Performing with Amy X Neuburg, Moe! Staiano + 35 Vocalists & Musicians at BAMPFA, 4/13/12

Amy X Neuburg

Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
L@te Friday Nights @ BAM / PFA

(on the University of California, Berkeley campus — map.)

Music Series programmed by Sarah Cahill

Regular readers of the Creative Sage Arts blog will recall from my previous post that I performed with composer/pianist Edmund Campion and the Cornelius Cardew Choir last month at the Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive [BAMPFA], to a very enthusiastic, full house.

This week, I am delighted to be performing there again in the following program, with 35 other San Francisco Bay Area musicians and vocalists, including 4 electric guitarists of note (but don’t worry, it won’t be too loud):

Amy X Neuburg

L@te Friday Nights Presents Amy X Neuburg

April 13, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B

L@TE Friday Nights
BAM/PFA Galleries are open until 9 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. and a DJ precedes the program at 6:30 p.m.

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You can buy tickets in advance at the BAMPFA web site. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door.

On Friday, April 13th, the Bay Area’s own brilliant and groundbreaking Amy X Neuburg expands her patented “avant-cabaret” sound to take on the acoustics of the atrium gallery with works for a large ensemble. Neuburg, who has “scoped out her own territory in the gulf between pop and classical” (Village Voice), is joined by wild percussionist Moe! Staiano, four electric guitarists, and a special chorus for an evening of wordless and nearly wordless songs. You can find out more about Amy X Neuburg at her web site.

In this special concert, Amy departs from her more text-oriented works to explore space and time, taking advantage of the reverberant acoustics and multiple tiers of the Berkeley Art Museum.

The concert will include:

– A site-specific work for 32 voices and 4 electric guitars
– New electronic sound pieces in quad
– Spatially enhanced re-workings of several “classic” voice/electronics songs

Additionally, special guest composer/percussionist Moe! Staiano will conduct and perform in an additional new piece for chorus and percussion. For more information about Moe! Stainano and his Moe!kestra, visit his web site.

Moe! Staiano conducting his Moe!kestra

Musicians and vocalists who will perform on Friday, April 13th, include:

Vocalists (in addition to Amy X Neuburg):

Lorna Baird
Jodie Balter
Emily Bender
Carl Boe
Chris Broderick
Antonio Celaya
Teresa Marie Connors
Lark Coryell
Brad deGraf
Dale Engle
Joyce S. Goodlatte
Marianne Hockenberry
Cathryn Hrudicka
Alexis Lane Jensen
Gretchen Jude
Denise Kidder
Sarah Lockhart
Bernadette Lopes
Jacob McCann
Polly Moller
Lindsay Mugglestone
Tom Mugglestone
Djuna Odegard
Anne O’Rourke
Alan Phillips
Laurie Polster
Amy Righter
Brian Rosen
Deann Schaer
Debbie Sommer
Bob Waks


Hillary Fielding
Scot Gresham-Lancaster
Aric Rubin
Dean Santomieri

Here are just a few press comments about Amy X Neuburg:

“A wonderful composer-performer… Her songs channel the rhythms of urban life through the seriocomic sensibility of a born entertainer… Neuburg’s musical inventiveness proves a delight throughout… The most striking song is the closer (“Shrapnel”), in which Neuburg layers her own singing voice into a rich chorale touching eloquently on loss and regret. It’s a funny, devastating little miracle.”
— Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle (about her show, The Secret Language of Subways, at Project Artaud Theater).

“Amy X Neuburg is a star — a brilliant one… A classically trained vocalist, a composer, an electronic musician, a poet, and an entertainer… Satirical, profound, humorous, and sexy… Experimental but always under total control… Uses the looper in the most skillful and artistic manner I’ve yet seen… She should be playing for huge houses. She deserves to be at Carnegie Hall. The kids should see and hear her on MTV.”

“She loops her voice and sings over her alter egos until she’s a whole chorus, an opera, a circus act… Far more musical than Laurie Anderson and a hell of a lot cheerier than Diamanda Galas, Neuburg has scoped out her own territory in the gulf between pop and classical.”
— Kyle Gann, Village Voice

“Neuburg`s talents as songwriter, singer, arranger, studio technician, and keyboardist distinguish this remarkable release … If the world was fair, ‘Songs’ would win this Bay Area performance artist acclaim as America`s answer to Kate Bush. No, even that isn’t fair: Neuburg is a major player in her own right, a unique voice in the true sense of the word.”
— Keyboard

We hope to see some of you at what will surely be an intriguing, dynamic and really fun performance! Please come and say hello afterward!

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