Performing with Cardew Choir & Gusty Winds at the Richard Waters New Music Festival, 6/27/15, at Berkeley Arts Gallery & Performance Space

The 3rd Annual Richard Waters New Music Festival celebrates invented instruments and extended techniques, and features composers, musicians, and instrument builders from the greater Bay Area. The festival is inspired by the late Richard Waters and his invention, the Waterphone (pictured above). This year’s festival includes a Waterphone Orchestra and a guest appearance by Rayme Waters and Waterphone builder Brooks Hubbert.

Richard Waters

“The late Richard Waters was a sweet, fun-loving, adventuresome instrument designer/builder, sculptor, musician who always brought magic to the moments one spent with him. Almost always with a smile, Richard knew how to enjoy life and live it to the max! He is known throughout the world for his invention, the Waterphone. So, give up a prayer, a meditation, or just a quiet thought for Richard in appreciation of his kind presence.” — Tom Nunn, Artist, Musician and Instrument Builder.

The Festival will take place on Saturday, June 27, 2015, from 1:00-10:00 p.m. PDT.

Location:

Berkeley Arts Gallery & Performance Space
2133 University Avenue
Berkeley, California
Email: berkeleyartsfest@gmail.com

An all-day pass is $10.00 at the door. You can attend any or all of the performances for that admission price. The space is wheelchair accessible.

Schedule of Performers and Ensembles:

1:00 p.m. PDT Beak
Jordan Glenn – conduction, Jason Hoopes – bass, Bob LaDue – percussion, Will Northlich-Redmond – guitar/kalimba, Mark Clifford – vibes, Karl Evangelista- guitar and Jon Arkin- drums

1:35 Dapplegray
Tara Sreekrishnan – piano/electronics, Nava Dunkelman – percussion, Jeanie-Aprille Tang – electronics

2:10 Kattt Atchley & Ron Heglin – vocals

2:45 Fuzzy Bunny

Chris Brown – electronics, Tim Perkis – electronics, Scot Gresham-Lancaster – guitar

3:20 Bad Jazz
Bryan Day – inventions, Tania Chen – piano, toys, Ben Salomon – electricity

3:55 Bart Hopkin – inventions, waterphone/Peter Whitehead – stringed inventions duo

4:30 The Full Disclosure Band
Keith Cudaback – piano, Gary Knowlton – homemade instruments, waterphone, Tom Solinger – violin, Mike Knowlton – guitar

5:00 Break

6:00 Amy X Neuburg – vocals, toys, electronics/Thea Farhadian – violin duo

6:35 The Waterphone Orchestra introduction by Rayme Waters & Brooks Hubbert — Brooks Hubbert, Bart Hopkin, Tom Nunn, Karen Stackpole, Dave Tilton, Todd Barton, Ed Herrmann and Cindy Webster – saw

7:00 Dean Santomieri – storyteller

7:20 Scott Looney – “Three views inside the piano” with guests Doug Carroll – cello and Tom Djll – trumpet

7:55 Gusty Winds May Exist, with The Cardew Choir

Tom Bickley, Nancy Beckman, Bob Marsh, Rae Diamond, Joe Kuta, Cathryn Hrudicka, and Patti Deuter

8:30 Eli Wallace/Karl Evangelista – piano/guitar duo

9:05 Ghost In The House
Karen Stackpole – gongs, Tom Nunn – inventions, David Michalak – lap steel, John Ingle – saxophones, Karen Stackpole – gongs, percussion and Kinji Hayashi – dance

For more information, please see the Bay Improviser web site and the Facebook event page.

I will be performing with the Cardew Choir and Gusty Winds May Exist. Together, we will perform three intertwined pieces: Waterfall Meditation, composed by Pauline Oliveros; Takiochi, a traditional shakuhachi piece performed by Nancy Beckman; and Environmental Dialogue, by Pauline Oliveros, which will involve vocal improvisations on a timed score, interwoven with shakuhachi and contrabass recorder solos and duets. Tom Bickley will perform on contrabass recorder.

