The Players

Posted by January 8, 2017

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

Side by Side Professional Development with SFCMP

Posted by January 2, 2017

SFCMP Education Professional Development Side by Side

 

SFCMP helps to develop emerging performers and audiences for contemporary classical music in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In our Side by Side program, pre-professional musicians rehearse and perform in a professional concert with the our ensemble.

 

 

2016-17 partnership with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Students and SFCMP Mentors:

György Ligeti “Chamber Concerto” (1969) (21’)
Tod Brody, flute; Kyle Bruckmann, oboe; Peter Josheff, soprano clarinet; Alex Camphouse, horn; Richard Worn, double bass; Kate Campbell, piano; Roy Malan, violin; Clio Tilton, viola; Helen Newby, cello; Andrew Friedman, SFCM student, bass clarinet; Albert Yan, SFCM student, violin

Michael Pisaro “ricefall” (18’):
Tod Brody, Kyle Bruckmann, Peter Josheff, Alex Camphouse, Kate Campbell, Roy Malan, Susan Freier, Stephen Harrison, Richard Worn, Andrew Friedman, SFCM student; Albert Yan, SFCM student, Trevor van der Velde, UC Berkeley student, Zhoushu Ziporyn, UC Berkeley student

Event Details 
Friday, Jan 20, 2017
4:00 pm Open dress rehearsal and composer talk with Kate Soper and Richard Festinger
7:30 pm Concert

Eventbrite - Works by Richard Festinger, Michael Pisaro, Kate Soper, and Gyorgy Ligeti $35 $15 students

 

Composer Perusal

Posted by October 27, 2016

SFCMP performs “darker” by David Lang

Posted by June 30, 2016

Website SFCMP Music Excerpts

Posted by February 21, 2016

“Glimpse” by Joe Pereira performed by SFCMP 10-8-16. Archival recording. Perusal recording

Posted by October 27, 2016

“Sawdust on Ararat” by Ken Ueno performed by SFCMP 10-8-16. Archival recording. Perusal recording

Posted by October 27, 2016

 

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

Posted by October 26, 2016

SF Search 2016-17 – Under-30 Call for Scores

Posted by July 28, 2016

 

Michelle Zheng, Roger Kim and Ben Zucker are the winners of SF Search 2016-17. Selected works of the winners will be performed by San Francisco Contemporary Music Players at the April 2017 Lou Harrison Centenary Celebration.

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Michelle Zheng

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With his focus on the openness of Lou Harrison’s melodies and the lushness of microtonal harmonies, Roger Kim has constructed a piece of quiet beauty and generous space for the performer.  From her childhood, near Lou Harrison’s Aptos home, Michelle Zheng was able to experience first hand the unique qualities of the light along the mid-Californian coast and its unique blend of cultures.  In her work, full of musical contrast and shifting emotions, she captures this mixture with grace and skill.   Benjamin Zucker simultaneously explores the dual personality of Lou Harrison, as an American composer indebted to the musical language of the gamelan, and as an American experimentalist.  Through an unusual notational and musical scheme, Zucker captures both.

Roger Kim Quartet with one theme (2017) (5’)
violin, cello, clarinet, piano

Michelle Zheng Rift (2017) (6’)
violin, cello, clarinet, piano

Benjamin Zucker Sarabandisms (2016) (6’)
violin, cello, bass clarinet, piano

 

2016-17 CALL FOR SCORES IS NOW CLOSED. CHECK BACK FOR 17-18 CALL FOR SCORES.

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SFCMP presents
SF Search 2016-17
Bay Area
Under-30 Call for Scores

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) artistic director Steven Schick is pleased to invite applications for SFCMP’s SF Search 2016-17: Under-30 Call for Scores.

Composers from the San Francisco Bay Area who are under 30 years of age on January 9, 2017, are invited to submit an original composition that if selected, will be performed by the Players. Each composer is asked to submit a score no more than six minutes in length for the following instrumentation: piano, violin, cello and clarinet. The work should reflect the influence of composer Lou Harrison.

Three under-30 composers will be selected by a panel consisting of artistic director Steven Schick, composer Ken Ueno and two SFCMP Players. Each selected composer’s work will be read in a rehearsal on Friday, April 21, followed by feedback from San Francisco Contemporary Music Players musicians, artistic director Steven Schick, and composer Ken Ueno. The three selected works will be performed on Saturday, April 22, 2017, by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players on its two-day Lou Harrison Centenary Celebration Weekend Festival celebrating the Harrison Centennial. Selected composers will also receive an archival recording of the work and a $500 stipend.

