FREE panel discussion on Nov 10!

Intersections: New Acoustic Dimensions and the Future of Live Performance

Composers, music makers, installation artists, and performers come together for this special event, to learn about new acoustic technology. Join us for a lively panel discussion where we will focus on exploring new ways of creating music for live performances, even treating acoustic technology as another instrument in the ensemble.

We will be in the Pearson Theatre and will have access to a Constellation System (used in SFS Soundbox and SF Opera Wilsey Center). We will take questions from the audience to explore the possibilities of what the future of live performance will be like.

Panelists:

– MaryClare Brzytwa, Composer/Performer and Founding Executive Director of the Technology and Applied Composition at San Francisco Conservatory of Music
– Chad Goodman, Founder & Artistic Director, Elevate Ensemble
– Richard Lonsdorf, Associate Director of Artistic Planning at San Francisco Symphony
– Melody Parker, Associate Acoustic Engineer; Meyer Sound
– Elkhanah Pulizer, Artistic Curator, SF Opera Lab
– Kurt Rohde, Composer & Violist, and Artistic Advisor to Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

Performers: Musicians from the SFCM TAC Program!

This panel is produced in collaboration with the Manhattan Producer’s Alliance (www.manhatpro.com) and the Guerrilla Composers Guild (www.guerrillamusic.org).

We are grateful for the support of organizations like Meyer Sound (www.meyersound.com) and special thanks to our GOLD SPONSOR DOLBY LABORATORIES (http://www.dolby.com)

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP Required

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Interview with Jill Heinke of Areon Flutes

new_areon_headshotLeading up to our Areon Flutes show, we will be writing about a few of our composers and performers! Jill Heinke of Areon Flutes told us a bit about herself and the ensemble in an interview in preparation for the big show at the Center for New Music.

Be sure to check out the show at the Center for New Music on April 15. Read the preview in the Examiner.

Listen to the radio interview here on Classical KDFC’s State of the Arts with Jeffrey Freymann!

Tickets will be available at the door, and rest assured we will have wine present.


Areon_Flutes_Kassey-Plaha_Sasha-Launer_Jill-Heinke_Photo-by-Charlie-HomoOur style aims to change your mind about what you might think when you imagine three flutes playing together. We hope to surprise listeners with our soundscape capabilities (including extended techniques) and the full experience of our performances.We were really eager to be a part of the GCG community because of the way they connect artists and help guide a truly collaborative creative process. Working with composers during the composition process is our favorite thing, and we have been so lucky to be involved with this talented pool of individuals. Each piece is really exciting and unique, and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

Workshopping with the GCG composers was really fun — it was interesting to see each composer’s personality and writing style come through as we got to know each of them. It gives us more of a frame of reference to dig deeper into each piece and to have more ownership because we were personally involved in the process.


The Guerrilla Composers Guild is a fiscally-sponsored affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber MusicSFFCM smaller, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the service of chamber music in California.

Please consider making a donation to help us put on our future shows! We are proud to be fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and would love it if you considered donating. If you would like to donate goods or have a special request with a donation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Interview with composer Eric Choate

new_areon_headshotLeading up to our Areon Flutes show, we will be writing about a few of our composers and performers! Eric Choate told us a bit about himself in an interview in preparation for the big show at the Center for New Music.

Be sure to check out the show at the Center for New Music on April 15. Read the preview in the Examiner.

Tickets will be available at the door, and rest assured we will have wine present.


choateA3I like to imagine what my musical heritage is; that is, which composers can I hear in my own music whether intentional or not. The composers that come up most frequently for me are: Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Copland, Frank Martin, Henri Dutilleux, Herbert Howells. It’s quite the variety of composers but they all have such a distinctive personality and unique harmonic language. They’re also the composers I turn to most frequently when I think “How did he do that? How did he orchestrate that? How does he work out transitions? How did he voice that chord?” Other people’s music usually drives me to write other music. Of course I am inspired by poetry, architecture, the landscape, experiences. But most often, my musical impulse is driven by other music that resonates with me.I love what GCG is doing.

I love the opportunity to write, hear, revise, and be involved throughout the rehearsal process. I think the projects they come up with aren’t things that I would otherwise do, so it’s a good way to force myself to do something new, interesting, and even daring. I also love Areon’s commitment to new, often times local music. They perform on 12038626_10206184435384655_5894682101668287502_oa very high level and love new music. It seemed like it would be very exciting collaboration (and has turned out to be, too).

