Zubel Premiere In California


…an engagingly unsettled chamber work that alternated abruptly between passages of eerie calm and others of frantic unsteadiness.”

—Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle (1/26/2015)

On January 25, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players [SFCMP] performed the World Premiere of Polish composer and vocalist Agata Zubel’s new chamber piece, entitled Where To, at Cal Performances Hertz Hall in Berkeley, CA. It was second concert in the ensemble’s Project Ten Fourteen— series of four programs featuring world premieres simultaneously commissioned from ten distinctive composers all challenged to reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all. The program also included the World Premiere of Slow Portraits 3 by Du Yun and two works by Harrison Birtwistle: The Axe Manual and Gigue Machine. The SFCMP ensemble was joined by special guest pianist Nicholas Hodges and percussionist Steven Schick, as well as the composer herself lending an ethereal vocal performance.

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