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TELEVISION PREMIERE
Wednesday July 12, 2006

KQED (PBS) Channel 9

VIDEO STREAM:
www.kqed.org/arts/people/spark/profile.jsp?id=8663

SPARK*, the Bay Area's arts program on KQED, features Soundwave>Series first show of the season, LIVE PLAY. Soundwave>Series producer and curator Alan So, invited Matt Davignon to curate a show with the theme of Surround>Sound for the Soundwave>Series. The result is LIVE PLAY, where experimental musicians improvise scores to films they have never seen before.

MORE INFO:
www.kqed.org/arts/spark/episode.jsp?id=8302

Friday June 2, 2006
3:00PM - 4:00PM

KUSF 90.3 FM
Guest DJ Hour

ME'D1.ATE Director and Soundwave>Series Curator Alan So guest DJs and announces the Soundwave>Series ((2)) with LIVE PLAY artists Marielle Jakobsons of myrmyr (violin/laptop) and Kanoko Nishi (koto) performing live in KUSF's San Francisco studios. LIVE STREAM www.kusf.org

 

Friday June 9, 2006
3:00PM - 4:00PM

KUSF 90.3 FM
Guest DJ Hour

LIVE PLAY Curator Matt Davignon and Soundwave>Series Curator Alan So guest DJs and LIVE PLAY artists Moe! Staiano (percussion) and Matt (drum machine/turntable) perform live in KUSF's San Francisco studios, previewing the first show of Soundwave>Series ((2)) at Artists' Television Access. LIVE STREAM: www.kusf.org

 

Tuesday July 4/5, 2006
12 MIDNIGHT - 1:30AM

KPFA 94.1 FM
No Other Radio Network Hosted by daS

Soundwave>Series ((2)) artists Justino, David Graves, and Albert Ortega perform a live session on the venerable experimental music program "No Other Radio Network" with Soundwave>Series curator Alan So. Hosted by daS in KPFA's Berkeley studios. www.kpfa.org/nootherradionetwork/

No Other Radio Network Blog: nootherradio.blogspot.com

LIVE STREAM: www.kpfa.org

 



Thursday July 6, 2006
12 NOON - 12:30AM
KALX 90.7 FM
Arts In Review Hosted by Greg Scharpen

Soundwave>Series curator Alan So and Soundwave>Series ((2)) artists Night Night, Justino and Garland Villanova discuss their upcoming performances in the surround sound installation SOUNDSPACE at The LAB with Arts In Review host Greg Scharpen

LIVE STREAM: www.kalx.org

 

Thursday July 20, 2006
4:00PM

KUSF 90.3 FM
Noella Teele Show

I AM SOUND artists Stefan Smulovitz (viola/laptop) and Viviane Houle (voice) discuss their performance that night and guest DJ with Soundwave>Series curator Alan So in KUSF's San Francisco studios. LIVE STREAM www.kusf.org

 

 

LIVE PLAY
Friday June 9, 2006 | 8PM

Artists Television Access (ATA), 992 Valencia Street (at 21st)
Tickets $6-$10 Sliding Scale


LIVE PLAY GALLERY


Guest Curated by Matt Davignon
(Found Objects Festival, Sound/Shift)
Video by Sarah Lockhart (21 Grand)
Myrmyr (Laptop/violin/cello duo of Marielle Jakobsons & Agnes Szelag)
Luz Alibi/Mr.Maurader (trumpet/electronics duo)
Quintet (Moe! Staiano/Percussion, Kanoko Nishi/Koto, Lance Grabmiller/Laptop, David Michalak/Lap Steel Guitar, Matt Davignon/Turntable)

Guest curator Matt Davignon assembles three groups of prominent electronic and acoustic musicians from Bay Area’s experimental music scene to improvise scores for an unusual array of films selected and gathered by 21 Grand's Sarah Lockhart. Like the audience, the musicians will be seeing the films for the first time as they perform, and must respond to elements of the videos.


