2017 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, June 19-25, 2017

I am very pleased to announce that my paper—Changing, Blurring, Decentering: Community and Electroacoustic Musicians—has been accepted to the 2017 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival

The festival will take place June 19-25, 2017 at the Abrons Arts Center in New York City.

Schedules are being worked out now. The program will be posted to their web site, www.nycemf.org, as soon as it is ready.

Etched Tread of Charcoal Teeth, April 29, 2017 and more

Jacob Sentgeorge and I have been collaborating on a piece—Etched Tread of Charcoal Teeth—for solo voice and a new instrument called the KaiserDrifter, based on six instantiations of Michael Norris’s amazing Spindrift controlled by an Ableton Push 2. The text is an amazing poem by Kathryn Nuernberger, about Paul Klee and his puppets…

This work has several dates coming up, I will update this post as I learn more.

Appleton, WI
Bowling Green, OH
Baltimore, MD
Denver, CO
Warrensburg, MO (April 29, 2017)

Interview with Jeff Kaiser on KaiGen at Cycling74

I am very excited to share this new interview with me that went out with the Cycling ’74 newsletter! It was awesome to spend time with Andrew Pask talking about what we do as improvisors who use new technologies, and talk about my new KaiGen Max and Max for Live patches. Andrew and I have too many stories to share about The Choir Boys, maybe we can do something with that at some point and hopefully organize a tour soon…


Concert, Hart Recital Hall, February 6, 2017

Brahms and Beyond…
Elisabeth Stimpert, clarinet
and guests

Dr. Stimpert and I will be performing a directed improvisation for clarinet and laptop.

Monday, February 6, 2017, 7:30pm
University of Central Missouri
Music Building, Utt 104
South Maguire Street and Christopher
Warrensburg, MO 64093

AMT Festival, February 2-4, 2017

Jeff Kaiser will be a part of the panel, Data Visualization and Sonification, at the inaugural ART, MUSIC, TECHNOLOGY Festival in San Diego. He will be presenting “Made Audible: The tools of probability-based Electronica,” about his duo with Trevor Henthorn, Made Audible, and discussing/demoing the custom plugins they use in Ableton Live for their music. The plugins will be available for free online in the software section of jeffkaiser.com. More information to come.

For more details on the panel, and the festival, follow the links below.



Smaple Palyer


Smaple is a basic sample player that allows you to easily and quickly add sonic backgrounds by dragging and dropping files live, randomize their occurrence, change their pitch and direction, or: tie them to a beat. All mapped to your Push.

Available free at https://jeffkaiser.com/max/

Eugene Chadbourne penned artist biography…

I was recently reminded of this…my bio on allmusic.com. It is not up-to-date…but I love Chadbourne, thanks, Eugene! http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jeff-kaiser-mn0000227053/biography


