April 11, 2018 Jack Wright/Evan Lipson/Zach Darrup – Roughhousing

Saxophonist Jack Wright, bassist Evan Lipson, and guitarist Zach Darrup presented a set of free improvisation under the group name Roughhousing.

Wright’s recent book The Free Musics is a significant contribution to the theory of free improvised music in Western consumer culture.


April 4, 2018 Elana Mann & John Burtle

Elana Mann and John Burtle celebrated their new edited collection of text scores Propositional Attitudes (Golden Spike Press) with a talk and performances by mark so, Corey Fogel, Dana Reason, Mate Behbudi, and themselves.

Here is Dana and Mate’s performance of her “Tea and Fences: A Quiet Tea Party”, which used Skype to connect Dana in Oregon, Mate in Iran, and an audience in Santa Monica:

March 21, 2018 Aron Kallay

Kallay performed selections from his Beyond 12 series of commissioned pieces for retuned and remapped keyboards. This concert was a co-production with Microfest.

Feb. 22, 2018 Matt Barbier

CalArts graduate and faculty member Barbier performed a set of solo trombone and euphonium compositions:

Dec. 20, 2017 Graphic Scores Workshop

Continuing the annual tradition of ending with a public participation program, musicians of all levels and styles were invited to join an open workshop ensemble, which rehearsed for an hour before the concert. The program also included some invited artists, representing a variety of approaches to graphic notation. After a pre-concert talk by series organizer Jeff Schwartz, Scott Worthington played James Tenney’s “Beast.”

The California State University at Fullerton New Music Ensemble, led by Charles Sharp, played Christian Wolff’s “For 1, 2, or 3 People.”

The workshop ensemble, led by Jeff Schwartz, played Earle Brown’s “December 1952.”

and Christian Marclay’s “Shuffle.”

Then Sarah Belle Reid directed them in her “[spectral] [impulse].”

and Ellen Burr in her “Ink Bops.”