Featuring internationally acclaimed artists Amy Knoles, Ajay Kapur, and Ulrich Krieger, Machines and Strings, Part II is an interdisciplinary project curated for REDCAT by the Isaura String Quartet.
An immersive concert experience, Machines and Strings, Part II brings together CalArtians from the disciplines of Music, Theater, Critical Studies, and Integrated Media, pushing the boundaries of artistic expression and elevating voices that are often underrepresented in a concert hall setting.
Presenting four world premiere performances in the program, Isaura unveils Ulrich Krieger’s completely revised quartet Up-Tight II, and joins the KarmetiK Machine Orchestra, directed by Ajay Kapur, for a new work by Amy Knoles featuring custom-built robotic musical instrument Lydia.
Isaura String Quartet presents an evening of new music (plus a couple premieres!) at Human Resources. Joined by guest violist Rachel Iba, ISQ will perform works by:
Ulrich Krieger (new work)
Scott Worthington (new work)
Join us at Human Resources (410 Cottage Home St, Los Angeles, CA 90012) for drinks & music! Tickets are $10 cash or pay what you can - no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Nina Lares presents the Eleven Disco Heaven Piece Ensemble
A LIVE DISCO CONCERT
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.