Join us for a night of improvised music from the Bay Area and beyond, featuring a solo electronics set by Adria Otte and the US-Swiss collaboration of Theresa Wong (cello), Christian Kobe (sax) and Frantz Lorio (viola).
This event is made possible in part by the support of Swissnex and ProHelvetia.
Adria Otte - Solo
Adria Otte's compositions and improvisations for solo electronics attempt to create vivid sonic landscapes in which the listener may become immersed. For this performance she will be joined by Julie Moon on lighting design.
The international trio of Theresa Wong (cello), Christian Kobe (saxophones) and Frantz Lorio (viola) came together for the first time in 2016. Joining in the art of improvisation, the three quickly found a synergy in the focused exploration of acoustic sounds and the transformation of these sounds through amplification. Like a ‘microscope’ set to an image, the trio reveals the rich microcosm of their instruments through extended playing and mic techniques. Their music can be likened to the electrically pulsating din of a nocturnal insect colony.
ADRIA OTTE creates music inspired from a diverse musical background that includes classical violin studies, rock bands, traditional Korean drumming, free improvisation and experimental electronic music. As a multi-instrumentalist, she has performed improvised and composed works on violin, electric guitar in rock bands, and live electronic music in her duo OMMO with Julie Moon. As a sound designer and composer she has collaborated with performance artist Dohee Lee, NAKA Dance Theater, as well as video and visual artists.
THERESA WONG is a composer, cellist and vocalist. Bridging areas of music, dance, theater and visual art, 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, a collection of solo songs. She collaborates with many singular artists, including Ellen Fullman, Fred Frith, Luciano Chessa, Chris Brown, conceptual artist Jonathon Keats and filmmaker Daria Martin. Wong has performed internationally and throughout the US and is currently based in Berkeley, California.
CHRISTIAN KOBE was born in Berne, Switzerland. He studied classical music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel and undertook further studies in Paris (Cité Internationale des Arts), Lucerne (postgraduate degree) and Zurich (Master of Music in Performance) in the fields of improvisation and contemporary composition. He has given numerous performances at home and abroad, solo and together with various improvising music ensembles in Australia, USA, Japan, UK and Lebanon.
French-Japanese violist FRANTZ LORIO performs solo and is active in a number of international ensembles at the crossroads of different musical genres: improvised music, experimental, rock, contemporary music and electronics. He has contributed to multidisciplinary projects related to dance, image and poetry. After having lived in Paris and New York City, Frantz relocated to Zürich, Switzerland.
DOORS 9:00 PM; SHOW 9:30 PM
$10-20 sliding scale
No refunds or exhanges