Jacaranda’s next concert, on March 8 at 8:00 p.m., will be held at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, which is waiving admission to honor Jacaranda’s 10th anniversary. Jacaranda’s inaugural season featured an adventurous young string quartet known as Denali, which played with the series until 2010. Denali was succeeded by Lyris as quartet in residence. This free “Continental Harmony” concert will be entirely devoted to the Lyris Quartet, playing 20th-century American string quartet repertoire spanning 80 years. For the occasion, Lyris will open with their debut performance of the String Quartet No. 2 by Charles Ives (1911-13), followed by a Jacaranda signature work from 1973, String Quartet No. 4, “Amazing Grace,” by Ben Johnston. String Quartet No. 5 by Philip Glass (1991), a Lyris specialty, will be followed with String Quartet No. 3 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
Composed in Los Angeles at the end of WWII, Korngold’s Quartet No. 3 was performed by Denali in its final season, and will also be performed by Lyris for the first time. The quartet was premiered at UCLA Royce Hall in 1946. Fearing that his film music would be forgotten, Korngold recycled themes from “Devotion” (1943) about the Bronte Sisters, the war themed “Between Two Worlds” (1944), and the classic “The Sea Wolf” (1941) with Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino and John Garfield.
Jacaranda is devoting “Continental Harmony” to the string quartet, for the first time, in recognition of its importance to Jacaranda’s programming.
The UCLA Music Library will host this free concert, underwritten by the UCLA Music Library’s Christine and Hugo Davise Fund for Contemporary Music, at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, 445 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90024.
Reservations are strongly recommended. To RSVP and for more information, please visit www.JacarandaMusic.org or call (213) 483-0216.
About Jacaranda: Jacaranda, with the motto of “music at the edge,” is a series of intimate concert adventures into the realm of new and rarely heard classical music designed to awaken curiosity, passion and discovery in diverse audiences. Founded in 2003 by arts impresario Patrick Scott and conductor/organist Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda produces a series (eight concerts this season) that features current and rising stars in the world of classical music performance. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Jacaranda’s full 2013-14 season information is available at jacarandamusic.org. Most concerts are at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
About The Lyris Quartet: The Lyris Quartet, described as “radiant…excellent… and powerfully engaged” by Mark Swed of the LA Times, was founded in 2008. The founding of Lyris was the culmination of years of collaboration between its members in many different ensembles throughout the Los Angeles area. The individual members of the quartet have won top prizes at such competitions as the Tchaikovsky International Competition and Aspen Music Festival as well as collaborated with renowned artists Natalia Gutman, David Geringas, Martha Argerich, Alban Gerhardt, Boris Pergamenschikov, Guillame Sutre, Myung-Whun Chung, and Richard Stoltzman.
They have collaborated with composers Steve Reich, Krystof Penderecki, Oliver Knussen, Steven Mackey, John Adams, Paquito D’Rivera, Wadada Leo Smith, Gerard Schurmann, and Billy Childs.
Lyris has appeared throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in a diverse range of ensembles including Grammy-nominated groups Absolute Ensemble and Southwest Chamber Music, and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa as well as solo and chamber appearances in various festivals such as Ravinia, Brahms Festival in Madrid, Music Academy of the West, Banff Centre for the Arts, Czech SommerFest, and Oregon Festival of American Music among others.
In Los Angeles, Lyris has performed at the Bing Theater at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Broad Stage, Zipper Hall at The Colburn School, Royce Hall, and Disney Hall. They opened the Long Beach Opera’s production of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen with a featured performance of the “Intimate Letters” quartet and performed the west coast premiere of David Lang’s “The Difficulty of Crossing a Field.” Other performances have included the South Bay Chamber Music Series, Los Angeles Music Guild, Annenberg Series, and Chamber Music Palisades. This year will mark their fourth season as the resident ensemble for the critically acclaimed series Jacaranda: Music at the Edge.
The Lyris Quartet also helps to curate the new music series “Hear Now” which helps to promote the music of Los Angeles composers. They have just completed their first album for Toccata Classics which will be released next month.
