INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS Presents the 3rd Annual
HIGH TIDES: San Francisco Festival of New Music by Bay Area Composers
March 15 - 19, 1995
Ed Osborn / Victoria Jordanova / Tim Perkis / Barbara Imhoff / and a special "Didjeridu Summit" featuring the Mills College Didjeridu Ensemble with special guest Didjeridu performers
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: THURSDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 16 - 19
-Thursday, March 16, 8 PM, Victoria Jordanova performing new and recent works for harp and tape, Requiem for Bosnia-Broken Piano II, Dance To Sleep, Tatoo. Special guest clarinetist Peter Josheff.
-Friday, March 17, 8 PM, Didjeridu Summit Featuring the Mills College Didjeridu Ensemble with Scot Gresham-Lancaster, Ed Tywoniak, Stephen Kent, Norman Rutherford of Contraband, and Tom Dill.
-Saturday, March 18, 2 PM, Panel Discussion, Out of Its Element: the Use of Indigenous Instruments in Experimental Music
-Saturday, March 18, 8 PM, Barbara Imhoff with Diana Trimble, Stephen Kent and Geoffrey Gordon performing from their most recent work NOBODY KNEW TIME.
-Sunday, March 19, 7 PM, Ed Osborn Guitar Mechanical for prepared guitar, As Long As Blood Flows, for voice and electronics, and Standard Ploy, for dobro and electronics.
-Tim Perkis - InterZone Transfer (Peru/Rome) sound installation using environmental sound sources from these two locations manipulated by computer running during the length of the festival in the theater space.
Tickets are $35 for the series or $10 per concert. Tickets available through the Intersection Box Office (415 626 3311)
HIGH TIDES: San Francisco Festival of New Music by Bay Area Composers, curated this year by composer/performer Joe Catalano. This 3rd annual festival will focus on the harp, computer and didgeridu as experimental instruments which are representative of Bay Area new music activity. While there are several opportunities locally to hear new music composed by local artists, HIGH TIDES offers the rare opportunity to hear a single local composer's work over an entire evening's program. Allowing a composer an entire evening to present her/his work brings attention to that artist's output over time and allows an audience to "spend time" with an artists work.
A special event, the DIDJERIDU SUMMIT, will attempt to bring together, for one evening's concert, the main didjeridu players in the Bay Area for a shared performance. The Pacific Coast, especially California, is recognized as a place for the use of unusual instruments in new music ensembles. It is the festival's intent to present the various styles of playing this Australian instrument by the best players in the Bay Area.
A panel discussion, OUT OF ITS ELEMENT: the Use of Indigenous Instruments in Experimental Music, will be held Saturday afternoon addressing the cultural and artistic issues surrounding the use of indigenous instruments in contexts alien to its indigenous use. It is the intent of the HIGH TIDES FESTIVAL to bring focus to the vital new music activity by those composers who call the Bay Area their home.
THE FEATURED COMPOSERS
BARBARA IMHOFF, composer/harpist has been a seminal figure in the San Francisco Bay Area Experimental music world for the past 15 years. She is a current member of the experimental ensemble Beasts of Paradise and is presently working with Robyn Gutherie of the Cocteau Twins. She has performed with the George Coates Performance Works and is also a past collaborating member of the Elbows Akimbo performance ensemble. She has performed with the Art Rock band Chalk Circle, with composer Marc Ream and singer Diana Trimble. A graduate in harp and piano from the University of Bordeaux, France, she has performed regularly with the Oakland Symphony, Ballet and Opera; and the Berkeley Symphony and Bay Area Women's Philharmonic. She has toured in Europe with David Lentz's new music ensemble San Andreas Fault, and in the work eye: an autobiography of e.e. cummings, with David. Her album credits include work with the Beach Boys and Ronnie Montrose's album Territory. Barbara will present an evening of her new works for solo harp as well as new work presented by her ensemble Beasts of Paradise.
