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2014 – San Diego CA: Play, Players, Playing & Playfulness

 

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SATURDAY MARCH 22, 2014 – 8:00PM

@ First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego (Hillcrest) // GET TICKETS

An Evening of Music About Playful Raccoon Gourmands and the Bittersweet of Schubert 

Program

“Day After Day” ……………………………………..……………………………………… Pete Ham, arr. Jeff Alan Ross

                        Jeff Alan Ross — vocals/gtr, Narnia — vocals, SAXIMUS — alto sax, Marimbus — marimba, Crotalius — vibraphone, Peripateticus — piano, Maribella — violin

“Leprechauns in Starlight” World premiere ……….…….………………………………………………………… Jozefius

SAXIMUS — alto sax, Marimbus — marimba, Peripateticus — panpipes, Sahara — harp

“Falling” …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Jozefius

First UU Children’s Choir — dir. Lynn Mendoza-Khan, Kareening Fallingstar — piano, Marimbus — Marimba

“Powerhouse Passacaglia: A fantasy-homage on Raymond Scott’s ‘Powerhouse’” ………….….. Peripateticus

SAXIMUS — alto sax, Marimbus – percussion, Peripateticus — piano, Maribella — violin , Crotalius — percussion

“Raccoons In The Pool” World premiere   ………….……………………………………………………………… Jozefius

Crotalius — vibraphone, Peripateticus — melodica & panpipes, Maribella — violin, electronics

“Filter”   …………………………………………..……………………………………………….. Daniel Bernard Roumain

Maribella — violin

“Things” World premiere  …..…………………………………………………………………………………………. Jozefius

Jeff Alan Ross — bass, Narnia — vocals, SAXIMUS — alto sax, Marimbus — vibraphone,

Peripateticus — melodica & panpipes, Sahara — harp, Jozefius — electronics

“Mushrooms in Starlight” …………………………………………………………………………..……………….. Jozefius

SAXIMUS — alto sax, Marimbus — marimba, Peripateticus — panpipes

“Body of Your Dreams” …………………………………………………………………………………………… Jacob T.V.

Peripateticus — piano, electronics

“The Crossing” ………………………………………………………………….…… Jeff Alan Ross, arr. Ross & Jozefius

        Jeff Alan Ross — vocals/gtr, Narnia — vocals, SAXIMUS — alto sax, Marimbus — marimba,

Crotalius — vibraphone, Peripateticus — piano, Maribella — violin, Jozefius — electronics

SWARMIUS & friends:

Performers:  Jeff Alan Ross (voice & gtr.) , Narnia (E.N. Nina Flowers — voice ), SAXIMUS (E.N. Todd Rewoldt — alto sax), Augustus Marimbus (E.N. Andrew Kreysa — perc.), Sahara (E.N. Sarah Davis Draper — harp), Peripateticus (E.N. Geoffrey Burleson — pno, melodica, panpipes), Maribella (E.N. Mary Rowell — vln.) , Jozefius (E.N. Joseph Waters — laptop), Crotalius Redfoot (E.N. Joel Bluestone — percussion), Kareening Fallingstar (E.N. Karen Follingstad — pno.), The Sphynx (E.N. Lynn Mendoza Khan — director), First UU Children’s Choir

SUNDAY MARCH 23, 2014 – 8:00PM

@ Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego // GET TICKETS

An Evening of Audiovisual Art Created for the Heikoff 76-foot Giant Dome Theater

Program

“Vishwaroop” World premiere ………..…………………………………………………………………. Vibeke Sorensen

performed by Kartik Seshadri — Sitar & Arup Chattopadhyay — Tabla

“N-Vision” World premiere …………………Ozan Berlinguette & Josh Masters, students at Canyon Crest Academy

“Astronomías Sonoras” World premiere ..  Lumínico (Rodrigo Sigal, Jose Luis Garcia Nava & Alejandro Escuer)

 “Telluric Force” World premiere …………………………………………………………  Sylvia Eckermann & Peter Szely

“Play/ground” World premiere ………………………………………………………………………  Jon Kull & John Young

“Clitoplastic Ball”……………………………………………..….………………  Christina Goestl (C++) & Boris Kopeinig

“Lipsody: A Burletta for Two Performers” World premiere …….………………. Miller Puckette & Juliana Snapper

“Collided Collapse” World premiere …….… Delighted Decay (Chris Warren, Kristopher Apple, Christian Kjeldsen

& Ariana Warren)

“Sugar Boss” World premiere ……………………………………..……………..……  Jonathan Zalben & Taylor Krauss

“Perfect Thunder, Perfect Mind” World premiere …………………………………………. Bombasticus (John Young)

“Igneous Rex” World premiere ………………………………………… Preston Stahly, Victor Melton & Begoña Lopez

“Raccoons in the Pool” World premiere ……………………….. Jozefius, Zuriel Waters, Gregory Kalliche & Jennifer Lee

performed by Peripateticus — melodica/panpipes & Maribella — violin

“Sunrise (With Earth)” World premiere ………………………………………….. Chris Fulford-Brown & Adam Badlotto

 

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NWEAMO 2014 PROGRAM NOTES

CIRCUS FROM ANOTHER PLANET: PLAY, PLAYERS, PLAYING & PLAYFULNESS

We are hardwired to play. All mammals and birds play. Play binds us with other fellow creatures in an exuberant celebration of life. Play is essential for our survival, our health, and our well-being. It is one of the seven primary process emotions, so distinct and primeval that the brain circuit of play lights up the fMRI like a constellation in the night sky. When we play, we laugh: dogs laugh, monkeys laugh, rats laugh, parrots laugh (and dance). We need to laugh and play as much as possible.