2.24.14 at the Dimenna Center in New York City
I am really excited to be presenting the results of my latest unaccompanied and chamber commissioning project on Feb. 24th at 8 pm in the Dimenna Center’s Benzaquin Hall, located in Midtown New York City. I have worked hard with these composers and they have really gone above and beyond! I’m proud to say that it’s a very successful round of strong new pieces!
This recital, ranging from straight minimalist work to the most avant-garde music being composed, with lots inbetween, will be a great opportunity to hear what the future of new music on trombones sounds like.I’ll also be joined in two duos by some amazing NYC based players – Jen Baker and Matt Melore.
Dimenna Center, NYC Benzaquin Hall
Feb. 24th, 8 pm
…with laser focus…
Steve Reich – Nagoya Marimbas** (duo with Matt Melore)
Ben Richter – The Mooncalf Ciphers*
Quinn Collins – the stammering of voices, the stomping of feet to make waves*
Paul Pinto - …with laser focus, while, maybe, a little syringe…; When I’m done with this one, I’m done fer good.*
Joan Pamies – [Vltbn]^4 (o quatre panells per a trombo sol)*
Alexander Lunsqui – Canvas* (duo with Jen Baker)
Timothy McCormick – HEAVY MATTER^
* – world premiere
** – world premiere arrangement
^ – formerly premiered by the performer
also here is a bonus video of Matt Melore and I performing the first part of Nagoya Marimbas
if you’re in the NYC area and would like a free ticket – write a blog review of my concert (and make it honest!)
William Lang Bio:
Originally from Long Island, Trombonist William Lang is an active performer and improviser in New York and Boston. Hailed for his “superb performance” of James Bergin’s Langmusik by the Boston Globe, William is dedicated to playing premieres and new music. He has performed solo recitals at New York City’s premiere floating concert venue: Bargemusic, the Dimenna Center, the Stone, the Tank, the Gershwin Hotel, and Greenfield Hall, as well as other venues throughout the Northeast and Miami. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Fredonia Wind Ensemble on a tour of New York State; and as a guest soloist with Ensemble Pi, and the Broadway Bach Festival, as well as on the Avant Media Festival, the Defacto Music Series, and the Electronic Music Festival.
As a chamber musician William has appeared with the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Wet Ink, the SEM Ensemble, Tilt Brass, TACTUS, the Claremont Ensemble, Zero Gravity. William is also a founding member of two New York City based groups: the Guidonian Hand, a trombone quartet hailed by the New York Times for their “expertly played, with meaty low brass textures” performance; and loadbang, his groundbreaking ensemble consisting of Baritone, Bass Clarinet, Trumpet, and Trombone, hailed as “inventive” by the New Yorker. He is also a member of the Boston Microtonal Society’s premier ensemble: Notariotous, where he works alongside like minded composers and performers on the definition of pitch.
As a recording and commercial musician William has appeared on albums with such luminaries as David Byrne and St. Vincent (their album Love This Giant,) and Jonsi’s (from Sigur Ros) solo albumGo. He can also be heard on many classical releases, most recently with TILT Brass’ debut recording, to TILT vol. 1and as a recording soloist for John Cage’s Ryoanji with the Avant Media Festival. He has also recorded commercial music for Philip Glass, as well as the soundtrack for a Matthew Barny film, the River Fundment. In addition to recording credits, William has been heard as the house trombonist for Rockefeller Center’sChristmas Music Spectacular, featuring the Rockettes!, as well as on off-Broadway shows such as Giant and Far from Heaven.
Mr. Lang is also an accomplished Orchestral and Opera musician as well, appearing with many ensembles throughout New York, such as Dicapo Opera, Musicra Sacra, the Little Orchestra Society, the Garden State Philharmonic, and the Manhattan Chamber Symphony. In addition he has played with the Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and the Eroica Ensemble.
