Meridian Music: Emily Hay / Steuart Liebig & Tom Djll / Bill Wiatroski
Sep
28
7:30 pm19:30

Meridian Music: Emily Hay / Steuart Liebig & Tom Djll / Bill Wiatroski

  • Canessa Gallery

Emily Hay + Steuart Liebig
Tom Djll w/ visuals by Bill Wiatroski

For our September installment of the Composers in Performance Series, we are excited to present flautist and vocalist Emily Hay with bassist Steuart Liebig and a set by Tom Djll on trumpet and electronics with video artist Bill Wiatroski, to celebrate the release of his upcoming album on Eh? records.

Emily Hay and Steuart Liebig will present a 40-60 minute set of structured duo improvisations which incorporate mesmerizing soundscapes, primal wordplay, enigmatic drones, harsh grooves, soaring flute passages and impromptu tone poems.

Emily Hay - C Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Piccolo, Voice, and Electronic Effects
Steuart Liebig - Electric ContraBass, Guitars and Electronic Effects

Emily Hay is a flutist and vocalist specializing in avant garde, experimental and improvised music. She is known for her work with ensembles based on the 'left coast' of California, including Hay Fever, U Totem, Motor Totemist Guild, Go: Organic Orchestra, Otherparts, Jeff Kaiser Okodektet, Mooncake and many others. She has toured and performed throughout No. America and Europe and is a featured recording artist on Cuneiform Records, ReR Records, Dragnet Records, Public Eyesore, amongst others.
www.emilyhay.com

Steuart Liebig began his career performing as a bassist with Les McCann and Julius Hemphill, later founded the groups BLOC, Quartetto Stig and The Mentones and is known for his compositions and impressive discography, having performed and recorded with Alex Cline, Jeff Gauthier, Anna Homler and an array of other well known Los Angeles experimental and jazz musicians.
www.stigsite.com

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Tom Djll is a composer, improviser, and occasional writer on music. He is the recipient of a Masters degree from Mills College in Electronic Music as well as a Deeploma from the Deep Listening Organization, and was awarded the Paul Merritt Henry Prize for Composition at Mills. His projects include hackMIDI, impossible mechanical piano manipulations; Grosse Abfahrt, large-group free improvisational music; and Beauty School, hardcore electronic free-noise. Djll appears on recordings from EMANEM, Tzadik, Creative Sources, Rastascan, and Artifact. His writings have been published in The Wire, Signal To Noise, Musicworks, Sequenza 21, and online publications.

“Tom Djll has taken the trumpet as far beyond its silver, snarling vernacular as it is possible to go, and as far from the extended technique proponents as Bill Dixon is from Roy Castle. Djll’s trumpet extensions are in some respects no different to what early jazzmen used as punctuation devices or timbral effects. Few have gone as far as Djll, though, in making such articulations the entire substance of a piece, and none have gone so far in the development of split-channel playing." - The Wire
http://tomdjll.com/

Bill Wiatroski is a Media Artist™ based in Alameda, California. His aim is to expose the subtle but unruly world of electromagnetic signals surrounding our normal field of perception.

 

Tom Djll photo by Michael Zelner

Tom Djll photo by Michael Zelner

Meridian Music: Middle Grey / Andrew Weathers Ensemble / Cere Davis
Oct
5
7:30 pm19:30

Meridian Music: Middle Grey / Andrew Weathers Ensemble / Cere Davis

  • Canessa Gallery

 

Middle Grey
Andrew Weathers Ensemble
Cere Davis

For the first of our two October shows in the Composers in Performance Series, we present an evening of processed electroncics and guitar with Middle Grey (Anastasia Clarke + Jackson Randall) & Andrew Weathers Ensemble. In addition, a new sound installation by Berkeley artist Cere Davis will be on display for the evening.

