Usufruct (YOO-zoo-fruckt) is the right of the people to harvest the fruits of common property. The duo Usufruct, consisting of flutist, composer, vocalist/improviser Polly Moller Springhorn and computer musician Tim Walters, deconstructs, lovingly reassembles, and improvises around found texts and musical materials in the public domain.
Pitta Of The Mind
Pitta of the Mind is the duo of Amanda Chaudhary and Maw Shein Win, combining poetry with abstract electronic music. Their highly theatrical performances each center around a theme that is explored via text, sound and visuals.
Murder Murder is a long-standing project of “sax maniac” Paul Costuros of San Francisco, that applies an anarchic hardcore ethos to the free jazz genre. For the past 15+ years, alongside Paul, Murder Murder has featured a rotating cast of local underground musicians (from the classically trained to the self taught), many of whom know nothing about playing jazz. The band has toured Europe and Japan, as well as playing its fair share of local clubs, warehouses, and squats. The “absolutely no guitars!” rule may have been broken once or twice, but is mostly enforced.
(photo by Joel Gregory)
alex cruse is an Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator. She has performed nationally and internationally as half of DROUGHT SPA, with Kevin CK Lo. cruse’s first book of poetry, CONTRAVERSE, was released in 2017 by Timeless, Infinite Light.