Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Fri, Jan 19 2018 7:30 PM

Our in the LABORATORY series showcases large-scale contemporary classical works that push the boundaries of the concert format and experience. In this concert, John Zorn’s “Cobra” and Frederic Rzewski’s “Les Moutons de Panurge” engage the large-ensemble energies of the performers to create unheard-of possibilities. Led by Grammy-nominated SFCMP percussionist and frequent Zorn collaborator William Winant, the performers are prompted to execute different instrumental techniques, sonic textures, or playing styles in various ensemble formations, resulting in a dynamic and often surprising real-time musical compositions.

In a special guest appearance, maverick vocalist and creator Meredith Monk joins SFCMP for a performance and discussion of two of her works, Ellis Island for duo pianos and Cave Song from her film project The Book of Days. Completing the program are Pulitzer Prize finalist Don Byron's 7 Etudes, and two works by Bay Area composers, Under the Rug by Ryan Brown, and Twist for guitar and violin by Vivian Fung.

This event will feature Vivian Fung and Ryan Brown in the “How Music Is Made” open rehearsal and composer talk segment.

Composer Meredith Monk will join us on stage in conversation and a Q&A with incoming Artistic Director, Eric Dudley.

Encouraging and mentoring the next generation of new music performers, SFCMP will once again join San Francisco Conservatory of Music students on this program.


Selections from 7 Etudes (for Vocalizing Pianist) 8’
Solo piano

Under the Rug (2010) 6′
Flute, harp, viola

Vivian FUNG
Twist (2014) 13’
Guitar, violin

Meredith MONK
Cave Song (1990) 4′
piano, guitar, soprano, alto

Meredith MONK
Ellis Island (1981) 6′
2 pianos

Conversation and Q&A with Meredith MONK
facilitated by Eric Dudley


Frederic RZEWSKI
Les Moutons de Panurge (1969) 12’
Open instrumentation for large ensemble

Directed by SFCMP ensemble member William Winant
Cobra (1984) 25’
open instrumentation for large ensemble


HOW MUSIC IS MADE (free and open to the public)
4:00 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of “Twist” by Vivian Fung
4:30 – 5:30 pm Composer Talk with Vivian Fung and Ryan Brown facilitated by incoming Artistic Director Eric Dudley

CONCERT (open to ticket buyers)
6:30 pm Pre-concert discussion with incoming Artistic Director Eric Dudley and Players
7:30 pm Concert and conversation with Meredith Monk
9:00 pm Post-Concert Party

Cost: $15 - $15