Without a conductor, I have gotten to know the intricacies of our music more confidently and with stronger convictions. It's refreshing to share the duty of figuring out what the music means and how we're going to collectively convey that meaning.
When I play a set with OFS, I find myself surrounded by an amazing family of musicians who show up with the sole purpose of making the highest level of music possible. The collaborative and musical freedom that OFS is all about makes it so fun to be there. What could be better than making music with friends and bringing these works to life in such an intimate way.
The most intriguing aspect of a conductorless chamber orchestra is that it's volatile. Since we're not deferring to the singular will of a conductor, it has the potential for many different permutations of interpretations from each of the musicians. The unpredictability makes it exciting.
Samsun van Loon
The opportunity to build a piece of music together by making artistic decisions collectively as a group, and then bringing this final product to an audience that is literally a few feet away is indescribable.
One Found Sound is an outlet for musicians and audience members to feel connected to each other. Performing in this group, and being an audience member at our concerts is a singular occurance that gets to the core of why art and music are important: the shared human experience.
James Ginn Encarnacion
One Found Sound is such a unique and energetic ensemble-- the players all bring such a high level of enthusiasm and commitment that truly makes the music come to life. It's a real pleasure to be a part of this group!
Tess Varley Guy
Few things inspire me as much as making music with my friends and colleagues, and I am thrilled to team up with so much talent for a project as unique as One Found Sound. The diverse arts scene here in San Francisco is the perfect place for us to thrive as a new unconducted ensemble.
It is incredibly rewarding to be a part of the sound, creative decisions, and performance of music you love with an ensemble of musicians you care for and respect. One Found Sound is inspiring and empowering, it's an honor to be involved.
One Found Sound is one of the rare groups where I can palpably feel the interdependence of the music, where my voice matters as much as my ears do.
One Found Sound performances are more accessible and vibrant than your average classical music concerts. Without a conductor acting as intermediary, we the performers are more engaged and empowered, and that energy is transmitted to the audience.
Playing with OFS reminds me of some of the reasons why I fell in love with music in the first place: to collaborate with great musicians and to have a say in the overall artistic vision of my performances. The fact that I get to do that with my friends and share the experience with a community that I love is priceless.
To me, One Found Sound means community. Music is nothing without the listener, and I love how OFS strives to include their audience as integral parts of each performance. I love how as musicians we can see and feel the audience react, move, and evolve alongside us with each note we play, and that to me is what makes OFS a powerful and unique creative force within our community.
The opportunity to perform symphonies with a full orchestra and no conductor is one of the most thrilling musical experiences I've had in the Bay Area.
One Found Sound concerts are special because you get to hear the individual contributions of each performer becoming the collective expression of the group.
Symphonic music is a unique and rewarding experience that transcends its individual members. Without a conductor, it becomes dangerous and exciting–without an outsider as a symbol to latch onto, the orchestra must connect to itself and draw emotions and sounds from within.
One Found Sound is a profound example of what can be accomplished by musicians, determined to perform at the highest level of artistry. It is such a rewarding experience to be involved with the planning of an entire season, the intensive collaborative work in rehearsals, and the communication of our musical voice to our audience.
Ever since I first heard One Found Sound I've thought that this group has a really special energy. The musicians are creative, highly skilled, open to new ideas and responsive to each other in the moment. That makes for exciting performances and I'm really happy to play with this orchestra.