Other Minds Festival 18
We returned to the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco for the 18th edition of our annual festival. Offerings this year included a remarkable variety of wooden winds, from the soprano recorder of the world’s most widely-hailed Baroque recorder player, Michala Petri to the ultra-long Indian bansuri, producing a remarkably tender low register sound in the hands of the great classical music master G.S. Sachdev.
Also on tap was the genre-busting Scandinavian folk music trio Gáman (violin, recorder and accordion). Drama and excitement arrived with world premieres by Korean-American performance artist Dohee Lee, featuring the newly-invented Eye Harp, and by Canadian composer Aaron Gervais (for vocalist Amy X Neuburg and percussionist Willie Winant). We featured the U.S. premieres of Mattias Petersson's multichannel audio/visual work Ström, three pieces for Paetzold contrabass recorder with Anna Petrini and two works by our first invited composer from the Faroe Islands, Sunleif Rasmussen. New York’s hottest new jazz pianist Craig Taborn made his Other Minds debut and the electroacoustic experimentalist and installation artist Paula Matthusen was featured alongside the Bay Area's own Pamela Z.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The opening night of Other Minds 18 featured traditional music from the outer edges of Scandinavia to the heart of North India. The genre-busting folk music trio Gáman performed the U.S. premiere of Accvire by Sunleif Rasmussen, Other Minds’ first ever invited composer from the Faroe Islands, alongside traditional music from this untouched region. Gáman’s set included the world premiere of Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s Together or Not, commissioned by Other Minds for this concert. The music then turned to India and featured the ultra-long bansuri, a tender low register sounding instrument, in the hands of the great Hindustani classical music master G.S. Sachdev. He was joined on stage by the tabla virtuoso Swapan Chaudhuri in a performance of two ragas.
Brestiskvædi, Traditional from the Faroe Islands
Friday, March 1, 2013
7 PM Panel Discussion / 8 PM Concert
The second night of Other Minds 18 kicked off with the world premiere of Dohee Lee’s ARA, a theatrical work that fused Lee’s signature vocal style with the Eye Harp, a custom-built instrument designed by Seattle-based artist Colin Ernst. Anna Petrini performed three pieces for Paetzold bass recorder and electronics including the U.S. premiere of Sinew0od by Mattias Petersson, an energizing work that requires her to stuff the bass recorder with contact microphones before unleashing an enormous wall of sound. One of New York City’s hottest jazz piano players Craig Taborn closed out the second night of Other Minds 18 with selections from Avenging Angel, his critically acclaimed 2011 solo debut release on ECM Records.
Dohee Lee (South Korea/USA)
Anna Petrini (Sweden)
Craig Taborn (USA)
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The final evening of Other Minds 18 focused on works for live musicians with audio and visual accompaniment. The night began with the world premiere of Aaron Gervais’ Work Around the World, commissioned by Other Minds, for the stellar vocalist Amy X Neuburg and William Winant Percussion Group. One of the world’s most widely-hailed recorder player Michala Petri was featured in two solo works from 2011 by featured composers Sunleif Rasmussen and Paula Matthusen. Stockholm-based sound artist Mattias Petersson presented the U.S. premiere of his multichannel audio/visual work Ström, or electricity, with interactive video by Fredrik Olofsson. The electroacoustic experimentalist and installation artist Paula Matthusen performed …and, believing in… for solo performer and live processing before being joined on stage for an improvisation with the Bay Area’s own Pamela Z. Other Minds 18 ended with Pamela Z performing her arresting arrangement of Meredith Monk’s Scared Song.
Aaron Gervais (Canada/USA)
Paula Matthusen (USA)
Mattias Petersson (Sweden)
Pamela Z (USA)