SONGSCAPE Oct 20, 21, 24 2015

Songscape
October 20 and 21, 2015
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

50 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (map)
Concert begins at 7:30 PM
Pre-concert discussion at 6:30 PM

Our 2015-16 season, X-SCAPE:  New Spaces for New Music explores space in the physical, metaphorical and poetic sense.
SONGSCAPE (October 2015) – An examination of the nature of utterance and communication
XERISCAPE (January 2016) – A look at the role of art in climate change
OSCUROSCAPE (March 2016) – On the nature of darkness
STARSCAPE (March 2016)  – On pulsars, vastness and space

Songscape examines the nature of utterance and communication. How does an individual find her voice; how does she learn to understand others as language changes? For insight we’ll listen to David Lang’s quotations of the character of death and Lee Hyla’s conjecture of what the language of Etruscan might sound like as played through modern reed instruments. Gérard Grisey’s magnificent final work, Quatre Chants, is a reliquary and an expressive catharsis.

This concert was sponsored in part by the Ross McKee Foundation. 

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October 20, 2015

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Gérard Grisey, Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil – Four Songs for Crossing the Threshold
Soprano Solo and Fifteen Instruments

SONGSCAPE

October 21, 2015

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David LangDeath Speaks
Soprano, Violin, Guitar, Piano, Guest soprano, Alice Teyssier

Lee Hyla, We Speak Etruscan
Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet

Kyle Bruckmann, Ken Ueno, Improvisation

Gérard GriseyQuatre chants pour franchir le seuil – Four Songs for Crossing the Threshold
Soprano Solo and Fifteen Instruments, Guest soprano, Alice Teyssier

alice-teyssier920x920Flutist and lyric soprano Alice Teyssier brings “something new, something fresh, but also something uncommonly beautiful” to her performances. Hailed as possessing a voice with “unusual depth,” Alice’s mission is to share lesser-known masterpieces and develop a rich and vibrant repertoire that reflects our era. This season, Alice is on tour with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in Washington, D.C., Nashville, Los Angeles, San Diego and will be a mainstay of the group’s residency at the Ojai Festival. She plays the music of Chaya Czernowin and Bernard Rands on Miller Theatre’s portrait concert series and returns to the Monday Evening Concerts twice this season with music by Ramón Lazkano and Lewis Nielson. As a vocal soloist, Alice will join the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble in a new work by Aaron Helgeson and will be singing the role of Maddalena in Händel’s ‘La Resurrezione’ with the Bach Collegium San Diego. Alice is thrilled to be working collaboratively through residencies at Long Island University, the Abrons Arts Center and Lee University. www.aliceteyssier.com

 

 

SAARIAHO & BARRIÈRE Oct 24, 2015

Songscape
October 24, 2015
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118 (map)
Concert begins at 7:30 PM
Pre-concert discussion at 6:30 PM

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Two contemporary masters of multi-media, the composers Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière, are visiting the Bay Area in the 2015. SFCMP takes a close look at their most intimate works – solo pieces for instruments, electronics and (sometimes) video. From the lyrical to the visceral, these Saariaho and Barrière works run the gamut of sounds and emotions.

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Kaija Saariaho, Six Japanese Gardens
Solo percussion with electronics

On Stage interview with Jean-Baptiste Barrière
Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Violance
Solo violin with electronics and video

At Intermission: On-stage interview with Kaija Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho, NoaNoa
Solo flute with electronics and video

Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Time Dust
Solo percussion with electronics and video

Kaija Saariaho is a prominent member of a group of Finnish composers and performers who are now, in mid-career, making a worldwide impact. She has claimed the major composing awards in The Grawemeyer Award, The Wihuri Prize, The Nemmers Prize and in 2011 was awarded The Sonning Prize. In May 2013, Saariaho was awarded the Polar Music Prize. In 2015 she was the judge of the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award. Always keen on strong educational programmes, Kaija Saariaho was the music mentor of the 2014-15 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and will be in residence at U.C. Berkeley Music Department in the autumn 2015. In 2015 the song cycle True Fire was premiered by Gerald Finley and Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Her next opera – Only the Sound Remains – will be premiered in March 2016 at The Dutch National Opera. Other performances will follow in Paris, Helsinki, Madrid and Toronto. Kaija Saariaho’s harp concerto Trans will get the world premiere in August 2016 by Xavier de Maistre and The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Martinez-Izquierdo at the Suntory Hall, Tokyo.

