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BAM/PFA Announces Final Events of its Popular L@TE Performance Series
THE FINAL L@TE SCHEDULE FEATURES A CLOSING CONCERT BY THE PIONEERING COMPOSER/PIANIST TERRY RILEY; A COLLABORATION BETWEEN PAULINE OLIVEROS AND THINGAMAJIGS PERFORMANCE GROUP; MUSIC BY JEREMY HARRIS; AND AN EVENING OF ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC SOUND PERFORMANCES CURATED BY ARTIST JOHN ZURIER
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Berkeley, CA, October 10, 2014 — The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) announces the closing performances for its after gallery-hours program L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA. Since its launch in fall 2009, the series has been host to some of the most eclectic and extraordinary performances in the Bay Area. From concerts by new-music luminaries such as Terry Riley, Joan Jeanrenaud, The Residents, and Ellen Fullman, to wildly interdisciplinary events that combined aspects of comedy, performance art, culinary arts, crafts, film, dance, and more, the series has consistently delivered audiences surprising, even transformative programming. The unique architectural and acoustical properties of BAM/PFA’s Brutalist building has helped set this program apart. The distinctive concrete galleries climb above the performance atrium like a winding nautilus, producing unconventional acoustic dynamics and giving patrons various vantage points from which to experience the proceedings. As BAM/PFA plans to close its galleries to the public in late December in preparation for its move to a new building in downtown Berkeley in early 2016, the November/December 2014 L@TE schedule will be its last.
Fittingly, the L@TE series will finish where it began with a performance by the iconic composer/pianist Terry Riley on December 5. Riley opened the series in November 2009, and he has since returned every fall (but one) to perform. A trailblazer of Minimalism with a breadth of influence that spans across the classical, electronic, and rock worlds, and a devotee of Hindustani classical music as well as jazz, Riley remains one of the most dynamic compositional voices of the past century. Always highly anticipated, his performances possess an intimate character, with patrons seated or lying on the floor with pillows and blankets, surrounding the artist and his piano. Earlier in his career, Riley was known to play extraordinarily long sets, often running deep into the night and into the next morning. Approaching his eightieth birthday next summer, Riley will perform for a lengthy three hours, joined by his son, guitarist and composer Gyan Riley.
Riley’s appearances at BAM/PFA have been organized by regular guest programmer Sarah Cahill, who has helped produce a number of memorable L@TE evenings. This season Cahill also brings a new collaboration between pioneering avant-garde composer Pauline Oliveros and Thingamajigs Performance Group on November 21. Much like Riley, Oliveros casts a long shadow in the development of modern experimental music. Oliveros picked up her main instrument, the accordion, from her mom as a young girl growing up in Houston. Her interests took her to the Bay Area, where she earned a BFA in composition at San Francisco State studying under the influential composer and teacher Robert Erickson. Oliveros became a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center and the founding director of the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music, an institution that remains an important incubator for the international avant-garde music scene. She is the subject of a recently released twelve-CD box set, Reverberations: Tape and Electronic Music, 1961–70, on Important Records. Oliveros will be partnering with Thingamajigs Performance Group, who participated in a four-event L@TE residency in 2013. The Oakland-based project is dedicated to exploring alternate materials and methods of creating sound both in their own music and through community outreach, workshops, and teaching. Together Oliveros and Thingamajigs will create a new work during a week of rehearsals and open workshops leading up to its premiere at their L@TE performance.
November 14 features a performance by Jeremy Harris. The Inverness, California–based musician and composer is the founder of the digital label/series Quest Coast Quarterly. Harris’s work explores intersections between cyclical minimalist rhythms and extended classical harmonies. Harris will be singing and playing guitar and synthesizer, accompanied by a string quartet, a vibraphone ensemble, and expansive visual projections in the atrium space. Harris’s appearance is programmed by Andy Cabic, founder and principal member of the popular, long-running neofolk project Vetiver.
A number of L@TE programs over the years have been developed to engage with concurrent exhibitions and film programs. An example of this is our November 7 program organized by the Berkeley artist John Zurier, whose work is currently on view in MATRIX 255. Zurier’s program Dalalæða: Music for Cellos & Electronics will explore the intersection of sound, space, and painting with three new electro-acoustic compositions he commissioned to accompany his exhibition of paintings and watercolors inspired by his forays to Iceland. Icelandic composers Úlfur Hansson and Georg Hilmarsson and Bay Area–based composer Amadeus Regucera wrote new works for members of the all-cello ensemble Celli@Berkeley, who will premiere them at L@TE. The title “Dalalæða“ refers to a kind of ground fog that occurs in Iceland, a weather phenomenon linking it to our environs here in the Bay Area. The event will be preceded at 6:30 by a gallery talk by Zurier.
For more information about L@TE programs, including October events, visit bampfa.berkeley.edu/late
L@TE is made possible by the generous support of the BAM/PFA Trustees and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley.
Pauline Oliveros’s performance is supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and an anonymous donor.
November/December 2014 L@TE Schedule
Dalalæða: Music for Cellos & Electronics
November 7, 2014; 7:30 p.m. (doors 5 p.m.)
New electro-acoustic compositions by Icelandic composers performed by Celli@Berkeley. In conjunction with John Zurier/MATRIX 255. Preceded by a gallery talk with John Zurier at 6:30 p.m. (included with L@TE admission).
November 14, 2014; 7:30 p.m. (doors 5 p.m.)
Cyclical minimalist rhythms and extended classical harmonies from founder of Quest Coast Quarterly.
Pauline Oliveros, with Thingamajigs Performance Group
November 21, 2014; 7:30 p.m.(doors 5 p.m.)
Masterful improvisation and sonic meditation from avant-garde pioneer Pauline Oliveros.
December 5, 2014; 7:30 p.m. (doors 5 p.m.)
Grand Finale! Minimalist legend Terry Riley closes out the final season of L@TE. Galleries open until 10:30 p.m.
Admission to L@TE is $7; free for BAM/PFA members and Cal students, faculty, and staff. For updates and advance tickets, visit bampfa.berkeley.edu/late.
Founded in 1963, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is UC Berkeley’s primary visual arts venue and among the largest university art museums in terms of size and audience in the United States. Internationally recognized for its art and film programming, BAM/PFA is a platform for cultural experiences that transform individuals, engage communities, and advance the local, national and global discourse on art and ideas. BAM/PFA’s mission is “to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film.”
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