FOG RAISER – AN AMAZING NIGHT OF DIVERSE FOG MUSICS
An amazing night of diverse live electronic and electro-acoustic music featuring four different performances that have been commissioned to present their own interpretation of Fog Music. This is a special event to raise funds for the San Francisco Fog Music Festival 2015 that will be held at the Second Act January 28-31, 2015!
The Fog Music Festival is presented by Aural Films records as part of the Fog Music Series that is documenting 24 hours of Fog Music by artists from around the world. A new Artist’s Fog Music is released in the series every week for $1 or more to support the Festival and Artists. Please find and download all the Fog Music Series and others albums now available from Aural Films records at http://auralfilms.bandcamp.com/
Over the coming week we will be posting artist profiles to introduce each of the acts that will be showcased at the show.
CAROLYN FOK is an award-winning visual and pioneering female electronic musician since 1981, known for her epic approach to music, and painstaking process she takes to develop material. She also has recently been collaborating, engineering, and Mastering studio works, for her solo projects and groups.
Although her naturalist---surrealist paintings and illustrations have shown in New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong, and her music has been featured in Electronic Musician and Keyboard (to mention a few), she is best known for single-handedly creating her own genre of artwork. A form she calls 'musaics', Carolyn Fok creates as a mastery, moving electronic sound designs, original art, and introspective writings.
Carolyn's sense of music and sound began with recording stories on a tape recorder at age 9. Inspired by an early drum machine built by her father and his multi-track recorder, she developed a self-taught approach to instruments with electronics and by the early 80's, evolved a signature style under the name, CYRNAI, now Carolyn Fok. "I like building a fine line between experimentation and perfection," she says.
“She may be the modern Wendy Carlos, but going much further than Tron and Bach at a single step. ‘But the music!’ Well, technically, it’s of the caliber of Brian Eno, Kitaro and earlier Tangerine Dream …seemingly written for a voice which seldom shows.” —Musesmuse.com Essential Albums : Magic Realism, The Listener, Transfiguration (Cyrnai), Charred Blossoms
The Fog Raiser artist profiles continue with the next artist in our showcase, Matt Dean of San Francisco, California. He will be performing in the Fog Raiser shows as well as the January 2015 Fog Festival. Read on to learn more about Matt and his work below.
Matt Dean has been a musician, composer and sound designer for almost 40 years. He works in a variety of styles and media, including electronic music, film scores, and game audio design for Sony Playstation. A list of works can be found at: https://soundcloud.com/aos-crowley He is formally trained at Longy School of Music and Antioch College, with private studies in guitar, piano, flute, and african drumming.
Currently he collaborates with a variety of musicians, artist and designers under the moniker Aos Crowley, Chromasonic, and his own name amongst others. Current projects include a new album with William Spivey and a netlable.
Jack Hertz & rizorkhestra
The Fog Raiser artist profiles continue with the next artist in our showcase, Jack Hertz of Pacifica, California and rizorkestra of Los Angeles, California. Who will be performing in the Fog Raiser show as a duo. Read on to learn more about Jack Hertz & rizorkestra below.
He has have been playing, composing and recording experimental music for more than 30 years. His first experiments with sound began with analog reel machines, microphones, percussion and a Casio VL-Tone. My first true synthesizer was the Alpha Syntauri digital synthesizer that was was hosted by an Apple IIe PC. The steep learning curve exposed him to a universe of concepts nearly a decade before others. Soon after, Ihe was introduced to Yamaha's DX7 and the vast capabilities of FM synthesis that he has been working with ever since.
Generally, he is searching for a sonic middle ground between the real and the artificial. Utilizing computers, synthesizers, found objects, field recordings and digital effects. Jack designs his own instruments and effects with unique characteristics that create spaces and atmospheres a listener can explore.
Jack finds all aspects of creating sound fascinating. From the early percussion instruments to the present day hardware and software innovations. I am particularly interested in sound synthesis of all kinds, especially Frequency Modulation.
Based in los angeles and currently roaming the california coast and deserts performing music, collecting musical instruments, photographing the pacific ocean and the sun in the sky, and always planning cheap, sensible meals.
Original gypsy-jazz guitarist/six years - with bay area chanteuse lavay smith and the red hot skillet likkers
Guitarist and kazooist - four tours with dan hicks and the xmas jug band
Jazz vibraphone/percussion with bay area jam band "vinyl" - including their live fri/sat night double cd recorded at the great american music hall in san francisco (guests including bernie worrell, rob wasserman and huey lewis)
Guest-co-host 11 years "rduck show" - live improvised electronic music FRSC 101.3FM santa cruz
Studied orchestral composing and conducting under a grant from the claremont colleges in los angeles.
Music score for the feautre-length comedy "sex tax" currently pending release by national lampoon writen/produced by david landsberg (cosby show/love boat)
More than twenty independent releases of solo piano improvisations and american roots music on guitar - 2014 new album "sunnyside session: happy in my life" co-produced with the legendary bruce bromberg (two time grammy winner and 2014 inductee as producer to the blues hall of fame)
The Fog Raiser artist profiles continue with the last artist in our showcase, Viv Corringham & Transbay Multimedia Consort. Who will be closing out the Fog Raiser show with a group performance. Read on to learn more about Viv Corringham below.
NY-based British vocalist, composer and sound artist Viv Corringham plays FogRiaser as part of her Northern California tour, joined by a Transbay consort of Deep Listening practitioners and neogaku kaiju. Program may include various types of improv games based on sonic grammars, deviant sample-melting, refracted field recording, and intermedia-moiré of words, utterance, sound, memory & music.
— Viv Corringham: voice & FX
— Joe Lasqo: laptop, keyboards, objects
— Jennifer Wilsey & Suki O'Kane: percussion
— Wind choir: Nancy Beckman: shakuhachi, Tom Bickley: EWI wind synth & contrabass recorder, Nan Busse: didgeridoo & dance
— Video artist: Bill Thibault
Viv Corringham has worked internationally since the early 80s, creating music performances, audio installations & soundwalks. She's interested in exploring people's special relationship with familiar places and how that links to an interior landscape of personal history, memory and association. Her ongoing project Shadow-walks has been presented in gallery shows from New York to Istanbul to Hong Kong.
"Among other music, we'll be presenting an extended transmutation of the ancient shakuhachi piece Mukaiji (霧海箎, "Fog, Ocean, Flute") which was received by the founder of Myōan-ji (明暗寺) temple, Kyochiku Zenji (虚竹禅師), on a boat in a dream. As our sonic boat drifts through the fog we'll embed other solos and pieces into this matrix."
The show was a great success with some amazing music by an array of artists. We have published recordings of the show and videos that you can find in the links below. Thanks to everyone who supported the Fog Music project that is well off the ground and charging ahead like a gale force.