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Special Performance by John Bischoff and James Fei

John Bischoff and James Fei will be performing a set of live electronic music tailored to the gallery at Kala, with speakers distributed around the gallery. While using distinct instruments in digital software and analog hardware, respectively, Bischoff and Fei share an interest in musical systems that have complex behavior that is only partially predictable by the performer. Doors open at 7pm with Gallery Reception, featuring works for the Art|Kala 2017 exhibition.

John Bischoff (b. 1949) is an early pioneer of live computer music. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis as well as his development of computer network music. Bischoff studied composition with Robert Moran, James Tenney, Robert Ashley, and David Behrman. He has been active in the experimental music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years as a composer, performer, and teacher. He is a founding member of the League of Automatic Music Composers, the world’s first computer network band, and from 1985 to the present he has performed and recorded with the network band The Hub. In 1999 he received a $25,000 award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York in recognition of his music. He was also named a recipient of an Alpert Award/Ucross Residency Fellowship in 2002. In 2004, noted media theorist Douglas Kahn published A Musical Technography of John Bischoff in the Leonardo Music Journal (Vol. 14, MIT Press). He is Professor of Music at Mills College in Oakland, California.

James Fei (b. Taipei, Taiwan) moved to the US in 1992 to study electrical engineering. He has since been active as a composer and performer on saxophones and live electronics. Works by Fei have been performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, MATA Micro Orchestra and Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest. Recordings can be found on Leo Records, Improvised Music from Japan, CRI, Krabbesholm and Organized Sound. Compositions for Fei’s own ensemble of four alto saxophones focus on physical processes of saliva, fatigue, reeds crippled by cuts and the threshold of audible sound production, while his sound installations and performance on live electronics often focus on feedback. He was a recipient of the 2014 award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Fei has taught at Mills College in Oakland since 2006, where he is John and Martha Davidson Associate Professor of Electronic Arts.

Event Details

Date: April 8, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm–10:00 pm

Kala Art Institute
2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702