Pro Arts and sfSound present an evening of intersections: between acoustic and electronic music, composition and improvisation, and traditional instrumentation and repurposed and newly invented sound sources.
Born in Zhangzhou, a small city in southeast China, Sophia Shen is a composer, sound artist, pipa performer/ improviser and pianist who believes in the subjective, evocative, conceptual and ineffable nature of music and sound. She makes intangible connections with performers and listeners by creating music that evokes memory and imagination. She is interested in bridging the divide between cultures by using instruments to dissemble and synthesize new sounds.

Sophia is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College where she also studied composition and improvisation. She received a BA degree in Music with High Distinction and a BA degree in German from the University of Virginia.

sfSound members Kyle Bruckmann, Christopher Burns, and Matt Ingalls present the latest iteration of their project Cartilage: a heavily-amplified journey through microscopic sound worlds. Kyle, Chris, and Matt tickle, strike, flex, and rattle a variety of found objects and custom instruments, turning motion into music. Idiosyncratic resonators, wired with contact microphones, supply complex architectures of resonance, and amplify micro-acoustic events to concert-hall scale. Each musician brings a distinctive toolbox of analog and digital electronics, sharpening the rhythmic and timbral qualities of the performance, along with their personal sensibilities as improvisers, honed through decades of individual and shared experience.

Oboist Kyle Bruckmann tramples genre boundaries in widely ranging work as a composer/performer, educator, classical freelancer, and new music specialist. Christopher Burns is a composer, improviser, and music technologist, whose work juxtaposes densely braided, rapidly shifting materials with gradually evolving trajectories. Matt Ingalls is a composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer whose composed and improvised work is heavily influenced by his long involvement in computer music. All three have played key roles in sfSound, a new music series, ensemble, and internet radio station devoted to new ideas and traditions of experimental music, performance art, live electronic music, Bay Area composition, and the various facets of contemporary improvisation.