ANTHONY BRAXTON 75TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Mills Performing Group
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall, Music Building
The Mills Performing Group celebrates composer/improviser Anthony Braxton’s 75th birthday with a concert of his compositions.
Composition No. 1 for solo piano
Brett Carson, piano
Composition No. 63 for chamber orchestra
Ben Goldberg: clarinet (soloist 1), Andy Strain: trombone
(soloist 2), Tod Brody: flute, Mitch Stahlmann: flute,
Glenda Bates: oboe, Sophie Huet: clarinet, Karla Ekholm:
bassoon, Hall Goff: trombone, Hrabba Atladottir: violin,
Kate Stenberg: violin, Ellen Ruth Rose: viola,
Crystal Pascucci: cello, Richard Worn: contrabass,
Jennifer Ellis: harp, William Winant: percussion,
Scott Siler: percussion, Steed Cowart: conductor
Composition No. 247
Kyle Bruckmann: oboe, James Fei: saxophone,
Matt Welch: bagpipes
$15 general, $10 seniors and students
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Anthony Braxton (born 1945), the Chicago-born composer and multi-instrumentalist, is recognized as one of the most important musicians, educators, and creative thinkers of the past 50 years. He is highly esteemed in the experimental music community for the revolutionary quality of his work and for the mentorship and inspiration he has provided to generations of younger musicians. Drawing upon a disparate mix of influences from John Coltrane to Karlheinz Stockhausen, Braxton has created a unique musical system that celebrates the concept of global creativity and our shared humanity. His work examines core principles of improvisation, structural navigation and ritual engagement - innovation, spirituality, and intellectual investigation.
From his early work as a pioneering solo performer in the late 1960s through to his eclectic experiments on Arista Records in the 1970s, his landmark quartet of the 1980s, and more recent endeavors, such as his cycle of Trillium operas and the day-long, installation-based Sonic Genome Project, his vast body of work is unparalleled. His small ensembles of the 1970s through to the present day are considered among the most innovative groups of their respective eras, while his Creative Orchestra Music has brought together the varying streams of American jazz orchestras, marching bands, and experimental practices with the traditions of European concert music in a wholly individual compositional voice. His continuing and evolving current systems of the past 15 years, including Ghost Trance Music, Diamond Curtain Wall Music, Falling River Music, Echo Echo Mirror House Music, and ZIM Music, have served as the artistic incubators for some of the most exciting artists of the current generation. Braxton’s many awards include a 1981 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 1994 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a 2014 NEA Jazz Master Award, and honorary doctorates from Université de Liège (Belgium) and New England Conservatory (USA).
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ANTHONY BRAXTON 75TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
SFGC PRESENTS: SONGS FROM THE ARCHIPELAGO
Herbst Theater401 Van Ness AvenueSan Francisco, CA, 94102
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Artistic Director
Matthew Welch, Composer
Florante Aguilar, Guitar
Patti Kilroy, Violin
Levy Lorenzo, Percussion
Concluding the season is Songs from the Archipelago, a program that will explore the musical intersection of western classical and Filipino classical music. The centerpiece of the program will be a semi-staged preview of Tomorrow’s Memories, a brand new SFGC-commissioned choral-opera from American composer Matthew Welch. Scheduled for its world premiere during the 2020-2021 season, Tomorrow’s Memories is based on the 1924-1928 diary writings of Filipina immigrant Angeles Monrayo and highlights the importance of the Filipino diaspora’s cultural impact throughout the United States, particularly in the Bay Area. Alongside Tomorrow’s Memories, the chorus will perform a selection of works composed in the western classical style but drawing heavily on folk songs of, and using instruments from, the Philippines. Featured guest artists for this program include guitarist Florante Aguilar, violinist Patti Kilroy and percussionist Levy Lorenzo.
Mathew Welch Tomorrow’s Memories (preview)
NIlo Alcala Dayo Dayo Kupita
Robin Estrada Awit Ni Solomon
Additional repertoire to be announced
Matthew Welch solo bagpipe, & Dan Joseph solo hammered dulcimer
Two extraordinary musicians presenting solo programs of their futuristic work performed on traditional instruments..
Downstairs hall in Greenpoint's Park Church,
$10 or donation.
Matthew Welch, making a rare trip back to New York, performs original bagpipe compositions and improvisations along with unique arrangements of Philip Glass's Two Pages, Anthony Braxton and Alvin Lucier.
"The Eddie Van Halen of the bagpipes.” – Pop Matters
Dan Joseph is a composer, performer, writer and curator based in New York City. For the past twenty years, the hammer dulcimer has been the primary vehicle for his music. He is active as a performer with his own chamber ensemble, the Dan Joseph Ensemble, as well as in various collaborations. More: https://danjoseph.org
AUGUST 16 8PM
PARK CHURCH CO-OP
129 RUSSELL STREET
Matthew Welch’s New Opera Short
Friday May 31, 2019, 7:00 PM
Saturday June 1, 2019, 7:00 PM
Sunday June 2, 2019, 3:00 PM
The Flea Theater
20 Thomas St
Tickets $35 / $25 (students/seniors)
Experiments in Opera and Contemporaneous present the premiere of Chunky in Heat an opera based on a libretto by celebrated author A. M. Homes. Chunky in Heat tells the story of a young girl who comes of age poolside at her family’s home in the canyons of Los Angeles. Against this backdrop of privilege, she struggles to understand her place in her family and the world. Chunky in Heat features music by Jason Cady, Paula Matthusen, Erin Rogers, Aaron Siegel, Shelley Washington and Matthew Welch. This production is directed by Alison Moritz.
"ultra-refined, globally sourced chamber music, exquisitely ethereal, made up of delicate, transparent textures that hum with expressive tension."
- New York Times
NYC-based classical music ensemble Cantata Profana performed a portrait concert of Matthew's wide ranging chamber music during Matthew's Artist-Residency at John Zorn's NYC venue The Stone. The concert was exceptionally performed throughout, as exclaimed by the NY Times review! It was recorded live, and happily now Kotekan Records releases a mixed and mastered album of the delectable program, including the Secret Labyrinth of Ts'ui Pen and Ulrikke on December 8. Available for pre-orders here!! USE THE DISCOUNT CODE welch2018 FOR 25% OFF THIS ALBUM UNTIL THE NEW YEAR!
Pre-Order on iTunes!! Out Nov 23
Beyond excited to share that Philip Glass’s label Orange Mountain Music is releasing my 50th anniversary bagpipe version of the minimalist milestone, Two Pages. As a huge Glass fan, this is a dream come true: I’ve slow-cooked this arrangement since Nonesuch released The historical recording in 1993. Proud of this and enjoy!! #bucketlist
"Although Glass’s basic five-tone theme in “Two Pages” (1968) does not color outside the lines, Welch unleashes the dramatic power of its unrelenting drive" - San Diego Story
Matthew Welch Solo Bagpipes
Matt Welch Contemporary Bagpipes
As a virtuoso of the Highland Bagpipe, and celebrated by Indie rockers as “the Eddie Van Halen of the bagpipes,” New York’s Matthew Welch fuses his training in traditional Highland Bagpipe performance with that of contemporary composition to create a night of unforgettable music that is all Welch’s own.