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Performer & Ensemble notes for 2018

The Hugh Behm-Steinberg Project John Bischoff Duo B Giacomo Fiore Adam Fong Larnie & Bodil Fox Guillermo Gallindo & Sangita Moskow Gautam Tejas Ganeshan Hae Voces Anne Hege Dylan Mattingly The Mobius Trio Maggi Payne Wendy Reid Faythe Vollrath The Willam Winant Percussion Group Theresa Wong

Giacomo Fiore will explore long-form pieces by Catherine Lamb, Larry Polansky, and Michael Pisaro, and improvise meditative soundscapes for electric and acoustic guitars.

Giacomo Fiore Photo credit, Marco Sanchez, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes June 21, 2015 All Rights Reserved

Duo BThe San Francisco Bay Area improvising and composing ensemble of percussionist Jason Levis and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, is a musical think tank of grand schemes and impossible scenarios. Over a dozen years, the ensemble has developed and refined its singular approach to improvisation and composition, through cross-disciplinary projects with film, collaborations with improvising instrumentalists at home and abroad, and intensive study of the recorded work of master improvisers of the past century. At the Garden of Memory 2018, the duo will perform Wadada Leo Smith’s expansive and evocative graphic score, Luminous Axis (2002).

Hae Voces will be featuring selections from “Rapoport Remembered,” a musical tribute to the extraordinary work of visual artist Sonya Rapoport (1923-2015). Imagined and developed by composer-performer team Hae Voces, violinist Kristina Dutton and vocalist Majel Connery, “Rapoport Remembered” is a musical meditation on Rapoport’s Anasazi Series, vivid color pencil drawings from the 1970s. Performing live with violin, vocals, keyboards, and a technical array of live processing, Hae Voces treats Rapoport’s drawings as graphic scores, reading their visual intensity and playfulness like notes on a page. http://haevoces.bandcamp.com/track/a-little-one-a-little-two

Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes 2017. Photo by Tom Holub, All Rights Reserved.

Probosci The Probosci duo of Gyan Riley and Timba Harris will be playing music from their brand new album Nethermead.

Photo by Chris Tompkins 2017, All Rights Reserved

Faythe Vollrath This concert seeks to explore a variety of new music for solo harpsichord, providing the audience with insight into the age defying beauty of this instrument. Viewed primarily as a Baroque instrument, the harpsichord also occupies an important niche in compositions of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The juxtaposition of old and new in this unique instrument provides a wealth of opportunities for today’s composers in exploring sounds, tonal colorations, and textures. Originally only a Western instrument, this concert will include pieces by international composers, that have adopted the harpsichord into global music. Pieces such as Rain Dreaming by Toru Takemitsu, and Jardin des herbes by Karen Tanaka use exotic sound clouds to invoke images of rain and gardens. Other pieces, such as Lou Harrison’s Sonata for Harpsichord, explore the use of different tonal systems, emulating the sounds of the gamelan. Spinal by Vladimir Tošić explores rhythmic repetition and the slow movent of tonal clusters, wrapping the listener in layers of sound.

Maggi Payne Supercharged Theremin Morph.
Theremin Morph is an interactive experience that invites everyone to play a supercharged Theremin. The vertical antenna on the right controls the pitch of the Theremin and an Aries analog synthesizer and the Morpheus digital synthesizer’s pitch or drum sound. The closer your hand is to the antenna, the higher the pitch.

Bodil & Larnie Fox Bodil and Larnie Fox will be working with Larnie’s low-tech invented instruments, using piezo contact microphones, long strings and “rotors” made with recycled materials, small electric motors, hot glue and bamboo. Larnie and Bodil are both visual artists working with sound.

Theresa Wong As a solo performer, Wong takes the listener into the molecules of the materials at hand. A relentless digging to unearth the raw vibrations of her instruments, in her personalized total art form centered around the voice and cello, a timbral merging gives birth to new acoustically synthesized sounds. For more info, please see: www.theresawong.org

Adam Fong will be performing a new composition titled Mangle for electric bass and electronics. The piece draws inspiration from disfigurement, both literal and conceptual, as reflected through scientific factors such as physiological impacts of abiotic and repetitive stresses, anthropological considerations of historical forms of manual labor, the history of disability rights activism, and meditation on the fluidity of identity and the spiritual transformations that accompany the human experience of senescence.

John Bischoff will perform a 30 minute set of three electronic pieces. Bischoff’s recent work incorporates custom analog circuitry in sonic exchange with laptop synthesis. As he activates the circuit in performance, the resulting tones and noises are analyzed in real-time and used to inform an extended computer response. A binding together of the analog and digital realms is the result, the unique characteristics of each medium counterpoised in time to form a hybrid sensibility. Examples include: Visibility Study (2015) which turns the familiar format of musician-processed-through-looping-pedal on its head. A noisy analog circuit becomes the player while the laptop produces a looping texture via analysis and re-synthesis of each circuit gesture; Level Shift (2017) intersects the timing of circuit actions from early in the piece against subsequent musical actions later on. The resulting counterpoint flows from the sonic interpenetration of two different parts from the same performance. A primary dynamic is found in the shifting balance between textural stability and continual change.

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan new Carnatic music

The William Winant Percussion Group The William Winant Percussion group will be performing the west coast premiere of a Jon Gibson piece for percussion and winds.

Guillermo Galindo & Sangita Moskow
Sonic journeys unto uncharted territories blending modified traditional Eastern and Western instruments with electronics and an imaginative integration of alternative non-Western tunings constantly shifting through complex rhythmic undercurrents are just some of the elements that make the musical pilgrimage of Sangita Moskow and Guillermo Galindo a unique musical experience. Combining their talents for over 10 years, these master musicians have created a unique blend that incorporates Western XX and XXI avant garde and electronic music with a contemporary interpretation of North Indian classical musical traditions.

The Hugh Behm-Steinberg project Using recordings of people reminiscing on health, both gains and losses, as a base, they will construct an installation/performance. The piece will have two components:
Recordings of people discussing their health — physical and mental, gains and losses, struggles with medical bureaucracies, finding community, caretaking, healing. Use the semantics of spoken language to pin down the corner of a flapping tent. Use the openness of sound to ventilate the space.
Performers include: Anna Avery – Bass, vocals; Hugh Behm-Steinberg – Turntable, pedals and vocals; Mary Behm-Steinberg – Medical percussion; Chris Christensen – Modular synthesizer and analog tape loops; alex cruse – Autoharp and electronics; Lenny Gonzalez – Electric baritone guitar and pedals; Kevin CK Lo – Violin; Angela Roberts – Cello and synthesizer

Dylan Mattingly will be performing one solo piano set in the Chapel of the Chimes in addition to improvising on cello with violinist Eli Wirtschafter.

Wendy Reid will be performing a new hour+ long tree piece along with Brenda Hutchinson, Aurora Josephson, Ron Heglin, Lulu (her parrot), and possibly a few others.

Anne Hege Improvisations and original songs on The Tape Machine. The Tape Machine is an instrument constructed out of one retrofitted tape cassette recorder and two retrofitted tape cassette players. Using extended vocal technique, live rhythmic augmentation in conjunction with manipulated playback rhythmic augmentation, playback distortion, volume playback as well as record speed manipulation, she will create a sonic world where the present and past mingle together on magnetic tape and the speaking of spirits seems possible.

The Mobius Trio The guitar trio of Robert Nance, Mason Fish, and Matthew Holmes-Linder will be performing:
Brendon Randall-Myers – Making Good Choices
Robert Nance – Plexus
Maurice Ravel – 2nd Movement from String Quartet
Kevin Villalta – Witch Wagon
Santiago Gutiérrez Bolio – Thinking Songs
Adrian Knight – Bon Voyage
Danny Clay – a place that inhabits us
Carlos Lyra – Influencia do Jazz
Anthony Porter – needle-play

Notes for June 21 2017

There are very few scheduled performances – in some of the chapels, and some shared rooms, there will be specific sets – otherwise the performers will perform for the entire concert – taking occasional unscheduled breaks. The best way to see everyone is just to wander, and go back to a room if it was empty when you first passed by.

In the Chimes Chapel

5pm-5:35pm: A performance by Joel Davel, Nannick Bonnel, Peter Apfelbaum & Claudine Naganuma honors the memory of Don Buchla, whose innovative instruments and dedication to contemporary music influenced the lives of many in the Bay Area new music community.

5:45 to 6:15- Kitka: ancient and contemporary harmonies from Eastern Europe with special guest Svetlana Spajic

6:15 to 7:35- Samuel Adams and Helen Kim perform Morton Feldman’s “For John Cage”

7:40 to 8:10- Kitka: ancient and contemporary harmonies from Eastern Europe with special guest Svetlana Spajic

8:10 to 8:30- Sarah Cahill performs Lou Harrison

8:30 to 9 pm- Kitka: ancient and contemporary harmonies from Eastern Europe with special guest Svetlana Spajic

In the Julia Morgan Chapel:
Paul Dresher & Joel Davel alternating with
Amy X Neuburg

In the Meditation Chapel:
Kristine Barrett alternating with
Dean Santiomeri & Thea Farhadian

On Pacific Plaza
Orchestra Nostalgico will alternate hourly with
Dan Plonsey & Goggle Plex

In The Chapel of Light:
Duo B: Lisa Mezzacappa & Jason Levis alternating with
The Real Vocal String Quartet

Map of Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes 2017

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 2017 program MAP

Sarah Cahill Garden of Memory Chronicle

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!
Garden_2014_MAP_FINAL

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