The deadline for applications is January 9, 2017.

Download Call for Score Guidelines
Apply by January 9, 2017

Questions? Call us at 415-278-9566 or email us (see guidelines)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are there available doublings for the clarinet player, e.g., bass clarinet?
Yes, if the playing of the two instruments is by a single player.

Would the use of small objects and percussion by the ensemble be permissible?
As long as the objects/percussion can easily be played by non-percussionists and, if needed, the composer must provide them.

Can the piano be prepared?
Absolutely, as long as it won’t damage our rented concert piano.

How comfortable are the players with alternate tunings?
If the score contains alternate tunings, the panel would like to see the score before submitting it.

Is the full ensemble instrumentation required?
Yes

January 20, 2017

Posted by April 13, 2016

in the Laboratory Series

 

 

 

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Discover the music that expands the space of the traditional
concert experience through experimentation and exploration

Fri, Jan 20, 2017   Richard Festinger, Michael Pisaro, Kate Soper, Gyorgy Ligeti
including Fri, Jan 20, 2017 open dress rehearsal and composer talk with Richard Festinger and Kate Soper
Eventbrite - Works by Richard Festinger, Michael Pisaro, Kate Soper, and Gyorgy Ligeti $35/$15

 

Become a Season Subscriber

Subscribers Receive:
Tickets to 6 concerts and 2 community events
Plus
– 15% discount on single tickets and ticket fees waived
– 2 guest passes to SFCMP’s spring event “Sound and Wine”
– 1 ticket to Lou Harrison documentary film showing
– VIP invitation to “How Music is Made” professional composer talks and SFCMP dress rehearsals
– Observer pass to master classes by Artistic Director and SFCMP Players

$170 Purchase a Subscription Today 

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Questions? Call us at (415) 278-9566 or e-mail info@sfcmp.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 21 and 22, 2017

Posted by April 13, 2016

at the Crossroads Series

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Explore the music of iconic contemporary classical composers
performed alongside cutting-edge emerging composers from
California and beyond

Fri and Sat, Apr 21/22, 2017  Lou Harrison: A Centenary Celebration. Includes Friday night film screening;
3 Saturday concerts; and composers talks. Works by Lou Harrison, Jimmy Lopez, Natacha Diels, Gity Rizaz,
Annie Gosfield and three–to be announced–composers under 30. $60 all weekend pass, $25 per concert, $10 film screening only. Single Tickets on sale soon

WEEKEND PROGRAMMING
All events will be at Z Space in San Francisco.

Friday, April 21, 2017
8pm – Film: Lou Harrison: A World of Music

Saturday, April 22, 2017
11am – Concert #1: SFSearch: Music by three Bay Area composers under 30.
12-1pm – Talk #1: “How Music is Made” with composers Jimmy Lopez and Natacha Diels
2:30pm – Concert #2: Music by Lou Harrison, Jimmy Lopez, and Annie Gosfield
6:00-7pm – Talk #2: “Knowing Lou” with Steven Schick, David Tanenbaum, William Winant and Karen Gottlieb.
7:30pm – Concert #3: Music by Lou Harrison, Gity Razaz, and Natacha Diels

Become a Season Subscriber

Subscribers Receive:
Tickets to 6 concerts and 2 community events
Plus
– 15% discount on single tickets and ticket fees waived
– 2 guest passes to SFCMP’s spring event “Sound and Wine”
– 1 ticket to Lou Harrison documentary film showing
– VIP invitation to “How Music is Made” professional composer talks and SFCMP dress rehearsals
– Observer pass to master classes by Artistic Director and SFCMP Players

$170 Purchase a Season Subscription Today 

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Questions? Call us at (415) 278-9566 or e-mail info@sfcmp.org

 

 

December 10, 2016

Posted by April 13, 2016

SFCMP Presents SF Search

Posted by April 13, 2016

SFCMP presents SF Search

Under 30 Composer Competition and Reading Panel

Learn more

 

Sound and Wine

Posted by April 13, 2016

 

October 8, 2016 and February 17, 2017

Posted by April 13, 2016

on Stage Series

 

 

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Experience the music of the most influential and innovative
national and international composers of the 20th and 21st centuries

Sat, Oct 8, 2016  Ken Ueno, Toru Takemitsu, Joe Pereira, Anna Thorvaldsdottir
including Sat, Oct 8, 2016 open dress rehearsal and composer talk with Ken Ueno and Joe Pereira
$40/$15 Single Tickets on sale soon