The Berkeley Arts Festival Gallery and Performance Space is dedicated to the notion that in Berkeley, every day is an arts festival. The venue presented its first month-long Arts Festival in 1997, with the support of the City of Berkeley. In addition to art exhibitions, the venue hosts events for writers, and concerts featuring some of the most creative artists in the San Francisco Bay Area.

At Creative Sage Arts, we will be going on vacation for the rest of the summer, while continuing to work on writing, music and other arts projects. We will post again as soon as another event is confirmed. We are also planning to update our entire web site over the next several months, so you may see some gradual changes.

Meanwhile, please keep in touch with me (Cathryn Hrudicka) by getting on my artist email list. I’m looking forward to an exciting 2015-2016 season of multidisciplinary arts projects!

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Cardew Choir Will Perform in the Garden of Memory Event at Chapel of the Chimes on Solstice, 6/21/15

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photo by Michael Zelner, June 21, 2011 Laura Inserra

Garden of Memory — a Columbarium Walk-Through Performance Event at the Chapel of the Chimes

The Garden of Memory walk-through performance event is held every June 21st, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. PDT, to celebrate the Solstice, at The Chapel of the Chimes, in Oakland, California.

I have participated in the annual Garden of Memory event at the Chapel of the Chimes since its first year, in 1996, when Sarah Cahill founded this extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, site-specific concert. In the first few years, as a walking “audient,” I recorded audio, took photos and shot video of the who’s who of Bay Area musicians and other performers, and the audience members, a fascinating cross-section of Bay Area residents.

The historic landmark columbarium, designed by architect Julia Morgan, contains elegant, winding staircases and passageways on each level that lead one through a labyrinth of over 110 chambers, replete with beautiful, tropical indoor gardens, water fountains and pools, and the quiet inner rooms where the deceased rest peacefully in “urns” that look like bound books in bronze and other elements. The lovely stained glass windows and roof skylights bathe the building in a remarkable light, even more magical during the late afternoon golden through sunset hours (5:00-9:00 p.m.), when the Garden of Memory event occurs on the Summer Solstice (June 21st) each year.

In the early 2000s, I started performing there, usually with the Cornelius Cardew Choir. In 2005, one of the pieces we performed was a piece I had composed specifically for the location and occasion, with written text, entitled Wings of Silver Light. (I am currently writing an updated version of the piece, which now has jazz/gospel elements, much different and more complex than the original version.) In fact, many of the composers and performers have created works specifically for Garden of Memory. There are also a number of very creative electronic and computer-based musicians, as well as dancers, poets, theatre artists, and occasionally, a few video artists, who have performed or presented contemporary work at the event. Some musicians build their own instruments or use other technologies they have developed, including some that utilize ambient sounds from the flowing water fountains, ponds, or plants nearby.

What is especially wonderful, for a walk-through audience participant, is the cross-blend of delightful sounds you hear in the passageways, between musical performers in different, adjacent chambers; and your sense of discovery, as you “find” a performer hidden away in a remote warren-like corner of the building. Children love the event, and I am sure that the deceased members of the audience must appreciate being serenaded in their quiet slumber by the annual collection of musicians performing next to their spaces of internment. Indeed, there are a number of prominent musicians and other Bay Area citizens who are interred at Chapel of the Chimes. When you enter the building, you get a map at the ticket table, so that you can find your way around, and locate any performer friends you may know at the event.

For those who may not be able to walk for an hour of more at a time, or if you’re bringing small children, there are at least two concert spaces on the main floor, where a number of the musicians perform over the four-hour period. There are elevators in the building, so much of it is wheelchair accessible.

There are vendors near the Piedmont Avenue entrance that sell food and beverages, and there are water fountains in the building, but you may want to carry bottled water with you and wear comfortable shoes. The event has become very popular, and seating is limited in some of the smaller chambers of the building.

