Saturday, April 30, 2011
8 p.m., CNMAT

Danielle DeGruttola, Matthew Goodheart, Henry Kaiser:Electric/Acoustic Duos & Trios, Edmund Campion: Solo Piano & computer

Danielle DeGruttola:
Danielle DeGruttola began playing cello at age 9. In her youth she performed as a soloist and in classical youth orchestras and chamber music ensembles in the Greater Boston area. She now resides in Oakland, California and specializes in contemporary cello performance and improvisation, and works extensively with audio, recording, and broadcast technology, and computers.

As an improviser, she has the unique ability to create just the right cello touch for all styles of music. Her improvisations are thoughtful and powerful compositions that interweave elements of contemporary jazz, classical, electronica, folk, blues, rock, and hardcore. “Her sublime sound is adventuresome and exploratory yet maintains concrete form. Her contributions are uniformly excellent." Danielle's original cello music can be heard on the soundtrack of Werner Herzog's award winning Documentary movies GRIZZLY MAN and ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD as well as on Television’s Animal Planet series THE GRIZZLY MAN DIARIES. Danielle can also be seen and heard in the documentary IN THE EDGES which is about the making of the music for the film GRIZZLY MAN.

Danielle has performed and recorded as a solo artist and with other outstanding musicians including Ashley Adams, Blevin Blectum, Buckethead, Edmund Campion, Matthew Goodheart, Henry Kaiser, Lukas Ligeti, David Lindley, Michael Manring, Miya Masaoka, Jim O'Rourke, John Oswald, Paul Plimley, Cecil Taylor, Richard Thompson, Dave Tucker, and Damon Smith. She received her MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media at the Center of Contemporary Music at Mills College, and her BFA in music from Smith College graduating Cum Laude. She has also studied at Berklee College of Music (90-92), the Center of New Music and Audio Technology (95-96), and the New England Conservatory of Music (82-86).

Matthew Goodheart:
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Matthew Goodheart has been performing and composing professionally since the age of 17. Since the 1990's he worked largely as a pianist in the free jazz and improvised music scene, performing and recording most notably with Glenn Spearman, Wadada Leo Smith, Cecil Taylor, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Chris Brown, and others. In 1996 he earned an MA in Music Composition from Mills College.

In the last decade, Goodheart's work became increasingly timbre oriented, and he found a renewed interest in composition, focusing on microtonality, acoustics, and the spatial properties of sound. His interest in the exploiting the physical properties of individual instruments eventually led to the use of metal percussion instruments, exploring ways to excite the instruments through the use of computers and sound technology.

Goodheart's work has been presented throughout North America, Europe, and Turkey. He has also published several articles, and two new essays and a recording of a piano piece which appear in the recently released book "Spectral World Musics." He has released six CD's of music under his name, and appears as a collaborator on several others. He is presently enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in music composition.

Henry Kaiser
Grammy winner Henry Kaiser is widely recognized as one of the most creative and innovative guitarists, improvisers, and producers in the fields of rock, jazz and experimental music, California-based musician Henry Kaiser is one of the most extensively recorded as well, having appeared on more than 225 different albums and contributed to countless television and film soundtracks. A restless collaborator who constantly seeks the most diverse and personally challenging contexts for his music, Mr. Kaiser not only produces and contributes to a staggering number of recorded projects, he performs frequently throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan, with several regular groupings as well as solo guitar concerts and concerts of freely improvised music with a host of diverse instrumentalists. Evidence of his exceptional musical breadth and versatility can be found in a partial list of the extraordinary artists with whom he has recorded and/or performed: Herbie Hancock, Richard Thompson, David Lindley, Bob Weir, The ROVA Sax Quartet, Elliot Sharp, John "Drumbo" French, Raymond Kane, Michael McClure, Bill Laswell, Steve Lacy, Fred Frith, Barbara Higbie, John Abercrombie, Leo Smith, moe., Negativland, Michael Stipe, Terry Riley, Jim O'Rourke, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sergei Kuriokhin, Zero, Critters Buggin', Diamanda Galas, Sonny Sharrock, Hans Reichel, Chris Cutler, Henry Cow, John Zorn, Andy West, David Torn, Bill Frisell, Joey Baron, Davey Williams, Eugene Chadbourne, Evan Parker, Sang-Won Park, Material, The Golden Palominos, Victoria Williams, Jin-Hi Kim, John Oswald, Glenn Phillips, Toshinori Kondo, John Stevens, Tom Constanten, Kiyohiko Senba, Bruce Anderson, Sang-Won Park, Yuji Takahashi, John Medeski, Zoogz Rift, Ngoc Lam, Dama Mahaleo, Merl Saunders, Freddie Roulette, Mari Kimura, Harvey Mandel, Danny Carnahan, Robin Petrie, Rakoto Frah, Rossy, Alan Senauke, John Tchicai, George Lewis, Kazumi Watanabe, Peter Brotzmann, Zero, Bob Bralove, Greg Allman, Billy Kreutzman, Jerry Garcia, Miya Masaoka, Miroslav Tadic, Cecil Taylor, Nels Cline, and Amos Garrett.

Henry Kaiser is a scientific diver in the US ANTARCTIC PROGRAM. 2010 will mark his seventh deployment beneath the twenty foot thick ice of the Ross Sea. Previously he taught underwater research at THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY for 17 years; where he was a an early pioneer in the use of underwater video for scientific research and diver training. Mr. Kaiser has more Antarctic under-the-ice footage in films and tv shows than any other underwater cameraman and probably has more dives under fast ice than any other professional videographer

Henry Kaiser has had a parallel career in the film and television industry for over 30 years, working as a producer, director and soundtrack composer. He directed and produced many hours of science television programming. He received an Academy Award nomination for his work as the producer for Werner Herzog's ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, he was also the underwater camera and soundtrack composer for that film. Kaiser worked on 3 other Herzog films: THE WILD BLUE YONDER, GRIZZLY MAN, and LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY.

Contact name
Edmund Campion