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Wednesday, September 1, 8:30 p.m.

Matt Shoemaker

Wednesday, September 1, 8:30 p.m.
Matt Shoemaker
Jesse Burson

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Beginning in 2007 Lisa McGee and Evan Caminiti began collaborating under the moniker Higuma, experimenting with improvised home recordings capturing a drifting cosmic narrative. After years of recording experiments and several live performances, the duo’s sound has evolved to a spacious, fog-shrouded mind-gaze. Sourcing their sounds primarily from guitars and vocals, the duo spins repetitive song structures, emphasizing texture and harmonic detail. With previous releases on Root Strata and Digitalis, the duo’s third album and most fully realized statement, Pacific Fog Dreams is due out this Fall on Root Strata.


Matt Shoemaker focuses upon the treatment of sonic phenomena. Sourced from both natural and electronic means, Shoemaker manipulates sound in an affected and often grotesque manner, so as to convey compositions that uniquely imagine a space encrypted to the point of vanishing definition. The narrative tradition haunts Shoemaker's work, but only the sort found in patterns and systems free from willful intention... much like an apple compelled by necessity to rot to its core. His essential technique is one of obsessive artifice. It is the clarity of nuance and attention to detail that contrasts and balances any intended obscurities. It is from humility, a strategy for authenticity, and a personal view of an ideal aesthetics that Shoemaker proclaims: "Obviousness is my art's antithesis." Shoemaker is a self-taught artist, employing microphones, digital and analog recorders, computers, acoustic instruments, and assorted signal processors. His work has been published in countries as diverse as Portugal, Germany, England, USA and Malaysia. He has also received commissions for radio works across the globe and presented his work at universities, dance halls, rock clubs, and art galleries.

Byron Westbrook is an artist working with the dynamic quality of physical space using multi-channel sound and images. His audio/video performances under the name Corridors  involve the distribution of processed instrumental and environmental recordings through a multi-channel environment with a focus on energy distilled from sound and light. He has presented at venues such as Tonic, Roulette, The Stone, Diapason Gallery, Issue Project Room, Experimental Intermedia, Exit Art Gallery, (NYC), Les Voûtes (FR), Wien Konzerthaus (Austria), NonEvent (Boston), Sonic Circuits Festival (DC), Institute of Intermedia (CZ). He has shared performance bills with Tony Conrad, Phill Niblock, Jandek, Sawako, Heribert Friedl, Stefan Tcherepnin, Maria Chavez, Alessandro Bosetti, Jason Kahn, Jon Mueller, Tetuzi Akiyama, among many others. Westbrook has also collaborated with Paris-based composer and former Kitchen curator Rhys Chatham in the drone metal group Essentialist (Table of the Elements), as well as performed in the ensembles of Phill Niblock, Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca, Duane Pitre, David Watson and Jonathan Kane. He has worked as technical coordinator of Phill Niblock's Experimental Intermedia Foundation since 2004. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artists Commission through Roulette Intermedium. In 2008 he was an artist in residence at Hotel Pupik at Sclhoss Schrattenberg.  The debut, eponymous Corridors CD will be released in Fall 2010 on Sedimental Records.  He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Jesse Burson is a sound artist and illustrator intent on coaxing large environments out of minute details while blurring the lines between natural and man-made elements. He has collaborated with a number of Bay Area musicians over the years including Big City Orchestra, fellow festival performer Cheryl Leonard, Thomas Carnacki, and the inn. aff. (orchext.) big band.

Founded in 1993, 23five Incorporated is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and increased awareness of sound works in the public arena, and to the support and education of artists working with and discussing the medium of sound. For the past 15 years, 23five Incorporated has remained at the forefront in bringing the most adventurous elements of sound art to the San Francisco Bay area. 23five has served as an important benefactor to artists such as CM von Hausswolff, Christina Kubisch, Francisco Lopez, Olivia Block, Matt  Jeckert, Zbigniew Karkowski, Atau Tanaka, and many more.