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a weekly experimental sound series every friday evening
presented by sfSound

2 blocks from macarthur bart
enter 2nd door on 37th st
masks and vaccination required (performers will be unmasked)

september 16, 2022 ochs + johnston + perkis + merkey + nordeson / bryan day + s glass
september 23, 2022 thomas carnacki / grale
september 30, 2022 adriana camacho torres (mexico) + lisa mezzacappa / sarah grace graves

SEPTEMBER 16 2022  8pm  $10-$25


A rare chance to hear the reconvening of LARRY OCHS'S (saxophones) stellar quartet with DARREN JOHNSTON (trumpet), MADALYN MERKEY (electronics), TIM PERKIS (electronics), and special guest KJELL NORDESON (percussion). If the 2019 and 2020 and 2021 quartet shows are any indication of how high this music can take both the listeners and the musicians, expect a set of healing-force music this Friday evening.

B DAY and S GLASS, two well-established virtuosos of collage, cobblecore, and clutter-clobber come together for full of tactile toybox sound-worlds, warbling electronic transmissions, and surreal environmental invasions.

MADALYN MERKEY is a composer and performer of live computer music based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Merkey creates sound events with elemental sonic materialvoice, sine waves, and pulsesto generate lush synthetic environments with the aid of acoustic readings from microphones and sensors. . Her recent work observes the principles of acoustic instruments and material spaces to design real-time sound synthesis programs. She has performed solo computer music compositions at Yale Union, Issue Project Room, and Block Cinema, and designed sound installations for Robert Irwins Central Garden at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Her CD "Oranges" is a selection of songs from various online performances presented in July and September of 2020.

TIM PERKIS is a well-known figure in the worlds of improvised and electronic music. He is also a founding member of several electronic music ensembles, including Fuzzy Bunny, Splendor Generator and the pioneering computer network band The Hub. Recordings of his music are available on the Artifact, Tzadik, New World and EMANEM labels, among others. His documentary film NOISY PEOPLE (2007) and NOISY PEOPLE podcast (2015) are available at noisy people.net and perkis.com.

Since settling in San Francisco in 1997, Canada-born trumpeter/composer/songwriter DARREN JOHNSTON has collaborated and recorded with an extremely diverse cross-section of artists, yet always finds ways to be true to his own unique voice in each context. For example he has worked with straight-ahead jazz luminaries such as bassist/composer Marcus Shelby, to experimental icons like Rova Sax Quartet, Fred Frith and Myra Melford, to multiple tours with rising star, singer/songwriter Meklit Hadero, or traditional Balkan brass band giants Brass Menazeri. As a bandleader he has made his mark with the award winning The Nice Guy Trio, The Darren Johnston Quintet, the category defying Broken Shadows, Reasons for Moving, and more. Johnston was featured as one of Downbeat Magazines 25 Trumpeters for the Future, and has been listed multiple times in the critics polls. His debut quintet recording, The Edge of the Forest received four stars by four very different critics in the Downbeat Critics Polls, and was given an honorable mention by the Village Voice for the top 10 CDs of the year. Johnston has a BA from the Cincinnati Conservatory of music, and an MFA in composition from Mills College. He has received commissions from dance companies such as Kunst-Stoff, Robert Moses Kin, and AXIS Dance, and from presenting organizations such as the De Young Museum, and the Yerba Buena Garden Festival; his music has been used in a few independent films.

As a member of Rova Saxophone Quartet since 1977, LARRY OCHS has made more than two-dozen CDs and 40 tours to Europe and Japan. He has recorded dozens of CDs with his other touring bands including Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core with Scott Amendola, Don Robinson, Satoko Fujii, and Natsuki Tamura (4 CDs) and Kihnoua with vocalist/performance artist Dohee Lee, Scott Amendola and special guests (The Sybils Whisper- 2012 CD). He is performing in and composing for more collective bands such as: East-West Collective  with Didier Petit, Sylvain Kassap, Miya Masaoka, Xu Fengxia (Humeurs  2014 CD); Ochs-Robinson Duo with drummer Don Robinson (2021 CD = A Civil Right); Jones Jones  with Mark Dresser and Vladimir Tarasov (A Jone4s in Time Saves None- 2019 CD); Maybe Monday  with Miya Masaoka and Fred Frith (Unsquare -2008 CD); Shelton-Ochs Quartet with Aram Shelton, Kjell Nordeson and Mark Dresser (Continental Drift  2020 CD); Trio Dave Rempis- Darren Johnston- Larry Ochs (2 CDs + 1 live digital release). He has performed with Kronos Quartet, John Zorn, Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline, John Lindberg, Scott Amendola, Andrew Cyrille, Butch Morris, Marilyn Crispell, Henry Kaiser, Wadada Leo Smith, Peggy Lee and many others.

