Tiger Garage

Tiger Garage

Aki アキ=Autumn by Ryohei Hirose

A video from the 2018 BFX American Recorder Society's Recorder Relay of Three Trapped Tigers performing Ryohei Hirose's Aki アキ = Autumn. (1969/1988). The original piece was for shakuhachi, and the recorder version created with recorder player Isao Moriyasu in 1988. David Barnett is playing a transitional alto recorder by Tom Prescott, Tom Bickley is playing a harmonic tenor recorder by Maarten Helder/Mollenhauer.

Song, the Sixth

Here's a video from 2008 of Three Trapped Tigers performing Thomas Morley's Song, the Sixth from his Plaine and Easie Guide to Practicall Musicke (1597) on renaissance recorders by Tom Prescott.

Improvised Duo for Violin and Contrabass Recorder

Here is a recording of a live improvised duo for violin and amplified Paetzold contrabass recorder, from a performance on Wed. 16 Aug 17 at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. Composer/performer(violinist) Thea Farhadian and I used the strategy "start with drones and move toward more fragmented sonic gestures, and see what happens over a span of 10 minutes."

108: a Mala for Pauline

The Cornelius Cardew Choir performance of 108: a Mala for Pauline, a piece honoring my teacher and friend Pauline Oliveros. This was recorded live at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco on Sunday 7 May 2017. This performance is of the "public space" option, in which the sounds evoked by the score co-exist with the other sounds in the room. The microtonal dissonances are a happy result of an ensemble of instruments in different tuning systems along with the voices.


My performance of Basho (1997) at The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco on 17 Nov 2011. The piece is for one performer using alto recorder and voice, with optional movement. I'm using a low-pitch baroque alto by Takeyama.

Three Propositions

Three Propositions, a video piece inspired by Wittgenstein's Tractatus. Video and poetry by Jaime Robles; sound design by Tom Bickley; sounds by Nancy Beckman, Tom Bickley and Jaime Robles. This was included in an exhibit in Exeter by the British Wittgenstein Society.

Middle Armand Bayou

Middle Armand Bayou, an (audio only) electro-acoustic/acousmatic piece created from environmental recordings I made at the Armand Bayou Nature Center in Pasadena, TX. This work was performed at the 2016 San Francisco Tape Music Festival.

Three Solos

Three Solos by Dream Down Duvet (audio only): 1. Six Minute Meditation by Nancy Beckman (shakuhachi); 2. What I Know by Viv Corringham (voice and drone); 3. Connections Inside a Bone by Tom Bickley (recorder and voice); from the 10 pm set at The Stone, NYC, 30 Aug 2012. I'm playing a Mollenhauer Helder Tenor.

Microtonic Meditations for Endings and Beginnings: II. Scherzo

Microtonic Meditations for Endings and Beginnings: II. Scherzo by Bob Marsh (prepared accordion) and Tom Bickley (soprano recorder). Free improvisation recorded live at Meridian Gallery, San Francisco 10 Jan 2007. Released on Innova's CD Earth Music: Ten Years of Meridian Music: Composers in Performance. I'm proud to have co-curated this collection with Michael Zelner, Adria Otte, and Phil Gelb. Please enjoy our liner notes.

Mukaiji kai

Mukaiji kai, structured improvisation for ensemble on the traditional shakuhachi piece 霧海箎. 31 Jan 15 at the Fog Music Festival, the Second Act, San Francisco. I'm playing a Paetzold contrabass by Kunath and an Akai EWI 4000s wind synth.