New Music Bay Area and Lifemark Group Arts present
Garden of Memory 2011: a walk-through concert
to celebrate the Summer Solstice
Tuesday, June 21, 2011, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (PDT)
Chapel of the Chimes
4499 Piedmont Ave., in Oakland, California
Admission is $15 general, $10 students and seniors, $5 kids under 12
(kids under 5 are free).
Tickets are available from brownpapertickets.com or at the door.
You may arrive anywhere between 4:30 and 9:00 p.m., but it is recommended that you allow at least two hours to walk through the Julia Morgan designed building, which contains approximately 110 rooms or chambers, with lush gardens, skylights, fountains, ponds, and elegant stained glass windows. Please wear comfortable shoes.
The building has an elevator and is accessible for most people. While children usually love the event, please be prepared to carry babies and very young children. Strollers do not easily fit in some narrow passageways or in crowded garden rooms.
The Chapel of the Chimes is a magnificent building, a San Francisco Bay Area historial landmark. I have been either performing at, or attending this event since it began, and it is truly a unique and magical annual celebration of the Bay Area’s diverse New Music scene. It is also a delightful place to shoot video and take photos—but please remember to respect the focus of the performers, the meditational ambience of the location, and your fellow audience participants by not distracting them from the music.
One of the delights is the marvelous cross-blending of musical sounds as you walk from one chamber down a passageway to the where the next performer or group is stationed. There are also several chapels in the building, where some of the ensembles will perform. You will be given a map of the building and a performing schedule when you enter the building.
There are drinking fountains on the lower floor of the building, but you may want to bring bottled water, as it is often warm in the Chapel of the Chimes in June. Several vendors sell food and beverages outside of the Piedmont Avenue entrance to the building. There is also an entrance on Howe Street.
For more information, contact New Music Bay Area
Featured Composers and Performers:
- Laurie Amat
- Monique Buzzarte
- Sarah Cahill and
- Luciano Chessa
- Beth Custer
- Cornelius Cardew Choir
- Del Sol Quartet
- Paul Dresher
and Joel Davel
- Adam Fong
- Larnie Fox
- Ellen Fullman
- Philip Gelb
- Heather Heise
- Motoko Honda
- Laura Inserra
- Stephen Kent
- Miya Masaoka
- Dylan Mattingly
- Gregory Moore
- Amy X Neuburg
- Orchestra Nostalgico
- Dan Plonsey
and Daniel Popsicle
- Eric Glick-Reimann
- Gyan Riley
- Jason Victor Serinus
- William Winant Percussion Group
- Theresa Wong
- Pamela Z
I’ll be performing with the Cornelius Cardew Choir. We will be performing one of composer Cornelius Cardew’s pieces, The Great Learning: Paragraph 7, plus reprising composer Pauline Oliveros’ popular Heart Chant, which includes optional audience participation; and the choir will be participating in the sunset bell-ringing ceremony at approximately 8:28 p.m.
Here’s the list of choir participants, as of this date (more performers may be added):
Tom Bickley, Director
By the way, if you’re on Twitter, for the first time, this event will be tweeted, as a kind of social experiment—follow the hashtag #GofMem and @DJ_Moderne (performer Ken Ueno) on Twitter, between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m., and even during the afternoon before the event begins! You can also follow my main Twitter account @CreativeSage, although I probably won’t be tweeting while I’m performing, recording, shooting video or taking photos, along with Links Sound owner/partner/audio engineer Richard Links, aka @Marantzguy.
Articles and blog posts about the annual event:
Photos and videos from past events: