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Duo Houle/Blazer  

June 26th, 2015 @ 8PM

Co-presented with 

Center for New Music

Canadian clarinetist François Houle and Swiss trombonist Samuel Blazer have been collaborating for several years on developing a repertoire for this unique combination of instruments. Taking as a point of departure Gérard Grisey’s classic Solo pour deux,  Houle and Blaser are blurring the aesthetic boundaries between new music and improvisation. 

Clarinetist François Houle has established himself as one of today’s most inventive musicians, in all of the diverse musical spheres he embraces: classical, jazz, new music, improvised music, and world music.  He has been listed on several occasions by Downbeat magazine as a “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” and as a “Rising Star” in both Reader's Poll and Critics’ Poll. 

Since his 2007 debut as a leader, 7th Heaven (Between the Lines), Blazer has grown at an almost incomprehensible rate, from straight-ahead hard bopper in his mid-twenties to innovative free player and ever-searching composer and bandleader in his early thirties, one whose improvisational strength has received praise from sources like Audiophile Audition, citing Blaser's music as occupying "ambient/free jazz terrain that has a depth of vision and clarity revealing musical maturity beyond Blaser's nearly three decades of life."



This concert is made possible in part through the generous support of the swiss arts council



February 7, 2015

Co-presented with the Center for New Music

55 Taylor Street, San Francisco CA

The culmination of a two-week collaboration and residency at The MilkBar between composer Linda Bouchard and the talented and unique Addleds musicians Kyle Bruckmann, oboe/english horn; Tony Dryer, double bass; and Jacob Felix Heule, percussion.

Premiere of “All Caps No Space,” the concert version, conceived by Linda Bouchard. The composer harnesses the creative power of the Addleds improvisers through a graphic score, stock and prerecorded material, and live processing. “All Caps No Space” explores the amplified solitude we experience within the barrage of information that besieges us

This concert is made possible in part by a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation.



October 22, 2014

55 Taylor Street, San Francisco CA

Pianist Satoko Inoue is renowned throughout Japan, Europe and the US as a leading interpreter of contemporary solo piano music. She has premiered works by some of Japan’s foremost composers including Jo Kondo, Yoritsune Matsudaira, Satoshi Tanaka, Yuji Itoh. She is also known for performing works of other contemporary composers including Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Henry Cowell, Giancinto Scelsi, Luciano Berio, and others.

In 1991 Ms. Inoue began presenting the solo piano series “Satoko Plays Japan” at major venues in that country. She performed over a hundred contemporary pieces in concerts in this well-respected series. Before this she was pianist with Musica Practica Ensemble Tokyo, a leading Japanese ensemble which introduced many important pieces of new music to Japan. For the last 14 years she has continued to commission and perform new works on her Music Documents series of concerts in Tokyo.

Besides her performing in Japan, Satoko Inoue has appeared at major European festivals including Darmstadt, the International Experimental Music Festival in Bourges, and at Japan Year (Germany). She has recorded two solo CDs on HatHut Records, Japan Piano 1996 and Jo Kondo Works for Piano. She has also worked with Luc Ferrari to record piano/percussion compositions for HatHut. Her most recent recording of Morton Feldman’s For Bunita Marcus is available on the ALM label.

Her performance at the Center for New Music will include Tennyson Songbooks by Jo Kondo, Melatan by Yugi Itoh, Litany II by Satoshi Tanaka, Three for Piano by Robert Coburn, and works by John Cage and others.



October 13, 2014

55 Taylor street, San Francisco CA

Jenny Q Chai’s “Piano Steampunk” program explores the relationships between piano and electronics, beginning with the earliest development of music for this pairing. Computers and electronics have interested and influenced composers for as long as they have existed. This long-term relationship with technology has also changed many composers’ approach to writing solo piano music, even those who have not worked with electronics, leading them to open new dimensions of the piano’s sound. This program traces the pre-history and development of music for piano and electronics across an international arena, with antennae tuned both to the past and the future.



July 20, 2014

Co-presented with the Center for New Music

Australian pianist and vocalist Lisa Moore, described as "beautiful, impassioned, brilliant and searching" (New York Times), performs works by Bresnick, Glass, Hearne, Newman and Rzewski, including the legendary "De Profundis" (based on Oscar Wilde's text) and "Ishi's Song" (based on a melody sung by Californian Native-American Ishi).

