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Walker is one of the most sophisticated guitar players active
on the West Coast of the United States. His breadth of styles
and wide technological range gives him a broad musical palette
that he applies to every different musical setting with tremendous
lyricism and taste. Armed with an array of electric and acoustic
guitars, and utilizing state of the art looping and sound processing
technology, Bill has taken the one-man-band concept in a bold
new direction. State of the art digital live looping technology
allows Bill to record himself as he is playing and create lush,
multi-layered guitar ensembles, otherworldly sounds, and textures.
He has an impressive range of style and timbre: From searing electric
leads to beautiful lap steel slide guitar, guitar synthesizer,
and finger picking steel and nylon string acoustic guitars, he
runs the gamut of style and taste. He is renowned as a master
of Digital processing, midi, guitar synthesizer programming, and
guitar sound design. Bill is also a warm and engaging performer,
blending humor with serious musicianship.
As one of the San Francisco, and Monterey Bay Area's most versatile
guitarists, Bill has enjoyed a 25 year performing, recording,
touring and teaching career that has spanned rock, pop, jazz,
RnB, blues, world beat, and a host of other genres, including
stints with drum legend Babatunde Olatunji, RCA recording artist
" Opafire" and New Wave provocateurs "Tao Chemical".
He was a founding member one of the first world beat Bands to
play in the United States, started in the late 70s. The
band 'Rhythmical' began fusing a polyglot of styles, including
Africa, India, Indonesia, the Middle East, Celtic, and American
roots. He later formed, with his brother Rick, the innovative
successor to that band, 'Worlds Collide'., that toured Japan in
the early 90s.
Bill Walker has shared the stage as a supporting act for many
acts including the Tony Levin Band, Marotta /Griesgraber, the
Neville Brothers, King Sunny Ade, Ali Farka Toure, Thomas Mapfumo,
Youssou N Dour, Michelle Shocked, the Psychedelic Furs, the Thompson
Twins, Missing Persons, Johnny Clegg, Kenny G, Cher, Huey Lewis
and the News, and a host of others. In addition to a busy playing
and recording schedule, Bill also works as a private guitar Instructor,
and as a demo artist for Rick Turner and Renaissance Guitars,
the Seymour Duncan, and DTAR companies, and The Bose Corporation.
He is a representing artist for the latest state of the art hardware
live looping device, the Looperlative, also using the device in
his live shows and helping with ideas for design innovation. He
has just recently completed his first film score and is completing
his first solo CD of live looping based music. Bill lives with
his wife , and songwriting partner, Nancy Milin, and dog Finny,
in Santa Cruz, California.
Boysen's performance will be officially sponsored by
sax, alto flute, electronics
Boysen is one of Swedens leading live-looping musicians.
The marriage between real-time interactive electronics and traditional
musician performing skills is his burning interest. Honouring
the improvisational approach by playing the live-looping meta
instrument made up by laptop, electronics, alto traverse flute,
electric guitar and self-made electromechanical devices.
a consulting musician he is also working with a row of software
developers to help out in the creation of tomorrows electronic
instruments. Besides playing music he has also written expert
studies for WIPO in Geneve, the Nordic Musician Union and The
Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs (Statens Kulturråd).
Other works including books in Swedish on the music business as
well as being a freelance journalist, editor and columnist for
Scandinavias biggest guitar and studio magazines. Boysen
is also frequently booked as a speaker.
credits including leading the international quartet Boysen Network
setting up a live-looping improviational multimedia opera in Italy
(2006), arranging and playing Swedens 1st Looping Tour 2003 (covered
by Swedish television as well as CSNs The Music Room). Back
in the nineties international major label releases with extremely
visual punk-electronic dance-pop band Plastico (artist) as well
as Swedish gold seller Peter LeMarc (studio musician). pBoy has
also appeared in art performances directed by Swedish multi artist
Dan Fröberg (Stockholm Art Show, Nya Gärdesfestivlen
etc), created film music (4 channel Cube Screen format as well
as 5.1 surround for DVD-v format), TV music and gallery exhibition
SYNTHS and NO SAMPLES - Most instruments are ethnic or self-made;
others are conventional ones - percussion, flutes, tubes + guitars,
bass and mandolin + speechless voice
Mantere is an original recording and performing artist impossible
to pin down into any category.
is a multi-talented musician, who graduated of the Pop&Jazz
Institute of Helsinki. Since his youth, Mir-0 has been involved
with a wide range of musical projects, from rock, punk, glamour,
folk, klezmer, world, trance, ambient music. In the 90's, he travelled
the world collecting sounds, music and instruments, before starting
creating his own music that can be seen as ethno-ambient, neo-folk,
his album, all instruments are played by Mir-0 from the beginning
to the end. Live performances are made possible with the use of
live-looping technology that gives the impression of a whole band.
SYNTHS and NO SAMPLES- Most instruments are ethnic or self-made.
Some others are conventional ones - percussion, flutes, tubes
+ guitars, bass and mandolin + speechless voice - The whole music
is improvised and develops around several themes to end up in
forming a whole piece of work without any pause.
his live shows, MIR-0 gives much space to other artistic expressions
like dance, visual arts, acrobatics. Each show is a journey that
takes the audience into varying musical and artistic territories.
These are top-notch space voyages and sure to please fans of early
70's German electronica, ambient soundscape music, psychotrance
and all things in the vein of organic ambient music.
