The Trummerflora Collective is an independent group of music makers that embraces the pluralistic nature of creative music as an important means of artistic expression for the individual and the community, and provides an atmosphere that nurtures the creative development of its members.

Trummerflora, or rubble plants and trees, are a special phenomenon unique to heavily bombed urban areas. The bomb acts as a plow, mixing rubble fragments with the earth, which often contain seeds dormant for a century or more. These seeds come to light and those that can live in this new and special earth grow and flourish.
-Helen and Newton Harrison
The Trummerflora Collective is using the energy of this concept to create a fertile, varied, self-sustaining environment for the Southern California experimental and improvised music scene. The collaboration of sympathetic artists, producers, fans, and venues will grow a community that can emerge from the rubble. Thanks for listening.

Contact rubble@trummerflora.com for more information.


Marcos Fernandes (percussionist, improviser)
Curtis Glatter (composer, improviser, percussionist)
Damon Holzborn (guitarist, improviser, composer)
Nathan Hubbard (percussionist, improvisor)
James Ilgenfritz (bassist, composer, improviser)
Sam Lopez (Guitar, Bass, Percussions, Drones, Sitar, Household Items)
Joscha Oetz (contrabassist, composer)
Jason Robinson (saxophonist, flutist, clarinettist, improviser, composer)
Scott Walton (bassist, pianist)
Ellen Weller (flutist, saxophonist, pianist, ethnomusicologist, improvisor-composer)

Member Projects

An artist-based independent record label in San Diego, California with an ear towards experimental, improvisational and global sounds.

Performing unit of the Trummerflora Collective.

Circumvention Music
An artist-run independent record label dedicated to supporting and publishing improvised music informed by the panoramic diversity of jazz and African-American music.

A critically-acclaimed unconventional quartet that traverses the broad terrain of creative jazz and improvised music, integrating high-energy playing, intense introspection, rich grooves, open textures, and collective alchemy. Saxophonist Jason Robinson, trombonist Michael Dessen, bassist Scott Walton and percussionist Nathan Hubbard.

Keyboardist Hans Fjellestad and guitarist Damon Holzborn in a decade-long collaboration, exploring improvisation and noise art with an intensity just as capable of growling as it is signaling the landing of an alien spaceship.

James Ilgenfritz/Sarah Weaver Duo
The duo of bassist James Ilgenfritz and Trombonist Sarah Weaver.

The electronic trio of Lisle Ellis, Marcos Fernandes and Robert Montoya.

Using samplers, computers, acoustic sources and effects, Quibble is Damon Holzborn, Nathan Hubbard and Marcelo Radulovich exploring electronic noisescapes.

Skeleton Key Orchestra
Improvising ensemble led by Nathan Hubbard.

Trio Maghreb
Trio Maghreb is Tracy McMullen, Al Scholl and Marcos Fernandes who use saxophones, voice, guitars, green tea, percussion, field recordings and electronics to explore open and structured improvisation, minimalism and the blues.

An electronics-based ensemble of Marcos Fernandes, Curtis Glatter, Nathan Hubbard and DJ Tenshun combining the sounds of hybrid musical influences of ambient electronics and phonography and further mixing it with raw cross-cultural percussion.

Exploring globally informed, experimental, percussion-based sounds since 1994.


Based on a mutual desire to provide a network of support for San Diego's experimental and improvised music community Marcos Fernandes, Hans Fjellestad, Damon Holzborn, Robert Montoya, Marcelo Radulovich and Jason Robinson formed the Trummerflora Collective in the Spring of 2000.

The collective concept grew out of a sequence of collaborations beginning with Trummerflora at the Casbah, a concert series started in 1999 ; "...and the reindeer you rode in on," a holiday CD released also in 1999; and trummerflora.com, a resource site for experimental and improvised music launched in 2000.

Following their official announcement in May 2000, the TFC continued to grow as a performing and organizing collective, curating a new series, Trummerflora Mondays at Galoka, and welcomed Nathan Hubbard to the group in November.

In April 2001, the TFC released "No Stars Please," a collection of live recordings made during their first year, and appeared in The Wire's Global Ear column. They enlisted two new members Kristy Cheadle and Joscha Oetz in the Fall.

The TFC presented the first Spring Reverb, an annual festival of music and art at the Spruce Street Forum in April 2002 and launched their most successful series, Other Ideas at the Space, in November. Lisle Ellis and Ellen Weller joined the ranks while Kristy Cheadle relocated to Madison, Wisconsin.

In 2003, the collective broadened its nominal focus from "improvised and experimental" to "creative music," which more accurately represented the diverse nature of Trummerflora artists and the musical communities that they engage with. The TFC concentrated on organizational activities, presenting the second Spring Reverb at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in May, and continuing their Other Ideas series. Al Scholl became a member.

The TFC released "Rubble 1," a compilation CD featuring both individual and ensemble works, to coincide with Spring Reverb 2004. The Other Ideas series moved to a new home at Voz Alta, a downtown performance and gallery space, and the group inducted Curtis Glatter and Scott Walton.

In January of 2005, TFC became collective in residence at Voz Alta Project and celebrated their 5th anniversary at Spring Reverb which included three nights of performances and a visual art exhibit. In August, Tracy McMullen joined the collective.


"I say that right now it's amazing. It's nothing like I have ever seen, and I'm just happy that this sort of homegrown collective in what many people think as an out of the way, very conservative place, which would never have a scene of new and transgressive music, would suddenly develop one out of nowhere which I think eventually will be known around the world. I'm sure that is going to happen."
- George Lewis, The Wire (UK)

"It may not sound political, but the sheer unconventionality of the Trummerflora Collective's approach is historically one that the Powers That Be won't take kindly to in these parts. Round up a posse. Circle the wagons, before it's too late."
- Scott Batiuk, SLAMM

"...at the heart of everything done for Trummerflora is the notion of original sound composition and discovering music that has never been done before -- even if the players are forced to look a little strange doing it."
-Angela Ashman, San Diego Union-Tribune

"...you can rest assured that soon enough you will find yourself in the midst of an essential part of the local arts community when participating in any of the many activities of San Diego's newest proprieter of, well... new music."
- Chris Williams, San Diego New Music

"... if you like improvised music, free-jazz or noise art, and like your musical boundaries challenged, this is...for you."
- Bart Mendoza, San Diego Union-Tribune

"When not committing additional subversive acts, the members of Trummerflora can be found at random locales around San Diego and points beyond aiding and abetting others with experimental music."
- Dylan Roberts, DigitalCity.com