Tiger Garage

Tiger Garage

Welcome to the website of composer/performer/teacher Tom Bickley!

Upcoming/recent performances, events, etc.


  • The One-Sample Ensemble
    Tom Bickley, Lo Bil, Faadhi Fauzhi, Biagio Blaise Francia, Fae Sirois, Doug Van Nort
    Each person contributes one 1-10 second sample, and the group uses this to weave a new improvised electroacoustic piece from the source material using their own idiosyncratic digital instrumentation.
    Dispersion Relation X, Zoom, archived via Facebook link (below), , The Internet,

  • Winter Solstice Performance of sound and poetry, more details tba
    Nancy Beckman, shakuhachi and voice; Tom Bickley, recorders, voice and electronics; Ronnie Yates, guitar, voice, poetry
    tbd, , Houston, TX

  • Ensemble and Trio Movement and Sound Improvisation
    Takami Craddock, choreography & dance, with her students, and Nancy Beckman and Tom Bickley, live music (melodicas, soundscapes, shakuhachi, recorder)
    Live music with dance to celebrate the opening of Takami Craddock's new studio space
    Opening Celebration of new Mobu Dance Studio, Mobu Dance Studio (new space), 1414 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114
    free

  • CCI - TOWARDS A SOLIDARITY ECONOMICS CONDUCTION SYSTEM FOR IMPROVISERS
    Workshop ensemble assembled and guided by Marshall Trammell
    Center for Cultural Innovation and Pro Arts Commons, Pro Arts Gallery & COMMONS, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612
    free with RSVP

  • 10,000 Steps
    Participatory Performance, guided by the CSU East Bay Theatre & Dance Dept. faculty, Eric Kupers
    Nancy Beckman and Tom Bickley will be joining this performance and hope you will, too. Instructions and rehearsal from 10 AM.
    Autumnal Equinox Meditative Movement, California State University East Bay Library Courtyard, 25800 Carlos Bee Bl, Hayward, CA 94542
    Free and open to the public

  • Ambient Bird 433
    Frog Pond 433 Ensemble, including Tom Bickley (recorder and EWI) and Nancy Beckman (shakuhachi)
    We're excited to perform in this work by our friend and colleague Wendy Reid and her African Gray parrot Lulu.
    Pro Arts Gallery, The Forum at Frank Ogawa Plaza, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612
    Eventbrite lists $10, but it is audible through the public space

  • 万音 ("man-on"= all sounds) algorithmic composition to accompany dance score by Eric Kupers titled "Equinox - emergence of joy"
    Tom Bickley, electronics with interwoven collaboration by dancers and other musicians
    multi-layered, distributed performance at venues in the SF Bay Area, southern California, NYC, Barcelona, and Sollefeteå, Sweden.
    Equinox - Emergence of Joy, international observance in honor of the Ghost Ship Fire victims, California State University East Bay Theater, lobby and courtyard, 25800 Carlos Bee Bl, Hayward, CA 94542
    free

  • four musicians, an actor, and a poet
    TG Sextet: Gael Alcock, Nancy Beckman, Tom Bickley, John Givens, Earll Kingston, Bonnie Kwong
    poetry reading with music, in an intimate performance space. Limited seating; to reserve a space, email tbickley@gmail.com Free admission; Location provided upon confirmation; This event is four blocks from Ashby BART; venue is accessible; unfortunately restrooms there are not.
    The Tiger Garage, email tbickley@gmail.com for details, Berkeley, CA 94703
    free

  • Three Trapped Tigers at Trinity Chamber Concerts
    Three Trapped Tigers (duo version: David Barnett and Tom Bickley)
    For the new year: pre-modern music for post-modern ears and and vice versa
    Trinity Chamber Concerts, Trinity Chapel, 2030 Dana St., Berkeley, CA 94703
    $20 gen.;$15 sen/disabled/student; no one turned away for lack of funds

  • Sonic Meditations
    San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and The Cornelius Cardew Choir
    SFCMP performs a sonic meditation by Pauline Oliveros followed by Cardew’s The Great Learning, Paragraph 7 with guests The Cornelius Cardew Choir and audience members
    SFCMP in the Community, The Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94110
    free

  • Anne Brodsky Memorial Concert
    The Cornelius Cardew Choir and Meridian Music Curators
    honoring the memory of Meridian Gallery’s founder
    San Francisco Friends Meeting House, 65 9th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
    free

