SFCMP Screening I Live For Art

Posted by August 29, 2014

Wreath-OIFF BWIn a special prelude to its 44th concert season, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) hosts an exclusive Bay Area screening of the award-winning documentary film, I LIVE FOR ART. This screening will take place at the Center for New Music (55 Taylor Street) on Monday, September 22 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

August Rabbit Hole

Tickets $9 - Advance ticketing highly recommended as seating is limited.

Created by filmmakers Ri Stewart and Renee Slade, and featuring, among other artists, recently SFCMP-commissioned composer Mark Applebaum (Rabbit Hole, 2013), I LIVE FOR ART is a humorous, satirical and unique philosophical exploration of the creative process – its angst, thrills, purpose and methods. The evening will comprise a screening, Q&A with the filmmakers and Mark Applebaum and Brian McWorther on the experience of living artfully in 2014. Complimentary popcorn and soft drinks will be served.

 

The Evening’s Program
5:30-6:00 – Reception
6:00 – 7:15 – Film Screening
7:20 – 7:50 – Q&A
The evening will include a raffle of a limited-edition exclusive “Rabbit Hole” watch created by Mark Applebaum for the 2013 World Premiere of his work by SFCMP. Complimentary soft drinks and popcorn will be served; wine and additional snacks will be available through no-host bar. Seating is limited so advance tickets are encouraged.

About the Film

11 Wristwatch Geology I LIVE FOR ART has already garnered considerable success on the independent film circuit, winning the “Best Documentary” award at Oregon Independent Film Festival and the “Silver Award” at the 2014 Philadadelphia International Art Festival.

Told in an original blend of character driven documentary fused with vital philosophical and mythical context, this film unites three compelling artists, a famous quantum physicist/philosopher, and a world renowned storyteller; I LIVE FOR ART providing a visceral experience of creativity straight from the trenches, across the gamut from existential loathing to ecstatic elation and from personal struggle to social victory.

Three prolific musicians, Brian McWhorter, Mark Applebaum  and Mark Gould,  leave the comfort of their respective disciplines, shedding past traditions and sharing the process, stories, suffering, laughter, success and failures inherent in pushing themselves farther. Through their shared experience, we viewers gain insight into our own understanding of how we can find the creative spark within.

Also navigating the exploration are Theoretical Quantum Physicist / Philosopher Amit Goswami, Storyteller/Mythologist Michael Meade, and Producer/ Events Creator Elliot Rasenick, who add their  insights and experience to the film, revealing the mystical, mythological and scientific processes behind how we coerce the discovery of the new from the depths of the unknown.

SFCMP Artistic Director Steven Schick explains that films such as these reveal the full creative lives of composers today, who are utilizing a lexicon and expression that is deeply personal and rooted in an honest depiction of the creative process. “It’s particularly apt for us to present this documentary, not only because we were delighted to commission and perform Mark Applebaum’s most recent large work, Rabbit Hole in our 2012-13 season, and not only because Mark is one of the most fearless and exciting collaborators we have worked with in recent times — but also because this season, we are presenting an unprecedentedly large-scale commissioning initiative (Project Ten Fourteen: www.sfcmp.org/ten-fourteen) centered on composers’ response to the “human condition, common to us all.” In this context, it is extremely fortuitous to welcome I LIVE FOR ART and its filmmakers, as a thematic bridge to a line of inquiry we’ll be diving into over our entire 44th season.”

About the Filmmakers

Ri Stewart ­ Co-Director, Co-Producer, Editor, Cinematography - Trained as an architect and graphic artist, her passionate creativity and quest for the muse led her to filmmaking—and found a natural professional evolution. Her first feature-length film, The Quantum Activist, is a critically acclaimed, international award-winning film currently distributed in 12 countries and has been a favorite on Netflix with over 150,000 ratings. Her last film, Capoeira: Fly Away Beetle won silver in the feature documentary category at Philadelphia International Film Festival in 2012 and is currently available on iTunes. She is the creative director behind documentaries, mainstream film projects, music videos and graphics. When not making movies, she enjoys creating  and performing electronica and living creatively.

