Siroko Duo partners with the Guerrilla Composers Guild for three world premieres by Nick Benavides, Emily Shisko, and Michael Kropf, and works by Lucas Floyd and Emma Logan that combine music, technology, and culture to present music of our time. Reception with the composers and musicians will follow the performance.
About the artists:
Siroko Duo (sah-rock-o), a flute ensemble comprised of San Francisco flutists Victoria Hauk and Jessie Nucho, is dedicated to commissioning and performing new works, creatively interacting with performance space to enhance the audience experience, and bringing contemporary music to new and younger audiences and performers. Sharing a passion for commissioning and performing new works, Victoria and Jessie formed Siroko Duo in 2015 to record duets by Kyle Randall and Lucas Floyd, and they continue to actively perform works by mostly living composers. Actively engaged in the contemporary music scene in San Francisco, Siroko has commissioned pieces by Julie Barwick, Joseph M. Colombo, Chelsea Loew, Emma Logan, and Kyle Randall. Highlights of Spring 2017 include performances at the Hot Air Music Festival and Re:Ignite, a collaboration with Helia Music Collective, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that supports the creative endeavors of women in music. In August 2017, Siroko traveled to New Hampshire to participate in the Avaloch Farm Music Institute accompanied by composer Nick Benavides. Both Jessie and Victoria studied with Tim Day at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
The Guerrilla Composers Guild hosts listening parties, music forums, and performances where musicians and Guerrilla Groupies get together to make good stuff happen. Their true love is their ongoing commissioning project where they work directly with performers to curate a concert of new works by young Bay Area composers.
A note from curator Dan Becker:
On one hand I am simply excited and honored to have the opportunity to showcase local Artists — from all generations — whose work moves and inspires me. On the other hand, much of my work for years has leaned towards a desire to shine a light on the unique and rich New Music Community that exists here in SF (though sometimes in latent form). Doing this always depends on the context that we find ourselves in. NOW more than ever one crucial question is how can we be musicians, composers, “musical citizens”, and now CITIZENS in the broader sense, all at the same time? And should we?