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Saturday, November 10, 2012: 8 PM Community Music Center of San Francisco

coo coo (2012) D. Edward Davis

Bridge (2012) Nicole Murphy World Premiere

Por La Fuerza Las Tierras (2010) Charles Halka INTERMISSION

Sรถte Stands Up (2012) Andrea La Rose World Premiere

Across the Red Sky (2012) Elizabeth Lim World Premiere

Wild Rumpus is made possible by the fiscal sponsorship of San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, with funding provided by the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Columbia Foundation.


Wild Rumpus Amy Sedan, flute Sophie Huet, clarinet Margaret Halbig, piano Christy Kyong, violin Joanne de Mars, violoncello Maria Janus, soprano Nathaniel Berman, conductor Co-Directors: Sophie Huet, Dan VanHassel, Jen Wang More information & complete roster at www.wildrumpusmusic.org

coo coo (2012) D. Edward Davis West Coast Premiere

coo coo is scored for violin with live electronics. The violin plays variations on “The Coo Coo Bird”, an ancient Appalachia-via-England folk melody. Tiny fragments of the violin line are excerpted by the computer, then arranged and rearranged into randomized groups and clusters, ultimately creating a dense rhythmic grid. D. Edward Davis writes electronic and acoustic music, usually both in the same piece. His work explores patterns and systems inspired by nature and mathematics, and he has a longstanding interest in slowly-developing nuances of timbre and tuning. Recent performers of his compositions include Rootstock Percussion, Wet Ink Ensemble, members of the nief-norf Project, the Very Small Consortium, and euphoniumist Mark Carlson. In 2011, Davis’s music was released on two recordings: Phantasm (Music for Saxophone and Computer) by Eric Honour and Music for Violin by Erik Carlson. He has studied with Amnon Wolman, David Grubbs, Scott Lindroth and John Supko. He hold degrees from Northwestern University and Brooklyn College-CUNY, and he is currently in the Ph.D. program at Duke University in Durham, NC. sound.warmsilence.org


Bridge (2012)

Nicole Murphy Commissioned by Wild Rumpus World Premiere That bridge was a construction of regret, the architecture of longing, over a river of melancholy. — Richard James Allen, The Kamikaze Mind Australian composer Nicole Murphy completed her Masters of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2011, under the tutelage of Dr. Gerardo Dirié. During her undergraduate degree she studied under composer Gerard Brophy, graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music (Composition) with First Class Honours. Nicole is the recipient of various awards, including the Definiens C3 International Composer’s Award (2011), the Alan Lane Award for Composition (2004), the A.G. Francis Prize for Composition (2001) and the Collusion/QCGU Composition Prize, for her setting of Australian writer John Tranter’s work The Moment of Waking (2004). Most recently, she has been selected as the composer representing Australia at the 2012 Asian Contemporary Music Festival. Nicole has been commissioned by eminent arts organisations, including the Australian Ballet (2007), the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (2008), Orchestra Victoria (2010) and the Definiens Project (2012). She has had her music performed by ensembles such as the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Ars Nova Dallas, the KuRing-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra, Chronology Arts and Halcyon. She is represented as an Associate Artist by the Australian Music Centre and currently holds the position of Composer-in-Residence at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries. www.nicolemurphy.com.au