Artist Biography by Eugene Chadbourne

Jeff Kaiser is a composer, trumpet player, conductor, and private music instructor residing in the cozy town of Ventura, CA, where he does the lion’s share of his performances. More distinctively, he is one of the few former preachers working in the field of avant-garde music and sometimes works the language and hysterics of a fundamendalist sermon into his performance, with delightful results. Despite the raw and wild sound of many of his recordings and performances, he is a classically trained performer with a bachelor’s degree in music composition from Westmont College and a master’s degree in both choral and orchestral conducting from Azusa Pacific University. He has received a number of grants, honors, and awards and runs his own record label. Yet much of his energy is also spent reaching out to the world of avant-garde music at large, producing a concert series that has provided at least one more in the always minimal number of Southern California performing possibilities for contemporary musicians based out of Los Angeles, as well as national and international touring artists. He had recieved the Individual Artist Fellowship from the city of Ventura no less than ten times by 2002, and is a three-time recipient of the Forum of the Arts Grant administered by the Ventura County Museum of History and Art. As a trumpeter, Kaiser is an in-demand collaborator with groups such as the Michael Vlatkovich Brass Trio, the Motor Totemist Guild, Headless Household, the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, and Dan Plonsey & the Human Behavior Orchestra. He also leads his own ensembles, featuring excellent West Coast players such as percussionist Brad Dutz and guitarist Woody Aplanalp. Kaiser created the musical score and sound effects for the award-winning independent film by Ted Mills, entitled Nowhereland, which has been featured at film festivals in Iceland, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, England, Canada, and throughout the United States. Kaiser‘s work as a composer is also receiving increasing exposure. The title work of his CD Ganz Andere was performed at the opening concert of the 1999 National Conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States at San Jose State University. The piece “Templum-Tempus” was a runner-up in the Palmares du 26e Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique held in Bourges, France, in 1999. Not surprisingly, however, Kaiser receives most of his income from his activities as a music teacher. He has been a private teacher since his college days, coaching brass, conducting seminars, and presenting provocative guest lectures at numerous middle schools, high schools, and colleges. This includes a stint as a visiting artist and lecturer at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He also finds time to write about music and art, probably when his lip is too sore for further blowing or when one of his students fails to show up. He is one of the leading forces behind the publication pfMENTUM, covering avant-garde music activity in Southern California as well as general philosophizing on this subject. This publication began as a newsletter, but switched to a purely electronic format with the onset of the Internet era. pfMENTUM is also the name of his compact disc label, often using an interesting packaging technique in which the discs are held inside their cardstock covers with a length of string.

“Many fans of avant-garde jazz find his 1997 recording Nothing Is Not Breath: Music for Double Quartet to be one of the best presentations of Southern California improvising talent ever recorded, indicating his superior talents as a bandleader and conductor.”

All of this activity represents a radical break from his upbringing, which was strictly conservative Christian and about as far from the free-wheeling world of avant-garde art as Ventura is from Pittsburgh. Kaiser‘s trumpet work can be linked to the tradition of expressive, forward-looking players such as Don Cherry and Wadada Leo Smith, and on the improvised music scene of the ’90s and early 21st century he remained among a small group of players taking on the challenge of the trumpet, also including the German Axel Dörner. Like the latter artist, Kaiser began branching into electronics, using a bank of effects generators to create loops and orchestral effects, as well as to manipulate the sound of the instrument itself. His performances also include a visual aspect, sometimes including the wearing of an extremely strange jacket with a variety of bizarre objects attached to it. Many fans of avant-garde jazz find his 1997 recording Nothing Is Not Breath: Music for Double Quartet to be one of the best presentations of Southern California improvising talent ever recorded, indicating his superior talents as a bandleader and conductor. It was released on multi-instrumentalist Golia‘s Nine Winds label. He is no relation to the guitarist Henry Kaiser, and also has no connection with the baseball player nor the international scientology lecturer who share his name.

Concert — Denver, Colorado—Friday, January 6, 2017

Jeff Kaiser: ZEITNOT

This is a private house concert.

Please RSVP at the Facebook link to receive details and address.
Seating is limited to the first 25 tickets sold. $10 suggested donation.

Evening Schedule:
Conrad Kehn short set (voice and laptop)
Jeff Kaiser solo set (Trumpet and Electronics)
Conrad, Jeff and Gil Selinger improvised trio performance.



Halloween, 2016 – Wendel – Berlin, Germany



Schlesische Straße 42 10997 Berlin

reanimation nights-konzertreihe hosted by Ame Zek

solo act ( 22,5 min) Jeff Kaiser

Jeff Kaiser – trumpet + max Msp (http://jeffkaiser.com/)
Antonis Anissegos – electronics (enstase.com)
Ame Zek-amplified feedback speakers,prepared classic guitar,voc (http://amezek.com/)

Dizzy’s with Joshua White: May 21, 2016

Joshua White, piano

Jeff Kaiser, live digital audio processing (last gig in SD before I move to MO…!)

Sat, May 21st 8:00PM
Jazz pianist/composer Joshua White
Music technologist/composer Jeff Kaiser
$20 cover ($15 students) available at the door and at

dizzy’s – where the music matters most
4275 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, California 92109