New music with Portato Portato!
Portato Portato is an Oakland/Santa Cruz based quartet that performs original works and select compositions from the 20th and 21st centuries. They are committed to presenting experimental and underrepresented music, as well as highlighting the processes of the composer-performer relationship in new music creation. The ensemble’s 2018 program features works by living composers, including premieres of new music by Julie Herndon, Michael Winter, Laura Steenberge, and Declan Seifkas.
Falling marbles, live electronics, a motion-sensing glove, transducers on a piano soundboard, no-input mixers, and an interactive light installation... Julie Herndon and Chris Lortie collaborate to curate an evening of cross-modality, process, and interactivity. Invited Bay Area performers Tony Gennaro, John Ivers, Michelle Lee, Michiko Theurer, and Julie Zhu perform recent works by Herndon and Lortie.
TAK Ensemble performs work by Hassan Estakhrian, Julie Herndon, Doug McCausland, Nick Virzi, Julie Zhu
TAK is a quintet that delivers energetic and virtuosic performances of contemporary classical music. The ambitious ensemble “impresses with the organicity of their sound, their dynamism and virtuosity — and, well, just a dash of IDGAF as they slay the thorniest material like it’s nothing” (Q2 Music). Dedicated to the commissioning of new works and direct collaboration with composers and other artists, TAK promotes ambitious programming at the highest level, fostering engagement both within the contemporary music community and the artistic community at large. Their debut album “Ecstatic Music: TAK plays Taylor Brook” was released by New Focus Recordings in September 2016, to critical acclaim; it was featured as Q2 Music’s Album of the Week by WQXR, and was listed in the Top 10 Classical Albums of 2016 by The Boston Globe, which praised the “young, fearless players… fluid grace and confidence.”
Performance with Dirt and Copper: John Ivers, Marc Zollinger, and Dirt and Copper will perform works generated from María Elena González’ birch tree rubbings which will be on display for her exhibition Tree Talk. In collaboration with González, the composers translated the visual, gestural, and topographic data found in the tree rubbings into scores to be premiered at the event. Each re-composition approaches the material in a myriad of ways ranging from strict graphical interpretations to varying conceptions of growth-time as the ensembles traverse open and diverse notations.