Fri, Feb 17, 2017 Igor Stravinsky, Peter Evans
including Fri, Feb 17, 2017 open dress rehearsal and composer talk with Peter Evans
$40/$15  Single Tickets on sale soon

 

Become a Season Subscriber

Subscribers Receive:
Tickets to 6 concerts and 2 community events
Plus
– 15% discount on single tickets and ticket fees waived
– 2 guest passes to SFCMP’s spring event “Sound and Wine”
– 1 ticket to Lou Harrison documentary film showing
– VIP invitation to “How Music is Made” professional composer talks and SFCMP dress rehearsals
– Observer pass to master classes by Artistic Director and SFCMP Players

$170 Purchase a Season Subscription Today 

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Questions? Call us at (415) 278-9566 or e-mail info@sfcmp.org

 

Composer Talks & Open Dress Rehearsals #HMIM 2016-17

Posted by April 23, 2016

SFCMP presents
How Music is Made: Composer Insights 

Open to the public
Facilitated by SFCMP Artistic Director, Steven Schick

In our How Music is Made series, composers reveal their motivation behind the notes and together we discover the inspiration and narrative behind each piece. We invite you to become privy to these secrets by joining us for an open dress rehearsal of the piece in the afternoon, followed by a discussion about the work with the composer, followed by the full concert that evening. Bring your best music-loving friends and join the intimate conversation that was made for the curious.
#HMIM

All talks are free and open to the public.
Open dress rehearsals precede the talk.
Concert follows that evening: Learn more

 

Sat, Oct 8, 2016  How Music is Made composer talk
with Ken Ueno & Joe Pereira
at the Taube Atrium Theater 401 Van Ness Ave, SF, CA 94102

4:00-4:30 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of Sawdust on Ararat by Ken Ueno
4:30-5:20 pm Composer Talk with Ken Ueno and Joe Pereira
7:30 pm Concert

 

 

Fri, Jan 20, 2017 How Music is Made composer talk
with Kate Soper & Richard Festinger
at SF Conservatory of Music 50 Oak St, SF, CA 94102

4:00-4:30 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of new piece by Richard Festinger
4:30-5:20 pm Composer Talk with Richard Festinger and Kate Soper
7:30 pm Concert

 

 

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Fri, Feb 17, 2017 How Music is Made composer talk
with Peter Evans
at Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

4:00-4:30 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of Stravinksy Interpolations with SFCMP and improvisor, trumpeter Peter Evans
4:30-5:20 pm Composer Talk with trumpeter, composer, improvisor, Peter Evans
7:30 pm Concert

 

 

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Sat, Apr 22, 2017 How Music is Made composer talk
with Jimmy Lopez & Natacha Diels
at Z Space 450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110

12:30-1:30 pm Composer Talk  with Jimmy Lopez and Natacha Diels
Artisanal pizza provided for first 50 people. A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available 

*part of the Lou Harrison Weekend Centenary Celebration on April 22 from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

 

 

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Posted by April 22, 2016

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Sat, Oct 8, 2016  Works by Ken Ueno, Toru Takemitsu, Joe Pereira, Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Posted by April 14, 2016

On Stage Series

In our On Stage series we bring to the stage some of the most influential national and international contemporary classical composers of the 20th and 21st centuries

 

 

Sat, Oct 8, 2016
Venue: Taube Atrium Theater Veterans Building  4th floor 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

Free and open to the public
4:00 – 4:30 pm  Open Dress Rehearsal of Sawdust on Ararat by Ken Ueno
4:30 – 5:30 pm  Composer Talk, “How Music is Made” with composers Ken Ueno and Joe Pereira, facilitated by Steven Schick

Open to ticket-holders
6:30 – 7:00 pm  Informal pre-concert discussion with Steven Schick and musicians
7:30 pm  CONCERT

Eventbrite - SFCMP in Concert: Works by Takemitsu, Thorvaldsdottir, Pereira and Ueno $35/$15 students
*limited tickets available at the door
*online sales end at noon on 10/8

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*season subscriptions available at the concert

This work by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir is among the most important new pieces of recent years and anchors a program of intense luminosity, including colorful and evocative new works by California composers Ken Ueno and Joe Pereira. The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players also returns to a composer we have longed championed, Toru Takemitsu performing his sublime classic, Toward the Sea.

