Tofighi, Denney and Fink to perform at SM Library


The Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library welcomes Tofighi, Denney, and Fink at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 to the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium of the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

These three composer/performers collectively explore the multi-faceted history and sonic potential of the electric guitar.

Alan S. Tofighi is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Valencia.

His work deals with analyses of the dispersion, obfuscation, and deformation of information. As a musician he emphasizes free improvisation, with occasions of written work. Synthesis, just intonation, acoustics, preparations, non-formulaic scordatura, extended techniques, and conceptual grounding are all central concerns.

Maxwell Denney is a member of Soup New Music and a founding member of Washington, D.C.’s Beat on the Bard Theatre Company, where he still serves as Music Director. His work primarily focuses on harmonic fields, and the slow shift of focus within those fields over time.

Michael Jon Fink has composed for and performed with experimental and new music groups including the Negative Band, Musica Veneris Nocturnus, Stillife and Ghost Duo; and currently plays electric guitar with the Feedback Wave Riders (Free Improv), Trio Through the Looking-Glass (Jazz-inflected), and Spectral Dawn Spirits (hierophanic, somewhat metallic, post-psychedelic ambient instrumental).

He has taught composition, orchestration and analysis at CalArts for over thirty years. His music appears on the Cold Blue, Contagion, C.R.I., Trance Port, Raptoria Caam and Wire Tapper labels.

Soundwaves is a concert series presenting artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Public Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders.

Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings are at

Admission is free and all are welcome. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis.

The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For other disabled services, call Library Administration at 310-458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at 310-458-8600.

Tofighi, Denney and Fink to perform at SM Library