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  • Westben Performer-Composer Residency: Listening Party
    Jul 28, 9:00 AM
    Zoom
  • Urban Birds
    RSVP Closed
    Sat, Jun 26
    Audubon Center at Debs Park
    Jun 26, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Audubon Center at Debs Park, 4700 Griffin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031, USA
  • 4th Annual Harvard Music Festival: Jennifer Bewerse discusses Concert Design
    Jun 23, 7:30 PM – 10:35 PM EDT
    Zoom
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Interstice: Opening + Film Screening

August 28, 2021

3:00 AM

MOTO

The Residency Project hosts an opening + film screening for their exhibition, Interstice. One of the films to be screened features Southland Ensemble's performance of William Roper's Pigs, Pigs, Oh! Those Tasty Pigs originally created for Music for Your Inbox. Tickets are pay what you can, suggested $15 Get your tickets at https://form.jotform.com/212135572225145 **** Interstice is an evolving and itinerant exhibition exploring the theme of interstices*—interstitial spaces, moments, identities, philosophies, and states of being or perceiving.  *Interstice (noun) \ in-ˈtər-stəs \  1. a space that intervenes between things a: especially one between closely spaced things, ie. interstices of a wall b: a gap or break in something generally continuous, ie. the interstices of society 2. a short space of time between events Interstice began in May 2021 as a short-run exhibition featuring artist books, small sculptures, and sensorial installations. This iterative exhibition, curated by Sarah Umles, has since expanded to include many more artists, presenting work in expanded media including video, performance, net art, and social practice. Interstice has previously activated space at Franconia Sculpture Park (Shafer, MN), Focus Arts (Minneapolis, MN), The Residency Project (Pasadena, CA), and now MOTOR (Los Angeles, CA).  MOTOR is a mobile site that operates within and around the topology of Los Angeles. Taking the sprawl, temporality, and modularity as points of ignition; MOTOR navigates the routes of non-standard methodologies in artistic production & its presentation. MOTOR transports events alongside the narratives/histories of its contingent location and communal engagement to exhibit the underrepresented and the complex.  Exhibiting artists include: Judith Brotman, Nicholas F. Callaway, Leslie Anne Condon, Dasha + Zhanar, Enrico Dedin, JazzyJake Fetterman, Anna Haglin, Jean Hsi, Christina Reenberg Jensen & Karina Søby Madsen, Mariah Anne Johnson, Markéta Kinterová, Spencer Krywy, Darryl Lauster, Sara Lynne Lindsay, Carson Lynn, Madison May, Moshopefoluwa Olagunju, Janelle O'Malley, Jungho Park, Trina Michelle Robinson, Liz Rodda, Jean-Michel Rolland, William Roper, Ruoyi Shi, Sylvain Souklaye, Kate Stone, Cristian Tablazon, Mateo Vargas, Emma Wood, Shan Wu, and Boyang Yu.

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Westben Performer-Composer Residency: Listening Party

July 28, 2021

4:00 PM

Zoom

Join us for the third Wesben Performer-Composer Residency Listening Party as we experience pieces written during the residency by our participant cohorts. Two pieces per day will premiere on Westben's Digital Venue during the Week of Premieres (July 26th-31st). These listening parties are a chance to hear new creations and talk with the creators. Featured in Listening Party 3: Starfruit Group: remember me otherwise Pomelo Group: Moment/Memory/Tumbling/Passage Admission is Free Register Here

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Urban Birds

June 26, 2021

9:00 PM

Audubon Center at Debs Park

Are you longing to hear live music without going inside? Could your endless outdoor meet-ups use a little more pizazz? If so, glide and hop over to Urban Birds, an afternoon of musical performances for kids and adults. Urban Birds takes place at the Children’s Garden in Northeast LA’s Ernest Debs Park. It is co-presented by the Audubon Society and Synchromy, a Los Angeles-based composer’s collective dedicated to making new music accessible. For this event, Synchromy commissioned 10 local composers to create works inspired by birds common to Southern California. The day’s 10 world premieres include Dante De Silva’s Heat Thrasher and Jen Wang’s Monster, an homage to the mourning dove.


