Eric Theise


Here's a collection of performances with links to calendar listings (), photographs (), audio () & video recordings () if available.

Real time cartographic improvisations using projected, manipulated digital maps, in collaboration with local musicians or other time-based artists. Evenings of street grids, rivers, islands, and curiosities from the built environment. Saturated colors. Glitches in crowdsourced data. Orphaned information and free-floating symbology.

  • 5 Nov 2022; 8p
    with Kevin Corcoran’s textural percussion & manipulated field recordings
    Other Cinema, ATA Gallery, 992 Valencia St (@ 21st), San Francisco, CA

    Kevin Corcoran works with an open interest in sound as medium as it moves through contexts of music, art, communication and place. He improvises and arranges sounds and objects while collaborating across disciplines and borders.

  • 22 Oct 2022; 7:30p
    with upright & electric bassist Liz Draper
    Mirror Lab, 3400 Cedar Av S, Minneapolis, MN

    Liz Draper is fortuitously on break from touring with Low during the North American Cartographic Society's annual meeting and will join me in performance at the studio collective & programming space, Mirror Lab.

  • 25 Sep 2022; 7p
    with oboist/composer Kyle Bruckmann
    Shapeshifters Cinema, 567 5th St, Oakland, CA

    Oboist Kyle Bruckmann tramples genre boundaries in widely ranging work as a composer/performer, educator, classical freelancer and New Music specialist.

  • 15 Sep 2022; 8p
    with composer/performer Carl Stone
    Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River St. #119, Santa Cruz, CA

    Carl Stone's Santa Cruz debut: new solo work in the first set, the premiere of our new collaboration in the second. Santa Cruz / Oakland trio MAXX GYORKEL opens with a new project. During his Bay Area visit Carl will also perform with Amma Ateria at The Lab as part of the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival.

  • 30 Jun 2022; 7:30p
    with multi-instrumentalist Jim Ryan and drummer Darien Baiza
    Rhizome DC, 6950 Maple St NW, Washington, DC

    Jim Ryan is a jazz inspired, free-form multi-instrumentalist who has performed for several decades in Paris, France, The San Francisco Bay free improv scene, and currently in the Washington D.C. Area. He plays winds, brass and small percussion. While living in the Bay Area he formed Green Alembic, an eight piece chamber group that improvised to projections of art and poetry. Darien Baiza is an exploratory multi-percussionist who is currently residing in the Baltimore area.

  • 28 Jun 2022; 8p
    with saxophonist/clarinetist/shakuhachi player Ned Rothenberg
    Millennium Film Workshop, 167 Wilson Av, Brooklyn, NY

    Composer/Performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 40 years on 5 continents. He performs primarily on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi – an endblown Japanese bamboo flute. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a kind of personal idiom all its own.

  • 23 Jun 2022; 7:30p
    with saxophonist/flautist/composer Ken Field
    Mass Audubon Magazine Beach Park Nature Center, 668 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA

    Ken Field is a saxophonist, flautist, and composer. He leads the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, an experimental & improvisational brass band, and is a longtime member of the electronic modern music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. His solo releases document his work for layered saxophones and his soundtracks for dance and film.

  • 21 Apr 2022; 8p
    with cellist/guitarist/vocalist Helena Espvall
    Hangar: Centro de Investigação Artística, Rua Damasceno Monteiro, 12, Lisbon, PT

    Helena Espvall is a Swedish-American musician noted for her participation in the post-millennial psychedelic folk and free improv scenes. Her early career included work with Arabian music ensemble Sumer and with Projektor 7, a silent movie orchestra formed by members of Swedish pop group Komeda. After relocating to Philadelphia she became a member of Espers and of The Valerie Project, and formed the duo Anahita with Tara Burke (a.k.a. Fursaxa). Collaboration with Masaki Batoh (of Japanese psych band Ghost) produced two albums released by Drag City. She has been a member of touring bands for Vashti Bunyan, Damon and Naomi, Ghost, and Marissa Nadler; she has made guest appearances on records by Bert Jansch, Arborea, and Charalambides, among others.

  • 14 Apr 2019
    In dehydration melts
    Shapeshifters Cinema
    Temescal Art Center, 511 48th St, Oakland, CA

  • 15 Apr 2018
    HUSH Series, curated by Julia Ogrydziak
    Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA

  • 3 Dec 2017
    Long Tone Choir & Obstreperous Doves
    Outsound Presents' Static Illusion Methodical Madness Music Series
    Musicians Union Local 6, 116 9th St, San Francisco, CA

  • 29 Sep 2017
    tunnel tones 1
    Dan Gottwald's "B" Series
    Conservatory Tunnel, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

  • 22 Sep 2017
    tunnel tones 1
    Dan Gottwald's "B" Series
    Conservatory Tunnel, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

  • 30 Jul 2017
    summer 1: insects
    HUSH Series, curated by Julia Ogrydziak
    Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA

  • 3 Jun 2017
    Jon Fischer / Danny Clay: Turntable Drawings
    Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA

    Long Tone Choir performed in the premiere of Turntable Drawing No. 25 for three saxophones and multiple turntables. The concert also included Turntable Drawing No. 6 for three turntables, piano and guitar; Turntable Drawing No. 20 for three saxophones and three turntables; and the premiere of Turntable Drawing No. 8 for eight turntables without records.

