Nweamo Festival 2017

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— NWEAMO Festival 2017 —

When, Where, Price, Contact info:
Concert 1: Thursday March 16, 7 PM, Smith Recital Hall, SDSU School of Music
Solo recital: Geoffrey Burleson, piano
Concert 2: Friday March 17, 7 PM, Smith Recital Hall, SDSU School of Music
SWARMIUS & friends
Concert 3: Saturday March 18, 7 PM, Smith Recital Hall, SDSU School of Music
Juried selection of international composers & sound artists
Concert 4: Sunday March 19, 2 PM, Smith Recital Hall, SDSU School of Music
Acoustic chamber music: TrioPolis

Information:
ticklerat@gmail.com
619-750-7125

Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors; $10 students
http://music.sdsu.edu/index.php/site/calendar

Directions & Parking:
http://music.sdsu.edu/index.php/about/map

The San Diego based NWEAMO Festival will host its 19th annual international festival of evolving music and arts related creations over four days, one performance per day, each one unique. The festival will feature a combined effort of 30 composers and performers, many of whom who will be traveling to San Diego from diverse corners of the world. The work that they present will be equally diverse. That is the aesthetic mission of NWEAMO (New West Evolving Arts and Music Organization).

Concert #1: The festival opens Thursday, March 16 with a 7 PM solo recital by NYC based pianist Geoffrey Burleson in Smith Recital Hall at SDSU School of Music. Mr. Burleson, who heads the piano departments at Princeton University and Hunter College, is a globe-trotting, diverse artist who maintains a dizzying performance schedule, both in repertoire and location. Burleson will perform a program blending contemporary masterpieces, including Frank Zappa's tour d'force "Beebop Tango", arranged by Burleson. Burleson will start his program with the West Coast premiere of a lost masterpiece by romantic French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, which he discovered last year while digging through archives of the Paris library. Burleson is the premier interpreter of Saint-Saëns, and has been recording the complete virtuosic, voluminous Saint-Saëns piano catalog in a series of CDs for Naxos.

Concert #2: Next, on Friday, March 17, 7 PM, will feature four world premieres from "St. Francis De Los Barrios", an indie-classical, trans-genre rock opera based on St. Francis of Assisi, set in the present day Tijuana red light district Zona Norte among trans-gender HIV afflicted sex workers living in danger and poverty.

Employing the Latin American literary genre known as "Magical Realism" (cf Gabriel
Garcia Marquez & Luis Borges), librettist Allan Havis had created in his Francis a charismatic, bi-sexual antihero. Androgynous, world-weary and himself HIV infected (due to a combination of homophobia and lack of access to medication there is an HIV and TB epidemic currently raging in this community only a few miles from downtown SD), Francis has started working miracles, curing HIV and healing bullet wounds without medicine. Pope Francis is coming to Tijuana to meet and comprehend this holy, foul mouthed derelict who is a attracting international attention. People are storming the Mexican border wall to touch him and seek cures. The perverted, corrupt TJ chief of police wants Francis murdered. There's a price on his head.

The music, by NWEAMO artistic director Joseph Martin Waters, ranges from gentle, bossa nova ballads, Doo-wop – Beach Boys infused a cappella street choir, to metal infused tango-from-hell with wobbly bass electronics. It will be performed by SWARMIUS, the San Diego and New York City-based virtuoso Indie-Classical Ensemble, augmented by a large ensemble of singers and instrumentalists.

Another feature on the program will be the West Coast premiere of "Resist", for big band, a cathartic response to the new regime in Washington.

Rounding out the program will be recent acoustic and electronics infused works from SWARMIUS' touring repertoire.

Concert #3: Saturday, March 18, 7 PM will feature a diverse, juried selection of international composers with works employing invented instruments, electronics, dance and video. Please see below for details & links.

Concert #4: Sunday, March 19, 2 PM. TrioPolis, an acoustic trio in residence at the University of North Texas, completes the festival with classic & recently commissioned works for violin, clarinet and piano.

Concert 1: Thursday, March 16, 7 PM, Smith Recital Hall, SDSU School of Music

Geoffrey Burleson, aka Peripateticus
Solo Piano

J.S. Bach: Toccata in D Minor, BWV 913

Camille Saint-Saëns: Paraphrase sur La Mort de Thaïs (1895)

Camille Saint-Saëns: Fantasie sur Lohengrin de Wagner (1859)-CALIFORNIA PREMIERE

Intermission

Mary Kouyoumdjian: Aghavni [Doves] (2009)
I. 1910
II. 1915
III. 1986

Dave Soldier: Five Little Monsters (1984)
1. Beasties DMC
2. Babylon Hair
3. Wiccans & Goths
4. Moshpit Locomotive
5. Curry Goat Stand