Organized and presented by San Diego State University Professor of Music Jozefius Vaatierz Rattus (earthling name [e.n.] Joseph Martin Waters), this year’s theme expands the NWEAMO 2013 festival’s exploration of basic mammalian emotions with a focus on PLAY & PLAYFULNESS.

PROGRAM DETAILS

SATURDAY 3/22: Playful Raccoon Gourmands and the Joyful Longing Pain of Schubert

As the old saying goes: “All play and no seeking, angst, longing, fear, anger, compassion, lust … makes Jack & Jill a pair of a dull homo-sapiens.”  Saturday night’s musical performances balance wild playful exuberance with contemplation on loss and mortality. It is dedicated to equal parts Schubert and Raccoons.

Joseph Waters’ “Raccoons in the Pool” was recently described in the San Diego Reader as “a fanciful piece that shapeshifts, builds on maddening waves of tension, then resolves in a crest of sonic textures.” Raccoons are nature’s gourmands. Enormously intelligent, with hands that have opposable thumbs (like humans), raccoons also have the remarkable ability to taste food with their hands, which become sensitized when wet, leading raccoons to seek urban nocturnal waterholes where they can delicately wash fresh worms before eating. They also love to play and rough house. “Raccoons in the Pool” is scored for xylophone, violin, melodica, panpipes, and electronic instruments (all created from sounds recorded underwater), and will be performed by NWEAMO guest artists Peripateticus (Geoffrey Burleson) on melodica & panpipes; Maribella (Mary Rowell) on violin, and SWARMIUS master percussionist Crotalius Redfoot (Joel Bluestone).

Also squarely in the world of exuberant play is Peripateticus’ “Powerhouse Passacaglia,” a new arrangement of the mid-century madcap masterpiece “Powerhouse” written by quixotic, maverick composer Raymond Scott. This work, which will be recognizable to everybody as the musical pulse of numerous classic Warner Brothers cartoons, has become a thread in the multicultural tapestry of subtexts that inform our American cultural identity.

Maribella, who is the reincarnation of Janis Joplin on violin, will shred on Haitian-American composer Daniel Bernard Roumain’s “Filter,” a piece which transduces the energy of Jimi Hendrix’s electric guitar pyrotechnics onto the violin without any electronic reinforcement or distortion added—all is done with ponticello, portamento, and Ms. Rowell’s blazing technique.

2014 marks the 217th* anniversary of the birth of Franz Schubert, who died at the age of 31 leaving a legacy of more than 600 songs that continue to give voice to our dreams, fears, longings and joys, and have inspired generations of composers, including the Beatles and Elvis. “Things,” the concert finale in its world premiere, is a meditation on mortality and is dedicated to Schubert. Other works on the program include “Day After Day,” composed by Pete Ham and produced by Paul McCartney for the band Badfinger, which will be sung at NWEAMO by Badfinger collaborator Jeff Alan Ross. Adding to the nuance will be Ross’s own “The Crossing,” as well as Waters’ “Falling,” a meditative yet playful piece about children, mothers, and Mother Earth, performed by the First Unitarian Universalist Church’s Children’s Choir.

* Why is 217 significant?  217 is the product of the two important prime numbers 7 & 31 (7 x 31 = 217), which are purported to provide secret keys to the internal structures of numerological composers such as Schubert, Bach, and Bartok.  So it is a double anniversary, more significant than traditional anniversaries such as centennials.

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SUNDAY 3/23: Play, Playing, Players & Playfulness

Sunday evening’s audiovisual feast is dedicated to the infinite possibilities of PLAY. Playing music, children’s play, playing with perception, the mysterious playfulness of the city – all these concepts and more will be explored in fulldome in the ultimate artist’s play room: the giant dome at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Fulldome is an emerging format involving immersive dome-based video projection environments. For NWEAMO 2014, we invited artists from all over the world to play with this format and the results, audio-visuals under 5 minutes, are nothing short of breathtaking.

In line with our mission to foster conversations about arts + sciences, neuroscientist John Iversen will join us for a pre-concert lecture on the nature of music—specifically rhythm—in our brains and will highlight the spirit of playfulness that arises from group music-making.

While most of the audiovisual works to be shown on Sunday are self-contained, some will feature musicians playing live on stage. We are pleased to welcome and introduce world-renowned Indian Classical musician, sitarist, composer and educator Kartik Seshadri, and tabla virtuoso Arup Chattopadhyay who will perform in Sorensen’s piece. Zuriel Waters’ work will also have a live virtuosic instrumental component.

PLAY was assimilated in many different ways: while some artists highlighted the most immediate connections, others brought to light less obvious interpretations. Some of the topics addressed in these five-minute works include a profound reflection on the presence and effect of humans upon the planet; an audiovisual exploration of the thick weight of feeling in our guts and our struggle to conceptualize our insignificance in the scale of the cosmos; a playful inquiry of the lost words of the Gnostic elders who taught the feminine nature of the divine; and of course, cute babies!

Our artists were given free rein to explore and exploit the full potential offered by the Heikoff dome: 76 feet in diameter, with 168˚ (vertical) x 360˚ (horizontal) field of view, powered by four projectors at 21,000 lumens each, with the capacity for 4096 x 4096 pixels at 60 frames-per-second. And the audio? 5+1 with powerful subwoofers and 16,000 watts of audio power. We call it “the ultimate geek toy.” Audiences will enjoy a full-immersive experience into the creative minds of some of the most renowned and talented artists currently working in fulldome format.

The old and the new; water, pyrotechnics, and raccoons – there’s something for everyone at this year’s NWEAMO festival. Hope to see you there!

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3 Comments.

  1. brad

    Hello, great show at the UU church, thank you! Will you be posting any videos of the event?

    • Pamela Narbonaj

      We will be posting clips and photos soon. Thanks for attending!

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