RAINER STRASCHILL (München, Bayern)
Straschill is sponsored by Goethe Institut and the Federal Foreign
Office of Germany
borrowed guitar and keyboard, voice
Thelonius Balthasar Straschill, born in and resident of München,
Bayern, took classical training in piano (programme for highly gifted
children at Richard-Strauß-Konservatorium München) at
the age of five and studied composition (als at RSK München)
paralleling grammar school. Apart from that, Straschill has learned
to more or less master the trombone, alto and soprano sax, guitars
and bass guitars as well as various devices and computer-based systems
for the realtime generation and modification of sound. Starting
in 2000, Straschill has focused on the creation of freely improvised
material exclusively. In his solo shows, Straschill combines the
input of synthesizers, drum machines, his signature "weirdbass"
and saxophones and trombone with the processing of dedicated devices,
computers and loop recorders (dubbed by Straschill as "whimsical
electronics") to an output which defies any stilistic qualification.
Audients at his shows found themselves confronted with a vast crossover
of abstract experimental eletronica, singer-songwriter stylings
and drum'n'bass breakbeats. In his other life, Straschill works
as an engineering consultant in the area of automotive electronics.
He holds a red belt in Tae-Kwon-Do and has participated in various
competitions and tournaments in fencing, boxing and sailing.
6-string mandolin, electronics, voice effects, notebook computer
Hartung, creator of the Boise
Experimental Music Festival, has been actively involved
in the Boise (capital of Idaho) music and arts scene for over
18 years. His contributions include creating new ways for musicians
to communicate with each other, such as Boise's first musicians
web registry (1998) and the Boise
Musicians internet discussion group. He has also supported
and performed at many art and community orientated events and
venues. His efforts have primarily revolved around raising awareness
and appreciation of avant-garde music and art. Hartung's vision
as a performing and recording musician locally is to push artistic
boundaries, continue evolving, and celebrate artistic diversity.
28-year music performance and recording background is an experimental
and continuously evolving road trip marked by many excursions
and detours - from classical guitar, progressive rock, and world-beat,
to fusion, traditional jazz, and avant-garde. In 1993, after leading
a series of traditional jazz and fusion groups, Hartung began
studying the method of real-time looping, digitally recording
live performance, playing it back in real-time, and repeating
this process indefinitely to produce multiple layers of interweaving
and complimentary guitar parts. Since then, he has become one
of the North Wests (USA) most accomplished and prolific
real-time looping artists and Idahos leading member of the
international looping community Loopers Delight. Hartungs
debut solo CD Places
was released for sale in April of 2004 and consists of a series
of colorful, innovative, and thought/mood provoking looping compositions
that he improvised and recorded on the spot in one take.
a result of his diverse background and studies, Hartung now exhibits
a dynamic and atypical performance style that integrates multiple
genres and gives new meaning to the world of improvisational and
experimental guitar. His discography includes 1) Places
(described above), 2) a world fusion, free improvisational work
at the Kulture Klatsch, featuring didjeridu artist and
percussionist Vincent Miresse, 2) his second solo CD,
Descent to Self, a collection of improvised and computer-based
avant-garde compositions, 3) Xperimentus,
a collaborative project comprised of duo compositions of he and
13 other looping artists from around the world, and 4) Interstellar
Delirium, a delightful entanglement of insane free-improvisation
and experimental electronica inspired by imagery of a spaceman's
last dying moments and twisted hallucinations in the vacuum of
space, with Jared Hallock on electronic percussion, marimba, acoustic
drums, sound effects. He is currently planning to release two
new CDs in 2008, "Mandolin from Mars", a set of experimental
and highly improvisational pieces performed on the 6-string mandolin,
and another experimental/avant-garde guitar work, not yet titled,
but probably involves x-rays of Krispen's teeth.
currently lives in the beautiful historic neighborhood of Boise,
Idaho, with his wife, Carissa, and 17-month old twins, Tristan
and Kyra. He works for Hewlett-Packard as a corporate sales training
manager during the day, and plays jazz every Monday night at one
of Boise's finest restaurants, The
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Electronics
Kaiser is a vegan and plays entirely
too much chess on the internet. He is a big fan of yoga and green
tea, as well as cigars and scotch. He also plays the quarter-tone
trumpet with electronics and has performed with many groups and
individuals including the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, Eugene Chadbourne,
The Choir Boys (with Andrew Pask) and his own big band, the Jeff
Kaiser Ockodektet. He owns and operates two record labels (pfMENTUM
and Angry Vegan Records) while maintaining an active musical career
touring, performing and recording for films, other people and his
own music. For a full bio, visit: http://www.jeffkaisermusic.com
haven't got a commercial bone in your body" - Frank Zappa
CIVIL-MINDED, GLOBAL CONSCIOUS, RHYTHM & RHYME
Artis the Spoonman is a living myth. Since 1972 he has created
a state-of-the-artcultural legend. From the sidewalks and bars
of Seattle, San Francisco,Manhattan,Sidney, London, Dublin, Munich
and Singapore, to the theatresof Broadway,the stages of International
and National television and therecording studiosof Frank Zappa
and Soundgarden, his spellbinding, faster-than-the-eye-can-trackspoonplaying
has been a passionate rhythm enhancement for Rock, Fusion, Folk,Jazz,
Bluegrass, Classical and Uncatagorizable music, virtually everywhere.
His avante-garde percussion, coupled with his contagious spirit,willchange
your life- or at least your ideas on cutlery ...
best spoonplayer in the whole damn universe" - Pete Seeger
"What did he eat for breakfast, gunpowder?" - Lacy J.
"Finally, some real music" - Mickey Hart
ZOE KEATING (USA)
and composer Zoë Keating uses live electronic sampling and
repetition to layer the sound of her cello, creating multi-layered
compositions which explore the boundary between the familiar and
the strange, the ugly and beautiful, the dark and the transcendent.