MIDDLE GREY:

Middle Grey is a collaboration between Anastasia Clarke and Jackson Randall. Voice, synthesizers, and electronic instruments drive their travels along spectra between improvisation and premeditation. They sonify a tension of opposites: restrained choruses are punctuated by guttural vocal outpourings, or industrial intensity is overtaken by subtle microrhythms. The duo is united by a desire to create a music that provokes, nourishes, and heals.
http://middlegrey.bandcamp.com

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Andrew Weathers Ensemble:

Andrew Weathers: guitar, voice
Aaron Oppenheim: bass, accordion, computer
Scott Siler: drums, vibraphone
Blaine Todd: guitar, harmonica, shruti box

Andrew Weathers Ensemble is a group of musicians that has existed in various forms since 2010. AWE has released four full-length records that combine American folk song structures with improvised drones. Tonight they will debut new songs from an upcoming album. Most of the lyrics are adaptations of songs from the International Workers of the World songbook, Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent.
http://andrewweathers.com/

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Water Organ by Cere Davis

A musical composition is generated through the subtle chaotic interplay between fluid and electro-magnetism as floating vessels shift and share in a congested 2-dimensional space. Floating vessels transform into speakers through the use of embedded magnets as they float over inductive coils. Tones emanating from floating vessels compliment one another and fade in and out of the acoustic foreground as they float on a pool of water.

Sound and kinetic behavior are created through a micro controller and amplified with motor drivers applied as an alternate means of both audio amplification and magnetic actuation.

Cere Davis works as a freelance artist in Berkeley, California. In 2013 she began using her professional background in physics and engineering to explore her passion for demonstrating how science could express itself through the art of moving sculpture. She uses fundamental elements of physics to reveal patterns of chaotic motion generated from the subtle interplay between external forces and a material's natural characteristics. She aims to inspire both emotional and intellectual inquiry through her use of tactile materials in anthropomorphic sculptural form.

She produces and collaborates on projects ranging from dance performance to sound art to kinetic sculpture. Her exhibits have been shown at various galleries, festivals, conferences and public outreach events throughout the US. She an educator and the artistic director at Counter Culture Labs and is a resident art fellow at Manylabs in San Francisco, California, where she collaborates with scientists to inspire scientific curiosity and participation through interactive art.
http://www.ceredavis.com/

$5 - $10 Admission

Meridian Music: Julia Miller, Elbio Barilari, Andrea Centazzo & Gabby Fluke Mogul
Oct
19
7:30 pm19:30

Meridian Music: Julia Miller, Elbio Barilari, Andrea Centazzo & Gabby Fluke Mogul

Julia Miller / Elbio Barilari / Andrea Centazzo

Julia Miller:
As a guitarist, Julia performs with the electroacoustic trio Auris, with Gimlet Eye, and as a frequent soloist and collaborator in experimental and avant garde chamber music. Auris’s current cd has been released on Artco Records (2009). Julia completed the performance half of a double MM in Classical Guitar Performance at Northwestern University in 1993, and currently serves as the Jazz, Folk and Contemporary Guitar Department Chair at the Music Institute of Chicago, where she is also a Suzuki Guitar specialist.

Elbio Barilari: 
Composer, performer and writer Elbio Barilari was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1953.  He studied in his own country as well as in Brazil and Germany, and moved to the US in 1998. Barilari’s music has been performed by Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo, Orquesta de la Radio y Televisión de España, Colorado Symphony, Grant Park Festival Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble, Ravinia Festival, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Children’s Choir, Lyric Opera Orchestra, Chicago Arts Orchestra, and Baroque Band, among others. His music has also been performed by many chamber ensembles and soloists around the world, including clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, trumpet players Orbert Davis and Jon Faddis, bandoneon players Juan José Mosalini, Raúl Jaurena, pianists Mauricio Nader, Susan Merdinger, Avalon String Quartet, Kaia String Quartet, Conjunto de Música de Cámara del Sodre, Ondas Ensemble, and the Millenium Chamber Orchestra.

Andrea Centazzo:
Italian American composer, percussionist and multimedia artist Andrea Centazzo has been for 40 years a bold explorer of contemporary art. In the early 70's he introduced a new concept of percussion playing, migrating from the Free Jazz to a new form of improvised music, defining itself. In the late 70's, Centazzo was one of the foundersof the NY Downtown Music Scene with his seminal collaboration with John Zorn, Tom Corra, Eugene Chadbourne, Toshinori Kondo and others, documented in many albums
In 1976 he established  ICTUS Records, one of the first musician operated labels, recording with Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Pierre Favre, Derek Bailey, John Zorn, Alvin Curran, Albert Mangelsdorff, Don Cherry and many others. He left the improvised music scene in 1986, moving shortly after to Los Angeles, CA and dedicating himself to composition and video making. Centazzo authored 3 operas, 2 symphonies and almost 500 compositions for all kind of ensembles, plus many award winning video films. Back to live performing in 1998, he created solo concerts and solo multimedia concerts, playing live in synch with videos that he shoots and edits. His last project "Einstein's Cosmic Messengers" has been produced by LIGO, Caltech and NASA.
The Library of the University of Bologna at DAMS, just recently dedicated to the composer theFondo Andrea Centazzo where all his works are collected and made available to students and scholars.

