Rooz Café, 1918 Park Blvd., Oakland, 7pm, 27 Aug 2011
For the Rooz Café performance, we’ll play a set of instruments including guzheng, bulbul tarang, dumbek, mridangam, log drum, circuit-bent keyboard, hulusi and clarinet; the flavor will be world music from another world and “distressed ragas” (esp. Raga “Meta-Asavāri”)
Todd Lerew is a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist based in San Francisco. He is the inventor of the Quartz Cantabile, a new musical instrument which applies a phenomenon of thermoacoustics to convert heat into sound. Both in his compositions and improvisations, he employs a wide spectrum of instruments, Western and non, to explore fluid, non-fixed rhythms and temperaments, often drawing on human error. He is the founder and curator of Telephone Music (telephonemusic.wordpress.com), a collaborative music and memory project inspired by the children’s game Telephone. Lithic Fragments, a solo tape for ebow-ed gu zheng, is out this month on Brunch Groupe.