Selections from A Sweeter Music with video by John Sanborn3pm
Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley. (510) 642-9988. http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/presents/season/2008/20th_century_and_beyond/sc.php
As part of the Cal Performances series, Sarah premieres new compositions, written on the theme of peace, from her project A Sweeter Music. New works include Frederic Rzewski’s Peace Dances, Terry Riley’s Be Kind to One Another (Rag), Peter Garland’s After the Wars, Yoko Ono’s Toning, Larry Polansky’s b’midbar, Pauline Oliveros’ A New Indigo Peace, The Residents’ drum no fife, and Preben Antonsen’s Dar al-Harb. Video projections, on three screens, are by John Sanborn, who has collaborated with such artists as Bill T. Jones, Van Halen, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Selections from A Sweeter Music at the Pt. Reyes Dance Palace
Point Reyes Dance Palace. 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station. (415) 663-1075. http://www.dancepalace.org/
Sarah performs selections from A Sweeter Music at the Point Reyes Dance Palace.
New Sounds Live - Notes on the War: The Piano Protests8pm
Merkin Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York. (212) 501-3330. http://kaufman-center.org/merkin-concert-hall/event/notes-on-war-piano-protests/
As part of the New Sounds Live series, hosted by John Schaefer and broadcast on WNYC, Sarah performs a program of new commissions which for this concert has been titled “Notes on the War: The Piano Protests,” featuring the New York premieres of works by Frederic Rzewski, Terry Riley, Yoko Ono, Pauline Oliveros, Peter Garland, Phil Kline, Jerome Kitzke and Kyle Gann. Video projections, on three screens, are by John Sanborn.
Music for Peace - Selections from A Sweeter Music
Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross St., Houston, Texas. www.rothkochapel.org.
Sarah performs selections from A Sweeter Music for the annual Music for Peace concert, co-sponsored by the Foundation for Modern Music.
Selections from A Sweeter Music at New England Conservatory
New England Conservatory, 290 Huntington Ave, Boston, Massachusetts.
Sarah presents new work from A Sweeter Music for the graduate seminar of pianist Bruce Brubaker.
Selections from A Sweeter Music at the Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago. (312) 744-6630.
Sarah performs selections from A Sweeter Music.
Wayward Music series - Selections from A Sweeter Music
Chapel Performance Space, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue, Seattle. http://waywardmusic.org
Sarah performs selections from A Sweeter Music on the Wayward Music series, curated by Steve Peters.
Garden of Memory5pm
Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland. www.gardenofmemory.com
New Music Bay Area presents Garden of Memory, the annual summer solstice concert at the Chapel of the Chimes, a beautiful columbarium and mausoleum designed by Julia Morgan. Sarah premieres Eve Beglarian’s Night Psalm and Michael Byron’s Devotion to Peace- rose mist, translucent. Performers you can hear during this popular event include Paul Dresher, Kitka, Jaron Lanier, Beth Custer, Cindy Cox, Vorticella, the Cardew Choir, the William Winant Percussion Ensemble, Laura Inserra, the Del Sol Quartet, Maggi Payne, and many others. Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle calls Garden of Memory “a walk-through fun house of musical and visual splendor.”
Selections from A Sweeter Music8pm
Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street at Van Ness, San Francisco. www.oldfirstconcerts.org
Sarah performs new works from her project A Sweeter Music, with video by John Sanborn. This program features music by Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Frederic Rzewski, Kyle Gann, Ingram Marshall, Michael Byron, Mamoru Fujieda, Ingram Marshall, and Larry Polansky.
Second International Conference on Music and Minimalism - Dennis Johnson's November
University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5000 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO
For the Second International Conference on Music and Minimalism, Sarah performs a program of music by Terry Riley, Bunita Marcus, Harold Budd, Elodie Lauten, John Adams, Eve Beglarian, Meredith Monk, Mamoru Fujieda, and Hans Otte. Sarah also participates in a performance of Dennis Johnson’s 1959 minimalist epic November, which La Monte Young credits as having inspired his Well-Tuned Piano. For this conference, Kyle Gann has worked to reconstruct the score based on a recording and further information he received from Dennis Johnson. This performance, with Sarah and Kyle Gann alternating hours at the keyboard of this five-hour piece, will mark the first time it has been heard since the early 1960’s.
Conversation with Pianist Lang Lang7:30pm
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley. (510) 642-9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu
Sarah talks with pianist Lang Lang about his autobiography, Journey of a Thousand Miles, in an event sponsored by KPFA, Berkeley Arts and Letters, and UC Berkeley.
Chamber Music Day - Performance of works by Cowell and Satoh3pm
Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento at Van Ness, San Francisco. www.sffcm.org
For Chamber Music Day, presented by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, Sarah performs solo works by Henry Cowell as well as Somei Satoh’s Birds in Warped Time II with violinist Kate Stenberg. Chamber Music Day runs from 12:30 to 8 pm, featuring fifteen different ensembles.
Conversation with Joana Carneiro3pm
Community Meeting Room of the Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch, 2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley
The Berkeley Public Library presents a conversation between Sarah and Joana Carneiro, the new conductor of the Berkeley Symphony.
Wordless Music Festival - Selections from A Sweeter Music
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York. www.wordlessmusic.org
Sarah performs selections from her project A Sweeter Music, including works by Terry Riley and Frederic Rzewski, as part of the Wordless Music Series. Pianist Rachel Grimes also performs, and she and Sarah team up for four-hand works by Michael Byron and Claude Debussy.
Selections from A Sweeter Music
Ethical Society, 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. www.phillyethics.net
Sarah and Rachel Grimes share the same program as the night before in New York.
Mill Valley Film Festival - A Sweeter Music with video by John Sanborn3:30pm
Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Drive, Mill Valley. www.mvff.com
As part of the Mill Valley Film Festival, Sarah and video artist John Sanborn present their project A Sweeter Music, including drum no fife by The Residents, Kyle Gann’s War is Just a Racket, Jerome Kitzke’s There is a Field, Preben Antonsen’s Dar al-Harb, Phil Kline’s The Long Winter, Michael Byron’s Devotion to Peace, part of Meredith Monk’s Steppe Music, and Terry Riley’s Be Kind to One Another (Rag). For this performance, the video will be especially highlighted, since it’s part of a film festival.
Selections from A Sweeter Music7:30pm
Swedish American Hall, 2170 Market St., San Francisco. www.cafedunord.com
Sarah performs selections from her project A Sweeter Music. Pianist Rachel Grimes also performs, and she and Sarah team up for four-hand works by Michael Byron and Claude Debussy.
Other Minds presents Henry Cowell: The Whole World of Music8pm
Valley Presbyterian Church, Portola Valley. www.otherminds.org
Other Minds presents the first concert of a two-part series entitled Henry Cowell: The Whole World of Music, featuring classic and little-known works by the influential pioneering composer who approached the piano with his fists and forearms and was probably the first to strum and pluck the interior strings. Sarah performs Tides of Manaunaun, Trumpet of Angus Og, Exultation, Aeolian Harp & Sinister Resonance, and Anger Dance.
Other Minds presents Henry Cowell: The Whole World of Music Part II8pm
Presidio Chapel, San Francisco. www.otherminds.org
Other Minds presents the second concert of a two-part series entitled Henry Cowell: The Whole World of Music. Sarah performs Rhythmicana, The Banshee, The Fairy Answer, and Tiger. The concert is preceded by a 7 pm panel discussion.
Selections from A Sweeter Music at North Dakota Museum of Art
North Dakota Museum of Art, 261 Centennial Drive Stop 7305, Grand Forks, North Dakota. www.ndmoa.com
In conjunction with an exhibition entitled “The Disappeared,” Sarah performs selections from A Sweeter Music with video by John Sanborn. According to the museum’s website:”To disappear” was newly defined during the twentieth century military dictatorships in Latin America. “Disappeared” evolved into a transitive verb describing individuals considered threats to the State who were kidnapped, tortured, and killed by their own military, especially in the 1970s in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. Colombia and Guatemala with their decades-long civil wars further expanded the meanings and use of “disappear.” The exhibition contains works by twenty-three contemporary artists from each of these countries who, over the course of the last thirty years, have made art about the disappeared. The Museum organized this exhibition in 2005 and toured it to Argentina, Uruguay, Guatemala, Chile, and Colombia in addition to five sites in the United States including New York, Washington D.C., and Santa Fe.
Performance of works by Henry Cowell7:30pm
3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley http://4-33.com/tuesday/index.html
Sarah performs works by Henry Cowell and others in an evening of mainly improvisation featuring Gino Robair, Scott Looney, and others.