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alden jenks : hammered

February 1, 2014

Co-presented with the Center for New Music

New works by Alden Jenks Hammered for piano and laptop, and Oh It’s You for actress/singer and laptop will receive their premieres this evening. In addition three songs on poems by Jim Harrison, and a country ballad about a desperate housewife for actress, singer, and piano; “Unrestful Sleep” for piano, to keep you awake; and a piece for video with an electronic score called “Martin Put That Gun Away”. Pianists Mikako Endo and Ian Scarfe and singers Lora Libby and Amy Foote will be performing, with the composer on laptop. Oh – and a lullaby to help you get the rest you need.



April 3, 2013

Co-presented with Center for New Music

55 Taylor Street, San Francisco CA

New York-based virtuoso Robert Dick brought his array of flutes, from the piccolo to the giant F bass for his first San Francisco solo concert in over a decade. Known worldwide for his rampantly inventive approach and mastery of extended techniques, Robert’s performances have been compared to the experience of hearing a full orchestra. When we started to open our ears and minds in the 60s, Robert was there. It's light years later, and he’s continuously accelerated throughout. 

double take on a buddhist thought

April 27, 2013

Co-presented with Center for New Music

55 Taylor Street, San Francisco CA

Works by John Cage, Somei Satoh, Sean Helm, Bruce Reiprich and Linda Bouchard each bring their own responses to Buddhism through their music.  In a contemporary language that utilizes prepared piano, piano and live electronics, and piano with delay, the music investigates ideas of reincarnation, the challenges of sitting, and the bardo states in the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.




April 27, 2013

Co-presented with Center for New Music

55 Taylor Street, San Francisco CA


Los Angeles pianist Vicki Ray performs five compositions inspired by Buddhists principles.

Samovar Tea Lounge will be at the Center offering "Ocean of Wisdom" herbal tea and Cherry Oat Scones.


FranÇois houle + zachary watkins | binary cities

March 14, 2013

Co-presented with Center for New Music

55 Taylor Street, San Francisco CA

NEXMAP Collective Artist and clarinet virtuoso François Houle (Vancouver) performed solo and in duo with local experimentalist Zachary Watkins.

NEXMAP presents Canadian clarinet virtuoso François Houle performing Aerials. This set of improvisations, developed by Houle during a five-week residency in Umbria, Italy, examines the way the clarinet “reacts” to acoustical spaces, coupling virtuosity with stunning lyricism. Houle will be joined in the second half by local composer-performer Zachary Watkins (NEXMAP Education Coordinator), who will contribute DIY feedback systems and live signal processing to create an ensemble out of this dynamic duet.



December 13, 2012

Co-presented with Center for New Music

Private Residence

Come celebrate the end of the year with NEXMAP and meet members of the NEXMAP Artists Collective! David and Hi-Jin Hodge, François Houle and Linda Bouchard will perform and discuss excerpts from upcoming works



December 3, 2012

Murderous Little World is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

ODC Theatre | 351 Shotwell Street, San Francisco CA

Composed by Linda Bouchard | Performed by Bellows and Brass (Guy Few, Joseph Petric, Eric Vaillancourt). With poems from Men in the Off Hours by Anne Carson



Ian winters | MEMORY TABLES

September 7, 2013

Center for New Music

55 Taylor street, San Francisco CA

As part of the San Francisco Center for New Music’s incubation agenda, C4NM and curator Linda Bouchard with NEXMAP present new incubating work by Ian Winters, Evelyn Ficarra, & paige starling sorvillo / blindsight.  In The Memory Table (v2): Mnemonics devise character-A (yellow) with a side of chance,Winters, Ficarra, and sorvillo are slowly reverse-engineering Character A from fragmentary evidence found within the habit field of the memory table.  In the absence, or a room, they are building a visually and sonically responsive environment whereby to study the permeable, uncertain, contingent and social nature of our own memories as well as the premise that core parts of our identity and relationships are formed in the most quotidian of environments, often by chance.

As they build, your feedback is, per se, welcomed, nay, invited and/or demanded, demurely.  By that, we mean, please come talk to us after the show, we are friendly and don’t bite and would like it very much.

The artist are grateful in this phase of work for the generous support of the Zellerbach Family Foundation, NEXMAP, Center for New Music, The MilkBar, and the University of Sussex.



