Aurélie Lierman was born in Rwanda but grew up in Belgium from the age of two. She’s an independent radio producer, vocalist and composer. Lately Aurélie Lierman is trying new directions by fusing radio art, vocal art and composition. Her main focus is her personal field recordings: a large collection of unique sounds and soundscapes from rural and urban contemporary East‐Africa. Sound‐bit by sound‐bit she’s transforming and sculpting them into something she would call “Afrique Concrète”. Aurélie Lierman’s work has been broadcasted, exhibited and performed all over Europe, Israel, Morocco, South Africa, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand.
In May 2014 Aurélie Lierman won the First Prize at Monophonic 2014 (Brussels) for ‘Anosmia’, a radio composition reflecting on the Rwandan Genocide. In 2013 Aurélie Lierman won the 1st prize at Sonic Art (Rome) for her radio composition KARIAKOO ( a sonic portrait of a lively neighborhood in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania). In the same year, she also won the 3rd prize at Grand Prix Nova (Bucharest) for her radio composition ‘iota mikro’ (based on field recordings from her birthplace, the Karisimbi vulcano, in Rwanda).
Aurélie Lierman had two album releases in collaboration with the British cult-group Nurse With Wound ( [SIC] 2013, “Santoor Lena Bicycle” 2014 on which she appeared as a sound artist and vocalist. Currently Aurélie Lierman is developing a series of site specific installations, performances and electro acoustic compositions for “Meanwhile, in Fukushima", some of them to be premiered on her tour in the USA this summer 2015.
Mark Clifford is a vibraphonist, composer,and percussionist based in Oakland, CA. A versatile performer and improviser, Clifford is equally involved in free improvisation, new music, jazz, classical, and rock, and is involved in multiple projects in the Bay Area and around the Country. His performance experience spans worldwide; he has had the honor of playing alongside an array of esteemed contemporaries, including: Jeff Parker, Kjell Nordeson, Ches Smith, Joan La Barbara, Aram Shelton, Colin Stranahan, Scott Amendola, Tatsuya Nakatani, Ron Miles, Lisa Mezzacappa, and Dominique Leone, and has performed as a percussionist with So Percussion and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Mark Clifford is the leader of the Dirty Snacks Ensemble, and performs regularly with SF Sound, Oakland Active Orchestra, and the Sound Quartet.
Motoko Honda is a concert pianist, composer, and sound artist who has created a distinctive sound through her holistic approach to music, and her exceptional sensitivity in relating to other art forms and technologies. Employing a "virtuoso technique paired with her intensely imaginative mind" (Susan Dirende, L.A. Splash Magazine), and with stylistic influences ranging from jazz to Indonesian music to contemporary prepared piano with electronics, Motoko's compositions and structured improvisations are intended to affect the skin, organs and minds of the listener rather than simple recitations of rhythmic and harmonic themes. Called both a "keyboard alchemist" (Chris Barton, L.A. Times), and the "embodiment of a muse" (Greg Burk, Metaljazz), Motoko's performances transport audiences on sonic adventures that transcend the boundaries and conventions of contemporary music.
Aram Shelton is an improviser and composer who performs on saxophone, clarinets, and live electronics. Based in Oakland, California, the projects Tonal Masher, Broken Trap Ensemble, Sound Quartet, and Ton Trio II represent his music. He is connected to Chicago (where he lived from 1999 to 2005) through his Quartet, the cooperative sextet Fast Citizens, and Jason Adasiewicz’ Rolldown. He has performed throughout the US and Europe, and his recordings are available through Delmark, Clean Feed, Cuneiform, 482 Music, and his own Singlespeed Music.
Theresa Wong is a composer, cellist and vocalist active at the intersection where music meets with the creative spirit of experimentation, improvisation and the synergy of multiple disciplines. Her works include The Unlearning, 21 songs inspired by Goya's Disasters of War etchings (Tzadik 2011), O Sleep, an opera inspired by the conundrum of sleep and dream life and Venice Is A Fish (Sensitive Skin Music 2014), an album of solo songs. Wong has collaborated with many singular artists including Fred Frith, Ellen Fullman, Luciano Chessa, conceptual artist Jonathon Keats and dance pioneer Anna Halprin. She has presented her music internationally at venues including Fondation Cartier in Paris, Fabbrica Europa in Florence Italy, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Cafe Oto in London and Roulette in New York City. For more information, please visit: www.theresawong.org
Aurélie Lierman, voice, electronics
Mark Clifford, vibraphone
Motoko Honda, piano, electronics
Aram Shelton, alto sax
Theresa Wong, cello, voice
DOORS AT 9:00PM, SHOW AT 9:30PM
$10-$15 sliding scale
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