[SPECIAL EVENT] UNSILENT NIGHT Dec 19, 2015

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UNSILENTNIGHT

December 19, 2015
San Francisco

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“CAROLING HAS NEVER BEEN SO EPIC”

“IMMERSES THE LISTENER IN SUSPENDED WONDERMENT”

Join us for a free holiday event linked to “Unsilent Night” celebrations around the world. This original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December, takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant plays one of four tracks of music downloaded to their smart phone, or anything that amplifies music, together comprising “Unsilent Night.” Our public ensemble will walk a carefully chosen route through San Francisco, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture.

Who’s Invited: Everybody! A family-friendly, public event. Free.
When: Sat, Dec 19th, 2015. 4:45 – 5:45 PM. Rain or Shine!
Where: Gather at SF Civic Center Plaza —on the grass Polk/McAllister — across from City Hall at 4:45 PM at 355 McAllister St San Francisco 94103. The walk will begin and end at the Civic Center Plaza and walk through the streets of Hayes Valley
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Get the Music:

*Note: Please download the music before you arrive.
*Note: The best sound comes from .mp3s, bluetooth speakers and /or the cassettes of which we have about 100 — bring your boomboxes! Or, make your own CD buy downloading the .mp3s below. There is also a phone app: It works well, but sounds even better if you have external speakers attached.

– Cassettes: We will hand out cassettes for those who bring a boombox. We have about 100 cassettes.
– UnsilentNight App: Apple iOS | Android. Requires wifii to download. It plays one random track at a time.
– MP3s: Download one of the four .mp3 tracks below. Download to phone or create a CD!
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4

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Read the national press release: 35 cities throughout the month of December

Learn more about Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night at unsilentnight.com/index.html

 

Parking & Transportation

The closest accessible Bart Station is Civic Center, three blocks from City Hall. Accessible Muni lines are the 42, 71 and F Line to Market and Van Ness, Civic Center.

Civic Center Garage
Parking Garage
355 McAllister St

UC Hastings Parking Garage
Parking Garage
376 Larkin St

 

XERISCAPE Jan 19, 2016

Xeriscape
January 19, 2016
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (map)
Concert begins at 7:30 PM
Pre-concert panel discussion at 6:30 PM curated by Artistic Director, Steve Schick
Reception following the concert

Café Crème located in the SF Conservatory of Music offers a menu including beer and wine two hours before performances.
www.sfcm.edu/cafe-creme

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Our 2015-16 season, X-SCAPE:  New Spaces for New Music explores space in the physical, metaphorical and poetic sense.

SONGSCAPE (October 2015) – An examination of the nature of utterance and communication
XERISCAPE (January 2016) – A look at the role of art in climate change
OSCUROSCAPE (March 2016) – On the nature of darkness
STARSCAPE (March 2016)  – On pulsars, vastness and space

Xeri from Greek ξηρός means dry. Scape means “space,” in the physical, metaphorical or poetic sense. Xeriscape invokes climate change and poses the question: is there a cultural and musical counterpart to climate change? Are there important artistic statements that resonate in new arid spaces? Students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music will join SFCMP in exploring these questions as part of our Xeriscape program.

This concert is dedicated to George Bosworth for his longtime dedication and support of San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

XERISCAPE

Zosha Di Castri, La forma dello spazio
Flute, Clarinet, Piano, Violin, Cello

Louis Andriessen, Worker’s Union

Morton Feldman, For Samuel Beckett

 

In Zosha DiCastri’s’s piece La forma dello spazio, she alludes to the idea of mobiles, the musicians are spatialized around the hall in a particular configuration. The piece begins with a solo by the violin, while the other instruments provide resonance. Gradually the fragments accumulate and are set into orbit around the concert hall.

