Guerrilla Composers Guild presents: Siroko Duo

Siroko Duo (sah-rock-o) partners with the Guerrilla Composers Guild for three world premieres by Nick Benavides, Emily Shisko, and Michael Kropf that combine music, technology, and culture to present music of our time. They will also perform pieces by Emma Logan and Lucas Floyd.

Reception with the composers and musicians will follow the performance. A big thanks to the Center for New Music and Dan Becker (curator) for hosting us!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017: 7:30 PM


Tickets: $15 General, $10 Members, Students
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Siroko Duo, founded by San Francisco flutists Victoria Hauk and Jessie Nucho, is dedicated to performing new works in creative spaces. Sharing a passion for commissioning and performing contemporary chamber music, Victoria and Jessie formed the duo in 2015 to record duets by Kyle Randall and Lucas Floyd and continue to actively perform works by (mostly) living composers. Upcoming projects include performances at the Hot Air Music Festival and a collaboration with the Helia Music Collective, which supports the creative endeavors of women in music. Both Jessie and Victoria studied with Tim Day at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

From curator Dan Becker:

On one hand I am simply excited and honored to have the opportunity to showcase local Artists — from all generations — whose work moves and inspires me. On the other hand, much of my work for years has leaned towards a desire to shine a light on the unique and rich New Music Community that exists here in SF (though sometimes in latent form). Doing this always depends on the context that we find ourselves in. NOW more than ever one crucial question is how can we be musicians, composers, “musical citizens”, and now CITIZENS in the broader sense, all at the same time? And should we?


Chase Study for two flutes
Suite for Two Flutes
Time and Place
Wherever We are Not
Ghost Trap

Program Notes:


Chase Study was written for a pair of flutist friends as an energetic recital-opener. Writing this was fast and fun, as I hope it sounds. The duet is a frivolous play where you’re never sure who is chasing who or which one is in the lead.


Suite for Two Flutes, written for Siroko Duo in collaboration with Helia Music Collective, is an intense personal study loosely inspired by the late David Bowie. Each movement reflects small moments found in Bowie’s final album, Black Star. The first movement, Feeling Very Still, creates a slow and murky world that explores shifting intervallic relationships between the two flutes, spiraling out of control for just a moment. The second movement, Branches to the Sky, heavily features the alto flute to give more depth to the tender melodic lines weaving in and out of the two flutes. In the final movement, Sun Machine, each flute chases the other with playful sixteenth-note figures as a simple melodic idea moves through various harmonic colors in a bright, whirlwind of a ride.


Wherever We Are Not is a loose interpretation of Margaret Atwood’s fictional essay Faster: Walking was not fast enough so we ran. Running was not fast enough, so we galloped. Galloping was not fast enough, so we sailed. Sailing was not fast enough, so we rolled merrily along on long metal tracks. Long metal tracks were not fast enough, so we drove. Driving was not fast enough, so we flew.

Flying isn’t fast enough, not fast enough for us. We want to get there faster. Get where? Wherever we are not. But a human soul can go only as fast as a man can walk, they used to say. In that case, where are all the souls? Left behind. They wander here and there, slowly, dim lights flickering in the marshes at night, looking for us. But they’re not nearly fast enough, not for us, we’re way ahead of them, they’ll never catch up. That’s why we can go so fast: our souls don’t weigh us down.


Ghost Trap uses an interactive computer patch to create “ghost flutes” that sound out, and often trap, the live performers. All the sounds are processed in real time, and the performers take turns using a controller between them to dictate the output of the ghost. The piece is playful, almost like two children trying to summon a ghost on a dare.



Nick Benavides’ music has been described as “wonderfully structured and harmonically imaginative…” (Brian Rosen, Music vs Theater), and “… sadly reflective… not a note was wasted” (Jeff Dunn, San Francisco Classical Voice). He has worked with prominent groups such as Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, The Bay Brass, The International Orange Chorale, and Friction Quartet. He has held residencies in Visby, Sweden, with Elevate Ensemble, and now with Nomad Session. As the Artistic Director of the Guerrilla Composers Guild (, he has been called a “new music impresario of San Francisco” (Cy Musiker, KQED Arts). He is currently the managing director of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, on faculty at the Academy of Art University, on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (Pre-College), and is also a teaching artist with the San Francisco Opera.

