Concerts

Upcoming Concerts

Season #2 (2017-2018)

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“Hear! Calls! Everywhere!”–Feb 10, 2018, 8pm

Third Life Studio
33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
$15 tickets at the door, cash only

The Sonic Liberation Players received submissions from 5 continents, over 40 countries, and over 400 composers. Out of over 2000 individual pieces received, SLP chose 10 to be included in this season: three of those pieces will be performed tonight by composers from different countries: Nicole Murphy (Australia), Paolo Tortiglione (Italy), and Nickos Harizanos (Greece). Lou Harrison’s exquisite “Varied Trio” for percussion (including tuned riced bowls), violin, and piano, Feldman’s austere “Viola in my Life 3”, and L.A. composer Bob Clendenen’s work for cello and percussion “Dirt Roads” rounds out the concert.

Program

Varied Trio–Lou Harrison
Dirt Roads–Bob Clendenen
Parched Paddock–Nicole Murphy
Viola in my Life 3–Morton Feldman
Levertov Breviary–Mel Powell
Five Music–Paolo Tortiglione
Iho–Nickos Harizanos

Program Notes/Composer Bios

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“Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On…”–May 12, 2018, 8pm

The final concert of our second season features the exquisitely beautiful music of five more composers who entered SLPs Call for Scores: Mahdis Golzar Kashani (Iran), Gilbert Galindo (NYC), Sean Harold (U.S.), Grey Grant (U.S.), and a new work, written especially for SLP by Boston composer, Joshua Jandreau. John Luther Adams stunning and virtuosic half-hour work for percussion, piano, and electronics, “Four Thousand Holes”, completes the program.

Third Life Studio
33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
$15 tickets at the door, cash only

Program

Nachtlied–Sean Harold
Drones for Late Summer–Grey Grant
And Moses Drowned–Mahdis Golzar Kashani
New Work–Joshua Jandreau
Echoes of the Divine–Gilbert Galindo
Four Thousand Holes–John Luther Adams


Past Concerts

Season #2 (2017-2018)

“All Together Now”–November 19, 2017, 5:30pm

First Parish Watertown
35 Church St., Watertown, MA
$12 tickets at the door, cash only

This program is a musical response to the current political atmosphere of this country. Music about the influence of money in politics (“Koch-aine”), socio-political breakdown (“He Got Dictators” and “The Fall of Empire”), violent racism (“Poem for Emmett Till”), and inconceivable misogyny (“Presidential Address”) reflect our feelings of anger, confusion, and despair. John Cage’s joyous anarchistic “Apartment House, 1776”, a celebration of diversity and inclusion and Wolff’s “I Like to Think of Harriet Tubman”, a song of fierce determination to persist against odds, bookend the concert.

Program

I Like to Think of Harriet Tubman–Christian Wolff
Poem for Emmett Till–William Roper
Koch-aine–Jonathan Russ
The Fall of Empire (selections)–Frederic Rzewski
He Got Dictators–Mary Jane Leach
Presidential Address–Daniel Felsenfeld, NYC
Apartment House, 1776–John Cage

Program Notes/Composer Bios

Season #1 (2016-2017)

“Maximal Effect 1.0”–April 27, 2017, 7:30pm

UMass Boston, The Recital Hall, Dept. of Performing Arts
100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125
Tickets at the door or click here

Program

Broken Line–Alvin Lucier (2006)
John Cage–Four (1989)
James Tenney–Harmonium #5 (1978)
Tom Johnson–Narayana’s Cows (1989)
Morton Feldman–Voice, Violin, Piano (1976)
Julius Eastman–Stay on It (1973)

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“Maximal Effect 2.0”–May 6, 2017, 8pm

Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA/$10
Tickets at the door or here

Program

Broken Line–Alvin Lucier (2006)
Tom Johnson–Narayana’s Cows (1989)
Julius Eastman–Stay on It (1973)
Nicholas Chase–Sutram (2016, new version 2017)
Pauline Oliveros–Wind Horse (1989)

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“Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello”–Feb 3, 2017, 8pm

Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA/$12
Tickets here

Program

Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello–Morton Feldman (1987)

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“Oh, Valencia”–October 15, 2016, 8pm

First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St, Watertown, MA/$10
Tickets at the door

Program

Art Jarvinen–Isoluminaries (1995)
Stephen “Lucky” Mosko–Rais Murad (1978)
James Tenney–Harmonium #5 (1978)
James Tenney–Weave (a Meditation)
Morton Subotnick–Then Now and Forever (2008)

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Preview Concert

“Introducing the…Sonic Liberation Players”–March 19, 2016, 6pm

Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, $10
Tickets at the door

Program

Jonathan Marmor — Prester John: Mythical Christian King of India **
Giacinto Scelsi — Krishna e Radha
Trevor Berens — Cella Duru **
Morton Feldman — Voice, Violin, Piano
Kaija Saariaho – Cendres
John Cage — Five
Nick Chase — Sutram **

** World premiere, written for Sonic Liberation Players

Andrea Lieberherr Douglass, flute and violin
Jessica Tunick Berens, soprano
Kristin Olson, oboe
Rachel Barringer, cello
Trevor Berens, piano

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