KaiBorg is:

Jeff Kaiser
Quartertone Trumpet/Laptop

David Borgo
Saxophones/Laptop

KaiBorg explores the intersections of cutting-edge computer music and contemporary improvisation. Employing custom signal processing techniques and hardware mapping strategies, the musicians perform on “hybrid instruments” that extend their acoustic sonic palettes and afford new spatialization opportunities, all without sacrificing the sense of intimacy and speed of interaction required in improvised settings.

KaiBorg’s music has been described as “a surging sonic kaleidoscope” (San Diego Union Tribune) filled with “strange sounds and odd surprises” (Babysue) that “alternately overwhelm the senses and gives pause for contemplation” (Gapplegate Review); “quite cosmic, yet never indulgent” (Downtown Music Gallery).

KaiBorg has performed internationally at STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam and The University of Göteborg and the Brötznow club in Sweden, and closer to home at NWEAMO (the NorthWest Electro-Acoustic Music Organization), the International Society for Improvised Music conference, the UC “State of the Arts” festival, the gala opening of the Conrad Prebys Music Center at UC San Diego, and the Palomar College Concert Hour.

David and Jeff co-authored an article about their work, “Configurin (g) KaiBorg: Interactivity, ideology, and agency in electro-acoustic improvised music.” It is available by clicking this link.

Jeff Kaiser is a trumpet player, composer, conductor, music technologist and scholar living in Warrensburg, Missouri. Classically trained as a trumpet player, Jeff now views his traditional instrument as hybrid with new technology (in the form of software and hardware interfaces) that he creates for his dynamic and adventurous performances and recordings.

Jeff gains inspiration and ideas from experimental composition and improvisation and the timbral and formal affordances provided by combining traditional instruments with emerging technologies. The roots of his music are firmly in the experimental traditions within jazz, improvised and Western art music practices. He considers his art audio-centric, but he also works with live video, tracking and interactive technologies.

Embracing the idea of being an artist/scholar, Jeff holds a Ph.D. in Integrative Studies (music), from the University of California San Diego. He is an Assistant Professor in Music Technology and Composition at the University of Central Missouri.

For more information: http://jeffkaiser.com/

David Borgo is a saxophonist, composer, ethnomusicologist (Ph.D., UCLA 1999), and Full Professor of Music at UCSD, where he teaches in the Integrative Studies and Jazz and Music of the African Diaspora programs. Throughout his career, he has integrated his creative work with scholarly research focused on the social, cultural, historical and cognitive dimensions of music-making.

David’s book, Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age won the Alan P. Merriam Prize in 2006 from the Society for Ethnomusicology as the most distinguished English-language book published during the previous year. His research also appears in Jazz Perspectives, Black Music Research Journal, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Parallax, Open Space, The Springer Handbook of Systematic Musicology, Soundweaving: Writings on Improvisation, Taking it to the Bridge: Music as Performance, Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music, and The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies.

As a saxophonist, David has released eight CDs and one DVD and he has toured internationally, including performances in Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil. He has studied and/or performed with many of the greatest jazz musicians, including Herbie Hancock, David Liebman, Billy Higgins, Kenny Burrell, Gerald Wilson, Harold Land, David Baker, Snooky Young, George Lewis, Evan Parker, Sam Rivers, John Tchicai, Anthony Davis, and Mark Dresser. He currently performs with his duo KaiBorg, which explores the intersections between free improvisation and live digital signal processing, and with his sextet Kronomorfic, which explores polymetric time.

For more information: http://davidborgo.com/