SFCMP in Concert – October 2016

SFCMP in Concert – October 2016


Anna Thorvaldsdottir Credit Saga Sigurðardóttir

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.

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 UenoSawdust 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



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

SFCMP presents Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night”

SFCMP presents Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night”

Caroling has never been so epic

Immerses the listener in suspended wonderment


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

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Learn more about “Unsilent Night” at unsilentnight.com


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!
D) Livestream Audio via SoundCloud at soundcloud.com/unsilentnight


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)


SFCMP in Concert – January 2017

SFCMP in Concert – January 2017

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.

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

Conductor’s Notes
Program Notes

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

Please join us for a post-concert reception.
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.

Contemporary Classical Master Class with Steven Schick

Contemporary Classical Master Class with Steven Schick

New Music and Percussion Master Class
Led by Steven Schick, Percussionist and Artistic Director of San Francisco Contemporary Music Players


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.

SFCMP in Concert – February 2017

SFCMP in Concert – February 2017

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.

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

Conductor’s Notes
Peter Evans Program Notes

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

Lou Harrison : A Centenary Celebration

Lou Harrison : A Centenary Celebration

Photo by Eva Soltes

Photo by Eva Soltes

$60 all weekend pass, $25 per concert, $10 film screening

Join us at Z Space for an installment of our At the Crossroads Series, which celebrates the work of legacy composers alongside cutting-edge composers from across generations.

In our two-day festival, you will eavesdrop on musical 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 music by the newest generation of composers influenced by Harrison’s work through our SF Search Program.

View Program Booklet
View Conductor’s Notes

#louharrison100 #sfcmp

These events were made possible in part by a grant from
The Ross McKee Foundation
American Music Project
The National Endowment for the Arts

Film Screening: “Lou Harrison: A World of Music” by Eva Soltes

Friday 4/21
6:30PM Reception | 8 PM Film | $10
Z Space 450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110

An exquisitely crafted, in-depth and deeply moving look at the life and work of beloved composer Lou Harrison. Created with footage collected from over two decades by documentary filmmaker and music producer Eva Soltes, who was closely associated with Lou Harrison during his lifetime.
Running time 92.

There will be a cash bar open before the film, and doors open at 6:30pm for pre-film reception



Concert #1

Saturday, 4/22
11 AM (doors open 10:30 AM) | $25
Featuring 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’)
Bill Kalinkos, clarinet; Kate Campbell, piano; Hrabba Atladottir, violin; Stephen Harrison, cello
Michelle Zheng Rift (2017)(6’)
Bill Kalinkos, clarinet; Kate Campbell, piano; Hrabba Atladottir, violin; Stephen Harrison, cello
Benjamin Zucker Sarabandisms (2016)(6’)
Bill Kalinkos, clarinet; Kate Campbell, piano; Hrabba Atladottir, violin; Stephen Harrison, cello

Composer Talks, “How Music is Made” with Jimmy Lopez and Natacha Diels

Saturday, 4/22
12:30-1:30PM | Free

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.
Artisanal pizza provided for first 50 people. A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available.

Concert #2

Saturday, 4/22
2:30 PM | $25

Lou Harrison, Canticle #3 (1942)(15′)
Jeff Anderle, ocarina; David Tanenbaum, guitar; percussionists Jim Kassis, William Winant, Haruka Fujii, Stan Muncy, Loren Mach
Composer conversation with Jimmy Lopez
Jimmy Lopez, Ccantu (2007)(6′)
Kate Campbell, piano
Lou Harrison, Varied Trio (1986)(16′)
Hrabba Atladottir, violin; William Winant, percussion, Kate Campbell, piano
This piece was originally written for SFCMP percussionist, William Winant, Julie Steinberg and David Abel
Annie Gosfield, Daughters of the Industrial Revolution (2011)(9′)
Loren Mach, percussion; Stephen Harrison, cello

“Knowing Lou”

Saturday, 4/22
6:30PM | Pre-Concert Talk (concert tickets required)
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

Saturday, 4/22
7:30PM | $25

Lou Harrison, Suite for Cello and Harp (1949)(12′)
Stephen Harrison, cello; Karen Gottlieb, harp
Lou Harrison, Scenes from Nek Chand (2001/2)(11′)
David Tanenbaum, Steel Guitar [National] This was Mr. Harrison’s last piece, dedicated to SFCMP guitarist, David Tanenbaum and Carol Law and Charles Amirkhanian
Gity Razaz, Shadow Lines (2014)(10′)
Stephen Harrison, cello Jeremy Wagner, technical assistant
Composer conversation with Natacha Diels
Natacha Diels,The Colors Don’t Match (2014)(11′) *west coast premiere
Amy Foote, voice; Stacey Pelinka, piccolo; Bill Kalinkos, clarinet;; Loren Mach, percussion; Kate Campbell, sampler, Hrabba Atladottir, violin; Jeremy Wagner, technical assistant

$60 all weekend pass, $25 per concert, $10 film screening

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