Saturday, December 17, 2016

Musical Reflections of 2016

Apologies for getting this up so late. There will be a free, four-hour concert tomorrow at Oakland's Chapel of the Chimes, "in honor of those we have lost this year," including Pauline Oliveros and those who died in the Ghost Ship fire. It sounds truly lovely. If I'm reading this correctly, it'll be something like Garden of Memory.


Sunday, December 18 at 11am
Chapel of the Chimes Oakland | 4499 Piedmont Ave | Oakland, CA

Musicians include Kitka, the Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir, Sharmi Basu, the William Winant Percussion Group, , the Cardew Choir, Samuel Carl Adams, Ellen Fullman, Theresa Wong, Luciano Chessa, Dylan Mattingly, Pamela Z, Edward Schocker and Thingamajigs Performance Collective, Majel Connery, Katabatik, Soriah, Laura Inserra with Suellen Primost and Barbara Eramo, For Now, Maggi Payne, Gino Robair, Diane Grubbe, Phil Gelb, Chris Brown, Tim Perkis, Sarah Cahill, Danny Clay, John Benson, Carletta Sue Kay, Gautam Tejas Ganeshan, Ramon Sender, Zina Bozzay, and many more.

Press release:

Oakland, CA – On Sunday, December 18, 2017 from 11am-3pm, Chapel of the Chimes and New Music Bay Area will host “Musical Reflections of 2016," a free four-hour musical community gathering in honor of those we've lost this year, including the Ghost Ship fire victims and beloved composer Pauline Oliveros. Musicians include survivors of the Ghost Ship community who will play music for their lost friends and bandmates, and close collaborators of Pauline Oliveros, who had deep roots in the Bay Area. Musical Reflections of 2016 gives us all a chance to gather and mourn many events and loved ones from this difficult year. Several of Pauline Oliveros’ works being performed invite audience participation.

Performers are all donating their services and talents and range in age from 25-year-old Dylan Mattingly to 82-year-old Ramon Sender, who founded the San Francisco Tape Music Center with Pauline Oliveros and Terry Riley. Musical Reflections 2016 is curated by Sarah Cahill and Lucy Mattingly, who also curate the annual summer solstice event Garden of Memory at the Chapel of the Chimes each June 21. This event developed from the desire to come together with music to commemorate a challenging year full of loss.

Performances are simultaneous and throughout the beautiful chapels and alcoves and spaces at the Julia Morgan-designed Chapel of the Chimes. Guests are invited to walk through the multilevel maze of internal gardens, cloisters, alcoves, stairwells, fountains and other architectural elements, which rise into vaulted ceilings. The facility’s numerous chapels, columbaria, and mausoleum areas are adorned with antiquities that date back to the 16th century. All architectural and garden areas have excellent acoustics and are illuminated by gentle natural light, often through beautiful arrangements of stained glass.

Musical Reflections of 2016 offers a unique and personal musical experience to every listener as he or she wanders freely through this multilevel maze ingeniously designed by Julia Morgan. Chapel of the Chimes, the largest above-ground cemetery west of the Mississippi, started out as a street car station and became the California Memorial Crematorium and Columbarium in 1909. The property was expanded and transformed by Julia Morgan and later, Aaron Green – a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright. The lobby and hallways feature artwork by Diego Rivera, a marble table top from the Medici family crest and a page from the Gutenberg Bible. Everyone is encouraged to take public transportation or carpool, since parking will be limited. 

[I would appreciate it if someone would think briefly of Pierre Boulez for me.]

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