Although Garden of Memory is known as an interactive “New Music” event, you’ll actually find quite a diversity in musical styles among the performers, and sometimes, there have also been performing ensembles that have included dancers, text, video and other elements.

Following are a few selected photos from previous Garden of Memory events, and other information about the Cardew Choir’s performance this year (below the photos).

Stephen Kent and Beth Custer

photo by Michael Zelner, June 21, 2011 – Beth Custer & Stephen Kent

Henry Kaiser at Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes 2014. Photo by Stuart Steinhardt

Henry Kaiser at Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes 2014. Photo by Stuart Steinhardt

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Randy Porter June 21, 2011. Photo by Michael Zelne

Edward Schocker at Garden of Memory, Chapel of the Chimes 2014 - photo (c) by MarcoSanchez.net.

Edward Schocker at Garden of Memory, Chapel of the Chimes 2014 – photo (c) by MarcoSanchez.net.

Eli Wirtschafter and Dylan Mattingly
photo by Michael Zelner, June 21, 2012 Eli Wirtschafter and Dylan Mattingly
Luciano Chessa
Photo by Michael Zelner, June 21, 2012 Luciano Chessa
Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong
Photo by Michael Zelner, June 21, 2012 Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong
Miya Masaoka and Larry Ochs
Photo by Michael Zelner, June 21, 2012 Miya Masaoka and Larry Ochs
Chapel of the Chimes 2008
Larnie Fox’s Timeharp, June 21, 2008. Photo by Cherri Lakey

Directions to the Chapel of the Chimes — you will receive a map of the building, with the locations of the performers at the door.

Buy tickets for Garden of Memory 2015.

Members of the Cardew Choir who will perform include (this list may be updated):

Tom Bickley (Co-Founder, Director)
Bob Marsh (Co-Founder)
Nancy Beckman
Cathryn Hrudicka
Kalonica McQuesten
Rae Diamond
Joe Kuta
Patti Deuter
Brad Fischer
Katherine Setar
Diane Caudillo
Dennis Aman

Several of the Cardew Choir members are also performing in other ensembles for part of the evening. Check for updates at the Garden of Memory web site.

The audience is invited into our circle to sing composer Pauline Oliveros’s meditative piece, Heart Chant, which includes improvisation by audience and the Cardew Choir. Although we usually perform a repertoire of works at other performances, often composed by members of the choir, this piece has been performed at nearly every annual Garden of Memory Walk-Through Concert by popular demand, and is now a tradition at the event. The Heart Chant is followed by the sunset bell-ringing ceremony at approximately 8:30 p.m., when the entire chapel is filled with the echoes of song and bells drifting down all three floors, unforgettable in the rose and mauve sunset glow through skylights and stained glass windows.

There are several sets of photos on my Flickr account of past Garden of Memory events, including of a previous year’s Heart Chant. There is also a set of YouTube video clips of Heart Chant, beginning with this one.

In addition to the photos above, you can also view the Flickr photo pool for previous Garden of Memory events. A previous blog post about this event can be found here.

Media coverage of past Garden of Memory events has been archived on their web site.

Are you curious about what you’ll experience during the entire event? Want a sample preview? You can read more, and watch and listen to the video, at New Music Box: “Let’s see what this is!” — Garden of Memory 2013.

Come join the Cardew Choir in singing the Heart Chant! Whether you sing or just listen, you’ll want to take photos, shoot video, or record some of the sounds you’ll hear in this magical environment.

Please subscribe to this blog or ask to be added to the Creative Sage Arts e-letter list for news about other events, projects, books, and performances coming up in the next year, in which I’ll be participating.

The Cardew Choir has another performance scheduled on Saturday, June 27th, at the Richard Waters New Music Festival, to be presented from 1:00-10:00 p.m. PDT, at the Berkeley Arts Festival gallery and performance space, in downtown Berkeley, California. We will be performing at 8:00 p.m. PDT. I’ll post more about this event within the next week.