Her music has been featured on NPR's Day to Day, on Public Radio
International's Echoes and on the soundtrack to the award-winning
documentary "Frozen Angels".
cello and a looping laptop in a hypnotic cocktail. ""-
San Francisco Chronicle
- Toronto Eye
in Guelph, Ontario, Zoë began her musical education in England
and went on to study cello at the Eastman School of Music, Sarah
Lawrence College in New York, and the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole
in Italy. She moved to San Francisco in the mid-90's, and began
a serious exploration of non-classical musical forms, working
with modern dance, experimental theater, performance artists and
both popular and improvised music. Zoë has recorded and performed
with a variety of artists, including Tarentel, Rasputina, Imogen
Heap, Charles Atlas, John Vanderslice, The Court and Spark, Michael
Talbott and the Wolf Kings, Laughingstock, Moe!kestra, Jhno and
also writes music for film, composing music for the documentary
Frozen Angels, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival
and was best documentary winner at the 2005 Nyon Festival and
the 2005 Toronto HotDocs. In 2005 she received an emerging artist
award from the San Francisco ArtSFest and an artistic development
grant from the Belle Foundation.
January 2006, Ms. Keating was introduced to British electropop
chanteuse Imogen Heap. Instant admirers of each other's music,
the two embarked on three back-to-back tours of North America
and the United Kingdom, with Zoë both opening for Imogen
and accompanying her during her set.
2002 to 2006, Zoë was a member of the cello-rock ensemble
Rasputina, founded by Nirvana cellist Melora Creager. With Rasputina,
she toured the US and Canada countless times, opened for acts
like Belle & Sebastian and The Legendary Pink Dots, and recorded
two albums (Frustration Plantation, Instinct Records, April 2004;
A Radical Recital, May 2005).
records and produces all of her music in her San Francisco studio.
Her self-released debut album "One Cello x 16: Natoma"
was the number 2 album in iTunes Classical for the last week of
May 2006, and was in the Classical Top 10 for 3 weeks. At the
same time, her EP "One Cello x 16 (EP)" was number 3
in the iTunes Top Electronic Albums list. She is currently working
on a new album to be released in late 2006.
has been playing electric bass since the age of 15. He started his
unique unaccompanied electric bass solo act on the streets in Kyoto,
and expanded his performance venues to cafes, clubs, and temples!
With his 6-string electric bass and some digital delays, Hattori
continues to explore his art of solo performance - No PCs, laptops,
or any kind of harddisk-based devices are included in his set of
equipment. Hattori's works are made from pure electric bass sound.
Ryusei Hattori is currently living in Kyoto.
X NEUBURG (USA)
X Neuburg is best known for her wildly entertaining "avant-cabaret"
performances for voice and live electronics, in which she uses MIDI
drum pads, a real-time looping machine, and an array of sounds and
samples to construct finely crafted, emotionally intense songs and
stories. Her work is diversely influenced and sung in various styles
-- from rock to classical to avant-garde -- over a nearly four-octave
resident of Oakland, California, Amy has performed at clubs, theaters,
festivals, schools and museums nationally and internationally,
including the Other Minds Festival (Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco),
the Berlin International Poetry Festival, arts festivals and universities
throughout New Zealand, New York venues (Bang on a Can Marathon
at Symphony Space, Roulette, Joe's Pub, etc.), the Milwaukee Art
Museum, the Chicago Arts Club, and college residencies and electronic
music festivals throughout the U.S.
Amy has been expanding her looping experimentations to include
chamber ensembles. She has received commissions from Present Music
(Milwaukee) to compose for voice and ensemble with live looping
of all the instruments, the San Francisco Jewish Music Festival
for a song cycle for seven looped vocalists, the Christchurch
Arts Centre (New Zealand) for a site-specific work for 15 "traveling"
vocalists, and Santa Cruz New Music Works for chamber ensemble
with looped voice and flute, among others. Her current project
is an evening-length song cycle for voice, three cellos, live
looping and electronic percussion (to premiere December 2006,
classically trained singer, Amy has been featured in numerous
contemporary works and recordings. Highlights include tours throughout
Europe and Japan with three Robert Ashley operas, a long-running
musical comedy by Culture Clash, and the leading role of Simone
Weil in Anne Carson and Guillermo Galindo's opera "Decreation."
She has also composed extensively for modern dance, experimental
film and video, art installations, and web animation, including
Mondomedia's popular "Piki & Poko in Starland" series.
Before embarking on a solo career Amy spent 10 years singing and
drumming with her electronic band Amy X Neuburg & Men.
studied music at Oberlin and Mills, and has received numerous
academic and arts awards, grants, and composer residencies. She
is included in the book "The Art of Digital Music: 56 Visionary
Artists & Insiders Reveal their Creative Secrets" (Backbeat
Books), and she has been profiled in music and trade publications
worldwide. Her most recent CD "Residue" (2004) is on
Other Minds records. Three previous CDs were released on the Racer
! STATION (USA)
Coomer, Sam Bass. One woman, one man, one voice, one cello, multiple
layered 'loops' hand tooled and shaped into lovely, cascading,
provocative orchestral compositions with an immediate soul-rocking
Cor is a native of NYC,presently living in Santa Cruz,Ca,and previously,
has lived on both East and West coasts, as well as Europe. He has
performed with musicians from around the world.Playing both keyboards
and guitar, he is trained in both classical and jazz,but has also
been exposed to many other styles of music, namely funk/fusion/electronica/world/
afro-cuban/reggae/and latin.Altough he has worked with synth sequencers
extensively,this is his first effort doing "live" looping.
