Concerts

Upcoming 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

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

Third Life Studio
33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
$12 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. Six of those pieces will be performed tonight by composers from different countries: Nicole Murphy (Australia), Mahdis Golzar Kashani (Iran), Silvia Rosani (England), Paolo Tortiglione (Italy), Nickos Harizanos (Greece), and Grey Grant (U.S.)

Program

Varied Trio–Lou Harrison
Dirt Roads–Bob Clendenen
Parched Paddock–Nicole Murphy
Drones for Late Summer–Grey Grant
And Moses Drowned–Mahdis Golzar Kashani
Viola in my Life 1–Morton Feldman
Die Elbe–Silvia Rosani
Five Music–Paolo Tortiglione
Iho–Nickos Harizanos

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“(We) Love to Turn You On”–May 26, 2018, 8pm

The final concert of our second season features the exquisitely beautiful music of four more composers who entered SLPs “Call for Scores: Ian Wilson (Ireland), Gilbert Galindo (NYC), Sean Harold (U.S.), and Joshua Jandreau (Boston). The program also features John Luther Adam’s stunning half-hour work “Four Thousand Holes” for piano, percussion, and electronics.

Third Life Studio
33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
$12 tickets at the door, cash only

Program

Nachtlied–Sean Harold
Four Thousand Holes–John Luther Adams
New Work–Joshua Jandreau
Echoes of the Divine–Gilbert Galindo
Dreamgarden–Ian Wilson


Past Concerts

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)
Mel Powell–Levertov Breviary (1996)
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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