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Other Minds 16!

OM 16presented in association with the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Eugene and Elinor Friend Center for the Arts at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Featuring these composers:
Louis Andriessen (Netherlands)
I Wayan Balawan (Indonesia)
Han Bennink (Netherlands)
Kyle Gann (USA)
Janice Giteck (USA)
David A. Jaffe (USA)
Jason Moran (USA)
Agata Zubel (Poland)

Tickets & Information
Thursday-Friday-Saturday, March 3-4-5, 2011
7pm Panel Discussions / 8pm Concerts
Kanbar Hall, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF),
3200 California Street (at Presidio Ave.), San Francisco


Concert One   Thursday, March 3
Anthony Gnazzo
Hymn (1975)
pre-recorded media

Kyle Gann
Triskaidekaphonia I (2005)
Aron Kallay; keyboard

Louis Andriessen
Le voile de bonheur (1971)
Monica Germino, voice & violin; Andriessen, piano

Kyle Gann
Kierkegaard, Walking (2007)
Seattle Chamber Players

Louis Andriessen
Zilver (1994)
Seattle Chamber Players; Loren Mach & Joel Davel, percussion; Eric Zivian, piano


Agata Zubel
Cascando (2007)
Zubel, voice; Seattle Chamber Players

Janice Giteck
Ishi (2004)
Seattle Chamber Players; film by Emiko Omori

After a ceremonious opening in honor of Oakland poet-composer Anthony Gnazzo’s 75th birthday, the Seattle Chamber Players (flute, clarinet, violin, cello) will kick off OM 16 with works by four of this year’s guest composers. Esteemed composer-author and former Village Voice critic Kyle Gann offers his peripatetic depiction of Kierkegaard wandering endlessly through Copenhagen, and SCP will join forces with a percussion trio for the rock-tinged Zilver by Holland’s legendary Louis Andriessen. Virtuoso vocalist-composer Agata Zubel (Poland) will join SCP onstage for her riveting work Cascando, with text from Beckett’s three-part poem of the same name.

Other opening night gems include Aron Kallay performing Gann’s 13-limit microtonal invention Triskaidekaphonia, and a special performance by violinist-vocalist Monica Germino, with Andriessen at the piano, of the surprising and captivating Le voile de bonheur (The veil of happiness). The evening concludes with Janice Giteck’s multimedia masterpiece Ishi, commissioned by SCP and inspired by the songs of the last surviving member of the 8,000-year-old Yahi tribe. The work’s sixth and final movement features a short film made in collaboration with San Francisco’s Emiko Omori, shot on location on Mount Lassen, Ishi’s former home.
Reception to follow.

Concert Two   Friday, March 4
David A. Jaffe
The Space Between (2011; world premiere)
Andrew Schloss, percussion; Del Sol String Quartet; Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
featuring a special installation by Trimpin
commissioned by Other Minds with support from the James Irvine Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts

I Wayan Balawan (first US appearance)
Balawan, guitars; I Nyoman Suwida & I Nyoman Suarsana, gamelan


Agata Zubel
Parlando (2000)
Zubel, voice & electronics

Han Bennink
with Fred Frith, guitar

The second night of OM 16 opens with the world premiere of a new work commissioned by Other Minds, by Berkeley’s David A. Jaffe. Eight string players will surround the audience, with Andrew Schloss onstage controlling a Disklavier piano and a battery of percussion instruments including chimes hanging from the rafters. This incredible installation, constructed by inventor-composer Trimpin (OM 1), makes use of instruments willed to Jaffe by the late maverick composer and spatial music innovator Henry Brant (OM 4).

Bali guitar phenom I Wayan Balawan makes his first US appearance, bringing to the OM stage his two-necked guitar, his lighting-fast tapping style, and a special blend of Ethnic Balinese Music and jazz. Agata Zubel performs solo in her work Parlando, adding to an already eclectic evening. The concert closes with a set featuring Dutch drummer Han Bennink, the co-founder of the Instant Composers Pool in 1967, who claims that his first percussion instrument was a kitchen chair. He’ll be joined by the Bay Area’s own raucous noisemaker, guitarist Fred Frith (OM 11).