Peter Cor also heads his own band"The Jazzy Devils" that
have 2 CD's in distribution (www.jazzydevils.com)
and have played at numerous Festivals and Clubs on the West Coast
Bonn, aka Voicedancer, started singing at a very young age. Having
been born into a musical family, she was exposed to mostly classical
music. Growing up in a rural German village, there was not much
of a creative outlet for her but the singing which involved
a membership in a childrens church choir.
remembers singing herself to sleep at night. Singing from the
top of her lungs, barely able to follow the melodies coming through,
she made up words to go along with her creations. At this time
she did not know that what she was doing was called improvising.
her teenage years she was able to accompany herself on the guitar
with a few cords and strung along and sang in a small living
room folk group consisting of a few friends.
musical interest changed in her early twenties, when she discovered
African and Caribbean music and started to take dance and drum
lessons. Her evolvement included Middle Eastern Belly Dance and
later Latin American dances like Salsa, Merengue and Cha-Cha.
1992 she moved to California. The singing was on the back burner,
but she found her voice again. Songs from all over the world caught
her interest. Later she discovered her natural talent for improvisation
and harmonizing and absorbed the music and rhythms surrounding
her like a sponge, which becomes evident in her music. Her first
original song came through in 2002. Many followed. Without planning
it, she was guided to record and to release her debut album "On
My Own" in 2004, which is all one voice Voicedancers.
This CD evolved during the same time when she was working on another
CD with Debbie Nargi-Brown: Into the Rhythm.
second solo album is called: "Heartaches & Other Pleasures"
- all A Cappella as well, and her third album is expected to be
released this summer.
WALKER (Y2K6 Festival Coordinator)
Found Sound Percussion
multi-instrumentalist and master percussionist/drummer, Rick Walker
has been on the cutting edge of music for the last 25 years. One
of the original founders of the World Beat movement, and now an
influential performer and promoter in the emerging international
live looping movement, he incorporates a vast array of world music
and pop styles in his repertoire combining instruments from the
most primal to the most modern with state of the art digital looping
and signal processing instruments.
exceptionally versatile and sensitive musician, he is eccentrically
creative, finding rhythm and melody in hundreds of everyday objects.
is also the founder of the Y2K_ International Live Looping Festivals,
the largest international live looping festival series on the
planet and has been responsible for producing or directly inspiring
35 live looping festivals in 15 countries around the world as
well as producing several creative new music festivals in Northern
California (the Festival of Found and Invented Sound, The Festival
of Voice and Electronics, the 1st Bass Looping Festivals, the
Festival of Emerging Santa Cruz Electronica, the First Woman's
Live Looping Festival, the Spirit of Africa and many more).
has also performed, toured and recorded with many master musicians
from around the globe, collaborating and backing artists like
Bob Brozman (USA), Debhashish Battycharya (India), Martin Simpson
(England), Djeli Moussa Djawara (Guinea), Babatunde Olatunje (Nigeria),
Amel Tafsout (Algeria), Rene Lacaille (La Reunion), Ali Farke
Toure (Mali), Hamza El Din (Nubia),Takashi Hiryasu (Okinawa),
Pajoe Amissah Aidoo (Ghana),Massimo Liverani (Italy) Familia Valera
(Cuba), George Pilali (Greece), David Hidalgo (Los Lobos/USA),
David Lyndley (USA), Michael Manring (USA), Steve Lawson (UK),
Per Boysen (Sweden), Matthias Grob (Switzerland/Brazil), Ile Aye
(Brazil), Olodum (Brazil), Luca Formentini (Italy), Sunao Inami
(Japan), Phantasmagoria (Japan), Paul Marshall (Northern Ireland),
Bernhard Wagner (Switzerland), Luis Angulo (Mexico), Andreas Willers
(Germany), Andre LaFosse (USA), Titos Sompa (Congo), Abdoulaye
Djakite (Senegal), Krispen Hartung (USA), Jeff Kaiser (USA), Henry
Kaiser (USA) and many others.
has opened for acts such as Los Lobos, Santana, the Neville Brothers,
Huey Lewis and the News, Cher, Kenny G, Todd Rundgren, the Residents,
Youssou NDour, Thomas Mapfumo, Sly and Robbie, Steel Pulse, Wailing
Souls, the Thompson Twins, Berlin and many others.
resides in Santa Cruz, California with his wife, singer/songwriter
Chris Wedertz, where he teaches, performs, records and releases
original recordings as:
(found sound/live looping), PurpleIHand (abstract electronica),
nO thiN-g (dark ambient, noise, experimental), Ultra Violette
(synth goth, industrial, ebm) and the RICK WALKER TRIO (modal
also was the first recipient of the Gail Rich Award for Service
to the Arts, the Calabash Award for Excellence in the Ethnic Arts
and served as Arts Commissioner for the City of Santa Cruz from
SIROTA (Greenwood Lake, NY, USA)
Guitar Synth, Voice, laptop
Sirota is the author of the original Echoplex Digital Pro User Manual,
and holds an MFA degree in Electronic Composition from the Mills
College Center for Contemporary Music in Oakland, CA. He also wrote
the "Electronic Guitarist" column for Guitar Player magazine
for a number of years, and published the "MIDI Guitarist"
newsletter. He developed several of the demo programs that were
shipped with the very first release of MAX in the 1980s, and now
loops with a quirky custom multitrack looper that he created in
MAX/MSP (some of the quirks are actually intentional). He resides
in a rural exurb of NYC, and regularly collaborates with percussionist
Rubin in the freeform duo, "The Sandbox", who had their
NYC debut at the Dominic Frasca's The Monkey earlier this year.