Louis Andriessen’s Workers’ Union is a symphonic work for any loud sounding of instruments. This piece is a combination of individual freedom and severe discipline: its rhythm is exactly fixed; the pitch, on the other hand, is indicated only approximately, on a single-lined stave. It is difficult to play in an ensemble and to remain in step, sort of thing like organizing and carrying on political action.

Morton Feldman’s intimate portrait For Samuel Beckett, a much admired and rarely performed piece, completes the bill. AllMusic reviewer Dave Lewis says“For Samuel Beckett has a mysterious and somewhat menacing character. Subdivided instrumental groups exchange pitches belonging to a large, dissonant cluster chord. The basic notes in use do not vary, but the order in which they come in, and the combinations resulting thereof, does. As Marcel Duchamp once said, “Repetition is change,” and this is a terrific example of minimalism in music that is not “minimalistic” in style, at least not in the usual sense of the term.” 

 

louisandriessen-300x300 Grawemeyer award–winning  composer, Louis Andriessen is a Dutch composer and pianist based in Amsterdam. Andriessen is one of Europe’s most eminent and influential composers. His music combines propulsive energy, economy of material and distinctive sonorities, often dominated by pungent wind and brass, pianos and electric guitars. Andriessen has explored, in relation to music, the subjects of politics, time, velocity, matter and mortality. Andriessen is the winner of the 2011 Grawemeyer Award.

zosha-dicastri Zosha Di Castri  is a Canadian composer/pianist living in New York. Her compositions have been performed in Canada, the US, and Europe by such ensembles as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie, l’Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne, the NEM, JACK Quartet, the Orchestre national de Lorraine, members of the L.A. Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Talea Ensemble. Learn more about DiCastri here.

Morton Feldman

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 Music reviewer, Alex Ross says,
“Morton Feldman
 was a big, brusque Jewish guy from Woodside, Queens—the son of a manufacturer of children’s coats. He worked in the family business until he was forty-four years old, and he later became a professor of music at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He died in 1987, at the age of sixty-one. To almost everyone’s surprise but his own, he turned out to be one of the major composers of the twentieth century, a sovereign artist who opened up vast, quiet, agonizingly beautiful worlds of sound.”

Enjoy the rest of this article by Alex Ross.

in residence at Z Space Mar 15 & 17, 2016 works by David Lang. Projections by Suzanne Bocanegra

Oscuro-Star
March 15 and 17, 2016
Z Space
450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (map)
6:30pm Pre-concert discussion with Artistic Director, Steve Schick and SFCMP ensemble members
7:30pm Concert

A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available prior to and during the performance.
Reception following the concert.

Premium Seating $35, General Seating $25, Student w/ID $15
Children 14 and under are free
PURCHASE A TICKET

Our 2015-16 season, X-SCAPE:  New Spaces for New Music explores space in the physical, metaphorical and poetic sense.
SONGSCAPE (October 2015) – An examination of the nature of utterance and communication
XERISCAPE (January 2016) – A look at the role of art in climate change
OSCUROSCAPE (March 2016) – On the nature of darkness
STARSCAPE (March 2016)  – On pulsars, vastness and space

OSCUROSCAPE features Pulitzer-Prize-winning and 2016 Oscar-nominated composer David Lang’s introspectively ecstatic piece “darker” for 12 string instruments. Over the course of an hour a very active string orchestra plays music that gets a little darker – not a lot, just a little. A film by visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra heightens the darkening. The result is hypnotic and moving. The program also includes Lang’s electric guitar duet, “warmth”, composed in 2006.

