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Sundays at Two: Space Age

Composer and Guitarist David Dvorin Presents 'Space Age' Concert

David Dvorin playing guitar
David Dvorin

California State University, Chico’s Zingg Recital Hall hosts the return of the music ensemble, Flounder, in a special concert on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. Led by Chico State professor of music, David Dvorin, the group will perform a new batch of original musical compositions influenced by America’s Space Age. Admission is free. 

Flounder, consisting of Dvorin (guitar/modular synthesizer), Randy McKean (saxophone and bass clarinet), Clifford Childers (bass trumpet, trombone, harmonica and euphonium) and Tim Bulkley (drums), formed almost exactly one year ago in order to perform a program of Dvorin’s blues-influenced compositions at the Zingg Recital Hall. The collaboration was so enjoyable for the four musicians that they decided to keep the project going, naming the group “Flounder” after Dvorin’s composition “I’m the Flounder” (itself a nod towards John Lennon’s “I Am the Walrus”). Since then, the group has performed multiple times as a unit around Northern California, including shows in San Francisco and Sacramento.

Listening to the group, one can easily hear musical influences like Mid-Century Blues and Modern Jazz, but also strains of chamber music. Part of the ensemble’s original sound comes from its unusual instrumentation, with players doubling on multiple instruments pulled out for specific pieces of music.

“I find writing for the group to be uniquely challenging and rewarding,” Dvorin stated emphatically. “Not having a bass player is really freeing, and allows the low end to be occupied by any player in the group, whether it’s Randy’s pulsing bass clarinet, Cliff’s expressive trombone, Tim’s grooving bass drum or my electric guitar. They are equal collaborators – not just manifesting what is written on the page, but breathing life into it by adding something uniquely of their own.”

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact David Dvorin, 530-898-4848 or ddvorin@csuchico.edu. For photos, videos and music samples visit his website


About the Musician

David Dvorin in blue shirt playing guitar

David Dvorin is an Emmy-nominated composer, guitarist, author, and educator who has had his concert music performed in numerous new music and multimedia festivals around the United States and Europe. Versatile in both electronic and acoustic music mediums, he has written for and collaborated with such notable artists as Terry Riley, the California E.A.R. Unit and the Kronos Quartet. In addition to producing several CDs and DVDs of his compositional work, Dvorin is active as a performer on both guitar and electronics, preferring the intimate musical interactions of small ensemble settings such as duos and trios. Some of his current performance projects include his chamber-jazz duo, Pull-String with violinist Matej Seda, and the electro-acoustic duo, Zap! with multi-reeds player Randy McKean. His textbook, Logic Pro X: Advanced Music Production, now in its fourth edition, has been adopted by educational institutions worldwide, and is the basis for Apple Computer’s certified training. Dvorin has also served as a professional consultant to music technology companies such as Native Instruments and Apple Computer. Dvorin has been on the faculty at California State University, Chico since 2006, teaching composition, electronic music and recording arts. He is also the Artistic Director for the annual New Music Symposium, which showcases the work of young composers and brings acclaimed contemporary composers and performers to the North State area of California.