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Kyle Bruckmann, a linchpin of the Bay Area’s new-music scene, returns to the scene of his early post-everything exploits

Kyle Bruckmann teaches oboe and performance at four universities (the University of California campuses in Santa Cruz, Davis, and Berkeley plus the University of the Pacific), plays with five new-music ensembles (Quinteto Latino, sfSound, the Eco Ensemble, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and Splinter Reeds), and subs with the San Francisco Symphony and several […]

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Bassist Pascal Niggenkemper transforms his instrument into a tactile generator of sound

In 2015 Franco-German bassist Pascal Niggenkemper dropped a bracing solo album called Look With Thine Ears (Clean Feed), serving up 13 visceral, aggressively tactile studies of his instrument. With the aid of sharp-edged amplification he revealed a particular genius for sound exploration. Niggenkemper prepared his bass with objects like Styrofoam or sticks, then bombarded it, […]