Nexmap Sounding Out California CD release performance
8:00 Set 1 Cheryl Leonard
8:45 Set 2 Marielle Jakobsons (aka darwinsbitch)
9:30 Set 3 Kevin Shea Adams
California boasts a wide range of musical traditions ranging from psychedelia, garage-punk, hip-hop, bluegrass, reggae, classical, and more. How do these distinct aesthetic trajectories and California’s
ethnic diversity inform contemporary experimental electro-acoustic music? Embracing the notion of hybridity, Sounding Out California is a NEXMAP initiative featuring contemporary innovations in California.
Through its Call for Recorded Original Composition, “Sounding Out 07″ invited five selected composers living and operating in California to master an existing pre-recorded acoustic, electronic, or electro-acoustic work ranging in duration from 5-20 minutes using state of the art post-production facilities. Juried by Linda Bouchard (Director, NEXMAP), Naut Humon (Co-Founder, Asphodel, Ltd., & Recombinant
Media Labs – RML), French composer Francis Dhomont, Guillermo Galindo (Curator, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival), “sounding Out” features these cutting-edge innovative works.
Based in Oakland, CA, Kevin Shea Adams received an MFA from Mills College and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from UC Berkeley where studied computer programming and interactive musical systems at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT).
Cheryl Leonard’s compositions have been performed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Butoh Festival, the Big Sur Experimental Music Festival, SoundCulture 96, the National Conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music, and featured on KQED TV’s local arts program Spark and in Tim Perkis’s documentary film Noisy People. Based in San Francisco, Leonard has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation, ASCAP, American Composers Forum, and Meet the Composer, and residencies at the Djerassi Program, Villa Montalvo, and Oberpfalzer Kunsterhaus.
A classically-trained violinist and pianist, Marielle V. Jakobsons performs regularly with many collaborators, her bands “myrmyr” and “TrioMetrik”, and her solo project “darwinsbitch. She receied the Elizabeth Mills Crawford award in Composition, received her MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College, and before moving to Oakland, CA, spent a year in Paris, France composing computer music with Iannis Xenakis’ UPIC machine at the CCMIX.