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The Paul Dresher Ensemble

The Paul Dresher Ensemble interprets the ideas and sounds of today’s most innovative and irreverent composers. With energy, virtuosity and incredible attention to the theatrical dimensions of performance, it produces and tours its own works of opera and experimental music theater (developed in collaboration with Obie Award-winning performer Rinde Eckert), and as the Electro-Acoustic Band performs the work of an amazing range of contemporary composers with instrumentation that combines traditional acoustic and contemporary electronic instruments. Virtuoso solo performers like Terry Riley, Joan Jeanrenaud and David Abel frequently join the Electro-Acoustic Band for concerts that redefine contemporary chamber music.

Upcoming Shows  



The Bay Area return of Paul Dresher's Schick Machine this September!

In Schick Machine, virtuoso percussionist Steve Schick explores a magical stage filled with huge, invented instruments — including the Hurdy Grande, the Tumbler, the Peacock, the Field of Flowers, and a deconstructed pipe organ. Weaving whimsical stories about his childhood in Iowa together with unexpected encounters with noise-making objects and invented instruments, Steve lures the audience into a magical world full of musical surprises.

Dates: Friday the 23rd at 8 PM,  Saturday the 24th at 8 PM and Sunday the 25th at 3 PM.   

All performances are at:  Z Space

    Other Activities
  DEAR - the Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency Program
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Congratulations to our 2016 DEAR artists:
Dennis Aman (instrument building/music), Marika Brussel (dance/music), Seth Eisen with Alec White (theater), Maria Elena Gonzalez (instrument building/sculpture), Dan Gottwald (instrument building), and Sango Tajima (theater).

  DEAR supports artists who are actively exploring new aesthetic premises and pushing the boundaries of conventional art forms and media.  The program will provide early to mid-career artists with a physical space, technology, and strong peer support to do their best creative work. Supported in part by an anonymous donor and the New York Community Trust. More details available.

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Featuring new releases by Amy X Neuburg, Erling Wold, Jay Cloidt, as well as recordings by Paul Dresher and the Paul Dresher Ensemble Electro-Acoustic Band.
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