Saturday, February 27, 2016: 8 PM

Carla Harryman & Jon Raskin / Sheldon Brown Ensemble

Tickets: $15 General, $10 Members
Tickets available at the door only

Gardener of Stars, an Opera

Carla Harryman & Jon Raskin with special guest Tania Chen will perform Gardener of Stars, an Opera as improvised score and radical reimagining of Harryman’s 2001 novel, a work “more fantasmagoric poem than fictional narrative” tracking the paradise and wastelands of utopian desire.

http://carlaharryman.com/    http://jonraskin.com    http://taniachen.com/

Carla Harryman is an innovator in interdisciplinary performance, poetry, and prose, Harryman has authored seventeen books including W— /M— (2013), Adorno’s Noise (2008), Gardener of Stars (2001), and the multi-authored work The Grand Piano, an Experiment in Autobiography: San Francisco, 1975-1980. Open Box (with Jon Raskin), a CD of music and text performances was released on the Tzadik label in 2012. Her Poets Theater, interdisciplinary, and bi-lingual performances have been presented nationally and internationally.

Sheldon Brown Ensemble will perform material from Brown’s Blood of the Air suite, based on the poetry and speech melodies of the late Surrealist poet, Philip Lamantia, as well as material from Brown’s project Distant Intervals, which features pieces based on speech melodies of Ivan Arguelles, Clark Coolidge and Andrew Joron. A unique body of work celebrating freedom of the imagination and the subconscious melodies of the spoken word. Blood of the Air premiered at the 32nd Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival.

Sheldon Brow- Reeds
Lorin Benedict – Vocals
Andrew Joron – Theremin, Poetry
Dave MacNab – Guitar
John Finkbeiner – Guitar
Jonathan Alford – Piano
Michael Wilcox – Bass
Vijay Anderson – Drums