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Music for 18 Musicians, Plus 4 Drummers, Minus 18 Musicians

  • Westfield Horton Plaza 324 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)

Admission: $5.00 

Project Space @ Horton Plaza


Four seasoned drummers of varying styles reinterpret Steve Reich’s minimalist masterpiece “Music for 18 Musicians.” All four drummers perform on full drum kits while listening to a synchronized recording of the original work on headphones. Despite the limited sonic palette of the drum kits, the players infuse the rhythms with expressive free improvisation, tugging at the pulse and drawing out the tonality of the drums.

Leah Bowden
Nick Lesley
Andrew Munsey
Shannon O'Brien

Leah Bowden is a percussionist from the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently resides in San Diego, and is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts under the guidance of Steven Schick and Anthony Davis. An active member of the ensemble red fish blue fish, she has shared the stage with Eighth Blackbird, Bang on a Can All Stars, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Dalai Lama. Ms. Bowden is a drummer and vocalist in a variety of avant garde projects, and rock bands including Tiger Milk Imports and Penis Hickey. Before moving to San Diego, she appeared regularly with the William Winant Percussion Group, Karlton Hester (of Hesterian Musicism), and in the series Santa Cruz New Music Works.

Nick Lesley is a musician and media artist. He primarily plays improvised music on drums and interactive electronics combining percussion with analog and digital signal processing. Nick has composed music for dance, movie soundtracks, and an animation by pioneering computer artist Lillian Schwartz. He’s recorded with David Grubbs, performed in Rhys Chatham’s “A Crimson Grail”, and the Boredoms “88 Boa Drum”. Nick has been active in the groups Mankinda, Necking, Alien Whale, and Oma Yang, among many others.

Andrew B. Munsey is drummer, composer, and sound engineer living and working in San Diego, CA and Brooklyn, NY. He has performed and premiered works at Lincoln Center, Vision Festival, Symphony Space, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and most recently at the Festival of New Trumpet Music, Canada. His quintet is comprised of long time collaborators Stephanie Richards (Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton), Amino Belyamani (Dawn of Midi, Ssahha), Sam Minaie (Tigran Hamasyan), and Ochion Jewell. His work in composition and sound design for film has been screened at the Sundance Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL), Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Centre Pompidou (FR), Fridericianum (DE), Rogaland Kunstsenter (NO), Anthology Film Archives, BAM, the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum, and the Library of Congress. In addition to leading his own quintet, he is a founding member of Bedstuy Ewe, a traditional percussion and singing ensemble dedicated to performing and preserving the folkloric music of the Anlo-Ewe people of Ghana, Benin, and Togo.

Shannon O'Brien is a drummer/composer that writes and records as "Tiger Milk Imports", a synthesizer art rock band which plays live with a rotating cast of San Diego and LA musicians.

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Later Event: August 1
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