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SFCMP Performances at the CROSSROADS Series Guerrilla Sounds: Julius Eastman’s Legacy

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players SFCMP Performances at the CROSSROADS Series Guerrilla Sounds: Julius Eastman’s Legacy

Inspired by Julius Eastman’s politically powerful and sonically persuasive works, we launch into our cross-generational "at the CROSSROADS Series" with two major commissions. One is a new work by Sidney Corbett, an American composer living in Germany best known for his theatrical and emotionally powerful compositions. Also featured is an SFCMP commission from Bay Area composer, pianist, and improviser Myra Melford, featuring herself as improvising piano soloist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. SFCMP will premiere a new piece by exciting Brazilian-Californian composer Fernanda Aoki Navarro, while LJ White offers his own version of the interplay between freedom and structure in a work for solo violin and electronics. SFCMP also sponsors its 3rd Annual SF Search for young composers—this time writing for trios of players drawn from the instrumental forces for Myra Melford’s premiere and inspired by the works of Eastman—to complete the multi-generational portrait.

SCHEDULE
FRI, MAY 10, 2019
SF JAZZ 201 Franklin St, SF 94102
5:30pm Doors open, bar service available selling beverages and food (Upstairs, floor 2)
6:30pm – 7:20pm How Music is Made program: Composer talk and music demonstrations of “New Work” by Sidney Corbett
8:00pm Concert
9:30pm Post-Concert Party

MAY 10 PROGRAM
Julius Eastman, Stay on It (1973)
clarinet, saxophone, 2 percussion (drums & vibraphone), piano, violin, cello

Fernanda Aoki Navarro, New Work (2018) (World premiere)
flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello

LJ White, fly, into the light (2013) (West Coast premiere)
solo vln + electronics

Sidney Corbett, New Work (2018) (SFCMP Commission)(World premiere)
clarinet/bass clarinet, trumpet, tuba, e.guitar, harp, percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello

SCHEDULE
SAT, MAY 11, 2019
SF JAZZ 201 Franklin St, SF 94102
5:30pm Doors open, bar service available selling beverages and food (Upstairs, floor 2)
6:30pm – 7:20pm How Music is Made program: Composer talk and music demonstrations of “New Work” by Myra Melford
8:00pm Concert
9:30pm Post-Concert Party

MAY 11 PROGRAM
Adam Strawbridge,Theory and Practice and Praxis (2018) (World premiere) (*SF Search Winner) (6’)
flute, vibraphone, cello

Wyatt Cannon, Quicksilver (2018) (World premiere) (*SF Search Winner) (6’)
flute, vibraphone, cello

Julius Eastman, Gay Guerrilla (1979)
2 pianos

Myra Melford, New Work (2018) (SFCMP Commission) (World premiere)
Myra Melford, piano, soloist
flute/alto flute, oboe/english horn, clarinet/bass clarinet, trombone, percussion, harp, 2 pianos, violin, viola, cello, double bass

* Cannon and Strawbridge are the winners of our 2019 SF Search for Scores program; Their pieces were inspired by the life and legacy of Julius Eastman.

This weekend's concerts are dedicated to longtime board member, Roy C. (Bud) Johns.

This weekent's concerts are made possible in part through the generous support of Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Amphion Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Ross McKee Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Additional Dates:
Sat May 11, 2019 6:30pm
SFJAZZ Center

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Program

Julius Eastman

Stay on It and Gay Guerrilla

Fernanda Aoki Navarro

New Work (World premiere)

LJ White

fly, into the light (West coast premiere)

Sidney Corbett

New Work (SFCMP Commission, world premiere)

Myra Melford

New Work (2018) (SFCMP Commission, world premiere)

Performers

Myra Melfor

Composer, Pianist, Improvisor