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, contemporary classical, and computer music traditions. She has toured extensively in theaters and clubs throughout the Europe and US 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 notable film director,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 Lidell, Feist, Peaches). In addition to her own solo recordings, she has collaborated with artists such as Lindstrøm, the Boredoms, Fred Frith, James Brandon Lewis, Vinny Golia, Jonathan Snipes, Dominique Leone and Wobbly and many more.
Formerly Director of Professional Development at Oberlin Conservatory where she founded the school's Professional Development and Outreach center, MCB now serves as Associate Dean for New Media and Music Technology at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As Chair of the Technology and Applied Composition Program, she wrote the curriculum and led a committee to bring the faculty to a nearly unanimous vote for approval of undergraduate and professional studies diploma programs in music technology for composers. MCB project managed and co-designed integration and capital acquisition of state of the art recording rooms and music technology facilities on time and on budget; developed a communications strategy and brand to exceed recruitment goals for the incoming class in the inaugural year and recruited a world class, dynamic roster of visiting industry faculty and staff to the program. MC developed and finalized strategic partnerships with relevant companies and industries such as SE Electronics to partner on internship programs and hands on learning opportunities for students. As a producer, MCB spearheaded and oversaw conferences in both new music and composing for games drawing international attention and media coverage to San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s curricular initiatives. As a manager, MCB supervises the Director of Recording Services, Studio Coordinator, and Director of Professional Development.
photo by Heike Liss
"San Francisco Conservatory of Music stretches bounds"