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January 2019

New Breed Brass Band

January 19 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

New Breed Brass Band lives and breathes the culture of New Orleans, infusing funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop into a custom-made enhancement of second-line brass band tradition. “That’s what we came up under,” says snare-drummer Jenard Andrews of second line bands like the ReBirth, Dirty Dozen and Lil’ Rascals Brass Bands. “Now we’re trying to take that sound and bring in some new stuff and expand it.  We bring outside influences like Earth Wind & Fire and Brass Construction, trying to…

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Charles Ferguson, guitar: Seven “T”s at Seventy

January 19 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Stanford guitar faculty Charles Ferguson performs works for solo classical guitar by seven “T”s: Telemann, Tarrega, Tansman, Turina, Torroba, Tchaikovsky, and Tedesco.

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Sundays with the St. Lawrence

January 20 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

St. Lawrence String Quartet with the JACK Quartet  The acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet, a beloved linchpin of Stanford University and Stanford Live, presents its Sundays with the St. Lawrence series, a matinee array of chamber outings in many modes. On Jan. 20, the acclaimed modern JACK Quartet joins in for a lively series of new works played by great musicians.

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Gadi Sassoon: Multiverse

January 23 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Multiverse is Gadi Sassoon’s debut immersive LP: it explores the physical equations of imaginary worlds suspended between organic and synthetic, truth, and deception. This unique auditory experience is created through experimental physical models woven with modular textures and live strings. Impossible digitally-modelled instruments create a soundtrack to alternate universes, while the analogue and acoustic timbres blur the line between tangible and abstract.
 The work in Multiverse is based on a long-term collaboration between the composer and NESS (NExt generation Sound…

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Attractor

January 24 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Part ritual, part trance, part dance party, Attractor is a collaboration between DanceNorth with the music duo Senyawa, as well as choreographers Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek. Senyawa reinterprets Javanese trance-dance and music to give it a contemporary spin, borrowing from metal bands such as Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Iron Maiden. Come experience the power of music and dance to break boundaries and create heightened states of energy.

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Odeya Nini: A Solo Voice

January 24 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Evolving over the last seven years, A Solo Voice, composed and performed by Odeya Nini, is an investigation of resonance, extended vocal techniques, performance, and pure expression, exploring the relationship between mind and body and the various landscapes it can yield. The work is a series of malleable compositions and improvisations that include field recordings and theatrical elements, aiming to dissociate the voice from its traditional attributes and create a new logic of song that is not only heard but seen through movement and action.…

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Cha Wa

January 25 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

From funk-laced beats and bass-heavy sousaphone blasts to the gritty warmth of singer J’Wan Boudreaux’s voice, New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit Cha Wa radiates the fiery energy of the the Crescent City’s street culture. Cha Wa’s debut album, Funk ‘N’ Feathers, explored contemporary riffs on the traditional music Boudreaux grew up singing alongside his grandfather, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, in the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras tribe.

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Senyawa

January 26 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Fusing folk, doom metal, and improv noise, the Indonesian duo Senyawa are unlike any other band. Wukir Suryadi plays the bambuwukir, an instrument he designed. It’s an amplified zither, wild in nature and fashioned out of bamboo, and does the work of many instruments: from plucky guitar to weighty percussion. As for Rully Shabara, he sings, he shrieks, he growls, and he evokes the boundaries of what it means to be human. Come experience the music of Senyawa—there’s no other band…

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Yefim Bronfman

January 26 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

One of the world’s most acclaimed pianists, Yefim Bronfman has a career as a concert artist that is matched only by his other accomplishments as a soloist. He debuted at Carnegie Hall in 1989 and Avery Fisher Hall in 1993, having won its  prestigious Avery Fisher Prize in 1991. That year, he and violinist Isaac Stern gave a series of joint recitals in Russia in Bronfman’s first public performance there since age 15, when he emigrated with his  family from…

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fff: improvisers/performers

January 26 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

fff features improvisers/performers Julie Zhu, Julie Herndon, Michele Cheng, Michiko Theurer, Barbara Nerness, and Stephanie Sherriff.

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Organ Recital – Robert Huw Morgan

January 30 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Robert Huw Morgan presents a recital of all contemporary organ music. Works by John Cage, Olivier Messiaen, Arvo Pärt, and a rare performance of Principal Sound by the great American composer Morton Feldman. Dr. Morgan is the University Organist at Stanford University, a position he has held since 1999. A native of Wales, he received his BA and MA from Cambridge University and in 1989 became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Between 1985 and 1988, he was…

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Colin Tucker and Charlie Sdraulig: this title refers to a counterproductive piece of private property

January 30 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Colin Tucker and Charlie Sdraulig realize a new work by Tucker for speakers and two performers thematizing the given embodied actualities in everyday and performance settings. The work begins with an installation in which recordings of ambient sounds of the performance space are played back, activating ambiguities between live and recorded sounds. The installation proceeds seamlessly into a work for two human performers and speakers featuring subtle modifications of breath sounds. Colin Tucker is a Buffalo-based artist, researcher, and curator whose…

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PRODUCTION | Graduate Repertory 2019

January 31 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

An Evening of Two Peformances featuring the directorial work of TAPS 2nd year PhD Candidates. There will be a five minute intermission between performances. GODOT HAS COME, ACT I WRITTEN BY BETSUYAKU MINORUDIRECTED, TRANSLATED, AND ADAPTED BY EMILY BUTTNER Missed connections and miscommunications ensue as bureaucracy, busy-ness and boredom consume the lives of Vladimir, Estragon, and their ilk. Saturated with tasks and information, will our characters even notice Godot’s long-awaited arrival? Come aboard for an irreverent exploration of how the…

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Mouthpiece

January 31 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

In the wake of her mother’s death, Mouthpiece follows one woman, for one day, as she tries to find her voice. Interweaving a cappella harmony, dissonance, text, and physicality, two performers express the inner conflict that exists within one modern woman’s head: the push and the pull, the past and the present, progress and regression. Both a heartwrenching and humorous journey into the female psyche, Mouthpiece has been hailed for its engrossing and unforgettable performance.