VICTORIA JORDANOVA is a composer/harpist whose instrument is the concert harp. She is a native of the former Yugoslavia and has made the Bay Area her home for the past three years. Her recent CD Requiem for Bosnia on the CRI label was named one of the top ten CD's of 1994 by New York Newsday. She holds a degree in harp and piano from the Belgrade Conservatory, a BA from Michigan State University and held a Langely Fellowship to New York University where she received a MA in musicology. She has studied at the Moscow Conservatory and Paris Conservatory where she was on a fellowship from the French government. While in Paris she was also Artist-In-Residence at the Cite Internationale des Arts. Most recently she held a residency at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her most recent musical collaboration has been with Rova Saxophone Quartet's Larry Oches. Victoria will present a recital of her most recent work for harp and electronic tape including Requiem for Bosnia and Variations for Harp.
ED OSBORN, Composer/performer/installation sound artist has had performances and gallery installations in the Bay Area, nationally and internationally in Europe. Ed's cutting edge work most often blurs the lines between composer, performer and visual artist. His most recent installation was premiered in Steim in the Netherlands and the Falkirk Cultural Center in San Raphael, CA (summer 1994). IN the summer of 1994 Ed completed a two month tour of Europe performing his work in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Belgium. Ed will be presenting new work for electronics and custom built instruments.
TIM PERKIS has been working in the medium of live electronics and computer music for many years, performing and recording extensively in North America and Europe. His work has largely been concerned with exploring the emergence of life-like properties in complex systems of interaction. He is the designer of the Hub, a device for enhancing communication between musicians, which the Village Voice has called "the beginning of an important movement." He has performed at such venues as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Apollohouse and The Royal Conservatory in the Netherlands, Fylkingen in Stockholm and the Academie der Kunste in Berlin. CD Recordings of his music are available on Artifact Recordings, San Francisco. In 1993 he was composer-in- residence at Mills College in Oakland California, in 1994 was an artist-in- residence at Xerox PARC, and is currently designing a system to support the electronic arts at San Francisco International Airport for the San Francisco Art Commission.
The Mills College DIDJERIDU ENSEMBLE (MCDdE), founded in 1989, explores non-traditional applications of this ancient instrument. The ensemble, comprising composers and performers concentrates on improvisation to develop a vocabulary upon which a new tradition can be created. Members include Toyoji Tomita who has studied trombone at the Juilliard School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, and studied the didjeridu with Stuart Dempster. In 1976 he won the First Prize in the Gaudeaumus International competition for Interpreters of Modern Music in Rotterdam, Holland. He received an MFA in electronic composition from Mills College in 1986. He is a co-founder of the MCDdE. Joe Doyle received an MA in Fine Arts from San Francisco State University in 1971. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He is a co-founder of the MCDdE. Ron Heglin is a trombonist and vocalist doing compositional and improvised music. He has studied at the Center For World Music, Ali Akbar Khan College, and Indian Vocal Music with Pandit Pran Nath. Mr. Heglin has performed in ensembles and as soloist through out Europe and the United States. Marianne Tomita McDonald received a BA and did graduate work in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in Ancient Egyptian Languages. She has played the didjeridu with the MCDdE for several years and is a harpist in the Scottish tradition. Judy Munsen has composed and produced music for movies, television soundtracks, commercials, musical theater, concerts, and multimedia. Projects she has worked on have won an academy award, a Peabody, numerous film festival awards, Emmy's, and Clio's.
Funding for HIGH TIDES has been provided in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation and Meet The Composer/California. The Didjeridu Summit is supported in part by Clarion Music of San Francisco.
Tim Perkis' InterZone Transfer (Peru/Rome) is one of a series of audio installations, in which a linear space is defined by the interpenetration of two recorded sound environments. All the InterZone Transfer environments are defined by two environmental recordings which form a dichotomy along one or more axes: wet/dry, urban/rural, tropical/arctic. In moving along the length of the installation, one moves from one space to the other: the manner of one's going however, is not as simple as fading or mixing from one to the other. Each environment explores a particular manner of moving or "morphing" between the sound, which defines an "InterZone" made up of elements of both environments. Sounds heard in the InterZone are computer processed combinations of the two source environmental recordings.