Performing in Vocal Ensemble with Composer/Artist Edmund Campion, Berkeley Art Museum, March 9th

Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) presents
L@te Friday Nights @ BAM / PFA
(on the University of California, Berkeley campus—map.)

Series programmed by Sarah Cahill

Edmund Campion

All of us who are lucky enough to be artists living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area appreciate the exciting and constant cross-pollination of creative influences and culture here. I am fortunate to have performed with a number of vocal, instrumental, theatre and dance ensembles over the years, most of which have been multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and site-specific in their approaches to their work.

As regular readers of this blog will know, I often perform with the Cornelius Cardew Choir, an experimental, multidisciplinary vocal ensemble that performs both original pieces by members of the group, and contemporary works by 20th and 21st Century composers, such as our namesake, Cornelius Cardew, and Pauline Oliveros, Edmund Campion, and others. Most of us also play acoustic instruments or create electronic music. Some of us (including me) have a background in sound design or sound art, as well as being composers and improvisers. Some of us also perform other genres of music in different ensembles.

On Friday evening, March 09, 2012, a pioneer of computer-enhanced performance practice, Edmund Campion, will transform Gallery B of the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive with sound and visuals, including video projection, members of the vocal ensemble, the Cardew Choir, spread throughout the building, and his own brand of dynamic, buoyant electronic music. The piece we’ll be performing is called Ellipsis. You can go to the CNMAT (UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies) site for a preview of what you’ll hear at the performance. The Cardew Choir will be directed by Tom Bickley.

Designer Raveevarn Choksombatchai, artist and 3-D animator Claudia Hart, and members of the Cornelius Cardew Choir will collaborate with Edmund Campion, who is a co-director of UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT). More information about Mr. Campion and his work can be found at his web site.

Friday night programs typically begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gallery B; doors open at 5 p.m., with DJs in the lobby, or in Gallery B at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: Free for BAM/PFA members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff; only $7 General Admission. You can buy advance tickets here. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door.

Event Contact:

More information is available here.

COMING UP April 13, 2012:

I’ll be performing with other members of the Cardew Choir in an event headlined by the Bay Area’s own brilliant and groundbreaking composer/vocalist/performer, Amy X Neuburg, at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive — watch for another blog post here on this blog. Meanwhile, you can get a preview of that event and buy advance tickets here. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door.

We hope to see some of you at either or both of these Friday night events, and please come and say hello after the performances!

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