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Musical reflections 2016 – Chapel of the Chimes December 18, 2016

Chapel of the Chimes and New Music Bay Area present Musical Reflections of 2016, a free four-hour musical community gathering in honor of those we’ve lost this year, including the Ghost Ship fire victims and beloved composer Pauline Oliveros.

Kitka Photo credit, Tom Holub, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, June 21, 2015

Kitka Photo credit, Tom Holub, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, June 21, 2015


Musicians include survivors of the Ghost Ship community who will play music for their lost friends and bandmates, and close collaborators of Pauline Oliveros, who had deep roots in the Bay Area. Musical Reflections of 2016 gives us all a chance to gather and mourn many events and loved ones from this difficult year. Several of Pauline Oliveros’ works being performed invite audience participation.
Cardew Choir Heart Chant
Performers are all donating their services and talents, and include Kitka, the Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir, Sharmi Basu, the William Winant Percussion Group, the Cardew Choir, Samuel Carl Adams, Ellen Fullman, Theresa Wong, Luciano Chessa, Dylan Mattingly, Pamela Z, Edward Schocker and Thingamajigs Performance Collective, Majel Connery, Katabatik, Soriah, Laura Inserra with Suellen Primost and Barbara Eramo, Gino Robair and Anne Pajunen, Diane Grubbe, Phil Gelb with Chris Brown and Tim Perkis, Sarah Cahill, Danny Clay, John Benson, Carletta Sue Kay, Gautam Tejas Ganeshan, Ramon Sender, Zina Bozzay, Maggi Payne, For Now, members of Volti, Carta, East Bay Ray, Andy Meyerson, The Gyuto Monks, Sarah Lockhart, and many more.
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Performances are simultaneous and throughout the beautiful chapels and alcoves and spaces at the Julia Morgan-designed Chapel of the Chimes. Musical Reflections of 2016 offers a unique and personal musical experience to every listener as he or she wanders freely through this multilevel maze of interior gardens, alcoves, pools, and antechambers ingeniously designed by Julia Morgan.
Laura Inserra
Everyone is encouraged to take public transportation or carpool, since parking will be limited.

Map of the Performers for Garden of Memory 2016

For those of you who like to plan ahead, or afterwards, want to remember who you saw where, here is a map showing where the performers will be playing. Some will be sharing a room, but most will be on their own – which means there will be times when they have to take a break. Don’t despair, circle back! There are few schedules – none we can publish, but they might be posted in the rooms once you get there. There will be a schedule for The Chapel of the Chimes itself posted in the lobby area.
Garden of Memory 2016 Map

Sarah Cahill Garden of Memory Chronicle

Performers at Garden of Memory 2016

Photo credit, Marco Sanchez, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes June 21, 2015

Photo credit, Marco Sanchez, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes June 21, 2015

The 2016 Garden of Memory event will take place on Tuesday, June 21st from 5–9 p.m. The list of confirmed participants as of this writing is:

Hannah Addario-Berry
Sharmi Basu and Alexander Brown
John Benson
John Bischoff
Krys Bobrowski & Karen Stackpole
Chris Brown & Vân Ánh (Vanessa) Võ
Sarah Cahill & Kate Stenberg
Cornelius Cardew Choir
Cvbe ov Falsehood
Beth Custer & Stephen Kent
Paul Dresher & Joel Davel
Adam Fong, Brent Miller & sfSound
Larnie Fox
Gautam Tejas Ganeshan
Phillip Gelb & Tim Perkis
Phillip Greenlief
Laura Inserra
Andrew Jamieson
Jaroba & Keith Cary
Henry Kaiser & Brandy Gale & Knut Reiersrud
Danny Paul Grody
Kitka
The Lickets
Lightbulb Ensemble
Living Earth Show
Dylan Mattingly with Eli Wirtschafter and Alex Fager
Richard Mix
Mobius Trio
Lisa Sangita Moskow with Guillermo Galindo
Amy X Neuburg
Maggi Payne
Robin Petrie and friends
Dan Plonsey with Goggle Saxophone / Live Art Collective
Larry Polansky & Giacomo Fiore
Randy Porter
Probosci
Wendy Reid
Eric Glick Rieman & Wayne Grim
Rova Saxophone Quartet
Santiomeri-Farhadian Duo
Sheldon Brown’s Distant Intervals
William Winant Group
Theresa Wong
Pamela Z

This list will be updated as the program is finalized.

