Lucas Artist Fellow Profile

This past summer I spent a week at Montalvo Arts Center to finish recording a set of solo trumpet compositions I wrote during my first residency in 2012. I love this place, and it was wonderful to be back. During my stay I did a video interview with photographer Tina Case about the solo project, some general feelings about the residency program, and a bit about my background in music. You’ll see a shot of my daughters’ artwork covering the walls of the studio as well…

for emptiness

for emptiness is a video collaboration with Parisian sculptor/media artist Stéphane Thidet, completed during our residency at Montalvo Arts Center and filmed at Castle Rock State Park outside Saratoga, California. The context, setting, and production were created and conceptualized by Stéphane, the music is my own solo trumpet improvisation.

for emptiness from Stéphane Thidet on Vimeo.

Music and Film @ Metro Galleries

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Thursday, January 28, 8 p.m.

(Curated by Kris Tiner)

David Borgo – saxophones + laptop
Jeff Kaiser – trumpet + laptop


Kris Tiner – solo trumpet
Allen Glass – film projection

Metro Galleries
1604 19th St.
Bakersfield, CA 93301
$5 Admission

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Metro Galleries Presents Improvisational Music and Film

The Metro Galleries Concert Series continues on Thursday, January 28 with a very special multi-media performance incorporating improvisational music, electronics, digital video, and film.

The San Diego-based electro-acoustic duo KaiBorg explores the intersections of cutting-edge computer music and video processing with jazz-influenced improvisational music to manifest what the San Diego Union Tribune has called “a surging sonic kaleidoscope.” Saxophonist David Borgo is also an ethnomusicologist and an Associate Professor of Music at UC San Diego. He won first prize at the International John Coltrane Festival in 1994, and has performed domestically as well as in Sweden, Amsterdam, Armenia, Hong Kong, and Macau. His book Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age won the Alan P. Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology in 2006 as the most distinguished book published during the previous year. Jeff Kaiser is a composer, trumpet player, music technologist, and founder of pfMENTUM, a record label dedicated to the documentation of new music on the West Coast. Kaiser is currently a PhD student in the Integrative Studies Program in Music at UC San Diego. Kaiser and Borgo will be celebrating the recent release of their CD Harvesting Metadata on pfMENTUM Records.

For the opening set, local trumpet player and Bakersfield College and CSUB music professor Kris Tiner will perform solo to accompany a live film projection by Los Angeles filmmaker Allen D. Glass. Tiner, whose music has been described as “extraordinarily inventive” by Signal to Noise Magazine, has performed at concert venues and festivals throughout North America and abroad, and he appears on over 40 recordings. He has given solo performances at the Line Space Line Festival of Improvised Music, Slow Sound Festival, and Annual Conference of the International Society for Improvised Music. Glass is an international film artist, psychologist, musicologist, archivist, chemical dependency specialist, and hallucinaturalist whose films and photographs have been exhibited by The British Film Institute, The Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, Festival International Nouveau Cinéma Nouveau Medias Montréal, The International Experimental Cinema Exposition, Black Maria Film Festival and the international film festivals of London, Melbourne, Tehran, Toronto, Tokyo and Luxembourg among others.

Metro Galleries is located at 1604 19th St. in downtown Bakersfield. Admission to the show is $5; tickets are available at the door only; all ages are welcome. Doors open at 7:30, music begins at 8:00.

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David Borgo:
Kris Tiner:

ISIM Recap

Above are some images from the recent conference of the International Society for Improvised Music held from December 3-6 at UC Santa Cruz. I gave a solo trumpet+flugelhorn performance on December 6 in the Music Center at UCSC, incorporating music by Hank Williams Sr. (“Ramblin’ Man” – one of my favorites), microtonal composer Kraig Grady and myself. Thanks to Jeff Kaiser for snapping these iPhone pics during my set.

Some other conference highlights pictured above: Keynote Speaker George Lewis performing in duet with Roscoe Mitchell; the electro-acoustic duo KaiBorg with video artist Mark Henrickson; and a great dinner hang with Kaiser (again the photographer), filmmaker Allen Glass, trumpeter Dave Ballou, singer/educator/theorist Gerald Phillips with his sister, and saxophonist/educator/author David Borgo.

UPDATE 12/20: I’ve added three more photos above that were taken during my performance by the incomparable photographer/filmmaker/travel buddy Allen Glass. In January Allen and I will be collaborating on a new project involving solo trumpet with film projection – check the upcoming events page for details.