exploratorium

San Francisco Electronic Music Festival: Opening Night

Thursday, September 8, 2016 • 7:00 p.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum

$15 General; $10 Members; Includes admission to After Dark

Adults Only (18+)


For the past 17 years, the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival (SFEMF) has brought internationally acclaimed musicians to the Bay Area, becoming the premiere festival dedicated to the genre. From September 8–11, SFEMF will feature artists whose work focuses on various interests, including the musicality of spoken language, feedback principles, interactive electronics, and the driving interest to elevate entomology as a rock genre. This year’s festival opens at the Exploratorium with sound artist Gen Ken Montgomery and the electro-percussion duo IMA.

Gen Ken Montgomery is a New York-based artist who created the Generations Unlimited electronic music label with David Prescott and Conrad Schnitzler in 1987. In 1989 Montgomery opened Generator, the first sound art gallery in New York City and also a popular gathering space for many sound artists and musicians from around the world. Montgomery relaunched Generations Unlimited in 2014 with Sean Julian and Chris Penalosa at the Print Shop in MoMA/PS1. Montgomery’s multispeaker concerts incorporate recordings of everyday appliances, field recordings, and electronic instruments. He composes sound works with sculptural and spatial dimensions, and his work concentrates on immersive listening experiences—often performed in total darkness.

IMA, the electro-­percussion experimental noise duo of Amma Ateria (a.k.a. Jeanie Aprille Tang) and Nava Dunkelman, explores distortions of time and the ever-present moment through restraint and release. IMA have performed and collaborated with avant-garde pioneers John Zorn, Fred Frith, Ikue Mori, and many others. Amma Ateria is an audiovisual artist and electro­acoustic composer. Born in Hong Kong, she gravitates to rhythms of construction sites, roaming traffic, inaudible conversations, and airplanes. Her instrument is a collection of electronic hardware and plexiglass. Nava Dunkelman is a Tokyo-born percussionist and improviser based in the Bay Area. Her musical interests span the globe from Japanese taiko to Indonesian gamelan—from classical to contemporary to the avant­ grade. Discover more about this progressive duo by visiting IMA’s website.

The San Francisco Electronic Music Festival is an artist-run organization presenting works that span the sonic spectra with participants ranging from emerging artists to respected pioneers of the field.