sfSound Plays a Ton of Great Music
sfSoundSeries returns to the San Francisco Conservatory with an exciting program combining new and recent works with 20th-century classics.
In Giacinto Scelsi's Kya (1959) (featuring sfSound's clarinetist, Matt Ingalls), all notions of melody and harmony, dissonance and consonance are tossed out the window, leaving only vibration and sound itself. The oldest work on the program, it is surprisingly modern sounding, even after 55-years!
Iannis Xenakis's Anaktoria (1968) for 8 musicians explores a wide range of unusual sonorities, from beautiful sustained textures to harsh "scrubbing" on the bridge of string instruments, clarinet overblown multiphonics, and "sickly" sounding glissando passages. The title is said to be the name of Sappho's lover, and certainly, there is a raw beauty in this music that exudes from the timbral sonorities, from the nature of the instruments themselves.
Philip Glass's Two Pages (1969) is one of the composer's most minimal works. Using only 5 pitches, Glass uses his patented "additive process" to create an ever-changing 20-minute piece that is surprisingly dramatic. Performed by the entire sfSoundGroup, expect plenty of circluar-breathing from the wind players!
A long-time resident of the Bay Area now living in Prague, composer/contrabassist George Cremaschi is premiering a new work written especially for himself with sfSoundGroup. Using techniques from free improvisation, his work attempts to dissolve the boundaries between music, sound art, and noise -- extending their existing language, vocabulary and discourse.
The program also features Polish composer Wojciech Widłak's All my Angers (2013) for cello and piano and an improvisation by sfSoundGroup.
Iannis Xenakis - Anaktoria
Giacinto Scelsi - Kya
Philip Glass - Two Pages
Wojciech Widłak - All my Angers
George Cremaschi - New Composition
sfSoundGroup - Improvisation
Monica Scott, cello
Ellen Ruth Rose, viola
Kjell Nordeson, percussion
Hadley McCarroll, piano
Brendan Lai-Tong, trombone
Benjamin Kreith, violin
John Ingle, saxophone, garden hose, conductor
Matt Ingalls, clarinet
Tom Dambly, trumpet
George Cremaschi, bass
Mark Clifford, vibraphone
Armando Castellano, horn
Jesse Canterbury, bass clarinet
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe/english horn
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall (View)
50 Oak St
San Francisco, CA 94102
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