MATT DAVIGNON (Guest Curator)
Oakland's Matt Davignon is a experimental musician and curator that has developed a unique form of improvisation over the last 10 years, focusing on textures, arrhythmic patterns and musical imperfections. Matt is active in organizing experimental & unusual music performances in the San Francisco Bay Area and is responsible for such events as The San Francisco Found Objects Festival, Sound/Shift Oakland and helping to launch the Field Effects series. He is one of the curators for the Luggage Store Gallery New Music Series, the longest continuously running series for experimental and improvised music in San Francisco. www.ribosomemusic.com

SARAH LOCKHART (Video Curator)
Media artist, Sarah Lockhart's aim is to deconstruct and demythologize popular culture and common assumptions, through playing with narrative forms and structures associated with authority. Lockhart's work ranges from formalist conceptual performance and installation to video collage essays laced with satire and moderate amounts of agitprop to be vaguely entertaining. Her work has appeared at such venues as Southern Exposure, The Lab, and ATA. Lockhart is the Programming Director and a co-founder of 21 Grand, a former Programming Chair at ATA, with other former curatorial involvements including the PornOrchestra, Live Art Lab and Neighborhood Public Radio. Sarah Lockhart has a BA in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University, and an MA in Radio and Television from SF State. www.21grand.org

MYRMYR (Performers)
Myrmyr is the collaboration by Marielle Jakobsons and Agnes Szelag to create an improvisational electroacoustic music. myrmyr's music rides on the tension between the slightly cacophonous to flowing melodies, using their instruments, voices, field recordings, live sampling and programming skills. With performances based on reaction and often invoking the element of surprise, the duo keeps themselves and the audience on their toes. Agnes Szelag work includes songwriting, electronics, improvisation, cello, voice, dance, as well as photography, sculpture and video. Marielle Jakobsons aims to rebuild musical performance as a breathing system of sound, people, and space. She holds a B.A. in Music Performance and Biology from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. www.myspace.com/myrmyr

LUZ ALIBI/MR. MAURADER (Performers)
Mr. Maurader was born in rural Ohio. In 1980 he was awarded the Copper Bishop For Chess Excellence. He has made appearances in a Eurythmics video and on the television program "Let's Make A Deal!", as well as writing and acting in drunken performance art pieces at the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts and Highways in Los Angeles, CA. Currently residing in Oakland, Jason works as a substitute teacher and is affectionately known by students as "Mr. Hamburger." He currently performs with Le Flange du Mal, The Weegs and Earwicker. Luz Alibi earned a silver trophy in the 1986 rowboat competition, despite being docked points for jumping out of the watercraft to push. She has since gone on to pursue other interests, among them a love of trumpet and cheese. She currently performs with Le Flange du Mal, Diatric Puds, Rutro and the Logs, and Porest. She lives in Oakland. www.lizallbee.net

ADHOC QUINTET (Performers)
MOE! STAIANO is a percussionist who usually uses found objects, but has moved to doing drumming on found objects on his trap set (i.e. prepared percussion). Moe! (yes, he includes the exclaimation mark in his name) has experimented through the years though solo percussion using pipes, food pans, pressure caps, sheet metals, nick-nacks & other stuff that has been found, given or stolen (mainly from Pizza Hut when he worked there including a nifty Spatula that he bows). One can expect to see Moe!'s show as a visual eye pleaser: running around throwing pipes on concrete, walking on pans with his feet to mute sounds or running amok, throwing his body into old cassette tapes or two dozen cymbals in any given performance. www.moestaiano.com

LANCE GRABMILLER straddles the gap between the "avant-garde" and the "electronic". He has played in improvisational groups and has also opened for such notable electronic acts as Kid606, Sagan, Wobbly, Uprock and Meg Lee Chin among others. www.praemedia.com

MATT 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. www.ribosomemusic.com

KANOKO NISHI has staked out a niche for herself as an 'extended' koto player. In addition to standard techniques she also modifies the sounds of her instrument using bows, drumsticks, styrofoam and a metal pail. Currently she is enrolled in the contemporary music program at Mills College, and performs in the KaMoTo trio with Moe! Staiano and noise musician Thomas Dimuzio.