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February 2019

CCRMA at BING

February 1 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for two different evening programs of 3D audio multichannel immersive music and soundscapes at Bing Concert Hall. We will deploy our the full CCRMA Grail sound system for a selection of pieces from CCRMA and around the world. Featured artists will include CCRMA students, faculty, and guest artists.

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NOON CONCERT: Flute Students of Melody Holmes

February 6 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Flute students from Melody Holmes’s studio are featured in this noontime concert. (Program TBA.) 

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Brentano String Quartet

February 8 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Lamentations, a centuries-spanning compendium of songs and compositions, fulfills an ancient tradition, says Brentano violinist Mark Steinberg, of hiring professional mourners to help create catharsis. Stories within the works can help give form to grief, so that it becomes a distinct entity instead of occupying the bereaved’s whole being. At the Bing, Brentano performs Purcell’s “Dido’s Lament,” Bartók’s Second Quartet, Shostakovich (from his Lady Macbeth of Mtensk), and Haydn’s Seven Last Words.

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Wooden Fish Ensemble – NEW DATE!

February 9 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Wooden Fish Ensemble performs works by Hyo-shin Na along with Japanese and Korean folk songs. | This event was rescheduled from Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

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Wooden Fish Ensemble – New date!

February 9 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Wooden Fish Ensemble’s program features Asian folk songs and the music of Galina Ustvolskaya and Hyo-shin Na. Wooden Fish Ensemble: – Thomas Schultz, piano – Shoko Hikage, koto / bass koto (Japanese zither) – Terri Baune, violin – Special guest Yuki Endo, shinobue (Japanese bamboo flute) Note: This event was rescheduled from February 8.

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John Santos Sextet

February 9 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Grammy nominee and Bay Area mainstay John Santos and his stellar band are experts on the historical and cultural significance of Latin jazz. At the Bing, Santos reflects on sacred traditions from Cuba that have birthed and influenced popular music and dance in Afro-America and around the world. This ancestral ritual of rhythm, melody, and movement is the thread that connects us to peace, to joy, to family—and to the sweet memories that represent a home for which we all yearn.

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Transcending the Ordinary: Mozart’s Late Great String Trio Divertimento

February 9 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Towards the end of his all-too-brief life, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote some of his greatest works—his final symphonies and operas are well-beloved masterpieces. There are lesser-known masterpieces as well, including the six-movement Divertimento Trio which transcends its genre with some of Mozart’s most beautiful and dramatic chamber music writing. Join us for a guided musical tour of this amazing work, followed by a complete performance by three of the Bay Area’s outstanding chamber musicians: Kay Stern, violin; Ben Simon, viola;…

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Music <541> presents: TAK Ensemble

February 9 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

TAK Ensemble performs work by Hassan Estakhrian, Julie Herndon, Doug McCausland, Nick Virzi, and Julie Zhu TAK is a quintet that delivers energetic and virtuosic performances of contemporary classical music. The ambitious ensemble “impresses with the organicity of their sound, their dynamism and virtuosity — and, well, just a dash of IDGAF as they slay the thorniest material like it’s nothing” (Q2 Music). Dedicated to the commissioning of new works and direct collaboration with composers and other artists, TAK promotes…

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Cut Circle

February 10 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

“…To love another—would humiliate my heart,” sings the devoted lover in the famous song “D’ung aultre amer,” evoking the power of love to captivate, nourish, and, on occasion, destroy. Love can be earthly and sensual; it can also be spiritual and divine, as when a Biblical figure is cast as the object of desire. In this program, led by Stanford Associate Professor of Music Jesse Rodin, Cut Circle will perform music of both romantic and spiritual intensity by Du Fay, Ockeghem,…

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Ghost Rings

February 14 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

A theatrical pop song cycle that shifts expectations of theater and live music, Ghost Rings burrows and soars through the layers of love among best friends and a family band of yesteryear to create a feminist reclamation of what makes a rock star. With text and lyrics by Tina Satter and music by Chris Giarmo and Erin Markey, the narrative contrasts romantic memories of two friends with Satter’s real-life relationship to her estranged sister. She plays in an invented band with her…

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Stanford Chamber Chorale: Duruflé’s Requiem

February 15 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Chorale presents Duruflé’s elegant and evocative Requiem in collaboration with soloists Mindy Ella Chu, mezzo soprano, and Nikolas Nackley, baritone; the St. Lawrence String Quartet; their visiting guests in the Emerging String Quartet Program, the Omer Quartet; and University Organist Robert Huw Morgan. Also on the program will be Duruflé’s a cappella choral works, Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens and Notre Père. This performance will be in preparation for recording sessions of this repertoire that will take place the following week.

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