KJELL NORDESON is a Swedish percussionist and drummer living in San Francisco. In the early '90s, he formed AALY Trio with fellow Swede Mats Gustafsson. AALY Trio became one of the leading groups in the Swedish experimental scene in the '90s. He has toured extensively in Europe, North America, North Africa, and Japan with various groups; altogether over 1200 performances in around 30 different countries and recorded over 60 CDs. He has performed with Peter Brötzmann, Barry Guy, Ken Vandermark, Joe Morris, William Parker, Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway, Frank Gratkowski, Stefano Scodanibbio, and many others. Nordeson has worked as a musician and composer in numerous theatre performances at Sweden's Dramaten (Royal Dramatic Theater), Riksteatern (Swedish National Theater), and Stockholm's Stadsteater (City Theater). In 1994 he founded Co. Alba with choreographer Nathalie Ruiz. Ruiz and Nordeson jointly produced numerous dance performances; their latest piece, a short film entitled Désire, was commissioned by the Swedish Television. In 2004, he relocated to California and is now active in the San Francisco Bay Area scene with its thriving community of free-improvised, experimental, and new music. He has a Ph.D. in music from UC San Diego, where he wrote a dissertation named "Why do you play the way you do? - Musical Improvisation, Identity, and Social Interaction.

S GLASS (Seymour Glass) is a long-time member of Bren't Lewiis Ensemble and Glands of External Secretion, two groups where a prowess-averse anti-sophisto can flourish in any number of roles: abuser of instruments, ignorer of proper technique, found sound gourmand.

B DAY (Bryan Day) is a sonic adventurer, painter and inventor of curious things based in the East Bay. Using scavenged electronics, repurposed mechanical components and amplified materials that you might find in your garage or your great uncle's office, he re-imagines them into constructivist sound sculptures. Day has performed, taught workshops, and built sound installations across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

SEPTEMBER 23 2022  8pm  $10-$25


THOMAS CARNACKI is a variably-sized organism that has been trundling forward for well over a decade, having been as many as eight individuals, and as few as one. (Or, in some instances, none at all.) Tonights instantiation will be on the more modest end of that spectrum, being Cheryl E. Leonard and Gregory Scharpen. Carnackis output tends towards the textural, the durational, the nuanced, and  on occasion  the absurd. Over the years, numerous guests have participated in either live or recorded proceedings, including the likes of Carla Bozulich, Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi, Emily Jane White, Marielle Jakobsons, irr. app. (ext.), and Moe! Staiano, to name but a few. Carnacki music has somewhat inexplicably found its way into multiple theatrical performances, HBO and PBS documentaries, avant-garde and experimental short films, internationally-touring evenings of dance, the Whitney Biennial, the Illuminated Corridor, 23fives Activating The Medium festival, and performance venues from the Bay to New York. Around a dozen or so physical releases exist at present to serve as recorded documents of Carnackis work, with several more currently looming on the horizon.

GRALE is an unusual Bay Area-based collective, populated by MX-80 founding members Bruce Anderson and Dale Sophiea, Gregory Hagan, and composer/sound artist Nicolas Sophiea. Their performances shift seamlessly between different atmospheres  sombre, fractured, melodic, cacophonous and even unexpectedly groovy  while never losing their sinister edge.

SEPTEMBER 30 2022  8pm  $10-$25


ADRIANA CAMACHO TORRES (aka Loope) musician and filmmaker from Mexico City joins LISA MEZZACAPPA in a set of duo bass improvisations.

Bay Area composer/vocalist SARAH GRACE GRAVES performs a solo set of original compositions and improvisations alongside selections from Giacinto Scelsis Canti del Capricorno. (1962-1972), Carol Robinson's Back into the Gaping Again-ness (2020), and a new collaboration with Jon Yu.

Bay Area composer/vocalist SARAH GRACE GRAVES is an experimental singer and composer externalizing an internal sensory landscape via nameless space, wordless sounds, and charged silence. From 2021-2022, she was a Harriet Hale Woolley fellow at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, conducting an artistic residency on interdisciplinary collaboration with the voice. Notable collaborators include EXAUDI, Carol Robinson, Radical 2, Helna Sorokina, and the Italian new vocal music ensemble Fragmente. Festival appearances include Voix Nouvelles Academy at Royaumont, ilSUONO Academy, and Westben Performer-Composer Residency. In 2022 she was awarded the Michiko Hirayama Scholarship dedicated to contemporary vocality by a joint committee from Fondazione Isabella Scelsi and Associazione Nuova Consonanza. She is currently in the PhD program in composition at the University of California, Berkeley.

LISA MEZZACAPPA is a San Francisco Bay Area-based composer, bassist, bandleader, and producer. Called one of the most imaginative figures on the Bay Area creative jazz scene by The Mercury News and a Bay Area treasure by KQED public radio, she has been an active part of Californias vibrant music community for nearly 20 years. Mezzacappas activities as a composer and bandleader include ethereal chamber music, electro-acoustic works, avant-garde jazz, music for groups from duo to large ensemble, and collaborations with film, dance and visual art.


Mosswood Chapel (View)
3630 Telegraph (enter 2nd door on 37th St)
Oakland, CA 94609
United States


Music > Experimental

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


Owner: Matt Ingalls
On BPT Since: Dec 16, 2009

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