Please feel free to ask questions or comment below this post — and come say hello afterward, if you attend this event. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Come Tour East Bay Open Studios, June 6-7 and 13-14, 2015 — Visit Our Studio Building!

East Bay Open Studios offers a rare opportunity for arts fans of all ages to meet local artists, explore new neighborhoods and discover new art of many disciplines and genres. Over 400 hundred artists will open their studios to art adventurers across the East Bay. At many studios, the artists serve beverages and delicious snacks, such as wine, juice, bottled water, and artisan cheeses.

“East Bay Open Studios lets people dig deep to find remarkable and unexpected creative spaces,” says Margo Dunlap, Executive Director of Pro Arts, the non-profit organization that has produced East Bay Open Studios for four decades. “You can visit large industrial studio complexes and live-work spaces that are bursting with activity. Or you can find studio gems in people’s homes: a darkroom under a staircase, print room in a garage, or living room dedicated to drafting. The amazing thing about this event is every Open Studios adventure will be different.”

 

PLAN YOUR OPEN STUDIOS EXPERIENCE

OPEN STUDIOS HAPPY HOUR
First Friday, June 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m. PDT
View art, mix with Open Studios artists, and enjoy happy hour, $2 for beer

OPEN STUDIOS, WEEKEND ONE
June 6 & June 7, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. PDT

OPEN STUDIOS, WEEKEND TWO
June 13 & June 14, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. PDT

For more information, visit the ProArts Gallery web site.

    • Use the Directory of East Bay Arts
      to view artist listings, maps of open studio locations… and start planning your self-guided tour! Find a copy at Pro Arts’ gallery,
      participating outlets, or as an insert in the June issue of The Monthly.

    “The fun thing about this event is that going here and there exposes things that are ordinarily invisible.”
    — Leonardo Online

     

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    Our Creative Sage™ studio/office building, the Kawneer Building (also known as the Sawtooth Building, due to the jagged sawtooth shape of its roof), located in West Berkeley, is a central point in the East Bay Open Studios event. There are a number of prominent artists of all genres working there, including visual/fine artists, writers, musicians, composers, filmmakers, sound designers, photographers, web designers, graphic artists, illustrators, theatre artists, dancers, ceramicists, woodworkers, jewelers, and more. There are also a number of interesting, arts-related small businesses and nonprofits headquartered in our historic Berkeley, California landmark.

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    In fact, the entire neighborhood of West Berkeley, bordering on Emeryville, is an intriguing one, full of artist studios, cafes, unusual shops, tech and biotech companies, creative businesses, and the historic Fantasy Studios, part of what was formerly known as the Saul Zaentz Film Center, now Zaentz Media Center (photo above). It’s also a short drive from West Berkeley to Pixar and other Emeryville landmarks.

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    You can see the entire set on Flickr.

    If you plan to tour the East Bay Open Studios and want to stop by and meet me (Cathryn Hrudicka) in person, please contact our office first to arrange a date and time, as we’re not usually there for the entire Open Studio hours. You can email us, preferably at least 24 hours in advance, or call and leave a message, at: 1-510-845-5510 (PDT), and we’ll get back to you to arrange a visit! You can also make prior arrangements to visit our building at a time other than East Bay Open Studios by contacting us at least a week in advance.

    We hope you’ll enjoy touring our historic Berkeley building, and the East Bay Open Studios!

    Keep an eye on this blog, subscribe, and request to be on the Creative Sage Arts mailing list …we’ll be updating it with more performance and multidisciplinary arts news soon.

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Join us! Cardew Choir Celebrates our 14th Anniversary at Berkeley Arts on Friday, 5/1/15

Come join us as we celebrate the Cardew Choir’s 14th Anniversary on May Day (Friday, May 1, 2015), 8:00 p.m. PDT, at Berkeley Arts, 2133 University Avenue (between Shattuck and Oxford), Berkeley, California! This performance follows a very successful Cardew Choir performance at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center, Schroeder Hall, along with the Sonoma State Percussion and Improvisation Ensemble, on Earth Day.

