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San Francisco, CA - Feldenkrais Workshop at the Center for New Music

I'll be teaching a free Feldenkrais Workshop at the Center for New Music on Monday, August 19th! 

Event info:

This will be one of the few chances left to have a free Feldenkrais lesson with me!

Awareness Through Movement® Workshop: Improve Your Life

Flutist and Authorized Trainee Awareness Through Movement® Teacher Meerenai Shim will lead this 1-2 hour workshop for musicians. Please wear comfortable/loose/flexible clothing and bring an exercise mat.

The first hour of the workshop will include an introduction to the Feldenkrais Method® and an Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lesson. Using slow and gentle movement explorations we will get in tune with ourselves to rediscover our imagination and potential. Most people describe feeling more relaxed, grounded, centered, flexible, and alert after participating in an ATM class.

In the second hour of the workshop we will address any specific questions from participants. Possible topics may include repetitive stress injuries, sitting at a computer for long periods of time, ergonomics, and performance anxiety. If you have a particular issue or question, please email Meerenai ahead of time at and bring your instrument or laptop if applicable.

Earlier in the day, Meerenai has limited availability to give a few 45-minute long one-on-one Feldenkrais Functional Integration® lessons. Please email Meerenai ( to schedule a free lesson.

What is the Feldenkrais Method®?

The Feldenkrais Method was developed by Moshe Feldenkrais, a scientist, engineer, and judo master. The method is taught in two different types of lessons: Awareness Through Movement® group lessons and one-on-one Functional Integration® lessons. Awareness Through Movement® classes are group lessons where the teacher leads the class though movement exploration by giving verbal instructions. In Functional Integration® lessons, the teacher helps the student learn about their own movement potential by actually moving the fully-clothed student in a hands-on, (usually) private lesson.

All of the Feldenkrais lessons involve gentle and enjoyable movements to gain better awareness and discrimination.

One difference between Feldenkrias and other modalities of education such as Yoga or the Alexander Technique, is that other systems try to fix different components of the person by improving the properties of those components, while the Feldenkrais Method is interested in improving the entire person by improving their processes. Imagine the task of fixing or replacing individual bricks in an existing house, versus rebuilding the whole house with bricks being laid in a new formation. The Feldenkrais Method is more like the continual redesigning and rebuilding of the house with the goal of improving the process of redesigning and rebuilding, rather than trying to achieve the perfect house by redesigning and rebuilding.

As Moshe Feldenkrais says in his book, Awareness Through Movement, “The lessons are designed to improve ability, that is, to expand the boundaries of the possible: to turn the impossible into the possible, the difficult to the easy, and the easy into the pleasant.”

Meerenai Shim is a flutist and Authorized Trainee Awareness Through Movement® Teacher. She is in her fourth and final year of training to become a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. Please contact Meerenai with any questions or concerns:

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San Francisco, CA - Areon Flutes at Inn-fest

Areon Flutes will be performing works from our two innova releases, Thrive and No Era, at the annual innova label showcase!

May 5, 2019, 3-5PM
Center for New Music
(55 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA)

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Inn-fest, the annual innova label showcase, is coming to the Bay Area, May 4-5, 2019 and will feature a smorgasbord of regional acts from its roster of visionary musical artists. Inn-fest is a two-day celebration that celebrates a range of groundbreaking music on the Minnesota-based label, tied to brand new and recently released albums. From daringly a cappella choral music, to dazzling flute trios, audacious string quartets, and breathtaking vocals with electronics, there will be much sonic tastiness to sample.

Innova, the record label of the non-profit American Composers Forum, has been called the premier label for American new music. Its catalog of over 650 titles encompasses diverse genres, concepts, and approaches — all somehow non-conformist, individualistic, and groundbreaking. More than just a record label, innova coaches artists throughout the process of releasing their work into the wider world. Artists keep 100% of all rights and income — the highest in the business. innova also produces annual live events such as Inn-fest, now in its fourth year having previously been at The Stone and National Sawdust in New York, and Studio Z in St. Paul.

Inn-fest 2019 kicks off with an album release event for the color of there seen from here, a new album — its fourth on innova — from Volti vocal ensemble, celebrating its 40th anniversary. Included are works by Forrest Pierce, Tonia Ko, Robin Estrada, Mark Winges, and Žibuoklė Martinaitytė.

The festival continues the next afternoon at the Center for New Music with a varied program of regional artists including:

• Friction Quartet performing selections from Spark, an album of works by members of Common Sense Composers’ Collective: Dan Becker, Marc Mellits, John Halle, Carolyn Yarnell, Belinda Reynolds, Melissa Hui, Ed Harsh, and Randall Woolf;
• Areon Flutes (Jill Heinke Moen, Kassey Plaha, Meerenai Shim) performing selections by Ryan Brown and Cornelius Boots from their albums NO ERA and Thrive;
• Volti ‘Singing Without a Net for 40 years’ vocal ensemble under the direction of Robert Geary, reprising selections from their new album the color of there seen from here; and
• Pamela Z, works for solo voice and electronics from her upcoming innova album, A Secret Code.

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Moscow, ID - A/B Duo and Ian Dicke at the U of Idaho

A/B Duo and Ian Dicke: pop/classical + acoustic/electric tour

Flute and percussion duo, A/B Duo, and composer/performer Ian Dicke are taking their joint concert of electro-acoustic works on tour. A/B Duo will be performing their collection of pop-classical crossover works for amplified flutes, drum kit, percussion, and Gameboy. Ian Dicke will perform his "Cowboy Rounds" song cycle for piano/vocalist and live electronic processing.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Auditorium - Administration Building - Main Campus, University of Idaho

Tickets available at the door, $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens.

A/B Duo - Echoloquacious for flute, percussion, and Gameboy:

Ian Dicke - About Cowboy Rounds (includes video):

About A/B Duo:
Known for their unique and imaginative concert programming (varying wWednesday, February 27, 2019, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Auditorium - Administration Building - Main Campus, University of Idaho

Tickets available at the door, $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens.ildly in style and instrumentation from djembe and contrabass flute to Nintendo Gameboy and drum set), A/B Duo has been delighting their audiences all over the United States since 2013. The duo has performed at The Green Mill in Chicago, Spectrum in NYC, The Center for New Music in San Francisco, as well as the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, and other diverse venues such as the video game and indie music festival Rockage 4.0.

The duo of percussionist Christopher G. Jones and flutist Meerenai Shim has commissioned numerous works from American composers including Drew Baker, Zack Browning, Andrea La Rose, Ned McGowan, Brendon Randall-Myers, Ivan Trevino, and Ken Ueno. Many of A/B Duo’s commissions can be heard on their album, "Variety Show" on the Aerocade Music label, and on their 2013 EP, "Things We Dream About."

A/B Duo is probably the only chamber group to design their own video game. Echoloquacious: the game can be played here.

About Ian Dicke:

Ian Dicke is a composer inspired by social-political culture and interactive technology. Active in a diverse array of genres and multi-media, Dicke’s music exhibits a clarity of expression while integrating acoustic ensembles with cutting edge audio processing techniques. Praised for his “refreshingly well-structured” (Feast of Music) and “uncommonly memorable” (Sequenza 21) catalogue of works, Dicke currently serves as an Associate Professor of Composition at the University of California, Riverside.

Dicke’s music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles and festivals around the world, including the New World Symphony, Alarm Will Sound, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, ISCM World New Music Days, and the Atlantic Coast Center Band Director’s Association. 

Dicke has received grants, awards, and recognition from the Barlow Endowment, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, New Music USA, New York Youth Symphony, ASCAP, and BMI, among others. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research interactive musical interfaces and environments in Stockholm, Sweden and has served as an artist in residence at various institutions, including the MacDowell Colony and Atlantic Center for the Arts.

In addition to his creative activities as a composer, Dicke is also the founder and curator of the Outpost Concert Series in Riverside, CA and is a former co-director of Fast Forward Austin, a music festival held annually in Austin, TX. Both organizations are dedicated to presenting adventurous music and fostering community engagement through key outreach initiatives and collaborative projects.

Dicke holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A), University of Michigan (M.M.), and San Francisco Conservatory of Music (B.M.). 

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Pomona, CA - Keyed Kontraptions at Cal Poly Pomona

My contrabass flute and contraforte duo, Keyed Kontraptions, will be performing works written for us by Isaac Schankler, Lily Chen, and Emily Koh!

12PM, Cal Poly Pomona Music Recital Hall
Free and open to the public.
Parking permit required.

Find directions for driving, parking, and walking online at 

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7:30 PM19:30

San Francisco, CA - Keyed Kontraptions

Guerrilla Composers Guild presents: Keyed Kontraptions

We will be premiering new works by Lily Chen, Sarah Wald, Bryan Lin, and Joseph M. Colombo. We will also be performing a recently composed piece by Yangfan Xu.

