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soundON: The Stories We Tell

soundON Festival of Modern Music: The Stories We Tell
curated by Franklin Cox and Christopher Adler

January 10-13, 2019
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
1008 Wall St, La Jolla, CA

Curators Franklin Cox and Christopher Adler chart the evocative domain between language and music with an adventurous collection of the newest music that is the signature of the annual soundON Festival. Instrumental music with strong narrative elements ranges from Gleb Kanasevich's contemplative Solo, to Jason Eckardt's explosive and virtuosic tour-de-force After Serra, to radical deconstructions in a brand new work by Franklin Cox, commissioned by the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. From guest composers Sungji Hong and Derek Keller, music tells stories with both sound and visual image. And language itself becomes the subject in works by Erin Gee, where the sound of speech is translated into musical sound, and Lei Liang's Aural Hypothesis which is based on the gestures of Chinese calligraphy. Soprano Jasper Sussman makes her San Diego New Music debut performing a duo by Kate Soper with NOISE flutist Lisa Cella, in which the musical medium explodes language to its fullest expressive potential. And percussionist Morris Palter will perfrom selections from Christopher Adler's recent collection of settings of Russian transrational futurist poetry in visually-evocative scores.

Thank you to our Friends of soundON Julia S. Falk, Ph.D., Drs. Sally and Einar Gall, Christian Hertzog and Susan Dorin, Garna Muller, Catherine and Robert Palmer, Erika and Fred Torri, Eric Starr and Sarah Skuster, and to the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library for their continued support, to Ann Craig and Garna Muller, to San Diego State University for providing rehearsal space and instruments, and to the University of San Diego for providing audio equipment.
Photo by Sam Zauscher

Colin McAllister, guitar and conductor
Lisa Cella, flute
Franklin Cox, cello
Morris Palter, percussion 
Robert Zelickman, clarinet
Christopher Adler, piano

Batya MacAdam-Somer, violin
Annabelle Terbetski, viola
Jasper Sussman, soprano
Jackie Glazier, clarinet
Eric Starr, trombone
Matt Kline, bass
Mari Kawamura, keyboard
Derek Keller, composer and electronics
Sungji Hong, composer

Thursday, January 10, 7:30 p.m.
Fractured Languages

Erin Gee, Mouthpiece: Segment of the 4th Letter
Christopher Adler, selections from Zaum Box
Gleb Kanasevich, Solo
Alexina Louie, Cadenzas
Jason Eckardt, After Serra

Saturday, January 12, 7:30 p.m.

Sungji Hong, Lazare veni foras!
Derek Keller, The End Times are a'Changin'
Franklin Cox, Parable ** world premiere, commissioned by the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Sunday, January 13, 2:00 p.m.
Written in Sound

Kate Soper, only the words themselves mean what they say
James Erber, memento b ** world premiere
Thomas DeLio, Transparent Wave IX
Christopher Adler, selections from Zaum Box
Lei Liang, Aural Hypothesis


Festival passes: $70 General Admission / $55 Athenaeum Members, seniors / $15 Students
Single night: $25 General Admission / $20 Athenaeum Members, seniors / $5 Students

Purchase tickets here (links to the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library site)


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