Benjamin Kreith and Travis Andrews perform the West Coast premier of Jardín bajo la luna by David del Puerto, a Spanish composer/guitarist who continues to hone his personal, understated modal language. His new duo is a Schumannesque suite of night landscapes — a pathway through storms, fireflies, and still waters. Also on the program, Carlo Prosperi’s nighttime duo, In nocte, and solo pieces by Elliott Carter and Örjan Sandred.
Matt Ingalls performs his decades-in-the-making, 30-minute-continuous-micro-timbre-circular-breath-tour-de-force clarinet solo that explores extended techniques that interact with the acoustic space.
Travis Andrews toured nationally and internationally with several bands before completing his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Wisconsin and his Master’s of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under David Tanenbaum, where he received the conservatory’s 2009 awards for Outstanding Guitarist and Outstanding Jazz Improviser. He is a two-time Bang on a Can Fellow and has been a featured soloist with Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He also plays with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Eco Ensemble in residence at the University of California, Berkeley, and Empyrean Ensemble in residence at University of California, Davis. He is currently active with the bands Freighter, miRthkon, Makeunder, and The Living Earth Show, a chamber duo that commissions new music.
Travis is a founding faculty member at the Marin Community Music School. He has also taught master classes for the Guitar Foundation of America, The Colburn School in Los Angeles, the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, and Western Washington University. His publications include the co-authored book The Beginner’s Guide to Guitar from String Letter Publishing, and he is a contributor to Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
Violinist Benjamin Kreith has premiered solo works at the Strasbourg and Marseille festivals, given recitals in Madrid and New York City, and performed as a guest artist with the Ying and Muir Quartets. Ben helped to found the Ensemble CGAC in Santiago de Compostela, and has also played with Barcelona 216 and the Harvard Group for New Music. For several years he was a member of the Cascade Quartet and concertmaster of the Great Falls Symphony. His solo recordings include works by Christian Lauba on the Accord/Universal label and by Luciano Chessa, forthcoming on Stradivarius.
Reviled for his “shapeless sonic tinkering” by the Los Angeles Times, Oakland musician Matt Ingalls is a composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer. Often incorporating elements of improvisation, his music is heavily influenced by his long involvement in computer music. His composerly solo improvisations explore extended clarinet techniques that interact with the acoustic space, often as combination tones. Matt is the founder and co-director of sfSound, a new music series, ensemble, and internet radio station devoted to new ideas and traditions of experimental music, performance art, live electronic music, Bay Area composition, and the various facets of contemporary improvisation.