Active Music Series
James Fei + John Bischoff | Thursday, April 22, 8:00 p.m.     

Featuring James Fei + John Bischoff, Pykrete, and Alex Vittum


Thursday, April 22, 2010
8:00 p.m.

$10 or FREE with Lab membership

James FeiJames Fei moved to the US in 1992 to pursue a degree in electrical engineering. He has since been active as a composer and performer on saxophones and live electronics. Works by Fei have been performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, MATA Micro Orchestra and Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest. Recordings can be found on Leo Records, Improvised Music from Japan, CRI, Krabbesholm and Organized Sound. Compositions for Fei's own ensemble of four alto saxophones focus on physical processes of saliva, fatigue, reeds crippled by cuts and the threshold of audible sound production, while his sound installations and performance on live electronics often focus on electronic and acoustic feedback. Fei teaches sound art and electronic arts at Mills College.

John BischoffJohn Bischoff has been active in the experimental music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years as a composer, performer, and teacher. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis and the pioneering development of computer network music. He was a founding member of The League of Automatic Music Composers in 1978, considered to be the world's first computer network band, with Jim Horton and Rich Gold. He was also a founding member of The Hub, a computer network band that further developed network music in new directions starting in 1987. . His performances around the US include NEW MUSIC AMERICA festivals in 1981 (SF) and 1989 (NYC), Lampo (Chicago), and the Beyond Music Festival (LA). He has performed numerous times in Europe at such venues as the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Akademie der Künst in Berlin, Fylkingen in Stockholm, and T-U-B-E in Munich. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Mills College in Oakland, California. 
Pykrete Pykrete is the solo electronics performance project of Oakland musician and composer Chuck Johnson. Johnson has worked in improvised music, noise, experimental rock, American Primitive guitar, and music for film and dance. In recent years he has developed a versatile analog electronic performance system, created interactive and intermedia work with unusual interfaces, and worked extensively with just intonation tuning systems. Recordings of Johnson’s music have been published by Communion, Amish, Merge, Umbrella, Phaserprone, Squealer and Threelobed. As Pykrete, Johnson improvises within the limits of simple analog circuitry, with an ear towards finding faults and instabilities that might reveal latent beauty.
Alex VittumAlex Vittum is a percussionist and composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He combines the disciplines of percussion, instrument building and electronic music. He is a member of the acoustic trio Powerdove and percussion duo Tide Tables as well as playing new solo works. Alex has performed and recorded with a diverse group of musicians, composers and choreographers including Kitty Brazleton, Daniel Carter, Gina Gibney Dance and Loop 2.4.3. He holds a BA from Bennington College and an MFA from Mills College and has studied percussion with Milford Graves and William Winant. He is an accomplished recording engineer/producer and an educator in both music and wood working. Alex is an associate instrument builder and designer with the Paul Dresher Ensemble and a technician for synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla.