And kicking it off this week, is the Pacific Guitar Ensemble. They are considered to be an “eclectic group of pluckers”, which includes eight virtuosos of classical guitar, supplements nylon strings, and electric basses containing 17th century theorbos. On their night, they will tackle a wide range of music, which will include a piece by Steve Reich titled Electric Counterpoint, and works by Sergio Assad, Terry Riley, and Astor Piazzolla.
February 15th brings Anna Halprin: Parades and Changes. This is a performance of a new version of Halprin’s iconic work, in which she will perform the final staging of the worki that was the foundation of her career. She reunites with electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick, her original composer, and also longtime collaborator and lighting designer Jim Cave and choreographer and associate director Shinichi Iova-Koga. This event will also be performed throughout that weekend.
Finally on February 22nd, there’s BareTroupe. It will be an evening of music, theater and video that will be presented in conjunction with Silence, one of BAMPFA’s current exhibitions on view. BareTroupe will be performing a selection of scenes and songs, each touching on themes of quietude and isolation, including those from plays such as Spring Awakening and Rent. The performances will be compiled by instrumentalists Rio Vander Stahl and Alia McKean, along with the dance group the Defiance Project, along with an experimental video by Christopher Ariza.
On all of these events, it is advised to come early for the best seating, as a limited number of chairs will be available. Also, general admission is seven dollars, and free for BAMPFA members and Cal students, faculty and staff.