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July 25, 2008

The Nature Sounds Society (NSS) presents "The Nature of Nature"

The Nature Sounds Society (NSS) presents "The Nature of Nature," a concert of new music and nature sounds, on Sunday, October 12, 8 p.m., in the Oakland Museum of California Museum gardens. The museum is at 1000 Oak at 10th Streets, one block from the Lake Merritt BART.

The concert introduces new work by Bay Area composers Krystyna Bobrowski, Guillermo Galindo, and Wendy Reid and sound designer Dan Dugan. It explores the rhythms and interaction of natural sounds with artificial sounds via surround-sound playback, live representation of natural sound using traditional instruments, and instruments made from natural objects.

Ms. Bobrowski has composed and performed works using natural instruments (bull kelp horns, shells) and has composed pieces for structured improvisation for small and large ensembles. She teaches electronic music at the College of San Mateo.

Mr. Galindo is an award-winning composer of two symphonies and two major opera works, and has scored numerous films and contemporary dance pieces.

Ms. Reid produced the series "New Music with Birds, Frogs and Other Creatures," sponsored by the museum's Natural Sciences Department and the NSS during the 1990s. She teaches at Mills and Holy Names colleges.

Sound designer Dan Dugan began his career in live theater and concerts. His current focus is recording nature sounds and building "lightly composed" works that evoke the layered ambiance of wild soundscapes.

The spacious museum gardens allow the audience to stroll or sit during the performance. Admission is $20 general, $15 student, senior, and OMCA members. Tickets will be available at the door. For information call (415) 821-9776.

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