Photos courtesy Adam Fleishman / Cometmoth Sight and Sound

Steve Brand's trip report and Chris Russell's photos

SoundQuest Fest 2010
An International Gathering of Sonic Innovators and Ambient Architects
October 23, 2010 — Tucson, Arizona
Steve Roach (USA), Electronic-Ambient Pioneer
Erik Wøllo (Norway), Cinematic Guitar Soundscapes
Byron Metcalf (USA), Shamanic Trance Percussion
Mark Seelig (Germany), East Indian Devotional Music
Loren Nerell (USA), Indonesian Soundscapes

Special Guests:
Dashmesh Khalsa & Brian Parnham, didgeridoo
Beate Maria, Stefin Gordon
Lynn Augstein / Cobalt Sun, visual ambience
Roger King, sound

October 23, 2010, 2:00pm - 11:00pm (9 hours with dinner break)
Berger Performing Arts Center, Tucson Arizona
1200 W. Speedway Blvd., Tucson Arizona

After a few years of planning, we're proud to announce SoundQuest Fest 2010!

Like Steve's previous Tucson concert happenings over the past 18 years, it will be an event not to be missed. The electricity in the air is always high at these concerts, with attendees from far and wide meeting up again or for the first time. Those who have attended these events in the past know it's worth the effort to make the adventure to Tucson. In the hometown atmosphere, the dynamic intensity of Steve's live realm is taken to another level, coupled with a high-resolution sound presentation by Roger King.

After increasingly larger solo events in Tucson every few years, this time Steve has invited a select gathering of kindred spirits from the U.S. and Europe to join-in on a once-in-a-lifetime event. A festival of this nature, for this genre of music, is rare in the United States, and we encourage you to take part in this special moment in time.

The SoundQuest Fest will be a one-day event in an intimate, great-sounding theater just 20 minutes from the airport, near downtown Tucson and just a short drive away from the heart of the Sonoran Desert. A newly-constructed hotel one block from the theater is offering special rates for SoundQuest Fest attendees. It's sure to be a relaxing and inspiring weekend immersed in the deep-end of the soundcurrent.

We strongly suggest not waiting 'til the last moment for tickets; past events have usually sold-out in advance. General Admission tickets (no reserved seating) are $35.00 for the complete 9 hour Fest.

Advance ticket sales, available exclusively from, will end Wednesday, October 20th at 9:00pm (Pacific time). Box Office opens at noon on the 23rd for same-day ticket sales, subject to availability.

Please note: All tickets are "will call"; no tickets will be mailed. Just show your invoice or photo ID at the door. All tickets sales are final and processed upon receipt. No refunds.


Berger Performing Arts Center, Tucson Arizona
1200 W. Speedway Blvd., Tucson Arizona

Built in 1991, the Berger Center is a modern theatre mixing classic Southwestern architecture with state-of-the-art amenities including pristine acoustics, spacious seating, and excellent lines of sight throughout the house, making it one of the finest theatres in Tucson. The 496-seat Proscenium theater is located on the campus of the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind at 1200 W. Speedway Blvd., centrally located just one block west of Interstate 10, on the north side of Speedway, and 10 miles from the Tucson Airport.

Coming from out of town?

  • The Ramada Limited Tucson West offers in-room complimentary Wi-Fi, extended continental breakfast, lobby computer/printer, and outdoor swimming pool with BBQ grill. SoundQuest Fest rate is only $59.00.

    Ramada Limited Tucson West
    665 N. Freeway, Tucson Arizona
    (520) 622-6491

  • Contact the Country Inn & Suites and ask for the SoundQuest Fest special rate: $79 (king or 2 queen, free breakfast/Wi-Fi/parking). Located about one block from the theatre, this brand-new hotel opened just this year.   SOLD OUT!

    Country Inn & Suites Tucson City Center
    705 N Freeway, Tucson Arizona
    (520) 867-6200

  • La Posada Lodge & Casitas, located about 5 miles from the venue, is offering a special SoundQuest Fest rate. Call 1-800-810-2808 for details.

  • Looking for a magnificent resort environment ensconced in the Saguaro-rich Tucson Mountain Range? The JW Marriott at Starr Pass is the answer. It's also a short drive from the theater. Sorry, no SoundQuest Fest rates are available.

    2:00Doors open; let the immersion begin! Merchant area opens (closed during performances).

    3:00Afternoon concerts:
    Loren Nerell
    Mark Seelig with guest Beate Maria

    5:00Dinner break; merchant area re-opens.

    6:30Auditorium doors re-open. Listen to a mix of unreleased tracks from the performers, both in the lobby and the auditorium. Chat with friends or just chill-out.

    7:30Evening concerts:
    Erik Wøllo
    Steve Roach
    Special Guests: Byron Metcalf, percussion; Dashmesh Khalsa & Brian Parnham, didgeridoo

    11:00 Artists reception and autographs in the lobby

    Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Hotel Congress — This historic hotel is now a haunt for hipsters, with a cool cafe, lounge and live club. John Dillinger was captured here in 1934!

    The Chicago Store — Surreal old-school music store featured in Martin Scorsese's early film "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore". The store is loaded with all kinds of instruments in all kinds of shape.

    4th Avenue — ecelctic street loaded with shops and cafes

    Cafe Poca Cosa — Amazing Sonoran food, always a favorite for concert attendees (if you come in on Friday)

    El Charro Cafe — a Tucson classic, the real deal in Mexican food

    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum — The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! If you have time on Friday or Sunday, this is a must for an introduction to the magic of the Sonoran desert.

    To get there, drive west on Speedway, the same street as the concert venue. This takes you into the Tucson mountains dense with Saguaro forests. Before dropping down to the Desert Museum, stop at Sunset Point and take in the great westward views.

    Hope to see you in October!

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