PRISM Series in 2017

PRISM Series in 2017

I’m thrilled by the roster of great artists for my PRISM Series in 2017. Part of my curatorship at the Center for New Music in downtown SF, each PRISM show features live new music and talks with the artists to take you behind the scenes on their creative journeys.

There’s a whole slate of west coast premieres in store from folks from LA, NYC, and SF. Plus several full evenings are devoted to live performance with electronics, including one by your’s truly, so mark your calendars.

Starting with a bang (VERY) early in the new year on Friday, January 6th with pianist/composer Eleonor Sandresky, here’s the line up so far with more announcements to come.

Love from SF,


Friday, January 6, 2017 at 8pm
PRISM Series – Eleonor Sandresky’s The Wonder Suit Show: A Space Odyssey

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“Her (musical) language is of a decidedly minimalist stripe, but with ever-varying qualities of touch, register and intensity.” (TimeOut NY), “lovely… enigmatic” (The New York Times), “Witty, liberating…” (The Village Voice). One of New York’s preeminent new music pianists/composers, Eleonor Sandresky brings us the West Coast Premiere of her evening-length work, The Wonder Suit Show: A Space Odyssey. Using live piano, NASA space recordings, and her invention, The Wonder Suit – a wearable, remote sensor interface integrating live electronics with the pianist’s movements – her performance transports the audience to outer space. Will be followed by a discussion with the artist.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 8pm
PRISM Series – Nicholas Chase & Robin Lorentz: “Bhajan”

Chase CD front cover for TatMS 300x300 PRISM Series in 2017 Fresh from the world premiere in Los Angeles, composer-performer Nicholas Chase and renowned violinist Robin Lorentz bring Bhajan, a free-wheeling yet meditative four-movement work for electric violin and live electronics. As part of the Center for New Music’s PRISM series, the Northern California premiere of the performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artists focused on their creative journey to this “pas de deux between violin and electronics” (Textura).

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
PRISM Series – ensemble mise-en

ensemble mise en logo 300x118 PRISM Series in 2017Ensemble mise-en is a New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young HA committed to large-scale, dynamic performances featuring established and budding composers. Their music festival, said by the NY Times to be, “examining unusual corners of the composition world”, showcased more than new 60 works selected from an international call for scores that has elicited more than 2,300 submissions since 2014. Truly on the cutting edge, since forming in 2011, the ensemble has presented a total of 350 pieces, including 163 world premieres and 150 works written exclusively for the group.


Friday, September 22, 2017
PRISM Series – Gareth Loy & Julia Ogrydziak: “Blood From a Stone”

Blood from a Stone is a 15-minute piece for electronic violin with a computer accompaniment derived from the violinist’s performance. It began with an electronic violin built by Max Mathews, the father of computer music. In 1982, the composer built an interactive performance system for this instrument, including a then-novel violin pitch-detector. The west coast premiere of the revival of this piece will be accompanied with a PRISM talk and discussion by composer/technologist Gareth and and violinist/curator Julia (also the PRISM series creator). About the history of interactive computer music in San Francisco, Stanford, and UC Santa Cruz through Gareth’s personal experiences from the 80s to today, the challenges of keeping interactive pieces alive, and the history of the piece itself. The title refers to the composer’s brother, T.H. Loy’s, discovery that blood residues preserved on prehistoric stone tools could reveal the DNA of ancient creatures. Similarly, in the mid 1980s when this composition was written, the touchstone of the computer age — silicon — was opening powerful new avenues of musical expression.

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