I thought a set of miniatures would be appropriate for three flutes (even if just on a poetic level, since the instrument is small). I wanted to try to really exploit the possibilities of texture given three flutes. I had so many ideas that I couldn’t imagine them in a single movement piece. Rather, I decided to create a handful of little seeds, or postcards. Each of them are connected by related melodic content, but developed and “orchestrated” in different ways. It was fantastic and very educational to get to play with the material with the musicians right there.


The Guerrilla Composers Guild is a fiscally-sponsored affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber MusicSFFCM smaller, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the service of chamber music in California.

Please consider making a donation to help us put on our future shows! We are proud to be fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and would love it if you considered donating. If you would like to donate goods or have a special request with a donation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Interview with composer Patrick Castillo

new_areon_headshotLeading up to our Areon Flutes show, we will be writing about a few of our composers and performers! Patrick Castillo told us a bit about himself in an interview in preparation for the big show at the Center for New Music.

Be sure to check out the show at the Center for New Music on April 15. Read the preview in the Examiner.

Tickets will be available at the door, and rest assured we will have wine present.


PCastillo-101313I’ve admired Areon Flutes from afar for years and have been eager for an opportunity to work with them. The challenge of a project like writing for three flutes is an intriguing one for a composer: three like instruments means no tricks of orchestration to hide behind; on the other hand, the invitation to experiment and invent one’s own color palette is a great stimulus to the imagination. For any composer, getting to undertake a project like this, and with an ensemble like Areon to boot, is a killer gig.

In the conception of this work, sections were thought of in descriptive terms—in turn, and to varying degrees, technical and poetical—which it might be informative to share: Introit – meccanico – in which motivic figures emerge – flight (fancy free) – waterfall music – recap [of meccanico] – like the tide washing upon the shore, then receding back into the sea.These were inevitably corrupted over the course of the work’s realization. While writing, I had in mind various images: one was, indeed, the rising and falling of the tide; another was the evolutionary emergence of life from the ocean, and a return to the ocean. (I was subsequently reminded of this line from a Björk song, PCastillo-headshotwhich I love: “Your sweat is salty. I am why.”)

It’ll mean a cross-country flight for Bay Area audiences, but my newly formed chamber ensemble, Third Sound (.org), will be performing at National Sawdust in Brooklyn in early May (http://natsaw.co/thirdsound). The program is a follow-up to our recent residency at the Havana Contemporary Music Festival. The band will be playing music by Kati Agócs, Michael Harrison, Spencer Topel, and myself, along with works by Carter and Takemitsu. We will also present the premiere screening of Heard in Havana, a short documentary film by Zac Nicholson about the Havana residency (dig the trailer: https://vimeo.com/ 150925432).


The Guerrilla Composers Guild is a fiscally-sponsored affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber MusicSFFCM smaller, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the service of chamber music in California.

Please consider making a donation to help us put on our future shows! We are proud to be fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and would love it if you considered donating. If you would like to donate goods or have a special request with a donation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Interview with composer Emma Logan

new_areon_headshotLeading up to our Areon Flutes show, we will be writing about a few of our composers and performers! Emma Logan told us a bit about herself in an interview in preparation for the big show at the Center for New Music.

Be sure to check out the show at the Center for New Music on April 15. Read the preview in the Examiner.

Tickets will be available at the door, and rest assured we will have wine present.


Emma Logan-1005My name is Emma Logan and I’m a composer based in San Francisco. I began taking piano lessons when I was 7 years old, which lead to playing percussion in middle school concert band, which quickly morphed into high school marching band, and ultimately lead me to studying percussion and composition in college. What began as an impulse, choosing composition as my primary degree, has turned into a beautiful journey, full of possibilities and exploration.

What thrills me most about writing music is the collaborative element. I love writing with someone/some ensemble in mind and I love the discussions that occur during the creative process. I learn so much from working closely with performers and am forever grateful for every moment of interaction. My style is mostly tonal and I focus on creating lyrically lines, no matter what instrument I’m writing for. Like many composers, my style is constantly evolving to incorporate what I hear, my emotions and experiences, and my overall development as a human being. Recently, I began exploring storytelling in my music, whether explicitly stated through program notes or lyrics, or just as a catalyst for myself during the creative process.

