Songscape
October 20 and 21, 2015
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

50 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (map)
Concert begins at 7:30 PM
Pre-concert discussion at 6:30 PM

Our 2015-16 season, X-SCAPE:  New Spaces for New Music explores space in the physical, metaphorical and poetic sense.
SONGSCAPE (October 2015) – An examination of the nature of utterance and communication
XERISCAPE (January 2016) – A look at the role of art in climate change
OSCUROSCAPE (March 2016) – On the nature of darkness
STARSCAPE (March 2016)  – On pulsars, vastness and space

Songscape examines the nature of utterance and communication. How does an individual find her voice; how does she learn to understand others as language changes? For insight we’ll listen to David Lang’s quotations of the character of death and Lee Hyla’s conjecture of what the language of Etruscan might sound like as played through modern reed instruments. Gérard Grisey’s magnificent final work, Quatre Chants, is a reliquary and an expressive catharsis.

This concert was sponsored in part by the Ross McKee Foundation. 

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October 20, 2015

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Gérard Grisey, Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil – Four Songs for Crossing the Threshold
Soprano Solo and Fifteen Instruments

SONGSCAPE

October 21, 2015

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David Lang, Death Speaks
Soprano, Violin, Guitar, Piano, Guest soprano, Alice Teyssier

Lee Hyla, We Speak Etruscan
Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet

Kyle Bruckmann, Ken Ueno, Improvisation

Gérard GriseyQuatre chants pour franchir le seuil – Four Songs for Crossing the Threshold
Soprano Solo and Fifteen Instruments, Guest soprano, Alice Teyssier

alice-teyssier920x920Flutist and lyric soprano Alice Teyssier brings “something new, something fresh, but also something uncommonly beautiful” to her performances. Hailed as possessing a voice with “unusual depth,” Alice’s mission is to share lesser-known masterpieces and develop a rich and vibrant repertoire that reflects our era. This season, Alice is on tour with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in Washington, D.C., Nashville, Los Angeles, San Diego and will be a mainstay of the group’s residency at the Ojai Festival. She plays the music of Chaya Czernowin and Bernard Rands on Miller Theatre’s portrait concert series and returns to the Monday Evening Concerts twice this season with music by Ramón Lazkano and Lewis Nielson. As a vocal soloist, Alice will join the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble in a new work by Aaron Helgeson and will be singing the role of Maddalena in Händel’s ‘La Resurrezione’ with the Bach Collegium San Diego. Alice is thrilled to be working collaboratively through residencies at Long Island University, the Abrons Arts Center and Lee University. www.aliceteyssier.com