Friday, April 5, 2013


JACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY ENSEMBLE presents CURRENT EVENTS
Sunday April 28, 2013 8pm
Berkeley Arts Festival
Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue CA 94704 

JACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY ENSEMBLE presents CURRENT EVENTS:
Live music and electro-acoustic structured improvisation to five new electrifying motion picture montages exploring the Flight AF447 disaster, Drone Warfare, Futurist Cities, Polar Ice Caps, and the Desert.



Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble is an internationally recognized new music group that combines acoustic instruments, electronic hardware, composed material, and structured improvisation. Hear analog synthesizer as an unpredictable vintage performance instrument. The Ensemble's electro-acoustic music is performed and recorded live, with no overdubs or sequencing.

"redefining musical boundariesSan Francisco Classical Voice 9/1/09

JCDE has three albums.  JCDE has presented extensive programs of live music to experimental film. In 2010, JCDE attracted global attention with concerts of Depeche Mode's Violator, performed entirely live, start-to-finish, with a complement of strings, to mark the album's 20th anniversary.  JCDE has played chamber concert series, new music series, galleries, and alternative performance spaces nationwide, including The Tank (NYC), AS220 (Providence RI), The Lilypad (Cambridge MA), Meridian Gallery (SF), Cafe Du Nord (SF), Trinity Chamber Concerts (Berkeley), The Whistler (Chicago), The Frequency (Madison WI), and Vaudeville Mews (Des Moines IA).

Also appearing: 9pm: Dan Plonsey's DANIEL POPSICLE big band.

JACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY ENSEMBLE MEMBER BIOS

Jack Curtis Dubowsky:  Piano, Jupiter-6, Electric Bass
Fred Morgan:  Drums / Percussion
Erika Johnson:  Drums / Percussion
Hall Goff:  Trombone / Electronics
Rufus Olivier III:  Bassoon

Jack Curtis Dubowsky is a prolific composer, author, educator, and filmmaker. Major works include Harvey Milk: A Cantata, the socio-political chamber opera Halloween in the Castro, and an oratory with orchestra, Eisenhower Farewell Address.  Dubowsky’s feature documentary, Submerged Queer Spaces, a study of architecture and urban archaeology, premiered at the 2012 Frameline36 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. Dubowsky’s choral music has been performed internationally by groups including San Francisco Choral Artists, Desert Voices, Resounding Harmony, Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, Oakland/East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus, and Mount Eden Chorus.  Dubowsky has received grants from Meet the Composer, Zellerbach Family Fund, Composers and Schools, the American Composers Forum, and others.  Dubowsky’s sheet music is available through JW Pepper, Sheet Music Plus, and Theodore Front Musical Literature.  Dubowsky is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  Dubowsky serves on the editorial board of The Soundtrack, published by Intellect Press.

Fred Morgan is the principal timpanist of the Duluth Superior Symphony and percussionist for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He received his BM in percussion performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the study of Jack Van Geem and his MM from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Will Hudgins. Fred has performed in the Hong Kong Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Kansas City Symphony, Spoleto USA, Schleswig-holstein, Music Academy of the West, Jeunnesses Musicales, National Orchestral Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival. 

Erika Johnson has held the position of principal timpanist in the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and has played with numerous professional orchestras.  In addition to symphonic performance, she is a frequent performer of new music.  As a concerto competition winner, Erika performed Deja vu by Michael Colgrass on timpani with the Indiana University Concert Orchestra.  Erika holds a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Indiana University-Bloomington and a Master of Music in percussion from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Her teachers have included Gerald Carlyss (Philadelphia Orchestra) and Jack Van Geem (San Francisco Symphony). 

Trombonist Hall Goff has been a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since 1977 and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players since 1979. Hall received his BA from Oberlin College and MM from the Yale University School of Music, where his principal teacher was John Swallow. Hall has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Eastern Brass Quintet, the Wall Street Brass Quintet, Paul Lavalle’s Band Of America, the New York City Ballet, and at the Spoleto Festival and the Macerata Opera of Italy. Raising his bell in the popular realm, Hall has performed with Frank Zappa, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Hope, Nelson Riddle, Diane Carroll, Linda Ronstadt, Vic Damone, John Pizzarelli, and The Manhattan Transfer. 

Rufus Olivier III has performed extensively with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet orchestras, as well as the Santa Rosa Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, and Quinteto Latino. He has performed in the Musikverein of Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and New York’s Carnegie Hall.  A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Olivier studied music at Azusa Pacific University, where his principal teachers were David Breidenthal, principal bassoonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and his own father, Rufus Olivier Jr, principal bassoonist of the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras. 

