Ken Leighton 12:30 p.m., Feb. 21
Sound description: Experimental electronic jazz.
RIYL: Wormhole, Gunther's Grass, Marcelo Radulovich, Hans Fiellestad, Mike Keneally, Marcos Fernandes, Donkey
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Inception: San Diego, 1987
Current Status: Playing and recording.
Influences: The Nortec Collective, George Lewis, Mike Keneally, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Rent Romus, Eric Glick Rieman, Michael Dessen, David Gould, Lisle Ellis, Donkey, Cosmologic, Gunther's Grass, Marcelo Radulovich, Hans Fiellestad, Marcos Fernandes, Bill Horist, Peter Brotzmann, Nathan Hubbard
Robert Montoya -- known as Robert M -- has been active in the local music scene for the past two decades as a percussionist, improviser, and sound artist. In recent years, his work has focused on sample-based electronic music, creating complex, subtly evolving soundscapes which can be heard on his eponymous solo release on the Accretions label and in his ensemble projects: Wormhole, with long-time collaborator Marcos Fernandes, and mrlectronic with Lisle Ellis and Fernandes.
He is a founding member of Trummerflora, a musician's collective dedicated to creative music. A Tijuana native, he has done concerts in Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, and all over the U.S. He has performed and/or recorded with George Lewis, Le Quan Ninh, Mike Keneally, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Rent Romus, Eric Glick Rieman, Michael Dessen, David Gould, Scott R. Looney, and members of the Nortec Collective and Ultra 7.
-- Trummerflora bio