  • 25 May 2017
    glacier 3
    LSG Creative Music Series
    Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St, San Francisco, CA

  • 8 Jan 2017
    quiet time series, curated by Danny Clay
    Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA

  • 1 Oct 2016
    Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, Vallejo, CA

    Continuum was a fourteen-hour performance installation that took place in an abandoned military bunker. This was the fifth iteration of a series of performances, with the durational writing of poet, Stephen Ratcliffe and the sensitive musicianship of the Thingamajigs Performance Group at the core. Continuum also included dancer Shinichi Iova-Koga, Noh actor Jubilith Moore, and the Long Tone Choir.

  • 21 Jun 2017
    Garden of Memory
    Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA

  • 7 May 2017
    Music for the Afterlife
    C4NM @ Asian Art Museum
    Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA

  • 12 Mar 2017
    The Great Learning, Paragraph 2
    Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA

  • 18 Dec 2016
    Musical Reflections of 2016
    Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA

  • 6 Nov 2016
    Kim Anno's Dante Purgatorio Canto 32
    Little Boxes Theater, San Francisco, CA

  • 21 Jun 2016
    Garden of Memory
    Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA

  • 23 Mar 2016
    The Great Learning, Paragraph 6
    Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

  • 19 Dec 2015
    First Music/The Human Instrument an Evening of, for and from the voice
    Turquoise Yantra Grotto, San Francisco, CA

  • 16 Aug 2014
    Neither Confirmed Nor Denied: An Opera of Coded Information
    Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA

    Gino Robair's Neither Confirmed Nor Denied was a one-act opera inspired by the mysterious "number stations" heard on shortwave radios throughout the world since the late 1940s. These stations broadcast strings of numbers and words, which are read by a human or synthesized voice and surrounded by interesting identifiers (snatches of folk tunes, electronic tones, etc.). Neither Confirmed Nor Denied was inspired by the individual characteristics of such stations, using them as a model for creating a libretto and score that was generated in real time based on sets of instructions given to each performer, who then interpreted the instructions musically or through movement. Each artist, in effect, became a unique station, sonifying or visualizing encrypted data that served as each character's story. Because the stations were located throughout the four floors of the Meridian Gallery, each attendee had a highly personalized experience of the work as they navigated the building.

  • 9 Mar 2012
    Edmund Campion
    L@TE: Friday Nights
    Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

  • 5 Jul 2011
    I, Norton
    The Episcopal Church of Saint John The Evangelist, San Francisco, CA

  • 4 & 5 Jun 2011
    Tower Ring
    Oliver Ranch, Geyserville, CA

    Pauline Oliveros’ historic composition, commissioned by the Oliver Ranch Foundation, was keyed to the eight, intertwining spiral stories of Ann Hamilton's Tower by a rising and descending gong and tiny bells played by audience members. In addition to the voices the Cornelius Cardew Choir, members of existing trios and quartets were part of the performance, including: the Deep Listening Band, Pauline Oliveros (conch/harmonica), Stuart Dempster (conch and dijeridu) and David Gamper (conch/overtone flutes); Horns of Hathor, Oliveros, Ione (improvisational spoken word) and Chris Chafe (long wire instrument); Timeless Pulse, Oliveros and percussionists George Marsh and Jennifer Wilsey. Mills College students joined in the performance; Brenda Hutchinson was Bell Mistress, Renko Dempster created real-time drawings during the performance and movement was guided by choreographer/dancer Christopher Pilafian.

  • 10 Mar 2011

    LSG New Music Series
    Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • 23 Jul 2010
    Outsound New Music Summit
    San Francisco Community Music Center, San Francisco, CA

  • 21 Jun 2010
    Garden of Memory
    Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA

  • 18 Apr 2010
    Resonant World: An Afternoon of Music by John Cage
    The Visionary Art of Morris Graves
    Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • 24 Sep 2009

    LSG New Music Series
    Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • 21 Jun 2009
    Garden of Memory
    Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA

  • 17 May 2009
    About Time: Voices (world premiere)
    Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library Main Branch, San Francisco, CA

  • 13 May 2009
    Abundant Sound Gardens: In Memory of Toyoji Tomita
    Meridian Music: Composers in Performance
    Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • 25 & 26 March 2017
    Road to Aacheron: An Original Oratorio of Darkness and Mystery
    Finnish Kalevela Hall, 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley, CA

  • 19 Mar 2016
    with faUSt
    The Chapel, 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA

  • 8 Jun 2011
    with Matmos
    Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, San Francisco, CA