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Gabby Fluke Mogul: 
Gabby fluke-mogul is a performing, teaching, composing, &
collaborating-improviser based out of the bay area. They have
existed as a body//violin-body in south florida, western
massachusettes, & the wider new england area. Through
improvising//composing, gfm hopes to create space for individual
& collective deep listening, laughter, intimacy, negotiation of
identity & narrative, love, & healing. They are interested in the
sensual nature of sound—how desire & eroticism are embodied &
translated within the political & poetic context(s) of improvisation.
Gabby believes in the power of improvised music, children, birds,
mice, & kindness.

 

 

 

Meridian Music: Jeffrey Alexander & Bill Baird
Nov
9
7:30 pm19:30

Meridian Music: Jeffrey Alexander & Bill Baird

Jeffrey Alexander
After following the Grateful Dead as a taper for many years in the 80s, Jeffrey settled into a Baltimore warehouse and started making music. There, he helped launch the acid-folk revival of the 90s with The Iditarod (1996-2003), as chronicled in the book Seasons They Change, The Story of Acid and Psychedelic Folk (Genuine Jawbone Books). His next group, Black Forest/Black Sea (2003-2010) - based in Providence RI - pushed the boundaries of experimental folk, touring heavily. Jeffrey also founded the heavy, free-rock group Dire Wolves (2009-present) and has also toured as a member of Avarus, Fursaxa, Es, as well as multiple collaborations with Tom Rapp/Pearls Before Swine, Manbeard, Kemialliset Ystavat, and Christina Carter. As former label owner of Magic Eye Singles and Secret Eye Records, he published 70+ titles and has curated several international music festivals such as Terrastock. Next stop - the backwaters of western Pennsylvania where he opened an espresso bar cafe, renovated crust-belt houses and drove a produce truck for a lovely gang of scrappy Amish farmers. Jeffrey is currently living in San Francisco where he plays in Jackie-O Motherfucker and hosts a weekly free-form radio show.

Bill Baird is an American experimental musician. Formerly a member of Sound Team, Baird began performing solo in 2006, first as {{{Sunset}}} and later under his own name. He appeared in the 2010 documentary Echotone, a chronicle of the Austin, Texas music scene, where he offered a negative assessment of his time signed to a major record label. He is currently studying experimental music at Mills College in Oakland, CA.


Meridian Music: Adria Otte, Kristina Dutton, Kanoko Nishi, Nava Dunkelman, & Trois Chapeaux
Aug
31
7:30 pm19:30

Meridian Music: Adria Otte, Kristina Dutton, Kanoko Nishi, Nava Dunkelman, & Trois Chapeaux

Kristina Dutton, violin
Kanoko Nishi-Smith, koto
Nava Dunkelman, percussion
Adria Otte, electronics

Kristina Dutton is violinist/composer working in areas of: improvisation, new music, bioacoustics, soundscapes, extended techniques, interdisciplinary collaboration, quiet.

Kanoko Nishi-Smith is a performer currently based in SF/Bay Area. Though classically trained on piano, receiving a BA in Classical Music Performance from Mills College, her recent interest has primarily been in performing 20th century and contemporary musical compositions for piano as well as for koto (Japanese 13-string zither), and free-improvisation in various different contexts, with musicians, as well as dancers, poets, and visual artists.

Nava Dunkelman is a Bay Area based percussionist and improviser. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in a multi-cultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother, her musical interests span the globe from Japanese taiko to Indonesian gamelan to American marching band, and from classical to contemporary to the avant-garde. Nava studied percussion under Eugene Novotney at Humboldt State University before attending Mills College, where she studied with William Winant, Fred Frith, Maggi Payne, Zeena Parkins, and David Bernstein. Since graduating with a degree in music performance in 2013, she has performed and collaborated with William Winant, Fred Frith, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, George Lewis and many others. She has performed classical and contemporary pieces with the William Winant Percussion Group, inkBoat, The Luna Ensemble, San Francisco Girls Chorus, among others. She also formed the improvisational trio Dapplegray, as well as electro-percussion experimental noise duo IMA, and improvisational duo DunkelpeK. Nava enjoys discovering her own musical language by exploring experimental approaches to communication, progression and space.

