Sound Maze in Napa!

Napa Valley Museum
May 12 – Aug 11, 2017

Listen, play, and discover sound anew as you improvise with a dozen newly invented musical instruments in an interactive installation created by renowned composer and inventor Paul Dresher in collaboration with Daniel Schmidt. Designed for all ages, all levels of musical experience, and all types of minds, this hands-on installation lets you experiment with extraordinary inventions to discover new ways of creating sound and music. Paul Dresher will be performing and appearing at special events throughout the exhibit’s run.

Napa Valley Museum
50 Presidents Circle
Yountville, 94599

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Paul Dresher

Paul Dresher


The Paul Dresher Ensemble

The Paul Dresher Ensemble believes deeply in the transformative power of artistic expression. Like the best of American culture, our work is grounded in experimentation and exploration, and embodies a distinctly entrepreneurial spirit.For nearly 30 years the Ensemble has been a creative force and active member of the San Francisco Bay Area as well as the national arts community. Our overarching goal is to produce innovative and engaging performances that reach for the highest artistic standards. Read more…

“Paul Dresher exemplifies the spirit of West Coast music both in the richness of his sound world as well as the inventiveness of his mind. In the tradition of Harry Partch, Conlon Nancarrow, Lou Harrison, and Bill Colvig, Paul has invented new instruments, both mechanical and electronic, each of which has expanded his musical thinking. To that he adds a background in North Indian and Balinese traditions, all of which results in music of exceptional individuality and beauty. He’s a maverick in the very best sense of the world.”

— John Adams, Composer

What We Do


  • Create, produce and tour works of new opera/music theater; Read more…
  • Commission and perform new chamber music; Read more…
  • Collaborate with other artists and arts organizations; Read more…
  • Support artists’ creative work by providing technical, financial, and advisory assistance, as well as rehearsal space and equipment rental;
  • Provide free, multi-week studio residencies to Northern California artists working in the time-based arts. Read more…

Welcome to the Paul Dresher Ensemble