The upcoming Fresh Sound Fall Series features musicians from New York City who I heard while I was visiting.

Each one struck a deep chord, and I knew immediately I wanted to present them in San Diego.  

I first encountered new-music double-bass virtuoso Florent Ghys playing with a great trio in a small Brooklyn church.  I've been dazzled on multiple occasions by Vicky Chow's performances with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and I'm delighted to bring her for a special performance at Dizzy's.  And Vasko Dukovski’s bass clarinet magic literally grabbed me by the throat when I caught him in an outdoor concert on Cornelia Street.  

As always, my goal with Fresh Sound is to bring music to San Diego that would otherwise go unheard and to provide a platform for creative musicians to share important and original ideas.


Monday, September 28th, 2015 · 7:30PM · Bread & Salt  1955 Julian Ave  92113
Florent Ghys, bass, electronics, video

Originally from Bordeaux, France

New music, post-minimalist composer and double -bassist Florent Ghys plays a set of intimate pop-laced tunes from his new record Télévision — an epic foray into classical forms, musique concrète, samples and sci-fi.


Thursday, October 29th, 2015 · 7:30PM at Dizzy's 4275 Mission Bay Dr.  92109
Vicky Chow, Piano

Originally from Vancouver, Canada

Perhaps best known as the pianist for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Vicky Chow is a virtuoso with international acclaim.  Her Fresh Sound at Dizzy’s performance will include Steve Reich’s “Piano Counterpoint” and Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” arranged for solo piano.


Saturday, November 21st, 2015 · 7:30PM at Bread & Salt  1955 Julian Ave  92113
Vasko Dukovski, Clarinets

Originally from Ohrid, Macedonia

Woodwind master Vasko Dukovski will perform on the Bb and Bass clarinets in a program of composed and improvised music, “Space and Time: Sound in Space,” which functions as a collage of pieces, emblematic of the environment and the everyday challenges of the 21st century.


Thursday, December 17th, 2015 · 6:00PM at San Diego Art Institute  1439 El Pardo  92113
Mary Oliver, Violin, Viola and Hardanger Fiddle

Mary Oliver performs and connects works by Misha Mengelberg, György Ligeti, Knut Heddi, Herbie Nichols and herself via the winding and exploratory path of improvisation.