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The Museum of Performance + Design Announces ALL OVER SOUND

A public panel discussion The Sonic Worlds of Performance on June 14, 6:30PM will bring together MP+D's artists-in-residence WARREN-CROW+WARREN-CROW with members of the Bay Area's performance community. The particular make-up of the panel including WARREN-CROW+WARREN-CROW will create a path for a wide array of discussion topics. Of interest is exploring the ways that sound and visuals engage spectators differently; the recent increase in the use of sound in theatrical performance; the difficulties around archiving the sounds of live performance; the challenges of writing about sound; and the relationship between the compositional and choreographic processes.

[ALL OVER SOUND] SFMUSE:music, June 15, 2017 5:30 - 9:00PM
Museum of Performance + Design, 893B Folsom Street
in partnership with SF Conservatory of Music, SFJAZZ, SF Classical Voice, and Third Thursday in Yerba Buena


The Museum of Performance + Design will join Third Thursday in Yerba Buena on June 15, 5:30 - 9:00PM with SFMUSE:music, a FREE outreach community event celebrating San Francisco's musical history and the legacies of key San Francisco musicians, critics, and institutions. MP+D will open its doors to the community at large with a program of live music, talks, and DJing featuring a remix of sound files from the MP+D collection.

SFMUSE:music marks the culmination of Preserving San Francisco's 20th c. Musical Landscape, a year-long NEA-sponsored processing and digitization project that is making available to the public 234 linear feet of documents through MP+D's free reference library on-site. A selection of these documents is also forming a new FREE online exhibit accessible starting June 15 at www.mpdsfmusic.omeka.net. These documents are including the papers of American composer Conrad Susa; Standard Hour Program Manager ADRIAN MICHAELIS; San Francisco Chronicle music critic ROBERT COMMANDAY; San Francisco Examiner jazz critic PHIL ELWOOD; and FANTASY RECORDS's publicity files.

SFMUSE:music on June 15 will include speaking appearances by David Conte (SF Conservatory of Music and Conrad Susa Trust), RANDALL KLINE (SFJAZZ); and Bob Commanday's spouse MARY COMMANDAY; musical contributions by David Conte and SFJAZZ High School All-Stars; and a display of documents from the project's collections. The evening will close with a unique DJ remix session featuring DJs/sound artists DEREK PHILLIPS and IRWIN SWIRNOFF using music files, LPs, and other sound recordings from the MP+D collection.

[ALL OVER SOUND] Archive Live 2017, June 17, 2017, 2:00 - 6:00PM
Museum of Performance + Design, 893B Folsom Street

Museum of Performance + Design is collaborating with WARREN-CROW+WARREN-CROW to launch a new sonic experience designed for public engagement, wonderment, and learning based on our collection and our site. At once a performance and an audio tour, the self-guided experience will take audiences into, out of, and through our Museum space while listening to a binaural recording on a personal playback device with headphones. The release of the tour at our Archive Live 2017 will coincide with the FREE Yerba Buena Walk on June 17, 2017, 2:00PM - 6:00PM. The sonic tour will be subsequently available at MP+D on an on-going basis, with a $5 suggested donation per headset.

While in residence at MP+D, WARREN-CROW+WARREN-CROW approached the collection of the Museum of Performance + Design with an ear for the sonic traces of theater and dance, paying special attention to the audio tracks of performance documentation, oral histories taken from performance practitioners, and textual descriptions of the sound of live performance. The audio piece will use binaural recording techniques and sound positioning to produce a believable sonic space at times similar to, at times different from, the real space in which the listener is situated. Always attuned to the musicality of the voice and the difficulty of describing sound and acoustic experience, WARREN-CROW+WARREN-CROW are inviting audiences to think through the relationship between the archive and the senses, the live and the prerecorded, the private and the public, and speech and noise.


Bios -

WARREN-CROW+WARREN-CROW-- MP+D artists-in-residence-- create live art concerned with the musicality of the voice and the circulation of collective fantasies through the space of media culture. Referencing the formal structure of lectures, press conferences, news reports, cabaret shows, and museum audio tours, their work uses the tension between speech and noise to draw attention to mediation as the basis of communication and to identity as a negotiation between the private and the public. Their collaborations are both performance art and sound art-mash-ups of live vocal expression and manipulated audio or video clips culled from a wide variety of sources. The Warren-Crows have exhibited at Porsgrunn International Theater Festival (Norway), PNEM Sound Art Festival in Uden (the Netherlands), Resound Festival of Sound Art in Penzance (UK), Soundwalk festival of sound art in Long Beach (USA), the Electric Nights festival in Athens (Greece), and in galleries and performance spaces across the US.

IRWIN SWIRNOFF-- SFMUSE:music DJ-- uses film, photography, creative writing, performance and his background in zine & d.i.y. culture to create work with a queer sensibility exploring intimacy, longing, loss, desire, physicality, sexuality, and the constant struggle to remain in the here and now. A longtime dj, he hosts the popular weekly radio show sleeves on hearts which airs on san francisco community radio and he served as the music director at KUSF 90.3fm in San Francisco. He curates the queer film series my gaze///yr gaze and teaches in the Cinematic Arts & Visual Art department's at Cal State University Monterey Bay, and the Media Studies/Film Studies department at the University Of San Francisco.

DEREK PHILLIPS-- SFMUSE:music DJ-- is a sound artist and composer in San Francisco, working in performance, dance, theater, and installation. His collaborative work has been performed at The DeYoung Museum, Exit Theater, The Garage, Kunst-Stoff Arts, The Museum of Performance + Design, The Performance Art Institute (SF), Jack Arts (NY), Z/KU (Berlin), and Stanford University.


Event details:

ALL OVER SOUND

The Sonic Worlds of Performance: A panel discussion
Wednesday June 14, 2017
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Museum of Performance + Design
893B Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Admission: Sliding scale $5 - $20 | MP+D members: FREE
Info: mpdsf.org | 415.741.3531 | info@mpdsf.org

SFMUSE:music
In partnership with SFCM, SFJAZZ, SFCV, and Third Thursday in Yerba Buena
Thursday June 15, 2017
Live music & Talks 5:30PM | DJ Remix 7:30PM
Museum of Performance + Design
893B Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
FREE and open to the public
$5 suggested donation for the DJ Remix
ALL public
Info: mpdsf.org | 415.741.3531 | info@mpdsf.org

Archive Live 2017: A sonic tour of MP+D
In partnership with Yerba Buena Art Walk
Saturday June 17, 2017
2:00PM - 6:00PM
Museum of Performance + Design
893B Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
FREE and open to the public
ALL public. Appropriate for family, kids, and the visually impaired
Info: mpdsf.org | 415.741.3531 | info@mpdsf.org

About the Museum of Performance + Design
Located in San Francisco, the Museum of Performance + Design serves as an archive and a platform for the performing arts. Created by Russell Hartley, a dancer and designer with San Francisco Ballet, and developed without interruption for more than 70 years, the archive stands out as one of the largest collections of performance and theatrical design materials in the nation. MP+D works to keep the unfolding history of the performing arts in the Bay Area alive, catering its preservation and educational programs to a worldwide community of artists, scholars, and the general public. In the past 5 years, with the support of the NEA, California State Library, and Dance Heritage Coalition, MP+D completed several archival projects including processing and digitizing 1,000 images and documents from dance luminaries Anna Halprin and Lew Christensen. In the past 15 years, MP+D has processed 3,100 linear feet of materials, responded to 52,000+ inquiries and digitized 10,000 documents for broad public access. MP+D is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For further information on collections and programs visit www.mpdsf.org or call 415.741.3531.


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