Sea­son-open­ing pre­mieres from new-mu­sic ensem­ble

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - — Joshua Kos­man

“Mise en abyme” (roughly, “placed in the abyss”) is a term from vis­ual art re­fer­ring to a pic­ture that con­tains a copy of it­self. It also serves as the ti­tle of the sea­sonopen­ing con­cert by the new-mu­sic ensem­ble Earplay, which in­cludes a num­ber of cham­ber works that draw on an anal­o­gous tech­nique in mu­sic.

Among the pre­mieres on this pro­gram, con­ducted by Mary Chun, are “Un­tamed Brush I,” a piece for solo vi­ola by Santa Cruz com­poser Hi Kyung Kim, and “Flut­ter, Pulse, and Flight,” Charles Ni­chols’ com­mis­sioned work for in­stru­men­tal quar­tet and com­puter. Both pieces are slated to re­ceive their world pre­mieres.

Also on the pro­gram are the U.S. pre­miere of French com­poser Tris­tan Mu­rail’s “Paludes” — the ti­tle comes from An­dré Gide — as well as re­cent mu­sic by Pa­tri­cia Alessan­drini and Stephen Blum­berg.


Mary Chun of the new-mu­sic ensem­ble Earplay will con­duct the cham­ber or­ches­tra’s pro­gram.

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