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
Please join Gestaltish for an evening of sonic exploration in celebration of their newly released EP. Embracing tonality, rhythmic integrity or the absence of either, this free-improvising ensemble traipses deftly through space and time offering audiences unique listening experiences.
Rachel Condry (clarinet), Gretchen Jude (voice), Jacob Peck (guitar) and Jennifer Wilsey (percussion) met while working with Fred Frith in the Mills College Improvisation ensemble where they connected in Deep Listening spaces. Since 2012, they have been shaping and exploring sounds to create evocative yet open-ended musical experiences. Using game structures as temporal architectures in which to play, Gestaltish deeply listen to each other and their surroundings, encapsulating sonic moments and reinvigorating the notion of free improvisation with unexpected instrumentations and intuitions.
Black Cedar presents new music for a new kind of ensemble of flute, cello, and guitar: their 2015 commissions bycomposers Garrett Shatzer and David Smith, Durwynne Hsieh’s Four Duos for Cello and Guitar (2013), Chinary Ung’s powerful Luminous Spirals (1997) with echoes from the Khmer Rouge genocide, and Nathan Kolosko’s beautiful Hungarian Trio (2012).
The Santa Cruz Sentinel writes, “Hats off to them…their connectivity with each other was most apparent…as was their ability to convey their joy to the audience.” (January 2015) And, the San Francisco Examiner writes, “Black Cedar has done a wonderful job of making the case that chamber music can involve approaches to instrumentation not usually expected.” (March 2015)
Black Cedar’s appearances include Trinity Chamber Concerts and the Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley; Noontime Concerts, Tangents Contemporary Guitar Series, the Emerald Tablet, and the Forte House in San Francisco; the Deep Valley Chamber Music Series in Ukiah; Classical Revolution and Last Fridays @ Pro Arts in Oakland; Second Fridays @ Arlington in Kensington; San Jose State University, Hakone Gardens, and the Foothill Chamber Music Series in the South Bay Area; Santa Cruz Chamber Players; and the Davis Art Center in Davis. They have performed live on 91.5 KKUP in San Jose, 91.7 KALW in San Francisco, and 90.5 KWMR in Marin County. Upcoming concerts include the Rainbow Mansion in Cupertino, the Carmel Valley Library in San Diego, and both the Music at Noon Series and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.