|A Sounding Out
Cheryl E. Leonard
Marielle Jakobsons (darwinsbitch)
Kevin Shea Adams
Thursday, May 21st, 2009 8PM
Location: The Luggage Store
1007 Market St. @ 6th St., SF, CA
Sounding Out California was a state-wide competition sponsored by NEXMAP
that invited composers from a wide range of musical traditions to submit
their music. The result was a CD launched in 2008, celebrating notions of
hybridity in the work of five emergent artists.
On May 21st, 2009 NEXMAP proudly presented three of its winners.
Their performance was part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival and
the Luggage Store's New Music Series.
- Uzumaki, the Japanese word for whirlpool or eddy, is a composition inspired by and generated from spiral motions and vortices. Cheryl Leonard’s compositions have been performed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Butoh Festival, the Big Sur Experimental Music Festival, SoundCulture 96, the National Conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music, and featured on KQED TV's local arts program Spark and in Tim Perkis's documentary film Noisy People. Based in San Francisco, Leonard has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation, ASCAP, American Composers Forum, and Meet the Composer, and residencies at the Djerassi Program, Villa Montalvo, and Oberpfalzer Kunsterhaus.
- Sourced from a water harp, violin, sine waves, guitar, battery-powered fountain, metal pans, rocks, and wind-blown twigs, Already Forming Lake is a title taken from folklore about a glacier which has slowly retreated since the last Ice Age, revealing a vast underlying lake. A classically-trained violinist and pianist, Marielle V. Jakobsons performs regularly with many collaborators, her bands "myrmyr" and "TrioMetrik", and her solo project "darwinsbitch.” She receied the Elizabeth Mills Crawford award in Composition, received her MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College, and before moving to Oakland, CA, spent a year in Paris, France composing computer music with Iannis Xenakis' UPIC machine at the CCMIX. www.mariplasma.com
- Sourced from an old Wurlitzer organ, a nylon string guitar, vinyl pops, drum machines, gravel, branches and rocks, Currents consists of rhythmic phrases that invoke a sense of anchorless, as if pummeled around in heavy surf. Based in Oakland, CA, Kevin Shea Adams received an MFA from Mills College and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from UC Berkeley where studied computer programming and interactive musical systems at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT).
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