Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Jul 6 2017 8:00 PM


8pm: Ben Richter - accordion
9pm: Ives Band
Zachary Hazen, and Mia Bella D'Augelli, violins; Joshua Marshall, tenor saxophone; Andrew Jamieson, Brett Carson and Ben Zucker, keyboards; Aaron Oppenheim, latpop; Tim DeCillis, percussion

Ben Richter is a composer, accordionist, multi-instrumentalist, and founding director of New York’s Ghost Ensemble. His chamber music explores sound-worlds of constant transformation that combine subtly shifting timbres and sliding microtonal fluctuations to create music that critic George Grella has described as “seek[ing] an altered consciousness … the music sounds like something incomprehensibly massive is passing by, slowly.” As a solo accordionist, Ben Richter draws from experimental improvisation, traditional klezmer practices, and contemporary chamber music to create atmospheric music that explores a timeless, mystical space at the intersection of memory and imagination.

The Ives Band works to innovate a new approach to familiar melodies. The band plays multiple melodies simultaneously, usually in contrasting keys and tempi, creating musical collages inspired by Charles Ives, Luciano Berio, John Oswald. Melodies come from well-known folk tunes, pop songs, classical music, children's songs, etc.; anything that is familiar or cliche in contemporary American culture. Melodies remain intentionally recognizable, while the experience of hearing melodies is radically reconstructed. Music is directed and arranged by composer and pianist Andrew Jamieson.


Cost: $6-15 sliding
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