Davis Noise Pioneers

July 26, 2015

The dnp_banner_small_webafternoon will start with a presentation by William Burg about the experimental music that was discussed and performed at UC Davis during the 60s and 70s.  Following Burg’s lecture, there will be a concert featuring several contemporary sound artists.

William Burg, experimental musician and California historian, will explore UC Davis’ groundbreaking role in experimental music, utilizing historic photos, interviews, art and audio recordings.

During the 1960s, UC Davis recruited international talent for its art and music departments, to help shake off their “aggie cage_hiller_recropped_davis dirtschool” reputation. The guidance of composers-in-residence like John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen combined with the adventurous spirit of the department’s graduate students, many of whom honed their musical chops in the jazz clubs of Sacramento’s West End. These avant-garde musical experiments were the sonic equivalent of the concurrent “Funk Art” movement, expressed in recordings, publications, and performances that challenged the very nature of music and art in ways that continue to inspire contemporary experimental musicians.

Featured Performers:
Art Lessing
Kevin Corcoran
Mulva Myasis

$10 at the door / $8 in advance /  $7 Davis Arts Center members in advance

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