credit-ioulex-maya-beiser-2011262Maya Beiser’s All Vows


Maya Beiser, cello

Films by Bill Morrison

Music by Michael Gordon, Michael Harrison, Glenn Kotche, David T. Little, Mohammed Fairouz, Evan Ziporyn, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Janis Joplin, and Howlin Wolf

March 21 & 22, 2014 at 8pm


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street | San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco, CA — Cellist Maya Beiser brings her newest productionAll Vows, to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission Street) on March 21 and 22, 2014 at 8pm. Featuring performances by Maya with drummer Glenn Kotche and bassist Ryan BrownAll Vows explores the dichotomy between the physical, external world we inhabit and the inner landscape of our secret selves. It includes the Bay Area premieres of Michael Gordon‘s All Vows and Michael Harrison‘s Just Ancient Loops, both with original film by Bill Morrison, as well as world premieres by Glenn KotcheDavid T. LittleMohammed Fairouz, and new arrangements by Evan Ziporyn. [Jherek Bischoff will not be performing, as previously announced.]   The first half of All Vows begins with a carefully curated set of “uncovers” crafted by Evan Ziporyn. Maya goes deep inside music by Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Janis Joplin, and Howlin Wolf to reveal the core of each song as a musical masterpiece – a totem of our collective consciousness forged by our shared, popular culture. Composer and drummer Glenn Kotche of Wilco contributes Three Parts Wisdom, a rhythmic and multilayered new work written for Maya that shifts between solo cello and solo cello with multiple pre-recorded cello tracks, evoking the experience of the individual alone and as part of a collective. Composer David T. Little, also a drummer and well-known for his dramatic classical and operatic compositions, has written Hellhound for Maya, a new work based on legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s 1937 song Hellhound On My Trail, which tells the story of a man pursued by demons, unable to rest.   The second half of All Vows delves into our inherent desire for ritual and meaning, and begins with Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz’s new Kol Nidrei for cello and prerecorded sounds, in which the full text is sung in Aramaic and also engages echos of ancient cantorial styles. Michael Gordon’s All Vows takes theKol Nidrei as its starting point, and reimagines it entirely. Gordon’s All Vows is paired with original film by acclaimed artist Bill Morrison, who uses archival footage, chemical process, and animation to create a stunning visual tapestry that illustrates, in Morrison’s words, “the implication of an unknowable future as reflected through a dissolving historical document.” Tsmindao Ghmerto (Holy God), arranged by Evan Ziporyn, is based on a 13th century Sanctus from the orthodox Georgian Liturgy. In Ziporyn’s arrangement, Maya’s voice and the voice of her cello weave a double helix of sanctity and intimacy. The text, sung in Hebrew, is Maya’s own adaptation of a poem by the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai. Composer Michael Harrison’s Just Ancient Loops, with a film by Morrison that presents a unique view of the heavens, unveils every aspect of the cello – from its most glorious and mysterious harmonics to earthy, rhythmic pizzicatos – all utilizing “just intonation,” an ancient tuning system in which the distances between notes are based upon whole number ratios.   Throughout her adventurous and versatile career, Maya Beiser has redefined the concert experience, creating music that transcends genres with large sonic and visual canvases. The Boston Globe declares, “With virtuoso chops, rock-star charisma, and an appetite for pushing her instrument to the edge of avant-garde adventurousness, Maya Beiser is the post-modern diva of the cello.” New Yorkmagazine writes, “Beiser in not the sort of musician who zigzags around the planet playing catalog music for polite and sleepy audiences. She throws down a gauntlet in every program.”   Maya has conceived, performed and produced her critically acclaimed multimedia concerts, including World To Come, which premiered as part of the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall; Almost Human, a collaboration with visual artist Shirin Neshat; and Provenance, which forms the basis of her best selling album. Top New York critics have consistently chosen her Carnegie Hall concerts on their “Best Of The Year” lists.  Maya’s last production, Elsewhere: a CelloOpera, premiered in October 2012 at Carolina Performing Arts followed by a sold-out run at the BAM Next Wave Festival. Elsewhere is an imaginative retelling of the Biblical legend of Lot’s wife, created by Maya with director Robert Woodruff.   About Maya Beiser: Raised in the Galilee Mountains in Israel, surrounded with the music and rituals of Jews, Muslims, and Christians, while studying classical cello repertoire, Maya has dedicated her work to reinventing solo cello performance in the mainstream classical arena. A featured performer on the world’s most prestigious stages, Maya has appeared as soloist at the Sydney Opera House, New York’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and BAM, London’s Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, and South Bank Center, and the World Expo in Nagoya, Japan. She has collaborated with artists across a wide range of musical styles, including Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Tan Dun, James Newton Howard and Carter Burwell, among many others.   In 2011, Maya was invited to present at the exclusive TED conference. Her TEDtalk performance has been watched by close to one million people and translated to 32 languages. In summer 2013, she was a featured guest alongside such luminaries as Yoko Ono, Marina Abramović, Isabella Rossellini, and Shirin Neshat at ICASTICA 2013, an international festival celebrating women artists working in all artistic fields in Arezzo, Italy.   Highlights of Maya Beiser’s recent US tours include performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Mondavi Performing Arts Center, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Celebrity Series in Boston and International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven. Other recent performances include major venues and festivals in Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Torino, Tokyo, Taipei, Athens, Mexico City and Bogota. She has appeared with many of the world’s top orchestras performing new works for the cello including the St. Paul Camber Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, China Philharmonic, and Shanghai Philharmonic among many others.   Maya’s vast discography, released on Sony Classical, Nonesuch, Koch (now E1) Innova and Cantaloupe labels, include five solo albums and many studio recordings and film music collaborations. Her 2010 album Provenance topped the classical and world music charts on both Amazon and iTunes. Maya’s latest recording, Time Loops, was selected among NPR’s top 10 recordings of 2012. Collaborating with renowned film composer James Newton Howard, Maya is the featured soloist on several film’s soundtracks including M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters, Edward Zwick’s Blood Diamond, Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman and M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth.   Maya Beiser is a graduate of Yale University. Her major teachers were Aldo Parisot, Uzi Weizel, Alexander Schneider, and Isaac Stern. Maya was the founding cellist of the new music ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars. She is managed by Opus 3 Artists. Maya can be found on Twitter, tweeting as @cellogoddess, a moniker bestowed upon her by The New

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