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TECHNE Concert

  • San Diego Art Institute 1439 El Prado San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)

Doors: 7:00pm, $5.00 Admission

TECHNE is an arts education organization founded by musicians Bonnie Jones & Suzanne Thorpe in 2010. TECHNE teaches workshops combining sound, technology and musical improvisation. TECHNE's programs seek to empower young women, increase their involvement in technology, and inspire them to engage in creative and innovative music practices.

This concert will be put on in tandem with a workshop with SDAI's Teen Summer Intensive Program youth, who will have worked the day developing musical instruments from found objects and technology. The performance will be put on by sound artists Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones, and will be free to participants and family members. 

Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American writer, improvising musician, and performer working primarily with electronic music and text. Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Bonnie creates improvised and composed text-sound performances that explore the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). She is interested in how people perceive, “read” and interact with these sounds and texts given our current technological moment. Bonnie has received commissions from the London ICA and has presented her work in the US, Europe, and Asia and collaborates frequently with writers and musicians. She received her MFA at the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.

Suzanne Thorpe is a musician/composer who performs in a spectrum of modalities, fixed and improvised, installed and recorded. She plays electro-acoustic flute through an ever-evolving array of analog and digital effects, listening for sound qualities and timbres, and the right moments to introduce them to each other. Her composed works tend to be site-specific sound pieces that speak of, and with, their environment. Thorpe's work has been shown and performed internationally, including All Tomorrow's Parties (UK and U.S.), Roskilde (DK), The New Museum (NYC), Issue Project Room's Floating Points Festival (NYC), Activating the Medium Festival (San Francisco), and exhibited at Caramoor Center for the Arts (Katonah, NY), River to River Festival (NYC), Klieo Gallery (NYC), Exit Art (NYC), Mills College (Oakland), California College of the Arts (Oakland) and more.

She has released over 20 recordings, and was a founding member of critically acclaimed Mercury Rev, with whom she performed, recorded and toured from 1989 - 2001, earning a gold record for 1998's Deserter's Songs. She can more recently be heard on J Mascis' solo record Several Shades of Why (Sub Pop) and Pauline Oliveros’ Primordial Lift (Lovely Records). Thorpe has been the recipient of residencies and fellowships from Harvestworks Digital Media Foundation, Meet the Composer, NYFA and was awarded the Frog Peak Collective Award for innovative research in the electronic music field. Currently, she is Co-Director of TECHNE, an arts education organization that introduces technology to young women through electronic and is pursuing a PhD in Music/Integrative Studies at UCSD.



Judith Hamann is an Australian born cellist currently based between Melbourne/San Diego. Her performance practice stretches across various genres encompassing elements of improvised, art, experimental, and popular music. Judith has studied contemporary repertoire with cellists including Charles Curtis and Séverine Ballon, as well as developing a strong practice in improvisation through collaborative projects and performances both in Australia and internationally including Hammers Lake (with Carolyn Connors) and Golinski/Hamann/Dunscombe trio (US/AUS). She has worked with artists and ensembles including Oren Ambarchi, Crys Cole, Dennis Cooper, ELISION ensemble, Ellen Fullman, Graham Lambkin, Jon Rose, Not Yet It's Difficult, and Ilan Volkov. Judith is a founding member of Golden Fur, and one half of the immersive duo project Cello II (with Anthea Caddy). 

She has performed widely with festivals including Tectonics (Glasgow, Adelaide), UnSound (NYC), Adelaide Arts Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, The Now Now (Sydney), Dark Mona (Hobart), Extremities Japanese Australian Festival (Tokyo), Tokyo Experimental Festival, SiDance Festival (Seoul), Ausland Summer Festival (Berlin), and Liquid Architecture (AU). Other performance highlights include improvised or repertoire presentations at Cafe Oto (London), Issue Project Room (NYC), Dia Art Foundation (NYC), Steim Institute (Amsterdam), Logos Foundation (Ghent), LaSalle University (Singapore) and SuperDeluxe (Tokyo). She is a champion of new and rarely performed music, immersive approaches to concert presentation, and engages with a range of interdisciplinary and experimental projects including the Amper&nd project (Korea/Australia), and collaborative work with visual artists Keith Deverell and Sabina Marselli. She has worked with many composers directly in presenting their work including Natasha Anderson, Richard Barrett, Wojtek Blecharz, David Chisholm, Marco Fusinato, Liza Lim, Anthony Pateras, Timothy McCormack, and Tashi Wada.

Earlier Event: June 21
Make Music Day SD
Later Event: July 10
Artist Talk and Closing Party