Kyle Bruckmann Brings Pynchon to Outsound

The 2013 Outsound New Music Summit will conclude with a roughly hour-long piece by Kyle Bruckmann’s Wrack, on Sat., July 27. “…Awaits Silent Tristero’s Empire” is a concert-length “free jazz phantasmagoria” inspired by the early novels of Thomas Pynchon, scored for a septet of oboe, bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, viola, bass and percussion. The title … Continue reading Kyle Bruckmann Brings Pynchon to Outsound

Composers’ Night at the Outsound Summit

We got to see three types of musical composition at work in “The Composer’s Muse,” the composition-oriented night of the 2012 Outsound New Music Summit. Specifically, we got exposed to a graphical score, a computer-driven (yet acoustically-produced) backdrop for improvisation, and a highly structured piece that still had high degrees of freedom. (For more about … Continue reading Composers’ Night at the Outsound Summit

Outsound’s Upcoming Festival: In the Field

The Outsound New Music Summit is coming back, July 15-21 in San Francisco. Two video interviews related to the 2012 Summit are posted on OutSound’s YouTube page. That same page has the archive of past videos — including the 2011 performance I attended and past interviews. Here’s one with violinist Christina Stanley, who will be … Continue reading Outsound’s Upcoming Festival: In the Field

Outsound Live Report

The Outsound New Music Summit concludes tonight — Saturday, July 23, 2011 — at the Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., San Francisco. I really did make it to last night’s Outsound installment, “The Art of the Composer.”  As mentioned, “composition” here didn’t involve just notes on paper, but different strategies for infusing improvisation and … Continue reading Outsound Live Report

Outsound 2011, #4: Thingamajigs

The Outsound New Music Summit takes place July 17-23, 2011, at the Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., San Francisco. Let me say this first: I wanna see the percussion ball in action. I mean, come on! It’s a soccer-ball-shaped wooden object with vacuum-cleaner hoses connecting opposite faces. If you don’t already know, unconnected vacuum … Continue reading Outsound 2011, #4: Thingamajigs

Outsound 2011, #3: The Art of Composition

The Outsound New Music Summit takes place July 17-23, 2011, at the Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., San Francisco. “The Art of Composition“ (Fri. July 22) is preceded by a Monday evening panel session titled, “Elements of Non-Idiomatic Composition Strategies.”  Academic as the title sounds, it gives you a clue into what to expect from these … Continue reading Outsound 2011, #3: The Art of Composition

Outsound 2011, #2: The Freedom of Sound

The Outsound New Music Summit takes place July 17-23, 2011, at the Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., San Francisco. “The Freedom of Sound” (Thur. July 21) could also be called “Group Night.” The focus here is on established groups, combinations that have each played together for years and set the rules for the kind of improvising … Continue reading Outsound 2011, #2: The Freedom of Sound