William has also performed in such venues as the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie’s Isaac Stern and Zankel Halls, le Poisson Rouge, Radio City Music Hall, the Winter Garden, St. Paul’s Church in Boston, St John the Divine’s in New York City, Paul Hall, Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre, the Flea, Issue Project Room, Galapagos, Secret Project Robot, and St. Peter’s in New York City. Alongside trumpeter Andrew Kozar, William ran a weekly concert series, Will and Andy’s Power Concerts, at Manhattan School of Music. Featuring guest performers every week and a dedication to new music, Will and Andy hosted 42 concerts, which built up a steady following and featured the premieres of over 50 new works.
William received his Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Herrington, and his Bachelors Degree from SUNY Fredonia, where he studied with Stefan Sanders, Scott Parkinson, and Carl Mazzio. He is a also a frequent teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program and has also given masterclasses and lectures at New York University, SUNY Fredonia, the University of the Arts, and Northern Arizona University, as well as teaching an upcoming course at MOMA on the life and works of John Cage.
In his spare time, William really enjoys watching and playing basketball, catching up on good movies and TV shows, learning the intricacies of various foods and drinks, and dreaming of going back to Iceland.
The North Carolina Premiere of Lawrence Dillon’s GPS Lady for clarinet, viola and piano will be a featured work in a music@watson concert by the Espina-Browne-Shteinberg Trio on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 PM in Watson Hall on the campus of University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 1533 South Main Street in Winston-Salem.
The piece came about through an innovative composer and performer-developed commissioning idea. Read about it at Lawrence Dillon’s An Infinite Number of Curves blog at http://www.sequenza21.com/dillon/?p=1347.
Performers will be Oskar Espina-Ruiz, clarinet, Sheila Browne, viola and Dmitri Shteinberg, piano.
Also on the program are trios for clarinet, viola and piano by Mozart, Schumann and Kurtág, a North Carolina Premiere by UNCSA composer Kenneth Frazelle and a US premiere of a work by Daniel Weymouth for clarinet solo. The Espina-Browne-Shteinberg Trio made a successful debut at the Treetops Chamber Music Society in 2013.
Tickets are $15 and $13 for students with valid ID. For reservations, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945, or visit http://www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.
Naxos has issued Lawrence Dillon Violin Music (Catalogue No: 8.559644), featuring seven chamber works performed by violinist Danielle Belen, 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Sphinx Competition. His other recent, critically-acclaimed CD release, Insects and Paper Airplanes, is on the Bridge label. His music is published by American Composers Alliance – http://composers.com/ and his website is at http://www.lawrencedillon.com/.
Arts at The Park is pleased to announce the debut in its series of the renowned Miró Quartet in a concert of masterpieces by Beethoven, Dutilleux and Schubert on Wednesday, March 26 at 8 PM at The Park Avenue Christian Church (known affectionately as “the Park”), 1010 Park Avenue at 85th Street in Manhattan. Tickets, available at Smarttix, are $40 Front Orchestra; $25, General Admission; and $20,Students/Seniors. The Quartet is thrilled at the opportunity to play in the acoustically rich neo-Gothic sanctuary of The Park.
Hailed by the New York Times as possessing “explosive vigor and technical finesse”, the dynamic Miró Quartet, one of America’s highest‐profile chamber groups, enjoys its place at the top of the international chamber music scene. Now in its second decade, the quartet continues to captivate audiences and critics around the world with its startling intensity, fresh perspective, and mature approach. For their AATP debut performance, the Quartet will perform well-known works of Beethoven and Schubert alongside a 20th century masterwork of French composer Henri Dutilleux:
- Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6, “La Malinconia” – Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
- Ainsi la nuit – Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013)
- Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden” – Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
The Miró Quartet is comprised of:
About the Miró Quartet:
Founded in 1995 at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Miró Quartet met with immediate success winning first prizes at the Coleman, Fischoff, and Banff competitions as well as the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award. The Miró Quartet was also a recipient of the Cleveland Quartet Award and was the first ensemble ever to be awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then, the Miró Quartet has performed throughout the world in important venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic’s Kammermusikaal, and the Konzerthaus in Vienna.