Menegon is a guitarist, composer, collaborator and sonic artist.
His work encompases rock 'n' roll, blues, country, punk and experimental.
Using a fiery, visually inspired brand of six-string sonic mayhem,
Lucio manufactures sheets of sound inspired by people places and
has collaborated and performed with Glenn Branca, Moe! Staiano,
Mark De gli Antoni, Anton Barbeau, Myles Boisen, Laurie Amat,
Carla Kihlstedt, Gunnar Madsen, Matt Davignon, Luca Miti and has
appeared on over 25 released recordings. Lucio is based in San
Francisco, CA and performs with the experimental groups Lumper/Splitter
and SPLIT LIP, 'Ameri-kinda' stars Val Esway & el Mirage and
was a founding member of Ramona the Pest, Zebu and the HO.
projects include a live score to La Ent'ract by Rene Clair at
the 2005 Music on Film Festival in Prague, CZ, award winning score
for the short La Vie d'un Chien (2005) as well as live and composed
scores for the Overdub Club, Thad Povey, Alphonso Alvarez and
the Cinepimps. His work has appeared at the SF International Film
Festival, Sundance Film Festival and the SF Yerba Buena Center
for the Arts.
Rut was born, and then later started playing guitar and writing
songs. Joe loves donuts, although he understands they are killing
him. Most donut shops have crappy coffee, and most good coffee shops
don't have actual donuts. Joe finds this sad.
addition to his solo performances, Joe has been happy to collaborate
with other humans over the years including, experimental guitarist
Henry Kaiser, The Spikedrivers (bluegrass), 86 (Velvet Underground
Jug Music), Loretta Lynch (weird-ass country), and Lucio "The
Reverend Screaming Fingers" Menegon (as the experimental/ambient
guitar duo Lumper/Splitter).
has been fortunate enough to play with these fine people in swell
places such as UK's Glastonbury Music Festival, The Fillmore in
San Francisco (opening for Richard Thompson), Nevada's Burning
Man Festival, the Shoreline and Sleep Train Amphitheaters and
an empty parking lot in Berkeley. All of these places were fun,
but the only one that had a decent donut was Glastonbury. The
Brits know how to make a donut.
is a member of the Immersion Composition Society, a group of upstanding
citizens dedicated to QUANTITY songwriting. An obsessive tinkerer,
Joe builds original instruments out of found objects and contact
microphones, which he plays in addition to guitar, lap steel,
mandolin, ukelele, charango, bass, drums, and Hammond organ. Joe
still thinks College Music Journal (CMJ) sucks for replacing Loretta
Lynch's legitimately charting (KALX) first CD with it's own pay-to-play
compilation in the charts, even though they feebly claim it was
a clerical error.
lives in Oakland, CA, likes to write about himself in the third
person, and was bi-polar when bi-polar wasn't cool.
with an acoustic guitar and an active imagination, Goh Nakamura
strums to the beat of a processed drum machine, singing the minimum
wage, dial-up connection blues. Like Neil Finn gone broke or a male
version of Mary Lou Lord, Nakamura could be a patron saint for lonely
code warriors with good record collections. Geekdom doesn't get
any more pronounced than on 'N.P.', a wistful stalker anthem about
a girl in a Star Wars trilogy." - Todd Inoue (Hyphen Magazine)
bass, double bass, six string bass, Moogerfoogers, and other electronics
Robbins has played or recorded in settings ranging from solo, duo,
trio, etc. to big band and orchestra, and is known for driving,
creative, harmonically and melodically rich background and lead
parts on bass. He doubles on both acoustic bass, and four, five,
six, and seven-string electric bass, in styles ranging from solo
electric jazz chord-melody arrangements, to hard-swinging jazz double
bass accompaniment, acoustic and electric funk, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban,
Carribean, rock, blues, tango, Indian, and
fusion styles, as well as arco (played with the bow) classical and
comtemporary interpretations of composed music. He brings a fiery
improvisational spirit and energy to all the projects he is involved
had performed or recorded with: Smith Dobson, George Marsh, Bruce
Forman, Mark Levine, Eddie Marshall, Kenny Stahl, Helcio Milito,
Weber Iago, Anton Schwartz, Wally Schnalle, Othello Molineaux,
Calvin Edwards, Jacinta, Eddie Mendenhall, Wes Anthony, Steve
Robertson, Paul Contos, James Zitro, Martann Mann, Deepak Ram,
Clauda Villela, Dori Caymmi, Eric Bolvin, Herb Geller, Red Holloway,
Rebecca Paris, Andy Weis, Martin Hedman, Dick Whittington, Vince
Lateano, George Young, Ace Hill, Chazz Mewhort, Lee Durley, Brian
Pardo, Leonard Thompson, Rob Roth, Dave Valdez, Aaron Parks, Alan
Jones, Akira Tana, Dave Ellis, Peter Horvath, Stefan Karlsson,
Cedar Walton, Randy Porter, Nancy King, Red Holloway, Tom Gastineau,
Ron Kaplan, Remy and Pascal Leboeuf and many others.
(Lucio Menegon + Joe Rut)
is the mind meld of two 'obsessive soundhounds' - Joe Rut and
Lucio Menegon. Combining their extensive experimental and improvisational
experience, the Oakland, CA based duo create sonic tapestries
using effects manipulation, looping, amplified objects, homemade
instruments, found sound, and even some honest guitar playing.
You decide - are you a Lumper or a Splitter?
