The Constellation Music Series encourages and supports innovative ideas and experiments in sound. The full spectrum of the Constellation Music Series will result in lectures, workshops, documentaries and concerts of avant-garde, minimalist and outer-music.  This ongoing series will be held on the 4th Saturday of the month at 8PM.  Questions about performing or attending can be email to us below.  

Curated by: Benjamin Funke /// Production Assistant: Matt Goldberg

Next Event:

May 28th - Morris Graves Museum of Art

Jim Haynes


Jim Haynes (SF) - Sonic and Visual performances- Through sound (and more recently video), I continue to investigate these properties of corrosion. Specifically, I have focused on how decay parallels and relates to the perception of time when cycles of activity collapse into stasis, and how that stasis can rupture when any number of pressures are applied. These result from a cross-contamination of ultrasound detection, shortwave reception, surveillance camera observation, moribund radiophonic exploration, and/or electro-magnetic disruption. 

Spunflower (Arcata) Neu-esque Krautrock jams- Local music gurus join forces to create and recreate music that forges new sonic territories while paying homage to the foundations of krautrock and synthesised progressive musics.


June 14th - Siren's Song Tavern

Laser Background

and special guests!


August 1st - Richards' Goat Tavern and Tea Room

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate

and special guests!


Past Performances:

May 18th

Constellation Music Series at Richard's Goat Tavern and Tea Room

HORSELORDS (Baltimore)

Reggae 90210


April 23rd 8PM

Constellation Music Series at Morris Graves Museum of Art

presents: HSU Composition Studio

For the April 2016 Constellation Series at the Morris Graves Museum, students and faculty of the HSU Composition Studio will be giving electro acoustic performances of original minimalist works as well as performing the classic minimalist composition, "In C" by Terry Riley. At times performers will be located in different parts of the museum while performing at the same time. Four of the pieces performed will be collaborative compositions written by everyone in the studio.  Improvisation will be an important element of all of the pieces being given throughout the evening.  The goal of each piece will be to spontaneously create a musical and electronic soundscape through the use of precomposed and improvised material.  

Performer Bios:

Ryan McGaughey - Local pianist, Ryan McGaughey, will perform original compositions for piano and electronic sounds and experiment with mixing the sounds of both the acoustic sounds of the piano and the digitally manipulated sounds of the piano.

Sabrina Fisher - My name is Sabrina Fisher I am a sophomore at Humboldt State University. I have been playing music in different forms since I was nine, from school ensembles to jazz bands to a ska band in high school. I realized a few years ago that I connect most with film scores, and find that music combined with images is an important art. Since enrolling at HSU, I have been studying music composition and aspire to someday create film scores similar to the ones that have affected me.

Michael Barrett Donovan - Michael Barrett Donovan is a student of composition and violin at Humboldt State University. When not devastated with work, he enjoys thinking of you fondly. 

Sandee Castemeda - I grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, and moved up to Arcata for college. I'm a music and psychology major at HSU. This is my fourth year, once I finish my psychology masters at HSU I'd like go to the Seattle Film Institute to study Film Scoring and would like to go into quantitative psychology for my career in psychology. 

Kenneth Bozanich - This is my last semester as an HSU Composition Major. Mark your calendars for my senior recital on May 12th at 8 pm in the Fulkerson Recital Hall!

Kyle McInnis - Kyle is in his final semester as a composition student at HSU and can be heard performing around town with his group Business Casual.  

Aidan Sanborn-Petterson - Aidan has been fascinated with sounds from his earliest childhood. Although he went through the usual childhood lessons on several instruments, Aidan’s real musical interest blossomed in his teenage years when he began experimenting on his own with digital composition. He and his friend Michael worked together in several projects and performed around the Humboldt area. During his high school years Aidan produced music for friends, and local rap artists. He is now studying orchestral composition, and arrangement at Humboldt State, but stays comfortably rooted in his electronic composition.

Brian Post - Brian Post has been teaching composition classes at Humboldt State University since the fall of 1998.  He has an MM and DA in Theory and Composition from the University of Northern.



March 21st 10pm

Constellation Music Series at Richard's Goat Tavern and Tea Room

Tabor Mountain

Andrew Bernstein

Booker Stardrum


March 26th 8PM

Constellation Music Series at Morris Graves Museum of Art

 Lounge and Cocktail Fundraising Party with

Faux Goo Collectiv

Kit Lamb


February 27th 8PM

Darius Brotman

Jonathan Kipp

Vance Umphery

Darius Brotman, Piano-Darius Brotman was born and raised in Berkeley, California and has a degree in music composition from the University of California, Berkeley. He started playing piano jazz at the late age of 32 and has been playing the local club scene in Humboldt County for 20 years.

Jonathan Kipp, Vibraphone-Jonathan Kipp is a percussionist living in Arcata, California with a BA in music from Humboldt State University. He participates in a variety of projects and styles including classical, improvised, experimental and electronic. 

Vance Umphery, Piano-Vance Umphery is a student in Humboldt State University’s Music Department.  Vance will be performing a solo composition by John Cage, entitled In A Landscape.  This work is prepared for piano and was originally debuted in Black Mountain, North Carolina on August 20, 1948.

January 23rd 8PM

Ensemble Economique

Christian Hower

Cybernator 3



Based in Californian Humboldt County, Brian Pyle wanders the world on his countless travels. Far from being restless, he has his very own Pylesque way of traveling. Much like a Lynchian version of Hemingway, he has an eye for the thin layer between restlessness and relaxation, gloom and serenity. Wherever he goes, he ardently absorbs these nuances, rarefies them and molds them into a seamless array of glimmering styles, from drone and ambient to shoegaze and post-wave, giving birth to yet another creation of his prolific Ensemble Economique project.

Since 2011 Cybernator 2 has been punishing Humboldt with lo-fi soundscapes and new age noise. Founding member and veteran keyboardist (Big Kitchen, Bu Hao Ting) Thalon Hubbell released the debut ep "Focus on the Family" to no fanfare. Cybernator 2 then provided the score for the amateur Giallo film " The Fated Assemblage of Doctor Malvaggio". Joined by analog master Michel Sargent (Norton Subtonic, Medicine Baul, The Tweeners) and Science Man Chris Musgrave the band morphs to become Cybernator 3..." 




Hello, World!

Questions and Comments:

Name *