Yesterday, in announcing a “preview concert” from the San Francisco Tape Music Collective, I mentioned that sfSound is now hosting its sfSoundSalonSeries at the Center for New Music, offering concerts every other Tuesday. (The San Francisco Tape Music Collective is affiliated with sfSound.) It therefore seems appropriate to provide an account of sfSound activities taking place for the remainder of this and the following month.
Most important is that the musicians of the sfSoundGroup will be returning to the Old First Concerts series at Old First Church. The last sfSound visit to Old First was a little over a year ago, when they presented the ninth in their series of eleven Variations concerts to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Cage. This month the program will be a full evening of music by Elliott Carter (sometime neighbor of Cage), dedicated to his memory following his death last year.
The selections will cover the period from 1948, when Carter was just beginning to break with past influences and establish his own compositional voice, to 2011, the year before his death. As will be seen from the full program, they will also reflect his ongoing interest in the diverse sonorities of different instruments:
- Cello Sonata (1948) for cello and piano
- Canon for Three Equal Instruments (1971) "In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky"
- Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi (1984) for violin
- Inner Song (1992) for oboe
- Tempo e Tempi (1998) for soprano, violin, cello, English horn, bass clarinet
- an improvisation/deconstruction of Hiyoku (2001) for two clarinets
- Steep Steps (2001) for bass clarinet
- Figment II (2001) for cello
- Caténaires (2006) for piano
- Intermittences (2007) for piano
- Retracing III (2009) for trumpet
- Rigmarole (2011) for cello and bass clarinet
The musicians for this concert will be Monica Scott (cello), Hadley McCarroll (piano), Benjamin Kreith (violin), John Ingle (saxophone), Matt Ingalls (clarinet), Julia Hathaway (soprano), Tom Dambly (trumpet), and Kyle Bruckmann (oboe).
Old First Concerts events take place in the Old First Church at 1751 Sacramento Street (on the southeast corner of Van Ness Avenue). This recital will be held on September 20 at 8 p.m.. General admission is $17 with a special $14 rate for full-time students and seniors. These may be purchased through the Performances page on the Old First Concerts Web site. Further information may be obtained by calling 415-474-1608.
In addition (in an effort to minimize any further last-minute announcements), the next four sfSoundSalonSeries events have been planned as follows:
- September 24: live, networked, and improvised electronic music performed by John Bischoff, Chris Brown, Phil Stone, and others [9/15, 10:30 a.m.: according to the Calendar page on the Center for New Music Web site, this concert has been cancelled]
- October 8: Pianists Hadley McCarroll and Janis Mercer will offer a belated celebration of the first performance of “The Rite of Spring” with the four-hand arrangement of the first part of Igor Stravinsky’s score for this ballet. This was the version with which Stravinsky first introduced his music to Sergei Diaghilev, director of the Ballets Russes, and his chosen choreographer, Vaslav Nijinsky. On that occasion Stravinsky was joined at the keyboard by Claude Debussy; and this program will include a performance of “Brouillards,” from Debussy’s second book of preludes. Other composers to be featured will be Sever Tipei (“Lament”), Anthony Braxton (“Composition #5”), Peter Eötvos (“Himmelklavier/Erdenklavier”), and Luciano Berio (“wassermusik”). The program will also feature a duo reed performance by Kyle Bruckmann and James Fei.
- October 15: Latin American Chamber Music Festival, featuring two recent electronic pieces by Brazilian Bruno Ruviaro, Argentinian Patricia Martínez’ “los tiempos del alma,” and excerpts from Voces del Desierto (voices of the desert) by Mexican Guillermo Galindo.
- October 22: John Krausbauer with join the sfSoundGroup musicians, performing on both violin and solo electronics in an evening of music featuring closely-tuned frequencies including Alvin Lucier’s “In Memoriam John Higgins” and Phill Niblock’s “Disseminate”
All sfSoundSalonSeries performances take place at the Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street. They begin at 7:49 p.m. Tickets are $10 with a $7 rate for members of the Center. Information about membership may be found on the Membership Web page of the Center’s Web site.