Look for our ad at the Switchboard Music Festival tomorrow, April 12th, at the Brava Theater!

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The Guerrilla Composers Guild

presents

Jarring Sounds
(making our own)

We are happy to announce our upcoming concert onApril 24th with Jarring Sounds at the Center for New Music. Read the preview in the Examiner here. We’ve been hard at work getting these pieces prepared, and it’s going to be an incredible night! Come to the show, have a listen, and then in true GCG fashion mingle with the artists and talk about the music. Not only did we write for guitar & voice, but we also threw in some lute and theorbo. We are incorporating everything from jazz-inspired harmony to gorgeous melodies to environmental activism to quarter tones to local poets.

“Reutter-Harrah’s mezzo voice is equally well suited to those darker shades and the brighter pastoral tones. Cockerham is always the sensitive accompanist…” – Stephen Smoliar

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With pieces by:

Nick Benavides, Danny Clay, Kyle Hovatter, Justin Ralls, Garrett Shatzer, Winton White, & Jon Yu.

Thursday, April 24th
8:00PM

The Center for New Music
55 Taylor St.
San Francisco, CA 94102Tickets: $15/$10 students/$8 members @ the door
Refreshments will be available (donation)
Read a preview in the Examiner
RSVP on Facebook and invite others!

Being fans of all that is good and new music-y in the Bay Area, we will not only be at the festival enjoying all it has to offer but we are also fortunate enough to have an ad this year! If you’re in the audience then look for it on the screen between sets. It should look like…

Photo by Betsy Kershner.

The month of April is upon us, and we can’t wait for our upcoming concert with Jarring Sounds! Danielle Reutter-Harrah and Adam Cockerham are some of the best performers we have ever met, and they have never ceased to amaze with every turn of their career. Being able to work with them is a dream come true for us, and this concert is going to be pretty ridiculously great.

Read all about it below, and we can’t wait to see you there!aa2bb8db60b502567246ccaca65329bb

April 24, 2014, 7:30PM, at the Center for New Music (55 Taylor St., San Francisco.)

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-february-to-march-weekend-offers-many-options

The Examiner recommends attending Hot Air Music Festival on March 2nd for your health, and definitely recommends checking out the Guerrilla Composers Guild & International Low Brass Trio collaboration set! The second half will be theirs with pieces by Nick BenavidesShahab Paranj,Matthew Joseph Payne, and Lillian Yee that were workshopped last fall.

The first half will have brand new pieces by Benavides, Clay, Brendon Randall-Myers, and Ben Wallace for flute, cello, marimba, and electric guitar. The list of performers is impressive as each composer is using a dedicated group assembled for this show specifically, but the performers hail from the likes of PhonochromeMobius Trio, and Friction Quartet.

1pm is the kickoff in the Recital Hall and we can’t wait to see you there!

Preview program notes 2 out of 4:

Bog Bodies & other Macabre Miniatures, by Nick Benavides, is a collection (with video projections) inspired by the lives and stories of ancient, preserved corpses found in bogs, glaciers, and rocks throughout Europe. All of these bodies were analyzed by forensic experts, sometimes before it was known that they were thousands of years old. Because of the degree of preservation, these bodies allow us to peer into the lives of real human beings that lived not such different lives from us. While we are able to know almost everything about how they died and how they lived, there is just enough room for the imagination to fill in the rest…

Preview 1 of 2:

shadows cast shadows, by Danny Clay – a work that parks itself in that little nook between ¾ and 6/8 time and sits there for a while, just to see what happens.

And for your viewing pleasure, a shadowy picture of Danny doing what he does best on his favorite pink Valentine’s Day toy piano.

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http://www.examiner.com/article/the-february-to-march-weekend-offers-many-options

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We should mention, that Voodoo donut fuel was supplied by Phonochrome founder Liz! Without those donuts, we never would have made it.

Phonochrome is hot on the scene and have finally found their companion composers for George Crumb’s “Vox Ballaenae.” We’re so happy to be returning to the Center for New Music with our crazy projects, and this will be on May 29th, so keep your eye out for it. Filling out the rainbow and joining Nick Benavides, Danny Clay, and special guest Benjamin Pesetsky will be:

Mark Ackerley
Nathan Campbell
Alex Christie
&
Matthias McIntire

The three core members of Phonochrome will be joined by a few special guest performers to help round everything out, and we can’t wait to get started on them.

Congratulations to our selected composers, and a HUGE thanks to all who applied. We had a super fun time listening to your hard work, and there was talk of cloning Phonochrome so we could play it all, but time is so limited. Clone-o-chrome, anybody? Seriously though, thanks for the music you all make, and we hope you can make it to the show!webPhonochrome-076

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So after much deliberation and a lot of back and forth (fueled by donuts by none other than Voodoo Donuts,) we have finally figured out who we are working with!