Photo by Marco Sanchez, All Rights Reserved

Photo by Marco Sanchez, All Rights Reserved

Lightbulb Ensemble Photo credit, Marco Sanchez, Garden of Memory June 21, 2015

Lightbulb Ensemble Photo credit, Marco Sanchez, Garden of Memory June 21, 2015

Kitka Photo credit, Tom Holub, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, June 21, 2015

Kitka Photo credit, Tom Holub, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, June 21, 2015

ROVA at Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes Photo credit, Holly Healy, June 21, 2015 All Rights Reserved

ROVA at Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes Photo credit, Holly Healy, June 21, 2015 All Rights Reserved

MAP of the Performers for Garden of Memory 2014 & Other Info

Here’s the map for the performances at the 2014 Garden of Memory!
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There will be a food truck stationed outside the main entrance plaza on Piedmont Ave to tide you over during the event. No food or drink is allowed inside the building, however. )Although you should feel free to bring a water bottle as it does get crowded inside, and water fountains are few and far between.) Ebbetts Good to Go

(A few) Schedules for Garden of Memory June 21, 2014

For the most part, there are no schedules at all. Occasionally you will find a posted schedule up by the entrance to a room. Most of the performers, scattered through the building, will be performing for the entire four hours. However, they will be taking breaks – so if you stumble on a silent room filled with incomprehensible instruments, cords, an empty chair – please try to retrace your steps later to come back when that room will be swelling with sounds.

There are a few chapels which do have schedules: the large chapels on the main floor – The Chimes Chapel and the Julia Morgan Chapel. In addition, Effulgence on the top floor corner, the outdoors Pacific Plaza on the upper level, and a few other rooms shared by multiple performers. We will update the schedules as we learn them. (For the pieces these groups will be playing – please refer to our Performers Program Notes Page.)

The Chimes Chapel:
5-5:20 – William Winant Percussion Group: music by John Cage
5:25-6:05 – Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: music by Laurie San Martin
6:10-6:35 Kitka: music by Eric Banks
6:40-7:05- Del SolString Quartet: music by Peter Sculthorpe with Stephen Kent
7:05 to 7:20- Sarah Cahill: music by Mamoru Fujieda
7:25-7:50- Kitka: music by Eric Banks
7:55 to 8:05- Sarah Cahill: music by Mamoru Fujieda
8:10 to 8:35 -Del Sol String Quartet: music by Peter Sculthorpe with Stephen Kent
8:35 to 9- Kitka: music by Eric Banks

Effulgence
5-6:30 Del Sol String Quartet
6:45-7:15 Willie Winant Percussion Ensemble
7:20-8:00 Del Sol String Quartet
8:15-8:30 Willie Winant Percussion Ensemble

Julia Morgan Chapel
Carl Stone
Amy X Neuburg
Paul Dresher & Joel Davel

Pacific Plaza
5-6 Orchestra Nostalgico
6-7 Dan Plonsey and Friends
7-8 Orchestra Nostalgico
8-9 Dan Plonsey and Friends

Program and Map for Garden of Memory 2013

Garden_2013_program_PRESS – A downloadable pdf of the program with a map showing the performers. Takes some skill to follow. But this is one place you want to get lost!

Here are some of the schedules we know:

 Chimes Chapel
5 to 5:20- William Winant Percussion Group
5:30 to 6- Elements Trio
6:05 to 6:25- Sarah Cahill
6:30 to 6:50- Del Sol Quartet and Stephen Kent
7 to 7:20- William Winant Percussion Group
7:25 to 8:10- Elements Trio
8:15 to 8:35- Sarah Cahill
8:40 to 9 pm– Del Sol Quartet and Stephen Kent

Effulgence
5-6 Del Sol Quartet
7:15-8:15 Del Sol Quartet
8:15-9pm – Wild Rumpus New Music Collective

Benevolence West
Ben Tinker   5:00PM – 6:00PM
Silvia Matheus 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Ben Tinker   7:30PM –  8:30PM
Silvia & Ben   8-30PM – 9-00PM

Performers’ notes for Garden of Memory 2013

Here is some information about what some of the artists have planned:

Monique Buzzarté Sarah Cahill The Cardew Choir Del Sol Quartet Guillermo Galindo, Surabhi Saraf & Lisa Sangita Moskow Wayne Grim Henry Kaiser Juraj Kojs The Living Earth Show Maggi Payne Tim Phillips Sabbaticus Rex Santomieri-Farhadian Duo Jason Victor Serinus Benjamin Tinker The Willam Winant Percussion Group

