Musica Pacifica – San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Part-time, Commission

MUSICA PACIFICA, ONE OF AMERICA’S PREMIER BAROQUE ENSEMBLES, SEEKS A BOOKING AGENT.

This part-time position starts at 15-20 hours per month; Although Musica Pacifica is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, candidates could work remotely from other areas of the country.

Responsibilities:

· Regularly and consistently contact presenters by phone and email to secure concert engagements.

· Maintain and grow/develop database of prospective presenters active in booking live performances of classical music.

· Prepare copy for seasonal newsletter emailed to presenters and mailing list; distribute to list.

· Potentially negotiate fees and arrangements with presenters when group is engaged.

· Create simple promotional flyers with graphics.

· Possibly additional PR duties to be discussed. Some fundraising work may be added.

Qualifications:

· Sales ability, including making cold calls, tracking contacts, timely follow-up, and closing deals.

· A familiarity with classical music is required, and familiarity with early music preferred.

· Experience in this field is desirable, but resourcefulness, discipline and the ability to work independently are even more important.

· Competence with email, a direct mail platform (such as MailChimp), word processing, preparing marketing pieces, and database management.

· Basic to intermediate graphic design skills.

Compensation: An hourly fee plus commission on any engagements booked. Pay is $18-20/hr depending on level of previous booking experience.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Judy Linsenberg [email protected]

Job Type: Part-time

 

On Thursday, March 14th, 2019, at 8pm, the fifth concert of the 2018-2019 Interpretations series’ Thirtieth Anniversary Season presents striking music sets from both vocalist and composer Joan La Barbara, and mixed-instrumentation group Ensemble Metrix, led by violinist Tom Chiu.

Held at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY, tickets are $20 for adults / $15 for students & seniors, and available online.

The perennially influential and innovative vocalist/composer Joan La Barbara presents new material from her ongoing opera-in-progress, Dreams of Water Beyond One’s Depth, inspired by the lives and work of the iconic Virginia Woolf and the enigmatic Joseph Cornell, with lyrics by the award-winning Vietnamese-American novelist Monique Truong, and featuring an ensemble of voices, instruments, synthesizer, and sonic atmosphere.

Tom Chiu’s Ensemble Metrix is a mixed-instrumentation group exploring the recontextualization of music in a variety of styles and genres. Using material from the broad canon of popular and underground music, Chiu deconstructs and distorts melodic hooks and motivic riffs, and weaves the material into an extended, minimalistic jam. The resulting structured score represents an analogue to a dee-jay’s pre-determined playlist. Replacing turntables and records, the musicians produce the music live, each injecting personal flair in the final mix. Joining Ensemble Metrix will be some of Chiu’s favorite collaborators, including Meaghan Burke, Sara Schoenbeck, Charles Waters, Peter Zummo, and other special guests.

About Interpretations: 

“When we started, this was a real need, especially for the more experimental new music,” says Founder and Artistic Director Thomas Buckner. “Now we are experiencing a blossoming of new music groups and solo performers, which makes the series necessary in a new way. There are so many exceptional composers and performers who need a great place to perform.”

The Interpretations series, now in its thirtieth season, is a New York-based concert series focusing on the relationship between contemporary composers and their interpreters. Sometimes the interpreters are the composers themselves; more often, the series features performers who specialize in the interpretation of new music. 

For its 30th Anniversary, Interpretations has assembled an eclectic line-up of innovative composers and their interpreters, representing a wide variety of approaches to music making. The Interpretations Series is dedicated to nurturing the relationship of innovative composers with the growing community of new music virtuoso performers. 

REMAINING 2019 SERIES LINEUP

Thursday, April 4, 2019: Thomas Buckner (with Joseph Kubera, Melanie Genin, William Winant, & James Ilgenfrtz)

Thursday, May 2, 2019: Annie Gosfield (with Harris and Chow); Edmund Camplon (with Marilyn Nonken, Manuel Laufer, and others)

Thursday, June 6, 2019: String Noise (Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris); The String Trio of New York (featuring James Emery, Toni Marino, Rob Thomas)

 

 

This February 15th through 17th, singers Deborah Carmichael and Kinga Cserjési will offer a three-day workshop to give participants a thorough introduction to the Libero Canto Approach. The workshop includes individual singing lessons, musical work, and sessions in listening to historical and contemporary vocal recordings, and will be held at the Rudolf Steiner School, 15 E. 78th Street in New York City. The cost is $200, and space is limited to 8 singers.

To apply, or for more information, email [email protected] by February 1st with a short statement about your musical background and why you are interested in the workshop. You may also be asked to provide a recording. All vocal types are welcome. Those who would like to experience the Libero Canto Approach prior to the workshop are invited to take a free introductory lesson with Kinga Cserjési.

Moreover, for those who apply for the workshop by January 18, a 20% discount ($160) will be offered if accepted. (Additional financial assistance may be available upon request – please contact [email protected] by January 18.)


Singers Deborah Carmichael and Kinga Cserjési

Using Early Italian arias and ensemble pieces, the workshop is designed to give participants a thorough introduction to the Libero Canto approach: a way of teaching singing that leads to freedom and naturalness of vocal expression. It is not a method or specialized technique, rather a process and attitude toward singing and music making.

A central idea of Libero Canto is that the release of excess physical tension and force allows the body to become genuinely responsive to the singer’s musical feeling and imagination, thereby giving singing the spontaneity and vitality of true expression. (The name ‘Libero Canto’ comes from “la via al libero canto,” the path to free singing. This approach was originated by Lajos Szamosi in Budapest before the Second World War.)


SCHEDULE (subject to change) 
* Friday, Feb. 15
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Introduction and listening session

* Saturday, Feb. 16
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Individual lessons (auditing encouraged);
2:30 – 6:30 p.m. Musical work and listening session (all present)

* Sunday, Feb. 17
12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Individual lessons (auditing encouraged);
4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Musical work and conclusion (all present)


for more information, please visit liberocanto.com


Jeongeun Park will perform works by Reinecke, Prokofiev, Fauré and Shostakovich

On Monday December 17, 2018 at 8pm, violist Jeongeun Park, along with pianist Eric Zuber, will celebrate her New York City concert debut as well as Carnegie Hall debut with a recital at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY.

Tickets are $20, and are available at carnegiehall.org or by calling 212-247-7800.

Program:

Carl Reinecke Drei Phantasiestücke Op. 43
Sergei Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet, Op.64
Gabriel Fauré Après un rêve
Dmitri Shostakovich Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op.147 

Poetically conceived by Park around themes of romance and fantasy, this program moves from dreamy beginnings to a serious and somber conclusion, with Shostakovich’s Viola Sonata, composed right before the composer’s death.


Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jeongeun Park has been actively performing throughout the U.S. and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician. Park was the top prize winner of the Kookmin Ilbo Youngsan Art Chamber Competition, Eumak Journal Competition, and Sungshin University Competition, and has appeared in numerous solo and chamber music concerts in Seoul.

Her busy performing schedule has included her solo debut recital at the Youngsan Art Hall, Sookmyung Orchestra’s concerts at the Seoul Arts Center, KBS Hall and Jang Cheon Art Hall. Park also served as Principal Viola of the Sookmyung Orchestra, Assistant Principal Viola of the Gwacheon Symphony Orchestra, and has been a member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra.

Park earned her Bachelor’s degree at Sookmyung Women’s University under the tutelage of Professor Do-Yeon Kim in Seoul, South Korea. In the US, Park began her studies under Professor Catharine Carroll Lees in 2010 at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She earned her Masters of Music, Artist Diploma and Doctorate of Musical Arts at CCM where she is currently a member of the adjunct viola faculty. Park has participated in many international summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Miyazaki Music Festival, and the Just Vivace Music Festival.

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The third concert of Interpretations series’ 30th Season also features works by composers Voro Garcia, Raphael Cendo, Edwin Hillier, & Yann Robin

Tana Quartet and Baritone Thomas Buckner, interpreting works by Bun Ching Lam, will headline the third concert of the 2018-2019 Thirtieth  Interpretations Series on *Friday, November 16th at 8pm at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY. The Interpretations Series is dedicated to nurturing the relationship of composers with the growing community of new music virtuoso performers. *Note that this concert is being held on a Friday, exceptionally from the other series concerts, held on Thursdays.  

Chinese-American composer Bun Ching Lam presents music for string quartet: L’air du Temps (1991), and Conversation with My Soul (2015-16), for baritone voice with quartet featuring baritone Thomas Buckner, to a text by Lebanese-American poet and painter Etel Adnan (New York Premiere). As part of their first US tour, the Paris-based Tana Quartet will also present works from their recent repertoire, including Slapsticks by Spanish composer Voro Garcia, Substance by Berlin-based French composer Raphael Cendo, Solliloques by British composer Edwin Hillier, and Shadows by French composer Yann Robin.

Born in Macao, Bun Ching Lam began her piano study in her native city, then further pursued her music education in Hong Kong and the United States. She holds a B.A. in Piano Performance from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of California at San Diego. She has taught at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and served as Visiting Professor at the Yale University School of Music and at Bennington College. She has been recognized by numerous awards including a Rome Prize, the highest Award at the Shanghai International Composers’ Competition, two NEA grants, fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She now divides her time between Paris and New York.

For decades, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the promotion and performance of new and improvised music, collaborating with a host of new music luminaries. For the past thirty years Thomas Buckner has curated the Interpretations series in New York City. His long term collaborations include 35 years as a member of Robert Ashley’s opera company, and performing with Roscoe Mitchell regularly since 1979.

Tana Quartet is the quartet of the twenty-first century. They are audacious, pioneers and precursors. Tana foresee the new sounds of the modern string quartet. Recognized by The Guardian as “impeccable players”, the quartet is recipient of an array of international awards, from the Pro Quartet – CEMC foundation in Paris, the Verbier Festival Academy and the Union of Belgian Composers (Fuga Prize), they also received the Octave for best exponents of contemporary music. In 2013, they were honored at the HSBC EMA Awards and received an invitation to premiere Oracion; a major cross-over project featuring both world and contemporary music, produced by the Abbaye de Royaumont and premiered as part of the Aix-en-Provence festival.

ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Ave. Downtown Brooklyn 

2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains & LIRR. 

Tickets, available online at www.interpretations.info, range from $15 for Seniors, Students, and Roulette Members to $20 for General Admission.

Ticket link is: http://roulette.org/event/interpretations-bun-ching-lam-tana-quartet/