SFCMP Artistic Director, Steve Schick

Posted by October 6, 2015

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Steven Schick, Artistic Director

Posted by October 5, 2015

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

photo credit Tom Hwang

Administration and Production

Posted by November 12, 2016

SFCMP Leadership Team

Amadeus Regucera, Lisa Oman, Cheryl Steets

Lisa Oman, Executive Director
Cheryl Steets, Marketing & Communications Director
Amadeus Regucera, Artistic Production Director
John Jaworski, Production Assistant
Marketing Intern, Kassidy Koyama

Cheryl Steets, Marketing & Communications Director

Posted by November 12, 2016

Cheryl Steets, Marketing and Communications Director

Cheryl Steets is a senior marketing executive with extensive expertise in strategic marketing communications, having led marketing communications teams in organizations of all sizes from start-ups to multi-million dollar international corporations over the past 18 years. 

As Chief Operating Officer of gINT Software in Santa Rosa CA, Cheryl led the organization to quadruple its revenue in a short seven-year period.  As marketing director for Bentley Systems, a global corporation based in Exton, PA, Cheryl oversaw many successful international and multilingual marketing initiatives over a six-year period, including strategic planning, event marketing, and social media outreach with multinational teams. 

In addition to her professional marketing career, Cheryl holds a Ph.D. from UCLA with a focus on ancient languages, specializing in Greek, Latin, Sanskrit and early Persian, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Classics from the University of Rhode Island. Cheryl is the founder and president of Inner Sunrise LLC, an organization devoted to wellness that offers products and educational information related stress relief and work-life balance. Alongside her extensive business and academic experience, Cheryl brings a deep love and profound appreciation for the glories of music, literature, theater, and fine art.

Amadeus Regucera, Artistic Production Director

Posted by November 12, 2016

Amadeus Regucera, Artistic Production Direcrtor

Amadeus Regucera has worked as a composer, performer, and producer of new music since completing his doctorate in Music Composition from the University of California, Berkeley.

As Production Director of UC Berkeley’s Eco Ensemble and Production and Operations Manager of the University of California, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus has produced a variety of large scale and portrait concerts, composer residencies and special projects. Amadeus has devoted his career to the creation of contemporary music and to the production of events and concerts that bring this music to audiences worldwide.

Amadeus specializes in contemporary chamber and orchestral music. His own compositions have been performed internationally at ManiFeste, the Festival Musica, Voix Nouvelles (France), the Resonant Bodies Festival and the SONiC Festival (New York), the Havana Festival of Contemporary Music as part of the American Composers Forum artist delegation, the Hong Kong Modern Academy, the International Summer Courses in Darmstadt, Germany, the Impuls Academy (Austria), June in Buffalo, and the Mexican Centre for Music and Sonic Arts. Groups such as Ensemble Linea, JACK string quartet, Ensemble Intercontemporain, EXAUDI vocal ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and Duo Cortona have performed his music.

Samples and Kudos, 2014-15 Season

Posted by March 16, 2015

Excerpt from Elena Ruehr: It’s About Time (world premiere, November 16, 2015)

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Excerpt from Gabriela Ortiz: Corporea (world premiere, November 16, 2015)

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Excerpt from Du Yun: Slow Portraits 3  (world premiere, January 25, 2015)

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Excerpt from George Crumb: The Yellow Moon of Andalusia (world premiere, November 16, 2015)

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Excerpt from Agata Zubel where to (world premiere, January 25, 2015)

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Excerpt from  Laurie San Martin: we turn in the night in a circle of fire (world premiere February 22, 2015)

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Excerpt from Ken Ueno Zetsu (world premiere, February 22, 2015)

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SF Chronicle Review of January 25, 2015 “Drumming”

Financial Times Review of November 16, 2014 concert

SF Chronicle Review of January 25, 2015 concert

Radio SFCMP

Posted by March 30, 2015

Explore the music that we’ve performed, and more! Radio SFCMP is your guide through the sound worlds that have inspired SFCMP audiences for the past 44 years. Enjoy the discoveries!

what the critics are saying …

Posted by March 30, 2015

Check out samples and kudos from our 2014-15 season, including Agata Zubel’s “engagingly unsettled chamber work,” (SF Chronicle) and Tony Arnold’s “evocative and memorable” performance (Financial Times) of George Crumb’s Yesteryear.

Relive the season

Posted by March 30, 2015

Listen free to recordings of new works premiered as part of TenFourteen from our 2014-15 season. Yes, free! Listen Now

Soundvoice: New Music, Agency, Community!

Posted by March 30, 2015

Soundvoice is a community engagement and educational project created by SFCMP. The celebration, together with our 2015 partner, Hospitality House, took place on May 17.

SFCMP Support Materials 15-16

Posted by March 16, 2015

Excerpt from Elena Ruehr: It’s About Time (world premiere, November 16, 2015)

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Excerpt from Gabriela Ortiz: Corporea (world premiere, November 16, 2015)

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Excerpt from Du Yun: Slow Portraits 3  (world premiere, January 25, 2015)

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Excerpt from George Crumb: The Yellow Moon of Andalusia (world premiere, November 16, 2015)

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Excerpt from Agata Zubel where to (world premiere, January 25, 2015)

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Excerpt from  Laurie San Martin: we turn in the night in a circle of fire (world premiere February 22, 2015)

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Excerpt from Ken Ueno Zetsu (world premiere, February 22, 2015) Score of the full work

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SF Chronicle Review of January 25, 2015 “Drumming”

Financial Times Review of November 16, 2014 concert

SF Chronicle Review of January 25, 2015 concert


 

Support letter to the NEA from composer David Lang


 

VIP Preview Postcard for 2015-16 Season

Lei Liang Joins us March 29!

