SFCMP Presents “Unsilent Night” by Phil Kline December 2017

SFCMP Presents “Unsilent Night” by Phil Kline December 2017

We hope you’ll join us for this family-friendly, 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 in and around San Francisco’s Dolores Park area, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture.

Who’s Invited: Everybody! A family-friendly, public event. Free.
When: Sat, Dec 9, 2017 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Rain or Shine! Bring your sound rig and music. A few cassette tapes are available.
Meet at: Mission Dolores Park. Meet on Dolores Street at the Dolores Park tennis courts by the corner of 18th St.
Twitter: @gosfcmp  #unsilentnight
Visit our Facebook Event Page

Learn more about “Unsilent Night” at unsilentnight.com  or read this NY Times article

Caroling has never been so epic


Invent your sound rig e.g. boombox, cell phone, laptops, speakers on a wagon, megaphone. The louder the better!

A) Make your own CD or .mP3 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 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 October 2017

SFCMP in Concert October 2017


SFCMP’s season-opener concert will juxtapose three looks at musical color, three sonic landscapes, and three provocative composers. The concert will feature the west coast premiere of a new work by Philippe Leroux, as well as a world premiere by California composer Nicole Mitchell, whose work celebrates African-American culture while reaching across genres, and “Schnee” by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen, a work esteemed as one of the first classics of 21st-century music.

This event will feature Nicole Mitchell in the “How Music Is Made” composer talk segment.

This concert is part of our “On Stage” series, which brings to the stage some of the most influential contemporary classical composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.


Philippe LEROUX
Postlude à l’Épais (2016) 9’ (West Coast Premiere)
Tod Brody, flute; Peter Josheff, clarinet; Kate Campbell, piano; Hrabba Atladottir, violin; Stephen Harrison, cello

Procession Time (2017) 15’ (World Premiere)
Tod Brody, alto flute; Jeff Anderle, bass clarinet; Kate Campbell, piano; Stephen Harrison, cello

Hans ABRAHAMSEN Schnee (2008)  57’
Tod Brody, piccolo/alto flute; Kyle Bruckmann, English horn; Bill Kalinkos, eb/bass clarinets; Christopher Froh, percussion; Kate Campbell, piano 1; Allegra Chapman, piano 2; Hrabba Atladottir, violin; Meena Bhasin, viola; Helen Newby, cello

View the Concert Program Booklet PDF 



(free and open to the public)
4:00 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of Procession Time by Nicole Mitchell
4:30 pm – 5:20 pm Composer Talk:  Nicole Mitchell in conversation with Steven Schick

(open to ticket buyers)
6:45 pm Pre-concert discussion with Artistic Director Steven Schick and Players
7:30 pm Concert
9:00 pm Post-concert party

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SFCMP in Concert January 2018

SFCMP in Concert January 2018

Our in the LABORATORY series showcases large-scale contemporary classical works that push the boundaries of the concert format and experience.  In this concert, John Zorn’s “Cobra” and Frederic Rzewski’s “Les Moutons de Panurge” engage the large-ensemble energies of the performers to create unheard-of possibilities. Led by Grammy-nominated SFCMP percussionist and frequent Zorn collaborator William Winant, the performers are prompted to execute different instrumental techniques, sonic textures, or playing styles in various ensemble formations, resulting in a dynamic and often surprising real-time musical compositions. In a special guest appearance, maverick vocalist and creator Meredith Monk joins us for a performance and discussion of two of her works, Ellis Island for duo pianos and Cave Song from her film project The Book of Days. Completing the program are Pulitzer Prize finalist Don Byron’s 7 Etudes, and two works by Bay Area composers, Under the Rug by Ryan Brown, and Twist for guitar and violin by Vivian Fung.

This event will feature Vivian Fung and Ryan Brown in the “How Music Is Made” open rehearsal and composer talk segment.

Composer Meredith Monk will join us on stage for conversation and Q&A facilitated by incoming Artistic Director, Eric Dudley.

