Sounds of sym. : A Work in Progress

Saturday, October 21 at 8 PM – 10 PM
$5 suggested donation
Pearlarts Studios
201 N Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208

Soy Sos and STAYCEE PEARL dance project are back at it with the development of a new project, sym. Join us for a live experimental sound and light centered performance project featuring Soy Sos, Bonnie Jones, and Sadie Powers.

Bonnie Jones – electronics, metal, transducers and radio
Sadie Powers – electric upright bass and electronics
Herman “Soy Sos” Pearl – electronics, percussion and radio

sym. is a continuation of our previous project OCTAVIA, which debuted in Spring of 2011 at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater where we explored the work and life of Octavia Butler, esteemed African-American science fiction writer. With sym. we look to her vampire themed novel, Fledgling, to dig deeper into a recurring theme in her work: symbiosis.


Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American improvising musician, poet, and performer working with electronic sound and text. She performs solo and in numerous collaborative music, film, and visual art projects.

Sadie Powers is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, specializing in upright bass and fretless bass guitar. Her music focuses on the tension created through small movements. Powers currently tours as a member of the indie rock band Shearwater.

Herman Pearl (Soy Sos) is head engineer and owner of Tuff Sound Recording, as well as sound designer and co-founder of PearlArts Studios, a sound and creative movement company he formed with his wife, Staycee Pearl. Through PearlArts, Herman creates soundscapes to serve as a component to contemporary dance.

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