Detroit Bureau of Sound

avant garde / experimental / contemporary classical / improvisation / noise / techno / ambient / dada / live electronics /

Xenakis / Reich / Cianni / Cage / Oliveros / Plastikman / Schaeffer / Glass / Buchla / Smith


‘Lease our lobby (regional edit)’
by bureau trash
video by Louis Stein

come see our debut set: 1/25 at Ghost Light Hamtramck

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Established in Detroit's 315th year
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upcoming EVENTS


how sounds are made series

HOW SOUNDS ARE MADE is not a rip-off of the iconic Discovery Channel show "How It's Made"... rather it is a series of discussion-based concerts featuring some of Detroit's brightest minds in contemporary music. Each performance will feature two artists sharing in performance and discussion of their sound -how it's made, the traditions behind it, their conceptions of it- preceded by a short sonic palate-cleanser by DBS Director Zac Bru.

Special thanks to Michigan ArtShare for co-presenting this series, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for their support.


how sounds are made ep. 2

April 18, 2019 @ Light Box Performance
8641 Linwood St, Detroit, MI 48206

Tia Imani Hanna is a musician who takes listeners from one deep, swelling moment to the next, rarely pausing between chords without inhaling a fresh breath of passion into the river of her work. Ms. Hanna says her mission is “to create music that makes the listener remember they are spiritual beings, that spirit moves within us through sound, through vision, through dance…with joy and love.” Born in Detroit, she was nurtured by a family of musicians, including her aunt, Naima Shamborguer, the popular Detroit jazz vocalist, and world-renowned jazz pianist, the late Sir Roland Hanna, who inspired her to pursue this indigenous American art form.

David Hurley is an active improvisor in the Motor City who runs the “Fire Music Mondays” concerts of improvisors at Trixie’s Bar in Hamtramck. David’s drumming is influenced by free jazz and experimental sound sculpture, but his playing is pure sound at it’s core. He has a knack for creating spontaneous conversations with a different group of players every time.


how sounds are made ep. 3

May 16, 2019 @ Light Box Performance
8641 Linwood St, Detroit, MI 48206

Ahya Simone is a Detroit-based harpist, singer-songwriter, and filmmaking femme queen who fuses R&N/Soul, Jazz, Experimental, and Electronic elements into a multi-faceted musical landscape. With over 10 years of study, she earned her degree from Wayne State where she was the principal harpist for the Wayne State University Wind Symphony in 2011. Graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Harp Performance, she started composing music for harp and vocals, taking the harp outside its classical contexts. Drawing inspiration from her Motown roots, her style makes the harp a force to be reckoned with outside an orchestra pit.

Bassist, composer and bandleader Dave Sharp leads the WORLDS QUARTET to explore music traditions from Turkey, Egypt, Ukraine, India, Bulgaria and Greece. Recognized in the Jazz Times 2010 Critic’s Poll, the DAVE SHARP WORLDS QUARTET masterfully blends rhythms, sounds, and textures from across the globe with world music inspired original compositions (Desert Sky-The Seventh Secret.) Featuring oud, violin, electric bass, synthesizer and world percussion, the WORLDS QUARTET is fueled by the spirit of jazz, world music and dynamic exploratory improvisation.


how sounds are made ep. 4

June 20, 2019 @ Light Box Performance
8641 Linwood St, Detroit, MI 48206

Onyx Ashanti is a musician (for lack of a better term). He spends his time engineering and manufacturing a ‘sonocybernetic exoskeleton’ equipped with multitudes of sensors and microcomputers affixed to his body that enable a truly futuristic form of expression. An Onyx Ashanti performance cannot be explained, only experienced. Joined by fellow musical robotics expert and percussionist, Troy Rogers.

Known for their use of glass instruments, Rela Percussion draw upon countless traditions of world music as well as the relatively young language of classical percussion. They recently were artists-in-residence at the Toledo Museum of Art, where they created a new family of percussion instruments entirely out of glass, instruments which will be featured on our program on June 20th.


how sounds are made ep. 5

July 18, 2019 @ Light Box Performance
8641 Linwood St, Detroit, MI 48206

how sounds are made ep. 6

August 15, 2019 @ Light Box Performance
8641 Linwood St, Detroit, MI 48206


live techno trio

DBS’s techno trio, Bureau Trash was formed in late 2018 as the next and current incarnation of the noise project YAK, a shift of focus to live performance of Detroit Techno.

Bureau Trash’s First EP is coming Spring 2019. [Preview]

Jonah Raduns-Silverstein on drum machines
Yuri Popowycz on violin and FX
Zac Bru on synthesizers



conceptual drone/noise
2018 album: Bardo

In Tibetan Buddhism, Bardo is the state of existence between death and rebirth, varying in length according to a person's conduct in life and manner of death. Bardo Thodol, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, literally translates to "Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State". 

YAK's 2018 "Bardo" soundtracks a journey between this life and the next. Avant Music News says "Two-thirds of YAK is classically trained, and from a virtuosity point of view, it shows. But Bardo does not sound like any form of music coming from the conservatory. Instead, this trio uses their skills to explore the gray areas between genres in a novel and jarring fashion."


released February 27, 2018
Yuri Popowycz: violin, bass viola da gamba, field recordings // Zac Brunell: cymbals, moog // Jonah Raduns-Silverstein: octatrack, effects, dub // Recorded and mixed by Jonah Raduns-Silverstein at Assemble Sound, Detroit // Mastered by Eddie Logix

Listen to Bardo on Bandcamp / Spotify and all streaming platforms

Zac bru

solo experimental/techno

DBS Director Zac Bru is a classically trained percussionist and pianist whose performances have been described “raw as mating bull elephants” (Lansing City Pulse, 2013). Encompassing styles of classical music old and new, 20th Century experimentalism, Detroit techno, and noise - you’ll never hear the same performance twice.

Zac is known for playing the cactus -a tradition from John Cage- and his blending of musical styles as an improvisor and composer. Recently Zac began performing sonic responses to different works of visual art, recently appearing in response to the “Fieldwork” exhibition by Larry Cressman at K.OSS Contemporary Art Gallery in Detroit.

Recent Appearances

August ‘18: solo cactus techno set at Texture & Mutek present @ Marble Bar, Detroit

July ‘18: solo electro-acoustic composition “Rejecting Reality” @ Red Bull Arts Detroit

May ‘18: composition premiere of “Perfect Authentic” for Akropolis Reed Quintet+YAK at Playground, Detroit

March ‘18: composition “Architexture” for amplified percussion quartet premiered at Detroit Institute of Arts