EVERY THURSDAY – 8-10PM
NEW MUSIC SERIES, 1007 Market Street
$6-10 sliding scale donation
no one refused for lack of funds
Thelonius Balthasar Straschill, born in and resident of Mnchen, Bayern, took classical training in piano (programme for highly gifted children at Richard-Strau-Konservatorium Mnchen) at the age of five and studied composition (als at RSK Mnchen) paralleling grammar school. Apart from that, Straschill has learned to more or less master the trombone, alto and soprano sax, guitars and bass guitars as well as various devices and computer-based systems for the realtime generation and modification of sound. Starting in 2000, Straschill has focused on the creation of freely improvised material exclusively. In his solo shows, Straschill combines the input of synthesizers, drum machines, his signature “weirdbass” and saxophones and trombone with the processing of dedicated devices, computers and loop recorders (dubbed by Straschill as “whimsical electronics”) to an output which defies any stilistic qualification. Audients at his shows found themselves confronted with a vast crossover of abstract experimental eletronica, singer-songwriter stylings and drum’n’bass breakbeats. In his other life, Straschill works as an engineering consultant in the area of automotive electronics. He holds a red belt in Tae-Kwon-Do and has participated in various competitions and tournaments in fencing, boxing
Jeff Kaiser is a vegan and plays entirely too much chess on the internet. He is a big fan of yoga and green tea, as well as cigars and scotch. He also plays the quarter-tone trumpet with electronics and has performed with many groups and individuals
including the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, Eugene Chadbourne, The Choir Boys (with Andrew Pask) and his own big band, the Jeff Kaiser Ockodektet. He owns and operates two record labels (pfMENTUM and Angry Vegan Records) while maintaining an active musical career touring, performing and recording for films, other people and his own music. For a full bio, visit: http://www.jeffkaisermusic.com
Hartung, creator of the Boise Experimental Music Festival, has been actively involved in the Boise (Idaho, USA) music and arts scene for over 18 years. His contributions include creating new ways for musicians to communicate with each other, such as Boise’s first
musicians web registry (1998) and the Boise Musicians internet discussion group. He has also supported and performed at many art or
community orientated events and venues. His efforts have primarily revolved around raising awareness and appreciation of avant-garde music and art. Hartung’s vision as a performing and recording musician locally is to push artistic boundaries, continue evolving, and celebrate the wealth of artistic diversity that the world has to offer and bring to life in Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley. Hartung exhibits a dynamic and atypical performance style that integrates multiple genres and gives new meaning to the world of improvisational guitar.
Composer, multi-instrumentalist and master percussionist/drummer, Rick Walker has been on the cutting edge of music for the last 25 years. One of the original founding architects of the World Beat movement, and now one of the leading lights in the emerging live looping movement in Northern California, he incorporates a vast array of world music and pop styles in his repertoire. He is an exceptionally versatile and sensitive musician and is eccentrically creative, finding rhythm and melody in hundreds of everyday objects.
Festival dates continue in Oakland and Santa Cruz, for details, visit www.y2k6loopfest.com