Encouraging and mentoring the next generation of new music performers, SFCMP will once again join San Francisco Conservatory of Music students on this program.

This concert is part of our in the Laboratory Series where you will experience contemporary classical works that have pushed the boundaries of the concert format through experimentation and exploration.


selections from 7 Etudes (for Vocalizing Pianist) 8’
Solo piano

Under the Rug (2010) 6′
Flute, harp, viola

Vivian FUNG
Twist (2014) 13’
Guitar, violin

Meredith MONK
Cave Song (1990) 4′
Piano, guitar, alto, soprano

Meredith MONK
Ellis Island (1981) 6′
2 pianos

Conversation and Q&A with Meredith MONK
facilitated by Eric Dudley


Frederic RZEWSKI
Les Moutons de Panurge (1969) 12’
open instrumentation for large ensemble

Directed by SFCMP ensemble member William Winant
Cobra (1984) 25’
open instrumentation for large ensemble


HOW MUSIC IS MADE (free and open to the public)
4:00 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of “Twist” by Vivian Fung
4:30 – 5:20 pm Composer Talk: Vivian Fung and Ryan Brown in conversation with incoming Artistic Director Eric Dudley

CONCERT (for ticket buyers)
6:30 pm Pre-concert discussion with incoming Artistic Director Eric Dudley and Players
7:30 pm Concert with special guest Meredith Monk
9:00 pm Post-Concert Party


Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

MEREDITH MONK (b. November 20, 1942, New York, NY) is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, she is a pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance.” Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound, discovering and weaving together new modes of perception. Her groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument, as an eloquent language in and of itself, expands the boundaries of musical composition, creating landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies, and memories for which there are no words. Over the last fifty years, she has been hailed as “a magician of the voice” and “one of America’s coolest composers.” Celebrated internationally, Monk’s work has been presented by BAM, Lincoln Center Festival, Houston Grand Opera, London’s Barbican Centre, and at major venues around the world. Among her many accolades, she was recently named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France and the 2012 Composer of the Year by Musical America. In conjunction with her 50th Season of creating and performing, she was appointed the 2014-15 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall. In September 2015, Ms. Monk received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama. In September of 2017, The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the most generous arts honors in the United States, was awarded to Ms. Monk.The Gish Prize, established in 1994, includes $250,000 in cash and is granted each year to an artist said to have “pushed the boundaries of an art form, contributed to social change and paved the way for the next generation.” >>> Read the full  NY Times article

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SFCMP Contemporary Music Master Class with William Winant

SFCMP Contemporary Music Master Class with William Winant

William Winant SFCMP PercussionistLed by William Winant
Principal Percussionist, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

In SFCMP’s Master Class series you will observe some of the most talented Bay Area pre-professional music students as they learn from our renowned ensemble members in front of a live audience. Students will perform contemporary classical pieces that were selected by them. The students perform the music while being mentored in the master techniques, skills, and style of contemporary music. This new music and percussion master class is led by SFCMP percussionist, Wiilliam Winant.

About William Winant

In 2016, Winant was awarded a large unrestricted grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts in recognition for his groundbreaking work as a contemporary percussionist. In 2014 he received a Grammy nomination for his recording of John Cage’s historic solo work, 27′ 10.554″ for a percussionist, on Micro Fest Records.

He has collaborated with some of the most innovative and creative musicians of our time, including John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Pierre Boulez, Frank Zappa, Keith Jarrett, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, James Tenney, Terry Riley, Cecil Taylor, Gerry Hemingway, Mark Dresser, Barry Guy, Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Steve Reich and Musicians, Nexus, Charles Wuorinen, Jean-Philippe Collard, Frederic Rzewski, Ursula Oppens, Joan LaBarbara, Annea Lockwood, Danny Elfman/Oingo Boingo, Sonic Youth, Marc Ribot, Keith Rowe, Joey Barron, Bill Frisell, Yo-Yo Ma, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Lawrence “Butch” Morris, and the Kronos String Quartet.