Monique Buzzarté, trombonist/composer, is an avid proponent of contemporary music who commissions and premieres many new works for trombone alone and with electronics in addition to creating her own compositions.   She loves the Garden of Memory summer solstice concert because of the opportunity a diverse audience has to sample a smorgasbord of new music possibilities.  This year she’ll be performing a series of pieces inspired by inner and outer soundscapes. More info at www.buzzarte.org
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Photo by Daniel Fries

 

Sarah Cahill will be playing in the Chimes Chapel:

The US premiere of “Patterns of Plants Collection 23 Pattern B” by Mamoru Fujieda

“RCSC” by Annea Lockwood (the title comes from the initials Ruth Crawford Sarah Cahill– I commissioned it for a project in tribute to Ruth Crawford’s 100th birthday in 2001, and Annea used the tone row from the second movement of Ruth Crawford’s String Quartet to choose her pitches for this piece)
“Authentic Presence” by Ingram Marshall

 

Benjamin Tinker plays an old modular analog synth, an Arp 2600, with a tape delay system, footprint is about 4x3feet. “I often enjoy working with acoustic musicians, taking their signal and processing it live. Violinist Christina Stanley and saxophonist Joshua Marshall agreed to each do duo sets with me, so I was thinking playing some solo synth, and then one of the soloists would join me, and then the other, with some possible more solo synth improv sets between & after.”

Some examples

Solo:
http://soundcloud.com/that-hideous-strength/lullaby-for-human-hurricanes

With Christina:

http://soundcloud.com/that-hideous-strength/music-for-fortuna-paper-moon

With Josh:

http://soundcloud.com/that-hideous-strength/wjoshua

 

Jason Victor Serinus:  Surprise! I will be whistling at the Chapel of the Chimes.

Music critic Jason Victor Serinus, “The Voice of Woodstock” in an Emmy-nominated Peanuts cartoon, brushes off his lips one more time for two sets in the chapel. He promises this year that he’ll do some of the pieces that earned him the title, “The Pavarotti of Pucker.” Dying to know more? See http://www.jasonserinus.com

 

Santomieri-Farhadian Duo

Thea Farhadian: violin

http://theafarhadian.com/

Dean Santomieri: guitars and spoken word.

Santomeri-Farhadian Duo is an avant-garde chamber music group, whose structured and free improvisations for violin and guitar draw from the vocabulary of contemporary classical music, with influences from their collective backgrounds in rock, classical, and Middle Eastern musics. Duo and solo performances in the Chapel of Meditation.

Sound samples:

https://soundcloud.com/tfarhad/sets/santomeri-farhadian-duo/s-UQHZw

 

Henry Kaiser will be playing solo guitar free improvisations.

 

Maggi Payne invites visitors to play a suped up Theremin interfaced to four devices: a Morpheus digital synthesizer and Aries analog synthesizer which produce sounds controlled by the Theremin, an IVL Pitchrider that converts pitches from the Theremin into MIDI note information for the Morpheus, and an M-Audio Trigger Finger, which enables players to change the sounds produced by the Morpheus.

You’ll be able to play a synthesized drum kit, vibes, piano, swirling and space sounds, etc. and the analog synth by moving your hand in the air towards and away from the vertical antenna on the right side of the Theremin, and to change the filter settings of the analog synth by moving your hand towards and away from the horizontal antenna on the left side of the Theremin.

Change the sounds by pressing prog/banks on the M-Audio Trigger Finger, then one of the 16 pads. Repeat to change to another sound.

 

The Cornelius Cardew Choir will offer a 4-hour version of The Heart Chant (2001) by Pauline Oliveros © 2001 Deep Listening Publications; performed by the choir and willing audience members. We invite you to join our performance of The Heart Chant. Once we have begun singing, you are welcome to find a place in our circle and intone the syllable “ah” in length-of-breath notes that resonate your heart and those of the person to your left in the circle. We’ll have choir members nearby (and straightforward printed directions) to help you enter and leave the circle as you wish. (No one of us sings for four hours!) For more information about the choir, please visit our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/cardewchoir

We look forward to your presence, your voice and your heart! -Tom Bickley, director of the Cardew Choir

Cardew Choir Heart Chant Photo by Michael Zelner June 21, 2012

 

Juraj Kojs: Slovakia is a set that combines Slovakian folk instruments and experimental live electronica. Dramatic rituals and powerful music will transport you to the mysterious world filled with ancient calls and voices.

