This event features a performance of Brenda Hutchinson’s work in progress, Calendar Scores. Calendar Scores will ultimately be a year-long collection of progressively challenging scores for direct public engagement with the environment, friends, family and strangers. Performing this piece will be composer/sound artist, Brenda Hutchinson, musicians: Nancy Beckman, Tom Bickley, and Krys Bobrowski; dancer, Evangel King, and multi-disciplinary artist, Diana Marto.
Prior to the performance, Brenda will share and explore ideas and experiences about relational practice in time-based media from the perspective of direct reciprocal engagement with strangers through sound and listening. Members of the audience will be invited to participate in various activities throughout the presentation.
This is the final event of the AUTOPOETIC performance series, curated by Chris Wood, one of Pro Arts’ Curators in Residence.
Brenda Hutchinson is a composer and sound artist whose work is based on the cultivation and encouragement of openness in her own life and in those she works with. Through her work with large-scale experiments in socially based improvisations and interactions, Brenda has developed a body of work based on a perspective about interacting with the public and non-artists through personal, reciprocal engagement with listening and sounding.
Nancy Beckman lives in Berkeley, California where she teaches the traditional Japanese meditative repertoire of the shakuhachi (bamboo flute). She is also a Certified Music Practitioner from the Music for Healing and Transition Program. As a member of the ensembles Gusty Winds May Exist, the Cornelius Cardew Choir, and Dream Down Duvet, she improvises and plays experimental music and composes improvisational sound meditations. Nancy Beckman can be heard on CD’s on the Metatron Press label (https://archive.org/details/gusty-winds-may-exist) and SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/tom-bickley/sets/gusty-winds-may-exist-ambience) http://about.me/nancybeckman
Tom Bickley is a recorder player/composer/teacher based in Berkeley, CA. Originally from Houston, he studied in Washington, DC and came to California as a composer in residence at Mills College. He holds degrees in music, theology and library and information science and the Certificate in Deep Listening from Pauline Oliveros. He is very interested in music performance as a manifestation of political philosophy. http://tigergarage.org
Krystyna Bobrowski is a sound artist, composer and musician based in Oakland, CA. In addition to French horn she plays acoustic and electronic instruments of her own design. Her collection of original instruments includes bull kelp horns, prepared amplified rocking chairs, leaf speakers, the Gliss Glass and the Sliding Speaker Instrument. Currently, she teaches at the College of San Mateo where she instituted the CSM Electronic Music Program.
My name is Evangel King. I am a 30+ years Bay Area contemporary choreographer, improviser and soloist. I thrive on projects and collaborations with other artists. My dance making is informed by innovators, Anna Halprin and Deborah Hay as well as many other ‘teachers’ from all aspects of creativity.
Diana Marto’s multi-faceted career in performance and visual art spans 4 continents. Her site-specific performances have received media coverage in Hong Kong, Turkey, and Northern California. Her visual art has been exhibited in the Bay Area, Big Sur, Santa Fe, Istanbul, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong.