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

Eventbrite - SFCMP 2016-17 Season Subscription
*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.


Anna Thorvaldsdottir Credit Saga Sigurðardóttir

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





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




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!



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



Find parking around Dolores Park:

Use the LUXE app for on-demand valet service:

Use the Public Transit Trip Planner: 

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


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 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

Fri, Jan 20, 2017 Works by Richard Festinger, Michael Pisaro, Kate Soper, Gyorgy Ligeti

Posted by April 14, 2016

SFCMP in the Laboratory

In the Laboratory Series

Our In the Laboratory series brings to the stage large-scale contemporary classical works that push the boundaries of the concert experience through experimentation and exploration.



Fri, Jan 20, 2017
Venue: San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall 50 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Free and open to the public
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 facilitated by Steven Schick

Open to ticket-holders
6:45 pm  Pre-concert talk with Steven Schick and musicians
7:30 pm  CONCERT

At the conservatory is Cafe Creme, where meals, beer, and wine may be purchased prior to the concert.  With 10 minutes’ walk is Hayes’ Valley area with several local restaurant choices.

Please join us for a post-concert reception.

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

In this program, we explore the voice in its broadest sense: from a premiere of a song cycle by San Francisco composer Richard Festinger to an invocation of the voices of nature in Michael Pisaro’s evocative ricefall for 16 players and various resonant metal and wooden objects.  Anchoring the program is a pair of composers – one emerging and another established: Kate Soper’s Door features voice and electric guitar alongside a rare performance of Gyorgy Ligeti’s landmark Chamber Concerto, which features the voices of 13 concertante soloists.
Encouraging and mentoring the next generation of new music performers, SFCMP will once again join San Francisco Conservatory of Music students on this program.

Conductor’s Notes
Program Notes

Richard Festinger

Composer Richard Festinger

Daniel Cilli Baritone

Baritone Daniel Cilli

Richard Festinger Careless Love (2016) (18’)
SFCMP commission
featuring Daniel Cilli, Baritone
Daniel Cilli, baritone; Peter Josheff, clarinet; Alex Camphouse, horn; Roy Malan, violin, Susan Freier, viola; Stephen Harrison, cello; Kate Campbell, piano 

Michael Pisaro ricefall (2010) (18’)
Featuring Steven Schick; Tod Brody; Kyle Bruckmann; Peter Josheff; Alex Camphouse; Kate Campbell; Roy Malan; Susan Freier; Stephen Harrison; Richard Worn; Andrew Friedman, SFCM student; David Tanenbaum; Clio Tilton; Albert Yan, SFCM student; Trevor van de Velde, UC Berkeley student; Zhoushu Ziporyn, UC Berkeley student

Kate Soper Door (2007) (11’)
Amy Foote, soprano; Tod Brody, flute; Kevin Stewart, tenor sax; Karen Hutchinson, accordion; David Tanenbaum, electric guitar

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 and celesta; Allegra Chapman, harpsichord/B3 organ; Roy Malan, violin; James Encarnacion, tenor trombone; Clio Tilton, viola; Helen Newby, cello; Andrew Friedman, SFCM student, bass clarinet; Albert Yan, SFCM student, violin






Fri, Feb 17, 2017 Works by Igor Stravinsky, Peter Evans and Guest Improvisers

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



Fri, Feb 17, 2017
Peter Evans & Guest Improvisers Nava Dunkelman, percussion and India Cooke, violin
Venue: Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

Free and open to the public
4:00 – 4:30 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of Stravinksy Interpolations with Peter Evans
4:30 – 5:30 pm Composer Talk with Peter Evans facilitated by Steven Schick

The Herbst Theatre Lounge will be open from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Come early for wine, beer and snacks.

Open to ticket-holders
6:45 pm  Pre-concert discussion with Steven Schick and musicians
7:30 pm  CONCERT

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

Conductor’s Notes
Peter Evans Program Notes

In a departure from the usual way of presenting Stravinsky’s iconic L’Histoire du Soldat, now approaching its centennial, we will replace the dramatic action and much of the original Ramuz text with improvised interpolations featuring trumpet virtuoso supreme, Peter Evans. Performing with Evans on various movements will include a number of exceptionally talented improvisers, including special guests Nava Dunkelman (percussion), and India Cooke (violin) as well as SFCMP’s own Kyle Bruckmann (oboe) and William Winant and Steven Schick on percussion.