Adria Otte is a multi-instrumentalist whose primary focus has been on violin and guitar. She has performed in ensembles ranging from string quartets to rock bands to free improvisation groups and currently frequently collaborates with Dohee Lee and Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater, focusing on sound design and electronics.

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Trois Chapeau:
Tania Chen, toys & electronics
Kevin Corcoran, percussion
Jaroba, saxophone & invented instruments

 

Meridian Interns Summer Program!
Jun
13
Jul 31

Meridian Interns Summer Program!

Our Meridian Interns Program (MIP) is starting back up on June 13th! We'll have approximately 15 interns with us Monday - Friday from 1-5pm! The interns will be learning a variety of skills such as drawing, writing, painting, photography with direction from our artist instructors: David Tim, Tom Colcord, and Hailey Scheffler. Along with this, a lot of time will also be spent working between a mural cleaning/painting/third panel addition and habitat restoration in the Presidio. Stay updated on our facebook page and keep an eye out for more updates/photos! 

Mural Restoration: Urban Nature!
May
23
Jul 31

Mural Restoration: Urban Nature!

It's time to restore one of Meridian's murals!

The mural “Urban Nature” was created and installed in the summer of the year 2000 in Halliday Plaza, at Powell and Market, near the cable car turnaround. Its exact location is opposite the San Francisco Visitors Information Center and over the years 4.5 million people have seen the mural!

Urban Nature was commissioned by San Francisco Tourist Convention and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.  Its purpose was to greet visitors to the city colorfully.  The people who worked at the Information Center had an added pleasure— it covered what was once a very dark, gray wall.

The work consists of 2’ x 4’ x 8’ plywood panels, creating a 16’ long by 8’ high mural. It was named by the interns – “Urban Nature” - and depicts the neighborhoods and people of San Francisco. Included are the two icons of the city: the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. Also prominent in the presentation is a giraffe feeding off of a tree, representing San Francisco Zoo, which the interns visited just before they painted the mural.

Over the years the mural has been cleaned of graffiti and parts have been repainted. Some of the wood structure has been damaged.  We propose, asking the present group of interns circa 2016, to refurbish and repaint the mural, repair the damaged wood and add another panel devoted to the natural habitat of the city. The third panel will include paintings of butterflies that are natural to the city.  The present “lighted” Bay Bridge will be included, and some of the “dress” of the figures will be “contemporized.”

We love that this mural has had such a strong appearance in the community and hope that the restoration will further increase its impact. As this is still a large project, donations are always helpful and appreciated. If you're able, please go to our donation page. We'll be sending out updates along with posting on our facebook page. Make sure to check back!  

Meridian Music: Kanoko Nishi-Smith & Pedro Lopes
May
7
7:30 pm19:30

Meridian Music: Kanoko Nishi-Smith & Pedro Lopes

  • Canessa Gallery

For the May installment of the Meridian Composers in Performance series we are excited to present Kanoko Nishi-Smith and Pedro Lopes!  

Date: Saturday May 7, 2016
Time: 7:30pm - 10pm
Location: Canessa Gallery
                708 Montgomery St
Admission: $5 - $10 sliding scale

https://www.facebook.com/events/1750376621914590/
 

Kanoko Nishi-Smith is a performer currently based in SF/Bay Area. Though classically trained on piano, receiving a BA in Classical Music Performance from Mills College, her recent interest has primarily been in performing 20th century and contemporary musical compositions for piano as well as for koto (Japanese 13-string zither), and free-improvisation in various different contexts, with musicians, as well as dancers, poets, and visual artists. 
https://www.bayimproviser.com/artist/376/kanoko-nishi-smith

Pedro Lopes is a turntablist, computer scientist & hardware t(h)inker based out of Berlin. Lopes plays turntables like they are full-fledged instruments, which means they can be bowed, percussed, scratched, subversed & hacked. He makes his own needles and records using circuit-bending and acrylic cutting. Lopes engages in collaboration with visual artists, performance & improvisors. He has played in venues such as Transmediale, Serralves Foundation, Casa da Música, OutFest, Rescaldo, Metasonic & Future Places and collaborated with many artists: Carlos Zíngaro, André Gonçalves, Gabriel Ferrandini, Pedro Sousa, Miguel Sá, Hernâni Faustino, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Per Gärdin, Carlos Santos, Manuela São Simão and in ensembles conducted by William Winnant (Zorn’s Cobra), Reinhold Friedl & Ernesto Rodrigues.
http://plopesmusic.org/

