DAVID BITHELL returns to the Bay Area to perform a set of original works combining theater, performance art, and interactive electronic music. With works described “like a wordless Samuel Beckett play with a score by John Cage”, Bithell’s artistic language makes meaning out of the relationships between sound, image, and action.
P R O G R A M
YesNo (2010) – for solo performer, motion tracking, and interactive sound
Two Weill/Brecht Songs (2015)* – for digital washboard and electronics
Hithering (2009- ) – interactive environment for trumpet and computer generated sound
…a disc where there is no disc (2015)* – table top performance, bells, and electronic sound
The second half features sfSoundGroup performing ERIK SATIE’S short film score Entr’Acte – from the 1924 ballet Relâche – complete with the original film by RENÉ CLAIR. A collaboration between Satie, Clair, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, and other avant garde luminaries, Entr’Acte is proto-minimalism meets surrealism.
DAVID BITHELL is an interdisciplinary composer, artist, and performer exploring the connections between visual art, music, theater, and performance. Utilizing new technologies and real-time interactive environments, his work brings the precision and structure of contemporary music and audio practices together with an understanding of performance, narrative, and humor drawn from recent theater, live cinema, and performance art. He is an Associate Professor of Digital Art at Southern Oregon University where he heads the Cross-disciplinary Studio for Art and Technology (xARTS) and is a core faculty member of the Center for Emerging Media and Digital Arts (EMDA).
S F S O U N D G R O U P
Monica Scott, bass
Hadley McCarroll, piano
Andy Strain, trombone
Benjamin Kreith, violin
John Ingle, saxophone
Matt Ingalls, clarinet
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe
David Bithell, trumpet/conductor/arranger