Lucas Floyd (b. 1988) is a composer whose music reflects beauty and truth via unmistakable melodies, earnest harmonic landscapes, and structures large and small. His music is deeply felt, drawing on memory and shared human experience. With work described as displaying “an assured technique and confident voice” (Gramophone), Lucas desires to bring meaningful musical experiences to everyday people, whether in the concert hall, church service, or film score.

Michael Kropf is a composer living in San Francisco. He has collaborated with Marin Alsop, the Telegraph Quartet, the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, and the One Great City guitar duo. His 2016 work “Spinning Music,” written for the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, was described as  “a brilliant, rapid fire stretch of perpetual motion,” by the SF Chronicle’s Joshua Kosman.  Current projects include a new work commissioned by the Apple Hill String Quartet. Michael was born in Danbury, Connecticut and received his Bachelor of Music degree from New York University. His teachers and mentors have included David Conte, John Adams, Justin Dello Joio, Luboš Mrkvička, and Youngmi Ha.

San Francisco-based composer Emma Logan (b. 1990) writes music that is emotionally compelling and has been performed across the United States, including Eugene, San Francisco, Chicago, Cincinnati, Ann Arbor, and Syracuse. Recent collaborations include commissions from Siroko Duo, One Great City Duo, Ensemble for These Times, and Areon Flutes with the Guerrilla Composers Guild. Upcoming projects include a commission by Miolina Duo, co-directing Helia Music Collective, and curating at San Francisco’s Center for New Music. For more information, please visit Emma online at

Emily Shisko‘s works live in the intersection between traditional compositional methods and experimental/electronic performance and installation practices, often including visual and sculptural elements. Her work has been exhibited at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Dolby Cinema, Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, and Berkeley Botanical Garden. Recent residencies and commissions include the Montalvo Arts Center, San Francisco’s Exploratorium, Resound Ensemble and the San Francisco Boys Chorus. She lives, works and teaches in Oakland, California.


Flutist Victoria “Tori” Hauk, originally from San Diego, has been performing and teaching in the Bay Area since 2013. She is an avid chamber musician and can be seen performing with groups including: One Found Sound, The Fête Concert Series, flute duo Siroko Duo, and woodwind quintet Avenue Winds. She teaches privately and at San Francisco Conservatory Pre-College, Young Musician’s Choral Orchestra, Albany Music School, Little Mission Studio, and Scherzo Music School. She is the winner of the University of Arizona President’s Concerto Competition and Arizona Flute Society Competition. Tori is also an award winner of the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego, MTNA Southwest Regional Competition, and has received the Presser Foundation Award. She received her Professional Studies Diploma at the San Francisco Conservatory studying with Tim Day, M.M. at Lynn Conservatory studying with Jeffrey Khaner and Renée Siebert, and B.M. at the University of Arizona studying with Brian Luce.

An avid chamber musician and proponent of new music, San Francisco flutist Jessie Nucho is passionate about sharing her love of music through performing and teaching. Well versed in both the traditional and contemporary repertoire, Jessie is an adventurous performer, combining all styles of music in innovative ways. In recognition of her dynamic stage presence, she received Carnegie Mellon University’s 2010 Harry G. Archer award for excellence in performance. Jessie recently performed at the Berkeley Arts Festival and the Hot Air Music Festival. She has appeared as a guest soloist with the Carnegie Mellon University Baroque Ensemble as well as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Percussion Ensemble. Jessie has premiered more than fifty pieces and continues to commission new works from Bay Area composers. Jessie enjoys frequent collaborations with musicians from the Bay Area and throughout the country. Most recently, she was a guest performer with the San Francisco-based new music ensemble Wild Rumpus as part of the Legion of Honor Listening Series. Jessie regularly appears with the Fog City Guitar Duo and will be joining them for their upcoming cross-country tour. In 2012, she won the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Auditions as a member of the Hugo Trio, performing with harpist Natalie Severson and violist Alex Hettinga.