Spring 2017 Events

March 30-April 2, 2017

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Novellus Theater, San Francisco, CA
ODC Dance reprises Paul Dresher’s score for Walk Back the Cat, performed live by members of the Paul Dresher Ensemble.

April 4-9, 2017

Mondavi Center for the Arts, Davis, CA
Sound Maze: hands-on experiential installation of invented instruments. Open to schools & community groups weekdays and to the general public on the weekend.
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April 13-15 & April 19-30, 2017

University of Southern Maine, French American Center, Lewiston, ME
World Premiere of Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert’s Molded by the Flow More info

April 19-30, 2017

University of Southern Maine Russell Theater, Gorham, ME
10 performances of Molded by the Flow

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