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Joe Pereira Glimpse (2015) (17’) *world premiere
Alto flute, bass clarinet, piano, violin, cello
Tod Brody, alto flute; Peter Josheff, bass clarinet; Kate Campbell, piano; Susan Freier, violin; Stephen Harrison, cello

Toru Takemitsu Toward the Sea (1981) (12’)
Guitar, alto flute
David Tanenbaum, guitar; Tod Brody, alto flute

Ken Ueno Sawdust on Ararat (2016) 20’ *west coast premiere
Flute, oboe, clarinet, 2 cellos, 2 percussion
Tod Brody, flute; Claire Brazeau, oboe; Bill Kalinkos, clarinet; Thalia Moore, cello; Crystal Pascucci, cello; Nick Woodbury, percussion; Loren Mach, percussion

Anna Thorvaldsdottir In the Light of Air (2013) (40’)
Viola, cello, piano, harp, percussion, fixed electronics
Susan Freier, viola; Stephen Harrison, cello; Kate Campbell, piano; Karen Gottlieb, harp; Nick Woodbury, percussion

 

Sat, Dec 10, 2016 SFCMP presents Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night”

Posted by April 14, 2016

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“CAROLING HAS NEVER BEEN SO EPIC”

“IMMERSES THE LISTENER IN SUSPENDED WONDERMENT”

 

Sat, Dec 10, 2016
5:00 pm
Free San Francisco community event

Join us for a free holiday event linked to “Unsilent Night” celebrations around the world. The 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 a smart phone, or anything that amplifies music, together comprising “Unsilent Night.” As the SFCMP public ensemble, we 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 10th, 2016. 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Rain or Shine!
Meet at: Mission Dolores Park. Meet on Dolores Street at the Dolores Park tennis courts by the corner of 18th St.
Share: #unsilentnight
Twitter: @gosfcmp

Follow along on our Facebook event page for the most up-to-date information
Learn more about “Unsilent Night” at unsilentnight.com

 

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE:

STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR INSTRUMENT

A) Bring a boombox capable of playing a cassette/CD/smartphone/mp3.
B) Invent your own sound rig e.g. laptops, speakers on a wagon, megaphone. The louder the better!

 

STEP 2: GET THE MUSIC

A) Make your own CD or playlist by downloading the following tracks: Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4
B) Download the Phil Kline Unsilent Night Phone App and hook up your bluetooth speakers!
C) Bring your old-school boombox. We’ll provide the cassette tapes!
C) Livestream Audio via SoundCloud at soundcloud.com/unsilentnight

 

PARKING & TRANSIT

Find parking around Dolores Park:

https://www.parkme.com/san-francisco-parking/dolores-park

Use the LUXE app for on-demand valet service:

www.luxe.com

Use the Public Transit Trip Planner:
511.org 

7 minute walk from Castro St MUNI station, or take
J-Church streetcar right to Dolores Park (18th & Church Streets)

 

Masterclass 2017 Steven Schick

Posted by December 30, 2016

 

About SFCMP Master Classes
SFCMP Master Classes provide opportunities for talented students to learn about contemporary classical music through guidance and critiquing in front of a live audience. The classes are led by SFCMP Artistic Director and Players. These classes are challenging, intense and inspiring.

 

 

February 16, 2017
7:30pm – 9:00pm
New Music and Percussion Master Class
Led by Steven Schick, Percussionist and Artistic Director of San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
Venue: San Francisco Conservatory of Music 50 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102

SFCM’s Master Class series invites renowned performers and conductors to share insights with Conservatory students about technique, style and the business – sprinkled with backstage tales – all before a live audience. We invite you to observe SFCMP Artistic Director and percussionist, Steven Schick in a new music and percussion master class.

Béla Bartók, Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion (1937)
Syon Kim, Piano 1
Xin Zhao, Piano 2
Noah McKee, Percussion
John Jaworski, Timpani

Christopher Deane, Mourning Dove Sonnet (1983)
John Jaworski, vibraphone

David Lang, Unchained Melody (2004)
Noah McKee, percussion solo: 7 glockenspiel notes, 7 noises, 1 brake drum or other nasty metal

 

Tickets
Free and Open to the public.
Limited seating available.
VIP seating for the first 25 to RSVP.

 

Café Crème
Café Crème offers a menu including beer and wine two hours before performances.www.sfcm.edu/cafe-creme or 415.503.6295

Steven Schick, Percussionist, conductor, and author, for forty years 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