Sun Feb 05 2023 at 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Mosswood Chapel | Oakland, CA

a weekly experimental sound series every Sunday in Oakland
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RON HEGLIN (low brass and voice) RIC LOUCHARD (piano) and TIM PERKIS (electronics) perform trio improvisations.

SFSOUND members and friends perform WENDY REID'S ambient bird - mosswood (2022). Avant-garde composer TOSHI ICHIYANAGI is remembered with performances of his graphic scores Sapporo (1962) and Music For Electric Metronomes (1968). Pianist HADLEY MCCARROLL performs Ichiyaagi's Music for Piano No. 2 (1959) and In memory of John Cage (1993).

JANUARY 13/14/15 2023


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SUNDAY JANUARY 22 2023 7pm $10-$25

CHRIS BROWN performs a set of 20th Century Solo Piano Pieces

Arnold Schönberg - Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke, op.19 (1911, 5 minutes)

Morton Feldman — Last Pieces (1959, 10 minutes)

Thelonious Monk - Monk’s Mood (1947, 4 minutes)

Henry Cowell - The Hero Sun (1912, 4 minutes)

Ruth Crawford Seeger — Piano Study in Mixed Accents (1930, 1.5 minutes)

Chris Brown - Sparks (1976, 8 minutes)

This piano set of short acoustic piano pieces asserts sonic connections between 20th century composers whose music is not normally associated with each other’s. Rather than emphasizing their differences in compositional style, it proposes links based on the intention of listening to the sound of the piano just for itself. I’m especially drawn to the opportunity to play this music on a Bösendorfer piano, since 20th century music was never permitted to be played on the Bösendorfer at UC Santa Cruz where I got my B.A., and it was strictly reserved for repertoire classical repertoire through the Romantic era. But Bösendorfer was always Cecil Taylor’s piano of choice, so it will be interesting to see how it responds to Feldman, Cowell, Crawford Seeger, and Brown! --C.B.

THE MOSSWOOD IMPROVISERS GROUP performs R MURRAY SCHAFER'S graphic score, minimusic (1968) and a group improvisation.

SUNDAY JANUARY 29 2023 7pm $10-$25

The world-renowned cellist FRANCES-MARIE UITTI permieres PIOMBO, a new composition for solo 2Bows Cello by LUCIANO CHESSA.

Uitti and Chessa also perform QUEST[O] / Una meditazione (2022) for cello, piano and voices.

FRANCES-MARIE UITTI composer/performer, pioneered a revolutionary dimension to the cello by transforming it for the first time into a polyphonic instrument capable of sustained chordal (two, three, and four-part) and intricate multivoiced writing. Using two bows in one hand, this invention permits contemporaneous cross accents, multiple timbres, contrasting 4-voiced dynamics, simultaneous legato vs articulated playing. György Kurtág, Luigi Nono, Giacinto Scelsi, Jonathan Harvey, Richard Barrett, Horatio Radulescu, Lisa Bielawa are among many who have used this technique in their works dedicated to her.

LUCIANO CHESSA is a composer, conductor, audiovisual and performance artist, and music historian. His performance of "intensely visual scores" in a concert he curated for NYC's Roulette last December, has been named "gripping" by The New York Times' chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini. Chessa's compositions include Cromlech, a large organ piece he premiered in Melbourne’s Town Hall in May 2018 as part of a solo organ recital that received over 2,200 ticket bookings; the opera Cena oltranzista nel castelletto al lago—a work merging experimental theater with reality TV which required from the cast over 55 hours of fasting—and A Heavenly Act, an opera commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with original video by Kalup Linzy. Chessa has been commissioned multiple times by the Performa Biennial, and in 2014 he presented three events at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe.


Where is it happening?

Mosswood Chapel, 3630 Telegraph, Oakland, United States

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USD 20.00


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