Since moving to the Bay Area in 2013, I have loved the Guerrilla Composers Guild and Areon Flutes. I knew immediately that I wanted to collaborate with both groups and I am so happy to do so now. I was a little nervous going into the first workshop, but from the first moment, I felt so at ease talking with the performers and the other composers. It’s nice to hear others’ ideas and thoughts, especially in such a welcoming environment like the one GCG creates in their workshops. I think people should listen to the constant interplay between the flutes. I wanted to create a piece with distinct personalities represented musically and to make something fun with a lot of contrast for Areon Flutes to play.IMG_5073

On April 10th at 2pm at the Center for New Music, Fête Concerts presents the music of living women composers. My song cycle, Even Though I Don’t Miss You, featuring the funny and contemporary poetry of Chelsea Martin, will be performed alongside other Bay Area composers. On May 23 and 24th at 7:30pm, the Balboa Theatre in the Richmond is presenting “Méliès Madness” featuring Bay Area composers and performers. I’m writing music for two whimsical (and slightly bombastic) George Méliès short films. It should be a fun night, complete with all your favorite movie snacks! On June 11th at 8pm, Ensemble for These Times celebrates their CD release with a concert with Trinity Chamber Concerts in Berkeley. The night will feature three world premieres, including my newest song cycle, Songs from the Book of Light, featuring the beautifully compelling poetry of Lucille Clifton.

April 10th, 2pm, at the Center for New Music (55 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA) – Fête Concerts presents the music of living women composers, including my song cycle, Even Though I Don’t Miss You, featuring the poetry of Chelsea Martin.

May 23-24th, 7:30pm, at the Balboa Theatre (3630 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA) – “Méliès Madness” featuring Bay Area composers and performers presenting new music for silent films by the whimsical and bombastic French filmmaker, George Méliès.

June 11th, 8:00pm, at Trinity Chamber Concerts (2320 Dana St, Berkeley, CA) – Ensemble for These Times performs music from their new album alongside three world-premieres, including my newest song cycle, Songs from the Book of Light, featuring the poetry of Lucille Clifton.


The Guerrilla Composers Guild is a fiscally-sponsored affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber MusicSFFCM smaller, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the service of chamber music in California.

Please consider making a donation to help us put on our future shows! We are proud to be fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and would love it if you considered donating. If you would like to donate goods or have a special request with a donation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Interview with composer Ryan Rey

new_areon_headshotLeading up to our Areon Flutes show, we will be writing about a few of our composers and performers! Ryan Rey told us a bit about himself in an interview in preparation for the big show at the Center for New Music.

Be sure to check out the show at the Center for New Music on April 15. Read the preview in the Examiner.

Tickets will be available at the door, and rest assured we will have wine present.


RyanRey MJPatArtBoutikiTechnology has always played a significant role in my creative process. Along with various recording devices and software, I explored the use of electronic effects pedals with my own guitar playing – especially delay and reverb. Utilizing various technologies allowed me to explore a range of sonic possibilities. This also coincided with the music I enjoyed listening to. Bands like Radiohead and Sigur Rós blended the same kinds of effects with their rock style and were some of my earliest musical influences.I didn’t begin formal music study until college, and it was at that time that I was introduced to music of the minimalist variety. The process of manipulation and layering of patterns fit the same musical aesthetic found in the bands I listened to. The combination of these and other elements are what influence my writing today. Narrowing down a few specific qualities found in my writing would be: patterns and rhythms that groove, layers that mimic the delay effect, and a touch of spacey atmosphere.

I first heard about the Guerrilla Composers Guild when they were planning an event in 2012 called, “Speed Dating: A Promiscuous Night of New Music.” I missed that event, but was fortunate to be apart of the Percussion Project the following year. After that experience, I knew I wanted to work with GCG again. The workshops alone make these collaborations worthwhile, but it’s the camaraderie that forms between the composers and performers that make you want to participate again – like I’m doing now.
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I love what Areon Flutes is doing to expand the repertoire for flute ensemble. They always bring something fun and exciting to their performances – and they’re fun people too. It’s been awesome working with them in the workshops leading up to the performance. Getting a chance to hear my piece during its draft stages was extremely valuable and gave me a chance to smooth out areas that needed more attention. The workshops weren’t one-sided either; The performers made comments and asked questions too. It’s not common for performers to offer opportunities like this, so I’ve been very appreciative of the feedback and support Areon Flutes gave throughout the process.

Imitation plays a big role throughout my piece. In the same way a musical line becomes layered when processed through delay, each flute carries an independent line (with some variation) that creates a composite texture across the ensemble. At times, the trio comes together into unified gestures; First, at sparse intervals, then gradually coming together more frequently as they reach an end.I have an event coming up this week: “Harlequin Mantis” for solo piano will be performed by Emily Tian at the Composers, Inc 2nd Annual Benefit Concert (FREE. Sunday, April 10 at 4pm at Walnut Creek Steinway Piano Gallery).
There are a few events worth noting from the organizations I work with. Seventh Avenue Performances: Meerenai Shim & Kris King (April 30) and Amaranth Quartet (May 28). Composers, Inc.: !BAMM! 2016 (May 21 and features Areon Flutes).