  • CD release of two versions of Bickley’s Repose
    Ewald Henseler, Günther Höller, Yoshie Tokimitsu, Mayumi Ohtsu, Hana Miura
    Ewald Henseler and colleagues released a CD of new music for recorders, including Tom Bickley’s work Repose in two versions for two renaissance recorders in g. Details forthcoming.
    Music for the Recorder vol. 2, , Tokyo, Japan

  • GUST Ghazals for the Ghost Ship
    artists honoring the Ghost Ship victims
    Poems read and sung by Tom Bickley and Nancy Beckman with many other collaborators
    The Milk Bar, 241 A 2nd St., Richmond, CA 94804
    free

  • Remembering Pauline Oliveros
    The Deep Listening Community
    Tom Bickley and Andrew Jamieson lead this event with Deep Listening meditations and Oliveros’ Four Meditations for Orchestra
    All Ears Interfaith Sangha, Temescal Art Center, 511 48th St., Oakland, CA 94609
    free, donations welcome, please bring food to share

  • Headlights, Uptown Ensemble, Ero Guro
    The Uptown Ensemble
    Li Harris -theremini and voice, Amy Reed -guitar, Biggie Vinkaloe -alto sax, Gabby Fluke-Mogul -violin, Tom Bickley -EWI
    Active Music Series, The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94612
    $5-$15 sliding scale

  • Autumn, an immersive soundscape composed by Rae Diamond
    The Long Tone Choir
    Tom Bickley and Nancy Beckman perform with this small vocal ensemble
    HUSH SERIES, Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102
    $15 General, $10 Members

  • Live radio performance of a Sonic Collage by Cilla Vee and Tom Bickley
    Cilla Vee (voice and electronics) and Tom Bickley (electronics)
    performing a sonic collage using shortwave radio samples, spoken word, song and instrumental music
    Discreet Music on KPFA.org (the last broadcast), KPFA FM, email tbickley@gmail.com for details, Berkeley, CA
    free

  • Listening Sounding Moving Being
    Cilla Vee/Claire Elizabeth Barrett (movement and voice), Karen Stackpole (percussion), Nancy Beckman (shakuhachi), Tom Bickley (recorder and electronics)
    *RESERVATIONS REQUIRED* (capacity 15) Location provided when you reserve. Visiting artist Cilla Vee/Claire Elizabeth Barrett joins Karen Stackpole (percussion), Nancy Beckman (shakuhachi), and Tom Bickley (recorder and electronics) for a performance of experimental music and dance. Door opens at 7:00 pm.
    house concert, The Tiger Garage, email tbickley@gmail.com for details, Berkeley, CA 94703
    $5-$15 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

  • Three Trapped Tigers' Birthday Performance
    Three Trapped Tigers (duo version: David Barnett and Tom Bickley)
    Door opens at 6:30 pm.
    house concert, The Tiger Garage, email tbickley@gmail.com for details, Berkeley, CA 94703
    by donation

  • Reflections of a Deep Listening Retreat
    Heloise Gold, Viv Corringham, Nancy Beckman and Tom Bickley
    Door opens at 6:45 pm.
    house concert, The Tiger Garage, email tbickley@gmail.com for details, Berkeley, CA 94703
    free

  • The American Recorder Society Recorder Relay
    Three Trapped Tigers (duo version: David Barnett and Tom Bickley)
    We're on at 9:45 performing Ryohei Hirose's remarkable work, Aki (アキ=autumn).
    Berkeley Festival 2018 Fringe, Trinity Chapel, 2030 Dana St, Berkeley, CA 94704
    Suggested donation: $15

  • Looped Local Roads
    Three Trapped Tigers (David Barnett and Tom Bickley with guest tiger Greta Hryciw)
    including a performance of the rarely heard Serenade for Three Recorders (1943) by Lou Harrison.
    Berkeley Festival 2018 Fringe, Trinity Chapel, 2030 Dana St, Berkeley, CA 94704
    Suggested donation: $20, no one turned away for lack of funds

  • Harmony Out of Chaos
    Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra
    Tom Bickley guest conductor for Bells by Roy Sansom and You Cannot Have a Crowd without a Kitten by Tom Bickley.
    Berkeley Festival 2018 Fringe, First Presbyterian Church, 2047 Dana St, Berkeley, CA 94704
    Suggested donation: $15