As far as I know, the Cardew Choir is the only “new music” vocal ensemble that performs work that crosses boundaries between what might normally be called “music,” “sounds,” or “sound art,” “text,” and “performance,” using improvisational elements in composed pieces. Occasionally, in addition to singing and creating vocal sounds, some members of the choir perform on musical instruments, objects, computers, and use other hand-held digital devices, incorporating elements of movement, text, video, visual art, and theatre in specific performances.

Many of the pieces we have performed in the past 14 years have been composed by members of the choir, or mentors and composers with whom we have worked, such as Pauline Oliveros. The choir is named after Cornelius Cardew, a 20th Century British composer who was also known for his political affiliations, and who died just as he was returning to composing music after a hiatus, as a result of a tragic car accident in London. The choir has performed several of Cardew’s major works over the years.

Berkeley Arts is within a few short blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Evening parking is usually available in the adjacent Ace Hardware lot (park at your own risk).

Tickets: $10.00-15.00 at the door. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

The Cardew Choir will be preceded by the Che Guevara Memorial Marching Accordion Band, a mysterious organization that will lead in to the vocal ensemble’s program of 20th and 21st Century musical pieces, some of which were composed by members of the Cardew Choir.

Program:

Brushing Piece, by Takuji Kawai

14x14x14, by Bob Marsh

Environmental Dialogue, by Pauline Oliveros

Rhythmic Quaternary, by Rae Diamond

The Laughing Labyrinth, by David Samas

 

Performers from the Cardew Choir include:

Dennis Aman
Kattt Atchley (co-founder)
Nancy Beckman
Tom Bickley (co-founder, director)
Hilary Bryan
Patti Deuter
Rae Diamond
Derek Drudge
Cathryn Hrudicka
Joe Kuta
Bob Marsh (co-founder)
Kalonica McQuesten
David Samas
Bethany Schwartz
Sarah Stiles

(More names may be added to this list, as we anticipate additional members of the choir and musician friends will be joining us for the Anniversary celebration.)

There will be two more upcoming performances by the Cardew Choir in the next two months. I’ll write updated posts about them, but you may want to put the following dates and locations on your calendar:

- Chapel of the Chimes is the location of the annual Garden of Memory on
the Summer Solstice, June 21, 2015. The Cardew Choir will perform an audience favorite, Heart Chant, by Pauline Oliveros; members of the audience are invited to join us singing in a large circle. Location: 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, California — parking can be challenging on Piedmont; often you can find a place on Howe Street, and enter the building on the back upper level, near the chamber where the choir is performing. (You’ll get a map of the building at the ticket table.) I’ll be posting more about all of these performances soon. Meanwhile, to get an idea of the very special Garden of Memory event, I suggest reading last year’s post.

- The Cardew Choir has been invited to perform at the Richard Waters New Music Festival in Berkeley, on June 27, 2015, time to be confirmed. We’ll perform a 30 minute set that includes: Waterfall, followed by Environmental Dialogue, by Pauline Oliveros; vocal pieces layered with shakuhachi and contrabass recorder. The program may be subject to changes or additions, to be announced. Location: Berkeley Arts, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, California, a few short blocks from Downtown Berkeley BART; evening parking is usually available in the adjacent Ace Hardware lot (park at your own risk).

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Four Upcoming Performances by the Cardew Choir, Starting on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Sonoma State University Percussion and Improvisation Ensemble (PIE) celebrates Earth Day with very special guests, the Cornelius Cardew Choir! If you’re lucky enough to be in Sonoma County, California, on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. PDT, you’re invited to come celebrate with us as part of the audience. I’ll be performing with the choir, producing mostly vocal sounds in honor of our Earth.

You’ll find us in Schroeder Hall, at the wonderful Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, in Rohnert Park, California.

