When composer Danny Clay gave his Graduate Recital at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music last May (SFCM), the major work on the program was a mini-opera for solo voice, instruments and electronics performed by Nonsemble 6 (soprano Amy Foote, flutist Justin Lee, clarinetist Annie Phillips, cellist Anne Suda, and pianist Ian Scarfe) with Clay himself providing the electronics. The piece, entitled “wishes, lies and dreams,” was structured in three scenes with prologue and epilogue. What made the piece particularly interesting was that the texts for the opera came from five young students (aged eight through twelve) participating in the writing workshop at 826 Valencia. It turned out that these kids had some pretty wild imaginations, and Clay’s music provided a delightful setting through which those imaginations could be expressed.
I am therefore happy to report that, like Clay, “wishes, lies and dreams,” has “graduated” from SFCM; and next week it will receive its first performance in a “non-academic” setting. The venue will be KUNST-STOFF arts, the studio and performance space in the Civic Center that serves as the home of Yannis Adoniou’s KUNST-STOFF dance company. In a one-evening-only performance Clay and Nonsemble 6 will share the space with the AMERICANA ORCHESTRA for a full evening’s program.
Launched this past May, AMERICANA ORCHESTRA is a string quartet founded by composer Karl Cronin to serve as a platform for performing his own compositions. The founding musicians were violinists Natalie Carducci and Cassie Bequary, violist Clio Tilton, and cellist Gretchen Claassen. For the KUNST-STOFF performance, AMERICANA ORCHESTRA will also perform Cronin’s songs with guest vocalist Ron Ragin.
KUNST-STOFF arts is located at 1 Grove Street at the corner shared with both Market Street and Hyde Street. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 25. General admission is $15 with a $10 rate for students and members of the Center for New Music. Tickets may be purchased online through an Eventbrite event page.