Sonic Foundry" program.

Sunday July 17: Touch the Gear Exposition
Ever wanted a closer look at the gear on stage? Want to try it out yourself? Touch the Geartm is Outsound's free event that allows the public to roam among the musicians and sound artists and their sonic inventions, asking questions, making noise and learning how these often one-of-a-kind set-ups work. It's a hands-on, family-friendly environment that demystifies technology while inspiring the creativity. This is a free public event.

Monday July 18: Discussion Panel: Elements of non-idiomatic compositional strategies
Krys Bobrowski, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Kanoko Nishi and Gino Robair will discuss the joys and pains of creating new works some of which to be premiered on Friday night in The Art of Composition. There will be an answer and questions segment for attendees of this free public event.

Wednesday July 20: ~FACE MUSIC~
A night of passionate cutting edge voice and sound that expand the use of oldest instrument in history, featuring Theresa Wong, Joseph Rosenzweig, Aurora Josephson, and Bran...(POS).

Thursday July 21: ~The Freedom of Sound~
A night of operatic free expression, and power of spontaneous sound from Tri-Cornered Tent Show featuring guest vocalist Dina Emerson, Oluyemi and Ijeoma Thomas' Positive Knowledge, and the ensemble led by Tom Djll known as Grosse Abfahrt.

Friday July 22: ~The Art of Composition~
A night of performances infused with new and exciting compositions with Gino Robair's Ensemble Aguascalientes performing a musical suite based on scenes captured by Jose Guadalupe Posada in his politically charged engravings of late19th -and early 20th-century life in Mexico, Andrew Raffo Dewar's Interactions Quartet performing "Strata (2011)", dedicated to Eduardo SerĂ³n, graphic scores by Kanoko Nishi featuring bassist Tony Dryer and Italian guitarist IOIOI also Krys Bobrowski's "Lift, Loft and Lull" a series of short pieces exploring the sonic properties of metal pipes and plates and the use of balloons as resonators, with percussion and objects by Gino Robair.

Saturday July 23: ~Sonic Foundry Too!~
Outsound has teamed up with Thingamajigs to produce the sequel to the first Sonic Foundry in 2006.
In celebration of ten years of the Summit we will present a night of ten stunning inventors in five collaborations featuring: Tom Nunn, Steven Baker, David Michalak, Bob Marsh, Dan Ake, Sung Kim, Walter Funk, Brenda Hutchinson, Sasha Leitman, Bart Hopkins, and the instruments of Terry Berlier.


Community Music Center Concert Hall
544 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Experimental
Music > Festivals

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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