Jeph Jerman

May 2nd
Fairchild Chapel

8:30 – Jeph Jerman solo
9:15 – An Animist Orchestra ft. Oberlin College and Conservatory Students



Born January 16, 1959 Agana, Guam

“I have had no formal musical instruction, save two years of drum lessons at around age 13. At 16 I began playing drums and percussion in what would become a long line of dance bands, while at the same time forming and participating in ensembles whose music was decidedly less commercial. The best known of these ensembles are probably Big Joey, formed in 1986, which played entirely improvised songs, and Blowhole, formed in 1991, whose modus operandi included strict improvising as well as more formally structured musical pieces and games.

I began investigating sound in a more expansive way on my own, recording and releasing work under the name Hands To on my own and others’ record labels. In 1996 I ended up in Seattle Washington, where I fell in with the local improvised music community. It was here that I believe I really learned how to play, and more importantly, to listen. Becoming less and less interested in conventional drumming, I began to find ways to lessen my control over what I was playing. I began finding sound that “just happened” of much more interest to me than sounds that were meant to be expressive. I became enamored of very quiet sounds and began giving solo performances using only objects found in nature. I have continued this practice to the present. In 1999 I formed the animist orchestra, an ensemble of shifting membership founded for the purpose of making sound with only natural objects.

I have also in recent years begun working on sound installations, small systems that run themselves and change subtly over time. My main interest remains in what happens when we listen.” – Jeph Jerman


Arizona-based improviser Jeph Jerman founded animist orchestra in 1999 while living in Seattle. Using only unamplified natural objects as instruments – rocks, shells, feathers, seeds, twigs, etc. – the group’s aim is to create a listening environment that is not based on traditional musical notions such as the sharing of emotion or the demonstration of instrumental prowess. Rather, they make sound to listen to, intuitively and with the simplest of means.

Hong Chulki + Aaron Dilloway. February 22nd.


Oberlin Conservatory Room C25. Ross Chait + Myles Emmons – 7:30 p.m. Hong Chulki solo – 8:15 p.m. Hong Chulki + Aaron Dilloway – 9:00 p.m.

Hong Chulki was born in 1976, Seoul, South Korea. He is an improvised/noise musician. His selection of instruments includes turntables (without cartridge), mixing board feedback, laptop, and other electronics. One of his central projects is astronoise (the first noise act of South Korea in 1997) with Choi Joonyong. After several years of playing guitar in a few indie rock bands and spending time for military service around 2003, he began to deviate from the more conventional way of making/listening music and to explore the area of free improvisation with everyday record/playback devices such as CD players, MD recorders and turntables. Since then he has developed his interest in collective non-idiomatic improvisation with acoustic/electronic noise objects. He participated initially in Bulgasari, the first monthly free music concert series in Seoul organized by Sato Yukie and later co-founded RELAY, the free improvisation meeting directed by Ryu Hankil.

Kevin Drumm

Kevin Drumm
Oberlin Conservatory, Central 25
39 W. College St.
Oberlin, OH



openers TBA

Tomutonntu (Jan Anderzen of Kemiallset Ystavat)

Fairchild Chapel
50 W. Lorain St. Oberlin, OH
10:00 pm, free admission

Forced Collapse (Chris Riggs/Liz Allbee Duo)


Monday, October 18th, 2010
Fairchild Chapel
50 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, Ohio
9pm, free admission

Summer breeze

All’s well here in lovely Oberlin, Ohio. The sun is shining and the bagpipes are blaring in Tappan Square. MMG will return in mid/late September, but check here soon for info on the coming year’s lineup.

Flower-Corsano Duo

Aaron Dilloway/Chris Corsano duo

Sunday, April 11, 2010
Fairchild Chapel
50 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, Ohio
9pm, free admission