Sound Maze in Los Angeles

“Paul Dresher [is] a sort of musical Thomas Edison, retreating into his lab … to conjure up fantastical new instruments.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Exhibition: March 3 – March 8, 2017

Reception: Saturday, March 4, 5pm – 7pm

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USC Fisher Museum of Art (HAR)

823 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Paul Dresher will be on hand throughout the exhibit to meet with visitors. In conjunction with the exhibit. There will be a special performance by the Dresher/Davel Invented Instrument Duo featuring Dresher and Joel Davel on Tuesday, March 7.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

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