ROBERTS & ROSS ARTESE
guitar, live-sampling, beat boxing
renowned pioneer of "scratch guitar", The Genie blends
blues, jazz, electronica, bossa nova, latin and middle-eastern
rhythms via slide
guitar, beatboxing, and live sampling, to create a visually stunning
and truly unique show
Wally Schnalle decided to unburden himself from his Silicon Valley
job and become a full-time drummer. Since then, he has performed
at major festivals like San Francisco's Jazz In The City, Monterey
Jazz Festival, The San Jose Jazz Festival and San Joses SoFA
festival. Clubs in the SF Bay Area are also frequented by performances
from Schnalle as both a leader and a sideman. From Yoshi's in Oakland,
to Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz and beyond. A talented journalist also,
Wally serves as music editor for DRUM! Magazine, where his transcriptions
of the playing of such drummers as Max Roach, Joe Morrello, Dave
Weckl and Dennis Chambers have served to enlighten and educate readers.
Schnalle also teaches both privately and, as a recipient of an Artist-In-Residence
Grant from the California Arts Council. He is also a clinician and
adjudicator for the San Jose Jazz Society. Schnalle uses and endorses
Zildjian Cymbals and D'Amico Drums.
Electric Guitar / Amplifier
over four decades Ted Killian has explored his own personal
approach to guitar playing and music-making in both solo performance
and in ensembles alongside such luminaries as John Bergamo, Dick
Dunlap, Jim Connolly, Bob Sterling, Garen Horgen, Josef Woodard,
Richard Fernandez, and Jeff Kaiser. . Ted's playing spans the distance
from the tender to the brutal, and his CD Flux Aeterna has achieved
a surprising amount of worldwide airplay and critical acclaim.
GHOST7 (DAN SOLTZBERG) with special guest vocal appearance
a 4-string bass and mutate, destroy, and reassemble cascading layers
of sound. It's the dream you had just before you woke. "I
don't really have a genre-- how about "music for films that
don't exist." ghost 7 draws from diverse sources including
Jamaican dub virtuoso Scientist, the Durutti Column, and a Japanese
improvisational wizard named Uchihashi. Pressed further, ghost 7
names Squarepusher, Nick Cave, DJ Shadow, Hood and John Coltrane
as currently in heavy rotation around his house.
guitar playing combines psychedelic, ambient, progressive, funk,
and various "world" music influences with unusual sounds created
using unorthodox playing techniques and electronic processing.
Cleveland released his first commercial album on Larry Fast's
Audion Recording Company label in 1986. Mythos
combined layers of guitar with Bob Stohl and Kat Epple's woodwinds,
synthesizers, and light percussion; and Michael
Masley's otherworldly bowhammer cymbalom. The CD received
glowing reviews in Option, Jazziz,
Stereo Review, the Stereo Review Compact Disc
Buyer's Guide, and numerous other publications.
Dreaming, released on Scarlet
Records in 1989, also met with critical acclaim. The music
had an electronic edge (Cleveland played samplers and synths in
addition to electric and acoustic guitars), but also encroached
upon world music territory with the addition of Michael
Pluznick's African and Middle Eastern percussion. Michael
Masley's bowhammer cymbalom, and Robert
Powell's pedal steel guitar, added exotic harmonic and
the '90s Cleveland began a parallel career in journalism. Between
1996 and 2002 he worked in various editorial capacities and wrote
dozens of articles and product reviews for Mix, Electronic
Musicia, and Onstag
magazines. In mid-2002 he joined the staff of Guitar
Player magazine, where he continues to serve as an associate
editor. Cleveland's first book, Creative
Music Production: Joe Meek's Bold Technique, was published
by MixBooks in the Fall of 2001.
The '90s were a busy time musically as well. Cleveland performed
with the improvisational quintet Cloud
Chambe, a group which included multi-instrumentalist Michael
Masley, bassist Michael
Manring, cellist Dan
Reiter, and percussionist Joe
Venegoni. Cloud Chamber performed throughout the San Francisco
Bay Area over a period of several years, and released its critically
acclaimed Dark Matter CD (produced by Cleveland)
in 1998. During this time Cleveland also recorded material that
would eventually appear on Volcano and Memory
Volcano is an explosive mixture of African and Afro-Haitian
rhythms and progressive, jazz, ambient, and world music elements,
featuring Michael Manring
(bass), Michael Pluznick
(percussion), Norbert Stachel
Masley (cymbalom/original instruments), and other extraordinary
artists. The 2-CD Memory & Imagination features
the very best of Cleveland's critically acclaimed Voluntary
Dreaming and Mythos albums on one disc, and nine loop-based
improvisational guitar and percussion compositions, performed
almost entirely by Cleveland, on the other.
Cleveland is currently recording new material (this time with
lyrics) for an upcoming CD. Featured artists include bassist
Michael Manring (bass),
Alberti, pedal steel guitarist Robert
Powell, and vocalist Amy
X Neuburg. A rough mix of "Lake of Fire" is the
current Free Download, available ...
producer and slide guitarist Carl Weingarten first toured in the
mid 1980s performing loop-guitar shows along the east coast, and
once as the opening act for Bill Bruford's Earthworks in Boston.
Carl's current music reflects over two decades of experimentation
with world music, country, blues and progressive rock. Described
by some as "Ambient Americana," the arrangements combine
both roots-based and contemporary elements. The net result proffers
an sound rife with atmosphere; a meandering through rhythms from
America and beyond, while under the creative spell of modern studio
influence from a range of sources, Weingarten's hometown of St.
Louis, laid the groundwork for his rhythmic pursuits, where, he
attested, "Blues was part of the culture.
it was certainly the starting point for my music, I became interested
in jazz, electronic and world music, mixing them together to find
my own voice," he said.