The result will be an Evans/Stravinsky mash-up in which two musics will speak to each other across a century—responding and resonating, cajoling and interrupting—in a conversation about the eternal issues of good and evil; war and peace.

Igor Stravinsky L’Histoire du Soldat (1918) 
Hrabba Atladottir, violin; Richard Worn, bass; Jeff Anderle, clarinet; Dana Jessen, bassoon; Brad Hogarth, trumpet; Brendan Lai-Tong, trombone; Christopher Froh, percussion

Peter Evans Lover’s War (2016)
Improvised Interpolations of L’Histoire du Soldat

Peter Evans, trumpet (soloist); Kyle Bruckmann, oboe; William Winant, percussion; Steve Schick, percussion; Nava Dunkelman, percussion; India Cooke, violin

India Cooke

Nava Dunkelman








Stravinsky Interpolations
Peter Evans, Lover’s War
Igor Stravinsky, L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale)

Peter Evans                                                  Solo: For Eddie Slovik

Igor Stravinsky                                              The Soldier’s March

Peter Evans                                                  Trio:  For Lewis Mumford

Igor Stravinsky                                              Music to Scene I

Igor Stravinsky                                              Music to Scene II

Peter Evans                                                  Quartet:  For Michelle Alexander

Igor Stravinsky                                              Music to Scene III

Igor Stravinsky                                              The Soldier’s March

Peter Evans                                                  Duo: For Sarah Kendzior

Igor Stravinsky                                              The Royal March

Igor Stravinsky                                              Little Concert

Igor Stravinsky                                              Three Dances

Peter Evans                                                  Solos: For Cecil Taylor

Igor Stravinsky                                              The Devil’s Dance

Igor Stravinsky                                              The Great Choral

Peter Evans                                                  Septet:  For James Baldwin

Igor Stravinsky                                              Triumphal March of the Devil

Peter Evans                                                  Septet:  For James Baldwin, part 2


About Peter Evans

With Peter Evans on Trumpet, Only the Shape Is Familiar
New York Times

His reputation among freethinking trumpet players is ironclad, a function of superhuman precision and a trailblazing technical vocabulary. But Mr. Evans would rather not be known strictly on those merits. “Sometimes it bothers me that the physical intensity and the crazy sounds are what people focus on,” he said a couple of weeks after his concert, over coffee near the carousel in Bryant Park. “Actually that’s not really the point for me.” Mr. Evans, 35, has the look of a systems analyst and the instinct of a righteous outlier, questioning preconceptions at every turn.

Growing up outside of Boston, he studied classical music alongside jazz, a pattern he continued at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He was serious about solo trumpet performance even then, drawing from both contemporary composers like Luciano Berio and boundless improvisers like the trumpeter Bill Dixon. “I moved to New York in 2003, and that’s one of the few things I had that was ready to go,” Mr. Evans said. “I didn’t know anybody, but I could sit down at some coffee shop and play a solo set.”

The jazz trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas was among those who quickly noticed Mr. Evans, commissioning him to perform on the Festival of New Trumpet Music. “The kinds of things he was doing, hardly anybody was doing,” Mr. Douglas said. “He has now further developed those techniques into some sounds that are wholly his own. That doesn’t happen too often.” >> Read full New York Times article


Sat, Mar 25 Sound and Wine A Season-End Celebration

Posted by April 14, 2016

March 25, 2017
3:30 – 5:30 PM

Schroeders, 240 Front Street, San Francisco, California 94111

Calling all Bay Area Music Lovers! You’re Invited!

It’s time for our season-end celebration, and we hope you’ll join us for live music, great food, good company, and some of our region’s finest wine (and beer).

Whether you’re new to contemporary classical music or have been a fan for years, we hope you’ll join us to relive your favorite works from the season or hear them for the first time.

Purchase Tickets

Seating is limited. Sorry, no door sales. Online ticket sales end on March 24. To ensure your seat, please purchase your online ticket(s) today. Tickets includes food, wine, beer, and a live music presentation. You can apply your ticket value of $45 to the purchase of any artwork.

SFCMP ensemble presenters are Kyle Bruckmann, Jeff Anderle, and Bill Kalinkos.