DAVID MICHALAK frequently performs on lap steel guitar and an assortment of odd percussion instruments. While David is more commonly known as a filmmaker (50 films with original soundtracks since 1971), the visual art side of him seeps inherently into his solo performances and group compositions, which are characterized by shimmering passages, abstract snapshots and haunting representations of natural elements. David has founded the instrumental ensembles Reel Change and Ghost In The House. He's also part of the duo Dr. Bob. The latter 2 groups will have new cds this year. www.eye-fullfilms.com/

SOUNDSPACE: SONOLOGY
Friday July 7, 2006 | 8PM

The LAB, 2948 16th Street (at Capp)

Tickets $6-$10 Sliding Scale

SOUNDSPACE: SONOLGY GALLERY

Inspired by the work of artist Francisco Lopez, curator Alan So presents a sound installation at The LAB where artists and musicians will perform in a specially-designed circular 6-channel-speaker sound space that will have audiences experience sounds in an all-encompassing surround environment.

Curated by Alan So
Justino /Garland Villanova
/David Graves
Justino creates live recordings and playback of the microsounds of ice. On hand, Justino’s performance with ice will envelope the audience in a visually and aurally stunning experience. Garland Villanova’s Tunnel Life: An Exploded View gathers field recordings from San Francisco’s Stockton Tunnel to present a modified tunnel experience of a labyrinth in which ever-changing sound travels in multiple directions. David Graves' Deciduous summons the language of trees to bring evocative landscapes for the viewer/listener.


JUSTINO (Performer)
justino, aka Jorge Bachmann, is a sculpture, photo-based and sound artist constantly obsessed with the sounds surrounding him. Since the early 80’s, he has collected field recordings, exploring the strange, unique and microcosmic sounds of everyday life. The artist creates sound atmospheres for his sculpture installations and uses his compositions exploring social and sensual constructs and experiences. He has performed and exhibited his work in the US, South America, the United Kingdom and Europe. www.ruidobello.org

DAVID A. GRAVES (Performer)
David A. Graves initially studied electronic music composition at the University of Nebraska and has composed music for multiple genres, including ambient, jazz, and rock. He has also scored music for film and theatre, including A Period Piece, a play by Rachael Kerr, performed in San Francisco and New York (1995-1998) and ICON: The Photography of Gordon Parks (2003), a movie by PCTV. In 2003, he was the resident composer at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program where he was awarded the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellowship. His large-scale ambient piece, tree/sigh, was installed in a redwood canyon during Djerassi's 2003 Open House. In the past three years, he has been scoring new classical works, especially in conjunction with the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra and is currently studying composition with Alexis Alrich at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. www.finevermin.com

GARLAND VILLANOVA (Performer)
A moderate drinker with brown eyes and a fluid agenda, sound and visual artist Garland Villanova shares several ever-changing rooms in one of Saint Paul, Minnesota's more mysterious neighborhoods with cats (three), projects (more), and gear (mostly cheap and/or ancient). When the moon is full, she wanders. "I have a gift for clouding people's minds," she says. Nobody ever gives her any trouble, ever. www.myspace.com/garlandv

ALAN SO (Curator)
Alan So has been creating and supporting innovative art for over 10 years. He believes art is a cultural revolution and catalyst for enlightenment-- one that evokes thought and inspires action. He pursues this revolution with intense fervor giving people progressive ideas and tools to better live, think, and interact with the world around them, one mind at a time. An accomplished artist and a professional designer, this advocate of art intersects his many abilities to become producer, organizer, curator, programmer, promoter, director, and founder of MEDIATE NETWORK, a forum for diverse artists to create and disseminate works to a world in desperate need of innovative ideas. With MEDIATE, he has conceived of and produced such projects as The.ME.Project and Project>Soundwave, bringing together artists from around the globe and organizing exhibitions and events Online, in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area and his native Canada. www.me-di-ate.net

