July 10 | Ben Goldberg
July 24 | Gojogo
August 7 | Trio 180
August 21 | Duo Camaraderie
September 11 | Darren Johnston Ensemble
September 25 | Duo Revirado
October 9 | Ignition Duo
October 23 | Alcyone Ensemble
November 13 | Firesong
November 20 | Jewish Music and Poetry Project
December 11 | Gestaltish
December 18 | Aaron Bennett Ensemble
SFMusic Thursdays are an outgrowth of San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music's acclaimed annual event, SFMusic Day . Live + Free. This new bi-weekly series extends the reach of that celebration of the Bay Area's vibrant, eclectic music scene year-round. Small ensembles in the SFFCM community - excellent and ambitious performers of Early Music, Chamber Music, New Music, Jazz, and Creative Music - are free to present, on their own terms, concert programs in the uniquely intimate and accessible environment of the Center for New Music (C4NM).
Tickets : $15 General, $10 C4NM Members
Thursday July 10 7:30pm - Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, SF
Ben Goldberg is an American clarinet player and composer. He grew up in Denver, Colorado. Goldberg grew up playing clarinet, playing in school bands, and has an undergraduate music degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master of Arts in composition from Mills College. He was a pupil of clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo, and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. Interested in the intersection between jazz (the music) and clarinet (the instrument), Goldberg started exploring the rich clarinet traditions found in klezmer music.
Recently Goldberg has branched out into songwriting. His "Orphic Machine" project, largely commissioned by Chamber Music America, premiered at the Jewish Music Festival in March 2012 and was also performed in Los Angeles, California. The song-cycle is based on the writings of Allen Grossman and, for one critic, "the piece's thoughtful, sprawling compositions course through such a variety of styles and open-ended impulses that it would be tempting to dub this a new kind of world music." Regarding songwriting and composing, in a 2010 profile piece in All About Jazz, Goldberg said, "I don't just want to give people something that they can appreciate or understand, or that makes them think, or something like that. I used to kind of feel that that's what I wanted to do, but that's not what I want anymore. I want to give people something that they can love."
Thursday July 24 7:30pm - Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, SF
Gojogo, Photo by Peter Varshavsky
Gojogo is an unusual quartet that combines the Western sounds of classical and jazz with the rhythmic traditions of India. Founded in 2003, they are dedicated to creating innovative music that is accessible and captivating. Gojogo performs original music composed collaboratively by the four performers, each drawing upon a different musical tradition and training. Compositions feature improvisation over structured forms, creating opportunities for spontaneity and a medium to present each unique instrument. The result is a sound that defies the borders of any specific genre.
Sarah Jo Zaharako, violin
Roger Riedlbauer, electric guitar
Eric Perney, bass
Elias Reitz, Indian percussion and electronics
Thursday August 7:30pm - Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, SF
Trio 180 in residence at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, is quickly gaining recognition throughout the United States. This talented ensemble is made up of celebrated concert violinist Ann Miller, Grammy-nominated cellist Nina Flyer, and award-winning pianist Sonia Leong.
The trio has given concerts and master classes throughout the West Coast, with a featured appearance in Guadalajara, Mexico in March 2009. An active advocate of new music, the trio was awarded a Barlow Grant in 2006 to commission eminent composer Chen Yi’s first piano trio, Tibetan Tunes, published by Theodore Presser. In addition, the trio has premiered works by Allan Crossman (Icarus), Jorge Liderman (Suite del Sur; Sidewalk recorded on Albany Records), Derek Jacoby (Trio No. 2), Francois Rose (Gently, Wild Rose Petals), Cindy Cox, UC Berkeley (Wave, recorded in summer, 2010) and has performed frequently on the Composers, Inc. series in San Francisco
PerformersAnn Miller, violin
Nina Flyer, cello
Sonia Leong, piano
Elegie, op. 23 - Joseph Suk
Piano Trio In E Minor, Op. 90 'Dumky' - Antonin Dvorak
180 Shift - Robert M. Greenberg
Primavera Portena - Astor Piazzolla
La Muerte del Angel
Thursday August 21 7:30pm - Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, SF
Duo Camaraderie is a professional flute and piano chamber ensemble that features different guest artists, both instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as living composers. Their passion is to share quality classical chamber music accessible to audiences young and old by providing educational outreach programs catered to specific audiences. Duo Camaraderie is a fiscally sponsored affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, a non-profit service program dedicated to the support and promotion of classical chamber music.
The 2014 season will feature flutist Stacey Pelinka and composer Omid Zoufonoun.
Laura Scarlata, flute
Sharon Lee Kim, piano
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