Igor Stravinsky, Three pieces for clarinet solo
excerpts from

György Ligeti from 2016-17 season
Peter Evans and Igor Stravinsky from 2016-17 season
Lou Harrison from 2016-17 season
John Zorn, 2017-18 season preview

Other information:

-Beer and wine is included. A no-host bar is available.
-Wines are from Sonoma County, North Coast, and Paso Robles.
-Menu includes assorted sausages, chicken schnitzel, vegetable spatzle, pretzel knots, and tots.
-Artwork by contemporary artists will be displayed and available for sale. Artwork consists of prints of originals by contemporary artists Sydell LewisWendy Costa and Gertie Mellon, plus one original series by Jennifer Siddens. All artwork is $250. The artists have kindly made special prices available for this event.
-Raffle at 5:00pm. Raffle tickets available for purchase at $10 each.  Raffle items include Bottles of Ridge Vineyard Wines, Tickets to Our Arts Partner Performances. Bring your cash!
-No children, adults only please.

Questions? Contact

Artwork Preview

Fri and Sat, Apr 21-22, 2017 Lou Harrison: A Centenary Celebration

Posted by April 14, 2016

at-the-Crossroads-Series-hires-RGBAt the Crossroads Series

In our At the Crossroads series you will discover the music of iconic contemporary classical composers performed alongside cutting-edge emerging composers from California and beyond



Eavesdrop on conversations between Lou Harrison, much loved California composer whose 100th birthday we celebrate in 2017, and two younger generations who share his lifelong interests of exploration and inclusivity. We’ll hear Harrison’s music alongside that of Natacha Diels whose work, like Harrison’s, is steeped in a sense of ritual; Gity Razaz who fearlessly combines technologies and cultures; the prolific and eloquent Jimmy Lopez; and the playfully absurd Annie Gosfield. You’ll listen to composer talks and we’ll perform and record music by the newest generation of composers influenced by Harrison’s work through our SF Search Program: the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players program in support of emerging contemporary classical composers.


These events were made possible in part by a grant from

The Ross McKee Foundation
American Music Project
The National Endowment for the Arts


Lou Harrison portrait by es (1)

Lou Harrison credit Eva Soltes

A Weekend Festival
Z Space 450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110

April 21 & 22, 2017
$60 all weekend pass, $25 per concert, $10 film screening
Eventbrite - SFCMP presents Sound and Wine 2017






FRIDAY, Apr 21, 2017
Z Space 450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110 

8:00 pm
Film Screening: “Lou Harrison: A World of Music
by Eva Soltes
run time 92 min

doors open 6:30pm
A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available before the film


SATURDAY, Apr 22, 2017
Z Space 450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Join us for a single event or spend all day with us!


11:00 am
Concert #1
doors open 10:30 am
SF Search 2016-17 Winners

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


Jimmy Lopez credit Sidney Erthal

Jimmy Lopez

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Natacha Diels

Composer Talks, “How Music is Made” with Jimmy Lopez and Natacha Diels
Artisanal pizza provided for first 50 people. A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available 





Concert #2

Lou Harrison, Canticle # 3 (1942)
Ocarina, 5 percussionists, guitar

Composer conversation with Jimmy Lopez

Jimmy Lopez, Ccantu (2007)

Lou Harrison, Varied Trio (1986)
Piano, Violin, Percussion
written for SFCMP percussionist, William Winant, Julie Steinberg and David Abel

Annie Gosfield, Daughters of the Industrial Revolution (2011)
Percussion, Cello


Lou Harrison credit Eva Soltes

Lou Harrison credit Eva Soltes

“Knowing Lou”

Steven Schick in conversation with David Tanenbaum, William Winant and Karen Gottlieb, SFCMP Ensemble members and friends of Lou Harrison.

A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available 




Concert #3

Lou Harrison Suite for Cello and Harp (1949)
Cello, Harp

Gity Razaz, Shadow Lines (2014)
Cello and Electronics

Lou Harrison  Scenes from Nek Chand (2001/2)
Steel Guitar [National]
Mr. Harrison’s last piece, dedicated to SFCMP guitarist, David Tanenbaum and Carol Law and Charles Amirkhanian

Composer conversation with Natacha Diels

Natacha Diels, The Colors Don’t Match  (2014) *west coast premiere
Piccolo, violin, clarinet, voice, glockenspiel, vibraphone, electronics


$60 all weekend pass, $25 per concert, $10 film screening
Eventbrite - SFCMP presents Sound and Wine 2017