Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Fri, Oct 4 2019 8:00 PM

The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music present

With Lisa Mezzacappa

Flutist Wilfrido Terrazas performs a concert of improvised solos, and duos with bassist Lisa Mezzacappa.

Friday, October 4, 2019
8:00 pm
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall, Music Building
Mills College

$15 general, $10 seniors and students
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San Diego-based Mexican flutist Wilfrido Terrazas will join forces with Bay Area bass legend Lisa Mezzacappa in a unique clash of improvising talents. Terrazas and Mezzacappa are both energetic and resourceful improvisers, and they have played together before in Los Angeles and Banff, Canada, but this will be their first full duo concert. Terrazas will also play his solo flute composition [Hexagram 57], bringing his music to the Bay Area for the first time.


Wilfrido Terrazas (Camargo, 1974) is a Mexican flutist active since the early 1990s, whose career spans performance, commissioning, collaboration, improvisation, composition and pedagogy. His recent work has been focused on finding points of convergence between notated and improvised music, and in exploring innovative approaches to collaboration and collective creation. He is a founding member and Herald of the Mexico City-based improvisation collective Generación Espontánea since 2006. As an interpreter, Wilfrido has performed over 350 world premieres, and has been a member of Liminar ensemble since 2012. As a composer, his main interest is the exploration of dialogues between composition, improvisation and performance. As such, he has written over 50 works for diverse instrumental forces. Other current projects include Filera, Escudo (Torre), and the Wilfrido Terrazas Sea Quintet. Since 2014, Wilfrido has been co-curator of La Semana Internacional de Improvisación, a week-long festival dedicated to improvised music in Ensenada.


Lisa Mezzacappa has been an active collaborator in the San Francisco Bay Area music community for more than 15 years. Her activities as a composer, bassist and ensemble leader encompass ethereal chamber music, electro-acoustic works, avant-garde jazz, music for groups from duo to large ensemble, and collaborations with film, dance and visual art. Mezzacappa has released her music on the New World, Clean Feed, NoBusiness, Leo and NotTwo record labels, and her work has been supported by the MAP Fund, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Aaron Copland Fund. Current projects include the improvising orchestra, the duo B. Experimental Band; a suite for sextet inspired by Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics; and a new podcast opera in collaboration with writer Beth Lisick, about relationships at the dawn of the Internet.

Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA. 94613

Cost: $15 general, $10 seniors and students