April 29, 2012

Cloud Shepherd: Joron, Noble, Lucas, & Pino

Sunday, April 29
7:00 pm

3120 N. Williams Ave.

$5.00 suggested donation

A reading by Bay Area poets Andrew Joron, Joseph Noble, and Brian Lucas, followed by a concert by Cloud Shepherd, featuring Andrew on theremin and waterphone, Joseph on wind instruments and percussion, Brian on bass, tapes and electronics, joined by Mark Pino on "cloud kit" percussion.

Cloud Shepherd was formed to explore improvised music, but in a more "ambient" setting reflecting their combined interests in spontaneous composition, drone-based music, and certain 20th Century classical and jazz composers.


Andrew Joron is author of Trance Archive: New and Selected Poems from City Lights Books (2010). He has also recently translated the German fantasy writer Paul Scheerbart's The Perpetual Motion Machine, available from Wakefield Press. His work will be included in the new edition of the Norton Anthology of Postmodern Poetry, edited by Paul Hoover. His essay The Theremin in My Life appears in issue 14 of the online magazine Evening Will Come. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Six poems from Joseph Noble's series between are currently included in the exhibit "Social Behavior Lab" at the San Francisco Exploratorium, and other poems will be published in forthcoming issues of OR and Hambone.  His book An Ives Set was published in 2006 by lyric& Press. Noble has studied and played flutes and saxophones for 35 years, performing in various jazz, classical, and rock ensembles in both the New York and San Francisco Bay areas.

Brian Lucas has played and/or recorded with Mirza, Caroliner, Kawaguchi Masami's New Rock Syndicate, Big City Orchestra, Failure Cock, and James Bloodbeard. His books of poetry include Circles Matter (BlazeVox), Tabu (Yen Agat), Telepathic Bones (Berkeley Neo-Baroque), and Light House (Meeting Eyes Bindery). His art work has been featured in SF Bay Area venues and on album covers from labels such as Darla, Ba Da Bing!, and Ruralfaune.

Mark Pino began playing drums at the age of eleven. During his high school years he played in basement jam bands and punk rock bands. He has studied trap set drumming with Dawn Richardson and Richie Goldberg, music theory with Herbie Lewis, and ethnomusicology with Richard Kaplan. Within the group Cloud Shepherd, he plays the Cloud Kit, a percussive assemblage of his own devising.