Concerts

Upcoming Concerts

Season #4 (2019-2020)

House Concert Fundraiser for SLP

September 14, 2019, 5pm

Private home in Concord, MA
Click here for link to reservation page on Facebook (or email us directly if you are not a FB user)
$20-40 suggested donation

Sonic Liberation Players is being hosted for a lovely evening of music and conversation. This stunning and intimate performance space in this lovely home overlooks the Sudbury River. All proceeds will go toward SLP to offset the costs of running our season.

Program

And the Moses Drowned–Mahdis Golzar Kashani
I Like to Think of Harriet Tubman–
Christian Wolff
Harmonium #5–
James Tenney
Flay–
Cecilia Livingston
Varied Trio–
Lou Harrison
Voice, Violin, Piano–
Morton Feldman
Aquarelle–Jo Kondo

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“Origins”

November 3, 2019, 6pm; Bemis Hall, Lincoln, MA

Bemis Hall
15 Bedford Road, Lincoln, MA
$15 tickets at the door, or through Brown Paper Tickets

“John Cage taught me that everything is worth listening to, and Morton Feldman taught me how to listen”–Trevor Berens (founder of SLP).

This program brings together Cage (including two solos that have to be heard live to be believed) and Feldman (two of his mind-expanding mid-career works), along with music by Trevor’s composition teachers at CalArts–James Tenney and Stephen “Lucky” Mosko. Also on the program is a revision of Trevor’s “Cella Duru”, for varied sextet.

Program

Aria–John Cage
Child of Tree–John Cage
Five–John Cage
Durations 1–Morton Feldman
Vertical Thoughts 2–Morton Feldman
For Lucky Mosko–Stephen “Lucky” Mosko
Diaphonic Toccata–James Tenney
Cella Duru (rev. 2019)–Trevor Berens

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“Concert #2”

February 22, 8pm; New School of Music, Cambridge, MA

New School of Music
25 Lowell Street, Cambridge, MA
$15 tickets at the door

Program

The Ecstasy–Terry Riley
Parched Paddock–Nicole Murphy
Bach’s Set–Mary Jane Leach
Lecture for Jo Kondo–Bunita Marcus
when we try to pick out anything by itself we find it hitched to everything else in the universe–D Edward Davis

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“Family Concert”

Sunday, April 5, 2020, 3pm; location TBD

Program

Wind Horse–Pauline Oliveros
Narayana’s Cows–Tom Johnson
Living Room Music–John Cage
Varied Trio (selections)–Lou Harrison

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“Concert #3”

May 9, 2020, 8pm; location TBD

Program

Orion–Toru Takemitsu
Ariadne–Lou Harrison
Preludes (a selection)–Lera Auerbach
Liquid, Fragile–Marti Epstein
Two Haiku Settings of Place and Love–Jeffrey Mumford
Strum–Jessie Montgomery
The Breeze at Dawn–Amy Gordon

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Past Concerts

Season #3 (2018-2019)

“Why Patterns?”

Sonic Liberation Players finish their third season with an eclectic program. The first half of the concert are pieces by composers who entered SLP’s Call for Scores last season. Two pieces about women and their ongoing struggles–one, “Die Elbe”, about a woman in a traditional Hungarian family struggling to find her voice, and the other,”Flay”, about a woman in ancient Greece who was murdered by a mob due to her intelligence and political influence–are particularly relevant in the light of the #metoo movement. We will also be performing Boston composer Tianyi Wang’s “Dark Blessing” and New York composer Gilbert Galindo’s “Echoes of the Divine”.

The second half of the concert is Feldman’s stunning and haunting half-hour piece “Why Patterns?” for flute(s), glockenspiel, and piano. Inspired by his interest in the patterns found in rugs, he treats the three instruments as individual colors, each written very precisely, but with a degree of imprecision that occurs when they are presented simultaneously. The result is an always-undulating texture in which the ear is drawn back and forth between the individual lines and the resultant weave.

May 10, 2019, 8pm

Third Life Studio
33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
$15 tickets at the door, or through Brown Paper Tickets

Program

Die Elbe – Silvia Rosani
Echoes of the Divine – Gilbert Galindo
Flay – Ceclia Livingston
Dark Blessing – Tianyi Wang
Why Patterns? – Morton Feldman

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“Pour ceux qui ont survécu ce sort…”

February 8, 2019, 8pm

Third Life Studio
33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
$15 tickets at the door, or through Brown Paper Tickets

Program

À quatre folioles–André Cormier (world premiere)

“À quatre folioles” is French for “four-leafed,” in this instance its implies, clover. The piece recognizes a historical correspondence between Brook Watson and Andrew Brown, in which Watson describes the return of the Acadians after the deportation, and their story of perseverance.

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“Within my Garden, rides a Bird…”

November 17, 2018, 8pm; Third Life Studio, Somerville, MA
November 18, 2018, 7:30pm; Bemis Hall, Lincoln, MA

Last season, SLP performed two world premieres, including a commission, a U.S. premiere, and five Boston premieres. In this first concert of our third season, we present two more Boston premieres, “Nachtlied” and “Dreamgarden”. The exquisite selections in this concert is inspired in equal parts by gardens, birds, and music.

