I've been creating video sketches which experiment with color, gesture, materials, surfaces, light and spacial settings. Steeping in thoughts of color and gesture as pre-linguistic forms of expression, I see this work developing in many future forms, including an upcoming string quartet that will premiere in November as a part of Del Sol Quartet's 25th Anniversary Festival.
I'm very thrilled to be part of Now Hear This! An Exercise in Listening - a special exhibition/event at Montalvo Arts Center. This is an outdoor exhibition featuring immersive site-specific soundscapes, sonic experiences and workshops, sound sculptures, and a new digital curatorial platform, Soundings. My piece, "Venice Is A Fish" will be part of an onsite sound walk of musical pieces set in the residency grounds. The many contributing artists include: Taraneh Hemami, Shane Myrbeck, Emily Shisko, Stephen Vitiello, Walter Kitundu, Hugh Livingston, Luciano Chessa, Elana Mann, Ashley Bellouin, Stuart Dempster, Ramon Sender, Fernando Vigueras, Daniel Godínez Nivón, Arshia Fatima Haq, Taro Hattori, Motoko Honda, Jen Shyu, Henry Threadgill, Mike Gamble, Carmina Escobar, Wayne Horvitz, Nina C. Young.
Splinter Reeds gave its second performance of Letters To A Friend at Switchboard's 10th Annual Festival at Z Space in San Francisco. The finale to the 6 hour music marathon was none other than the legendary Kronos Quartet. Here's a link to a review in the San Francisco Classical Voice.
I had the sheer pleasure of joining the magnificent singers of Vajra Voices in the premiere of To Burst To Bloom, three settings of poems by the 12th Century Taoist adept Sun Bu'Er. Three more pieces are forthcoming to finish off this collection. The songs were included in the program Remembered Migrations this past weekend at the Presidio Officer's Club (photo by Omid Zoufonoun) in SF and the Berkeley Jazz School.
Huge thank you to Splinter Reeds for a superb performance of Letters To A Friend last night! Dedicated to my dearly departed friend, Alessia Pugliatti, the piece is a musical transmission of Augusto de Campos' poem O Pulsar. The evening's trailblazing program included Babbling by Ken Ueno and Tom Johnson's Narayana's Cows narrated by the one and only Pamela Z.
Vajra Voices member Cheryl Moore said, 'if Hobbits went to church this is where they'd go' - - and truly it was a Hobbit-like evening in the Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco with a wonderful program by Vajra Voices, including the first part of To Burst To Bloom, a new work in the making setting the texts of 12th Century Chinese Female Adept, Sun Bu'er.
I've been hiding away working on a piece for the 8 member women's vocal ensemble, Vajra Voices, setting a collection of texts by the 12th Century Taoist priestess and adept, Sun Bu'er. Stay tuned for upcoming performances of this piece to come in the Bay Area.