Abrash Presents

Abrash Presents

7PM, Saturday March 19

Tickets: $5-$10, sliding scale, purchased at the door

Abrash Presents: is a series of concerts focusing on experimental sound, visual, and performance artists. Abrash Presents: aims to bring traveling musicians and local artists from the San Diego area to interact; juxtaposing performances and forming new collaborative situations.

Featuring: True Strength / Golden Fur / Peter Kuhn & Tommy Babin / Erik Carlson


True Strength is Ida Duelund-Hansen (Copenhagen) and Alexander Garsden (Melbourne).  Their work bridges revivalist and traditional folk, baroque music, improvised and electroacoustic practices.  Primarily performing original works in both Danish and English, they interpolate performances with works by Cage, Ives and Dowland, along with traditional works and improvisation.  They have just completed their debut self-titled album, which will be available for purchase later this year.  More info at: www.truestrengthband.com

Golden Fur is an Australian chamber ensemble based in the USA, comprising Samuel Dunscombe (clarinets, electronics), Judith Hamann (cello) and James Rushford (keyboards, viola). Golden Fur is dedicated to the creation of new work by living composers and visual artists, and the presentation of under-represented works from the twentieth and twenty-first century musical underground. Since its inception in 2008, Golden Fur has commissioned twelve works by Australian composers including Natasha Anderson, David Chisholm, Cat Hope and Anthony Pateras, and has given Australian premieres of works by Robert Ashley, Jani Christou, Ana-Maria Avram, Jaap Blonk, Morton Feldman, Alvin Lucier, Jakob Ullmann, Klaus Lang, Olga Neuwirth and Ivan Wyschnegradsky. http://golden-fur.com/

Judith Hamann is an Australian-born cellist currently based between Melbourne and San Diego. Her performance practice stretches across various genres, encompassing elements of improvised, art, experimental, and popular music. She has worked with artists and ensembles, including Oren Ambarchi, ELISION Ensemble, Ellen Fullman, Graham Lambkin, Jon Rose, Not Yet It's Difficult, Ilan Volkov, and La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela. Judith is a founding member of Golden Fur with James Rushford and Samuel Dunscombe, and an immersive cello duo with Anthea Caddy.

Samuel Dunscombe arrived in Fall 2011 at UC San Diego, where he is working toward a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from the Department of Music. He was born in Melbourne, Australia, where he lived most of his life. Dunscombe attended the now-defunct Victorian College of the Arts, receiving a Bachelor of Music Performance: Clarinet, with honors. He earned a Master of Music Performance degree in composition and computer music from the University of Melbourne, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sound) at RMIT University. In his artistic practice, Dunscombe explores the tension between Western traditions of contemporary classical music, sound art, free improvisation, and electronic music performance. He uses clarinets and the graphic programming environment MaxMSP, in conjunction with abstracted, real-world sounds (field recordings). In work that is highly exploratory in nature, both sonically and conceptually, Dunscombe takes real-world, real-instrument, and electronically-generated sounds which twist and morph into each other, creating an unstable sonic terrain that challenges traditional boundaries between music, the real world, and the electronic interference (noise) that has become so ubiquitous in the modern age.

Erik Carlson has performed as a soloist and with many chamber and orchestral ensembles throughout Europe and the Americas. He is a highly active performer of contemporary music and has had works written for him by numerous composers, including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Tom Johnson, Jürg Frey, and Georges Aperghis. Mr. Carlson is an enthusiastic proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration, and performs frequently with poets, dancers, actors, and film. He is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble and the Talea Ensemble and is the founder of the New York Miniaturist Ensemble. He has been featured on over a dozen recordings, including his own two recent albums of music for violin. Also a composer, he has had his musical compositions performed in a wide variety of venues. He studied violin with Jorja Fleezanis, Ronald Copes, and Robert Mann, and holds a Master's degree from The Juilliard School. Mr. Carlson enjoys expensive bourbon and long walks on the beach.

Clarinetist-saxophonist Peter Kuhn gained a notable foothold in New York’s avant-garde jazz scene in the late seventies and early eighties, collaborating with some of the music’s most heralded artists (Frank Lowe, Billy Bang, William Parker, Wayne Horvitz, etc.) and releasing albums on labels like Hat Hut (Ghost of a Trance) and Soul Note (The Kill). In the mid 80’s Kuhn dropped out of the music scene do deal with the challenges of addiction and is now committed to helping others find freedom from addiction and transform suffering via Buddhist Ministry and recovery work in prisons and the community. His re-emergence on the music scene over the last 5 years has garnered much acclaim. His recently released “Our Earth / Our World” on pfMENTUM Records (Dave Sewelson, Gerald Cleaver, Larry Roland) and has two more releases scheduled for May on NoBusiness Records which includes a studio recording with Nathan Hubbard and Kyle Motl. Bassist

Tommy Babin is a native of Nova Scotia, Canada and is currently pursuing his doctorate in double bass performance at UCSD under Mark Dresser. A Juno award winner and recipient of multiple composition grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, and the British Columbia Arts Council 2010 Olympic Fund, he has performed worldwide in a widely varied assortment of musical contexts. His work as a performer, composer and arranger can be heard on some 50 albums and has been called “rugged and exact” by The Globe and Mail,  “muscular” by Signal to Noise, “inflammable” by The Village Voice, and“virtuoso” by the San Diego Reader.