Zachary James Watkins + Sally Decker + RAGE THORMBONES
Oakland-based composer-musicians Zachary James Watkins and Sally Decker work with feedback and no-input circuits to create sounds that are alternately piercing and weighty. These two fixtures of the San Francisco Bay Area scene will collaborate in various combinations with the relentlessly experimental duo RAGE THORMBONES (Weston Olencki & Matt Barbier), throughout the course of the evening.
Zachary James Watkins:
In 2008, Zachary premiered a new multi-media work entitled Country Western as part of the Meridian Gallery's Composers in Performance Series that received grants from the The American Music Center and The Foundation for Contemporary Arts. An excerpt of this piece is published on a compilation album entitled "The Harmonic Series" along side Pauline Oliveros, Ellen Fullman, Theresa Wong Charles Curtis and Duane Pitre among others. Zachary designed the sound and composed music for the plays "I have loved Strangers" produced by Just Theatre, which listed "top ten of 2007" in the East Bay Express and the 8th Annual ReOrient Theatre Festival. His sound art work entitled Third Floor::Designed Obsolescence, "spoke as a metaphor for the breakdown of the dream of technology and the myth of our society's permanence," review by Susan Noyes Platt in the Summer 05 issue of ARTLIES. Zachary releases music on the labels Sige, Cassauna, Confront (UK), The Tapeworm and Touch (UK). Novembre Magazine (DE), ITCH (ZA), Walrus Press and the New York Miniature Ensemble have published his writings and scores. Zachary has been an artist in resident at the Espy Foundation, Djerassi and the Headlands Center for The Arts.
RAGE THORMBONES is an ongoing collaboration between Matt Barbier and Weston Olencki. They explore the outer reaches of performance and brass technique. They have been in residence through Harvard, Stanford, and New York Universities, recorded for HatHut Records, and are best friends. Weston lives in New York City and Matt lives in Los Angeles.