April 24-26, 2020 (San Francisco) & May 2 (Blacksburg, VA)

The Paul Dresher Ensemble with Amy X Neuburg will present the program they first premiered at Cal Performances at the end of 2014 – “They Will Have Been So Beautiful” – at Zspace, San Francisco. The program features works by composers Lisa Bielawa, Jay Cloidt, Conrad Cummings, Fred Frith, Guillermo Galindo, Carla Kihlstedt, Ken Ueno, Pamela Z, Dresher, and Neuburg. Immediately following this, we’ll be taking the program to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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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