Concert Three   Saturday, March 5
Louis Andriessen
Xenia (2005)
Monica Germino, voice & violin

Passeggiata in Tram in America e Ritorno (1998)
Cristina Zavalloni, voice; Germino, violin; Andriessen, piano

Letter from Cathy (2003)
Zavalloni, voice; Germino, violin; special guests

Zavalloni, voice; Andriessen, piano


Kyle Gann
Time Does Not Exist (2000)
Sarah Cahill, piano

Jason Moran
Slang (2011; world premiere)
Moran, piano; Tarus Mateen, bass; Nasheet Waits, drums; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Alicia Hall Moran, voice
commissioned by Other Minds with support from the MAP Fund and Chamber Music America: Presenting Jazz

The final concert of OM 16 brings Louis Andriessen back to the stage, with Monica Germino and the riveting Italian soprano Cristina Zavalloni. This set of more recent works by Holland’s leading composer includes Letter from Cathy, with text by the inimitable vocalist Cathy Berberian, written to Andriessen in 1964, the final year of her marriage to Luciano Berio. The other works also draw on fascinating texts: Passeggiata uses poems by Dino Campana to create a fantastic dream-like collage, and the third movement of Xenia includes an optional vocal part with Rimbaud’s “Voyelles,” in translation by Andriessen.

The Bay Area’s “fiercely gifted” (NY Times) pianist and new music advocate Sarah Cahill takes the stage in Kyle Gann’s tour de force, Time Does Not Exist. The work’s repetitive texture draws inspiration from Freud’s assertion that “In the unconscious, time does not exist.”

The festival closes with the world premiere of Slang, a new work commissioned by OM, by 2010 MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran. The work draws inspiration from a number of sources including a 1970 LP by Western Electric titled Dialect of the Black American, and folk music of Taiwan’s Bunun tribe. Moran will be joined by the members of Bandwagon, plus New York guitarist Mary Halvorson, a veteran of ensembles led by Anthony Braxton, Trevor Dunn, Elliott Sharp and others, and spellbinding mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran.


Standard Seating
Single Concerts $30 General, $25 JCCSF Members, $20 Students
3-Concert Pass $77 General, $64 JCCSF Members, $51 Students

Premium Seating
Single Concerts $40 General, $30 JCCSF Members
3-Concert Pass $102 General, $89 JCCSF Members

Available through the JCCSF Box Office, (415) 292-1233. Box Office hours M-F 12-7pm, Sat. 12-5pm.
JCCSF subscription series tickets also available.

Special Event
Other Minds Composer Fellowship Concert
Wednesday, March 2, 7:30pm
Toyoji P. Tomita Performance Gallery
Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell Street, San Francisco
$20 general, $12 standing / floor
Tickets available from Other Minds (415-934-8134)

We’ve added a special event this year in partnership with Meridian Gallery: emerging composers Nicholas Chase, Lisa Coons, Ben Hjertmann, and Zibuokle Martinaityte were chosen from over 100 applicants from across the globe to participate in a special 8-day residency. As OM Fellows they will participate in a series of events including lecture-presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and seminars, and have the opportunity to pick the brains of all of this year’s featured composers. The experience will culminate in this concert featuring new works by all four composers, performed by the Other Minds and Navitas Ensembles.

Tickets are extremely limited for this special concert.
Reserve your seats by calling (415) 934-8134 or email to:

About the Festival
Now in its 16th year, the annual Other Minds Festival of New Music invites eight of the most innovative artists from around the world to the San Francisco Bay Area for a four-day residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, California, and three days of concerts, panel discussions, and symposia in San Francisco. Known for featuring illustrious guest performers, a significant number of world premieres, and productions that incorporate new technologies and multidisciplinary collaborations, the Festival brings together composers who represent all points of the musical spectrum and push the creative possibilities of their respective disciplines. The Los Angeles Times has called the OM Festival “the premier new music festival on the West Coast.”

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