Posted by February 23, 2015

Composer Lei Liang joins us March 29 for the premiere of his latest work on our final Project TenFourteen concert!

Meet Composer Koji Nakano

Posted by February 23, 2015

Composer Koji  Nakano will be here from Thailand for his Project TenFourteen premiere March 29!

Varese’s Ionisation by an All-Star Percussion Crew!

Posted by February 21, 2015

Our 44th season concludes with a rollicking rendition of Varese’s masterpiece, Ionisation!

Meet composer Laurie San Martin

Posted by January 26, 2015

Read about Laurie San Martin and her new work, which will be premiered on February 22 as part of Project TenFourteen; we turn in the night in the circle of fire features two violin soloists. Read more…

Zetsu by Ken Ueno

Posted by January 26, 2015

Attend the premiere of Ken Ueno’s new work Zetsu on February 22, as part of the third Project TenFourteen concert. More info and tickets…!

Luigi Nono: Hay Que Caminar Soñando

Posted by January 20, 2015

In addition to three world premieres, the third concert of Project TenFourteen on February 22 will feature Luigi Nono’s searching violin duet Hay Que Caminar Soñando with guest violinist Gabriela Diaz alongside SFCMP’s Hrabba Altadottir. More info and tickets

Hear Luciano Berio’s “Linea” on February 22

Posted by January 14, 2015

Linea, a masterful work by Italian composer Luciano Berio, will round out our February 22 Project Ten Fourteen concert! Join us! 

Ann Moss

Posted by January 13, 2015

AnnMoss_Option2January, 2015 – Ann will sing with SFCMP ensemble members and SF Conservatory students on our January 31 Steve Reich Drumming concert. Meet this exciting Bay Area artist.

Soprano Ann Moss is an ardent and acclaimed champion of contemporary vocal music whose silvery, flexible voice has been singled out for “beautifully pure floated high notes” (Opera News) and “powerful expression” (SF Classical Voice). In addition to working closely with well-known composers such as Jake Heggie, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Wayne Peterson, Ann seeks out and performs works by new and emerging voices at forums, festivals and concert series across the USA.

Her debut albumCURRENTS (Angels Share Records, 2013), recorded and produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound, features some of the extraordinary new and recent American vocal/chamber music Ann has championed over the past decade. Ann Moss has premiered new works with Earplay, Eco Ensemble, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Ives, Alexander and Hausmann String Quartets, Sanford Dole Ensemble, New Music Works, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Composers in Red Sneakers, M2B, One Art Ensemble, at FENAM, Fresno New Music, PARMA Festival, SF Song Festival, Other Minds Festival, Switchboard Festival, Sonic Harvest, CNMAT, and in frequent recitals of contemporary art song around the United States.

As co-founder and Artistic Director of new-music repertory group CMASH, she has been personally responsible for the creation and premiere of over seventy art songs, operatic roles and works of vocal chamber music. In the 2014-15 season she premieres new works composed specifically for her by Sam Nichols, Liam Wade and Vartan Aghababian. During the 2013-14 season she delivered the west coast premiere of Le temps l’horloge for Soprano and Orchestra(2007) by Henri Dutilleux, and gave world premieres of works by Amadeus Regucera, Jared Redmond and Sunny Knable among others.

She is currently in collaboration with UC Berkeley Music Department Chair Cindy Cox on a new piece for soprano, piano, and keyboard sampler created using recordings of her own singing and vocal extended techniques; co-commissions with the Hausmann Quartet of new works for soprano and string quartet from CSU Fresno Professor Kenneth Froelich and Bay Area composer Garrett Shatzer, respectively; a co-commission with One Art Ensemble of a song cycle on texts by Emily Dickinson from Boston-area composer Vartan Aghababian; and a co-commission with San Francisco Opera cellist Emil Milland and San Francisco Conservatory pianist Steven Bailey of Full Fathom Five, a chamber song cycle by Bay Area composer Liam Wade on poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay.

She returns to Skywalker Sound in summer 2015 to record Wade’s cycle along with songs of Jake Heggie, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan for her second full-length album slated for release in November, 2015.

Ann served on the 2008 & 2011 faculty at CSU Summer Arts’ Composer/Performer Collaboration Workshop and has delivered lectures on vocal composition at MIT, UC Davis, Longy School of Music of Bard College, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Sacramento State University, CSU Los Angeles, UT Pan America and Cosumnes River College. She has recorded on PARMA, Naxos, and Jaded Ibis Productions labels.

A native of Boston and a graduate of the Longy School of Music of Bard College and San Francisco Conservatory, Ann currently resides and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Two Works by Harrison Birtwistle on January 25!

Posted by January 7, 2015

Acclaimed pianist Nicolas Hodges joins us to perform two works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle on our January 25 concert!