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Concert: “Incompatibles” September 27, 2013

Wild Rumpus presents our first concert of the season as part of Old First Concerts in San Francisco. We will be presenting the world premiere performance of a newly commissioned work by Nicolas Tzortzis; the vivid, theatrical Incompatible(s) VI demands that a harpist portray both sides of a contentious relationship in speech and movement, with support from bass clarinet, violin, and cello. Several members of Wild Rumpus will also be featured in solos that run the gamut of contemporary expression, including the wild, noisy frenzy of Fausto Romitelli’s Trash TV Trance performed by electric guitarist Dan VanHassel, the delicate and sensuous sonic worlds of Toru Takemitsu’s Air and Morton Feldman’s Onlyperformed by flutist Amy Sedan and soprano Vanessa Langer, respectively. Also featured will be Joanne De Mars in Steve Reich’s Cello Counterpoint, a hard-driving piece by the minimalist master in which the cellist must play in sync with seven other pre-recorded versions of herself. In addition the group will be performing Cendres by Kaija Saariaho, a hauntingly beautiful trio for flute, cello, and piano, as well as a reprise of a work commissioned by Wild Rumpus in 2012 by Yao ChenO…What an Awakening, again featuring soprano Vanessa Langer.

Wild Rumpus: “Incompatibles”
Friday, September 27, 2013. 8 pm
Old First Church
1751 Sacramento St. San Francisco, CA


Toru Takemitsu – Air
solo flute

Yao Chen – O…What an Awakening
flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello, piano, soprano

Fausto Romitelli – Trash TV Trance
solo electric guitar

Morton Feldman – Only
solo soprano

Nicolas Tzortzis – Incompatible(s) VI (World Premiere)
violin, cello, bass clarinet, harp

Steve Reich – Cello Counterpoint
solo cello and seven pre-recorded cellos

Kaija Saariaho – Cendres
flute, cello, piano

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