Here’s a map to:
Green Music Center, SSU, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, California

Tickets:

$8 general/free to SSU students; wheelchair accessible.
Box Office: (707) 664-4246.
Tickets are available at the door, or online.

Program:

An evening of 20th and 21st Century music for voices, percussion, melodicas, accordion, and handheld electronics by innovative composers from the U.S.A., Asia, and Europe.

Brushing Piece, by Takuji Kawai (both ensembles together), 1st U.S. performance

IV,  for ensemble, by Johanna Beyer (PIE)

Study No. 46, by Ryan Ross Smith (Cardew Choir), 1st performance

ubble bubble, by Corynne Scott (PIE), 1st performance

Japan, by Karlheinz Stockhausen (both ensembles together)

Ostinato Pianissimo, by Henry Cowell (PIE)

Rhythmic Quaternary, by Rae Diamond (both ensembles together), 1st performance

Environmental Dialogue, by Pauline Oliveros (both ensembles together).

The Sonoma State University Percussion and Improvisation Ensemble (PIE) is directed by Jennifer Wilsey. The Cardew Choir is directed by Tom Bickley.

Performers from the Cardew Choir include:

Dennis Aman
Kattt Atchley (co-founder)
Nancy Beckman
Tom Bickley (co-founder, director)
Hilary Bryan
Patti Deuter
Rae Diamond
Derek Drudge
Cathryn Hrudicka
Joe Kuta
Bob Marsh (co-founder)
Kalonica McQuesten
David Samas
Bethany Schwartz
Sarah Stiles


Sonoma State University Percussion and Improvisation Ensemble:

Armando Bejarano
Rodrigo Castillo
Diane DeNegre
Sarah Durham
Randall Graetch
Megan Rice
Corynne Scott
Maxwell Vicas
Jennifer Wilsey (director)
Ashley Woods

 

 

In case you’re not able to be in Sonoma for Earth Day on April 22nd, there are three more upcoming performances by the Cardew Choir in the next two months. I’ll write updated posts about them, but you may want to put the following dates and locations on your calendar:

 

- Come celebrate the Cardew Choir’s 14th Anniversary on MayDay (May 1, 2015), 8:00 p.m. PDT, at Berkeley Arts, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, California, a few short blocks from Downtown Berkeley BART; evening parking is usually available in the adjacent Ace Hardware lot (park at your own risk). Tickets: $10.00-15.00.

Program (may be updated):

Brushing Piece, by Takuji Kawai

14x14x14, by Bob Marsh

Environmental Dialogue, by Pauline Oliveros

Rhythmic Quaternary, by Rae Diamond

The Laughing Labyrinth, by David Samas.

 

- Chapel of the Chimes is the location of the annual Garden of Memory on
the Summer Solstice, June 21, 2015. The Cardew Choir will perform an audience favorite, Heart Chant, by Pauline Oliveros; members of the audience are invited to join us singing in a large circle. Location: 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, California — parking can be challenging on Piedmont; often you can find a place on Howe Street, and enter the building on the back upper level, near the chamber where the choir is performing. (You’ll get a map of the building at the ticket table.) I’ll be posting more about all of these performances soon. Meanwhile, to get an idea of the very special Garden of Memory event, I suggest reading last year’s post.

 

- The Cardew Choir has been invited to perform at the Richard Waters New Music Festival in Berkeley, on June 27, 2015, time to be confirmed. We’ll perform a 30 minute set that includes: Waterfall, followed by Environmental Dialogue, by Pauline Oliveros; vocal pieces layered with shakuhachi and contrabass recorder. The program may be subject to changes or additions, to be announced. Location: Berkeley Arts, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, California, a few short blocks from Downtown Berkeley BART; evening parking is usually available in the adjacent Ace Hardware lot (park at your own risk).

Watch this blog for updates… and please stop by and say hello, if you’re able to come to one or more of our performance events!

 

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