FALL SCHEDULE FEATURES PERFORMANCES BY ELLEN FULLMAN ON HER LONG STRING INSTRUMENT, ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC MASTERS THE LIVING EARTH SHOW, HIP-HOP GROUP POWER STRUGGLE FEATURING NOMI, AND MORE.
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Berkeley, CA, September 11, 2013 - The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive's fall L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA schedule gets underway this Friday, September 13 with a concert by repeat L@TE performer Ellen Fullman on her Long String Instrument. The event is curated by regular guest programmer Sarah Cahill, whose new music series also features concerts by electro-acoustic contemporary classical music masters The Living Earth Show (October 11); the hugely influential clarinetist and composer Evan Ziporyn (November 8); and composer Luciano Chessa's new project, Luciano Chessa and His Intonarumori, which features re-creations of the seminal "noise instruments" of the Italian Futurists (December 13).
New L@TE guest programmer, curator/writer/artist Abby Chen's series focuses on performers who explore their immigrant backgrounds. On September 20 composer and jazz musician Francis Wong will present an ambitious multimedia work melding music, dance, spoken word, and video projection about the social and cultural turbulence of the Bay Area during the late sixties. Congolese dancer/choreographer Byb Chanel Bibene brings his international dance troupe Kiandanda Dance Theater to Gallery B on October 18. And politically focused rap group Power Struggle, led by rapper Nomi, will have arms swinging in the air on November 15.
Fluxus artist Yoshi Wada performs at this season's only E@RLY: Sundays @ BAM/PFA event on November 17. Drawing from an unusual mixture of instruments-acoustic sirens, alarm bells, bagpipe, steel barrel gong, audio generators, reed organ-Wada will perform with his son, composer Tashi Wada. The noontime event is copresented by the UC Berkeley's Center for New Media.
Ellen Fullman: The Long String Instrument
September 13, 7:30 p.m. (Doors 5 p.m.)
Watch Ellen Fullman as she moves gracefully through Gallery B playing the one-hundred-foot-long strings of her Long String Instrument, and hear it resonate in the concrete volume of our building. Fullman returns to L@TE with three new projects: Dyad, performed with Ryan Jobes on the Long String Instrument; a duet for electric guitar and Long String Instrument in collaboration with Berlin-based Konrad Sprenger; and collaborations in trio with cellist and vocalist Theresa Wong and Luciano Chessa performing on dan bau. Programmed by Sarah Cahill.
Friday, September 20, 7:30 p.m. (Doors 5 p.m.)
Immerse yourself in Diaspora Tales #2: 1969, an invigorating multimedia work encompassing music, dance, spoken word, and video projection. Francis Wong, an acclaimed composer and jazz musician, tells the story of his Bay Area family living through turbulent times, touching on UC Berkeley's Third World Strike (which resulted in the establishment of ethnic studies programs at the University), the Black Panthers, drug culture, and other themes. Programmed by Abby Chen.
The Living Earth Show
Friday, October 11, 7:30 p.m. (Doors 5 p.m.)
Discover The Living Earth Show's signature blend of energy, precision, whimsy, and depth at this evening of electro-acoustic contemporary classical music with guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andrew Meyerson, joined by their ever-growing collection of electronic devices. The concert includes several premieres, including composer Ken Ueno's Pork Roll, Egg, and Cheese on a Kaiser Bun, for vibraphone and electric guitar. Programmed by Sarah Cahill.
Kiandanda Dance Theater
Friday, October 18, 7:30 p.m. (Doors 5 p.m.)
Congolese dancer/choreographer Byb Chanel Bibene-who moved to San Francisco in 2009-brings his international dance troupe Kiandanda Dance Theater to BAM/PFA. They present Taboo and Heroes, a new multimedia work addressing violence and corruption that draws on Bibene's own experience in the war that overtook the Republic of Congo in the late 1990s. Programmed by Abby Chen.
Friday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. (Doors 5 p.m.)
Expect the unexpected at this solo concert by UC Berkeley alumnus and founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars Evan Ziporyn. Ziporyn is an enormously influential clarinetist and composer whose compositions have been commissioned by Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, the Kronos Quartet, and many others. Programmed by Sarah Cahill.
Friday, November 15, 7:30 p.m. (Doors 5 p.m.)
Power Struggle's front man Nomi draws upon his immigrant upbringing and his nomadic lifestyle for his poignant lyrics and astute political analysis, which are unique in hip-hop, a genre that he says has been hijacked by gun clappers, pimps, and businessmen. Programmed by Abby Chen.
E@RLY: Yoshi Wada
Sunday, November 17, 12 p.m. (Doors 11 a.m.)
Come celebrate with composer and Fluxus artist Yoshi Wada, who turns seventy this year. Using an odd mixture of instruments-acoustic sirens, alarm bells, bagpipe, steel barrel gong, audio generators, reed organ-Wada will perform one of his unique, live sound experiences in collaboration with his son, composer Tashi Wada. Cosponsored by the Berkeley Center for New Media.
Luciano Chessa and His Intonarumori
Friday, December 13, 7:30 p.m. (Doors 5 p.m.)
Take a sonic plunge into the rapidly industrializing cities of early twentieth-century Europe. Come hear Luciano Chessa's modern re-creations of the seminal "noise instruments" of the Italian Futurists, designed to produce music that mimicked the modern cityscape. Programmed by Sarah Cahill.
L@TE and E@RLY Tickets
Admission to L@TE and E@RLY is $7; free for BAM/PFA members and Cal students, faculty, and staff. Please note that there is limited seating at L@TE and E@RLY events. For updates and advance tickets, visit bampfa.berkeley.edu/late.
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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