OTHER MINDS Presents
Bay Area New Music Marathon
Produced by the Common Sense Composers Collective
Saturday, November 7, 1998
1 PM - 11 PM
at Yerba Buena Center for the
San Francisco, CA
"...one of the most exciting new music
events of the year, a day where the work of composers of all ages
and styles is showcased in a marvelously informal atmosphere"
-Paul Dresher, Artistic Director, Paul Dresher Ensemble/Musical
"I came away from the concert marveling
at the logistics of the event... The programming was excellent,
the stylistic range impressive."
-David Meckler, Paris New Music Review
OPUS415 No.4 is the fourth annual New Music Marathon produced
by the Common Sense Composers' Collective. The San Francisco Bay
Area is rich with different pockets of musical exploration, and
in 1995 the members of Common Sense created an event that brought
these many diverse voices into one festive and celebratory feast
for the ears. This year the Common Sense Composers' Collective
is pleased to have Other Minds as its presenter and co-sponsor,
a fruitful collaboration which has enabled the Marathon to expand
and grow to include ever more diverse artists. Included among
the over 25 Bay Area Composers and over 100 Bay Area performers
are Pauline Oliveros, Philip Gelb, Dana Reason, Belinda Reynolds,
Carl Stone, Sarah Cahill, Miya Masaoka, Donald Swearingen, Pamela
Z, Mitchell Clark, Carolyn Yarnell, Jay Cloidt, Charles Amirkhanian,
David Wessel, Vijay Iyer, Dan Becker, D'Cuckoo, the Tuolumne Brass
Ensemble, and numerous others. OPUS415 No.4 is also pleased to
present three special visiting guests: 20th Century pioneer Henry
Brant, the unclassifiable but always evocative Harold Budd, and
the poet of electronic sound Ingram Marshall performing with new
music oboist Libby Van Cleve.
Other OPUS415 No.4 Highlights
This year's Marathon features a work created especially for OPUS415
by visiting guest Henry Brant. His piece, Common Interests, will
combine numerous performers from throughout the day into a single
work which will close the Marathon.
OPUS415 No.4 also features numerous works for multiple identical
instruments. These include a piece for three baroque violas da
gamba, a piece utilizing three 16mm film projectors as musical
instruments, a piece for five electric guitars, a piece for eight
ratchets, and a piece for 14 accordions.
The duo Tyranny of Two will act as ambient DJ's throughout the
day, providing music from their 'dueling powerbooks' between each
of the four musical sets.
Animator Jason Shiga has created a short film especially for OPUS415
No.4, to be accompanied by Nik Phelps and the Sprocket Ensemble.
About the Common Sense Composers' Collective
The Common Sense Composers' Collective is a bi-coastal, SF-NYC
based collective of eight composers. Now in their fifth year,
the group continues to explore alternative ways of conceiving
and completing new works. Their initial project was the creation
of, and collaboration with, the eleven-member Common Sense Ensemble.
The works resulting from this first project were released as a
CD by Composers Recordings, Inc. on their acclaimed Emergency
Music Series in January, 1997.
They have since gone on to complete Bay Area collaborations with
the Alternate Currents Performance Ensemble and the period-instrument
ensemble American Baroque, as well as New York City collaborations
with the innovative duo Twisted Tutu and the Meridian Arts Ensemble.
Upcoming projects include the Albany Symphony's chamber orchestra,
Dogs of Desire, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.
With the OPUS415 Marathons, Common Sense has extended their philosophy
of collaboration and bridge-building. OPUS415 No.4 is presented
with the continued hope of fostering new ideas and generating
About Other Minds
Other Minds is dedicated to contemporary music in all its forms
through its concerts, workshops, and conferences that unite artists
and audiences of all traditions, generations, and cultural backgrounds.
The first Other Minds season began in 1993 with a series of festival
concerts that were part of the inaugural season of San Francisco's
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and among its composers included
Robert Ashley, Philip Glass, Jon Jang, Meredith Monk, Conlon Nancarrow,
Trimpin, and Julia Wolfe. Other noted composers who have participated
in recent Other Minds festivals have included Lou Harrison, Terry
Riley, Laurie Anderson, La Monte Young, and Frederic Rzewski.
Additional programs held by Other Minds have been performances
by the late Indian vocalist Pandit Pran Nath, the English violin-piano
duo Double Exposure, and the American premiere of a series of
piano works by Gyorgy Ligeti.
address inquiries to:
Common Sense Composers' Collective
Dan Becker, Director 4348 26th St. SF, CA 94131