Saturday,  April 7, 2018

Seventh Avenue Performances

Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church
1329 Seventh Avenue
San Francisco, California 94122

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San Francisco - with soprano Emily Sternfeld-Dunn

My good friend Emily Sternfeld-Dunn is having a CD release show at the Center for New Music in San Francisco! I will be joining her for the San Francisco premiere of Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn’s Nasty Women, a song cycle for piano and chamber group that explores feminist and anti-feminist texts.

Thursday, March 29
Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street, SF, CA 94102
7:30 PM
Tickets: $15 General, $10 Members, Students

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1:30 PM13:30

San Francisco, CA - Keyed Kontraptions at Hot Air Music Festival

Keyed Kontraptions, my contrabass flute and contraforte duo will be performing at the Hot Air Music Festival at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.

We will be premiering a new work by Yangfan Xu as well as performing the very first piece written for us, Strawocktopuss, by Joseph M. Colombo.

Hot Air Music Festival
Session 2 (1:30-5:30pm)
Sol Joseph Recital Hall
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St. San Francisco, CA



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San Francisco, CA - Solo set opener for Wes Swing

I'll be opening for Cellist/Singer-Songwriter Wes Swing at The Lost Church in San Francisco. I'll be playing a ~30 minute solo set of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. See you there!

Buy tickets here!
$15 before and $20 day of show online and at the door.

The Lost Church
65 Capp Street San Francisco, CA, 94103

Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 10:30 PM)
This event is 12 and over.

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Riverside, CA - A/B Duo at Outpost Concert Series

A/B Duo at the Outpost Concert Series in Riverside, CA!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7pm.

Culver Center of the Arts
3834 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501

The Outpost Concert Series presents virtuosic and dynamic performances of music that fearlessly explores groundbreaking territory. Our featured artists come from across the country and connect Riverside's musical culture with a larger, national scene.

Free admission for all concerts.


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    Oakland, CA - Areon Flutes at Vernon Salon Series

    Areon Flutes will play an intimate house concert in Oakland!

    Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8pm

    Tickets are $20 general and $15 for the emerging artist discount, payable in cash at the door.

    RSVP to Anne Rainwater for venue adress: 
    anne.rainwater at

    The Vernon Salon Series is a monthly contemporary art gathering, hosted by pianist Anne Rainwater, whose mission is to provide Bay Area musicians (and others who are visiting!) an informal setting to present and discuss new works with friends.

    More info here.

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    San Francisco, CA - FreqFestSF v2.0
    9:30 PM21:30

    San Francisco, CA - FreqFestSF v2.0

    The Mineral Kingdom is performing at FreqFestSF v2.0! We will be performing on the first night of this chiptune festival organized by 8BitSF and 8BitSF.

    Fri & Sat, July 21-22, 2017
    Doors @ 7pm, show @ 7:30pm [The Mineral Kingdom will be on at 9:30 on Friday, 7/21]
    Codeword - 917 Folsom St, San Francisco

    $11 per night advance; $20 advance two-night pass
    $15 admision at doors each night

    All ages!

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    Berkeley, CA - Composers Inc

    A/B Duo will be performing a piece by Aaron Gervais at Composers Inc's show:

    Saturday, May 13, 8:00pm
    First Congregational Church of Berkeley
    2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

    Ursula Kwong-Brown
    [new work]
    Matthew Paul Finnigan Commissioning Award
    Amaranth String Quartet

    Aaron Gervais
    Shit Around the World
    A/B Duo

    Alyssa Weinberg
    Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composer’s Award
    Amaranth String Quartet

    Frank La Rocca, Ryan Rey, Allen Shearer, Nicholas Vasallo
    [new work jointly composed by Composers, Inc.’s Artistic Directors]
    Elevate Ensemble

    Gabriela Lena Frank
    Amaranth String Quartet

    TBD Winner, !BAMM! Student Composers Competition winner
    [new work]
    Performers TBA

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    Berkeley, CA - Solo (mostly) electroacoustic set at CNMAT

    I will be performing a solo set of mostly electroacoustic music at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies in Berkeley.


    Fractus III: Aerophoneme for flute and quadraphonic sound by Eli Fieldsteel
    Flight of the Bleeper Bird for flute and Gameboy by Matthew Joseph Payne
    Sometimes the City is Silent by Janice Misurell-Mitchell
    Mercurial for flute and tape by Jay Batzner
    Etude for contrabass flute and TI83+ calculator by Matthew Joseph Payne

    1750 Arch St, Berkeley, California 94709

    Tickets available at the door, cash only
    $10 / $5 students

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