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Sam Weinberg – Haydee Jimenez – Michael Dessen – Judith Berkson

June 18, 2023 8:00 pm

Local percussionist Corey Fogel hosts a program of four diverse, improvising soloists from NY, Mexico, and California.  

Sam Weinberg is a saxophonist and improviser living in New York City. He has participated in many improvised contexts which have included Henry Fraser, Jason Nazary, Weasel Walter, Sandy Ewen, Andrew Smiley, Laura Cocks, Charmaine Lee, Barry Weisblat, Nate Wooley, Ben Bennett and many others. He has led the group Bloar for over five years, and he also leads a trio with bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Tom Rainey, whose album Implicatures will be released by Astral Spirits in early 2023. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Weinberg was profiled in a long piece about his playing in Bandcamp Daily and his music was highlighted in consecutive year-end lists by Rolling Stone. His music has also been featured in WIRE, The Quietus, and The Brooklyn Rail. https://www.samweinberg.net/

Haydee Jimenez : transdisciplinary artist and curator based in the Southern California – Northern Baja California region; Co-founder of nettnettradio and nettnett space in Tijuana ; Explorer in the realms of artistic and holistic approaches to healing through sound frequencies, vibrations and computer music ; Composer / producer / performer of electronic music aka AyDD / Hidhawk and drummer with Traviesas y Milagros; Promoter of experimental / electronic musicians and artists of the region – Borderlandnoise.  Faculty member of the Art Department at California State University Los Angeles teaching Art & Design in the Community and Social Engagement Through Fashion, Fiber & Materials. http://haydeejimenez.net

Composer and trombonist Michael Dessen creates highly interactive, improvisatory music and collaborates with leading artists, while also working as a university professor to expand institutional spaces for cultural innovation and exchange. His compositions often blend abstract, immersive sound worlds with lyricism and groove, and have integrated technologies such as live sampling/processing and dynamic, algorithmic “scorestreams.” Dessen’s releases include four critically-acclaimed albums on Clean Feed Records, and his music has been recognized with awards from Chamber Music America, New Music USA and the Fromm Foundation. He has also worked extensively since 2007 in telematic music, composing and performing on dozens of networked concerts with international collaborators, and co-directing many projects that have enabled diverse composer-improvisers to experiment with this emerging medium. https://mdessen.com

Judith Berkson
Composer/Performer Judith Berkson uses voice along with digital and analog keyboards to create pieces that cross the boundaries of classical, electronic, and experimental music. She has collaborated with the Kronos Quartet, City Opera, Laurie Anderson and has premiered vocal works by Chaya Czernowin, Enno Poppe, Mick Barr, Joe Maneri, Rick Burkhardt, Gerard Pape, Julia Wentz and Aleksandra Vrebalov. She has collaborated on Yiddish folk music with Theodore Bikel and has presented solo works at the Picasso Museum Malaga, Le Poisson Rouge and National Sawdust. http://judithberkson.info

$10 suggested donation at the door