Entrance Fee: $5 - 10 sliding scale

Apr
23
7:30 pm19:30

Meridian Music: Jack Hertz & Bill Thibault

  • Canessa Gallery

Jack Hertz: Inspired by the mystery of life. Hertz manipulate sound to create intangible techno-organic impressions between music and noise.
http://jackhertz.com/

Bill Thibault: Thibault received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of New Orleans in 1981, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Information and Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1985 and 1987. (Thesis title: "Application of Binary Space Partitioning Trees to Geometric Modeling and Ray-Tracing") As a Ph.D. candidate he worked at Bell Labs (now Lucent Technologies) in Murray Hill, NJ. Upon graduation, he joined the faculty of the Department of Math and Computer Science at California State University, East Bay. In 2015 he was promoted to Professor Emeritus after retiring from teaching. He now consults with industry and performs live improvised graphics. 
http://www.mcs.csueastbay.edu/~tebo/

Entrance Fee: $10

Meridian Music: Bob Ostertag & Bising Documentary
Apr
13
7:30 pm19:30

Meridian Music: Bob Ostertag & Bising Documentary

  • Canessa Gallery

We are excited to present Bob Ostertag in his first Bay Area performance since returning from a year-long tour across the globe. Also will be the San Francisco debut of Adyhtia Utama & Riar Rizaldi's documentary BISING covering the Indonesian noise and experimental music scene.

Bob Ostertag:
Composer, performer, historian, instrument builder, journalist, activist, kayak instructor, Bob Ostertag's work cannot easily be summarized or pigeon-holed. He has published 21 CDs of music, two movies, two DVDs, and three books. His writings on contemporary politics have been published on every continent and in many languages. Electronic instruments of his own design are at the cutting edge of both music and video performance technology. He has performed at music, film, and multi-media festivals around the globe. His radically diverse collaborators include the Kronos Quartet, avant garder John Zorn, heavy metal star Mike Patton, jazz great Anthony Braxton, dyke punk rocker Lynn Breedlove, drag diva Justin Bond, Quebecois film maker Pierre Hébert, and others. He is rumored to have connections to the shadowy media guerrilla group The Yes Men. In March 2006 Ostertag made all of his recordings to which he owns the rights available as free digital downloads under a Creative Commons license. He is currently Professor of Technocultural Studies and Music at the University of California at Davis. 
http://bobostertag.com/

BISING:
Indonesian noise, the largest scene of extreme and independent music scene is the biggest in South-East Asia. This documentary gives an extensive overview with numerous bands, artists and speakers, all from Jakarta, Bandung, Bekasi, Yogyakarta, and Tokyo, who freely talk about their own definitions and approaches to noise music. 
https://www.facebook.com/noiseindonesia/
http://noisey.vice.com/blog/indonesias-insane-noise-scene

Entrance Fee: $10  

Meridian Music Presents: Tim Kaiser & Thomas Carnacki
Oct
7
7:30 pm19:30

Meridian Music Presents: Tim Kaiser & Thomas Carnacki

  • Canessa Gallery

For our October installment of the Meridian Composers In Performance series we present Duluth, MN instrument inventor Tim Kaiser and Berkeley's Thomas Carnacki.

Tim Kaiser:
“Minnesota’s raison d’être for musical exploration and all-around tinkering with instruments, Tim Kaiser commands his creations with simple sweeps of his hands, willing sounds into existence. He has scored films, been featured on PBS as well as in magazines, and has toured extensively. How he gets by airport security with his devices is anyone’s guess, but his hand-built instruments are as alluring as the sounds they make. Kaiser has been a founding contributor and champion of the Weirdo Industrial Complex for more than 30 years.”

