2016 Music Performers

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WILLITS

 

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Christopher Willits is a musician, artist and teacher based in San Francisco who believes that music and art can catalyze inner change. Willits creates meditative ambient electronic music created with guitar and voice, that is designed to overlap with his own cinematic audiovisual work. These immersive experiences of sound and light speak to a global audience on a universal level. His music on labels such as Ghostly International has garnered critical acclaim, sending him on continuous tours around the world. Multiple solo albums and collaborations with the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tycho, and Taylor Deupree have accounted for a diverse catalog with over 25 releases over the last 15 years. Willits is also the founder of the creativity catalyst Overlap, andENVELOP, a dimensional audio platform currently constructing a venue in San Francisco and open source software tools that are inspired to influence the future of music production. As a devoted teacher, Christopher strives to illuminate people’s creativity in music and art, and has lectured at many leading institutions in the world.

Anight of good tunes

DICK STUSSO

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Dick Stusso, born out of failure and contempt for modern life, rises to become everything he despises."

On November 6th, 2015, Vacant Stare Records released Bay Area swinger Dick Stusso's first physical, musical release, Nashville Dreams/Sings the Blues. Imagine a drunk, unsuccessful Elvis, recording himself entirely alone and at home. The albums, recorded using different malfunctioning recording equipment, play like the two part saga of of a midnight cowboy, frustrated and paralyzed at the gates of a career driven world.

Dick's inimitable singing voice and his range of musical capabilities make this a very well constructed collection of songs that manages to keep its sense of humour. At times he seems to be poking fun at himself. The songs become a sort of self effigy turned party mascot he can kick around and set fire to. Light hearted charm is curbed by cynicism owed to an underlying awareness of man's mortality. Yet, all in all, Dick is able to sidestep becoming morose, giving us moments of happily getting drunk in the backyard and being barefoot on the porch as well as some hopeful love songs set somewhere off into the sunset.

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A NIGHT OF good tunes

TERRY MALTS

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San Francisco, California Trio Terry Malts Began in Late 2009 When Three Members of the Smiths-influenced Indie Pop Quintet Magic Bullets Conceived the Band as a Side Project. Guitarist/vocalist Corey Cunningham, Bassist/lead Vocalist Phil Benson, and Drummer/vocalist Nathan Sweatt Eventually Opted to Concentrate on Terry Malts Full-time and Magic Bullets Disbanded. Self-classified as "Chainsaw Pop," the Group Follows in Lines Drawn by Classic Fuzz-pop Institutions Like the Ramones and Jesus and Mary Chain, Pop-punk Roots Like the Descendents and Hüsker Dü, and the Reverb-coated Stable of Late-2000s Slumberland Records Bedroom Pop. The Band's First Recorded Outing Was a Six-song Cassette on Loglady Records in 2010, Followed the Next Year by Two 7" Singles on Slumberland. In the Following Years, the Band Played Sporadic Gigs in the Bay Area and Did Several Beer-soaked Tours Up and Down the West Coast. Their First Full-length Album, Killing Time, Was Released in 2012. They Returned in 2013 With Their Cheekily Titled Sophomore Album, Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere. They Followed in 2014 With the Insides Ep, a Four-song 7" That Zoomed by in Just Over Eight Minutes.