Saturday, September 15, 2018 · 7:30PM
Bread & Salt
1955 Julian Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113
Tickets at the door: $20/$10 for students
For twenty years, KONK PACK has amazed audiences at festivals and concerts all over the world with the sheer energy of its rapid-fire interplay, earning numerous critical accolades. In 2014, İlhan Mimaroğlu said, "Because of, or perhaps, in spite of, their incredible resumés, KONK PACK’s work is still singular among all electro-acoustic improvisation occurring today." This group brings together three major figures in contemporary music.
Increasingly lauded as a contemporary composer, with works featured at international contemporary music festivals, and two sets of pieces for ensemble out on the Mode label, Hodgkinson also has a powerful commitment to intense and highly-energized performance practice. In over forty years’ work he has placed himself in a series of definitive projects, whether as cofounder of the seminal Henry Cow group, as saxophonist with influential avant metal band God, or as bass clarinet soloist in the spectral compositions of Iancu Dumitrescu. His lap steel guitar playing remains completely uncategorizeable, bringing subdued and not so subdued echoes of rock music and other ethnicities.
Schooled both as a concert pianist playing contemporary repertoire and as a recording technician, Thomas Lehn deploys a huge musicality through his unique chosen outlet, the analogue synthesizer. This instrument allows him extremely close and immediate contact with all aspects of sound modification—a vast gamut of living electronic sound produced with unmatched speed and fluency. Thomas Lehn simply represents a coming-of-age of electronic sound production in the domain of concert performance that sets a standard for the entire medium. He is therefore unsurprisingly an essential member of many of the most active and significant projects in this international and dynamic scene.
Over several decades, Roger Turner has brought the renowned volcanic power and finely-honed precision of his drum work to ensembles that have forged substantial connections with musicians both sides of the Atlantic, and more recently from Japan. In addition to pioneering an acoustic percussive language that can run in tandem with approaches to contemporary electronic instruments, he has worked extensively in the microscopic laboratory of the acoustic duo situation where he acquired a highly developed sense of detail and dynamic control. One of that select group of world-class players who have collectively redefined the language of contemporary percussion, in Turner's hands minute inflections of tension can shape the group's musical direction and galvanize a new level of audience experience.