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Joseph M. Colombo: Music for Metal Strings

Thursday, May 26, 2016 — 12:00 AM
Tickets: $15 General, $10 Members

Joseph M. Colombo presents recent compositions, all for different sorts of ringing metal strings.
The program includes:
a new untitled work for guitar solo performed by Mr. Colombo
Piano Piece VII performed by Regina Schaffer
Piano Piece I and Piano Piece III performed by Brit Day
Initial Darkness performed by the Mobius Trio
Joseph M. Colombo is a New England-born, San Francisco-based post-classical composer and noise maker. He has written music for orchestras, chamber ensembles, electronics, stage, film, installations, and everything in between. His work has a vibrant energy, often exhibiting a strong rhythmic drive, and has been referred to as “a powerful auditory experience” and “a wash of sound and color” (I Care If You Listen).
Joseph has worked with a slew of individual performers and ensembles, including but not limited to the Kronos Quartet, the Orlando Philharmonic, the Mobius Trio, the Living Earth Show, Transient Canvas, Areon Flutes, New Keys Ensemble, Elevate Ensemble, Regina Schaffer, Justin Dougherty, Friction Quartet, Juventas New Musical Ensemble, and more. He is currently working on an a long form visual music project and a new chamber opera.
Joseph is a frequent host of the radio show Music From Other Minds, and can often be encountered as a performer and teacher. He is a founding member of the Fifth Floor Collective and Prodigal Opera Productions, and has studied with Dan Becker, Andy Vores, Jan Swafford, Curtis Hughes, Dalit Warshaw, Dan Crozier, and Susan Lackman.
Regina Schaffer performs as a solo artist and with ensembles around the Bay Area.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Master’s in Piano Performance and Literature from Mills College, where she focussed on new and experimental music under the guidance of pianist Marc Shapiro and percussion master William Winant.
In 2004 she founded the concert series and now ensemble New Keys: New Keys’ mission is to surface and promote the newest and most innovative music for the piano. We challenge composers to explore the vast untapped potential of the piano and strive to craft the experience of a piano recital as both captivating and approachable for our audience.
Other current projects include gearing up for recording all the Terry Riley 4-hand pieces with her duo partner Sarah Cahill.
Before going on hiatus to rapidly and accidentally expand her family, Regina proudly taught piano to beloved students for 17 years.
She has participated in the Hot Air, Switchboard, Garden of Memory Summer Solstice and SF Friends of Chamber Music SF Music Day music festivals and has had the honor of playing many concerts with the William Winant Percussion Group as well as the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and on Luciano Chessa’s recently released album Petrolio.
Regina prides herself on expanding the reach of new music for piano by commissioning new works and organizing concerts for their premieres and recording.  She relishes working with young and emerging composers as well as keeping seminal new music masterpieces alive.
Mobius Trio has made it its mission to fully integrate the classical guitar into the 21st century’s nascent musical lexicon. The Trio exclusively performs music that they have commissioned; they seek to expand the guitar ensemble’s repertoire to encompass all of the myriad currents passing through contemporary art music. Mobius Trio has commissioned over three dozen composers in their first few years of existence, and that pace isn’t slowing. Recent commissions include Sergio Assad, Luciano Chessa, and Ryan Brown, with more pieces and collaborations on the way.
Mobius Trio was formed in 2010 by guitarists Robert Nance, Mason Fish, and Matthew Holmes-Linder while studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. They started things off with a bang, commissioning and learning five pieces within the span of a couple of months, and performing many of those pieces at Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center the following April. Matt, Rob, and Mason are all accomplished, competition-winning guitarists in their own right, and they all live and work in San Francisco. When not rehearsing, the group enjoys home brewing, BBQ, Game of Thrones, and hacky sack.