Memory Gain: The Electro-Acoustic Band In Concert with Guest Artists Amy X Neuburg and Oon at ODC Theater
Friday and Saturday, April 18th & 19th, 2014 8pm, $25 general/$12 students and seniors

Dresher Ensemble Electro-Acoustic Band

The Electro-Acoustic Band premieres commissions by Sebastian Currier, Lisa Bielawa and Conrad Cummings. The band reprises two favorites: James Mobberley’s incendiary 2004 work Fusebox and Paul Dresher’s hard driving and first work for the EAB - Din of Iniquity, featuring original bassoonist, Paul Hanson. Vocalist/electronic musician, Amy X Neuburg joins the band for two songs from the project “They Will Have Been So Beautiful,” composed by Bielawa and Cummings. Opening the concert is Oon, the duo of Paul Hanson and virtuoso electric bassist Ariane Cap.

ODC Theater 3153 17th Street SF CA 94110
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Premiering at this concert, Sebastian Currier's Artificial Memory is conceptually based on ideas about mental mapping of language by Giordano Bruno. Musically, a sound evokes a meaning, and then in turn the meaning evokes another sound. The words never form sentences or phrases, but are organized taxonomically. Sebastian Currier is a highly celebrated American composer with a doctorate from Julliard, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a very impressive list of commissions, awards, and collaborations. The New York Times says, "Currier's rich and imaginative music sets the right tone, with its fractured and dissonant baroque-like gestures leading off like highway exits into the void and hinting at distant reservoirs of emotion and yearning."

The other two premieres on the program, songs by Conrad Cummings and Lisa Bielawa, are a preview of the Ensemble's collaboration with veteran Bay Area vocalist/electronic musician, Amy X Neuburg, “They Will Have Been so Beautiful.” This project, which premieres in its entirety this fall at Cal Performances, features songs inspired by visual imagery composed by ten different composers.

amy x neuburg photoAmy X Neuburg has been developing her own brand of irreverently genre-crossing works for voice, live electronics and chamber ensembles for over 25 years, known for her innovative use of live looping technology with electronic percussion, her 4-octave vocal range and her colorful — often humorous — lyrics. One of the earliest performers to work with live digital looping, Amy has presented her solo “avant-cabaret” songs at such diverse venues as the Other Minds and Bang on a Can new music festivals, the Berlin International Poetry Festival, the Wellington and Christchurch Jazz Festivals (New Zealand), the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, electronic music festivals, colleges, rock clubs and concert halls throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Oon band photo
About Oon: People often say they don't know what to expect from a bass and bassoon duo. Well, think melodic and groovy music. OoN with its unlikely combination of bass and bassoon creates beautiful melodic Chamber Jazz. Sometimes peaceful and meditative, at other times passionate, raging or groovy, the musical bandwidth these two instrumentalists cover with bass and bassoon is surprising. Utilizing virtuosic and unusual playing techniques as well as effects and harmonizers the musicians put the song first and musicality front and center.

We graciously acknowledge the financial support of the following entities for the commissioning and production of these concerts:

Chamber Music America logo Heller Foundation Logozellerbach family foundation logo

fleishhacker foundation logo Hewlett foundation logoebcf logobarlow endowment logo

bernard osher foundation logosfgfta logocopland fund logo