Our Hybrid Series returns with an event featuring improvised music and contemporary poetry. After a reading by Los Angeles-based poet and bollardist Andrew Choate (@saintbollard on Instagram), the five improvisers will break into ad-hoc groupings of between 1 and 3 people. These groupings will be decided on the spot through a random process or game.
The musicians are Jacob Wick (trumpet), Owen Stewart-Robertson (guitar), Kanoko Nishi-Smith (koto), Sandy Gordon (percussion), and Jacob Felix Heule (percussion). Jacob Wick, formerly of the Bay Area, is visiting from Los Angeles, and Sandy Gordon is visiting from NYC. The other three musicians are Bay Area artists.
About the Artists
Andrew Choate is the author of “Stingray Clapping,” “Langquage Makes Plastic of the Body,” “Too Many Times I See Every Thing Just the Way It Is” and, most recently, “Learning.” As “The Unwrinkled Ear,” he hosts a radio show on KCHUNG every other week and curates a concert series devoted to the international world of improvised music. As @saintbollard he photographs and organizes performances around bollards. He won the award for Best Visual/ Performance Art and the Warwick Broadhead Memorial Award at the 2016 Dunedin Fringe Festival. He is a founding member of the performance art dining collective Inner Dinner. He cashed at the Amateur World Disc Golf Championships in Charlotte, NC in 2012.
Sandy Gordon lives in Brooklyn, NY. As a drummer and percussionist, she often merges, mutates, and swaps her drum kit with a rotating patchwork of small percussion, homemade field recordings, electronics, and found objects. She has collaborated on projects in sound, movement, film, theater, education, healing arts, live gardening, and other modalities. Current projects include improvisations with Anastasia Clarke, Samuel Lang Budin, Derek Baron, and as a member of the collective group Causings. Sandy teaches rhythm & drums to all ages. She is an Alexander Technique Teacher-in-training. www.sandygordon.net
Jacob Felix Heule is an improvising percussionist who primarily uses extended techniques. His music is shaped by intuition, listening, and following where the sounds lead.
Kanoko Nishi-Smith is a performer currently based in SF/Bay Area. Though classically trained on piano, receiving a BA in Classical Music Performance from Mills College, her recent interest has primarily been in performing 20th century and contemporary musical compositions for piano as well as for koto (Japanese 13-string zither), and free-improvisation in various different contexts, with musicians, as well as dancers, poets, and visual artists.
Owen Stewart-Robertson is, among other things, a native of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, a guitarist, composer, educator, performer, a formerly active member of music scenes in, chronologically, the Maritimes, Montreal, Cincinnati, and New York City, a mild claustrophobic, a participant in ensembles including VaVatican, Old Salt, This Sporting Life, Evelyn, Teenage Burnout, Make A Circus, Jason Ajemian’s HighLife and Folklords, Katherine Young’s Pretty Monsters, a founder and director of experimental music label Prom Night Records, a brother of 3, a former student of a wonderful guy named Mick Goodrick, and an enthusiast of enthusiasm.
Jacob Wick is a trumpet player and improviser. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Wick has lived in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Los Angeles, and has performed with a variety of improvisers and composers in a variety of contexts, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art (US), the Moers Jazz Festival (DE), and el Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MX). He has released recordings on Marginal Frequency (San Diego, CA), Prom Night Records (Brooklyn, NY), Peira (Chicago, IL), Diatribe (Dublin, IE), and Creative Sources (Lisbon, PT). He holds a BM from Purchase College, SUNY, and an MFA from the California College of the Arts.
In performance, Wick works to privilege the perspective, experience, and expressive capacities of ambient non-human actors—air ducts, airplanes, birds, cement—over his own experience as a white, cis, American male. This approach is indebted to a wild commitment to queer politics and years of cruising contemporary and 20th century art and/or life theories. Current projects include solo trumpet acoustic noise and Dos/Tres Hongos, a duo or trio with Marc Riordan and Frank Rosaly.