Thursday, October 17, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. | Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street
Tickets $15 at the door ($10 for CNM members)
Curated by SFCMP harpist, Karen Gottlieb
SFCMP presents the second SFCMP Players Show of the 2013-14 season, featuring SFCMP harpist Karen Gottlieb accompanied on percussion by SFCMP Artistic Director Steven Schick and Andrew Myerson (of local duo The Living Earth Show).
The Players Show is a new occasional concert series that casts a spotlight on our ensemble members and their various musical activities around the Bay Area with informal, pop-up events. The ground rule in putting together the Players Show is that SFCMP musicians share the kinds of activities, collaborations, and repertoire they are exploring in their careers and in the Bay Area, and let them curate an hour-long concert. SFCMP sees these events as another way to bring listeners — from the deeply devoted, to the casual, to the total newcomer — into the arc of new-music creation, performance, and appreciation.
The program is entitled: “Breaking Boundaries and Pushing the Envelope – Exploring New and Exciting Realms of the Harp” and includes a solo performance by Mills College MFA student Stephan Haluska, who seeks to “push the harp into new territories by extending the harp’s vocabulary” and a performance by Oakland harpist Destiny Muhammad (a.k.a. The Harpist from the Hood) with bass and drums. Her self-described genre ‘Celtic to Coltrane’ is “cool and eclectic with a touch of storytelling to round out the sonic experience.” Gottlieb, with Schick and Myerson, will perform Lou Harrison’s Music for Harp.
Stephan Haluska is a harpist, improviser, and composer. He loves the harp for its resonant beauty, for the myriad of sound possibilities, the idiomatic harmonies that the pedals can derive, and the tactile nature of the instrument. Stephan’s aim is to push the harp into new territories by extending the harp’s vocabulary through extended effects, amplification, and electronics, and to provide new roles for the instrument. Stephan is currently attending Mills College in their MFA program in Performance and Literature with a concentration in Improvisation where he studies with Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, and Roscoe Mitchell.
Destiny Muhammad is Recording/ Performing Artist in Singer-Songwriter fashion on Harp. Her genre ‘Celtic to Coltrane’ is cool and eclectic with a touch of storytelling to round out the sonic experience. Destiny has opened for The Oakland East Bay Symphony, shared the stage with Pulitzer Winner/ Author Alice Walker, GRAMMY Awardee(s) India. Irei, Narada Michael Walden, Jazz Masters Azar Lawrence, Marcus Shelby, Omar Sosa, John Santos, accompanied Jazz Divas Denise Perrier & Diane, Witherspoon, performed American & European Classical compositions with the Oakland Public Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and co-starred in Def Jam Poetry Winner Ise Lyfe’s Hip Hop Play ‘Pistols & Prayers to name a few. She has also headlined for the ‘Women in Jazz’ Concert series in San Francisco. Destiny is expanding her musical ideals with her project, The Destiny Muhammad Project. She is Governor Emeritus and Educational Chair Emeritus of the Recording Academy, San Francisco Chapter, Jazz Heritage Center of San Francisco Jazz Ambassador and an ASCAP Songwriter Awardee.
Along with guitarist Travis Andrews, Andrew Meyerson is part of the San Francisco-based duo The Living Earth Show. They were featured on SFCMP’s debut SFCMP Players Show in July, 2014. LES will soon celebrate the release of a CD on Innova Records.
Steven Schick. Credit: Bill Dean; Stephan Haluska Photo by Bonnie Chan