SOUNDSPACE: MUSICOLOGY
Saturday July 8, 2006 | 8PM

The LAB, 2948 16th Street (at Capp)
(limited seating; reservations in advance strongly encouraged)
Tickets $6-$10 Sliding Scale

SOUNDSPACE: MUSICOLOGY GALLERY

Inspired by the work of artist Francisco Lopez, curator Alan So presents a sound installation at The LAB where artists and musicians will perform in a specially-designed circular 6-channel-speaker sound space that will have audiences experience sounds in an all-encompassing surround environment.

Curated by Alan So
Night Night/Tim Gallaher/GroundChuck/Night Night featuring the work of Don Seaver with Natalie Greene and Mae Williams

An Electronic/Theatric/Acrobatic Adventure. Electronic music artists Night Night, and GroundChuck will perform their works split on 6 channels creating an acrobatic musical feast for the ears. Performance artist Tim Gallaher creates surround audio/visual filmsongs. In a special collaboration, Night Night, reinterprets award-winning theatre composer Don Seaver ‘s dramatic scores for plays and musicals with modern dance improvisers Natalie Greene and Mae Williams.


NIGHT NIGHT (Performer)
Night Night is the lap-pop alias for Dana Gumbiner, producer, engineer and singer/songwriter with the band Deathray. Night Night’s music is composed using various acoustic, electronic and junk-technology sources: Speak N Spell affirmations over tone poems and stuttered rhythms, combined with wry visuals create an atmosphere of pleasant transcendental fuzziness, something akin to a short flight on an airplane, or your first glass of wine.The first Night Night EP “Stuntman & Psychic” is available through Observatory/Skyway www.deathraymusic.com/nightnight.html

TIM GALLAHER (Performer)
Tim Gallaher is a San Francisco based mixed media performance artist. With a degree in film production, his primary mediums are music, film and writing, and he combines them into unique performances in which he accompanies his musical films and their recorded soundtracks with live narration and singing while standing up alongside the projected images, creating musical cinematic performance narratives. Spoken word and absurd puppetry antics round out his shows. He has performed his one-man show, Tim’s Magic Lantern Show at the San Francisco and Victoria, Canada Fringe Festivals and his songs can be heard on numerous independent feature films such as April is My Religion, The Low Life and Tromeo and Juliet. Currently, Tim is working on his next musical film, set in the early 1960’s US about a majestic ands seductive alien who visits a lonely young ham radio buff and change history in the process. www.sonic.net/tim-g

GROUNDCHUCK (Performer)
groundchuck is: pulverized cow, a fur bearing mammal, soundscapes and aural interludes that aim at reframing consciousness and creating thought patterns that transform and inspire. groundchuck a.k.a. Charles Freeman's quest for world domination through sound started at age 8 when Charles and his older brother sequenced new soundtracks for sci-fi movies on an old four-track recorder. over the next 15 years Charles spent most of his time developing his musical expertise through the study of piano, saxophone, guitar, turntablism and finally the digital audio workstation. Charles' musical voyage has taken him through many styles of creation. www.groundchuck.net

DON SEAVER (Composer)
Don Seaver started songwriting with a country western band in 1982, and wrote his first musical in 1983. He started composing for the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 1990, which began his 15 years in theater creating original scores and sound design. He has worked with numerous Bay Area theaters, including Magic Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, Theatre Rhinoceros, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Aurora Theatre, Encore Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre, and Shotgun Players. In addition, Don has composed scores for television, videogames, and ballet, and is working on an opera about Leonard Bernstein. He has been nominated for several Bay Area Theater Critics’ Circle Awards for best score/sound design over the years, and won in 1999 for his score for “Mere Mortals” and in 2004 for “Southern Lights” (with Julie Jackson.) www.donseaver.com