First we would like to say that Jarring Sounds is one of the best duos ever and we can’t stress enough how much they are going to put on a ridiculously good show. It will be on April 24th at the Center for New Music in San Francisco.

Joining Guerrillas Nick Benavides and Danny Clay will be:

Kyle Hovatter
Garrett Shatzer
Justin Ralls
Winton White
&
Jon Yu

We had SO many good options and possible combinations, it’s always a pleasure to hear from so many talented people not only across the state but across the country!

Everybody should hear Danielle Reutter-Harrah sing, and Adam Cockerham will be juggling guitar, lute, and theorbo like the masterful player he is.

These composers will be participating in workshops to get their pieces in tip top shape, and we can’t wait to show them off to you.

Congratulations to these five, and look for the concert details as we get closer to April!Photo by Betsy Kershner.

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DOUBLE ANNOUNCEMENT (Composers READ THIS Part 2/2):
Calling all composers, we have two projects to announce and you have until January 1st to apply, so have a look! You need NOT have written a piece to apply, so please dig in and see what the deal is. As always, there is no application fee.

Application link: http://goo.gl/PXPgK9

Second, we are so excited to announce an upcoming project with Phonochrome, which will have a performance on May 29 at the Center for New Music here in San Francisco.

They are an up and coming collection of totally KILLER instrumentalists who are going to rock your world. Here is their bio:

Laura, Allegra, and Liz were inspired by each other’s playing and created Phonochrome as an opportunity to collaborate on unique and musically compelling projects together. Each an avid chamber musician, the commissioning project with the GCG marks the beginning of their work together as an official ensemble. They are elated to be working on a program that brings together their collective chamber music experience, passion for new music, and perhaps even some special guests! More information about the group and their upcoming Valentine’s Day concert can be found on their website, www.phonochrome.org

We have an open application to be a part of this project, and are looking for composers to round out the program! We’ll be working closely with Phonochrome to not only premiere YOUR next killer piece, but also workshop it so it’s your favorite piece in your portfolio, as well as theirs…

The application is FREE so apply riiiiiighhtt here (before January 1st):

http://goo.gl/PXPgK9

Send us any questions you may have, and best of luck!

www.phonochrome.org

We truly could NOT be excited for our “spring season,” and think that both of these concerts are going to be incredible events.

Space is limited, so apply to one, or both, and join the Guerrillas!

Also, for the record, I was totally tempted to write “taste the rainbow” somewhere but I REFRAINED.

Photo by Betsy Kershner.

DOUBLE ANNOUNCEMENT (Composers READ THIS Part 1/2):
Calling all composers, we have two projects to announce and you have until January 1st to apply, so have a look! You need NOT have written a piece to apply, so please dig in and see what the deal is. As always, there is no application fee.

Application link: http://goo.gl/w1ZqvR

First, we would like to announce an upcoming project with Jarring Sounds, which will have a performance on April 24 at the Center for New Music here in San Francisco.

For those of you who may not know them, I will let their bio speak for itself:

Jarring Sounds was formed in 2011 out of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a result of mutual artistic interests. Comprised of mezzo-soprano Danielle Reutter-Harrah and Adam Cockerham, who plays guitar, lute, and theorbo, the duo is committed to the repertoire of early European songs of the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as contemporary classical works of the 20th and 21st centuries. The small ensemble setting of a single voice and instrument allows for flexible creative interpretation not possible in a larger setting.

We have an open application to be a part of this project, and are looking for composers to round out the program! We’ll be working closely with Jarring Sounds to not only premiere YOUR next killer piece, but also workshop it so it’s your favorite piece in your portfolio, as well as theirs…

The application is FREE so apply riiiiiighhtt here (before January 1st):

http://goo.gl/w1ZqvR

Send us any questions you may have, and best of luck!

www.jarringsounds.com

Last night the SFCM New Music Ensemble premiered three of Nick Benavides’ songs featuring the magnificent mezzo-soprano Kindra Sharich. Much to our surprise Stephen Smoliar, with the Examiner, was present in the audience as he was curious to hear more from the Guerrillas after our collaboration with the International Low Brass Trio. He was kind enough to do a write up on the music, and you can see it right… here.

 …the performance emerged as a highly individual approach to poems that tapped into the soul of a highly individual woman.

http://www.examiner.com/article/further-work-by-a-guerrilla-composer-performed-at-sfcm0b6e2878e69d3aaba5ba121f9fd920dd

Hey guys, so the International Low Brass Trio (www.internationallowbrasstrio.com) decided to reprise a few pieces from the GCG concert (those videos coming soon) last night at the Brass Chamber Music concert at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. We were really pleasantly surprised to hear that Stephen Smoliar with the Examiner was there, and went ahead and wrote about us!

Read the review here.

Here is the full set, with pieces by Nick Benavides, Eric Choate, and Danny Clay: