Thursday, April 9th, 2015 · 7:30PM · On Structure

Bread & Salt
1955 Julian Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113
7:30PM - opens in new window
$15.00 and $10.00 students


On Structure is a DIY experimental music and theater collective featuring Jessie Marino and Natacha Diels. The composer-performer duo uses composed sounds to brew transferable art pieces which ravage the traditional roles of the performer, audience and space itself. Their highly virtuosic performances organize simple motions and everyday objects into tightly constructed musical forms, knitting together sonic and visual elements while tipping their hats to the realm of the absurd.

On Structure has toured extensively in the US and in Europe with New York based ensembles Wet Ink, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and R WE WHO R WE. In 2013 they were featured composer/performers at the MATA Festival as well as the weekly music technology forum DorkBot. Their videos have been screened at the What's Next Festival, Belgium as well as on the international tour of On Silence: an Homage to John Cage.



Natacha Diels is a performing and composing musician from New Mexico. She founded the experimental chamber group Ensemble Pamplemousse and has been its executive director since 2002; and is co-founder of the performance duo On Structure.

Natacha's music has been performed by Pamplemousse, On Structure, Yarn/Wire, JACK quartet, SEM ensemble, TAK, The Treble Girls (Anne la Berge and Diamanda Dramm), Ensemble Adapter, and Maria Stankova. It has been presented around the US by the MATA Festival (NYC), Subtropics XXI and Twelve Nights (Miami), AMODA (Austin), the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and the Bar Harbor Music Festival, among others; and in Europe by the Rotation Series for New Music and Sonaar Quartet. Natacha can be heard as a flautist on New World Records (with Christian Wolff) and as flautist and composer on Carrier Records (with Pamplemousse).

Natacha has taught workshops or given lectures in electronic and computer music at Columbia Teacher's College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Montessori School of Raleigh, Upper Catskill Community Center for the Arts, Redux Arts Center, Hartwick College, Southern Wesleyan University, and Northwest Vista Community College. She holds a BM in flute performance from NYU, a MPS from the ITP program at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, and is currently in her fifth year of pursuing a DMA in composition from Columbia University.


Jessie Marino (b.1984) is a composer/performer from New York. Her current work explores the virtuosity of common activities, ritualistic absurdity, and bad technology. Her works rigorously score out sound, physical movements, lighting and staging and place them within highly organized time structures and musical forms.

Jessie is the Co-Founder and Director of the experimental performance collective On Structure and is Co-Artistic Director, Composer, and Cellist for the New York based Ensemble Pamplemousse. Her compositions have been performed by On Structure, Ensemble Pamplemousse (NYC), Ensemble Dal Niente (Chicago), Ensemble Adapter (Berlin), Die Ordnung Der Dinge (Berlin), Zwerm Electric Guitar Quartet (BE), Eunoia Quintett (Basel), and presented in the US by the MATA Festival (NYC), The Experimental Yearbook (Los Angeles), Subtopics Festival, 12 Nights Festival, and the FETA Foundation (Miami), as well as in Europe by The Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao), ABC Theater (Switzerland), and at the What's Next Festival (BE). Jessie's work was recently commissioned by SPOR Festival 2014 (DK) and supported by the Cary New Music Performance Fund, Meet the Composer, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Headlands Foundation for the Arts.

As a performer, Jessie works on developing new modes of musical performance styles with her duo On Structure and plays regularly as a cellist with Ensemble Pamplemousse. She has worked with influential composers such as Alvin Lucier, Pierre Boulez, Beat Furrer, Klaus Lang and Anthony Braxton, and has been a guest performer with prominent contemporary music/theater ensembles such as Wet Ink Ensemble (NYC), Object Collection (NYC), SEM Ensemble (NYC), Forum Zeitgenoessicher Musik (Leipzig), KlangExectuiv (Berlin), and the Ostravska Banda (CZ).

Jessie holds a Bachelors in Cello Performance from Manhattan School of Music, a Masters in Composition and Experimental Music from Wesleyan University and is a DMA candidate in Composition at Stanford University. Her primary teachers include Alvin Lucier, Ron Kuivila, Mark Applebaum, Erik Ulman and Paul DeMarinis. Jessie lives, works, and plays in the Bay Area and New York and can often be found telling a bad joke while mixing a spectacular cocktail.