JUL 25 HURD ENSEMBLE AT KENNEDY CENTER!
Performing original music by San Francisco-based composer George Hurd, The Hurd Ensemble, selected by Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates, unifies the worlds of electronic and classical music. All the music is written for string quartet (violin, viola, cello, upright bass), piano, and electronics, meticulously bound together with digitally arranged sounds collected from Hurd’s travels. Watch the video HERE.
JUNE 3-5 A TRIBUTE TO RADIOHEAD'S KID A
UnderCover Presents is a grassroots collective that gathers musicians from every corner of the bay area music community to celebrate the influence of classic albums. The concept is simple: bands are invited based on their enthusiasm for the album from a range of musical genres that reflect the diverse styles and cultures that make bay area music unique. Each band picks a different song from the album and infuses it with their distinctive sound and personality.
FEB 21 STEEL&HAMMERS AT MILK BAR
Steel&Hammers will be joined by MC Squadda B, one half of acclaimed duo Main Attrakionz for an encore performance of their debut in Oakland last November. Be on the lookout for new releases of the original music and rhymes they are cooking up!
OCT 02 RUBY SKYE PRESENTS MERCURY SOUL
Mercury Soul features alternating sets of classical music and DJing. Classical sets feature music ranging from Bach to Stravsinky to living composers, performed by anything from a lone soloist to a full orchestra. Classical sets are performed as intended by the composer with no electronics and then transition into EDM through precomposed transitions which feature both the musicians and the DJs.
MAR 13 WORLD PREMIERE AT C4NM
San Francisco-based pianist Elyse Weakley performed music for piano and electronics by celebrated composers Mason Bates and Anna Clyne, and included the world premiere of George Hurd’s piece, Vivarium. Weakley is a champion of new music in the Bay Area and beyond, and has performed innovative new music for piano around the world including the 2013 Atlantic Music Festival, and the 2012 Switchboard Music Festival. She has performed with SF- based electro-acoustic group. Read a review of the concert here.