Renee Slade Co-Director, Co-Producer, Writer, Cinematography - An artist who cannot be confined by limited constructs, Renee lives and creates outside the box. Writer,photographer, cinematographer, symbolist, mythologist, swami (and a hell of a good cook), as a partner in BlueDot Productions, Renee taps a vast wealth of talent and knowledge to bring depth to the company’s film projects and helps keep the company’s mission of facilitating uplifting messages on track. An award winning producer for the documentary The Quantum Activist and Capoeira: Fly Away Beetle, her focus is the evolution of all types of media that support and inspire enthusiastic, appreciative living.

Mark Applebaum Featured artist and recently SFCMP-commissioned composer - Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Stanford University, Applebaum received his Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at San Diego where he studied principally with Brian Ferneyhough. His solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, operatic, and electroacoustic work has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia with notable premieres at the Darmstadt summer sessions. He has received commissions from the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Betty Freeman, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Fromm Foundation, the Vienna Modern Festival, Antwerp’s Champ D’Action, Festival ADEvantgarde in Munich, Zeitgeist, MANUFACTURE (Tokyo), the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Jerome Foundation, and the American Composers Forum, among others. His music can be heard on recordings on the Innova, Tzadik, Capstone, and SEAMUS labels. Additional information at www.markapplebaum.com.

Additional Resources:
Film Website – http://live4artmovie.com
Film Trailer –  https://vimeo.com/90675145
Mark Applebaum Rabbit Hole (SFCMP Performance) – http://vimeo.com/64031313
SF Contemporary Music Players www.sfcmp.org

Alice in Antarctica

Posted by August 29, 2014

Alice Giles on ice

Sunday, October 12, 2014 – 7 pm – Special Event: Alice in Antarctica

In a special event, we welcome guest Australian virtuoso harpist Alice Giles for a multi-media performance incorporating electroacoustic harp, voice, visual and audio material. The program commemorates the centenary of the First Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914 on which Giles’ own grandfather, Dr C.T., Madigan, was a member. Works on the program range from Bach and Dvorak to various Australian Composers. Jewish Community Center Kanbar Hall, 3200 California Street)

Tickets at jccsf.org – Premium Seating $30 – General Admission $20 – Students $10

One hundred years ago, the first ship sailed through the Panama Canal; Mahatma Gandhi was arrested for the first time; Babe Ruth pitched for the Boston Red Sox; Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated, starting World War I – and the First Australasian Antarctia Expedition came to a close. The title of SFCMP’s 44th season-opening concert Alice in Antarctica should leave no question as to which of these historical moments will be commemorated in a special concert with Australian virtuoso harpist Alice Giles. On Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the JCC’s Kanbar Hall.

Celebrated as one of the world’s leading harp soloists, SFCMP’s guest artist will perform her solo recital Alice in Antarctica — a multi-media event incorporating acoustic and electric harp, spoken and sung voice, recorded spoken voice, visual and audio material. This scintillating journey through music and film honors 20th and 21st century music, Australia’s history, and our fragile and changing environment – as well as Giles’s own grandfather Dr. C.T. Madigan, a member of the first Australian expedition to Antarctica. This unique evening will showcase the first San Francisco appearance of the Electro-Acoustic harp.


The Concert Program incorporates spoken interludes from the unpublished Note Book & Diary of Cecil Thomas Madigan (1889-1947), AAE Meteorologist with visual and audio material gathered by Alice Giles on her 2011 trip as an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow to Davis and Mawson Stations on the Aurora Australis. It features new musical discoveries alongside some of the most beloved works of the harp repertoire (subject to change):

Suite BWV 996 e-minor (originally for Lute) –  J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750), Trans. A. Giles
Toccata (1991) – Gillian Whitehead (b. 1941)
Ballade op. 28  - Carlos Salzedo (1885 – 1961)

