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ACME Observatory
Winter 2001 Season

Sunday, January 21, 2001, 7:48pm


Tom Bickley
Recorders, Voice and Digital Processing.

Improvised soundscapes of summers in Texas

Aaron Bennett
and his wacky NONET

9 musicians playing uniquely-notated compositions:

1.Bob Marsh accordian 2.Adam Lane cello
3.Merlin Coleman cello 4.Jeff Hobbs violin
5.Mark Chung violin 6.John Finkbeiner guitar and sax
7.Joe Sabella tuba 8.George Cremaschi bass
and Aaron Bennett himself on winds (thats 9!)



Sunday, February 4, 2001, 7:48pm



Toshi Makihara
percussion, from Philadelphia

with Morgan Guberman, contrabass
and Andrew Voigt, saxophones


Colin Stetson

Drawing influence from saxophonists like Mats Gustafson and Ned Rothenberg, as well as artists like Squarepusher, Pharoah Monche, and Elvis Costello, Stetson's solo work explores the use of extended technique in various contexts.

"...rythmically driving...it's a subtle blend of patience and ferocity." -Etch Magazine, Ann Arbor Mi.



Sunday, February 11, 2001, 7:48pm



Gianni Gebbia




Michael Manring
electric bass

Garth Powell
solo soprano musical saw

Simple Sample
improvisations from Eric Glick Riemann - prepared synth, and Kristin Miltner/Cenk Ergun - computers

Simple Sample is an ensemble of musicians dedicated to the performance of experimental music using acoustic and electronic instruments. Its members come from many different backgrounds such as classical, contemporary, rock, jazz, hip-hop; and have performed nation-wide as well in Europe and Asia.



Sunday, February 18, 2001, 7:48pm


  Eric Barber
new works for solo saxophone

Saadet Türköz
solo voice

Born 1961 in Istanbul and currently living in Zurich, Saadet Türköz performs Kazakh and Turkish songs and improvisations. Looking to transform memory, Saadet seeks to evoke pictures and atmosphere by means of voice and music which transcend cultural boundaries. She states that memory everywhere and everytime is the same - not changeable - but the expression is different: Individual perception develops a universal impression of the cultural life.

In addition to her frequent solo concerts, she regularly performs in duos, trios or bigger formations with free improvising jazz musicians - working with musicians such as Elliot Sharp, Gianni Gebbia, Carl Rüdiger, and Werner Luedi.


Sunday, February 19, 2001, 7:48pm


from Canada!
Jean Derome
alto and baritone saxophones


from Canada!
Pierre Tanguay



Oakland's Own!
Fred Frith


Sunday, February 25, 2001, 7:48pm


  Matt Wright Ensemble
Traditional Turkish/Arabic/Afghan/Indian improvisation using middle-eastern instruments and computer.

Perkis + Gresham-Lancaster + Brown
Surprising Electronic Sounds


Sunday, March 04, 2001, 8:00pm

an amplified toy ensemble

Tom Nunn
solo electroacoustic percussion boards


Eric Glick Rieman
solo prepared rhodes



Sunday, March 18, 2001, 8:00pm

From London!

Viv Corringham
has always been passionate about improvisation and about the music of Asia Minor, leading a band in London who reinterpret the latter in the light of contemporary urban experience. In her solo performance, she takes Turkish music as her grounding point from which she can leap into imaginative territories of vocal exploration, using her low-tech electronics to process and increase the possibilities of the solo voice.

From Denver!

Jack Wright


Morgan Guberman bass
Tom Djll trumpet