Wednesday, June 28, 2017
reprised their December 2016 SoundBox performance of Lou Harrison's Suite for Violin and American Gamelan, an achingly lyrical piece co-composed by local violinist Richard Dee. It's a seven movement suite, and they played only three of them at SoundBox and four on this program. One of these days, Nadya will be allowed to perform the whole thing, which would be a delight because she obviously loves the music and made me cry all over again during the final Chaconne. Interestingly, this sweet, quiet, passionate work was the unexpected audience favorite on Sunday afternoon, possibly because it was an island of calm surrounded by assaultive musical seas.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
The long-running, annual summer contemporary music festival in the Southern California hamlet of Ojai has been producing a satellite event with Cal Performances at UC Berkeley for the last seven years. The NoCal version of the SoCal festival usually features a few highlights of the previous week's outdoor music fest which is programmed by a different Music Director each year. Those directors have ranged from Igor Stravinsky to Michael Tilson Thomas to Pierre Boulez to Kent Nagano to Mark Morris. This year's leader was jazz pianist and MacArthur "Genius" Vijay Iyer, which brought a welcome infusion of Bay Area, Indian audiences to Zellerbach Hall last weekend.
On her website is the following statement: "When on stage Aruna enters into another realm. The audience, while listening to her and watching her perform, experiences a timeless and spaceless sensation." Ordinarily, that kind of hyperbole would strike me as silly, but in this case was the transcendant truth.
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Sunday, June 18, 2017
Larry Sultan, and this month an exhibit dedicated to his friend and artistic collaborator, the very much living Mike Mandel, opened in an adjoining gallery.