Performance photo: L-R: Eric Glick Rieman, Ken Field, Karen Stackpole, Photo: PeterBKaars.com
photo: Rey Berrones
Drummer/percussionist Karen Stackpole began her career as a rock drummer in the late 1980s and soon became fascinated with improvised music and multimedia collaboration. She joined forces with San Francisco Bay Area musicians, playing new music and stretching beyond established boundaries as well as working with dancers and experimental film. In 1991 she was exposed to the wonder of gongs (Paiste in particular) and immediately altered her trajectory to include these incredibly versatile instruments into her musical vocabulary.
In her explorations of metals, she has cultivated some distinctive techniques for drawing harmonics out of tam tams with various implements: rubber mallets, felt and yarn mallets, ball chains, bass and cello bows, kitchen utensils, and other small objects. Stackpole specializes in dynamic soundscapes and textures, but has also contributed gong sounds to more conventional musical genres as well as contributing source material for film soundtracks.
She is active in the creative music scene and has participated in music festivals and performed solo in Seattle, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, and the Bay Area as well as collaborating with other gongists from the UK, Poland, and the United States. Over the years she has played with Gino Robair, John Schott, Vinny Golia, Myles Boisen, Moe Staiano, Chris Heenan, Rod Poole, Steve Roden, Dean Santomieri, Le Quan Ninh, The Bay Area Chamber Symphony, Mark Growden, Malcolm Mooney, and others. In addition to solo work, she performs and records with various projects including Machine Shop: Live Amplified Gong Experience (a duo with electronics master, Drew Webster), Sabbaticus Rex, Ghost in the House, the improvising quartet Vorticella, the Francis Wong Unit, and the rock band Steel Hotcakes.
Eric Glick Rieman is a composer, improviser, teacher, and instrument manipulator from Berkeley CA. His fascination with putting sounds into space has led him into performing with the amplified innards of a modified Rhodes electric piano which, as well as piano, has been his primary performance instrument for the past 20 years. He is also a synthesist, recording and performing electronic music using modular synthesizers.
He composes for instruments and ensembles, often including improvisation as part of the compositional structure, and has had pieces recently performed by the Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble and the South Berkeley Chamber Ensemble.
He has released collaborative and solo recordings on Accretions, ReR Megacorp, and Water Goes Into The Air, notably with improvisational collaborators Lesli Dalaba, Stuart Dempster, Fred Frith, and Carla Kihlstedt.
“Glick Rieman improvises slow, haunting music that passes well beyond Ambient agreeableness to offer the more substantial satisfactions of deep listening.” Julian Cowley, The Wire
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