Gregor Huebner: Five Latin Pieces (2004)
1. Fugato y Yumba
2. Tumbao
3. Guaijra mysteriosa
4. Bembé
5. Guaguanco

Frank Zappa/arr. Burleson: BeBop Tango

Concert 2: Friday, March 17, 7 PM, Smith Recital Hall, SDSU School of Music

SWARMIUS & Guests

program:
• “Cornelia Street”
• “Things”
Featuring Rudy Alexander Giron, Countertenor
• “Powerhouse Passacalgia” (Peripateticus Geoffrey Burleson)
• “Cherry Blossoms”
• “Street Sex” (from St. Francis De Los Barrios)
…. Jozefius Joseph Martin Waters, music & Allan Havis, lyrics
Featuring Rudy Alexander Giron, Countertenor, Sara Perez, contralto, Jack French, baritione
• “Help You To Live” (from St. Francis De Los Barrios)
…. Jozefius Joseph Martin Waters, music & Allan Havis, lyrics
Featuring Rudy Alexander Giron - Countertenor, Antarcticus Sean Bassett - electric & classical guitars, Ionosphere Ian Bassett - electric bass
• “Corner Room In Hell” (from St. Francis De Los Barrios)
…. Jozefius Joseph Martin Waters, music & Allan Havis, lyric
Featuring Rudy Alexander Giron - Countertenor, Antarcticus Sean Bassett - electric & classical guitars, Ionosphere Ian Bassett - electric bass
• “You Said Once You Loved Me” (from St. Francis De Los Barrios)
…. Jozefius Joseph Martin Waters, music & Allan Havis, lyrics
Featuring Rudy Alexander Giron - Countertenor & Sara Perez - contralto, Antarcticus Sean Bassett - electric & classical guitars, Ionosphere Ian Bassett - electric bass

• “Resist”
Featuring Ian Buss - tenor sax, Bradley Nash - baritone sax, Skyler Digby MacKinnon - trombone
All works composed by Joseph Martin Waters except where noted.
Musicians:
SWARMIUS Ensemble:
SAXIMUS (Todd Rewoldt - saxophones)
Peripateticus (Geoffrey Burleson - piano)
Tempus Rhythmicus (Daniel Pate – percussion)
Jozefius Rattus (Joseph Martin Waters – electronics)

Guest artists (more to be announced)

Rudy Alexander Giron - countercounter voice
Sara Perez - contralto voice
Jack French - baritone voice
Ian Buss - tenor sax
Bradley Nash - baritone sax
Skyler Digby MacKinnon - trombone
Antarcticus Sean Bassett - electric & classical guitars
Ionosphere Ian Bassett - electric bass

Concert 3: Saturday, March 18, 7 PM, Smith Recital Hall, SDSU School of Music

Various Artists, A� Juried selection of International contemporary acoustic, electronic, dance & video works
program:
• “Marble Words” Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie�http://jsmishalanie.com/ video
• “I’m Searching” Lydon Quill http://www.lydonquill.com�Lydon Quill, improvised electronics
• “Analog Forest” Fernando Laub http://www.flaub.net/�Fernando Laub, ad hoc electronic device
• “O Brother!” Neil Rolnick http://www.neilrolnick.com/�Neil Rolnick, improvised electronics
• “Elastic Galactic” Chris Warren http://www.superhoax.com/�Ariana Warren, flute�Chris Warren, electronics
• “Braingame #1” Marcus Anomalous http://www.marcusanomalous.com�Ariana Warren, clarinet�Karen Ray Nelson, choreography/dance�Gennifer Lauren, dance�Noelia Montiel, dance
• “Vox Sum Vitae” João Pedro Oliveira http://www.jpoliveira.com/�Tempus Rhythmicus aka Daniel Pate, percussion
• “Toccata” Joo Won Park http://joowonpark.net/�Joo Won Park, electronics
• “Gris-Gris Man” Gregory T.S. Walker�Gregory T.S. Walker, electric violin

Concert 3: Sunday, March 19, 2 PM, Smith Recital Hall, SDSU School of Music
�TrioPolis Ensemble “Commissioned works for violin, clarinet & piano”
Felix Olschofka, violin
Kimberly Cole Luevano, clarinet
Anatolia Ioannides, piano

program:
• “Trio for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano” (1996) Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)
I. Capriccio – Allegro
II. Romanza – Andante espressivo
III. Envoi – Allegro
• “You As A Sea Turtle In A Kelp Forest At Dawn” (2015) Joseph Martin Waters (b. 1952)
• “Temple Swallows” (2015) Benjamin Sabey (b. 1975)
• “Cherry Blossoms” (2016) Joseph Martin Waters
• “Sketch Book for Violin, Clarinet and Piano” (2007) Gernot Wolfgang (b. 1957)
I. Green Island
II. Night Breeze
III. Chromatic Train

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