Tim Kaiser has been producing experimental art at various venues for the past 30 years. His video, installation and performance art projects have been presented in Germany, Brazil, Sweden, Hong Kong, Cuba, Canada, Philladelphia, New York and Chicago.Tim has toured his live musical performances throughout the US including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Detroit, Tulsa, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Providence, Columbus, Asheville, Portland, St.Louis, Nashville, Louisville, Orlando, etc….
He has received grants and awards from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, the Duluth Art Institute, the Tweed Museum of Art, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thomas Carnacki:
Thomas Carnacki is a purloined moniker attached to the recording and performing activities of Berkeley-based Gregory Scharpen, who in turn emerges from the twin factory-farms of theatrical sound design and several tours of duty with the oblique-concrete outfit irr. app. (ext.). Thomas Carnacki has performed on both coasts of the continent, and has convinced a sizable number of luminaries to shed their dignity and participate in the proceedings. The core performing outfit generally includes Jesse Burson, James Kaiser, and Gregory Hagan. Carnacki performances have taken place in festivals such as Project Soundwave and the 2008 Whitney Biennial, and as part of such organisms as the Illuminated Corridor and Neighborhood Public Radio.

An Evening with MIKMOI
Sep
2
6:00 pm18:00

An Evening with MIKMOI

  • SOMArts Cultural Center

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
6:00-7:00 PM
$15 suggested donation 
SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco CA

Local award-winning perfumer Michael “Mik” Coyle brings the worldly and romantic sensibility of his artisanal fragrance line, MIKMOI, to Ideasthesia with five unique personal scent accords inspired by Owen Brown’s distinctive imagery. Discover the art of perfumery as Mik shares his inspiration and creative process as Brown’s collaborator.

All five MIKMOI perfumes featured in Ideasthesia will be available for purchase. 50% of proceeds support Meridian Gallery.

Opening Reception: Ideasthesia
Aug
27
5:00 pm17:00

Opening Reception: Ideasthesia

  • SOMArts Cultural Center

Join us on Thursday, August 27th for the opening reception of Ideasthesia: A Multisensory Installation by Owen Brown. In this pop-up exhibition, Brown explores the complexity of perception with a series of sensory stations comprising interactive visual projections, scents and sounds. 

Conceived as a fundraising exhibition, Ideasthesia is a celebration of tenacity and new beginnings, as 100% of the proceeds of this exhibition will support Meridian Gallery and all of its programs. 

Click here to RSVP.

MIP Spring Show Opening Reception
Jun
5
5:00 pm17:00

MIP Spring Show Opening Reception

  • Thoreau Center for Sustainability

Every spring, the Meridian Interns Program hosts an exhibition of youth artwork, giving our interns the opportunity to share their accomplishments with friends, family, and the general public. This year, MIP interns will display a collection of works on paper at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in the Presidio.

Join us at the opening reception to celebrate the hard work and achievements of our talented young interns.

Click here to RSVP.

Opening Reception: Tim Whiten
May
17
2:00 pm14:00

Opening Reception: Tim Whiten

  • Inn at the Presidio

In celebration of the the second edition of its new online exhibition series, MERIDIAN STUDIO VISITS, Meridian Gallery is hosting an opening reception at the Inn at the Presidio. Join us for light refreshments and a special screening of the exhibition's featured film.

Click here to RSVP

Meridian Music Presents: Benjamin Tinker
May
13
7:30 pm19:30

Meridian Music Presents: Benjamin Tinker

  • Canessa Gallery

Meridian Music: Composers in Performance will conclude its 2014-2015 season with a special interdisciplinary performance led by electronic musician Benjamin Tinker. Tinker will perform his original three-part composition, Paperwork/Condensed Cuke/Green-Eyed Monster, with cellist Crystal Pascucci and dancer Kim Ip in a sequence of multi-tracked solo performances. In addition to this collaboration, Tinker will perform his composition Sugar Town, an immersive sound collage sourced from in and around the town of Crockett, CA that meditates on the relations between sonic travel and geographic space. 

Click here to purchase tickets.

Meridian Music Presents: Jessica Pavone and Owen Stewart-Robinson
Apr
7
7:30 pm19:30

Meridian Music Presents: Jessica Pavone and Owen Stewart-Robinson

  • Canessa Gallery

For the April performance of Meridian Music’s monthly concert series,  Jessica Pavone will perform recent works for solo viola from her solo album, Knuckle Under, which was released as an LP via the Taiga record label in November 2014. Pavone’s recent works for solo viola stem from years of concentrated long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, and sympathetic vibration. She combines her long tone rituals with delay, understated melodies and sparse lyrical content while continuously experimenting with new forms.

Tickets available here and at the door.

