the wulf.

upcoming events

02.20.2016 8:00 p.m.

Manfred Werder

Metal & Breath (2007), Christian Wolff
performed by Erika Bell, Shawn Broukhim, Diego Gaeta, John Pisaro and Michael Pisaro

A certain species of eternity (1996), Michael Pisaro
20161, Manfred Werder
performed concurrently by Michael Pisaro and Manfred Werder

This performance is made possible in part by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

02.27.2016 8:00 p.m.

Logan Hone MATCHES + It Foot It Ears

MATCHES by Logan Hone
A new suite for 4 instrument pairs, "MATCHES" is Logan Hone's response to vaporwave, Tinder, Tennis, and matchsticks. Featuring:
Molly Pease + Linnea Sablosky: Voice
Lauren Baba + Patrick Behnke: Viola
Marta Tiesenga + Andrew Conrad: Saxophone
Jake Sucher + Steven Van Betten: Electric Guitar

It Foot It Ears
IT FOOT IT EARS teeters between delicate chamber music and Avant-garage rock. A duo of percussion and electric guitar, IT FOOT uses prepared instruments and extended techniques to create a sound that has been described as adventurous neo-no wave visceral atonal groove rock.

past events

02.06.2016 8:00 p.m.

Clay Chaplin, Tania Chen, and Jon Leidecker

Jon Leidecker / Wobbly
for iOS devices and mixer

Growing up as an electronic musician there was always more than a little bit of envy for acoustic instrumentalists.  Portable sound emanating from devices with no boot times;  feeling left out when two guitarist friends sat comfortably under a tree playing quiet music while watching a storm front slowly move in.  The last five years have seen a very quiet revolution.  Credible models of the bulkiest hallmark synthesizers in electronic music history now comfortably reside on a small device with a loudspeaker that I carry with me at all times.  Given five minutes in line at a bank, social media can not compete with rehearsing any number of incredible new apps;  my phone has become my primary instrument in a very short period of time.  Of course, there is also a dark side:  we can only trust that these apps are not abusing their access to these portable cameras and microphones that are in the room with us during our most private moments.

Growing out of the work I engaged in as a member of the group Negativland with primitive feedback oscillators from 2011-2013, 'Monitress' is a piece where the audio inputs of 2-4 iOS devices are routed in various configurations, causing self-playing chain reactions as they listen to each other to either process the audio, or convert the signal to MIDI information to drive a synth app's output.  The resulting sounds are frequently uncontrollable, but also very intimate, and audibly born out of my increasingly personal relationship with the mobile device.  In performance this piece runs anywhere from 20 to 180 minutes;  today's performance will dovetail into a solo piano performance by Tania Chen.

Clay Chaplin
solo on laptop and electronics

Chen / Leidecker duo, Color Field Studies
The interaction of colors
The interaction of sounds

These studies begin and end with a visual grid as a reference in which sounds are interspersed within the durational space. We will be using electronics, keyboards and found sound material.

Jon Leidecker / Wobbly
Improviser and master of electronic touslings, Jon Leidecker / Wobbly has plundered the realms of sampling and collage using electronics in all its forms, notably with the Bay Area based NegativLand, & has collaborated with the electronic based bands Moebius and Matmos. Wobbly is currently investigating the way his iPads, iPhones and the Super Booper Electronic Oscillator - an analog feedback device made from bits of scavenged radios and amplifiers - can communicate with each other in his compositions and in live improvised performance. Jon's work with NegativeLand has taken him across Europe and the USA from Paris, Spain, London to New York and beyond.

Tania Chen
Performance artist, experimental musician, and free improviser, Tania Chen is also a leading interpreter of compositions by John Cage, Cornelius Cardew and Morton Feldman. Her adventures in the world of free improvisation have given rise to many musical collaborations such as with Steve Beresford on the album "Ointment", and albums with Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith. She performs regularly with the bands Trois Chapeaux and Tender Buttons. Tania's music performances have taken her across the globe from Berlin, London, Tokyo, to San Francisco, New York and beyond.

01.28.2016 8:00 p.m.

Jacob Wick and Christian Weber

Jacob Wick - trumpet solo
Christian Weber - doublebass solo
Wick / Weber - trumpet / doublebass duo

Christian Weber is a Swiss doublebassist equally comfortable in the harsh world of industrial noise (Sudden Infant) as jazz orchestras (Zirkumpolare Jazz Orchestre). He plays contemporary classical chamber music with the Ensemble für Neue Musik Zürich, prog jams with Christy Doran's Bunter Hund, and minimal gitzoid with Voice Crack's Norbert Moslang and Andy Guhl. What he brings to his improvisations is the glue of all that.

An edited list of folks he has worked with: Tim Barnes, Johannes Bauer, Han Bennink, Jeb Bishop, Andres Bosshard, John Butcher, Antoine Chessex, Gene Coleman, Lol Coxhill, Tim Daisy, Jacques Demierre, Bertrand Denzler, Robert Dick, Michel Doneda, Christy Doran, Paul Dunmall, Markus Eichenberger, Ellery Eskelin, Peter Evans, Kai Fagaschinski, Pierre Favre, Peter K Frey, Charles Gayle, Gegenklang, Andy Guhl, Uli Gumpert, Boris Hauf, Franz Hautzinger, Gerry Hemingway, Mazen Kerbaj, Hans Koch, Ritsche Koch, Tomas Korber, Peter Kowald, Joachim Kühn, Oliver Lake, Joke Lanz, Urs Leimgruber, Tony Levin, Werner Lüdi, Paul Lytton, Rudi Mahall, Phil Minton, Norbert Möslang, Michael Moser, Jon Mueller, Günter Müller, Simon Nabatov, Lucas Niggli, Noid, Evan Parker, Wolfgang Reisinger, Paul Rogers, Olaf Rupp, Jorge Sanchez-Chiong, Irène Schweizer, Christine Sehnaoui, Sharif Sehnaoui, Elliott Sharp, Martin Siewert, Steamboat Switzerland, Michael Thieke, Tom Varner, Stephan Wittwer, Nils Wogram, Christian Wolfarth, Michael Wollny, Nate Wooley, Katsura Yamauchi, Raed Yassin, Otomo Yoshihide, Michael Zerang…

