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OM 20

 

 
 

Other Minds to Celebrate 20th Anniversary Festival with Unprecedented Retrospective Cast !

U.S. Premiere of Michael Nyman Symphony No. 2
World Premiere of Pauline Oliveros’ Twins Peeking at Koto
Tributes to Australian Composer Peter Sculthorpe and American Maverick Lou Harrison
Centennial Commemoration of Armenian Genocide

Other Minds (OM) in San Francisco announces its 20th festival of avant-garde music, taking place in San Francisco on Friday March 6th, 7th and 8th, 2015 at the historically distinguished SFJAZZ Center. This annual event is presented in association with the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

For 20 years Other Minds has searched the world over for the most unconventional and inspiring composers of our time. This March, the Other Minds Festival celebrates its 20th edition, and to mark this occasion, for the first time in its history, will present a retrospective cast from festivals past. Among the many highlights this year are the U.S. premiere of Michael Nyman's Symphony No. 2, featuring the San Francisco School of the Arts Youth Orchestra (SOTA) and accompanied by historical clips from Mexican cinema of the 20th Century; the world-premiere performance of Pauline Oliveros' Twins Peeking at Koto, featuring Oliveros and Norwegian virtuoso Frode Haltli on accordion and recent Doris Duke Award recipient Miya Masaoka on koto; Masaoka presenting her own world premiere, String Quartet No. 2 “Tilt”, composed for San Francisco's Del Sol Quartet; Del Sol's tribute performance to the late Australian master Peter Sculthorpe, of his String Quartet No. 14 "Quamby" (1998), with Stephen Kent on Didjeridu, and a centenary commemoration of the Armenian Genocide with Yerevan composer and ECM artist Tigran Mansurian's Canti Parelleli on Armenian folks songs, featuring Viennese soprano Hasmik Papian accompanied by the SOTA Orchestra directed by Bradley Hogarth.

Other Minds Executive & Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian explains Other Minds' 20th anniversary as an opportunity to reflect on two decades’ worth of prescient programming. "As we look back at the nearly 200 composers we've brought to San Francisco for these gatherings,” say Amirkhanian, “it seemed a good time to tip our hat to some of our most surprising discoveries who have gone on to make signal contributions to international concert life. We'll also pay tribute to the late Peter Sculthorpe, who had accepted an invitation to be with us as our elder statesman, and the legendary Lou Harrison, whose last work was composed for our 2002 festival and our American steel guitar soloist David Tanenbaum, and will be reprised on our opening night."

Following its recent success with OM 19, Other Minds returns for its second year to the incomparable SFJAZZ Center, a landmark venue ideally suited for a landmark event. OM’s featured artistswill have their works brought to life in the superlative hall of the SFJAZZ Center. Featured artists include: Miya Masaoka, Maja Ratkje (NO.), Errollyn Wallen (BZ/U.K.), Pauline Oliveros, Don Byron, Tigran Mansurian (AM, 75th birthday year), Michael Nyman (U.K., 70th birthday year), Charles Amirkhanian, (70th birthday year), David Tanenbaum, Frode Haltl (NO), and Kathy Hinde (U.K.), with tributes to the late Peter Sculthorpe (AU.),and Lou Harrison, .

This year’s artists will have their works performed by an exceptional cast of musicians including: Soprano Hasmik Papian (AT), violinist Moves Pagossian, the Del Sol String Quartet, didjeridu player Stephen Kent, pianist Aruán Ortiz, bassist Cameron Brown, drummer John Betsch, and a special appearance by the San Francisco School of the Arts Youth Orchestra and Jazz String Quartet.

Prior to taking the stage in San Francisco for three days of concerts and panels, the Other Minds composers will assemble privately and share their work and ideas with one another in a pre-festival residency hosted by the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, located in the scenic forested hills of Woodside, CA. Prior to each concert, they’ll discuss their work with Amirkhanian in a 7 pm panel discussion on Friday and Saturday, and 3 pm on Sunday. Each composer also will donate a signed original page of his or her music for exhibition and auction in the SFJAZZ lobby. These framed works of art offer yet another level of insight into the language of the creators, as audiences will be able to see the artist’s work up close and in their own respective musical fingerprints. This year, as a special benefit to Other Minds and to celebrate our 20th anniversary, a number of past OM composers will be donating original handwritten score pages for exhibition and auction at the OM 20 festival.

 

Full Program Information
Other Minds 20th Anniversary Festival

CONCERT ONE - Friday, March 6th, 2015
ESTABLISHED LEGENDS, EMERGING LEGENDS
7 pm Panel Discussion | 8 pm Concert

PETER SCULTHORPE
From Kakadu (1993) 10 min.
David Tanenbaum, classical guitar

LOU HARRISON
Scenes from Nek Chand (2001-02) 10 min.
David Tanenbaum, National Steel just-intonation guitar

CHARLES AMIRKHANIAN
Rippling the Lamp (2007) 8 min.
Kate Stenberg, violin; tape

MIYA MASAOKA
String Quartet No.2 "Tilt" (2014-15, world premiere) 25 min.
Del Sol String Quartet

—INTERMISSION—

MAJA S.K. RATKJE, KATHY HINDE, & FRODE HALTLI
Birds & Traces II (2014-15, world premiere) 25 min.
Maja Ratkje, voice and electronics; Frode Haltli, accordion

PETER SCULTHORPE
Quartet No. 14 “Quamby” (1998) 20 min.
Del Sol String Quartet, Stephen Kent, didjeridu

CONCERT TWO - Saturday, March 7th, 2015
IMPROVISED (ACCORDING TO PLAN)
7 pm Panel Discussion | 8 pm Concert

CHARLES AMIRKHANIAN
Dumbek Bookache IV (1986) 2 min.
Ka Himeni Hehena (1997) 3 min.
Marathon (1997) 3 min.
Charles Amirkhanian, voice with tape

ERROLLYN WALLEN
London’s Burning & Other Songs 35 min.
Errollyn Wallen, voice and piano; Del Sol String Quartet

—INTERMISSION—

PAULINE OLIVEROS
Twins Peeking at Koto (2015, world premiere) 23 min.
Pauline Oliveros, accordion; Frode Haltli, accordion; Miya Masaoka, koto

DON BYRON
Don Byron Quartet 27 min.
Don Byron, clarinet; Aruán Ortiz, piano; Cameron Brown, bass; John Betsch, drums

CONCERT THREE - Sunday, March 8th, 2015
A CENTENNIAL MEMORIAL: THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
3 pm Panel Discussion | 4 pm Concert

CHARLES AMIRKHANIAN
Miatsoom (Reunion, 1994-97) 27 min.
Tape work

TIGRAN MANSURIAN
Canti Paralleli (2007-08, U.S. premiere) for soprano and string orchestra 28 min.
(texts by Paghtasar Dpir, Yeghishe Charents, Avetik Isahakyan)
Hasmik Papian, soprano; SOTA Orchestra; Bradley Hogarth, conductor

—INTERMISSION—

TIGRAN MANSURIAN
Romance for Violin and Strings (2011, U.S. premiere) 10 min.
Movses Pagossian, violin; SOTA Orchestra; Bradley Hogarth, conductor

MICHAEL NYMAN
Symphony No. 2 (2014) 30 min.
SOTA Orchestra; Bradley Hogarth, conductor

 

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