 

Meridian Music Presents: Coppice, Ruhlmann/Clément, Bad Jazz
Mar
19
7:30 pm19:30

Meridian Music Presents: Coppice, Ruhlmann/Clément, Bad Jazz

  • Canessa Gallery

Meridian Gallery’s next concert will feature the Chicago-based duo Coppice on Thursday, March 19th. Members Noé Cuéllar and Joseph Kramer will perform their original composition, Compound Form, for pump organ, two tape processes, transmitters, and acoustic filters, in collaboration with Vancouver-based sound artists Mathieu Ruhlmann and Joda Clément as well as the sound art trio Bad Jazz for a special collaboration.

Tickets available here and at the door.

Meridian Music Presents: Andy Strain
Feb
25
7:30 pm19:30

Meridian Music Presents: Andy Strain

  • Canessa Gallery

Andy Strain returns to Meridian Music with a special tribute concert in memory of the celebrated trombonist Toyoji Tomita.

After studying trombone at Juilliard, Toyoji lived and busked in Paris while travelling Europe to work with such musical greats as John Cage. 

Toyoji met Andy at Mills College in 2006 and the two soon began working and performing together. 

Andy will remember his friend and mentor with a solo performance that will include a storytelling of "The Bremen Town Musicians" by the Brothers Grimm.

 

Celebratory Reception: Sylvia Sussman
Feb
15
2:00 pm14:00

Celebratory Reception: Sylvia Sussman

  • Inn at the Presidio

As Meridian Gallery's first online exhibition comes to an end, we invite you to celebrate the successful launch of our new visual arts program, MERIDIAN STUDIO VISITS.

Featuring the works of Sylvia Sussman, this virtual exhibit displays not only the artist’s paintings but also two videos filmed within Sussman's Berkeley studio that allow viewers to understand the thought process behind the exhibit’s pieces and creates a sense of intimacy between the artist and audience. 

This special reception will honor the hard work of the curator, artist, and videographers who made the debut of MERIDIAN STUDIO VISITS possible. Refreshments will be offered as well as a private screening of the featured videos.

Click here to RSVP.
Refreshments will be provided by Cafe RX and Wine Sisterhood.

Meridian Music Presents: Surface Tensions (by Gretchen Jude, Peiling Kao and Kevin Corcoran)
Feb
11
7:30 pm19:30

Meridian Music Presents: Surface Tensions (by Gretchen Jude, Peiling Kao and Kevin Corcoran)

  • Canessa Gallery

Starting by sending a diptych of visual score postcards by mail to musician Kevin Corcocan and dancer Peiling Kao and ending in a trio performance, composer Gretchen Jude will explore in new ways the lines between improvisation and composition, dance and music.

Click here to learn more about this event.
Tickets available here and at the door.

Meridian Music Presents: Alexandra Hay
Jan
14
7:30 pm19:30

Meridian Music Presents: Alexandra Hay

Join us on January 14 at Canessa Gallery to experience new intermedia work by Alexandra Hay, who will perform three new pieces for projector and live electronics. 

Hay is an Oakland-based composer and intermedia artist. Her work often examines creative process, and the intricate textures that emerge between words, objects and bodies. Born in New Zealand, she studied music composition at the New Zealand School of Music, and musicology at the Freie Universität in Berlin, and is currently a Fulbright fellow and doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Stanford University. 

Tickets available here and at the door.

Meridian Interns Program's 19th Annual Holiday Coffehouse
Dec
19
4:00 pm16:00

Meridian Interns Program's 19th Annual Holiday Coffehouse

  • Shelton Theater

The Meridian Interns Program's Annual Holiday Coffeehouse celebrates the achievements of our talented young interns and offers them the opportunity to share their artworks with family and friends as well as the general public. 

This year’s exhibition showcases original watercolors, drawings, clay sculptures, and etchings by Julius Allen, Kevin He, Shamara Hudson, Jabari Ollie, Gabriela Narcisco, Jennifer Renteria, and Iuliia Shchegelska. 

All are welcome to enjoy this special event and celebration of the holiday season. Light refreshments will be provided.

Meridian Music Presents: The Book of J with Jewlia Eisenberg and Jeremiah Lockwood
Dec
17
7:30 pm19:30

Meridian Music Presents: The Book of J with Jewlia Eisenberg and Jeremiah Lockwood

  • Canessa Gallery

Fervor, faith and action! Book of J is where old-time religion meets radical politics: songs that started life in Black and White religious communities and were later adopted by organizers for racial, economic and social justice. In the tradition of the Hebrew prophets, the songs ask for devotion and righteousness and offer power beyond what one still small voice can effect.  Expect angels and demons, workers and bosses, hard times resolved and destiny fulfilled.  Also singing along is good. For this show we will also do some Khanukah songs.  Book of J is Jewlia Eisenberg (Charming Hostess) and Jeremiah Lockwood (Sway Machinery). 

