Improvising Home

What does home sound like?

Improvising Home is a multi-movement musical composition for Native American flute and large ensemble that utilizes creative improvised music to explore questions relating to identity and acoustic ecology in the San Francisco Bay Area. The work is grounded in urban American Indian lived experiences and cultural productions brought into dialogue with the intercultural musical lives of the Intertribal Ensemble members. Utilizing improvisation as a framework, an ensemble performance is not simply the presentation of an aesthetic object but a unique realtime discussion conducted in the moment through sound.


  • ImprovisAsians! Festival, San Francisco, March 2017
  • Center for New Music, San Francisco, June 2017

Composed by John-Carlos Perea and performed by the Intertribal Ensemble featuring:

Recorded live at San Francisco State University, September 18 and December 4, 2016. With thanks to the musicians, SF Arts Commission, and SFSU's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, College of Ethnic Studies, School of Music and Dance, and the Sound and Social Justice Commons. All compositions © 2016 Aerep Music.