VETIVER LEADER ANDY CABIC AND RETURNING L@TE PROGRAMMER SARAH CAHILL CURATE A NEW L@TE SEASON, FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY CABIC & DEVENDRA BAHART, WILLIAM WINANT PERCUSSION GROUP, PHARAOHS, AND SPLINTER REEDS
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Berkeley, CA, August 15, 2014 - The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) presents a new series of L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA events September through October 2014. The fall events will be curated by first-time guest programmer Andy Cabic and returning guest programmer Sarah Cahill. Performances by Cabic and Devendra Banhart, Pharaohs, William Winant, and Splinter Reeds balance Cabic‘s interest in experimental rock and folk with Cahill's emphasis on avant-garde composition and improvisation.
Cabic, the leader of Vetiver, is one of a handful of artists, along with Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, closely identified with the “freak folk” scene of the mid-aughts. Featuring Cabic and an often-rotating cast of musicians and collaborators, Vetiver has produced five LPs on labels such as Sub Pop, and has toured with the likes of Fleet Foxes and the Shins. On September 19, Cabic brings LA-based Pharaohs to L@TE. Composed primarily of Sam Cooper and Alejandro Cohen, who play with a rotating roster of collaborators, the dance-oriented band has received consistent praise for its exciting and organic live shows. Favoring live percussion, synthesizer, saxophone, dub delay, and surf guitar in place of the preprogrammed aesthetic of most electronic shows, Pharaohs improvise spontaneous and dance-worthy beats.
Cabic will perform with his longtime friend, collaborator, and fellow SFAI alumnus Devendra Banhart on October 17. Cabic and Banhart will play a casual selection of their old and newer pieces, turning the BAM/PFA atrium gallery into an intimate performance space filled with mellow voices and warm guitar tunes. Banhart has released eight solo albums in addition to several collaborations with other artists, and has the distinction of having performed at both Carnegie Hall and Coachella. Cabic cowrote Banhart's breakout song “At the Hop,” and Banhart frequent plays as part of Vetiver. This will be a return BAM/PFA performance for Banhart, who played to a rapt sold-out L@TE audience in fall 2012.
Pianist, composer, curator, and regular L@TE guest programmer Sarah Cahill brings another stellar lineup of new-music performances, starting with the William Winant Percussion Group on September 26. A master percussionist, Winant has appeared on over two hundred recordings spanning an astounding variety of genres, including releases by John Cage, Danny Elfman, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Mr. Bungle, and Lou Reed. He is principal percussionist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and teaches at Mills College and UC Santa Cruz. This program will find the group performing a number of percussive masterpieces, including Steve Reich's Drumming (Part One) and Terry Riley's groundbreaking In C.
The Bay Area's first reed quintet, Splinter Reeds is composed of the all-star lineup of oboist Kyle Bruckmann, clarinetist Bill Kalinkos, saxophonist David Wegehaupt, bass clarinetist Jeff Anderle, and bassoonist Dana Jessen. The quintet's wide range of experience in different genres brings shades of jazz, pop, and heavy metal to its music, which focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first century compositions. On October 24, Splinter Reeds will vibrate to sounds composed by Marc Mellits, as well as new music composed specifically for the ensemble.
L@TE is made possible by the generous support of the BAM/PFA Trustees and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley.
September/October 2014 L@TE Schedule
September 19; 7:30 p.m. (doors 5 p.m.)
Since 2008, Los Angeles–based Pharaohs (Sam Cooper, Alejandro Cohen, and their collaborators) have journeyed from sound-bending investigations to unstoppable dance-floor dominance. Get loose and bust a move to drum machine and live percussion, synthesizer and saxophone, dub delay and surf guitar. Programmed by Andy Cabic.
William Winant Percussion Group
September 26; 7:30 p.m. (doors 5 p.m.)
Master percussionist William Winant and his cohorts return to L@TE with a program of pioneering percussion music. Don't miss this chance to hear Steve Reich's groundbreaking, thunderous work Drumming (Part One), Terry Riley's brilliant, game-changing In C; and other important percussion masterpieces, all in the reverberant volume of BAM/PFA. Programmed by Sarah Cahill.
Andy Cabic and Devendra Banhart
October 17; 7:30 p.m. (doors 5 p.m.)
Longtime friends and musical collaborators Andy Cabic (Vetiver) and Devendra Banhart grab a couple of guitars and turn our atrium gallery into an intimate performance space. These two singer-songwriters formed the vanguard of an experimental and folk-influenced aesthetic that emerged in the Bay Area around the turn of the millennium. They will perform both individually and together, in a casual mix of older and newer material from their deep catalogs. Programmed by Andy Cabic.
October 24; 7:30 p.m. (doors 5 p.m.)
This all-star quintet of Bay Area musicians breathes new life into contemporary music for woodwinds and blows audiences away. Not your grandmother's woodwind quintet, Splinter Reeds adds bass clarinet and saxophone to the mix to create a more robust and dynamic sound. They premiere a new work by composer Marc Mellits, among other music written specifically for the ensemble. Programmed by Sarah Cahill.
Founded in 1963, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is UC Berkeley's primary visual arts venue and among the largest university art museums in terms of size and audience in the United States. Internationally recognized for its art and film programming, BAM/PFA is a platform for cultural experiences that transform individuals, engage communities, and advance the local, national and global discourse on art and ideas. BAM/PFA's mission is “to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film.”
BAM/PFA presents approximately fifteen art exhibitions and 380 film programs each year. The museum's collection of over 19,000 works of art includes important holdings of Neolithic Chinese ceramics, Ming and Qing Dynasty Chinese painting, Old Master works on paper, Italian Baroque painting, early American painting, Abstract Expressionist painting, contemporary photography, and video art. Its film archive of over 16,000 films and videos includes the largest collection of Japanese cinema outside of Japan, Hollywood classics, and silent film, as well hundreds of thousands of articles, reviews, posters, and other ephemera related to the history of film, many of which are digitally scanned and accessible online.
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