Antarctica Program:
La Cinquataine - Gabriel Marie (arr A. Jonas)
Humoresque  -  Antonin Dvorak (arr C. Salzedo)
Annie Laurie - Traditional (arr C. Salzedo)
Lead kindly Light - Purday / Newman
Abide with me - Monk / Lyte
A-Roving -  Scottish Student’s Songbook
The Good Rhein Wine- Scottish Student’s Songbook
Nearer my God - Dykes / Adams (arr A. Giles)
Billions of Penguins (2010)- Joshua McHugh
On not Dancing with Penguins (2011) - Jim Cotter
Beneath the Midnight Sun (from the Imax film score ‘Antarctica’) - Nigel Westlake   (arr for electroacoustic harp by Giles)
Southern Ocean Song (2011) – Alice Giles
Ice – filmed at Davis Station beach- Mary Doumany
Aurora Wynnis – for singing harpist/electronics (2011) - Martin Wesley-Smith - Text from the CT Madigan Diaries, and the poem “Ah Love, could thou and I with fate conspire …”  (quoted by Madigan) from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Wind Harp; Fantasia No. 16 (2010) - Larry Sitsky, filmed at Davis and Mawson Stations
Fantasia No. 17 (2010)  - Larry Sitsky
Whirlwind - Carlos Salzedo

Alice Giles’s 2014 San Francisco residency is presented in association with the Bay Area Chapter of the American Harp Society.


Breaking Bread with the Composer: Writing for Harp – October 13, 2-3

A free event from 2-3 pm, this is a Q&A session with the artist on the intricacies, challenges, and delights of composing for harp. Composition students, emerging/young composers, and harpists who are thinking about bridging the gap between composition and performance are all encouraged to attend!


Harp Masterclass – October 13, 4-6

In addition to the concert and post-concert reception, Alice Giles’ 2014 San Francisco residency will include a Harp Master Class at Davies Symphony Hall on Monday, October 13 from 4-6 p.m. Harpists and non-harpists are invited to attend. This event is sponsored by the Bay Area Chapter of the American Harp Society.  Admission $25 for Auditors, $50 for Participants.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


Giles’s clever combination of traditional and contemporary music and stunning imagery conveyed both the extraordinary bravery of Mawson’s expedition and the sense of haunting mystery Antarctica embodies. Stimulating, moving and inspiring, this was an impressive creation.” - The Australian, 8th April 2013


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About Alice Giles:

ALICE GILESAlice Giles is celebrated as one of the world’s leading harpists. She has performed extensively as a soloist word-wide and was the First Prize-winner of the Eighth Israel International Harp Contest. In 2013 she will be performing in China, Hong Kong, Japan, England, Ireland, Germany and France as well as extensive touring in Australia. Among her Australian 2013 performances are appearances in the Musica Viva Festival in Sydney, Tyalgum Festival, Arts in the Valley Festival, Government House Sydney, ABC Live and Melbourne Recital Hall with the Seven Harp Ensemble (SHE), with the Adelaide Chamber Singers, and the Australian World Orchestra.

Regarded by Luciano Berio as the foremost interpreter of his Sequenza II, solo recital highlights include London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd Street ‘Y’ and Merkin Hall and the Frankfurt Alte Oper. A guest artist at numerous festivals, including Marlboro Music, Scotia Festival, Schleswig-Holstein and Insel Hombroich Festivals in Germany, Bath Mozartfest, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and the Adelaide, Huntington, Barossa and Sydney Festivals. She has commissioned a complete program of works for the electro-acoustic harp, and is Director of the Seven Harp Ensemble (SHE), which has commissioned many new works by Australian composers.

As a recipient of an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship, she performed a solo concert at Mawson Station in February 2011 commemorating the Centenary of the first Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Her discography includes several solo harp discs, a concerto disc with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and many chamber music discs for the Tall Poppies, Musikado, ABC Classics, CDI, and Marlboro Recording Society labels. Alice Giles has an international reputation as a teacher, and in 2013 will be giving masterclasses and workshops at the Royal College and the Royal Academy in London, the Royal Welsh College in Cardiff, Beijing Central Conservatorium, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Japan Harp Festival.From 1990 to 1998 she taught at the Hochschüle für Musik in Frankfurt and from 2013 will be teaching at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australian National Academy of Music and Melbourne University.