SFCMP interviewed David Lang in March 2016 about his performance of “darker.” In this 6-minute segment you’ll learn about David’s life, how it relates to “darker,” and how he communicates with musicians. Be sure to stay tuned to find out why he’s preparing to be a dead composer. Listen to the conversation here:

David Lang, “warmth”
Electric Guitar Duet
David Tanenbaum and Travis Andrews

David Lang, “darker”
12 Strings
projections by Suzanne Bocanegra
Roy Malan, violin; Matthew Szemela, violin; Hrabba Atladottir, violin; Deborah Tien-Price, violin; Alisa Rose, violin; Iris Stone, violin; Clio Tilton, viola; Evan Buttemer, viola; Helen Newby, cello; Hannah Addario-Berry, cello; and Richard Worn, double bass

DarkerStill9Projections by Suzanne Bocanegra

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David Lang, Photo by Peter Serling

Passionate, prolific, and complicated, composer David Lang embodies the restless spirit of invention. Lang is at the same time deeply versed in the classical tradition and committed to music that resists categorization, constantly creating new forms. In the words of The New Yorker, “With his winning of the Pulitzer Prize for the little match girl passion (one of the most original and moving scores of recent years), Lang, once a postminimalist enfant terrible, has solidified his standing as an American master.” Learn more about Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang at davidlangmusic.com. David Lang was recently nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category. Learn more here.

in residence at Z Space Mar 16 & 18, 2016 works by Gérard Grisey and Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri.

Oscuro-Star
March 16 and 18, 2016
Z Space
450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (map)
6:30pm Pre-concert discussion with Artistic Director, Steve Schick and SFCMP ensemble members
7:30pm Concert

A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available prior to and during the performance.
Reception following the concert.

Enjoy this unique seating-in-the-round experience!

Premium Seating $35, General Seating $25, Student w/ID $15
Children 14 and under are free
PURCHASE A TICKET

Our 2015-16 season, X-SCAPE:  New Spaces for New Music explores space in the physical, metaphorical and poetic sense.
SONGSCAPE (October 2015) – An examination of the nature of utterance and communication
XERISCAPE (January 2016) – A look at the role of art in climate change
OSCUROSCAPE (March 2016) – On the nature of darkness
STARSCAPE (March 2016)  – On pulsars, vastness and space

 

STARSCAPE
Percussionist Loren Mach will perform “No 45 Immense”, by Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri. This work is an enchanting meditation on what distinguishes instruments and objects, written for a soloist with red apple, newspaper, magnifying glass, water, zip, plastic glass of water, sand blocks, coins, small bells, shoe box, bass guitar string, espresso plate, clear transparent plastic pen, wooden table and fizzy vitamin C tablet. The centerpiece of this program is Gérard Grisey’s “Le Noir de l’Étoile”, one of the greatest statements in the percussion repertoire. For this work, the performers of SFCMP will be “spatialized,” surrounding a seating-in-the-round audience.


Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, N° 45 Immense
for solo percussion
Loren Mach

Gérard Grisey, Le Noir de l’Étoile
for six percussionists
William Winant, Loren Mach, Nick Woodbury, Sean Dowgray, Haruka Fujii, and Megan Shieh

 

 Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri Marianthi Papalexandri – Alexandri is a Berlin based sound artist, composer and performer who is best know for her minimal and elegant sound constructions that she creates herself and in collaboration with Swiss Kinetic artist Pe Lang, exploring the links between musical instrument and sound sculpture. Her work is situated at the intersections of sound art, composition and performance. Papalexandri holds a PhD in music composition from the University of California, San Diego. Her compositions, installations and sound sculptures involve a continuous interaction between the visual to the musical, that demand absolute focus, clarity and economy of means.
www.marianthi.net

Gerard_Grisey Gérard Grisey was born in Belfort, France on 17 June 1946. He studied at the Trossingen Conservatory in Germany from 1963 to 1965 before entering the Conservatoire de Paris. Grisey won the highly coveted Prix de Rome and stayed at the Villa Medici in Rome from 1972 to 1974, and in 1973 founded a group called L’itinéraire with Tristan Murail, Roger Tessier and Michael Levinas, later to be joined by Hugues Dufourt. DérivesPériodes, and Partiels were among the first pieces of spectral music. In 1974-75, he studied acoustics with Emile Leipp at theParis VI University, and in 1980 became a trainee at the IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique). In the same year he went to Berlin as a guest of the D.A.A.D., and afterwards left for the University of California, Berkeley, where he was appointed professor of theory and composition (1982-1986). Gérard Grisey’s music is often considered to belong to the genre of spectral music, which he is credited with founding along with fellow composer Tristan Murail, although he later disowned the label in interviews and writings. Nonetheless, he spent much of his career exploring the spectrum of tone colour between harmonic overtones and noise. In addition, he was fascinated by musical processes which unfold slowly, and he made musical time a major element of many of his pieces. Learn more about Gérard Grisey in this New York Times article by Paul Griffiths from 1998.

