SPACE Residency
Aug
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

SPACE Residency

ISQ combines their summer series into one event on August 20 at SPACE Arts Center in South Pasadena. They'll perform works by John Luther Adams, Benjamin Britten, Lou Harrison, Veronika Krausas, Andrew McIntosh, Nick Norton, Caroline Shaw, and a premiere by Melinda Rice. Mezzo-soprano Julia Aks will join the quartet as a special guest.

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Math is Nature
Jun
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Math is Nature

This concert is part of Dog Star Orchestra 12. More information on the festival can be found here.

We'll be performing John Eagle's rhythm color #3, and The Koan Quartet (Eric Clark, Orin Hildestad, violins, Cassia Streb, viola, Jennifer Bewerse, cello) will present works by Tom Johnson and James Tenney.

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Refractions
Apr
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Refractions

We'll be performing Daniel Corral's Refractions, for processed music box, guitar, and string quartet. Admission is $10 - half price tickets for students, seniors, and past series performers. Free parking is plentiful.

More details here.

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Bach in the Subways
Mar
20
3:30pm 3:30pm

Bach in the Subways

The Isaura String Quartet's performance time and location are TBD and will be updated here soon!

The 6th annual international celebration of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach will take place on the composer's 331st birthday, as well as the weekend immediately before. Join us!

Bach in the Subways is an international movement founded by cellist Dale Henderson to sow the seeds for future generations of classical music lovers by generating public interest and excitement for the art form. Every year on March 21, Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday, musicians around the world celebrate Bach in the Subways Day by offering performances in subways, public spaces, and concerts open to all. The music is given freely as a gift, and as an invitation to further explore classical music.

more information at http://bachinthesubways.com

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Charles Gaines Manifestos 2
Dec
9
8:30pm 8:30pm

Charles Gaines Manifestos 2

Charles Gaines fills the stage with a nine-piece orchestra and large-scale video projection to create Manifestos 2, with a musical arrangement by director and composer Sean Griffin of Opera Povera. Gaines devised musical translations of four influential speeches using a conceptual rule-based musical notation system. The score is based on: Malcolm X’s last public speech, made in 1965 in Detroit’s Ford Auditorium; Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto (1999) by Canadian Mohawk scholar and activist Taiaiake Alfred; Raúl Alcaraz and Daniel Carrillo’s Indocumentalismo Manifesto, an Emerging Socio-Political Ideological Identity (2010); and Olympe DeGouges’s 1791 Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen. Manifestos 2, the second in a series of works by Gaines based on influentialhistorical speeches, was premiered at NY MOMA in 2014. 

Tickets available at redcat.org

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Komagata Maru
Nov
24
8:30pm 8:30pm

Komagata Maru

Bringing influences from North Indian classical music and jazz into a distinctive contemporary form, this deeply felt nine-part epic of human perseverance reflects on the Komagata Maru Incident of 1914—the ordeal imposed on 376 travelers from India, all British subjects, who had chartered a Japanese cargo ship to Canada in contravention of arbitrary laws targeting immigrants from Asia. Conceived by composer and multi-instrumentalist Neelamjit Dhillon to draw out the emotional and psychological resonance of a teachable historical moment, the extraordinary musical landscape of Komagata Maru is realized by a double quartet—Dhillon’s group plus the Isaura String Quartet—and shaped into a rich, multisensory experience with spoken-word narration and projected archival visuals.

Tickets available at redcat.org

 

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Laura Bohn, Jherek Bischoff, and ISQ
Nov
17
9:00pm 9:00pm

Laura Bohn, Jherek Bischoff, and ISQ

ISQ performs at the Blue Whale on 11/17. The evening includes two exciting sets. First, ISQ joins Jherek Bischoff for a set of his tunes at 9pm. The second set begins at 10pm and features soprano Laura Bohn and ISQ in a set of art songs, new and old. ISQ will be joined by special guests Nic Gerpe, piano, and Christin Hablewitz, clarinet.

Music by Jherek Bischoff, Ernest Chausson, Gustav Mahler, Forrest Pierce (world premiere), Franz Schubert, and Andrew Tholl.

