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5000 MacArthur Blvd
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The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music
http://musicnow.mills.edu

Upcoming Events:
Friday, September 20 2019 8:00 PM
The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music present


Darius Milhaud Concert – Del Sol String Quartet

Friday, September 20, 2019
8:00 pm
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall, Music Building

Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613

Free admission, but advance tickets may be reserved at:
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Del Sol String Quartet
https://www.delsolquartet.com/

Program:
Darius Milhaud: String Quartet No. 12, Op. 252 (1945)
Elena Kats-Chernin: Fast Blue Village (2007)
Ben Johnston: String Quartet No. 4, "Amazing Grace" (1973)
Terry Riley: G Song (1980)
Darius Milhaud: String Quartet No. 16, Op. 303 (1950)

Del Sol String Quartet:
Ben Kreith, Violin
Sam Weiser, Violin,
Charlton Lee, Viola,
Kathryn Bates, Cello

Hailed by Gramophone as “masters of all musical things they survey” and two-time winner of the top Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the Del Sol String Quartet shares living music with an ever-growing community of adventurous listeners.

Fascinated by the feedback loop between social change, technology, and artistic innovation, the San Francisco-based ensemble is a leading force in 21st century chamber music, whether introducing Ben Johnston’s microtonal Americana at the Library of Congress, exploring Andean soundscapes with Gabriela Lena Frank and traditional musicians, deconstructing Ruth Crawford’s radical experimental processes with East Bay schoolchildren, or rocking Mason Bates’ techno grooves in his San Francisco club dance party.

Del Sol was founded in 1992 at Banff Centre for the Arts and is recognized as a “vigorous champion of living composers,” focusing on music that reflects the cultural diversity of our community, advocating works by both world-renowned and emerging composers, and collaborating across disciplines. Del Sol has commissioned and premiered over 100 works by a diverse range of composers, including Terry Riley, Mason Bates, Frederic Rzewski, Ben Johnston, Gabriela Lena Frank, Chinary Ung, Ken Ueno, Mohammed Fairouz, Tania León, Peter Sculthorpe, Reza Vali and Per Nørgård. The Quartet has performed on prominent concert series nationwide, including the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, Symphony Space, Miller Theatre, Cabrillo Festival, Other Minds Festival, and Santa Fe Opera; and internationally in Switzerland, France, China, South Korea, Canada and Mexico. The Quartet conducts an active educational program in the San Francisco Bay Area, in addition to regular residencies at universities and music schools across the country.

The New York Times praised Del Sol’s recent recording, Scrapyard Exotica: “See if your foot can stay still once you put on this funky disc of rhythmically infectious…music played by the adventurous Del Sol String Quartet.” Released August 25, 2017, Del Sol’s ninth album “Dark Queen Mantra” features a collaboration with guitarist Gyan Riley and world premiere recordings of music by Terry Riley and Stefano Scodanibbio. SF Chronicle says, “The evening began with ravishing performances of two of Riley’s string quartets from the 1980s, “G Song” and “The Wheel and Mythic Birds Waltz,” both of which the quartet — performing, astonishingly, from memory — imbued with a full helping of sinuous charm.”

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Sunday, September 29 2019 4:00 PM
The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music present

GAMELAN SEKAR JAYA
Music and Dance from Bali

Sunday, September 29, 2019
4:00 pm
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall, Music Building
Mills College

$15 general, $10 seniors and students
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Gamelan Sekar Jaya website:
https://www.gsj.org/

Delve deeper into the fascinating world of Balinese music and dance with internationally acclaimed Gamelan Sekar Jaya Guest Directors, I Wayan Dibia and I Wayan Suweca, at this afternoon event combining interactive lecture-demonstrations and riveting performance.

Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s Angklung and Jegog Tingklik ensembles will accompany dancers in traditional Balinese forms including tari topeng, or masked dance. The Gender Wayang ensemble will also play, giving the audience yet another view of the dazzling diversity of the Balinese arts.

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Friday, October 4 2019 8:00 PM
The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music present

WILFRIDO TERRAZAS - IMPROVISATION
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.

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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.
https://wilfridoterrazas.weebly.com/

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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.
https://www.lisamezzacappa.com/


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Saturday, November 16 2019 8:00 PM
The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music present

ANTHONY BRAXTON 75TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Mills Performing Group

Saturday, November 16, 2019
8:00 pm
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall, Music Building
Mills College

The Mills Performing Group celebrates composer/improviser Anthony Braxton’s 75th birthday with a concert of his compositions.



Program:
"Composition No. 1" for solo piano
Brett Carson, piano
"Composition No. 63" for chamber orchestra
Ben Goldberg: clarinet (soloist 1), Andy Strain: trombone (soloist 2), Tod Brody: flute,
Mitch Stahlman: flute, Jesse Barrett: oboe, Sophie Huet: clarinet, Karla Ekholm: bassoon,
Hall Goff: trombone, Hrabba Atladottir: violin, Kate Stenberg: violin, Ellen Ruth Rose: viola,
Crystal Pascucci: cello, Richard Worn: contrabass, Jennifer Ellis: harp, William Winant:
percussion, Scott Siler: percussion, Steed Cowart: conductor
"Composition No. 247"
Kyle Bruckmann: oboe, James Fei: saxophone, Matt Welch: bagpipes

$15 general, $10 seniors and students
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Anthony Braxton (born 1945), the Chicago-born composer and multi-instrumentalist, is recognized as one of the most important musicians, educators, and creative thinkers of the past 50 years. He is highly esteemed in the experimental music community for the revolutionary quality of his work and for the mentorship and inspiration he has provided to generations of younger musicians. Drawing upon a disparate mix of influences from John Coltrane to Karlheinz Stockhausen, Braxton has created a unique musical system that celebrates the concept of global creativity and our shared humanity. His work examines core principles of improvisation, structural navigation and ritual engagement - innovation, spirituality, and intellectual investigation.

From his early work as a pioneering solo performer in the late 1960s through to his eclectic experiments on Arista Records in the 1970s, his landmark quartet of the 1980s, and more recent endeavors, such as his cycle of Trillium operas and the day-long, installation-based Sonic Genome Project, his vast body of work is unparalleled. His small ensembles of the 1970s through to the present day are considered among the most innovative groups of their respective eras, while his Creative Orchestra Music has brought together the varying streams of American jazz orchestras, marching bands, and experimental practices with the traditions of European concert music in a wholly individual compositional voice. His continuing and evolving current systems of the past 15 years, including Ghost Trance Music, Diamond Curtain Wall Music, Falling River Music, Echo Echo Mirror House Music, and ZIM Music, have served as the artistic incubators for some of the most exciting artists of the current generation. Braxton’s many awards include a 1981 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 1994 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a 2014 NEA Jazz Master Award, and honorary doctorates from Université de Liège (Belgium) and New England Conservatory (USA).

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