Por La Fuerza Las Tierras (2010) Charles Halka

Por la Fuerza las Tierras, which translates to “[take] the lands by force,” was commissioned in 2010 by flautist Alejandro Escuer and the Mexican ensemble ONIX Ensamble (www.onixensamble.com) for its Viva Zapata! concert celebrating the centennial of the Mexican Revolution. As its title suggests, the work exhibits aggressive and relentless energy in passages of both struggle and celebration. After an extended moment of respite in the middle of the work, the music gradually gains momentum again and pushes energetically forward to the end. Given the occasion for which the work was written, both the rhythmic and melodic material are greatly indebted to various Mexican musical styles. The music of Charles Halka (b. 1982) has been performed in the United States, Mexico, and Europe, and upcoming and past performances include those by counter)induction (New York), ONIX Ensamble (Mexico), the chamber choirs Jauna Muzika (Lithuania), Volti (San Francisco), and Aquarius (Belgium), Pictures on Silence (Baltimore), and the California State University Northridge Symphony, among many others. As a 2008-09 Fulbright grantee, he spent a year in Vilnius, Lithuania writing an opera in collaboration with director and librettist Marija Simona Šimulynaitė. The opera, Julius, was premiered in 2010 in Vilnius, and a choral excerpt from the opera, Dipukų Rauda, was performed recently at the ISCM World Music Days 2012 in Belgium. Last year, his work Round and Round was premiered at the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress, and in 2013 a revised version will be premiered in Hong Kong at the Intimacy of Creativity partnership led by composer Bright Sheng. Charles has studied at schools of music and conservatories in the United States, Russia (Saint Petersburg Conservatory), and Lithuania (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater) and holds degrees in both piano and composition from the Peabody Conservatory. In May, he will earn his Doctor of Musical Arts from Rice University. His teachers have included Michael Hersch, Judah Adashi, Richard Lavenda, Kurt Stallmann, Pierre Jalbert, and Arthur Gottschalk. Charles is Artist-in-Residence at the Foundation for Modern Music (Houston). www.charleshalka.com


Söte Stands Up (2012) Andrea La Rose Commissioned by Wild Rumpus World Premiere

After everyone leaves you alone, lying on the floor, what does it take to get up and move on? Named by NPR as one of 100 composers under 40 you should know, flutist and composer Andrea La Rose is making waves in the new music scene. Her pride and joy has been her work as a flutist/composer/board member with the punk-classical antagonists Anti-Social Music. Since August 2009, she has been corrupting the youth of the world as a Music Teacher at the Franconian International School in Erlangen, Germany. About her music, she says: “I am interested in how we perceive basic musical aspects such as meter, harmony, melody: Where is the downbeat? What is the foreground? What is the background? If a piano plays a major chord, but other people are playing a different chord, how do we decide — in real time — what the harmony is? My music is often about a lack of clarity and how performers and listeners make decisions about what they hear.” reloadsanear.com

Across The Red Sky (2012) Elizabeth Lim Commissioned by Wild Rumpus World Premiere

Katherine Mansfield’s poem “Across the Red Sky” paints a vivid image of the daily battle between the sun and earth. The sun bleeds red as it falls into dusk, and flying birds become restless as night falls upon them. There is a lot of color in this poem, and since I have a mild case of synesthesia I was immediately drawn to Mansfield’s descriptions of the sun and sky. The base of my piece is draped in D Minor—for me, the key of red. With my ensemble I tried to create a sense of space and loneliness to capture the birds while also composing gestures that would illustrate the sun’s war with the earth. The war scene in particular is not supposed to be comfortable for the performers or audience, but enclosed by the expanse of the red sky material, I


wanted to somehow show the evolution of the day, then its closure into night.  Elizabeth Lim is a doctoral candidate at the Juilliard School, where she is studied composition with Dr. Samuel Adler and Dr. Robert Beaser. Noted for its unique expressiveness and verve, Elizabeth’s music has been widely performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and she has received honors and recognition from ASCAP, BMI, the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), the National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA), the New England Philharmonic, and the Society for New Music, among others. Elizabeth completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University, where she was awarded the Hugh F. MacColl Prize in composition, the John Green Fellowship in composition, the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts, and during her senior year, she was named one of the Class of 2008’s “Most Outstanding Seniors in the Arts.” She has been a composer-in-residence with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra as part of the Under Construction concert series, and other accomplishments include commissions and awards from the Alabama Orchestra Association, the Palo Alto Youthto-Youth Commissioning Project, Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra Composers Competition, as well as from the first national Iron Composer Competition. Additionally, Elizabeth was named winner of the annual Juilliard Orchestra Composition Competition, and her work for orchestra, Paranoia, was conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky for performance in the Alice Tully Hall in April 2009. More recently, the American Composers Orchestra also selected Disharmony of the Spheres for a reading by the Buffalo Philharmonic as part of the Earshot Composer Reading series, and the American Composers Forum and VocalEssence co-presented her choral work, The Tempest, during the 2012 Essentially Choral readings, directed by Philip Brunelle. Following the readings, Elizabeth received a commission to write for VocalEssence’s WITNESS Concert in February 2013. lizlim.com


