Mar 15 & 17, 2016 works by David Lang

Posted by October 14, 2015

Oscuro-Star
March 15 and 17, 2016
Z Space
450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (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
A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available prior to and during the performance

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

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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

From David Lang’s rich imagination come two gloriously hypnotic works for the end of winter. We gather on the eve of the vernal equinox for a concert of minimal music for strings.

OSCUROSCAPE

David Lang, warmth
Electric Guitar Duet

David Lang, darker
12 Strings

davidlang 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.

 

Mar 16 & 18, 2016 works by Gérard Grisey and Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri.

Posted by October 14, 2015

Oscuro-Star
March 16 and 18, 2016
Z Space
450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (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
A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available prior to and during the performance

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

Premium Seating $35, General Seating $25, Student w/ID $15
PURCHASE A TICKET
BUY AN ANNUAL OR PRO-RATED SEASON SUBSCRIPTION (15% discount on tickets)

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

Jean-Pierre Luminet, an astrophysicist at 
the Paris-Meudon Observatory shares with us that “In 1967, a young astronomer detected in the heavens a rapidly varying radio signal, in the form of periodic impulses 1.3 seconds apart. The discovery caused a sensation. The impulses were so regular that for a while they were taken to be signals coming from extraterrestrial civilisations. Then astrophysicists revealed a truth that was just as surprising: the signals were being emitted by a pulsar, the fantastic compact residue created by the supernova explosions that long ago disintegrated the massive stars.” 

More than twenty years later, inspired by this discovery and those sounds, the composer Gérard Grisey wrote Le Noir de l’Etoile, for six percussionists placed around an audience.

Looking inward rather than outward, Ms. Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri’s “kein thema”  takes a look at the smallest of sounds and inspirations – the small brushing sounds of touch on a temple block, the rhythmic swoop of a marble rolling – to explore how limitation can lead to new possibilities in sound.

STARSCAPE

Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, Kein Thema
Three Percussionists

Gérard Grisey, Le Noir de l’Étoile
Six Percussionists

 

 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

Posted by October 14, 2015

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45th Anniversary Retrospective Celebration

March 19, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Z Space 450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110

doors open at 5:45 pm
performance begins at 6:45 pm

In celebration of our founders, Jean-Louis LeRoux, Marcella DeCray and Charles Boone. 

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, small plates, live music, good company, memorabilia from our past

George Crumb, Five Pieces for Solo Piano (10′)
Piano, Kate Campbell

John Cage, In A Landscape (8′)
Harp, Karen Gottlieb

Lou Harrison, Serenade (2′)
Harp, Karen Gottlieb

Georges Aperghis, Le Corps à Corps (9′)
Percussion and voice, Steve Schick

Thank you for celebrating 45 years with us.
Suggested donation at the door
Adult $45 for 45 Years of New Music!
Student $15

cash and credit card accepted at the door