MaryClare Brzytwa is a multi-instrumental composer/performer based in San Francisco California . Specializing in electronic music, improvisation and flute, she draws from experimental, jazz, computer music, free improvised and pop. She has toured extensively in theaters and clubs throughout the US, Europe and Japan as both side-woman and soloist playing festivals such as Festival des Musiques Innovatrices, Gilles Peterson’s World Wide Festival, La Siestes Electroniques Festival, Unlimited 21 Festival, and the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival.
In 2008 MaryClare worked in Switzerland with film maker Werner Penzel (Step Across the Border), curating his experimental music project Radio Village Nomade. This project was followed by a year of touring Europe as lead instrumentalist for the jazz project of pop producer of Mocky (Jamie Lidel, Feist). In addition to her own solo recordings, she has also appeared on albums by and collaborated with people such as Lindstrøm, the Boredoms, Fred Frith, Shayna Dunkelman, Preshish Moments, Jonathan Snipes, and Wobbly. MaryClare’s unique flute vocabulary and improvising can be heard on films such as Room 237 and This Moment is Not the Same. She is also the creator of the Avant Tot music method and book which teaches music fundamentals via improvisation and graphic scores.
MaryClare studied flute and composition with Fred Frith at Mills College, where she received her BA in 2006. She also holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts where she studied with Marc Lowenstein, Mark Trayle, and Vinny Golia. Formerly Director of Professional Development at Oberlin Conservatory, she now serves as Assistant Dean for Professional Development at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she mentors students on their projects, proposals, execution and designs curricular uses of technology to develop common competency with music technology for creating and promoting music digitally.