Third Life Studio
33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
$15 tickets at the door, or through Brown Paper Tickets

Bemis Hall
15 Bedford Road, Lincoln, MA
$15 tickets at the door

Program

Nachtlied–Sean Harold
Canticle of the Birds–John Luther Adams
Ryoanji–John Cage
Birds in Warped Time 2–Somei Satoh
Dreamgarden–Ian Wilson

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Season #2 (2017-2018)

“For All Love Lost”–May 12, 2018, 8pm

The final concert of our second season features a new work, “For all love lost and spirit gained”, written especially for SLP by Boston composer, Joshua Jandreau. Also included on the program are piano/percussion duos by Peter Garland and Jo Kondo, John Cage’s sparkling string quartet, “Four”, John Luther Adams’ first piece for solo piano, “Among Red Mountains”, and finally, “And the Moses Drowned”, a haunting reflection on the toll of war on children by Iranian composer Mahdis Golzar Kashani.

Third Life Studio
33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
$15 tickets at the door, or through Brown Paper Tickets

Program

Penasco Blanco–Peter Garland
And the Moses Drowned–Mahdis Golzar Kashani
Aquarelle–Jo Kondo
Among Red Mountains–John Luther Adams
Four–John Cage
For all love lost and spirit gained–Joshua Jandreau

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“Hear! Calls! Everywhere!”–Feb 10, 2018, 8pm

Third Life Studio
33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
$15 tickets at the door, cash only

The Sonic Liberation Players received submissions from 5 continents, over 40 countries, and over 400 composers. Out of over 2000 individual pieces received, SLP chose 10 to be included in this season: three of those pieces will be performed tonight by composers from different countries: Nicole Murphy (Australia), Paolo Tortiglione (Italy), and Nickos Harizanos (Greece). Lou Harrison’s exquisite “Varied Trio” for percussion (including tuned riced bowls), violin, and piano, Feldman’s austere “Viola in my Life 3”, and L.A. composer Bob Clendenen’s work for cello and percussion “Dirt Roads” rounds out the concert.

Program

Varied Trio–Lou Harrison
Dirt Roads–Bob Clendenen
Parched Paddock–Nicole Murphy
Viola in my Life 3–Morton Feldman
Levertov Breviary–Mel Powell
Five Music–Paolo Tortiglione
Iho–Nickos Harizanos

Program Notes/Composer Bios

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“All Together Now”–November 19, 2017, 5:30pm

First Parish Watertown
35 Church St., Watertown, MA
$12 tickets at the door, cash only

This program is a musical response to the current political atmosphere of this country. Music about the influence of money in politics (“Koch-aine”), socio-political breakdown (“He Got Dictators” and “The Fall of Empire”), violent racism (“Poem for Emmett Till”), and inconceivable misogyny (“Presidential Address”) reflect our feelings of anger, confusion, and despair. John Cage’s joyous anarchistic “Apartment House, 1776”, a celebration of diversity and inclusion and Wolff’s “I Like to Think of Harriet Tubman”, a song of fierce determination to persist against odds, bookend the concert.

Program

I Like to Think of Harriet Tubman–Christian Wolff
Poem for Emmett Till–William Roper
Koch-aine–Jonathan Russ
The Fall of Empire (selections)–Frederic Rzewski
He Got Dictators–Mary Jane Leach
Presidential Address–Daniel Felsenfeld
Apartment House, 1776–John Cage

Program Notes/Composer Bios

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Season #1 (2016-2017)

“Maximal Effect 1.0”–April 27, 2017, 7:30pm

UMass Boston, The Recital Hall, Dept. of Performing Arts
100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125
Tickets at the door or click here

Program

Broken Line–Alvin Lucier (2006)
John Cage–Four (1989)
James Tenney–Harmonium #5 (1978)
Tom Johnson–Narayana’s Cows (1989)
Morton Feldman–Voice, Violin, Piano (1976)
Julius Eastman–Stay on It (1973)

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“Maximal Effect 2.0”–May 6, 2017, 8pm

Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA/$10
Tickets at the door or here

Program

Broken Line–Alvin Lucier (2006)
Tom Johnson–Narayana’s Cows (1989)
Julius Eastman–Stay on It (1973)
Nicholas Chase–Sutram (2016, new version 2017)
Pauline Oliveros–Wind Horse (1989)

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“Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello”–Feb 3, 2017, 8pm

Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA/$12
Tickets here

Program

Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello–Morton Feldman (1987)

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“Oh, Valencia”–October 15, 2016, 8pm

First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St, Watertown, MA/$10
Tickets at the door

Program

Art Jarvinen–Isoluminaries (1995)
Stephen “Lucky” Mosko–Rais Murad (1978)
James Tenney–Harmonium #5 (1978)
James Tenney–Weave (a Meditation)
Morton Subotnick–Then Now and Forever (2008)

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Preview Concert

“Introducing the…Sonic Liberation Players”–March 19, 2016, 6pm

Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, $10
Tickets at the door

Program

Jonathan Marmor — Prester John: Mythical Christian King of India **
Giacinto Scelsi — Krishna e Radha
Trevor Berens — Cella Duru **
Morton Feldman — Voice, Violin, Piano
Kaija Saariaho – Cendres
John Cage — Five
Nick Chase — Sutram **

** World premiere, written for Sonic Liberation Players