He has recordeWilliam-Winant-SFCMP-2016Griseyd and toured worldwide with his own groups including ROOM, w/Chris Brown and Larry Ochs, CHALLENGE, w/Anthony Braxton and David Rosenboom, WAKE, w/Frank Gratkowski and Chris Brown, the ABEL/STEINBERG/WINANT TRIO, and the WILLIAM WINANT PERCUSSION GROUP.

He is principal percussionist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, he has been closely associated with NYC composer John Zorn, and has made numerous recordings, and performed in many projects throughout the world with the composer. Starting in 1995 he has been the percussionist with the avant-rock band Mr. Bungle, has made two recordings (“Disco Volante” and “California” on Warner Brothers), and has toured throughout the world with this group. For many years he had worked with composer Lou Harrison, recording and premiering many of his works, and in March of 1997 he participated in the world premiere of Lou Harrison’s quintet “Rhymes with Silver” featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Mark Morris Dance Group, and has toured the piece throughout the United States and Great Britain.

Free and Open to the public.
Limited seating available.


SFCMP in Concert: A 4-Concert Weekend

SFCMP in Concert: A 4-Concert Weekend

Celebrating Pauline Oliveros and Steven Schick

In our At the Crossroads series we celebrate the work of legacy composers alongside cutting-edge composers from across generations. In this special weekend event, we will celebrate the 85th anniversary of Pauline Oliveros’s birth and the 50th anniversary of her seminal tape pieces made here in San Francisco, as well as Steven Schick’s final season as SFCMP’s Artistic Director.

Spanning three generations of artistry, the weekend festival will feature works by Pauline Oliveros, Luciano Berio, Morton Feldman, and Galina Ustvolskaya. The work of emerging composers Xavier Beteta and a SFCMP commission by Carolyn Chen will also be featured, along with three under-30 Bay Area composers who have written works inspired by Oliveros as part of SFCMP’s SF Search program. Chen will discuss her work in our “How Music Is Made” series and rounding out the weekend festival, SFCMP Artistic Director Steven Schick will perform in a special Saturday-evening solo percussion concert that will include a premiere by Celeste Oram.

This event will feature Carolyn Chen in the “How Music Is Made” composer talk segment.

This concert is part of our “At the Crossroads” series, where we celebrate the work of legacy composers alongside cutting-edge composers from across generations.

FRI, MAR 23, 2018
at Z Space

5:30 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of Cold mountains, one belt, heartbreak green by Carolyn Chen
6:00 – 6:30 pm
Composer Talk: Carolyn Chen in conversation with Steven Schick

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Grand Duet (1957) 22’
Cello and piano

La Catedrale Abandonata (2015) 11’
Flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello, contra bass

Carolyn CHEN
Cold mountains, one belt, heartbreak green (2018) 12’ *SFCMP Commission
Bass flute, violin, cello, harp, percussion

Luciano BERIO
Folk Songs (1964) 23’
Soloist Jessica Aszodi
Mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, percussion, harp, viola

9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The Witness (1980) 60’

Three SF SEARCH Under-30 Bay Area COMPOSERS
3 New Works inspired by Pauline Oliveros (2017)

SAT, MAR 24, 2018
at Z Space

5:30 pm Steven Schick Celebration Reception and Toast
7:00 pm Concert

Artistic Director and percussionist Steven Schick, who celebrates his final season with SFCMP, will perform in a special Saturday evening solo concert made for this
occasion. Schick will perform works by Iannis XENAKIS, Psappha; Kurt SCHWITTERS, Mvmts from Ursonate; and a premiere by Celeste ORAM (2018).
Be sure to join us for a pre-concert celebration in honor of maestro Steven Schick.

9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Crippled Symmetry (1987) 90’
Flute, percussion, piano/celesta








SFCMP Season Celebration. Sound & Wine 2018

Sound & Wine
SFCMP Season Celebration

Save the Date!

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

It’s time for our season 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.

More details coming soon…