Project Details

Tangents - San Francisco Conservatory Guitar Ensenble

Category: Music2013-04-26  
logoTangents, an independent concert series created and ran by young musicians, explores the many approaches to the contemporary guitar. Our inaugural season featured six dynamic acts, each presenting a program of new and recent music for guitar, solo and in ensemble. From seductive microtonality to mesmerizing minimalism, and from austere post-serialism to rock-influenced grooves, our selections run the gamut of the “Art music” repertoire in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Tangents brings new music to new audiences, catering to guitar aficionados as well as to the general public; our concerts often feature spoken introductions to the program, providing context and insights into the music, while creating a more collegial and relaxed listening environment.

Under the direction of David Tanenbaum, the San Francisco Conservatory Guitar Ensemble performs regularly on campus and it appears often throughout Northern California. In fall 2000 the ensemble went on a three city tour with composer Steve Reich, performing Electric Counterpoint, and a year later it performed the U.S. premiere of Terry Riley’s Y Bolanzero. The ensemble has commissioned and premiered many works, including those by composers Steve Mackey, Jorge Liderman, Dan Becker, Belinda Reynolds and many student composers. The ensemble performed the U.S. premiere of 6x6x6 by Yiorgos Vassilandonakis when the composer was working in Berkeley, California, and at the GFA festival in Charleston last summer. In 2011 the ensemble recorded Measures of Turbulence by Steve Mackey for Naxos.
Performer: Tangents San Francisco Conservatory of Music Guitar Ensemble
Location: First Unitarian Universalist Chapel
Venue: First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco


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