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Laetitia Sonami; Real Vocal String Quartet

May 7, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B

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Programmed by Sarah Cahill

Composer, performer, and sound installation artist Laetitia Sonami presents Ghost Rivers, a new sound installation and performance adapted to the architecture of the Berkeley Art Museum. Large cardboard tubes found abandoned in a San Francisco construction site become the exposed nerves of a sonic environment. The installation is made of clusters of these tubes, some of which spring up to the ceiling, defying immobility and gravity. Sounds flow momentarily through the hollow nerves, bringing to the surface the “here and there” of a sonic environment together with the imagined sounds of audience fantasies. Sonami, who has been described by The New York Times as “a human antenna searching the air for sounds,” shares the bill with the Real Vocal String Quartet, whose music has been featured on NPR and called “beautiful, haunting, mesmerizing, and foot-stomping fun,” by KQED Arts. Formed by violinist Irene Sazer (known for her work with the Turtle Island String Quartet), and featuring violinist Alisa Rose, violinist/violist Dina Maccabee, and cellist Jessica Ivry, the quartet sings and plays simultaneously.

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Preceded at 6 p.m. by Wobbly spinning a DJ set in the lobby. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

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