Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Illuminating » James Moore and Pablo Gómez

Sushi Contemporary Performing and Visual Arts
390 Eleventh Ave. (at J St), San Diego, CA 92101
Reservations: 619-235-8466
$15.00 / $10.00 students
8PM - Map

James Moore, banjo/guitar and electronics (New York)
Pablo Gómez, guitar and electronics (Mexico/San Diego)

James will perform a strange and eclectic program of new electronic music written by young composers in New York. Showcasing music for electric guitar and amplified banjo with electronics, the evening will span a wide range of techniques and styles including beautiful feedback collages, angsty alligator-clipped hoe-downs, and electronica-bluegrass Madonna remixes.

James Moore

Moore is a versatile guitarist with multiple musical personalities. Performing on a variety of acoustic and electric guitars, banjos, and home-made instruments, James combines the sensitivity and lyricism from his classical training with a healthy dose of improvisation, theatrics, and experimentation. 
You may have found James in a variety of unique performance situations including the Wulf in downtown LA premiering amplified banjo compositions; at the Pompidous Center in Paris as an on-stage musician and speaker; at the Bang on a Can Marathon directing an orchestra of hearing deprived guitarists; at the Fringe Theater in Hong Kong presenting apocalyptic multimedia works; at the Performa Festival playing Fred Frith’s music for multiple table-top guitars; at the Kitchen performing alongside rock musicians Bryce Dessner, Sufjan Stevens and Glenn Kotche; at the Barbican Center in London playing the music of Michael Gordon with Alarm Will Sound; at the Whitney Museum performing the music of Christian Marclay with Elliott Sharp; at the World Financial Center performing on ukulele with the pop/chamber group Clogs.
 James is a member and co-director of Dither, an electric guitar quartet that has been gaining international recognition for precision playing and creative programming. Other projects include the folk-noise group Oliphant, the experimental band Passenger Fish, and the conceptually extreme chamber music project Ensemble de Sade. His work for theater has brought him to perform with Jennifer Walshe’s absurdist botany and video game opera The Geometry, Jacob Cooper’s electronic pop-tragedy Timberbrit, and the European tour of Richard Maxwell’s otherworldly music-theater piece Neutral Hero. James also regularly performs with Object Collection, the resident experimental ensemble at the Incubator Arts Project, formerly playwright Richard Foreman's Ontological Theater. Recent album releases include William Brittelle’s lip-synched pop collage Mohair Time Warp and Matt Marks's Christian nihilist musical The Little Death, Vol 1 on New Amsterdam Records, and Dither’s self-titled debut on Henceforth Records.

James received his Master of Music in Guitar Performance from the Yale School of Music, and his Bachelor of Arts in Guitar Performance and Electronic Music from UC Santa Cruz. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY


Pablo Gómez

Pablo Gómez is one of Mexico’s outstanding guitarists. His repertoire, unfailingly original and unconventional, explores a variety of aesthetic tendencies, including contemporary and twentieth-century “classics.” Gómez began his musical studies in the Escuela Piloto de Iniciación a la Música y a la Danza. He graduated with honors from the National Music School of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Pablo Gómez has participated in various new music festivals, notably the Ferien Kürse für Neue Musik (1994, 1996, and 2002) in Darmstadt, Germany, the IV Festival Franco Donatoni, the Foro de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez and the V Search Event in San Diego, California. He has performed in the US, Sweden, and Germany, as well as in many Mexican cities. Pablo Gómez first compact disc is “Tañendo Recio.” Between 1997 and 2001 he taught at the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Michoacán. In 2003 he was appointed with a teaching position at the Escuela Nacional de Música from the National University in Mexico City. Today he pursues a postgraduate study program at UCSD.