MAE WILLIAMS (Dancer)
Mae Williams holds a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts where she had the privilege to dance for the Cornish Dance Theatre with choreographers Sarah Slipper of the Oregon Ballet Theatre and Gerard Theoret a former soloist of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.  In the San Francisco Bay Area she has danced for Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Santa Clara Ballet, Presidio Dance Theatre and many local choreographers. Her performance highlights include performing at ODC Pilot 48: auto-Mobility for chorographer Sara Templeton as well as solo performances at the Herbst Theatre, the Legion of Honor, the Palace of Fine Arts and the Boulder International Fringe Festival.  She is currently dancing her third season as company member and acting as Assistant Director of U Dance Electra, a modern dance company.

NATALIE GREENE (Dancer)
Natalie Greene is a performer, choreographer and arts educator working in dance and theatre. She received her BFA from Arizona State University. Natalie performs with Mary Armentrout, Kim Epifano, Kelly Kemp and Leyya Tawil. Her choreography has appeared in Italy’s Montescudaio Amphitheatre, Club Principe in Granada, Spain, and for three funny years in Phoenix’s
weekly “Farce Side Comedy Hour.” Her work has appeared locally at ODC Theater, John Sims Center, the Eureka Theater and Counterpulse. Natalie loves music and has big, abstract soft spot for noise of all different sorts. She has choreographed to the sounds of Christian Marclay, Faultline and Laetitia Sonami.

ALAN SO (Curator)
Alan So has been creating and supporting innovative art for over 10 years. He believes art is a cultural revolution and catalyst for enlightenment-- one that evokes thought and inspires action. He pursues this revolution with intense fervor giving people progressive ideas and tools to better live, think, and interact with the world around them, one mind at a time. An accomplished artist and a professional designer, this advocate of art intersects his many abilities to become producer, organizer, curator, programmer, promoter, director, and founder of MEDIATE NETWORK, a forum for diverse artists to create and disseminate works to a world in desperate need of innovative ideas. With MEDIATE, he has conceived of and produced such projects as The.ME.Project and Project>Soundwave, bringing together artists from around the globe and organizing exhibitions and events Online, in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area and his native Canada. www.me-di-ate.net

I AM SOUND
Thursday July 20, 2006 | 8PM

Luggage Store Gallery New Music Series, 1007 Market Street (at 6th)
Attendees are asked to bring love letters and texts for this event.
Tickets: $6-$10 Sliding Scale

I AM SOUND GALLERY

Curated by Alan So
Albert Ortega/Stefan Smulovitz & Viviane Houle/Alon Nechustan featuring Damon Smith


I AM SOUND explores the experiences where the audience becomes an integral part of sound production. LA Artist Albert Ortega’s Village Array creates a sound installation allowing participants to fully immerse themselves into sound-emitting enclosures, for the head, hands, and ears. Canadian electronic and vocal duo of Stefan Smulovitz and Viviane Houle transforms words into improvised music using audience love letters and texts with proprietary software that manipulate sounds and music in real time. Special guest Damon Smith performs New York composer Alon Nechustan's Dark Forces 3, an improvisation between electronics and live double-bass while the audience manipulate sound travels.


ALBERT ORTEGA (Performer)
Albert Ortega, a Los Angeles native, instrument builder, and situationist, considers his immediate surroundings as the primary energy in which to capture, blend, and release sound using environmental instruments / instrumental environments that are modified with each performance. His sound practice explores the tactile relationships of the body with objects among other bodies negotiating their presence within a space. He has installed/performed both solo and collectively at various Underground / Experimental / New Music venues, festivals, residences, and outdoor spaces such as The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Villa Aurora, Field Effects 4, SCI-Arc, CEAIT Festival 2003,Sonorities 2005, and Knitting Factory. He is a recipient of the American Composers Forum Subito grant and the Maybeck Studio award. www.resontropic.com

