Bay Area Modern Music. The whole idea behind !BAMM! is to promote the local music community. We are passionate advocates for local composers, performers, and musical groups; through an annual festival and student composers competition, we bring together these young artists for a night of exciting music making! We showcase music that blurs the boundaries between genres while building a community of eclectic music makers.

In my previous life as a touring metal musician one of my favorite things to do was playing local shows with the up and coming talent in the Bay Area. The idea of supporting your local scene was instilled into me as a young underground music concert goer and I believe this credo aligns well with today’s new art music scene. The Bay Area is the epicenter on the west coast for new art music and there is a rich pool of young talent at every !BAMM!. Our annual !BAMM! festival strives to unite local Bay Area composers and musicians in order to promote the Bay Area’s vibrant musical culture. We hope to see you every season and thank you for supporting your local music community.

Nick Vasallo, Artistic Director

Past !BAMM! Events
!BAMM! Student Composers Competition

Next Concert:

!BAMM! 2016

Saturday, May 21, 8 PM
First Congregational Church of Berkeley

Smear Music for string quartet by Taylor Joshua Rankin
Friction Quartet

Coyote Plan by Max Stoffregen
Ian Scarfe – piano, Kevin Rogers – violin, Doug Machiz – cello

Juke for two marimbas by Howard Hersh*
Jack Van Geem – percussion

Get-Go by Ryan Brown*
Areon Flutes

Three Elements by Brian Baumbusch* (2015 Matthew Paul Finnigan Award)
Friction Quartet

Illusion, in the deep of the abyss by Fang-Wei Luo !BAMM! 2016 Student Composer winner
Taija Warbelow – viola

* = World Premiere