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.
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.
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.
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.