The Guerrilla Composers Guild is a fiscally-sponsored affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber MusicSFFCM smaller, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the service of chamber music in California.

Please consider making a donation to help us put on our future shows! We are proud to be fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and would love it if you considered donating. If you would like to donate goods or have a special request with a donation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

GCG + Transient Canvas coming up!

Hey Guerrilla Groupies,

 

We are thrilled to announce the dates for our forthcoming collaboration with Transient Canvas and five incredible Bay Area composers.

 

Transient Canvas is a Boston-based duo with possibly the coolest instrumentation ever – bass clarinet and marimba. For the past few years, artists Amy Advocat and Matt Sharrock have been working tirelessly to create a repertoire for their group – to date, they have over 40 new pieces under their belt, building an entire catalogue from scratch. Needless to say, we’re pretty into what they do.

 

Our composers will include some of the Bay Area’s finest musical personalities, including Brenna Noonan, Jon Yu, Crystal Pascucci, Danny Clay, and Robert Nance. True to Guerrilla fashion, all of these folks will be working with Transient Canvas to write brand new works specifically for them.

 

These new works, along with other classics from the Transient Canvas songbook, will be featured on two programs on either side of the Bay:

 

Friday, January 29, 2016 @ the Center for New Music (55 Taylor Street, San Francisco)

 

Put it in your calendars, and stay tuned for more updates here real soon!

 

Love,

the Guerrillas

Opportunity Announcement – Areon Flutes

new_areon_headshot*Opportunity announcement for composers*

The Guerrilla Composers Guild is joining forces with Areon Flutes to explore, examine, and exponentially expand the repertoire for three flutes at the Center for New Music in March of 2016.

(Free) online application: https://goo.gl/qKGllp

Areon Flutes has been a staple of the Bay Area creative music scene for over 10 years. Noted for innovative programming and collaborations that incorporate all members of the flute family, the group has engaged audiences across the country with works that utilize unique staging, theatrics, and choreography. Members Jill Heinke, Kassey Plaha, Sasha Launer and their numerous guest artists have received high praise for their remarkable performances. In 2008, the group was awarded the Bronze Medal at the prestigious and internationally recognized Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in Notre Dame, Indiana – the first time in the competition’s 35-year history that a flute chamber music ensemble reached this elite position.

 

For this concert, four composers be selected. Each composer will write a new 8-12 minute work specifically for Areon Flutes (3 performers with optional doublings: c flute/picc, c/alto, c/bass) in an intensely collaborative series of workshops, culminating in an adventurous evening of new music.

If you are a composer and this sounds like your dream project then we would love to hear from you. Apply by [August 15], and our newest collaborators will be announced on [September 1st.]

Need some inspiration? Check out Areon shredding two pieces written for them by Elaine Lillios and Cornelius Boots:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEOwSlGTWpE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMGmIKj44Ew

 

To apply, FILL OUT THE SURVEY BELOW (it should take all of five minutes!)

(Free) online application: https://goo.gl/qKGllp

GCG Composer Alumni Featured with One Found Sound

In less than a week (this Friday!) many Guerrilla Composers Guild alumni will be featured at this year’s One Found Sound fundraising gala! We are so proud to announce that we have performed pieces by the following composers:

Mark Ackerley
Nick Benavides
Eric Choate
Danny Clay
Lucas Floyd
Matthias McIntire
Andrew Vickers

Yes. That’s right. All seven of them. As unplanned as we would like to make this seem, we have to admit it was all planned: we choose the best composers we can get, and it’s no surprise that the whole program features GCG alum. We are a little ashamed we noticed this so late in the game, but we really hope you all can make it!

Tickets range from $25-$100, so be sure to grab one early! The event will be a fundraising gala for the organization, and I would really love to see you there to support me and six other composers with pieces on the program. The entire evening is dedicated to new voices in San Francisco.

Info below:

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7pm
Heron Arts | 7 Heron Street, San Francisco

Tickets

Join One Found Sound in celebrating the Bay Area’s vibrant artistic community! Sight.Taste.Sound will feature artwork by local artist Gabriel Schama, food and beverages, and the world premieres of 7 works by 7 up-and-coming Bay Area composers.

Tickets are limited! We want you to be a part of this exciting inaugural event, so please get your tickets in advance!

$25 / General Admission
$50 / All-Inclusive
$80 / All-Inclusive Friend
$100 / All-Inclusive VIP

All ticket proceeds will help fund One Found Sound’s 2015 – 2016 season.