Urban Birds offers many ways to engage. The performances are nestled throughout the trees of the Children’s Garden at the Audubon Visitors Center, and you’re welcome to wander through the musical oasis the way you’d wander through the park looking for birds, stopping to listen for a spell and moving along as you please. For adventurous listeners, Deb’s Park offers trails, gardens, and a turtle pond to explore. Our field guide to the featured birds is available as a free booklet in both English and Spanish for birders and the bird-curious alike. Posters throughout the site offer context for the music, and composers will hold a question-and-answer session at the close of the event. For kids inspired by the sounds and sights, we offer take-home activities, such as instructions for DIY binoculars and bird calls made from common household objects.


The event also celebrates the renovation and re-opening of the Audubon Center, a hub of habitat restoration and environmental justice whose primary goal is renewing the connection between people and the land in Los Angeles. Synchromy supports this mission with music, bringing free live performances to Deb’s Park with following wide-winged local line-up:

Heat Thrasher - Dante De Silva

Monster - Jen Wang

Ash Throated Flycatcher - Christopher Adler

Crow Language - Jason Barabba

Mockingbird Hopscotch - Vera Ivanova

California Towhee - Veronika Krausas

Owl’s Breath - Pamela Madsen

Red Shouldered Hawk - Kenji Oh

Call and Echo - Brandon Rolle

Synchopomp - Diana Wade


Performers include Sean Barela (Bassoon), Rachel Beetz (Flute), Luc Kleiner (Voice), Christopher Adler (Khaen), Xenia Deviatkina-Loh (Violin), Brian Walsh (Clarinet), Scott Worthington (Contrabass), Theodosia Roussos (Oboe), Cassia Streb (Viola), and Jennifer Bewerse (Cello). Concert Design by Cassia Streb and Jennifer Bewerse.


This performance was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the California Arts Council.

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4th Annual Harvard Music Festival: Jennifer Bewerse discusses Concert Design

June 23, 2021

11:30 PM

Zoom

The third of four evenings of special hour-long presentations featuring acclaimed guests sharing their innovative work and wonderful insights. Each event concludes with time for Q&A.


As a composer, Jennifer Bewerse sees herself as a collagist where her work is to collect and arrange the elements of each piece. Her compositions are built from sounds she wants to hear using simple mechanics that yield complex results. Each collage generates moods, the sensation of meaning, and, most importantly, makes space for listeners to draw new connections in their perspectives and experiences.


Performers and audiences are listening to and thinking about music in new ways. In this presentation/discussion, Jennifer will describe her path to claiming the title of Artist, exploring and expressing big ideas as a performer, and reframing the concert as its own medium.


Jennifer’s works have been performed at Craft in America: Sunday Sound Streams,  Nadia Sirota’s Living Music: Pirate Radio Edition, and the Music from Salem Cello Seminar. Recently she was commissioned by Aperture Duo to write a new work for livestreaming musicians.


In 2020, Jennifer began a series of Postal Pieces inspired by James Tenney’s 1970’s postal compositions. The ongoing project currently includes 16 pieces written for and inspired by members of Jennifer’s performing community.


For more information about the 4th Annual Harvard Music Festival, visit https://www.fivesparks.org/arts-events/hmf2021/public/

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Sanctuary for Humanity

May 15, 2021

8:30 PM

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

A refreshing tonic to a complex world.

An afternoon gathering of music and meditation.

An invitation to renew and refresh.


Sanctuary for Humanity provides a safe haven to encourage each of us to embody our innate sense of compassion and love through a variety of creative explorations, dialogue, and prayer. Led by Mark Saltzman, this is Sanctuary for Humanity's first return after the pandemic. Music will be played by Jennifer Bewerse, Elizabeth Huston, and Eileen Holt.