Jacob Wick is a trumpet player and improvisor who lives in Mexico City and Chicago. He practices an "object-oriented" approach to improvisation, privileging the perspective, experience, and expressive capacities of ambient non-human actors—air ducts, airplanes, birds, cement—over his own. Current projects include the rain in its avoided effects, a solo trumpet performance and listening exercise; and Tres Hongos, an improvising trio with Marc Riordan and Frank Rosaly.

Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Wick has lived in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Los Angeles, and has performed with a variety of improvisers and composers in a variety of contexts, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art (US), the Moers Jazz Festival (DE), and el Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MX). He has performed with Toshimaru Nakamura, Bonnie Jones, Katherine Young, Andrew D'Angelo, Josh Roseman, and many others. He has released recordings on Prom Night Records (Brooklyn, NY), Peira (Chicago, IL), Diatribe (Dublin, IE), and Creative Sources (Lisbon, PT). He holds a BM from Purchase College, SUNY, and an MFA from the California College of the Arts.

01.23.2016 8:00 p.m.

Ute Wassermann

Ute Wassermann: strange songs 1 - 8 for voice and bird whistles
Pia Palme: Patterns to punctuate Song with darkness
Michael Maierhof: Daily Song 5 Lied E

Ute Wassermann is known as a vocal soloist and composer/performer for her extraordinary, many-voiced and extreme vocal sound-language, which she has brought into contemporary music in diverse ways. She defamiliarizes the sound of her voice using birdcall-whistles, palate whistles, speaker objects  or field recordings. A particular interest is the development of compositions for spaces with unusual acoustic qualities.

She has performed as a vocal soloist in the area of contemporary and experimental music in festivals in Europe, Australia and Asia. She is  an integral part of the Berlin and London experimental music scenes.  Regular performances with ongoing groups like  speak easy (Phil Minton, Martin Blume, Thomas Lehn, Ute Wassermann), John Russel, Aleksander Kolkowski, Els Vandeweyer, Michael Vorfeld (percussion & lights), Birgit Ulher and others and is a member of the Berlin-based composer/performer ensemble Les Femmes Savantes. She has given premieres of works  composed for her voice, for example by Richard Barrett, Chaya Czernowin, Henning Christiansen, Hans-Joachim Hespos, Matthias Kaul, Michael Maierhof, Michael Finnissy, Cathy van Eck, Simon Steen-Andersen, Andrew Noble and works by Salvatore Sciarrino, John Cage and others.

This performance is made possible in part by the Goethe-Institut Munich.

01.22.2016 8:00 p.m.

VRS, Hutson/Byrnes, Krausbauer/Kendall, and Cameron Shafii


VRS is the project of Los Angeles based performer Ellen Phan. Founded in 2013, VRS focuses primarily on digital audio experimentation as means to generate abstract electronic music. VRS utilizes custom Max/MSP programming, found sound, and other hardware/software to create works that range from quiet and minimal to loud and dense, conveying expression through texture/composition/form. Tonight, she will present a new piece exploring modalities of experimental sound.

Ted Byrnes & William Hutson 

Ted Byrnes and William Hutson will perform an improvisation for percussion and electronics. This will be the pair’s debut as a duo.

Cameron Shaffii

Cameron Shafii is a San Francisco-based composer and computational linguist, practicing generative and systems music. His compositions are inflected by software processing built on recombination and string matching algorithms. His music has been published by Ge-stell and Anòmia. Shafii is currently recording an album in collaboration with Joe Gilmore (Alku, Entr’acte), a multidisciplinary artist, who is based in the north of England. He will be performing a solo sound piece from this collaboration, which transforms brass and string instruments by spectral analysis.

John Krausbauer & David Kendall

“PDRM” is a composition constructed from a “just” tuned, three-string electric guitar with real-time and algorithmic delay and spatialization processing. Slow, spectral tonal movements and a deluge of polyrhythmic beats occur through (de)tunings and altered tempi. A four-channel speaker system is employed to achieve maximum specialization and to activate the psychoacoustic potentials in the sonic variants.

01.08.2016 8:00 p.m.

Luke Martin and Aaron Foster Bresley: String Quartets

An evening of string quartets by Luke Martin and Aaron Foster Bresley, performed by Thea Mesirow, Jonathan Tang, Yvette Holzwarth, and Joy Yi.

CD release and premiere of "residues" by Luke Martin. "residues" is a series of five graphic score string quartets exploring uncertain relational space between subjects and everyday objects existing as residues of themselves due to their leftover or forgotten status. CDs will be available at the concert.

Premiere of a new work by Aaron Foster Bresley, for string quartet. "barrier - bend/erect" is a string quartet based on motion void of direction or destination. The four instruments are posited as a circuit of unique and precise states, and given music through which they may become together.