The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) launches a new, occasional series of musical events with the inaugural SFCMP Players Show, featuring SFCMP guitarist David Tanenbaum with local ensembles Mobius Trio and The Living Earth Show.
The Players Show is a new project that casts a spotlight on our ensemble members and their various musical activities around the Bay Area with informal, pop-up events. The ground rule in putting together the Players Show is that SFCMP musicians share the kinds of activities, collaborations, and repertoire they are exploring in their careers and in the Bay Area, and let them curate an hour-long concert. SFCMP sees these events as another way to bring listeners — from the deeply devoted, to the casual, to the total newcomer — into the arc of new-music creation, performance, and appreciation.
This program of contemporary music for guitar will be curated by David Tanenbaum, who in addition to serving as SFCMP’s resident guitarist is chair of the guitar department at the SF Conservatory. Works will be performed by local ensembles Mobius Trio and the Living Earth Show, both former students and proteges of Tanenbaum.
SFCMP audiences will recognize Travis Andrews of the Living Earth Show as the lead guitarist on our January, 2013 Steve Reich concert and his scintillating performance of Electric Counterpoint.
Lou Harrison Scenes from Nek Chand
Ronald Bruce Smith Five Pieces for Guitar and Electronics
The Living Earth Show
Brian Ferneyhough Renvoi/Shards
Luciano Chessa The Captain’s Testament
Kevin Villalta Witch Wagon
Brendon Randall-Myers Making Good Choices
i. running with scissors
ii. following directions
iii. hanging on for dear life
Earlier in the day, at 5:00 p.m. SFCMP will participate in a free panel discussion with composer Lisa Bielawa and others on the renaissance of site-specific and participatory new music in the Bay Area. The panel will preview Bielawa’s October 2013 Crissy Broadcast event, for which SFCMP is the lead professional ensemble.