Questions for Lei Liang

Questions for Lei Liang

As SFCMP prepares to perform Aural Hypothesis, we asked composer Lei Liang about the piece:

In the performance notes for Aural Hypothesis you mention that “the overwritten ‘cadenzas’ are meant to trigger improvisatory action and accidents,” and that what you prefer from the performer is “not deliberate details…but rather an explosive energy that threatens to destroy the overall balance of the composed work.” Certainly this seems appropriate for the piece given your description of contrasting calligraphy brushstrokes in the program notes as well as of shigaraki ware in the piano note, but is this kind of openness to the unpredictable and technique of “overwriting” despite anticipation of mistakes typical of your work?Read More

Hrabba Atladottir

Hrabba Atladottir

Violinist Hrabba Atladottir studied in Berlin, Germany with professor Axel Gerhardt and professor Tomasz Tomaszewski. After finishing her studies, Hrabba worked as a freelancing violinist in Berlin for five years, regularly playing with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Oper, and Deutsche Symphonieorchester. Hrabba also participated in a world tour with the Icelandic pop artist Björk, and a Germany tour with violinist Nigel Kennedy.Read More

Jeff Anderle

Jeff Anderle

Jeff Anderle is a pioneer in the world of low reeds, helping to popularize the role of the modern clarinet and bass clarinet through his innovative and diverse performances, ensembles, and commissions.

He is a founding member of both Splinter Reeds, the Bay Area’s first reed quintet, and REDSHIFT contemporary music ensemble, as well as a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and the Paul Dresher Electro/Acoustic Band.… Read More

Tod Brody

Tod Brody

Tod Brody (flute) is principal flutist with SFCMP, as well as local new music groups Earplay, Eco Ensemble, and the Empyrean Ensemble, with an extensive career that has included performances of numerous world premieres and many recordings. He is also principal flutist of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Sacramento Opera, and the California Musical Theater, and makes frequent appearances with the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet orchestras, and in other chamber and orchestral settings throughout the region.… Read More

Kyle Bruckmann

Kyle Bruckmann

Oboist Kyle Bruckmann’s work as a composer and performer spans from the Western classical tradition into the frontiers of free jazz, electronic music and post-punk. With more than 60 recordings and a striking array of performance affiliations to his credit (Splinter Reeds, Quinteto Latino, the Stockton Symphony, sfSound, Eco Ensemble, Ensemble Parallèle, and others) he has been acclaimed as “a modern day renaissance musician,” and “a seasoned improviser with impressive extended technique and peculiar artistic flair.” Before relocating to the Bay Area in 2003, Kyle was a fixture in Chicago’s experimental music underground, collaborating regularly with electroacoustic duo EKG, the ”noise-rock monstrosity” Lozenge, and the Creative Music quintet Wrack (recipient of a 2012 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant).… Read More

Kate Campbell

Kate Campbell

Hailed as a “brilliant pianist” (Financial Times), Kate Campbell performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician specializing in 20th and 21st century music, and is at home with styles ranging from thorny modernism, to “sleek and spirited” minimalism, to indie classical.

In addition to her work with SFCMP, Kate is the pianist for the Eco Ensemble in Berkeley, and co-founder and pianist of the interdisciplinary duo K A T E S, which intertwines new solo piano music and new dance.Read More

Susan Freier

Susan Freier

Susan Freier (violin) is known in the Bay Area beyond her SFCMP affiliation as a member of the passionate and provocative Ives Quartet (formerly the Stanford String Quartet), of which her husband SFCMP cellist Stephen Harrison is also a member. After earning a degree in Music and Biology at Stanford, Susan entered the Eastman School of Music where she co-founded the widely acclaimed Chester String Quartet.… Read More

Chris Froh

Chris Froh

Percussionist Christopher Froh specializes in promoting and influencing the creation of new music through critically-acclaimed performances and dynamic lectures. Also a member of Empyrean Ensemble, Rootstock Percussion, and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Froh has premiered over 100 chamber and solo works by composers from 15 countries. His rich and diverse career also includes performances with the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall, Gamelan Sekar Jaya at the Stern Grove Festival, and session recording at Skywalker Ranch for a video game about monkeys and pirates.… Read More

Hall Goff

Hall Goff

Lifelong “noisemaker” Hall Goff (trombone) gravitated from boy choir to trombone at age 12, absorbing all sorts of recorded sounds and musical styles from Dixieland, bebop, pop vocalists of the early 60′s to early Zappa, Chicago Symphony recordings, and comedy troupe The Firesign Theater. Hall obtained his B.A. from Oberlin and his M.M.… Read More

