**Due to recommendations from the CA Department of Public Health related to the Coronavirus outbreak, we are canceling this event.**
This concert features a trio of three improvisers who specialize in improvisation with electroacoustic instruments: Teodora Berg on violin, Thomas Lehar on analogue synthesizer, and Chris Brown on piano and computer. Teodora Berg and Thomas Lehar have been collaborating as a duo in Europe since 2002. Chris Brown met Lehar about twenty years ago while on tour in Cologne. This will be their first collaborative performance.
The special feature of the Berg/Lehar duo is the alchemy created by the meeting of the classical and the electronic instrument. The different nature of sound, the characteristics and histories of violin and analogue synthesizer could recall friction. Actually, what happens is a sort of mirror game, in which the roles of the instruments are continuously exchanged. Berg and Lehar move in an abstract territory, their approach to sound is contemporary. Nevertheless, their approach to music is quite classical insofar as it is based principally on tension/release, rupture, intensity and expressivity in all its facets. Their first CD Horsky Park was released in spring 2011 on British label Another Timbre.
Chris Brown is a composer, pianist, and electronic musician, who makes music with self-designed sonic systems that include acoustic and electroacoustic instruments, interactive software, computer networks, microtonal tunings, and improvisation. His compositions are designs for performances in which people bring to life the musical structures embedded in scores, instruments, and machines. Recordings of his music are available on New World, Tzadik, Pogus, Intakt, Rastascan, Ecstatic Peace, Red Toucan, Leo, and Artifact Recordings. He has also performed and recorded music by Henry Cowell, Luc Ferrari, José Maceda, John Zorn, David Rosenboom, Larry Ochs, Glenn Spearman, and Wadada Leo Smith; as an improviser, he has performed and recorded with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, the Rova Saxophone Quartet, William Winant, and Frank Gratkowski, among many others. He taught for 28 years at the Center for Contemporary Music (CCM) at Mills College in Oakland, California.
* Please note, advance ticket sales will end at 5 pm on the day of the event. Door tickets will be available 30 minutes before showtime. *