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Lou Harrison : A Centenary Celebration

Fri, Apr 21, 2017 - Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at Z Space

$10 - $60
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.

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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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Fri, Apr 21, 2017
Sat, Apr 22, 2017
$10 - $60
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