January 20, 2012 

A co-production with the Meridian Gallery Music Series | 535 Powell Street, San Francisco CA

This Double Take event is made possible in part through support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.



December 2, 2010

Private Residence | San Francisco CA

An exclusive home concert featuring the unique San Francisco based Pamela Z: a singer/composer/performer and media artist who has been mesmerizing audiences around the world for over twenty five years.



October 21, 2010

Private Residence | San Francisco CA

The collaborative work of Bay Area-based Laetitia Sonami and SUE-C focuses on the real-time creation of lm-like live performances. Sonami's elbow-length "lady's glove" extends her gestures, allowing her to construct fleeting sonic architectures as she moves her fingers, hand and arm. Video artist SUE-C synthesizes cinema from photographs, drawings, models, and interactive lighting effects.



October 2, 2010

The Lab, San Francisco CA

Chris Kubick (Oakland) presented a solo premiere performance of Crowd Control. Cellist improviser Soizic Lebrat from France with video by Yan Breuleux The California E.A.R. Unit from Los Angeles premiered Spill Out-Fish Tank by Linda Bouchard with video by Kim Turos, along with works by Clay Chaplin and Amy Knoles. 

Soizic Lebrat, Yan Breuleux, Chris Kubick, California E.A.R. Unit



December 3, 2009

Private Residence | San Francisco CA

An exclusive sold out concert featuring Fred Frith in an intimate setting.


October 17, 2009

CounterPULSE | 1310 Mission Street, San Francisco CA

Premiere screening of two experimental films: Marc Couroux's 68/70 (Montreal) & John Davis' Mark You Make Belielve Me My Dear, Yes (SF).



October 16, 2009

CNMAT | 1750 Arch Street, Berkeley CA

Trio Fibonacci: a co-production with CNMAT featuring music of Laurie Radford & Serge Provost & Sounding Out California winners Hideko Kawamoto & Damon Waitkus + Agnes Szelag (video). 



October 8, 2009

Private Residence | San Francisco CA

Trio Fibonacci performs French music by Pascal Dusapin, Christophe Bertrand, Marc Monnet & Mark André. Followed by a reception with the artists, catered by La Boulange.

The Salon Concert Series was made possible in part through support from the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco. 



May 21, 2009

The Luggage Store | 1007 Market Street, San Francisco CA

Sounding Out California was a state-wide competition sponsored by NEXMAP that invited composers from a wide range of musical traditions to submit their music. The result was a CD launched in 2008, celebrating notions of hybridity in the work of five emergent artists. On May 21st, 2009 NEXMAP proudly presented three of its winners. Their performance was part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival and the Luggage Store's New Music Series. 


April 23, 2009

Private Residence | San Francisco CA

This private event featured a live performance by two upcoming Bay Area Artists: Luis Maurette and Gregg Kowalsky in an audio/visual performance.

Michel doneda + david wessel

February 14, 2009

Co-production with CNMAT

Michel Doneda (b. 1954), soprano saxophone is a self-taught musician who comes from the French South-West. In 1980 he founded in Toulouse a reed trio: HIC ET NUNC, a group that toured throughout France, playing mostly improvised music. With a group of musicians, dancers and actors, Doneda co-founded IREA (Institute for research and exchange between arts of improvisation


February 12, 2009

Swissnex, San Francisco CA

Michel Doneda (b. 1954), soprano saxophone is a self-taught musician who comes from the French South-West. In 1980 he founded in Toulouse a reed trio: HIC ET NUNC, a group that toured throughout France, playing mostly improvised music. With a group of musicians, dancers and actors, Doneda co-founded IREA (Institute for research and exchange between arts of improvisation).
Fred Frith, composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist, has situated himself for more than thirty years in the area where rock music and new music meet. Co-founder of the British underground band Henry Cow (1968-78), he moved to New York in the late seventies and came into contact with many of the musicians with whom he's since been associated, including, for
example, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Tom Cora, Zeena Parkins, and Bob Ostertag. He is currently Professor of Composition at Mills College in Oakland, California.


