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San Francisco Electronic Music Festival announces schedule for its 15th season

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The full schedule has now been announced for the fifteenth annual season of the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival (SFEMF). Once again the festival will run for four days, featuring three evening concerts at the Brava Theater Center with a special multimedia opening event in the Kanbar Forum of the Exploratorium. Since this is a landmark occasion, the focus will be on the breadth of approaches to making electronic music. These will include different tape music techniques, including musique concrète, sound design, the use of noise, and free improvisation. Media of production will include analog synthesizers, home-brewed electronics, acoustic instruments, and software-driven technologies.

All concerts at the Brava Theater Center will begin at 8 p.m. Performers for each of the three dates have been planned as follows:

  1. Friday, September 12: live tape collagist Aki Onda (New York), sound artist and circuit bender Joker Nies (Cologne), ambient electronic composer Sarah Davachi (Vancouver)
  2. Saturday, September 13: the industrial-ambient group :zoviet*france (United Kingdom), composer and violinist with real-time electronic interfaces Christina Stanley (San Francisco), electro-acoustic artist Xô Xinh (San Francisco)
  3. Sunday, September 14: composer in diverse electronic media Nic Collins (Chicago), composer and violist Ezra Buchla (Los Angeles), ambient loop composer Julia Mazawa (Oakland)

This year’s SFEMF will be launched with a two and one-half hour event beginning at 7 p.m. in the Kanbar Forum of the new Exploratorium building on Pier 15. It will feature the immersive Meyer Sound Constellation system installed in the Forum. The program will present the site-specific work of composer David Dunn (Santa Fe) and the keyboard antics of Head Boggle (Derek Gedalecia, San Francisco), who will perform with live visuals created by Caitlin Denny.

The Brava Theater Center is located at 2781 24th Street at the corner of York Street. Single tickets for each of the three concerts are $16 with a $12 student rate. There is also a premium rate of $25 for patrons. All single tickets may be purchased online at a Brown Paper Tickets event page. Tickets for Kanbar Forum at the Exploratorium are $15 for general admission and $10 for members. Admission is only for those age 18 or over. In addition, it is possible to attend all four events with a full Festival Pass. This costs $50 and has its own Brown Paper Tickets event page. Further information may be found at the SFEMF Web site.