Jewlia Eisenberg works at the intersection of voice, text and diaspora consciousness, often with her ensemble Charming Hostess. She has released four CDs on Tzadik’s Radical Jewish Culture series including Sarajevo Blues, which sets Bosnian resistance poetry, and Trilectic, a look at the political-erotic world of Walter Benjamin. Hear Jewlia here.

As a young man, Jeremiah Lockwood apprenticed with blues legend Carolina Slim and simultaneously studied and performed with his grandfather, Cantor Jacob Konigsberg. His band, The Sway Machinery, has performed around the world, perhaps most notably at the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali. Hear Jeremiah here.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Sylvia Sussman: From Chabot Park
Dec
15
Jan 16

Sylvia Sussman: From Chabot Park

Meridian Gallery launches it new visual arts program, MERIDIAN STUDIO VISITS, with Sylvia Sussman: From Chabot Park. This online exhibition will feature a video of curator Theres Rohan in conversation with the artist within her studio in Berkeley and provides viewers a rare glimpse into the often-hidden space of artistic creativity and creation.

Neither Confirmed Nor Denied - Pre-Opera Workshop
Aug
15
5:00 pm17:00

Neither Confirmed Nor Denied - Pre-Opera Workshop

Neither Confirmed Nor Denied is a one-act opera inspired by the mysterious "number stations" that have broadcast strings of numbers and words on shortwave radios throughout the world since the late '40s. It is widely believed that these stations provide coded messages between government intelligence services and their spies in the field. The opera’s musical score models the individual characteristics of these stations. Each performer is given a set of instructions by composer Gino Robair and interprets the instructions musically or through movement to become a unique station, decoding encrypted data that serves as each character's story.

Robair will lead a pre-opera workshop in which all of the performers who are participating in Neither Confirmed Nor Denied collaborate to interpret their coded instructions and develop the final opera. This workshop is open to the viewing public. Join us on Friday, August 15 to catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Robair’s creative process.

16 Years of Meridian Music (June Benefit Series)
Jun
26
7:00 pm19:00

16 Years of Meridian Music (June Benefit Series)

Admission: $35, purchase tickets here.

Performers: Bob Marsh, Andrea Williams, Bryan Day, Phillip Greenlief & Jon Raskin’s 1+1, David Samas, Tom Bickley (pictured), and The Cornelius Cardew Choir.

 

Founded in 1998 by Anne Trueblood Brodzky, Anthony Williams and Philip Gelb, Meridian Music: Composers in Performance presents a wide range of rare new-music from the vital Bay Area scene and beyond with monthly concerts featuring both established and emerging composer/performers you are not likely to see elsewhere. 16 Years of Meridian Music celebrates the history and creative spirit of Meridian Music, featuring several of its curators, past and present. Continuing the previous week’s theme of bridging the gap between art and technology, several of the participating musicians specialize in computer music and improvisation, sound art and invented instruments. This dynamic concert will take place on all three floors of the historic Perine Mansion and will therefore highlight the wonderful Victorian architecture of Meridian’s longtime home.

Benefit Dinner & Concert featuring Kitty Margolis
Jun
25
6:00 pm18:00

Benefit Dinner & Concert featuring Kitty Margolis

Dinner at 6:00 PM, Concert at 8:00 PM
Tickets*: $60 General Admission (Concert Only) 
              $150 VIP (Dinner & Concert)
Purchase tickets here.

              *Tickets to this event are Tax Deductible

Kitty Margolis is widely recognized as one of the most innovative and inspired singers in jazz today. Her imaginative improvisations, dynamism, and inventive scat have redefined the art of jazz vocals. Jazz Times has praised her "visionary approach to melody and rhythm," and noted New York writer Stanley Crouch observes, "Kitty Margolis is an original who has made the heritage of all the great jazz singers her own. Beyond her virtuoso technique, she has an epic feeling, a willful breadth of emotion that is artfully focused on the details of life. She is not afraid to be as intimate as a diary or as athletic as necessary in order to stand up to the power of her band. Like all true artists, Kitty Margolis adds something good to the world that it did not possess before she came along. She is, as they say, "the real thing.”