Kim Nucci TAC Faculty


  • TAC Studio Manager


  • Driven Arts Collective
  • The Captains (duo with Kip Kipperman)
  • Peanut Twins (trio with Curt Brown, Alex Cohen)

What is your hometown?

I grew up on a boat, so answering this question is always weird.

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Pizza, DIY electronics, visual arts.

Who were your major teachers?

Milford Graves, Zeena Parkins, Roscoe Mitchell

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

Any question they have. There are no bad questions, and there's no shame in not knowing something yet.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Crewing on sailboats.

What is your unrealized project?

I have so many of these, that's the fun part of being an artist. Coming up with ideas and figuring out how to make them happen. Right now I have a lot of interactive set design pieces that are unrealized.

Who have you collaborated with?

I've performed with with Nava Dunkelman, gabby fluke-mogul, Anastasia Clarke, Madam Data (Ada Adhiyatma), Headboggle, Sharmi Basu (Beast Nest), Nevin Aladag, A.E. Pattera (of Zombi), Alex Cohen, John Niekrasz, Jordan Glenn, Lisa Mezzacapa, Chris Wood (MOCREP), John McCowen, Phillip Greenlief, Biggie Vinkaloe, Indy Niles, Fred Frith, Hamir Atwal, Jack Wright, Evan Lipson, Aurora Josephson, Sharkiface, and others.

Kim Nucci (OAK) is a media artist, composer/improviser and technologist. They perform on saxophone, electronics, voice and live projection. Their research interests most recently are exploring the pedestrian cybernetic body through critically examining our relationship with technology and with our instruments. They are also invested in the exploration of ritualism and trance states in improvisation. They hold an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media, an MA in Music Composition from Mills College, a BA in Visual Arts from Bennington College. They currently teach courses in electronic music at California Jazz Conservatory, and are the studio manager for San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Technology and Applied Composition department. They are part of the sound and stage department at ACRE residency, where they teach workshops on modular synthesis and sound engineering for "non-dudes". They are a part of Driven Arts Collective, having recently directed/filmed the video work Quarant Time documenting the collective's rehearsal process during 2020, and assisted with filming Z A G A, previously they did the show programming, co-authored music and video elements for <<Khôra>>.