Monday, September 28, 2009

Blood Moon concert this Thursday night in SF

My Full Moon Concert Series which I'm curating for Outsound Presents and the Luggage Store Gallery moves on to the Blood Moon concert this Thursday night.

At 8 pm we have the duo of James Kaiser and A.C. Way. At 9pm we have Past-Present-Future, featuring Myles Boisen, John Hanes and Lisa Mezzacappa.

The Blood Moon concert will happen at the Luggage Store Gallery, upstairs at 1007 Market Street at 6th Street, San Francisco. Admission is $6.00 - $10.00 sliding scale, with no one turned away for lack of funds.


8 PM: Tonight’s first Blood Moon performance will be a live reworking of a piece first performed by Way and Kaiser five years ago, which at the time involved minimal electronics, voice, metals and much atmosphere. This piece will project the mental and emotional state of two artists who share a heavily water and moon influenced birth sign. Inspired by and recorded originally on a blood moon, now performed live on another years later, this marks the completion of a cycle.


9 PM: Past-Present-Future will premiere a Blood Moon Suite composed for the occasion.


Andy C. Way is an Oakland based sound artist who has been working in "experimental music" for the last decade. He works primarily with processed sound, in an attempt to reduce his music to the most instinctual and emotional level. His focus tends to his many goups (Maleficia, French Radio, NF Orchest, Carrion, Cannis Lupus, Rostro Negro, Riqis ect..) but solo performances under the moniker A.C.Way do occur.

James Kaiser is a Berkeley transplanted sound artist active since moving here in 1997, with works preceding that time from both Kansas City and New Orleans. Solo works are usually presented under the moniker 'petit mal', and collaborations with like minded cohorts (A.C.Way, Angela Hsu, Bruce Anderson, 'Thomas Carnacki', the 'Zenflesh Collective') are many. Typical instrumentation involves contact mics, a bowed bicycle wheel, shortwave and tape loops.

Myles Boisen is a guitarist, composer, improvisor, and record producer/engineer, best known around the Bay Area for his twin-necked twanging in The Splatter Trio, as well as musical exploits with The Club Foot Orchestra. Over the past two decades Myles has performed or recorded with John Zorn, Tom Waits, Fred Frith, Rova Saxophone Quartet, John Tchicai, Nina Hagen, Eugene Chadbourne, Vinny Golia, Myra Melford, Glenn Spearman, Ralph Carney, and his own "Guitarspeak" and "Past-Present-Future" ensembles. In collaboration with guitarists Fred Frith, Henry Kaiser, Elliott Sharp, Robert Fripp and others, he has developed a potent musical language that combines a wealth of traditional and contemporary styles, focusing particularly on prepared guitar technique, sparse blues soundscapes and improvisation.

Monday, September 21, 2009

May 16, 2007 Flip Quartet

The second performance of the Flip was on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 21 Grand in Oakland. Organ of Qwerty opened with an ambient sound and video set. The Flip performers were John Hanes, Suki O'Kane, Moe! Staiano and Karen Stackpole.

A wonderful quadrophonic sound system amplified and recorded that performance. It was set up by KFJC's Austin Space with assistance from my late partner Paul Decker.

Here is where you can listen to the whole thing as it happened.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Oakland Flip Quartet, July 17, 2009

Here's an excerpt from the July 17th performance of the Flip Quartet at BookZoo, Oakland, video'd by series curator DJ Cypod.

The players are Amar Chaudhary, Travis Johns, Suki O'Kane and Moe! Staiano. The littlest audience member is 9-month-old Mingus Paul Moreira, the son of emeritus band member John Moreira. The little guy was awesome. He was very enthusiastic about the performance and really wanted to take on the Fire Quarter himself.

Monday, September 07, 2009


Sequenza21 is a contemporary music blog I contribute to. Here's an archive of what I've posted so far. In coming days there will be two more "Let's Ask" interviews, with Donald Swearingen and Gino Robair, in honor of SFEMF kicking off next week.