Read about Alice’s Antarctic Adventure

Alice’s Grandfather, C.T. Madigan, on the 2011-14 Expedition to Antarcticamadigan

 

Project TenFourteen

Posted by August 29, 2014

project ten fourteen

SFCMP is  thrilled to be presenting something unprecedented for us (and possibly, in our field)… Project TenFourteen - a series of four programs featuring world premieres simultaneously commissioned from ten distinctive composers, all challenged to reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all.

The commissioned composers are of an extraordinary caliber: George Crumb, Koji NakanoLei LiangGabriela OrtizElena Ruehr, Laurie San MartinKen Ueno, Chou Wen-Chung, Du Yunand Agata Zubel.

Envisioned by Robert Amory, a Trustee of the Jebediah Foundation, and executed in partnership with Cal PerformancesProject TenFourteen will yield a global kaleidoscope that embodies and celebrates the varied cultural and personal influences that infuse contemporary music, while underscoring our common humanity and shared destiny. Project TenFourteen is dedicated to Lee Hyla.

schick-screenWatch Steven Schick on Project TenFourteen in an exclusive interview produced by Cal Performances.


Dates and Programs:

Cal Performances and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players Present Project Ten Fourteen - A series of four programs featuring world premieres simultaneously commissioned from ten distinctive composers all challenged to reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all. Please note all tickets for the four Project TenFourteen concerts are only available through Cal Performances’ website – individual tickets are $32. Subscribe to all 4 for only $96  

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - Project TenFourteen: Concert #1 - The World Premiere of two works by George Crumb - Yesteryear and The Yellow Moon of Andalusia  as well as his Five Pieces for Piano; the World Premiere of Corpórea by Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz; and the World Premiere of Elena Ruehr’s It’s About Time. Also on the program: Georges Aperghis‘s Récitations 9 and 10 for solo voice. Special guest soprano Tony Arnold joins the SFCMP ensemble members led by Steven Schick. Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Project TenFourteen: Concert #2The World Premiere of Polish composer Agata Zubel‘s where to as well as the World Premiere of Slow Portraits 3 by Du Yun. Also on the program, two works by Harrison BirtwistleThe Axe Manual and Gigue Machine. Special guest pianist Nicholas Hodges joins the SFCMP ensemble and our Steven Schick on percussion. Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Sunday, February 22, 2015 - Project TenFourteen: Concert #3World Premieres of we turn in the night in a circle of fire by Laurie San Martin as well as a new work by Ken UenoZetsu. Also on the program, two iconic works of the 20th century: Luciano Berio’s  Linea and Luigi Nono’s Hay Que Caminar Soñando. Steven Schick leads the SFCMP ensemble. Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Sunday, March 29, 2015 - Project TenFourteen: Concert #4The final Project Ten Fourteen concert presents the World Premiere of Koji Nakano’s, Time Song V: MandalaLei Liang’s Luminous, with featured guest bassist Mark Dresser; a work by legendary Chinese composer Chou Wen-Chung; the third World Premiere commissioned work by George CrumbXylophony, and a special performance of Edgard Varèse’s Ionisation by an all-star percussion ensemble! Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)

Project TenFourteen – Crumb, Ortiz, Ruehr, Aperghis

Posted by August 29, 2014

oneCal Performances and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players Present Project Ten Fourteen - A series of four programs featuring world premieres simultaneously commissioned from ten distinctive composers all challenged to reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all. Please note all tickets for the four Project TenFourteen concerts are only available through Cal Performances’ website – individual tickets are $32. Subscribe to all 4 for only $96

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - Project TenFourteen: Concert #1 - The World Premiere of two works by George Crumb - Yesteryear and The Yellow Moon of Andalusia  as well as his Five Pieces for Piano; the World Premiere of Corpórea by Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz; and the World Premiere of Elena Ruehr’s It’s About Time. Also on the program: Georges Aperghis‘s Récitations 9 and 10 for solo voice. Special guest soprano Tony Arnold joins the SFCMP ensemble members led by Steven Schick. Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Program (subject to change)