The Miró Quartet has collaborated with such artists as Leif Ove Andsnes, Joshua Bell, Eliot Fisk, Lynn Harrell, Midori, Jon Kimura Parker and Pinchas Zukerman. A favorite of numerous summer festivals, the Quartet has appeared regularly at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, La Jolla Summerfest, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and the White Pine Festival.
Concert highlights of recent seasons include a highly anticipated and sold out return to Carnegie Hall to perform Beethoven’s complete Opus 59 Quartets (which they also recorded); collaborations with award-winning actor Stephen Dillane as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival; and festival appearances at Chamber Music Northwest, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and Ottawa ChamberFest.
The Miró Quartet has been heard on numerous national and international radio broadcasts, including National Public Radio’s Performance Today and Minnesota Public Radio’s Saint Paul Sunday. In addition, the Quartet has released numerous recordings, most recently the Op. 18 Quartets of Beethoven on the Vanguard Classics label. The Quartet’s recording of George Crumb’s Black Angels won the prestigious French “Diapason d’Or” prize.
Arts at The Park, a component of the Park Avenue Christian Church (known as “The Park”), brings together outstanding performers and ensembles from the greater New York City metropolitan area for programs that enrich and inspire and that touch our shared human story and experience. Arts at The Park include live music, theater, political and theological discourse, and family and holiday events. Artistic Director of Arts at The Park is Paul Vasile.
On Sunday, March 9 at 3 pm, Mexican born pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas will host a CD Release Party for his first solo album “Among Songs and Dances” in the Benay Benuta Hall at Lighthouse Guild, 111 East 59th Street, New York (Directions and Map). “Among Songs and Dances” includes music from Bach to Zyman creating a beautiful journey through original and arranged songs and dances for the piano. Works include those by Samuel Zyman, Manuel M. Ponce, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, Franz Schubert, Johann S. Bach, José Pablo Moncayo and Ricardo Castro.
The event features a performance by Mr. Horcasitas followed by a conversation with producer Juan Pablo Mantilla, composer Samuel Zyman of The Juilliard School, and Caterina Toscano of the Mexican Cultural Institute. Wine and hors d’oeuvres as well as a CD signing conclude the party.
This CD project is Mr. Horcasitas’s first studio recording. Having performed in many places around the world for the last 15 years, Mr. Horcasitas felt inspired to create a professional CD with some of his favorite pieces in his repertoire.
The eight pieces Mr. Horcasitas selected for recording all relate in some way to “song” or “dance”- hence, the title of the CD. From Busoni’s transcription of Bach’s Chacone in D minor for solo violin to Heitor Villa-lobos “Festa no sertao” from his Ciclo Brasileiro, featuring the batuca rhythm, this album will portray the way composers from different countries have interpreted these two styles.
In addition to producer Juan Pablo Mantilla, Mr. Horcasitas also collaborated with noted audio engineer Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio. The recording itself was made possible by the support of 83 backers of a Kickstarter campaign.
A portion of the CD sales will benefit Lighthouse International, a beacon of hope for the visually challenged, and where Mr. Horcasitas is a faculty member at the Lighthouse’s Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School (the only community music school in the country for those visually impaired). Mr. Horcasitas recently served as the pianist for the School’s acclaimed production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde (see the New York Times review). A resident of New York, Mr. Horcasitas received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Nina Svetlanova. He has an active career as a soloist as well as a collaborative pianist.
The March 9th CD Release event is made possible with the support of Lighthouse Guild and the Mexican Consulate General in New York.
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On Sunday, March 16 at 2 pm, pianist Inna Faliks (www.innafaliks.com) will perform her eclectic program Dances and Passions at New York City’s Spectrum, 121 Ludlow (Floor 2, ring bell for 2), New York. In addition to Beethoven’s well-regarded Piano Sonata No. 23 (Appassionata), Faliks will also play the composer’s Polonaise, Op. 89 and Schumann’s Davidsbündler, Op. 6. Works by Shchedrin and New York City’s Ljova (Lev Zhurbin) complete the program. This will be Faliks’ first appearance at Spectrum.
Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 students and seniors. More information is available at http://spectrumnyc.com/blog/.
