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Introducing the... Sonic Liberation Players
Introducing the...
Sonic Liberation Players

Premiere at the Lilypad, Inman Square, Cambridge
March 19, 5pm, $10

Sonic Liberation Players

Rachel Barringer, cello
Trevor Berens, piano
Jessica Tunick Berens, soprano
Andrea Lieberherr Douglass, flute/violin
Kristin Olsen, oboe


Jonathan Marmor--Homemade House **
Giacinto Scelsi--Krishna e Radha
Trevor Berens--Cella Duru **
Morton Feldman--Voice, Violin, Piano
Kaija Saariaho--Cendres
John Cage--Five
Nick Chase--Sutram **

** World premiere, written for SLP

Sonic Liberation Players

Cellist Rachel Barringer, a Los Angeles native, is an active classical chamber musician, rock musician, and yoga instructor living in the Boston area. After attending California Institute of Arts as a cello performance major she moved to Massachusetts where she received her Masters Degree in Music from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. In 2013 Rachel released a solo album, "Glass Dahlia, which  has brought together her experiences performing in numerous classical and contemporary chamber music ensembles, Partch (LA-based band performing the music of microtonal composer Harry Partch), and various rock bands (she is a founding member of the Wrong Shapes and plays cello in the Grownup Noise) to create a hypnotic blend of atmospheres and moods, all using only looped cello and voice. Songs from "Glass Dahlia" were used as part of the soundtrack to a PBS documentary titled "Coming Back" (released Spring 2014) about veterans returning from being stationed overseas. Rachel can be heard performing contemporary music on the pfMentum, Cold Blue, 7Tangram Records, Afrasia, and Innova record labels.

Trevor Berens is a pianist, composer, and music therapist. He holds degrees from Loyola Marymount University (BA: Music and Psychology, specializing in piano and composition), California Institute of the Arts (MFA: Performer/Composer), and Lesley University (MA: Expressive Therapies, specializing in Music Therapy). His former piano teachers include Tania Flesicher, Peter Miyamoto, and Vicki Ray, and his former composition teachers include Paul Humphreys, Stephen Lucky Mosko, Mark Saya, and James Tenney. As a pianist, he enjoys playing in a variety of styles, including avant-garde classical music, traditional classical music, and free improvisation and as a collaborator, he enjoys working with a wide variety of individuals and ensembles, including solo vocalists and instrumentalists, chamber groups, dancers, and choruses. From 2006-2008, Trevor ran the Los Angeles Wholesale Orchestra, which commissioned and premiered multiple new works and he is now the founder of the Boston based new music group, Sonic Liberation Players. Currently, Trevor runs the Berens Voice and Piano Studio out of Lincoln, MA, with his wife, Jessica. He works as a music therapist working with young children and with the elderly. He is also accompanist for the Halalisa Singers. www.trevorberensmusic.com.
Jessica Tunick Berens is a soprano with broad musical experience, performing music ranging from Medieval through recently composed pieces for her own voice.  She has performed at the Skirball Arts Center, RedCat, the Ojai Music Festival, Long Beach Opera, the Beach Cities Symphony, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Greek Theater. In Graz, Austria, Jessica was a finalist in the prestigious Meistersinger competition. Jessica is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts and holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in vocal performance, is a Transformational Voice Institute certified voice teacher, and is also an accomplished violinist. Jessicas operatic roles include among many others, Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Philine (Mignon), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Adele (Die Fledermaus),and Pamina (The Magic Flute). Jessica is soprano section leader for the Halalisa Singers, Bostons World Music vocal ensemble. In addition to performing, Jessica has 11 years of early childhood music education expertise with infants through middle school and is musical director for a childrens theater in Arlington. Jessica is a private voice teacher, and with her husband, pianist and composer Trevor Berens, runs the Berens Voice and Piano Studio. jessicatunickberens.webs.com
Andrea Lieberherr Douglass holds degrees from Northeastern University in 2001 (BA in Music Literature and Performance, BA in Chemistry), the California Institute of the Arts in 2004 (MFA in Flute and Violin Performance), and Boston University (PhD in Ethnomusicology, 2015). She has performed in Switzerland, Italy, Brazil, and Mexico and has recorded at Skywalker Ranch and for Capitol Records. Performing a wide range of music, Andrea has played in many different types of ensembles ranging from Brazilian music to an all-woman mariachi band, from a California-based new music ensemble to classical orchestras. She was a violin teacher at the Renaissance Arts Academy and the Harmony Project in Los Angeles, as well as the Suzuki Institute of Boston. Her research interests include European folk music, the music of Brazil, and tourism studies, Her dissertation focused on how the rebranding of Streichmusik (a genre particular to the Appenzeller and Toggenburger region of Switzerland) is used to project an imaginary heritage and Swissness as a reaction to shifting politics and demographics. She is currently Associate Lecturer at UMass Boston and teaches violin and flute at the Waldorf School in Lexington as well as Kundalini yoga at Healthworks in Cambridge.

Kristin Olsen, oboe, specializes in both experimental music and early music. She is equally at home performing on baroque oboe and modern oboe, and can be found playing concerts all over the country. As a soloist she has recently been featured by the Pacific Baroque Festival, the Boulder Bach Festival, and the University of Washington. Kristin is an avid teacher and has recently given masterclasses at NYU, Harvard, and the University of Washington. She has made headlines as an arts entrepreneur, founding a reed making business (Reed Lizard), an orchestra (Grand Harmonie, Boston), a chamber ensemble (Sacro Profano, Seattle), and a performance series (Mount Sinai Concerts for Patients). The latter came into existence after her experience undergoing lung surgery gave her the idea to bring free concerts to heal and comfort the patients and families of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. http://www.kristinoboe.com


Jonathan Marmor makes experimental music, plays the Indian classical percussion instrument tabla, is an engineering lead at Spotify (The Echo Nest) working at the intersection of algorithmic and human music recommendations, and helps to organize Monthly Music Hackathon NYC. http://jonathanmarmor.com

NF (Nicholas) Chases music has been hailed by Strad Magazine as 'brilliant,' Los Angeles Times as 'flamboyant, and 'brawling...Rite of Spring meets Metallica,' and dubbing him 'Eye/Ear Explorer,' LA Weekly writes of his short opera 22, 'the human brain at its most imaginative.' Chase has been commissioned by Long Beach Opera, Philadelphia Classical Symphony, California E.A.R Unit, New Zealands 175 East, and luminary soloists internationally. Headlining festivals in Europe and the US as composer, performer and improviser, Chase is known for integrating kinetic visuals with strong musical statements. His composition NOVA: Transmission for FM radio and closed-circuit TV was exhibited as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial, and his 32-minute piano/video ballad Songs of the Thirsty Sword opened the New Music+ Festival at the Janacek Academy in the Czech Republic. Chase was an inaugural Composer Fellow at the 2011 Other Minds Festival and nominated among only 20 US composers for the prestigious American Academy Berlin Prize in 2014. In 2015 he was conferred an honor for Excellence in Musical Composition from the International Center for Japanese Culture in Tokyo. Spring 2016 brings the CD release of his hour-long opus for violin and electronic fields Bhajan on Cold Blue Music. http://www.nicholaschase.net.


Lilypad (View)
1353 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States


Music > Classical
Music > Experimental

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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