Elena Ruehr –  it’s about time – WP, Comm ~20’

George Crumb - Yesteryear WP, Comm ~9’ - Tony Arnold, mezzo soprano

George CrumbFive Pieces for Piano, ~9’ 

George Crumb - Yellow Moon of Andalusia, 15’ - Tony Arnold, mezzo soprano

Gabriela Ortiz - Corpórea WP, Comm ~ 20′

Georges Aperghis Récitations 9 and 10 – Tony Arnold, mezzo soprano

Single tickets start at $32; four-concert subscription $96. All seating through the Cal Performances website.


Under the artistic leadership of internationally acclaimed musician and educator Steven Schick, SFCMP’s season is anchored by Project TenFourteen – four concerts with world premieres from ten distinctive composers all challenged to “reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all.” The ten composers participating in this project are of extraordinary caliber – George Crumb, Elena Ruehr, Gabriela Ortiz, Ken Ueno, Gabriela Ortiz, Du Yun, Agata Zubel, Koji Nakano, Lei Liang, Laurie San Martin, and Wen-Chung Chou. Collectively, they represent cultures ranging from China, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand, to Mexico, Poland, and several regions of the U.S. and span music styles from lyric to extended techniques to the forefront of electro-acousticism.

The four concerts — in November 2014 and January, February and March 2015 — will take place at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. They are presented in collaboration with Cal Performances. A pre-concert talk precedes each performance, and a post-concert reception will allow audience members to engage with the composers and artists.

Read more about Project TenFourteen

 

Project Ten Fourteen – Agata Zubel, Du Yun, Harrison Birtwistle

Posted by August 29, 2014

twoCal Performances and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players Present Project Ten Fourteen - A series of four programs featuring world premieres simultaneously commissioned from ten distinctive composers all challenged to reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all. Please note all tickets for the four Project TenFourteen concerts are only available through Cal Performances’ website – individual tickets are $32. Subscribe to all 4 for only $96

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Project TenFourteen: Concert #2 - The World Premiere of Polish composer Agata Zubel‘s where to as well as the World Premiere of Slow Portraits 3 by Du Yun. Also on the program, two works by Harrison BirtwistleThe Axe Manual and Gigue Machine. Special guest pianist Nicholas Hodges joins the SFCMP ensemble and our Steven Schick on percussion. Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Program (subject to change)

Agata Zubel - where to – WP, Comm

Harrison Birtwistle - Ax Manual – 25’ - Nicolas Hodges and Steven Schick, piano and percussion

Harrison Birtwistle - Gigue Machine  – 15’ - Nicolas Hodges, piano

Du Yun - Slow Portraits 3 - WP, Comm

Single tickets start at $32; four-concert subscription $96. All seating through the Cal Performances website.


Under the artistic leadership of internationally acclaimed musician and educator Steven Schick, SFCMP’s season is anchored by Project TenFourteen – four concerts with world premieres from ten distinctive composers all challenged to “reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all.” The ten composers participating in this project are of extraordinary caliber – George Crumb, Elena Ruehr, Gabriela Ortiz, Ken Ueno, Gabriela Ortiz, Du Yun, Agata Zubel, Koji Nakano, Lei Liang, Laurie San Martin, and Wen-Chung Chou. Collectively, they represent cultures ranging from China, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand, to Mexico, Poland, and several regions of the U.S. and span music styles from lyric to extended techniques to the forefront of electro-acousticism.

The four concerts — in November 2014 and January, February and March 2015 — will take place at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. They are presented in collaboration with Cal Performances. A pre-concert talk precedes each performance, and a post-concert reception will allow audience members to engage with the composers and artists.