$10 admission, doors at 8pm. Sets at 9pm and 10pm.

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COLLAPSE Album Release Party with Timur and the Dime Museum
Oct
20
9:00pm 9:00pm

COLLAPSE Album Release Party with Timur and the Dime Museum

ISQ will perform an opening set for Timur and the Dime Museum’s “COLLAPSE” album release party and showcase of new projects! The band will perform excerpts from Point of Presence by Daniel Corral, Permanent Revolution of Trotsky by Timur, the Ori Barrel and Andrew Lessman Trio, and Capillaria by Hungarian composer Gregory Vajda and libretto by David Hill. Also featuring a guest performances by Cardoo.

Part of Live Arts Exchange 2015.

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Ten Seventeen Disco Queen
Oct
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

Ten Seventeen Disco Queen

Nina Lares presents the Eleven Disco Heaven Piece Ensemble

A LIVE DISCO CONCERT

Featuring 

The Isaura String Quartet and the Aural Sextet, with Nina Lares as vocalist. Arrangements by Smokin' Rocha.

The evening will also feature DJ's Layne Fox (40 Thieves), Gerard Meraz (Powertools), and Jesse Martinez (Empirical Disco).

$10 presale, $15 at the door. Tickets available here.

Sponsored by The Factory Hair & Makeup Studio, The Factory Sounds, Pasadena Magazine, Effie Magazine, and Jones Coffee Roasters.

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(sa·lon) Heart of Glass
Aug
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

(sa·lon) Heart of Glass

Heart of Glass

Blondie’s hit song as re-imagined by six different Los Angeles composers in the Isaura String Quartet’s first ever pops concert. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by e-mailing us at isaurastringquartet@gmail.com. 

ISQ’s 2015 summer series sa·lon has been made possible by generous donations from Hope Perello, Space Art Center, the South Pasadena Conservatory, Kat Nockels Photography, and HBJ Designs

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 Feminist Counterpoint: An Evening of Viola and String Quartet Music
Aug
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

Feminist Counterpoint: An Evening of Viola and String Quartet Music

ISQ opens for NYC-based violist Kallie Ciechomski, playing music by Los Angeles composers Morgan Gerstmar, Melinda Rice, and Cassia Streb, as well as Meredith Monk.

The second set of the night is part of Kallie's two week West Coast solo tour, showcasing contemporary viola works by composers who are women. Her program features music by Joan Tower, Augusta Read Thomas, and Pauline Oliveros, plus an adaption of a 1,000 year old piece by Hildegard von Bingen. The centerpiece of this concert is a world premiere by Mariel Berger, which is a feminist counterpoint to the male-dominated classical world, and unfolds itself to depict a female orgasm.

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(sa·lon) Travels: progression - recollection
Jul
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

(sa·lon) Travels: progression - recollection

Travels: progression - recollection 

In this performance the Isaura String Quartet will present Maurice Ravel’s iconic String Quartet in F Major and Steve Reich’s minimalist work Different Trains for string quartet and tape.

ISQ’s 2015 summer series sa·lon has been made possible by generous donations from Hope Perello, Space Art Center, the South Pasadena Conservatory, Kat Nockels Photography, and HBJ Designs

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(sa·lon) Soundings: voices - string songs
Jul
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

(sa·lon) Soundings: voices - string songs

Soundings: voices - string songs 

The Isaura String Quartet will be joined by special guests mezzo-soprano Argenta Walther and soprano Kathryn Shuman to present works by classical and contemporary composers including Johannes Brahms, Osvaldo Golijov, Andrew Tholl, and Meredith Monk.

ISQ’s 2015 summer series sa·lon has been made possible by generous donations from Hope Perello, Space Art Center, the South Pasadena Conservatory, Kat Nockels Photography, and HBJ Designs

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(sa·lon) Travels: dances - drones
Jul
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

(sa·lon) Travels: dances - drones

Travels: dances - drones

A performance of works by contemporary Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, Los Angeles composers Anne LeBaron and Georgi Dimitrov, and Argentine composer and creator of the nuevo tango genre Astor Piazzolla.

This performance will take place at Space Art Center in conjunction with the South Pasadena Arts Crawl. Art galleries on Mission street will be open to the public before and after the performance.

