Phillip Greenlief’s graphic scores at the Center for New Music


On Tuesday I will be playing a couple of graphic scores by Phillip Greenlief with Lisa Mezzacappa (bass) and Phillip himself (reeds). The concert will take place at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. There will be a bunch of extremely exciting acts before: Curt Brown & Fletcher Pratt (modular synthesizers); RITUAL 1: thicket ensemble (Suki O’Kane, Tim Kim, and Katherine McDonald); violinist Jeffrey Young, who is coming all the way from Brooklyn.

Phillip created a series 37 of graphic scores, entitled BARBED WIRE. They feature a variety of visual ideas, evoking a whole range of associations; each of the 3 players has their own line assigned; those can be straight, leading to “knots” – aural “occurrences” and “events”; wavy lines; structures that go both in a horizontal direction – reminding of traditional musical scores and in a vertical direction, or even all 3 lines crossing and overlapping each other. The possibilities for interpretation are endless and, of course, the music is completely different every time it’s played.

The concert will start at 7 pm.

Tickets: $15 General, $10 Members
Tickets available at the door only

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Over the first weekend of March I am adding my violin playing to an extremely interesting chamber opera project –Uksus by Erling Wold. From the press release:
“An autobiography of Daniil Kharms and the OBERIU, favorites of Pussy Riot, who met a bad end in the bad days of Stalin, told through his stories and the unfolding of his life.”
Composed by Erling Wold, post-minimalist score with strong cabaret influences is set to a libretto by Yulia Izmaylova and Felix Strasser, informed by absurd and bitter Russian sense of humor. The opera features singers and actors Laura Bohn, Nikola Printz, Duncan Wold, Bob Ernst, Mary Forcade and Roham Sheikhani; accompanied by the band comprised of some of the finest Bay Area musicians: Beth Custer on clarinet, Lisa Mezzacappa on bass, John Schott on guitar, Chris Grady on trumpet, Joel Davel on percussion and Diana Strong on accordion. Directed by Jim Cave and conducted by Brian Nies.
Looking forward to it!
March 6-8 2015, Fri – Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm;
Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St, San Francisco, CA
$30 general, $25 advance, $20 frugal
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The Double Negative Ensemble at the Center for New Music



I would like to invite you to an awesome concert in December – I will be performing some structured and open improvisations with fellow instrumentalists from The Double Negative Ensemble. The concert will take place at the Center for New Music on Wednesday, December 17th at 8 pm.

From the program note:

‘The combined knowledge of this group of accomplished musicians and improvisers has my ears a flutter in anticipation of the sounds that will be conjured. The term improvisations doesn’t really do justice to the hard work of creating the musical language and technique on an instrument and than honing the artistic aesthetic to create music that each of these musicians have done. This is even more astounding to me when it is in an ensemble. The music non-narrative will be organized by Jon Raskin who will provide source material and basic structures to be used as needed for the various sub groupings.’

The link to the event can be found here:

Hope to see you there!

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This month I have a pleasure of performing a violin part in the musical ‘Candide’, composed by Leonard Bernstein, orchestrated by John Caird. ‘Candide’ is produced by Hayward’s Douglas Morrisson Theatre and it’s an absolute delight to be a part of it. The show is directed by Michael Mohammed and David Moschler prepared the singers and conducts the show.  Here is an excerpt from the show’s page:

‘An opportunity to see this glorious musical fully staged with a cast of 21 and a dynamic live orchestra. A rollicking musical satire, Candide is based on the 1759 novel by Voltaire, Candide, or Optimism, and features Leonard Bernstein’s unforgettable score and lyrics by Richard Wilbur with additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein.’

The full article can be found here:

We also scored a great review in San Jose Mercury News:

The show will close on November 30th.

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Hi Everyone,

I would to invite you to 2 awesome events happening within next couple of days.
On Sunday 10/27 at 8.00 I will be performing with a contemporary ensemble Klangfarbenatrix (Robert Lopez filling in for Tim Black – percussion, Nick Kanozik – piano, Josh Marshall – saxophones) at Berkeley Arts Festival (2133 University Avenue, Berkeley). The concert starts at 8.00, we hit at 9.00! It’s going to be super fun, Nick will manipulate boxes with tiny drawers to make us play stuff, you will also hear some free improv!!
On November 6th I will be playing with awesome George Cole and his Gypsy Jazz group, at 6.30, at PIQ Bakery (Downtown Berkeley). You can check his project out here: I am very excited to be a part of it, channeling my inner Stephane Grappelli 😉 Super slick music. 
 Finally I would like to share with you a video made by Clifford Brown III, set to music also produced by him. I had a great pleasure to play violin on this project. Clifford processed my sound, achieving some crazy guitar like effects. Also, you can see me in the video 🙂 I hope you enjoy it!!

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Bay Area improv

Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall

Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall

Since I moved to Bay Area almost 3 months ago, I’ve been trying to scope out the musical scene in and around San Francisco.
One of the happy occurrences was definitely meeting Nick Kanozik, pianist and composer affiliated with Mills College. With him and percussionist Timothy Black and saxophone player Josh Marshall we did 2 sessions of free improvisation and visual score reading at the Mills College’s beautiful Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall Nick posted some of this on YouTube, Check it out!

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Upcoming concert, Queens College 03/19

It’s been a while since I posted something, what can I say, life happens…
I did a bunch of cool performances with Elevator Rose and we have an upcoming concert in Queens College!
After a great gig in The Stone we played at Suburbia in Bushwick and again at JACK in Clinton Hill.

At Suburbia, photo taken by Emmanuel Cruz

On both occasions we performed Terry Riley’s A Rainbow in Curved Air and Vasu Panicker’s Fix. We shared the bill with some great and super creative NY contemporary groups – Quiet City, thingNY, Anti-Social Music, New Thread Quartet and Iktus Percussion. You can read more about that event here:

At JACK, photo taken by Jeff Young

At JACK, photo by Jeff Young

Check out live recording of our gig in JACK:  Elevator Rose at JACK

And on Tuesday, March 19th, we will be performing at Queens College. We will be playing pieces composed for us by QC composers –  Michael Lofaso, Hansol Choi, Jonathan Caro and, last but not least,  Howard Kenty, whose piece, amazing In the Darkness accompanied by a video projection, we have performed at The Stone and The Flea Theater last year. We will also perform Vasu Panicker’s Fix.

Concert starts at 8.00 in Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Concert Hall of Aaron Copland School of Music in Flushing. Admission is free .

Hope to see you there!

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