Nonsemble 6 is a San Francisco-based sextet comprised of top innovators on the Bay Area musical landscape. Over the past three years, N6 has performed in numerous Bay Area venues including on the Noe Valley Chamber Music series, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, at the Switchboard Music Festival, and the California Academy of Sciences (with composer Mason Bates) in addition to performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon; as artists-in-residence at the Astoria (Oregon) Music Festival; at An die Musik in Baltimore; and on tour to perform and lecture at Western Illinois University and Monmouth, Augustana and Knox Colleges.
In the first half of the 2012-2013 season, N6 focused on returning to their roots in Schoenberg’s expressionist cabaret work Pierrot lunaire. N6 was originally formed to learn this work, and became well-known for their early multimedia performances of Pierrot which included commissioned artwork by Los Angeles artist Mara Elana and projected subtitles. In October 2012, on the centenary of Pierrot’s debut, N6 collaborated with Brian Staufenbiel (of UC Santa Cruz and Ensemble Parallel) to stage a completely memorized performance incorporating costuming, makeup, stage movement, and video projections on the San Francisco Conservatory’s Alumni series. N6 will repeat this performance at Salle Pianos, a gallery-style venue in San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz, and Stanford University in April 2013.
The remainder of 2013‘s season includes the premieres of several new pieces of music. In April 2013, N6 is a featured ensemble, along with the Del Sol Quartet and Speak Percussion, in composer Kevin James’ Vanishing Languages project, which will culminate in a world premiere performance of a new work at ODC Commons in San Francisco. To produce librettos for the May 2013 premiere of a new monodrama commissioned from composer Danny Clay, N6 hosted workshops at San Francisco’s 826 Valencia called Singable Stories, where they worked with seven students on drafting dramatic stories to be set to music. N6 is also set to premiere future commissions by Luciano Chessa and Adrian Knight. In the 2011-2012 season, N6 made their debut at the Noe Valley Chamber Music Series, and collaborated frequently with the math-punk ensemble Grains and the drums-guitar duo The Living Earth Show in scored and improvisational music, including a performance on the fifth-anniversary Switchboard Music Festival. Nonsemble 6 is a fiscally sponsored affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the service of chamber music in California. Group photos taken by Bonnie Rae Mills.