Thank You We’re so, so grateful to the new music lovers who have donated to Wild Rumpus the past year, including to our Kickstarter project. Thanks so much for making our season possible! Anonymous (13) Bitsy Chris Ethan Tarzanna Marié Abe Sam Adams Jean Ahn Aaron Almanza Chris Ashworth Sarah Anne Austin N. Beaufort Rose Bellini Betsey Biggs Julie and Rebecca Blum Seth Brenzel & Malcolm Gaines Seth Brodsky Magenta & Joshua Brooks Ryan Brown Leon C. Mauro Javier Cardenas Jonas U. Cartano Jason Charney David Chen Lucas Chen Elena Childs Edie Christensen Jason Clark Eleanor Cloutier Daniel Cullen D. Edward Davis Shiau-uen Ding Anchie Fonyue Donn Patrick & Natalie Dougall Richard & Nanette Dougall

Lauren Eggert-Crowe Samantha Emmanuel Veronica Falandino Kathy Fox John, Fairbourne & Alex Frye K. Gavenman Hyeonmin Ghim Daniel Gilliam The Fabulous Jarrod & Amelia Green Brenden Guy Melissa Hacker Calisa Hildebrand Elizabeth Holt Lucie Huet Ellen Huet Megan Ihnen Ben Irwin Jay P. Janus Jennifer Janus John Kelly Steven Kemper Lydia Kiesling Debbie Koller Jesse and Brady Kriss Megan Kurashige Esther Landau Lorna Lander Madeleine LaRose Philip LaRose Ida N. Lauter Eric Lesch Patrick Liddell Elizabeth L. Hugh Livingston Meg Madden

Scott Madin Caroline Mallonée Lucy Mattingly Janet McKay Aiden McKee Katy Meadows Deb Merton Brent Miller Daniel & Jessica Miller M. Miller David Milnes Hye Yeong Min M. Mollison Elyse Nakajima Adri Ng Tiffany K. Ng krk nordenstrom Jessica O’Brien Meghan O’Hara Nicholas S. Omiccioli Fred Ormand Vardan Ovsepian John Parejko Susan and Martin Partlan, in honor of Nathaniel Berman Stacey Pelinka Gordon & Pamela Perry Kim Perry Matthew Perry Emily Richmond Pollock Jason Pyszkowski Lauren Quimby Zachary Ragent Luke Randall Erica Redden-Lyon


Jesse Rimler John Rogers Kendra R Salois Ian Saxton Isaac Schankler Ed Schmalzle Paul and Nancy Sedan Garrett Shatzer J. Clerk Shaw Drs. SkullHunter Jax Steager Greg Steinke John Strieder

Alyson Swihart Chris Swithinbank Philippa Thompson Tracey Thompson The Tranbys Lisa Treviño Christine & Tab Tsai Michael Tsiang Karen Utgoff Dan Valdez John and Patty VanHassel Patrick J. Vaz David Wegehaupt

Justin Weinstein-Tull Alex Weiser John W. Weiss Jeff Whatshisname Liza White Heather White Jonathan Wichmann Kali Wilson Sik-Lam & Ina Wong Lynn and Greg Wu The Family Crest Bay Area Bicycle Law (BayAreaBicycleLaw.com)

Thanks for coming tonight! Please join us at our next concert:

Saturday, May 11, 2012

Featuring newly-commissioned works by: Jonathan Russell, Nicolas Tzortzis, Jeffrey Treviño, Ruben Naeff, Julian Day, & Dan VanHassel We’re working on a few other projects that we hope you’ll come check out! To stay in touch with us, and hear about upcoming concerts and calls for scores, please sign up for our mailing list, follow us on Twitter (@wildrumpusmusic) or Facebook, or visit:

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