Friday, September 26, 2003


Ian also has some great suggestions on what to do with your weekend...

by the way did anybody get in to see Zinn?
and did anyone go to the phillip glass thing?

Super Happy Calendar
Saturday and sunday you could do worse than be at superhappyfunland...
Saturday the lineup is incredible...
Robert Pierson, who you really owe it to yourself to check out, ECFA from Austin (they were great last time they were here and you didn't see them), and Rosta - who never fail to impress...
and of course on Sunday you get not only my solo debut but Matt Ingalls from San Francisco...don't know that I've heard him before but his descriptions sounds pretty interesting...'s the official stuff...

Pauline Oliveros Foundation Houston presents . . .

a series of local and regional
(and some not local or regional)
creative music

Every Sunday
September 28 - October 12 8pm
at Super Happy Funland
2610 Ashland


Sunday, September 28 8pm

MATT INGALLS (San Francisco)
clarinter solo
and ensemble improvisations


solo trombone and poetry

call Super Happy Funland at 713-880-2100
or go to
call POF Houston at 713-928-5653
or go to


Artists' Bios


Mike Switzer's dad was a band director. Despite this
he still plays his horn. He's played for years in
various versions of The Defenestration Unit, The
Naked/Switzer Duo, Last Bastions, Avijit, and a whole
bunch of other bands you've never heard of. He plays
by himself a lot, but this is the first time he's done
it in front of people. The piece he'll be playing is
called, "Distractions." Basically it's Mike's words
and his trombone playing (alternating). He hopes you
enjoy it.
"Nice uniforms band."


matt ingalls is a composer, clarinetist, improviser,
computer music programmer, and concert producer from
the San Francisco Bay Area. A prominent figure in the
bay area creative music community, he is mostly
known for his "composerly" solo improvisations with
clarinet and/or electronics. matt's clarinet playing
is heavily influenced by his involvement in computer
music, both in the brittle sounds and extended
textures he creates and the formal structures of these
sounds. Indeed, matt's day-job involves computer
music, as he is currently working as a programmer for
Cycling74 (makers of the ubiquitous computer music
software "Max/Msp"). matt also develops a
Csound-based application for MacOS called "MacCsound",
freely available from

matt's current main interest is exploring musical
possibilities that encompass and extend previous forms
of performance, composition, interpretation, and
improvisation. He is the instigator of the
sfSoundGroup, which is a contemporary music ensemble
with some of the San Francisco Bay Area's finest
composer-performers who share similar interests.
Designed to showcase the broad range of its talents,
the group's recent performances include pieces by
Lachenmann, Boulez, and Xenakis on one hand and
performances of free improvisation and
experimental-music masterpieces by James Tenney,
Anthony Braxton, and John Cage on the other. As part
of its quest to present familiar music in a new way,
the matt and the sfSoundGroup often present works
transcribed, excerpted, improvised upon, or
simultaneously with other works.

matt actively collaborates with bay area musicians
such as Gino Robair, Tim Perkis, John Shiurba, Matthew
Sperry, John Ingle, Hugh Livingston, Morgan Guberman,
and Scott Looney. He has also performed with Eddie
Prevost, George Lewis, Fred Frith, John Butcher, Peter
Van Bergen, Jack Wright, Toshi Makihara, Sean Meehan,
Kyle Bruckman, Andrew Voigt, John Raskin, Marco
Eneidi, Chris Brown, Myles Boisen, Bob Marsh, William
Winant, John Rose, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey, Tom Nunn,
Phil Gelb, Ben Goldberg, Paul Hoskin, Carla Kihlstedt,
Scott Rosenberg, and C.L.A.I.R.E. (matt's own
"virtual" improviser software).

In December, matt will be recording new works by
Anthony Braxton with Anthony Braxton himself and a
handful of other Bay Area improvisers.

Some of matt's recent performances have included: The
San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, The 4th
Annual CEAIT Electronic Music Festival at CalArts,
Baltimore's High Zero Festival of Experimental
Improvised Music, The Big Sur Experimental Music
Festival, Opus415 New Music Marathon, The Seattle
Improvised Music Festival, The Monterey Rock and Art
Festival, New Music Under the Stars at Stanford
University, The Stanford Edge Festival, The F.U.N.
(Festival of Ugly New Music) in Urbana, Illinois,
Oakland's East Bay Creative Music Festival, and
Sounding the Margins: A Retrospective of the Music of
Pauline Oliveros.

As a composer, matt has written works for acoustic
instruments, voices, computer generated tape,
interactive electronics, dance, theater, and freely
improvising orchestra. His compositions have been
recorded and performed in the United States and
abroad, receiving many awards and recognitions, such
as 1st Finalist in the Bourges Electroacoustic
Competition, The First Annual ASCAP/SEAMUS Commission
and Recording Prize, a residency at the Djerassi
Artist Program, and grants from Meet the Composer Fund
and ASCAP.

Visit for more information about
matt and his musical activities.


Future Sounding Ground Concerts:

October 5
and . . .

October 12
HOLLAND HOPSON - Soprano Saxophone, Electronics
and . . .
PEEP (Boston)
Mike Bullock - Bass, Tone Generator, Tuning Forks
Linda Gayle Aubrey - Harp, Signal Processing


Other POF Houston Events:

Sunday, October 26, 3 to 9pm
a festival celebrating creative arts in Houston
Proceeds benefit POF HOUSTON.
at Barnevelder Movement Arts, 2201 Preston
co-sponsored by Barnevelder

Wednesday, October 29, 8pm
at Diverse Works, 1117 East Freeway

The Pauline Oliveros Foundation Houston has landed. For information and a concert schedule go to

o.k..apparently today is talk like Bill O'Reilly day...
so I'll just point you to Atrios who is doing an amazing job
and then say ,"SHUT UP! JUST SHUT UP! SHUT UP!"
there, now I've done my part...

Thursday, September 25, 2003

KtB - Rush Likes It? where is the christian left that she talks about?
I know they exist, sure...but why the hell can't the get organized
like the religious right?
The Dixie Chicks Official Artist Club

O.k. go check out this letter from natalie...
I'm actually going to have to start buying their records!
this is brilliant!


Tuesday, September 23, 2003

The Village Voice: Features: Three Days in NYC Jails by Bryonn Bain:
"Black = Terrorist = Thug: The New Racial Profile?
Three Days in NYC Jails" is's like Kafka sprung to life...

Sunday, September 21, 2003

Off the Kuff: Show Business for Ugly People Archives:
"Today a group of progressive Texas bloggers are all posting on the subject 'What Texas Democrats Should Do Next'. "

from off the kuff...haven't read em all yet, but at least people are talking...
CD-Recordable discs unreadable in less than two years - CD

better start backing up your backups....
Easter Lemming - Liberal News

Ran across this news site over at H-Town Blogs...lots of good stuff I haven't seen on my usual daily rounds...