1980, he founded Multiphase Productions, a collaborative label
that continues today, boasting a medley of artists, including
jazz guitarist Fareed Haque, bass guru Michael Manring and percussionist
Brain Knave; the latter two also contributed extensively to his
recent release, Local Journeys.
having little prior exposure to Eastern music, recalled collaborating
in 1993 with classical Indian musicians. "I was blown away,"
he said. "I saw so many similarities between Eastern and
Western music. Rather than view them as different worlds I tried
to blend these influences into the music I was writing."
experiences embolden his persistent drive for innovation, evident
in the CD Hand in The Sand, which includes assemblages from multiple
genres in addition to experimentations with sound effects and
the unconventional use of instruments such as the dobro, an early
20th century acoustic resonating guitar.
follow the path of painters and sculptors," he stated. "You
keep changing. You keep challenging yourself. You keep the music
Kelman of All About Jazz wrote, "Some artists view their
instruments as ends unto themselves; others view them as means
to an end. With Local Journeys, Weingarten clearly sits in the
latter camp, more interested in the broader aural potential of
his instrumental palette. An album that is as much about freeing
the imagination as it is engaging it, Local Journeys is a graceful
addition to Weingarten's gradually evolving body of work."
more information on Carl Weingarten and his latest release, Invisibility
(Foundry Records, 2006) with synthesist Forrest Fang, visit www.mphase.com.
DARK MUSE (aka Phyll Smith)
Muse is a one woman dream project offering sound 'splorations in
Haunting lush ethereal alchemy, minimal, experimental gothic, darkwave
& dark ambient noise flow into a dream near you...
I refer to it as somber tidings & the soundtrack to my haunted
have been creating sounds with voice, all my life & approach
vocals in sound with pure emotion & raw power of experimentation
... While using my voice as an instrument, I am able to manifest
textures & layers of patterns with depth.
and droning sound sculptures that evolve slowly over time describe
Nihil Communication: The brainchild of Andre Custodio. Custodio's
solo semi-improvised electroacoustic music are meditative spaces
that incorporate noise. Nihil Communication may be comprised of
T-Rodimba, synthesizer/s, percussion and digital effects.
a hastily-thrown-together, far-from-exhaustive, semi-reverse-chronological
list of people and bands I've played gigs and/or recorded with:
Werner Herzog's "Grizzly Man" soundtrack, Doublestroke,
Bizzart, Oakland Opera Theater's production of X, The Life
And Times Of Malcolm X by Anthony Davis, Moe!kestra, Elliott
Sharp, The Pornorchestra, Whore, Myles Boisen's Past-Present-Future,
John Schott's Dream Kitchen, Henry Kaiser, Droneshift 2005, Guerrilla
Hi-Fi, Freddie Roulette, Barry Melton, Oakland Opera Theater's productions
of "Akhnaten" by Phillip Glass, and "Four Saints
in Three Acts" by Virgil, Thompson and Gertrude Stein, Floyd
Dixon, Brenda Boykin, Barbara Morrison, Oneness Rhythm Exercise,
Apes of God, Victor Krummenacher, Steve Kirk Pop
The Voodoo Vince Band, John Hanes Trio, Scott Thunes, Orchestra
Nostalgico, Engorged With Blood, Steve Kimmock, Bobby Vega, Harvey
Mandel, The Mysteries, Fillmore Slim, Paris Slim, Otis Clay, Etta
James, Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Ronnie Montrose, Jorma Kaukonen,
Chrome, Romeo Void, The Soul Rebels
Pearl Harbor and the Explosions, Leila and the Snakes
CRESS (Oakland CA)
with a bachelors in music at the University of Michigan in
1998, Patrick Cress was schooled by Donald Waldens strict
jazz theory and Donald Sintas brilliant classical mind. It
was there that he conceived the concept for Telepathy (baritone
saxophone, bass clarinet, upright, drums), his brainchild, after
heavy influences of Ornette Coleman and Tim Berne. Founded in March
2002, Telepathy has recorded three albums, as well as performed
both nationally and internationally. Cress also has performed solo
since July 05. Using live loops and effects he creates textures
as a backdrop to his twenty-one years of acoustic alto and baritone
saxophone experience. Cress has helped form the BulkleyCress electronic
duo which combines two very intuitive improvisers that have developed
a unique language from their work in Telepathy since March, 2002.
Cress also co-directs the Bay Area's own Odd Shaped Case Record
Label releasing and promoting new recordings since 2001. Odd Shaped
Case is an independent label, distribution, and production company
based in San Francisco focusing on promoting new music derived from
World Music, Electronica, and Indie Jazz through supporting new
recordings, concerts, and publications.
EDGAR (The Duchamp Examinations)
Synth, laptop, Boomerang Loop Pedal, vocals
studied art and electronic music composition in the early 1970s
at Syracuse University. He has continued to compose and record electronic
music, songs, and (for the last six years) world and South Indian
music with the group RagaPhonia.
the festival, he will play "The Duchamp Prelude" and
"The Duchamp Examinations".
"Duchamp Examination" is a demonstration of how a composer
can dissect, examine and re-produce a precomposed (but not prerecorded)
piece through a combination of analog and digital mastication
and redigestion, in real-time solo performance before an audience.
Duchamp might have said "Bob chews his cud".
