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8th Annual Switchboard Music Festival

  • Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)

8th Annual Switchboard Music Festival  

Saturday, April 4  2-10pm

The Eighth Annual Switchboard Music Festival will present 13 sets of music, including the Real Vocal String Quartet, Kitka Vocal trio, Brass Magic, and the premiere of In C Re-Do, a re-imagining of Terry Riley’s In C featuring contributions from over 50 composers. Switchboard Presents, on the second Friday of the month at the Center for New Music, will present four split bills featuring local artists including Makeunder, Meerenai Shim, and pianist Elyse Weakley, plus brand-new projects New Match Arc, Lady Band, and the Athletics.
This year's lineup includes 13 sets by over sixty performers. The headlining set of the 2015 Switchboard Music Festival is the In C Re-Do, a re-composition of Terry Riley’s In C, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this season. In C is comprised of 53 individual cells of music that are performed by a malleable group of musicians who move through the score at their own pace, creating a slowly evolving soundscape  with the score projected onstage.. The In C Re-Do will start and end with Riley’s original cells, with each of the 51 remaining cells contributed by Switchboard artists past and present plus other members of the Switchboard community, including Glenn Kotche, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Zoe Keating, Carla Kihlstedt, Fred Frith, Pamela Z, Samuel Adams, and all three Switchboard co-directors. For a full list of contributing composers, visit 

2015 Lineup:

2:00 pm Brass Magic is an eight-piece ensemble that features a robust horn section performing original tunes influenced by by the garbage of Manhattan, the F train, and strong beverages.
2:50 pm Bill Baird – Mundus Interni Across his two sets, Baird will premiere a new mixed-media theatrical work
3:15 pm Friction Quartet performs original commissions including Ian Dicke’s Unmanned and Adam Cuthbert’s Universe Explosion for double string quartet plus Parachute Dance by Stephen Feigenbaum
3:55 pm Random House, a new ensemble led by composer and SB co-director Ryan Brown
4:20 pm Bill Baird - Mundus Novus Across his two sets, Baird will premiere a new mixed-media theatrical work
4:45 pm Nathan Clevenger Group performs sideways-but-melodic original modern jazz
5:20 pm Black Spirituals is a collaboration between tone-generating electronic technology and heart-thumping acoustic percussion of Zachary Watkins and Marshall Trammell
5:45 pm SF Conservatory Clarinet Ensemble performs Eleven by SB co-founder Jonathan Russell, featuring SB co-directors (and SFCM faculty) Jeff Anderle and Annie Phillips on clarinets.
6:15 pm Powerdove, aka Annie Lewandowski, performs her original experimental folk songs for voice and electronically processed piano
7:00 pm Saxophonist Patrick Cress performs hisYosemite Soundscape for solo saxophone and projected imagery
7:30 pm Kitka vocal trio strives to expand the boundaries of folk song as a living and evolving expressive art form
8:10 pm Real Vocal String Quartet sings and plays original tunes with original members Alisa Rose, Irene Sazer, and Jessica Ivry with new member Matthias McIntire
9:00 pm In C Re-Do,a new work involving 50+ composers and 30+ performers

Later Event: April 9