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Juraj Kojs 

is a composer, performer and multimedia artist from Slovakia who specializes on creating and performing experimental interactive music with conventional concert instruments, folk instruments, everyday objects and computer. Kojs has performed at festivals and conferences in Europe, the US and Latin America. Miami New Times described his muscle powered multimedia Neraissance as “striking and unforgettable.” www.kojs.net

 

Wayne Grim will be performing a composition that is a very slow progression of 12 chords. Over a period of 48 minutes the chord tones come in and out of focus. The piece is created from a compositional process i have been working with for the past 15 years. The participants will be:
Christina Stanley-Violin, Eric Glick-Rieman-Melodia/Waterphone/Keyboard, Jacob Lindsay-Clarinets, Maryelizabeth Yarbrough-Accordion & Voice. I will be playing computer, Ribbon synthesizer, optical arpeggiator, and electromagnetic transducer.

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The best resource for my current work is:

 

CMT Creates Music is an art project led by Tim Phillips to create awareness for Charcot Marie Tooth disease through the creation and performance of experimental musical instruments.  It is a unique collaboration between artists, musicians and experience with Charcot Marie Tooth disease*.

“We will be showcasing 4 very large and curious instruments that physically embody the sounds they are creating; exploring a range of timbres and mechanisms.  We’ll have the CHAPEL Bubble Organ and the CHIME Forest, bringing water and electricity together for your excitement.  We’ll also have the calming, hypnotic Sound Swing, coupled with the unnerving and risky Stringtotter.  Water, air, motors, glass, teeter totters, swings and golf balls should be enough to keep you entertained as we improvise with them to explore the unique soundscape of the Mausoleum. Find us downstairs by the Funeral Home Entrance in Integrity West. Musicians include: Tim Phillips, Claire Phillips, Dan Harrison, Nao Nakazawa & Sam Hernandez.

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* Charcot Marie Tooth disease (CMT) is a hereditary neuropathy that most people know very little about even though it affects 1 in 2500 Americans.  Find out more here: http://www.timjohnphillips.com/-cmt-creates-music

 

The San Francisco based Del Sol String Quartet, two-time winner of the top Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, is breaking the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances of new music with a global pulse.Del Sol IMG_1929

We will be hopping back and forth between two locations.  Programs will include sneak peak at our next two CDs, as we will be busy recording these works immediately following the summer solstice.Looking forward to seeing you!

5:00 – 6:00
Chamber of Effulgence (upstairs)
Program:  To be announced.  Works by Paweł Mykietyn, Paweł Szymański and others.6:30 – 6:50
Chimes Chapel (ground floor)
with master didjeridu-ist Stephen Kent
Program:
• Peter Sculthorpe:  String Quartet No. 12 “From Ubirr”
with Stephen Kent, didjeridu
• Elena Kats-Chernin:  Fast Blue Village
with Stephen Kent, didjeridu7:15 – 8:15
Chamber of Effulgence (upstairs)
Program:  To be announced.  Works by Paweł Mykietyn, Paweł Szymański and others.8:40 – 9:00
Chimes Chapel (ground floor)
with master didjeridu-ist Stephen Kent
Program:
• Peter Sculthorpe (b. 1929, Australia): String Quartet No. 16
1. Loneliness
2. Anger
3. Yearning
4. Trauma
5. Freedom
with Stephen Kent, didjeridu
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The Living Earth Show

Squeeze! Squeeze! Squeeze!

A meditation over Chapter 94

of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

By Luciano Chessa

For amplified quarter tone vibraphone and

quarter tone guitar

Written for and Dedicated to

 The Living Earth Show in A.D. 2012

 

Lisa Sangita Moskow, electric sarod, tamboura
gal*in_dog aka Guillermo Galindo, Moog guitar, electronics
Surabhi Saraf: voice, visuals, electronics
This year the duo of Guillermo Galindo aka gal*in_dog and Lisa Sangita Moskow will include the presence of guest musician Surabhi Saraf. The music created by these amazing musicians of three different generations blends modified traditional Indian instruments with alternative electronic devices and visual and performative elements which create imaginary landscapes. This music encompasses traditional and non traditional Eastern and Western musical structures and alternative tunings.
Sangita and gal*in_dog have been navigating uncharted musical territories for many years.

 

The William Winant Percussion Group will be playing a newly commissioned piece from the “Thingamajigs Festival” featuring instruments from the Lou Harrison Instrument Collection by Scott Siler, as well as a new piece for 4 Glockenspiels by Daniel Steffey.

Sabbaticus Rex
“Opening gateways of timelessness where thought can take a breather. Encouraging our instruments to commune together.  We are really happy to contribute to this year’s Garden of Memory Summer Solstice event!”

Karen Stackpole: gongs
Cornelius Shinzen Boots: Taimu shakuhachi
Mark Deutsch: Bazantar
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