Sunday, November 24, 2019

readybox: Live Music by Philip Greenlief & Thomas Dimuzio

Pairing the extended techniques, multi phonics, and circular breathing of saxophone virtuoso Philip Greenlief with live sampling and processing pioneer, Thomas Dimuzio, readybox transforms the power of reeds and real-time musique concrete into soaring new realms. Two masters of their instruments forming an elemental core where air meets electronics. 

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Koret Auditorium, Main Library


Promulgator of live sampling and real-time sound manipulation, San Francisco-based Thomas Dimuzio transforms the techniques of the recording studio into a real-time digital musique concrete machine. Augmented by his flair for improvisation and an ardent musical approach, Dimuzio's sonic transformations recontextualize live sound sources from ambient microphones, shortwave radio, field recordings, MIDI-controlled-feedback, self-oscillating circuits, to live sampling of musicians, DJs and even entire bands. A veteran of live concerts, Dimuzio has performed solo in the USA, Canada, and Europe and with collaborators including Joseph Hammer, Chris Cutler, Fred Frith, Illusion Of Safety, Nick Didkovsky, Matmos, Negativland, Wobbly, Due Process, David Lee Myers, Elliott Sharp, Voice of Eye, Alan Courtis, and many others. “His work has a narrative, filmic tug that will draw you into its dark corners, ears alert… brilliant and rarely less than entertaining.” —Peter Marsh, BBC

Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, Evander Music founder and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed and recorded with Fred Frith, Meredith Monk and They Might Be Giants; albums include THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with Joelle Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin, Phillip Greenlief). Recent residencies have included Headlands Center for the Arts and from 2012 to 2014 he was the curator at Berkeley Arts, a home for progressive music. He is the recipient of a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award. "The Bay Area's do-it-yourself ethos has produced a bevy of dazzlingly creative musicians, but few have put the philosophy to work as effectively as Phillip Greenlief." – Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Aurora Mandolin Orchestra

The San Francisco Public Library is pleased to host the Aurora Mandolin Orchestra for their 12th consecutive performance in the Koret Auditorium on November 10, 2019 at 2pm.

The original Orchestra played in the 1930s. Gino Pellegrini was a member then and restarted the group, as its Director in the 1970s. After his passing in 2006, Gino's wife, Jo took on the role.
The Orchestra  consists of more than 30 members with professional and amateur musicians playing mandolin, mandola, mandocello, guitar, string bass, accordion, flute and percussion, who travel from various parts of the Greater Bay Area for a weekly rehearsal. Their repertoire includes creative arrangements of folk music, semi-classical Italian, Spanish, Russian songs, popular "oldies", contemporary pieces (some taken from familiar musicals), excerpts from operas, and classical orchestra compositions written specifically for mandolin.

In addition, Belle Sorella, the soprano duo, Susie and Nova Jimenez will also perform.