March 16 and 18, 2016
450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (map)
6:30pm Pre-concert discussion with Artistic Director, Steve Schick and SFCMP ensemble members
A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available prior to and during the performance.
Reception following the concert.
Enjoy this unique seating-in-the-round experience!
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
Percussionist Loren Mach will perform “No 45 Immense”, by Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri. This work is an enchanting meditation on what distinguishes instruments and objects, written for a soloist with red apple, newspaper, magnifying glass, water, zip, plastic glass of water, sand blocks, coins, small bells, shoe box, bass guitar string, espresso plate, clear transparent plastic pen, wooden table and fizzy vitamin C tablet. The centerpiece of this program is Gérard Grisey’s “Le Noir de l’Étoile”, one of the greatest statements in the percussion repertoire. For this work, the performers of SFCMP will be “spatialized,” surrounding a seating-in-the-round audience.
Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, N° 45 Immense
for solo percussion
Gérard Grisey, Le Noir de l’Étoile
for six percussionists
William Winant, Loren Mach, Nick Woodbury, Sean Dowgray, Haruka Fujii, and Megan Shieh
Marianthi Papalexandri – Alexandri is a Berlin based sound artist, composer and performer who is best know for her minimal and elegant sound constructions that she creates herself and in collaboration with Swiss Kinetic artist Pe Lang, exploring the links between musical instrument and sound sculpture. Her work is situated at the intersections of sound art, composition and performance. Papalexandri holds a PhD in music composition from the University of California, San Diego. Her compositions, installations and sound sculptures involve a continuous interaction between the visual to the musical, that demand absolute focus, clarity and economy of means.
Gérard Grisey was born in Belfort, France on 17 June 1946. He studied at the Trossingen Conservatory in Germany from 1963 to 1965 before entering the Conservatoire de Paris. Grisey won the highly coveted Prix de Rome and stayed at the Villa Medici in Rome from 1972 to 1974, and in 1973 founded a group called L’itinéraire with Tristan Murail, Roger Tessier and Michael Levinas, later to be joined by Hugues Dufourt. Dérives, Périodes, and Partiels were among the first pieces of spectral music. In 1974-75, he studied acoustics with Emile Leipp at theParis VI University, and in 1980 became a trainee at the IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique). In the same year he went to Berlin as a guest of the D.A.A.D., and afterwards left for the University of California, Berkeley, where he was appointed professor of theory and composition (1982-1986). Gérard Grisey’s music is often considered to belong to the genre of spectral music, which he is credited with founding along with fellow composer Tristan Murail, although he later disowned the label in interviews and writings. Nonetheless, he spent much of his career exploring the spectrum of tone colour between harmonic overtones and noise. In addition, he was fascinated by musical processes which unfold slowly, and he made musical time a major element of many of his pieces. Learn more about Gérard Grisey in this New York Times article by Paul Griffiths from 1998.