Read more about Project TenFourteen

 

Project TenFourteen – San Martin, Ueno, Berio, Nono

Posted by August 29, 2014

ThreeCal Performances and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players Present Project Ten Fourteen - A series of four programs featuring world premieres simultaneously commissioned from ten distinctive composers all challenged to reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all. Please note all tickets for the four Project TenFourteen concerts are only available through Cal Performances’ website – individual tickets are $32. Subscribe to all 4 for only $96

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - Project TenFourteen: Concert #3 - World Premieres of we turn in the night in a circle of fire by Laurie San Martin as well as a new work by Ken UenoZetsu. Also on the program, two iconic works of the 20th century: Luciano Berio’s  Linea and Luigi Nono’s Hay Que Caminar Soñando. Steven Schick leads the SFCMP ensemble. Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Program (subject to change)

Laurie San Martin - we turn in the night in a circle of fire - WP, Comm

Luigi Nono - Hay Que Caminar Soñando - 25’ - Nicolas Hodges and Steven Schick, piano and percussion

Luciano Berio - Linea

Ken Ueno - Zetsu - WP, Comm

Single tickets start at $32; four-concert subscription $96. All seating through the Cal Performances website.


Under the artistic leadership of internationally acclaimed musician and educator Steven Schick, SFCMP’s season is anchored by Project TenFourteen – four concerts with world premieres from ten distinctive composers all challenged to “reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all.” The ten composers participating in this project are of extraordinary caliber – George Crumb, Elena Ruehr, Gabriela Ortiz, Ken Ueno, Gabriela Ortiz, Du Yun, Agata Zubel, Koji Nakano, Lei Liang, Laurie San Martin, and Wen-Chung Chou. Collectively, they represent cultures ranging from China, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand, to Mexico, Poland, and several regions of the U.S. and span music styles from lyric to extended techniques to the forefront of electro-acousticism.

The four concerts — in November 2014 and January, February and March 2015 — will take place at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. They are presented in collaboration with Cal Performances. A pre-concert talk precedes each performance, and a post-concert reception will allow audience members to engage with the composers and artists.

Read more about Project TenFourteen

 

Project Ten Fourteen – Nakano, Liang, Crumb, Wen-Chung, Varese

Posted by August 29, 2014

Four

Cal Performances and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players Present Project Ten Fourteen - A series of four programs featuring world premieres simultaneously commissioned from ten distinctive composers all challenged to reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all. Please note all tickets for the four Project TenFourteen concerts are only available through Cal Performances’ website – individual tickets are $32. Subscribe to all 4 for only $96

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - Project TenFourteen: Concert #4 - The final Project Ten Fourteen concert presents the World Premiere of Koji Nakano’s, Time Song V: MandalaLei Liang’s Luminous, with featured guest bassist Mark Dresser; a work by legendary Chinese composer Chou Wen-Chung; the third World Premiere commissioned work by George CrumbXylophony, and a special performance of Edgard Varèse’s Ionisation by an all-star percussion ensemble! Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Program (subject to change)

Koji Nakano - Time Song V: Mandala – WP, Comm

Lei Liang - Luminous - WP, Comm

George Crumb - Xylophony - WP, Comm

Edgard Varèse - Ionisation

Chou Wen-chung - New Work WP, Comm

Single tickets start at $32; four-concert subscription $96. All seating through the Cal Performances website.


Under the artistic leadership of internationally acclaimed musician and educator Steven Schick, SFCMP’s season is anchored by Project TenFourteen – four concerts with world premieres from ten distinctive composers all challenged to “reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all.” The ten composers participating in this project are of extraordinary caliber – George Crumb, Elena Ruehr, Gabriela Ortiz, Ken Ueno, Gabriela Ortiz, Du Yun, Agata Zubel, Koji Nakano, Lei Liang, Laurie San Martin, and Wen-Chung Chou. Collectively, they represent cultures ranging from China, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand, to Mexico, Poland, and several regions of the U.S. and span music styles from lyric to extended techniques to the forefront of electro-acousticism.

The four concerts — in November 2014 and January, February and March 2015 — will take place at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. They are presented in collaboration with Cal Performances. A pre-concert talk precedes each performance, and a post-concert reception will allow audience members to engage with the composers and artists.

Read more about Project TenFourteen