Songscape
October 24, 2015
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118 (map)
Concert begins at 7:30 PM
Pre-concert discussion at 6:30 PM

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Two contemporary masters of multi-media, the composers Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière, are visiting the Bay Area in the 2015. SFCMP takes a close look at their most intimate works – solo pieces for instruments, electronics and (sometimes) video. From the lyrical to the visceral, these Saariaho and Barrière works run the gamut of sounds and emotions.

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Kaija Saariaho, Six Japanese Gardens
Solo percussion with electronics

On Stage interview with Jean-Baptiste Barrière
Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Violance
Solo violin with electronics and video

At Intermission: On-stage interview with Kaija Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho, NoaNoa
Solo flute with electronics and video

Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Time Dust
Solo percussion with electronics and video

Kaija Saariaho is a prominent member of a group of Finnish composers and performers who are now, in mid-career, making a worldwide impact. She has claimed the major composing awards in The Grawemeyer Award, The Wihuri Prize, The Nemmers Prize and in 2011 was awarded The Sonning Prize. In May 2013, Saariaho was awarded the Polar Music Prize. In 2015 she was the judge of the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award. Always keen on strong educational programmes, Kaija Saariaho was the music mentor of the 2014-15 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and will be in residence at U.C. Berkeley Music Department in the autumn 2015. In 2015 the song cycle True Fire was premiered by Gerald Finley and Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Her next opera – Only the Sound Remains – will be premiered in March 2016 at The Dutch National Opera. Other performances will follow in Paris, Helsinki, Madrid and Toronto. Kaija Saariaho’s harp concerto Trans will get the world premiere in August 2016 by Xavier de Maistre and The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Martinez-Izquierdo at the Suntory Hall, Tokyo.