ISQ’s 2015 summer series sa·lon has been made possible by generous donations from Hope Perello, Space Art Center, the South Pasadena Conservatory, Kat Nockels Photography, and HBJ Designs

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(sa·lon) Audio/Visual: Graphic Scores
Jul
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

(sa·lon) Audio/Visual: Graphic Scores

Audio/Visual: graphic scores as the intersection of music, fine arts, and critical theory

In this one-hour workshop, members of the Isaura String Quartet guide participants in an exploration of graphic and conceptual music. This is a hands-on workshop with music demonstration in which audience members are guided to create their own graphic scores. No musical experience required, but it's totally acceptable to have it!

ISQ’s 2015 summer series sa·lon has been made possible by generous donations from Hope Perello, Space Art Center, the South Pasadena Conservatory, Kat Nockels Photography, and HBJ Designs

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LSD: The Opera
Jun
19
8:30pm 8:30pm

LSD: The Opera

June 19 and 20, 2015 at REDCAT

Returning to REDCAT with its array of custom-built microtonal instruments, the rollicking Grammy Award winning ensemble named after music maverick Harry Partch teams up with another original American voice, composer Anne LeBaron. The John Schneider-led group is presenting five scenes from LeBaron’s latest opus, LSD: The Opera. The program also includes Partch’sUlysses Departs from the Edge of the World (1955), originally written for trumpeter Chet Baker and saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and performed here by Daniel Rosenboom and Ulrich Krieger; Two Settings from Lewis Carroll (1954); the insanely funny Yankee Doodle Fantasy (1944); and Sonata Dementia(1949), the composer’s first large ensemble work.

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The Parable of Otto John
Apr
10
to Apr 11

The Parable of Otto John

Performances by the Isaura String Quartet

April 10 and 11 at 7:30 PM

 

Opera Povera the MAK Center for Art and Architecture

Opening on Saturday, April 4 — Exhibition of dramaturgical ephemera and instruments
Closing on Friday, April 10 and 11 — Concerts featuring new music for instruments in exhibition.

This project weaves together archival material from artists and designers working with Opera Povera, the collection of the Wende Museum, and an international group of innovative musicians into an interdisciplinary exhibition with two related concerts.

Our collaboration creatively recombines research, archives and historic location into an interlocking dramaturgy derived from concepts, objects, and musics that reach back in time, or into the imagined future, and resonates through transiency, exile, surveillance, ancient tunings, altered states, class struggle, improvisation, competing political cultures, and our pressing need to express these in new opera.

New Music/New Opera/New Dramaturgy by
Paula Cronan, Inouk Demers, Joanna Demers, Jose Luis Blondet, Aiyun Huang, Charles Gaines, Sean Griffin, Justin Jones, Anne LeBaron, George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, John Schneider with Partch, Stacy Ellen Rich, Micah Silver, Juliana Snapper, Catherine Sullivan, Chris Warren, Joe Yorty and Opera Povera’s Guest Artists

Link to the dramaturgical video collage of the projects diverse elements:

http://vimeo.com/operapovera/parableofottojohn

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Bach in the Subways
Mar
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

Bach in the Subways

Join ISQ at Union Station, 5:00–5:45pm.

 

On Saturday, March 21, 2015 – Johann Sebastian Bach’s 330th Birthday – musicians will fill the world with his music. 129 cities, 39 countries and growing.

Bach in the Subways is an international movement founded by cellist Dale Henderson to sow the seeds for future generations of classical music lovers by generating public interest and excitement for the art form. Every year on March 21, Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday, musicians around the world celebrate Bach in the Subways Day by offering performances in subways, public spaces, and concerts open to all. The music is given freely as a gift, and as an invitation to further explore classical music.

more information at http://bachinthesubways.com

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SPACE Garden Party
Oct
5
4:00pm 4:00pm

SPACE Garden Party

Annual fundraising event for SPACE Arts Center in South Pasadena (host of our recital in April). The event is honoring SPACE artists, supporters, and community members. ISQ will perform as part of the event, including works by Morgan Gerstmar and John Eagle.

Tickets and location info available here.

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