Concerts

Upcoming Concerts

Season #3 (2018-2019)

“Within my Garden, rides a Bird…”

November 17, 2018, 8pm; Third Life Studio, Somerville, MA
November 18, 2018, 7:30pm; Bemis Hall, Lincoln, MA

Last season, SLP performed two world premieres, including a commission, a U.S. premiere, and five Boston premieres. In this first concert of our third season, we present two more Boston premieres, “Nachtlied” and “Dreamgarden”. The exquisite selections in this concert is inspired in equal parts by gardens, birds, and music.

Third Life Studio
33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
$15 tickets at the door, or through Brown Paper Tickets

Bemis Hall
15 Bedford Road, Lincoln, MA
$15 tickets at the door

Program

Nachtlied–Sean Harold
Canticle of the Birds–John Luther Adams
Ryoanji–John Cage
Birds in Warped Time 2–Somei Satoh
Dreamgarden–Ian Wilson
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“Shared Psychosis”

February 8, 2019, 8pm; Third Life Studio

Third Life Studio
33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
$15 tickets at the door, or through Brown Paper Tickets

Program

À quatre folioles–André Cormier

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May 10, 2019, 8pm; Third Life Studio

Third Life Studio
33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
$15 tickets at the door, or through Brown Paper Tickets

Program

Die Elbe–Silvia Rosani
Echoes of the Divine–Gilbert Galindo
Flay–Ceclia Livingston
Dark Blessing–Tianyi Wang
Why Patterns?–Morton Feldman


Past Concerts

Season #2 (2017-2018)

“For All Love Lost”–May 12, 2018, 8pm

The final concert of our second season features a new work, “For all love lost and spirit gained”, written especially for SLP by Boston composer, Joshua Jandreau. Also included on the program are piano/percussion duos by Peter Garland and Jo Kondo, John Cage’s sparkling string quartet, “Four”, John Luther Adams’ first piece for solo piano, “Among Red Mountains”, and finally, “And the Moses Drowned”, a haunting reflection on the toll of war on children by Iranian composer Mahdis Golzar Kashani.

Third Life Studio
33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
$15 tickets at the door, or through Brown Paper Tickets

Program

Penasco Blanco–Peter Garland
And the Moses Drowned–Mahdis Golzar Kashani
Aquarelle–Jo Kondo
Among Red Mountains–John Luther Adams
Four–John Cage
For all love lost and spirit gained–Joshua Jandreau

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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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“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

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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

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