For more information, visit www.sanctuaryforhumanity.net

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Music for Your Inbox: Jennifer Bewerse & Jocy de Oliveira

February 11, 2021

7:40 AM

musicforyourinbox.com

Last April, composer Jennifer Bewerse mailed feminist violin duo, The Furies, a piece written on a repurposed wedding thank you card. In it, she asks them to tell stories of “a blossom, blooming, or the color red” while beating their chests. For this month’s performance video, The Furies premiere Jennifer’s Bloom between two arrangements of songs from Brazilian composer Jocy de Oliveira’s subversive first album “A Música Século XX de Jocy” (Jocy’s Twentieth Century Music). A pioneer storyteller, Oliveira’s avant-garde Bossa Nova transforms the Brazilian muse—beautiful, young, and rich—into a full person by humanizing by her mortality. To deepen the storytelling,  MFYI commissioned an art print postcard from Yasmine Nasser Diaz, a multidisciplinary artist whose practice navigates overlapping tensions around religion, gender, and third-culture identity.


Music

Sofia Suicidou-se and Pecou A Rosa by Jocy de Oliveira

Bloom by Jennifer Bewerse

Performed by

The Furies

Art Print Postcard by

Yasmine Nasser Diaz


Deadline for tickets is February 10th for a February 15th video release

Single Tickets: $8.25 / $14

Purchase Tickets HERE

Subscription: $7 / $12

Subscribe to Music for Your Inbox HERE

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Music for Your Inbox: Southland Ensemble plays William Roper

January 23, 2021

7:40 AM

musicforyourinbox.com

How much of a nudge does a performer need in order to launch a musical idea? What is too little information or too much? In an effort to play with this idea, William Roper composed Pigs, Pigs, Oh! Those Tasty Pigs, a deck of cards with symbols from everyday life that act as improvisational prompts. In this video, Southland Ensemble interprets these cards by recording their sounds and actions in an otherwise empty space. The final result is a surprise to everyone—the correlations and coincidences that arise feel like magic. This month’s art print postcard, Iowan Idyll, is also by Bill, a skilled multi-disciplinary artist. The performance and postcard combine to give a more complete perspective of his artistic point of view.


Music

Pigs, Pigs, Oh! Those Tasty Pigs by William Roper

Performed by

Southland Ensemble

Art Print Postcard by

William Roper

Iowan Idyll, watercolor on paper


Deadline for tickets is January 10th for a January 15th video release

Single Tickets: $8.25 / $14

Purchase Tickets HERE

Subscription: $7 / $12

Subscribe to Music for Your Inbox HERE

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Sunday Sound Streams: Aperture Duo

August 2, 2020

9:00 PM

Facebook Live

To continue an 8-year tradition of presenting live music, Craft in America will stream a series of virtual mini-concerts, Sundays at 2 p.m. PDT this summer.

 

The series concludes with a pre-recorded performance: Aperture Duo bring you a video compilation from Snapshot, a multidisciplinary performance project for this socially distant time. Performed and recorded "live" over Zoom, Snapshot is a series of short instruction pieces written for Aperture Duo to explore chamber music in the time of quarantine. The performance will include two world premieres and a performance of Jennifer Bewerse's Missed for two live-streaming instrumentalists. Join in for microtonal drones, conversations, coffee, lemonade, dogs, violin, and viola!

 

The concert will be streamed as part of Craft in America's Sunday Sound Streams Concert Series on Facebook Live.

For more information visit craftinamerica.org

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OUTR Online Festival

July 18, 2020

3:00 AM

Twitch Livestream

OUTRSpaces will host their second streaming event featuring artists from the 2020 Omaha Under the Radar festival roster.

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Stream the event from the OutrSpaces Twitch channel:

www.twitch.tv/outrspaces

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FEATURING:

Ultima Thule

Riley Leitch performing music by Sivan Cohen Elias

Nathan Brumbaugh

Waveform Collapse

Viscosity Dance Collective

Autoduplicity

 

Admission: FREE

Facebook Event Here

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Cello Seminar: Final Projects

June 12, 2020

2:00 AM

Zoom

Music from Salem presents the Cello Seminar's Final Projects. Participants from the Cello Seminar will share their work, performing a wide range of contemporary repertoire for solo cello. 

 

The concert will also feature the world premiere of Jennifer Bewerse's A Piece of Farm, composed specially for the cello seminar.

 

Follow along via Zoom

More information at musicfromsalem.org/cello-seminar

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