Addleds – the brutally minimal improvising quartet of Kyle Bruckmann (oboe/English horn), Tony Dryer (contrabass), Jacob Felix Heule (percussion), and Kanoko Nishi (koto) – explores counterintuitive cross-genre collaboration in a mini-series supported by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music’s Musical Grant Program. Night 2 features the numinous electro-acoustic dronescapes of Ben Bracken and Ashley Bellouin.
A set by each group will be followed by an improvised ‘first meeting’ of a subset of the musicians.
Ashley Bellouin and Ben Bracken make music with both traditional and handmade instruments that exploit the natural overtones and sympathetic vibrations that highly redundant tuning systems generate. Their performances are a mixture of the imagined and real, of natural phenomena, and direct action.
Addleds explores timbral and textural extremes of distended instrumental technique via improvisation and open-ended compositional strategies. Their music tends towards a brutalist minimalism as informed by the noise underground as by recent developments in the field of free improvisation.
Individually, the members have performed with other groups and regular collaborators across the gamut of new music both local (Basshaters, Ettrick, Ghost in the House, Jacob Lindsay, Pink Mountain, Jon Raskin, Gino Robair, Aram Shelton, Shudder, sfSound) and elsewhere (Michel Doneda, EKG, Boris Hauf, Giuseppe Ielasi, Lozenge, Polwechsel, Jack Wright, C Spencer Yeh). Since they began developing their collective sound in 2010, they have performed at the Switchboard Music Festival and many of the area’s improvised music series. Their debut album is a 2013 cassette release on Weird Ear.
Addleds Sound Laboratory is made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and San Francisco Grants for the Arts. http://sffcm.org