Saturday, January 28, 2012, 7:30 pm
Chris Corsano with Darin Gray and Dave Stone
Pre-show ambience provided by DJ Jeremy Kannapell
Plus free workshop — see below for details.

Chris Corsano, percussion
Dave Stone, reeds
Darin Gray, bass

Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N. Grand
St. Louis, MO 63103

With an expressive palette born from having studied a variety of extended drum techniques, Chris Corsano’s sound has become unique in both its rapidfire aggressiveness and its keen sense of space and tone, displaying a range of qualities not always found in the free music tropes.

Corsano has collaborated with a variety of artists: Björk, Sonic Youth, Jandek and Nels Cline, all the while maintaining ongoing partnerships with the likes of Akira Sakata, Paul Flaherty, Vampire Belt, Joe McPhee and many others.

This concert will find Corsano performing solo pieces as well as collaborating with two fixtures on St. Louis’s experimental music scene, bassist Darin Gray, with whom he has toured Japan (in Akira Sakata’s Trio), and saxophonist, Dave Stone.

Chris Corsano and Darin Gray will also lead a FREE WORKSHOP on improvisation and extended techniques. This event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, Jan 28, 12:00pm – 2pm
AT:  Luminary Center for the Arts, 4900 Reber Place, 63139

Saturday, December 3, 2011, 7:30 pm
Tony Conrad

White Flag Projects
4568 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Tony Conrad

For nearly fifty years, experimental sound and visual performance artist, Tony Conrad, has been making drone music and short films that re-examine and re-invent their form, content and structure.

Conrad was one of the early pioneers of New York minimalism and deep listening microtonal music. He worked in 1962 on LaMonte Young’s “Dream Music” project with the likes of John Cale and Angus MacLise (both moving on later to form The Velvet Underground). Since then, he has remained the purest and most ascetic of the minimalists.

Violin has remained his trademark instrument, although he has also manipulated sound through electronics, studio techniques, and projects with various collaborators.

  • Saturday, November 12, 2011, 7:30 pm
    Keith Fullerton Whitman

    White Flag Projects
    4568 Manchester Ave.
    St. Louis, MO 63110

    Since early childhood, Keith Fullerton Whitman has been interested in electronics. He eventually developed his own process-intensive version of electronic music, often involving a wide variety of electronic instrumentation, ranging from digital processing to analogue synthesis to primitive “musique concrete” tape experiments.

    Finding inspiration in electronic music’s history, Whitman helps to span the gap between early electronic pioneering experimentation and the current underground noise, electronica, and free music scenes.

    Pre-show ambience provided by DJ Joe Raglani


    Whitman will also lead a WORKSHOP on electronic music and modular synthesis (bring your instruments!). Nov. 12, 1:00-2:30 pm;  Luminary Center for the Arts, 4900 Reber Place, 63139

  • Friday, October 28, 2011, 7:30 pm
    James Mobberley and Paul Rudy

    Kranzberg Arts Center
    501 N. Grand
    St. Louis, MO 63103

    Paul Rudy and James Mobberley both teach, compose, and perform experimental and electro-acoustic music in the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri–Kansas City. Together they have composed four new pieces which explore the possible interrelationships between ‘live’ acoustic instruments and pre-recorded electronic sounds.

    James Mobberley’s music spans many media, including orchestral and chamber music, music for film, video, theater, dance, and music that combines electronic and computer elements with live performance. Overall, his music has received more than 600 performances on five continents. He has recently been named Curators’ Professor of Music and currently serves as Composer-in-Residence for New Ear, Kansas City’s Contemporary Music Ensemble.

    Paul Rudy is a Rome Prize, Guggenheim, Fulbright and Wurlitzer Foundation Fellow and has recently won the Sounds Electric ’07 Competition. “Paul makes incredibly beautiful music from musical tones and environmental sounds of widely varying recognizability…” Kyle Gann, The Arts Journal

  • Friday, October 14, 2011, 7:30 pm
    Matthew Shipp Trio
    Co-sponsored by Washington University

    Matthew Shipp, piano
    Michael Bisio, bass
    Whit Dickey, drums

    The Ballroom at the 560 Music Center at Washington University
    560 Trinity Ave.
    University City, MO 63130

    Always on the cutting edge of jazz improvisation, Matthew Shipp has, over the course of his career, developed an identifiable language of his own. His new ensemble direction blends high energy and a sense of freedom with complexly structured themes and extended, long range form.

    Learning to be a jazz player at an extremley early age, Shipp moved to New York City in 1995 and was soon performing with the David S. Ware Quartet and Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory. He has recorded with such top flight performers as William Parker, Joe Morris and Daniel Carter.

    In February 2011, Shipp released a double-disc album entitled “Art of the Improviser”. This release is “testament to Shipp’s achievements, yet it is also a continuation of the discovery in his developmental musical language.” The Chicago Tribune

Saturday, September 17, 2011, 7:30 pm
Joe McPhee’s Survival Unit III
plus free workshop at 2pm (see below)

  • Joe McPhee, saxophone
    Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello
    Michael Zerang, percussion
    Pre-show ambience provided by DJ Joshua Weinstein

    Kranzberg Arts Center
    501 N. Grand
    St. Louis, MO 63103

    Along with Peter Brötzmann, Ornette Coleman, and Evan Parker, Joe McPhee is one of the legends of his musical generation, which redefined improvised music as a medium of dynamic energy, unbridled expression, and spontaneity.

    Since his first recordings in the late 1960s, McPhee’s music has been a radical force in the jazz avant-garde, and his current group, featuring Fred Lonberg-Holm on amplified cello and Michael Zerang on percussion sustains this powerful and innovative musical trajectory.

    Free Workshop: Joe McPhee will also lead a free demonstration workshop at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park on Saturday, September 17th, from 2:00pm – 3:00pm in The Mildred E. Bastian Center, room T-165 (the rehearsal room under the main theater).

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    CAMA Event! – Combination Tones – Tom Hamilton

    Tom Hamilton

    Saturday, April 30, 2011, 7:30 pm
    Kranzberg Arts Center
    501 N. Grand

    • Peter Zummo – trombone
    • Rich O’Donnell – percussion
    • Tom Hamilton – electronics
    • Bill Schulenburg – sound design

    “Combination Tones” is the new work by composer/performer Tom Hamilton. In combining his electronic sound with 2 longtime collaborators, New York trombonist Peter Zummo and St. Louis percussionist Rich O’Donnell, Hamilton continues exploration of the improvisational territory defined in his previous CAMA events. The musicians form a confluence of changing sonic ideas and moods in the midst of Hamilton’s sonic environment, embellished by sound designer Bill Schulenburg.

    Hamilton often explores the interaction of many simultaneous layers of activity, prompting the use of “present-time listening” on the part of both performer and listener. Hamilton was a 2005 Fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria.


    NMC Laptop Orchestra Project – Premiere Performance

    Saturday, April 16, 2011, 7:30 pm
    William A. Kerr Foundation
    21 O’Fallon St., St. Louis, MO 63102

    An orchestra of laptop performers join together to present a multidimensional texture of sound layers. Individual performers distributed throughout the perfor- mance space explore spatial and antiphonal possibilities in originally created site-specific sound works. Lighting and projected video will enhance the multi-faceted environment. The concert features community members as laptop performers and soloists and is organized by the NMC and Jim Hegarty.

    A demonstration workshop will also be held in the music technology studios, at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park in The Mildred Bastian Center, room T-165 (the rehearsal room under the main theatre) on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm. The workshop is free and open to the public, and there will be free software distribution.