Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble at Meridian Gallery

Jack Dubowsky left and Fred Morgan right
Meridian Gallery: Composers in Performance Series Presents
VENUE: Meridian Gallery
535 Powell St, San Francisco, California 94108
Telephone: (415) 398-7229
TICKETS: $10 general, $5 students/seniors. No one
turned away for lack of funds.
BOX OFFICE: Tickets are available at the door.

The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble, a groundbreaking new
music ensemble led by classical and film composer Jack Curtis
Dubowsky, combines acoustic instruments, electronic hardware,
composed material and structured improvisation. The Ensemble
treats analog synth as a rare and unpredictable performance
instrument. The Ensemble s contemporary electroacoustic
music, abstract, calm, spacious, free form, and transcendental,
is performed and recorded live with no overdubs or sequencing.


About Meridian Music: Composers in Performance, Curated by
Tom Bickley
Founded in 1998 by Anne Trueblood Brodzky, Anthony Williams
and Philip Gelb, the first curator of the series, Meridian Music:
Composers in Performance seeks to present a wide range of art
music from the vital Bay Area scene and beyond through
monthly concerts by diverse composer/performers, both
established and emerging. The series offers audiences music in
a variety of idioms and created by a variety of compositional
processes (from solo voice to sophisticated multimedia/software
processing; from improvisation to “new complexity”) in an
intimate setting. The musicians themselves come from a wide
range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and the series
embraces that diversity as well as sonic diversity.

Meridian Music: Composers in Performance is grateful to the
Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and Meet the Composer’s MetLife
Creative Connections program for their support. Concerts are
re-broadcast online on Friday after concert at:

Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble Member Bios

Member Bios
Keyboardist and bassist Jack Curtis Dubowsky is an active
composer, conductor, writer, educator, and filmmaker.
Dubowsky has composed four chamber operas and scored five
feature films including That Man Peter Berlin, Rock Haven, and
Redwoods. The short film NYC Dilemma about this working
composer premiered 2006 at BFI in London. Dubowsky’s choral
music has been performed internationally by groups including
San Francisco Choral Artists, Desert Voices, Lesbian/Gay Chorus
of San Francisco, and Mount Eden Chorus. His orchestral music
has been performed by Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra. His
chamber music has been performed by Classical Revolution,
Snopea Chamber Ensemble, Organic Sound Experiment,
Collaborata, and Paradigm Brass. Dubowsky has received grants
from Meet the Composer, Zellerbach Family Fund, Friends of San
Francisco Public Library, and American Composers Forum.
Dubowsky produced recordings by The Winsome Griffles, Glen
Meadmore, and the Virgin Whore Complex. Dubowsky s award
winning Mr Jones parody is a highlight of the Momus album
Stars Forever. Dubowsky attended the Aspen School, and
received his MM in Composition from the San Francisco
Conservatory of Music. Dubowsky studied composition with
David Conte, Conrad Susa, Elinor Armer, and Michael
Czajkowski. Dubowsky recently received a 2009 Subito Grant
from American Composers Forum for a choral opera, Halloween
in the Castro, commissioned by the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San
Francisco, which will premiere in October 2009. Dubowsky will
be resident composer at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
in November 2009.

Erika Johnson has 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. She
has held the position of Principal Timpani in the Tacoma
Symphony Orchestra and has played for numerous professional
ensembles. Ms. Johnson was a concerto competition winner,
performing Deja vu by Michael Colgrass on timpani, with the
Indiana University Concert Orchestra. She was a Founder’s Day
Honors Scholar from 1994 to 1998. She received the Indiana
University Percussion Ensemble award, the Jorge Estebanez
Scholarship, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Departmental Awards for Percussion and New Music Ensemble.
Her teachers have included Gerald Carlyss (Philadelphia
Orchestra) and Jack Van Geem (San Francisco Symphony).
Currently, Ms. Johnson freelances in the Bay Area and enjoys
arranging popular music for percussion.

Percussionist Fred Morgan 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
currently studies timpani with San Francisco Timpanist David
Herbert. Other teachers have included Andrew Lewis, James Lee
Wyatt, and Alan Hall. Fred played William Kraft’s first timpani
concerto with the Oakland East Bay Symphony in 2003 as a
winner of the orchestra’s Young Artist Competition. Fred was a
member of the San Francisco Youth Symphony from 1997-
2002. Fred has performed as a timpanist and percussionist in
the Hong Kong Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and
Kansas City Symphony. Fred performs with SF Symphony brass
and boys choir at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and has
subbed with the Midsummer Mozart Festival. Fred participated
in festivals of Spoleto USA, Schleswig-holstein, Music Academy
of the West, Jeunnesses Musicales, National Orchestral Institute,
and the Aspen Music Festival. Contemporary engagements
include work with the Sprocket Ensemble and performances and
recordings of the music of Erling Wold. Locally Fred subs with
the Oakland East bay Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony.
Fred has received a percussion chair in the Stockton Symphony.

Trombonist Hall Goff received his BA from Oberlin College and
MM from the Yale University School of Music, where his principal
teacher was John Swallow. Other teachers include Tom Cramer,
Douglas Edelman, Tyrone Breuninger, and Ned Meredith. Hall
has been a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since
1977, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players since
1979, and the Paradigm Brass since 2002. Hall has performed
locally with orchestras in Santa Rosa, Monterey, Oakland, Napa,
Marin, the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera,
nationally with the Eastern Brass Quintet, the Wall Street Brass
Quintet, Paul Lavalle s Band Of America, the New York City
Ballet, and internationally 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. Recordings include
Prokofiev s Romeo and Juliet, Paul Chihara s The Tempest,
Tchaikovsky s Nutcracker with the San Francisco Ballet, music by
Earle Brown and Morton Feldman with the San Francisco
Contemporary Music Players, and recordings for film and TV.