Cardew Choir Collaborates with Orchestre dB in Concert at CSU East Bay, Thursday, March 6, 2014

On Thursday, March 6, 2014, I’ll be performing a program of music by contemporary composers with the notable San Francisco Bay Area vocal ensemble, the Cornelius Cardew Choir, in a unique collaboration with Orchestre dB, an instrumental ensemble of students from the Music Department at California State University East Bay, located at 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., in Hayward, California.

The concert will take place in the Music Building Recital Hall, Room MB1055, at CSU East Bay, in Hayward. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. PST, admission is free, and it is open to the public. The distinctive round Music Building has a parking lot directly outside, and there is a diagram inside the main entrance that shows how to find the Recital Hall. The campus is a bit further than comfortable walking distance from BART, but there are shuttles from the Hayward BART station. If you drive, you can find the campus on Google Maps or Mapquest. You can park in Lot K (paid parking $2.00/hour).

Program and Composers:

Wind Horse, by Pauline Oliveros

Well I Like It, by Chris Luttrell

7 Hums 7 Times, by Tom Bickley

From Unknown Silences, by Pauline Oliveros

Ragtime, by Igor Stravinsky

Japan, by Karlheinz Stockhausen

The Cardew Choir and Orchestre dB will perform most of the pieces together, and a few of them separately. The entire program will be approximately 90 minutes long, with a brief intermission.

The Cardew Choir members who will be performing in this concert include:

Tom Bickley, Director
Nancy Beckman
David Samas
Cathryn Hrudicka
Dennis Aman
Jaime Robles
Dean Santomieri
Diane Caudillo
Laurie Polster

Orchestre dB will be conducted by Dr. Danielle Gaudry, who is Director of Bands at CSU East Bay (Hayward), and a professional percussionist.

Orchestre dB members include:


Chuyi Guo


Yi Zhu
Elizabeth Angell

Alto Saxophone:

Yinan Zhang


Caesare Drachen
Simone Lee


Matthew Payne


Nicholas Morales
Jin Wen
Hao Xia
Shuyi Xu


Yujun Xie


Ara Chang
Jia Xu


Xiuyuan Xu


Machiko Sakasai


Thomas Dreiman

This wonderful collaboration between the Cardew Choir and Orchestre dB has been very rewarding, an example of artistic community outreach in action! A significant number of the students in Orchestre dB are attending CSU East Bay as part of a classical music exchange program in China, which collaborates with the Hayward campus Music Department. For most of these students, we understand it is their first experience performing this genre of improvisational music by western contemporary classical, i.e. “New Music” composers. Some of the pieces do not have traditional, notated scores; instead, they have a page of instructions in text, along with a graphic score.

For the Cardew Choir, this is our first collaboration with students and a music professor at a regional college or university (other than a few past performances that some of our members participated in at Mills College, in Oakland, California). We have all enjoyed working together, we’ve learned from each other, and look forward to future community and educational collaborations.

We hope to see you there, if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area then, and can come to the CSU East Bay campus. Please come say hello during the intermission, or after the performance!

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