[SPECIAL EVENT] Mar 19, 2016 45th Anniversary Retrospective Celebration

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SFCMP 45th Anniversary Retrospective Celebration
In celebration of our founders Charles Boone, Jean-Louis LeRoux and Marcella DeCray 

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On Saturday, March 19, begin your evening by celebrating with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Join your friends in congratulating SFCMP founders, Jean-Louis LeRoux, Marcella DeCray, and Charles Boone. It is they who created the Bay Area’s leading contemporary classical music ensemble, which for 45 years has been performing world-class contemporary classical music by the leading national and international composers of our time.

Charles Boone, Marcella DeCray and Jean-Louis LeRoux

Charles Boone, Marcella DeCray and Jean-Louis LeRoux

The opening party begins with complimentary wine and beer, cocktails for purchase, small plates, and a display of memorabilia gathered from the founding years. It will be followed by an intimate concert of solo works by George Crumb, John Cage, Lou Harrison and Mark Applebaum performed by Artistic Director Steven Schick and ensemble members Kate Campbell and Karen Gottlieb.

Join your friends, meet new friends, mingle with our Founders and the Players and enjoy a relaxed early-evening celebration.

Participate in a drawing of your choice including a 2016-17 season subscription, original artwork by Hung Liu (valued at $1,800) and more.

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Doors open at 5:45 pm
Performance begins at 6:45 pm

George Crumb, Five Pieces for Solo Piano (10 min.)
Kate Campbell, piano

John Cage, In A Landscape (8 min.)
Lou Harrison, Serenade’ (2 min.)
Karen Gottlieb, harp

Mark Applebaum, Aphasia (9 min.)
Steven Schick, vocalist

Admission is $45 ($15 for students with ID).
Children 14 and under are free.
Admission is free for season subscribers (tickets will be available at will call).

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Steven Schick, Artistic Director

Steven Schick, Artistic Director

Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family.  For forty years he has championed contemporary music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty new works. He was the founding percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars (1992-2002) and served as Artistic Director of the Centre International de Percussion de Genève (2000-2005). Schick is founder and Artistic Director of the percussion group, “red fish blue fish”.  Currently he is Music Director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in addition to serving as SFCMP’s Artistic Director. In 2012 he became the first Artist-in-Residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Schick founded and is currently Artistic Director of “Roots and Rhizomes,” a summer course on contemporary percussion music held at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He maintains a lively schedule of guest conducting including appearances in this season with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Nova Chamber Ensemble and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. Schick will be music director of the 2015 Ojai Festival. Among his acclaimed publications are a book, “The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams,” and numerous recordings of contemporary percussion music including a 3 CD set of the complete percussion music of Iannis Xenakis (Mode).  Mode released a companion recording on DVD of the early percussion music of Karlheinz Stockhausen in September of 2014. Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego and he was named Artistic Director of SFCMP in 2011.

Reed Family Presidential Chair in Music, University of California, San Diego
Music Director, La Jolla Symphony and Chorus
Co-Artistic Director, Banff Centre’s Summer Music Program
Artistic Director, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

Lisa Oman, Executive Director

Lisa Oman, Executive Director

Lisa Oman is a trained classical musician and lifelong advocate of music and music education. Lisa’s professional career has focused on the administration and management of nonprofit organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga University, a professional certificate in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a professional certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.

Lisa brings fifteen years of senior-level experience in financial and administrative leadership for large nonprofit organizations. Lisa is a loyal and committed advocate for the relevance of classical music in our society and is thrilled to provide her expertise to support the talented performers, composers, and students that are part of the SFCMP community. Lisa is the founder of Composers and Schools in Concert, a nonprofit organization whose aim is to engage high school students in the concepts, techniques and skills underlying contemporary music composition. Lisa was appointed as SFCMP’s Executive Director in 2015.