Karen Gottlieb

Karen Gottlieb

For more than 30 years, harpist Karen Gottlieb has performed, toured and recorded with such notable ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Boys Chorus, California Symphony and the Skywalker Recording Symphony. In her touring with the San Francisco Symphony, she has performed in many of the world’s greatest concert halls including Royal Albert Hall, London; Musikverein, Vienna; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Philharmonie Berlin; and with some of the leading music festivals – Salzburg, Edinburgh, London Proms and Lucerne.Read More

Stephen Harrison

Stephen Harrison

A very active cellist in the Bay Area and beyond, Stephen Harrison (cello) is a founding member (with his wife, Susan Freier) of the Ives Quartet (formerly known as Stanford String Quartet) and a member of the faculty at Stanford University. Formerly principal cellist of the Chamber Symphony of San Francisco, the Opera Company of Boston, and the New England Chamber Orchestra, Harrison has performed on National Public Radio, the BBC, and on both German State Radio and the Netherlands State Radio.… Read More

Graeme Jennings

Graeme Jennings

Violinist Graeme Jennings lives in both Sydney and San Francisco. He is a former member of the legendary Arditti String Quartet and now performs regularly as a member of Australia’s internationally renowned new music group, Elision. He has recently worked as guest concert-master with the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphonies and Associate Concert-master with the Sydney Symphony.… Read More

Peter Josheff

Peter Josheff

Peter Josheff, clarinetist and composer, is a founding member of Sonic Harvest and of Earplay. He is also a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Empyrean Ensemble and the Eco Ensemble. He performs frequently with Opera Parallele, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and Melody of China, and has worked with many other groups including West Edge Opera, the Ives Collective, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, Composers Inc., and SF Sound.… Read More

Bill Kalinkos

Bill Kalinkos

Clarinetist Bill Kalinkos enjoys a diverse musical career as a member of critically acclaimed groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, Deviant Septet, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, and Splinter Reeds. Recognized by the Washington Post as a “notable contemporary music specialist,” he has been fortunate enough to work with and premiere pieces by many renowned composers.… Read More

Daniel Kennedy

Daniel Kennedy

Daniel Kennedy (percussion) is a specialist in the music of the twentieth century. A member of Earplay and the Empyrean Ensemble, he has been the founding member of contemporary ensembles including including the California E.A.R. Unit and the Talujon Percussion Quartet, and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, India, Bali, and Japan.… Read More

Adam Luftman

Adam Luftman

Originally from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Adam Luftman is currently the Principal Trumpet of both the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet Orchestras. Prior to moving to SF in 2007, Luftman held positions with the Baltimore Symphony, New World Symphony in Miami, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has also been a guest artist with many of the countries finest orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony.… Read More

Loren Mach

Loren Mach

Loren Mach (percussionist) is passionate about 21st-Century music. A graduate of the Oberlin and Cincinnati Conservatories, he has premiered countless solo, chamber, and orchestral works. He teaches at the University of California, Berkeley and is principal percussionist of eco ensemble, principal timpanist of San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and co-founder of Rootstock Percussion.… Read More

Roy Malan

Roy Malan

Roy Malan (violin) serves as solo violinist with the California Symphony and Opera Parallèle, and was the long-time concertmaster and solo violinist for the San Francisco Ballet. The founding director of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, he has an extensive career of performance domestically as well as in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, and Africa to his credit.… Read More

Lawrence Ragent

Lawrence Ragent

Lawrence Ragent (French horn) is a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and has been locally affiliated with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Sinfonia San Francisco and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. His performances on the Baroque horn have been with American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque, Magnificat ,and the Trinity Consort.… Read More

Sarah Rathke

Sarah Rathke

Oboist Sarah Rathke maintains a busy and enthusiastic performance presence in Northern California and beyond, as a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras and a regular performer with the symphonies of Marin, Fremont, Santa Rosa, Vallejo, California, Berkeley, Monterey and Santa Cruz. She was a member of the Avenue Winds, a Bay Area woodwind quintet committed to new music, and has also has performed with various orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet.… Read More

Nanci Severance

Nanci Severance

Nanci Severance (viola) has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1982. She has performed with many Bay area ensembles, including the Stanford Quartet, Composers Inc, Chamber Music West, the Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players, and the Parlante Chamber Orchestra, with whom she was principal violist. She is also a member of the Donatello String Quartet, and she is a regular guest artist with the Stanford String Quartet.… Read More