October 3, 2008

CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission street, San Francisco CA

Sonogram is a new work by Laetitia Sonami and Sue Slagle (aka SUE-C) inspired by gestation and the abstract ways through which we conceptualize and perceive the beginnings of human life. As collaborators, Sonami (sound) and Slagle (image) construct languages and landscapes where audio-visual perspectives shift to tell stories and create possibilities. Employing a multitude of hand-made and machine-made media, Sonogram is an exploration of the tiny universe from which all of us once emerged.
Inspired by the Myanmar (Burmese) anti-government protests led by students and Buddhist Monks in September 2007, Sonic Forecast integrates new and traditional performance practice in a seamless tapestry of timbres, resonance and spontaneous response between live musician, pre-recorded viola and manipulations, live video and stocked images; a live electronic sonic and visual repartee using the Max-MSP software.
This concert was made possible thorught he suport of: The Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Williams and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Sonic Forecast’ was made possible in part through a grant form the Canada Council for the Arts a Subito Grant (from ACF-SFBAC), the Swiss Arts Council - Pro Helvetia, the SUISA Foundation and a winter residency at the Djerassi Foundation.


Benoit Delbecq + FRANÇOIS HOULE | Binary Cities

June 24, 2008

Private Residence: House of the French Consul of San Francisco

Building on these artists’ first two duo collaboration CD:, Nancali and Dice Thrown (SGL 1538-2, 2002) and a recent trio with British saxophone legend Evan Parker (La lumière de Pierres, Psi 07.02), Houle and Delbecq’s programs include pieces for piano or prepared piano and clarinets (sometimes two played simultaneously), solo improvisation by each musician, and electronic manipulations. As the music unfolds, composition and improvisation seem to flow together into a dream-like continuum where jazz and new music meet. To reach this place, Delbecq and Houle have worked for years extending the techniques of their instruments and creating their own language of musical gestures for purposes of spontaneous musical composition.
This performance is made possible in part through grants from the French America Cultural Exchange (FACE)- Funds for Contemporary Music. We would like to express our gratitude to the Consulate General of France .


May 16, 2008

Swissnex: 730 Montgomery street, San Francisco CA

Melford's ongoing search for new sounds and new directions was a perfect match for François Houle's aesthetic on the clarinet. Frederic St-Hilaire's interactive video weaved images as the pieces unfolded. We are proud to have presented these three artists in a spontaneous collaboration and a highly memorable event.
This performance is made possible in part through grants from the French America Cultural Exchange (FACE)- Funds for Contemporary Music. We would like to express our gratitude to the Consulate General of France for the pre-concert reception. Many thanks to swissnex for hosting our event.


FRANCIS DHOMONT & louis dufort 

December 1, 2007

Recombinant Media Labs

763 Brannan street, San Francisco CA

French Composer Francis Dhomont is a pioneering composer of electronic music. In Paris in the late 1940s, he intuitively discovered with magnetic wire what Pierre Schaeffer would later call "musique concrète" and began a lifetime of experimentation with the musical possibilities of sound recording. He presented Here and There, Phonurgie, and Moirures – a video realized in collaboration with Inés Wickmann Jaramillo. The young Canadian composer Louis Dufort, former student of Dhomont, shared the evening with two acousmatic works that examine the notion of movement; one of which is an homage to Francis Dhomont and Pierre Schaeffer. Dufort has a fascination with cinema and a history of involvement with contemporary dance that in part explains the extraordinarily visual nature of his work.
This performance was made possible in part through grants from the French America Cultural Exchange (FACE)- Funds for Contemporary Music. Artists were hosted by " The Phoenix Hotel - Joie de vivre Hotels".


murcof & .Pig

September 5, 2007

a co-production with the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival (SFEMF) 

Project Theater Artaud

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sonic gestures | Pamela z

April 14, 2007

 Recombinant Media Labs

Combining fragmented gestural images with live vocal sounds processed and spatialized in real time using Max MSP software and custom gesture controllers, Pamela Z surrounded the audience with a virtual chorus of chattering, whispering, singing, and ever transforming entities. 



party | Multi Media performance

December 2, 2006

Recombinant Media Lab

Live music, electronics, video and photography in the audio-visual surround

Food, drinks and the presentation of NEXMAP’s new initiatives. 

Participating Artists

from the Bay Area, Vancouver and Montreal: 

Ed Campion , Jen Cohen, Louis Dufort , Guillermo Galindo, Daniel 

Hayes, John Oliver, Kristin Tieche, Linda Bouchard and François Houle 

on clarinet, Ellen Ruth Rose on viola, video of ODC Dance company 

in the Water Project.