Tuesday, March 26, 2002 7:54pm
The Black Box
1928 Telegraph
Downtown Oakland, California
[1 block from 19th St. BART]
$6-$100000 sliding scale

The sfSound Orchestra will be performing 3 of Morton Feldman's "box
notation" pieces for orchestra from the 50's:

"Marginal Intersection" (1951), "Intersection #1" (1951), and "Atlantis" (1959).

This is a rare opportunity to hear these experimental-music classics, as they are rarely performed. In fact, no commercial recording of "Marginal Intersection" [scored for winds, brass, percussion, strings, 2 oscillators, and sound effects of riveting] yet exists. [supposedly one is coming out this year on Mode]

Morton Feldman's early "box notation" pieces from 1951 were written at the age of 25, soon after Feldman began associating with John Cage in New York. The music contains some characteristics of Feldman's well-known later works, but with a much more experimental approach. These works, often cited as some of the first examples of graphic notation, can be at times loud, dense, and fast -- musical elements not usually associated with Feldman! "Atlantis" for orchestra (1959) is one of Feldman's last works to use graphic notation.

In addition to the Feldman pieces, the sfSound Orchestra will perform an improvisational new work to compliment [and contrast] the Feldman pieces.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! All this is only ONE HALF of the evening's music! The Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble [directed by Fred Frith] will also be performing a full set of new music.

We hope to see you there - this is an event not to be missed!

The sfSound Group is a San Francisco based New Music Ensemble. This all-star group, containing some of the Bay Area's finest composer-performers, is dedicated to presenting concerts that lie somewhere among the complexities of music that are traditionally composed, radically improvised, noisily sonificated, and collectively realized. Augmented with additional players to create a chamber orchestra for this performance, the sfSound "Orchestra" will be led by stopwatches and musical director Matt Ingalls.

sfSound Orchestra is:

Rachel Sher, Silvia Yee
clar Peter Arvantely, Robert Bailis, Matt Ingalls, Jacob Lindsay
bn Christopher Jones
sax Aaron Bennett, Daniel Plonsey
tpt David Bithell, Per Bloland, Chris Burns, Tom Dambly, Tom Djll
hn Kris Bobrowski
tbn Toyoji Tomita
tub Ron Heglin
perc Mike Carreira, Russell Greenberg, Garth Powell, Karen Stackpole, Moe! Staiano
guit John Shiurba
pno Matthew Goodheart
elec Thomas Day, Kent Jolly
vn Jeff Hobbs, Bob Marsh
vla Jorge Boehringer, Jonathan Fretheim, Linda Green
vc Danielle Degruttola, Hugh Livingston, Monica Scott, Carolyn Tyler, Heather Vorwerck
cb George Cremaschi, Matthew Sperry

This concert is presented by The Black Box, sfSound, ACME Observatory Contemporary Music Series, and Moe! Staiano.