A resident of Los Angeles and past New Yorker, Faliks now serves as a tenured professor of piano at UCLA’s Herb Albert School of Music. She is also the founder of New York’s Music/Words.
Beethoven, Polonaise, Op. 89/Sonata, Op. 57 (Appassionata)
Shchedrin, Basso Ostinato
Ljova, Sirota (with historical recording)
Schumann, Davidsbündler, Op. 6
Called “adventurous” and “passionate” by The New Yorker, Ukrainian-born Inna Faliks (www.innafaliks.com) has established herself as one of the most passionately committed, exciting and poetic artists of her generation. Since her acclaimed teenage debuts at the Gilmore Festival and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has performed on many of the world’s great stages, with numerous orchestras, in solo appearances, and with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart.
She recently appeared alongside British actress Lesley Nicol (“Mrs. Patmore” from Downton Abbey) in Nigel Hess’s production of Admission: One Shilling, a staged tribute to the legendary Dame Myra Hess. Her critically acclaimed CD on MSR Classics, Sound of Verse, was released in 2009, featuring music of Boris Pasternak, Rachmaninoff and Ravel. Her discography also includes a recital recording for the Yamaha Disklavier library, and her new Beethoven recording will be out this year. Faliks recently joined the illustrious faculty of UCLA,
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The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) continues its epic 50th Anniversary Season with a heartfelt two-part tribute to National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen, the choir’s Composer In Residence from 1995 to 2001, the composer most closely associated with the renowned chorus and the most frequently performed American choral composer in modern history. The tribute begins with an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary film “Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen” and post-screening conversation with Lauridsen, film director Michael Stillwater and LAMC Music Director Grant Gershon on Friday, March 14, 2014, 8 pm, at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale. The tribute concludes with the Chorale’s highly anticipated all-Lauridsen concert featuring some of his most well known works conducted by Gershon with one work accompanied by composer himself on piano on Sunday, March 16, 2014, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Lauridsen has been hailed for composing “radiantly beautiful music,” (Wall St. Journal) with “freshness and an affecting emotional pull to it that explains its popularity with singers and audiences across the pond” (Daily Telegraph).
The concert repertoire reflects the extremely fruitful relationship between the composer and the Chorale, which produced such sublime Lauridsen “hits” as O Magnum Mysterium and Lux Aeterna, resulting in the Chorale’s Grammy®-nominated best-selling recording Lux Aeterna (RCM 1998). The Chorale performs O Magnum Mysterium as well as such Lauridsen gems as Mid-Winter Songs, Ave Dulcissima Maria, Canticle/O Vos Omnes, Nocturnes, Madrigali and Les Chansons des Roses.
“Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen” documents this LA-based living legend who spends summers composing on the remote Waldron Island in the Pacific Northwest, and features intimate interviews with him in California, Scotland and Washington, interwoven with performances of his masterworks and commentaries by music contemporaries. Revealed through the lens of his passion for nature and music, Lauridsen expresses a presence of fierce compassion and unwavering dedication to the craft of composition. Winner of two Best Documentary awards and an Audience Choice Award, the film was praised as ‘a heartening rarity’ by Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal.
Concert tickets ($29-$129) and film tickets ($15) are available at www.lamc.org or (213) 972-7282. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The Alex Theatre is located at 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203.
The World Premiere of John Bilotta’s Song of the Hermit Thrush, for soprano, flute, oboe, violin, viola, and cello will be given by soprano Sarita Cannon and the Divisa Ensemble on Saturday, February 22 – 8:00pm at Lucie Stern Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, California, as part of the NACUSA-SF Composers & Friends concert.
This work for soprano and five instruments was commissioned by videographer Nancy Bogen as part of her new work featuring Russell Oberlin reading Walt Whitman’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.
Other West Coast composers on the February 22 program are Anne Baldwin, Greg Steinke, Karl Schmidt, Paul Rosas, Simon Bokman, and Sondra Clark.
Admission is $17 general and $12 students/seniors. For tickets and more information, call 408-293-2765 or visit http://www.nacusasf.org/.
