So we’ve got a show this Friday! The fine, feathered folks at The Schoolhouse (1592 Market Street @ Franklin) have given us three hours to fill with music-sounds and visual art. We, in turn, thought it’d be cool to just call up buddies whose music we enjoy and put everyone in a room and alternate pieces, round robin-style, for a few hours. Then we were all like, what if a bunch of artists came and made art at the same time?? So we got a bunch of artists together too. If all goes according to plan, there will also be dance and painting and poetry and collage and food art composed simultaneously. The lineup of stuff should be really diverse and make for a pretty incredible night of music and art-making.
We’ll be playing Tension Studies 1 and 2 by Slam Adams and Adagio Tranquilo by Alexis Alrich. There will also be music composed by Javier Alvarez, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Sergei Prokofiev, Mario Davidovsky, Tielman Susato, Frank Martin, and others.
Here’s some of the other people performing! I don’t know how to make everything the same font because I don’t know how the internet works! Is this too long for a concert info post?? I’m self conscious about all this.
The only thing Jeff Ward’s Bassoon Friends do better than playing bassoon quartet music is being best friends. These four bassoon playin’ pals, playin’ bassoon music, all bassooning at the same time, is a sight and sound to behold. You will tell your children and grandchildren about the time you saw Bassoon Friends live! They can play anything you can possibly imagine, just as long as it’s with their Bassoon Friends!
A force of nature in the Bay Area contemporary music scene, Carrie Smith has made an indelible impact on the way the Yay Area hears sounds n shit. She has performed with countless peeps around our glorious metropolitan area, most recently with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in their 40th anniversary performance of Terry Riley’s In C. In this capacity, she will be performing solo guitar works to be featured on her upcoming feature recital in a few weeks. This will be a fun preview of ‘em!
Brendon Randall-Myers is a guitarist, composer and music educator. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pomona College in 2009 with a degree in Music, where he studied composition with Tom Flaherty and guitar with Jack Sanders, and was the two-time recipient of The Gordan A. Hogan Memorial Prize in Music. He has performed in masterclasses for Roland Dyens, Brian Head, Ben Verdery, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. His works have been performed by Sqwonk, Jack Sanders, and the Aeros Quintet. He currently lives in San Francisco, where he teaches guitar, works on the administration of The Walden School, and performs with drummer/ percussionist Marc Deriso in the composing ensemble Grains.
Soprano Amy Foote has been most recently heard as ‘Laurie’ in The Tenderland with Berkeley Opera, under the baton of Phil Kuttner. As an in-demand collaborator and chamber musician, Ms. Foote has traveled in performance with her group Nonsemble 6; presenting works such as Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, to audiences at the Astoria Music Festival, and in venues such as the Kennedy Music Center in Washington, D.C. Upcoming performances include a premier of Mark Ackerly’s The Little Matchstick Girl at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Chamber Music Celebration, as well as ‘Elsie’ in Yeoman of the Guard, with SF Lamplighters. Other roles include ‘Ellen’ in The Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters, ‘Just Jeanette’ in Too Many Sopranos, and ‘Beth’ in Little Women, as well as ‘Pamina’ in The Magic Flute with the BASOTI summer program.
Kevin Rogers began playing the violin at the relatively late age of fourteen. After a couple of years, and a very encouraging support system through his local youth symphony, he decided to pursue a career in music. He completed his Bachelor degree at the University of South Carolina under Dr. William Terwilliger. As a passionate proponent of contemporary music, he has premiered over 60 student compositions, recorded several local film scores, performed for three years in a Jazz string quartet, for two years in a World Music Contemporary Jazz Ensemble and commissioned two violin solos and two violin and cello duets.