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
$8 general/free to SSU students; wheelchair accessible.
Box Office: (707) 664-4246.
Tickets are available at the door, or online.
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:
Kattt Atchley (co-founder)
Tom Bickley (co-founder, director)
Bob Marsh (co-founder)
Sonoma State University Percussion and Improvisation Ensemble:
Jennifer Wilsey (director)
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!