John Bilotta’s works have been performed by soloists and ensembles around the world. He co-directs, with Brian Bice and Davide Verotta, San Francisco’s annual Festival of Contemporary Music. Visit him at http://www.johnbilotta.com/.
Nancy Bogen was the founder and Artistic Director of The Lark Ascending, a mixed-media performance organization. She is creating a growing catalog of videos, including Textur, based on the music of Austrian composer Katerina Klement, available for viewing at http://vimeo.com/14526527. More about her at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Bogen.
Maya 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
Tickets: $30 in Advance / $35 at the Door Student, Senior, Teacher: $25 in Advance / $30 at the Door YBCA Members: $25; YBCA:You FREE at 415.978.ARTS or www.ybca.org
Watch Maya’s new NPR Tiny Desk Concert featuring music from All Vows:http://bit.ly/NPRTinyDeskMaya Maya Beiser online: www.mayabeiser.com
San Francisco, CA — Cellist Maya Beiser brings her newest production, All 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 Brown, All 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 Kotche, David T. Little, Mohammed 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 Yorker.www.mayabeiser.com
Featuring the World Premiere of George Tsontakis’ String Quartet No. 6
Inspired by Schubert’sString Quartet No.15 in G Major
and Webern’s Langsamersatz and Five Movements for String Quartet
“artistry of uncommon insight & cohesion” – Gramophone
2014 marks the 15th Anniversary of the Cypress String Quartet (“artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion,” Gramophone) presenting Call & Response in the SF Bay Area — 15 years of expanding the chamber music repertoire and inspiring the imaginations of audiences young and old. This year’s Call & Response features the world premiere of award-winning composer George Tsontakis’ String Quartet No. 6, performed alongside the works that inspired it: Schubert’s seminal String Quartet No.15 in G Major and two masterpieces by Webern, his ultra-romantic Langsamersatzand the contrasting Five Movements for String Quartet. A pre-concert talk with George Tsontakis will begin at 7:15pm.
This is the second time George Tsontakis has been commissioned by the Cypress Quartet through the ensemble’s Call & Response program. Tsontakis wrote hisString Quartet No. 5 for the group in 2005, in response to Beethoven’s Late Quartets. It was the first quartet Tsontakis had composed in 20 years, and is written in memory of composer George Rochberg, who died in 2005.
Of his String Quartet No. 6, Tsontakis says, “Even though my sixth quartet was composed seven years after my fifth, can I help but make a degree of my response a reaction to the call of my own fifth quartet? My sixth mirrors my fifth in many ways, but at the same time progresses from it. Most notably, the sixth has truly fast music. In the second part of the sixth, “Blaze,” the gently flowing sixteenth-note patterns of a major second of the fifth quartet now become the driving force of the tautly-wound texture – a relentless scherzo of sorts but always liquid and flowing, as in the treatment in the fifth.”
Through its signature Call & Response program the Cypress Quartet commissions and premieres new string quartets from both emerging and celebrated composers, asking them to write in response to established chamber repertoire. Call & Response creates a dynamic dialogue between the past and present, between performers and composers, and among audiences of all ages. The Cypress Quartet’s annual Call & Response concert has earned a strong West Coast following; the major concert is preceded by performances throughout the Bay Area in community centers, unorthodox spaces, and schools. Since its inception in 2000, Call & Response has reached more than 25,000 Bay Area residents.
As Tsontakis puts it, “The Cypress’ tenacious support of and interest in procuring living music – in the form of living composers – keeps the continued line of concert music both vital and consequential.”
This year, the Cypress will give free, preview performances for the Bay Area community at the Berkeley Public Library on February 27 at 12pm and at the San Francisco Community Music Center on March 1 at 11am. For details visitwww.cypressquartet.com/special-projects/call-response
Friday, March 14, 2014 at 8pm
Marines Memorial Theatre | 609 Sutter St. | San Francisco, CA
Preferred Seating: $45 advance/$50 door | General Seating: $35 advance/$40 door | Seniors $20 / Students $15
www.cypressquartet.com/special-projects/call-response or 415.392.4400