Upcoming Performances

 

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Hillside Concert Series in Berkeley

 

SOLD OUT

Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity at Hillside Concerts

International new music violinist Karen Bentley Pollick returns to Hillside Concerts after recent performances at the “Music of Changes” festival  in Klaipeda, Lithuania, SPECTRUMNYC, Wayward Music Series in Seattle, and Alive: New Music at The Dairy Center in Boulder, with a diverse program fusing music and videos from Lithuania, Germany, France, and America. 

In addition, she will be joined by Finnish pianist Marja Mutru in presenting the preview of a piano/violin reinterpretation of David A. Jaffe’s concerto for violin and orchestra, “How Did It Get So Late So Soon?,” written for Karen and premiered in August 2016 with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchestra, and in the U.S. with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. Karen will also be featuring Jaffe’s “Cluck Old Hen Variations” which was composed in Bob Cowart’s house in 2004.

Ethereal Baltic harmonies haunt Žibuoklė Martinaitytė’s ‘Serenity Diptychs’. Stuart Diamond creates contemplative and insightful videos to both the epic Ciaccona by Johann Sebastian Bach, and Dominique de Williencourt’s soulfully evocative ‘Mont Ararat’  that simulates a duo of duduks on scordatura viola. David A. Jaffe’s Cluck Old Hen Variations merge Appalachian folk fiddling with Paganini, composed downstairs in the venue of the house concert.

The complete program is as follows:

Serenity Diptychs for violin, tape, and still images (2015) by Lithuanian composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė.  Photographic imagery and video by Philip VanKeuren; visual and digital production by Melissa Tran

 Ciaccona from Partita #2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (1720) by Johann Sebastian Bach. Video by Stuart Diamond (2017) [World Premiere]

 Mont Ararat for solo viola (2011) by French composer Dominique de Williencourt. Video by Stuart Diamond (2017) [World Premiere]

 Cluck Old Hen Variations for solo violin (2004) by Berkeley composer David A. Jaffe. 

 How Did It Get So Late So Soon? – an homage to Dr. Seuss (2017), new version for violin and piano by David A. Jaffe, based on his 2016 violin concerto

Movements 2 and 3 (“The Zax” and “The Sneetches”) [Preview Performance]

 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Visonuality@CCRMA

The Knoll, Stanford University

Admission Free and open to the public

International new music violinist Karen Bentley Pollick returns to CCRMA after recent performances at the “Music of Changes” festival  in Klaipeda, Lithuania, SPECTRUMNYC, Wayward Music Series in Seattle, and Alive: New Music at The Dairy Center in Boulder, with a diverse program fusing music and videos from Lithuania, Germany, France, and Venezuela.

Ethereal Baltic harmonies haunt Žibuoklė Martinaitytė’s ‘Serenity Diptychs’. Stuart Diamond creates contemplative and insightful videos to both the epic Ciaccona by Johann Sebastian Bach, and Dominique de Williencourt’s soulfully evocative ‘Mont Ararat’  that simulates a duo of duduks on scordatura viola. Venezuelan composer Servio Marin continues his foray into visonuality by fusing music, theatre, performance arts, multimedia, and dance. His new piece Sonic Talismans explores visual and aural interrelations, studying and analyzing the physics of sound by itself, as well as the role it plays inside the context of several music repertory languages.

A visonual work is like a living picture, a visual-sound poem in which the viewer is invited to enter, and is subtly enveloped by an impregnating drizzle of sense.

The complete program is as follows:

Serenity Diptychs for violin, tape, and still images (2015) by Lithuanian composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė.  Photographic imagery and video by Philip VanKeuren; visual and digital production by Melissa Tran

 Ciaccona from Partita #2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (1720) by Johann Sebastian Bach. Video by Stuart Diamond (2017) [World Premiere]

 Mont Ararat for solo viola (2011) by French composer Dominique de Williencourt. Video by Stuart Diamond (2017) [World Premiere]

Sonic Talisman, visonual arts, instrumental-computer music, video performance,created by Servio Marin for violinist virtuoso

Karen Bentley Pollick (2017) [World Premiere]

with the participation of

Maggie Davis, sign language poetry

Nette Worthey, narration

Daniel Bereket, trumpet

Carlos Sanchez, guitar

Yula Cisneros, dance

Amber Levine, dance

Son Tung Nguyen, dance

Timothy Lee, dance

Katie Renati, dance

Chocolate Heads, arts-performance and dance

Emiliano Samora Montoya, actor

Sabine MacQuarrie, poetry

Leo Hammes, paintings


Servio Marin, composer-director

Program notes are available at http://www.kbentley.com/visonualityccrma/

 

 

 

 

Colorado MahlerFest XXX – Unfinished / Unheard
Chamber Concert – Wednesday – May 17, 2017 – 7:30pm
Gordon Gamm Theater – The Dairy Center – Boulder, CO

Tickets: Dairy Center Box office – $20.00 ($10.00 for students) – Click HERE to order and for more information.

Mahler/Schnittke: Piano Quartet in a (fragments)
Kurtág: Signs, Games, Messages (Jelek, Játékok és Üzenetek)
   —  Intermission  —
Schubert: String Quintet in C, D. 956, Op. posth. 163

David Matthews: Romanza for Violin & Piano

James Stern – Violin (Mahler/Schnittke, Kurtág, Schubert) ♦
Karen Bentley Pollick – Violin (Schubert, Matthews)
David Yang – Viola (Mahler/Schnittke, Kurtág, Schubert) ♦
Kenneth Woods – Cello (Mahler/Schnittke, Kurtág, Schubert) ♦
Parry Karp – Cello (Schubert)
Jennifer Hayghe – Piano (Mahler/Schnittke)

 

 

MahlerFest XXX

Dedicated to the Memory of Stan Ruttenberg

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 10
(Cooke III performance version)
and
Edward Elgar (arr. D. Matthews): String Quartet in e, op.83
arranged for string orchestra (2010)
(U.S. Premiere)

Monday, May 15 – Sunday, May 21, 2017

Please check back often to view the evolving plans for MahlerFest XXX

 

 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Los Angeles

Thrilled to receive 8 nominations in the 2017 Just Plain Folks Music Awards! 

Experimental Song: Impossible Animals by David Aaron Jaffe on Wildlife, released by Well Tempered Productions. 

Solo Instrumental Song: Born FreeNo Torture, & No Slavery from Human Rights Suite on CD Peace Piece by Ole Saxe, released by Neptunus Records and Ariel Ventures.

Classical Vocal Album: Rosas de Pulpa, Rosas de Cal: Music of Valdo Sciammarella, including his CREDO for Piano Quartet. Ricardo Sciammarella, soprano Diane McNaron, released by Hoot/Wisdom Recordings of Florida Atlantic University.

Contemporary Classical Album: Russian Soulscapes: String Trio and Piano Quartet by Ivan Sokolov, with violist Basil Vendryes and cellist Richard Slavich. Engineering by Sam McGuire at Denver University, with post production by Brad Smalling of Evergroove Studio. Recorded in Colorado, released by Ariel Ventures.

Solo Instrumental Album: Peace Piece by Ole Saxe. Recorded in Sweden, Lithuania & Colorado with pianists Ivan Sokolov and Justas Servenikas, and guitarist Volkmar Zimmermann, released by Neptunus Records and Ariel Ventures.

Soundtrack Album: Wildlife by David Aaron Jaffe, released by Well Tempered Productions.

http://www.jpfolks.com/2017awards.php