Duchamp Prelude" is a kind of electronic alapana, in which
Robert explores the chordal sequence of the source piece "If
Duchamp Drew Beautifully" through an overdriven Metasonix
TM-2 bandpass filter. For "The Duchamp Examination"
Robert plays and sings the source piece into the Boomerang section
by section, further using the Boomerang as an insert editor to
advance the composition by displacing the recorded segments with
live musical phrases and lyric samples, not so much triggered
as expressed and modulated in real time using the combination
of MIDI guitar, synthesizer control pedals, and VSampler 3 software.
Air is a San Francisco-based live-looping project blending high-diva
vocals, jazz-based improvisation, beatboxing and extended vocal
technique. Conservatory-trained and bebop-schooled vocalist Diana
Thompson writes and performs all parts, all voice, all live, melding
jazz, blues, minimalist classical, and African musics into "avant
a vocalist, Diana has performed with acts as diverse as the Mystic
Family Circus, André Custodio, and Scott Sterling. As a
founding member of the experimental voice and electronics ensemble
Rex Brulée, Diana worked heavily in improvisation, rhythm
and extended vocal technique. She also explored the creative possibilities
of working purely with voice and technology which has become the
core of Pushing Air.
digital looping, each performance is a live mix with transitions
between songs, emulating the continuous flow of a DJ/Producer
set. Pushing Air has brought its innovative music to a range of
venues including 111 Minna, Epic Arts, and Encounter Studio.
Davignon is an experimental musician living in Oakland, California.
Since 1993, he has developed his own unique style of music, which
focuses largely on textures, arrhythmic patterns and musical imperfections.
His first experiments as a teenager were constructed using 2 boom
boxes, combining household objects, CD/tape samples and heavily
effected improvisation on a variety of real instruments.
Since then, he has spent time studying (in a non-academic sense)
bass guitar, live sound collage, consumer-grade electronics, prepared
acoustic guitar, real-time sampling/looping, experimental turntablism,
and field recordings on handheld cassette recorders.
Since 2004, he has been working almost exclusively with a drum machine.
Instead of using it as a rhythm device, he plays the pads manually
while processing the sounds through an array of effects devices
and samplers, improvising music made of organic-sounding textures,
hums, gurgles and crackles.
toys, casio, harmonium & vocal effects
Grace O'Manion writes songs, poems & strange movie soundtracks
and sings with a lot of bands....She calls herself an artist, rather
than a musician, saying she paints with sound using instinct instead
of thought. Her first music writing partner was a member of the
Harry Parch Ensemble & her first vocal performance an acapella
solo in a gay musical about incest, so Cyoakha started out already
hell-bound for the far left lane.
She formed & still performs with Tribal-Trance live looping
duo LAND OF THE BLIND, producing 4 award winning albums & touring
the world. (chosen as one of only two US bands for Adelaide Fringe
Festival, Australia 06) She also formed Gothic Improv group BLACK
ORCHID (Portland). Leaving Portland to join World-Prog-Fusion
ensemble, AZIGZA (SF), she wrote and sang on both their critically
acclaimed CDs that wowed the Prog-Rock world, plus she got to play
and record with such avant greats as Daevid Allen of Gong. She sits
in, whenever asked, with avant noise experimental group, BIG CITY
ORCHESTRA, (SF), & performances have included an avant performance
of Verdi's opera, The Troubadour, opening for Legendary Pink Dots,
& The Illuminated Corridor Project /The Edgetone Summit (Oakland
Opera & Edgetone Records).-festival ofCyoakha was asked to join
world wide avant-noise female composers for the newly released (3
years in the making, 3 CD set) "WOMEN, BRING BACK THE NOISE.
Her solo work includes 96 minutes of ground breaking compositions
for "UNKNOWN MUSIC OF KADATH", the critically acclaimed
soundtrack to indie movie DREAMQUEST OF THE UNKNOWN KADATH, the
B & W animated version of H.P. LOVECRAFT's novel. Her only directorial
instructions were "nothing could sound like it came from this
world"....(& nothing futuristic keyboardy either, as the
movie is set in a dream in the 30s)
cantato di Cyoakha Grace eccellente.." Italian Review Arlequins
favorite review ever, (translated from Dutch) "There the
excellent singer Cyoakha The Grace, who actually tears easy tendency
& tension" Progressive Newsletter
soundtrack by Cyoakha Grace O'Manion, is a fascinating blend of
new age structure and sonic weirdness. The release (of Kadath)
by Guerrilla Productions allows you to watch the film's 100 minutes
without the voices or sounds, but just awash in the music and
images. It's a surreal experience, distinctly unique, and Lovecraftian
to the bone. O'Manion has captured another element so often lost
in Lovecraft adaptations: the importance of music...." horrorchannel.com
She's very excited to be a part of the Looping fest and loves
to loop and play her cheesy casio. High Tech-Low Tech!!!
Vee Lewis's style is rooted in the fusion jazz of Jaco Pastorius,
the melodic grooves of James Jamerson, and the eccentric fretless
abandonment of Mick Karn. For this show, he'll be looping with the
Darin Schaffer first takes the stage, audiences may be puzzled by
what they see: a solo musician clutching an unusual fretted instrument;
next to him on the floor, a chaotic assortment of electronica. But
when Darin starts to play, the world never quite looks _ or sounds
_ the same again. Darin Schaffer is a virtuoso on a vision quest,
a composer/musician with a style unlike any before him. For proof,
look no further than his new self-titled Clickpop Records cd. Playing
his prized four-string piccolo bass while weaving in electronic
loops and other sonic effects, Darin elevates the art of the instrumental
to a new level. His hands puck, strum, bow and bang the bass. His
feet press the pedals of the gear below. Bearing traces of jazz,
classical East Indian, folk and ambient pop, the result leaves audiences
in awe, clamoring for more.