Event:          Concert: Live Music with Film
Title:            JACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY ENSEMBLE presents CURRENT EVENTS
Who:            JACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY ENSEMBLE
When:            Sunday April 28, 2013 8pm
Where:            Berkeley Arts Festival
Address:            Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue CA 94704
TICKETS:            $10 at the door. 
Weblinks:            http://www.berkeleyartsfestival.com/

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dan's Big Hands and Birthday Party Clown Screenings at OTCFF

Two of my short films, Dan's Big Hands and Birthday Party Clown, will screen at the Out in Twin Cities Film Festival on Sunday, June 5, 2011, at 2:30 PM.
The screening is at the St Anthony Main theatre in Minneapolis.
Here's a link to the festival schedule.
Sheet music for a choral version of "Dan's Big Hands" is available here.
Film presskits are available here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

NYC Dilemma (uncut version) screens at Microscope Gallery

My short film, NYC Dilemma, I co-produced with Director Todd Wilson, is screening in Bushwick, Brooklyn, on April 30, 2011.
NYC Dilemma had its world premiere at BFI in London and its US Premiere at MIX Fest in NYC.
Here's the info about the screening.

Day Job
organized by Ben Coonley
Microscope Gallery
4 Charles Place
Bushwick
Brooklyn NY 11221

SATURDAY APRIL 30, 7PM
Admission $6 – Reservation recommended!

Contact:
tel: 347.925.1433
info@microscopegallery.com

The concept of a "day job" implies a kind of second-order activity. Though day jobs are financially expedient, they are generally assumed to be unrelated to the artist's raison d'ĂȘtre, making art. It may be embarrassing for an artist to admit to having a day job; some believe that successful artists do not work outside of the studio. But the waking hours and creative activities of most artists are deeply impacted by the non-studio-based things they do to make money. Day jobs may "wear us down" by sucking away precious time and energy on mundane or common tasks. But they also introduce us to problems, structures, routines, materials, skills, people and ideas (in short, subject matter) that we simply wouldn't have access to if we didn't have to work for a living.

This is a program of films created during, about, and for artists' day jobs. They include: remarkable films made as part of a non-art paid activity; films that were directly inspired by paid work activities; and films that were shot and/or edited on the sly while the artist was getting paid to do something else.

Artists include:

Marie Losier (French Institute Film Programmer)
Kent Lambert (Medical Film Archivist)
David Kay (Senior Encoder at a Late 90s Internet Startup)
XXXXXXX XXXXXXX (Artist Assistant)*
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Benj Gerdes (Wedding Videographer)
XXXX XXXXX (Video-on-Demand Supervisor)*
Jack Curtis Dubowsky (Music Studio Technician)
Ben Coonley (Instructional Practices Videographer)
Jesse Cain (Documentary Cinematographer)
Dianne Bellino (Oral Storyteller/Performer for Children)
And others…

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pink Apple 2011 Trailer

Pink Apple (Zurich Switzerland film festival) features Jack Curtis Dubowsky in its new festival trailer for 2011!



Composer / Director Jack Curtis Dubowsky screened Dan's Big Hands at Pink Apple in 2009.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"Gentle Wind" screens at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Jack Curtis Dubowsky's digital video "Gentle Wind" screened Saturday, January 8, 2011 as part of the VCCA Filmmakers Showcase at the VCCA 40th Anniversary event at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia.

“Gentle Wind” (2008) (2:13) shows the persistence of nature within a highly urbanized environment: a plastic bag, the leaves of weeds sprouting in the pavement, and peeling paper from a disused billboard react to the motion of air. A birds flies over barren rooftops. Light penetrates an overpass. Our constructions also form part of “nature.”

Suny Monk of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts says, "We expect to use the film showcase for at least three other events - one now envisioned in tents (yea! could work beautifully), one in NYC (venue not yet known), one at our studio facilities in Auvillar France, and one here in the hayloft barn which will lend itself to the multiples concept."

Suny says, "We owe huge thanks to Karl Nussbaum whose brain hatched the first film ideas and who followed through to plan, notify, receive, edit and refine the showcase and to Lexie Boris, our director of communication, who worked alongside Karl and is handling the use of all the films going forward."

Here's an interview of Suny with Tanja Softic on TV! Tanja and I were fellows at VCCA together in November of 2009.



Here's the digital video of "Gentle Wind."