Friday, May 7th, 2010

The Percussion Series » “Fields Have Ears” – Michael Pisaro, Greg Stuart and redfish bluefish

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

The Los Angeles composer Michael Pisaro will be joined by percussionist Greg Stuart and red fish blue fish for an evening of experimental percussion music. "Fields Have Ears" will explore various soundscapes composed of sustained percussion sonorities, field recordings, and sine tones. Since the early 1990s, Pisaro’s work, inspired in part by his affiliation with the Wandelweiser composers collective, has traced the consequences of using silence, duration, rational structure and text in the post-4'33" experimental tradition. Pisaro's recent compositions take creative guidance from the literary works of poets such as Wallace Stevens and John Ashbery, and create acoustic environments marked by subtle timbral shifts, noise complexes and sustained tones. In 2006 Pisaro began collaborating with Greg Stuart. The two have been creating works for large-scale percussion ensembles, sometimes for up to 100 separate parts. This concert is a rare event in that the three works performed ("Chamber Music" from Four Pieces for Recorded Percussion, July Mountain and Hearing Metal III ) will be realized live, employing up to 16 performers at any given time in combination with multi-channel sound.

Michael Pisaro

Michael Pisaro was born in Buffalo in 1961. He is a composer and guitarist, a member of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble and founder and director of the Experimental Music Workshop. His work is frequently performed in the U.S. and in Europe, in music festivals and in many smaller venues. It has been selected twice by the ISCM jury for performance at World Music Days festivals and has also been part of festivals in Hong Kong, Aspen, London, Glasgow, Huddersfield, and Chicago. He has had extended composer residencies in German, Switzerland, Israel, Greece and in the U.S. He is Co-Chair of Music Composition at the California Institute of the Arts near Los Angeles. He has performed many of his own works and those of close associates Antoine Beuger, Kunsu Shim, Jürg Frey and Manfred Werder, and works from the experimental tradition, especially John Cage, Christian Wolff, James Tenney and George Brecht.

Greg Stuart

Born in Berkeley, California and hailing from Minnesota's Twin Cities, Greg Stuart is dedicated to expanding new music for percussion through commissions, improvisation and mixed-media projects. His current work is centered around pieces from the experimental tradition, the Wandelweiser Collective, and an ongoing collaboration with the American composer Michael Pisaro. Since 2006, Stuart and Pisaro have been producing evening length works in the form of multi-channel recordings. These works employ diverse instrumentations in large ensemble formations and are often combined with live performance. Stuart was a member of the acclaimed percussion ensemble red fish blue fish (2000-2008) with whom he performed in concert series and festivals including the L.A. Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Series and the Bang on a Can Marathon. In the fall of 2007 with red fish blue fish and percussionist Steven Schick, Greg Stuart participated in the world premiere of Roger Reynolds’ Sanctuary for percussion and real-time electronics at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC . Stuart has recorded extensively performing works by Xenakis, Stockhausen, Reynolds and Scelsi. Stuart holds DMA and MA degrees from the University of California, San Diego where he studied with Steven Schick. Stuart is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC where he teaches composition and music history and a Visiting Lecturer at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC where he teaches percussion.