Monday, October 5, 2009
Some of the most interesting music programming in San Diego is curated by Bonnie Wright. Her latest season of the Fresh Sound Music series at Sushi promises to, as always, "avoid the mainstream." The series is designed to explain where a lot of the current trends in electronic music got started. The line-up of musical guests runs through the fall and winter, but begins this Tuesday with a pioneering electronics composer from the Bay Area named John Bischoff. Bischoff was the perfect person to start a series meant to illuminate the roots of electronic music. He's been composing and performing it for 30 years, and is a founding member of the experimental-music collective League of Automatic Music Composers.
Bischoff's presentation will be in two parts. The first part is a slide show of images and sounds from his early work (1978-1990) with live computer electronics. He will comment on the various solo and group contexts he performed in that used early personal computer technology, much of which extended the American experimental tradition represented by composers like Henry Cowell, John Cage, and Harry Partch. In the second part, he will perform three recent pieces for laptop and sound-making objects. It sounds like the perfect show for music fans and techies.