STEFAN SMULOVITZ/VIVIANE HOULE (Performers)
Stefan Smulovitz and Viviane Houle seamlessly combine the infinite possibilities of voice and computer in an exploration of beauty and chaos. Together, they weave through a terrain of free improvisation, improvised songs and unearthly soundscapes to immerse audiences into another world, and creating unforgettable concerts in surround sound. Stefan Smulovitz transforms the laptop into an instrument using his custom software Kenaxis. He is renowned for his “quicksilver ability to morph and manipulate sound via digital technology” (Georgia Straight). He is a performer on both laptop and viola, and has created over 40 live scores for film. As a prize-winning composer, his electro-acoustic works have been installed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and his composition “eleven” premiered with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in April 2006. Musical maverick Viviane Houle is a vocalist and composer who defies categorization. With her drop dead gorgeous voice, Viviane captivates audiences wherever she performs, from the opera house to the concert hall to the most intimate of jazz clubs. She has performed with Vancouver Opera, the Vancouver Symphony and Standing Wave Ensemble and has released a CD of original songs and improvisations with Existential Angst Party. www.kenaxis.com

DAMON SMITH (Performer)
Double bass improviser Damon Jesse Smith started music in 1991on fender bass and lead several punk/art rock combos until 1994. Damon then sold the fender bass and concentrated solely on double bass and free music. His music is rooted in the tradition of "free jazz", working with the orchestras and small ensembles of alto saxophonist Marco Eneidi. Damon's live and recorded efforts focus on continuing and expanding the possibilities of the double bass and "instant composition." His instrumental study focuses on classical technique and etudes, while using jazz as reference for pizzicato tone. Damon performs as a soloist to large orchestra to everyhting in between. He has collaborated with dancers, actors and poets and has performed in festivals in Berlin, Italy and across the US. www.balancepointacoustics.com

ALON NECHUSHTAN (Composer)
Alon Nechushtan is a New York-based composer and musician. His compositions have been performed in over 30 countries including Japan and South Africa and his work has been commissioned by ensembles in the United States, his native Israel and Europe. Alon has collaborated with visual artists and composed music for films, modern dances and theater. He studied music theory and composition in Jerusalem and received his Masters of Music in composition and improvisation from the New England Conservatory.

ALAN SO (Curator)
Alan So has been creating and supporting innovative art for over 10 years. He believes art is a cultural revolution and catalyst for enlightenment-- one that evokes thought and inspires action. He pursues this revolution with intense fervor giving people progressive ideas and tools to better live, think, and interact with the world around them, one mind at a time. An accomplished artist and a professional designer, this advocate of art intersects his many abilities to become producer, organizer, curator, programmer, promoter, director, and founder of MEDIATE NETWORK, a forum for diverse artists to create and disseminate works to a world in desperate need of innovative ideas. With MEDIATE, he has conceived of and produced such projects as The.ME.Project and Project>Soundwave, bringing together artists from around the globe and organizing exhibitions and events Online, in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area and his native Canada. www.me-di-ate.net

 

SOUNDWAVE>SERIES ((2)): Producer|Curator: Alan So, Coordinators: John Moore, Estelle Fabre, Volunteer Coordinator: Wilma Mason Technical Consultant: Jorge Bachmann, Guest Curator: Matt Davignon, Technical Support: David A Graves, Stefan Smulovitz, Photography: Michael Smith, James Butler Videography: Michael Smith, Volunteers: Klover Kim, Robin Dee, Jackie Holland, Daniela Ogden, Melissa, Richard Park, Mike, Anna Isaksons, Phyllis Oscar, Lance Grabmiller, Equipment Angels: David A Graves, Mick Goldwater, Trey Butler, ATA: Fara, Kent HowieThe LAB: Kristen Chappa, Mark Edwards, Sherry Koyama Luggage Store: Matt Davignon, Rent Romus, Laurie. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!