David Tanenbaum

David Tanenbaum

​David Tanenbaum has performed as a solo guitarist throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Solo performances over the course of his career have included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Vienna’s ORF orchestra, and elsewhere, under the baton of such eminent conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kent Nagano and John Adams.Read More

Peter Wahrhaftig

Peter Wahrhaftig

Peter Wahrhaftig is Principal Tubist of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated Bay Brass. He appears frequently with the San Francisco Opera, the Oakland-East Bay Symphony and numerous other local organizations, both in concert and in recordings, including those of Alvin Curran, Christian Wolff, and electro-acoustic composer Chris Brown .Read More

William Winant

William Winant

Grammy-nominated percussionist William Winant is internationally regarded as a leading performer of avant-garde music. In 2014, he received a Grammy nomination for his recording of John Cage’s historic solo work, 27′ 10.554″ for a percussionist, on MicroFest Records. Over the course of his career, William has collaborated with legends of 20th and 21st century music, from Iannis Xenakis to Steve Reich and Yo-Yo Ma, and from Merce Cunningham to Kronos Quartet and Sonic Youth.… Read More

Nick Woodbury

Nick Woodbury

In addition to his work with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, percussionist Nick Woodbury performs with and co-directs Mantra Percussion – a group dedicated to large-scale projects that redefine the traditional classical music concert format. Woodbury has appeared alongside the Bang on a Can All-Stars, with the Ensemble Modern Akademie, and Eco Ensemble.… Read More

Richard Worn

Richard Worn

Double bassist Richard Worn has performed extensively with the San Francisco Opera and Symphony. Currently, he serves as Assistant Principal Bass of the Marin Symphony and Principal Bass of the Sanse Chamber Orchestra as well as with the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, ECO Ensemble, Other Minds sfSound, Empyrean Ensemble, Earplay, and Composer’s Inc.… Read More

Rozella Kennedy

Rozella Kennedy

Rozella Floranz Kennedy (Executive Director) has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, ranging from arts and cultural organizations to the ACLU. She began her career in media, working in editorial management roles at Paris Passion magazine, Mothering magazine, Oxygen.com, Time Inc., and other media institutions. She helped establish three nonprofit organizations in New Mexico, where she lived for the last 12 years: the NM Centennial Commemoration, Creative Santa Fe, and the nationally acclaimed Santa Fe New Music (SFNM).… Read More

Subscription Series Concert #4: Hive

Monday, April 1, 2013
8:00 p.m.  |  Pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m.
Herbst Theatre

The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) is proud to present the final concert of the 2012-13 season, our 42nd, with a concert featuring a global kaleidoscope of compositional voices ranging from classical, avant-garde, jazz, and gamelan genres to Asian and Aboriginal influences and American iconoclasts.… Read More

February 25, 2013: Rabbit Hole

Monday, February 25, 2013
8:00 p.m.  |  Pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m.
Herbst Theatre

SFCMP’s February 22 concert features world premieres of commissions by George Lewis and Mark Applebaum, the West Coast premiere of a recent work by “post-minimalist” composer Eve Beglarian; a work by composer, percussionist, and poet Stuart Saunders Smith; and Bay Area-composer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Dresher.… Read More

Subscription Series Concert #2: Confirmation

Monday, January 28, 2013
8:00 p.m.  |  Pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m.
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall

Get ready to hear one of the masterpieces of the 20th century. SFCMP joins with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for a rare performance of Music for 18 Musicians and other pieces by Steve Reich, featuring students from the Conservatory’s Percussion Ensemble and other programs.Read More

Musicircus

See a Video Highlighting this Past Event!


Sunday, October 28, 2012 – 1:00-5:33 p.m. |  FREE – YBCA Forum and Gallery Building

The duration of this event gave a nod to Cage’s memorable silent work 4’ 33”, which shocked audiences sixty years ago, but today reveals the genre-disrupting and defining impulses that typified Cage’s work and life.… Read More

Subscription Series Concert #1: Construction

Thursday, October 25, 2012
8:00 p.m.  |  Pre-concert talk 7:15 p.m.
YBCA Forum

Our season opens with a weekend of events celebrating the one-hundredth anniversary of the revolutionary composer, artist, and writer John Cage. All three of Cage’s groundbreaking Constructions for percussion ensemble will be interspersed with recent works by emerging American composers, creating a dialogue between a master and some newer voices of contemporary music.… Read More