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In such an intimate space, the performers’ intensity was infectious, as were the wordless exchanges between them and the unselfconscious expressions of joy during various passages.

Concert Review

A lovely review of our concert in Toronto. 

Concert Review: Classical Revolution’s chamber music infects Parkdale gallery with passion

BY  ON JANUARY 27, 2013 · 
The six participants in Classical Revolution's Toronto concert on Saturday night.

The six participants in Classical Revolution’s Toronto concert on Saturday night.

What do San Francisco and Toronto have in common? Both are close to Edwin Huizinga’s heart. The former is the founding place of Classical Revolution of which Edwin has been a part of since its inception, and the latter is where he brought it in 2010, shortly after the Canadian had moved to Toronto.

Saturday night in the salon-like setting of Gallery 345, the audience was treated to a stellar performance jointly presented by Classical Revolution (classicalrevolution.org) and Vocallective (vocallective.com), a similar group founded in San Francisco by Indre Viskontas but with a vocal twist.

The programme titled Time Stands Still featured accomplished musicians from both countries brought together by Huizinga to perform an exquisite evening of chamber music.

Cellist Charles Akert, the youngest member to join the Fairbanks Symphony and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra at 13 years of age, performed in all of the pieces with a great sensitivity to the music and an understated virtuosity that was a great counterpoint to violinist Huizinga’s more raw and intense style of performance.

The first half of the programme reflected a variety of ethnic roots from very distinct eras.  They opened with the first and sixth movements of Antonin Dvorák’s Dumky Trio, Op. 90, which pianist Ian Scarfe prefaced with an elegant explanation of the Ukranian folk dance, the dumka, a form that starts in a melancholy mood associated with the death of a loved one, followed by a vibrant dance that elevates the spirit.

The contrast of moods was deftly rendered, with particular care in balance and blending, setting a high standard for the rest of the evening.

Next was Winter from Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Even without dancers present, the performance had all the sensuality and passion of the Argentinian tango, and drew out a wide range of nuances from the score and held me captivated.

The last piece in the first half featured two works written for soprano and string quartet by Osvaldo Golijov, a contemporary Argentinian-American composer. Lua Descolorida is based on a poem written by Rosalia de Castro, while How Slow the Wind is based on a poem by Emily Dickinson. Both works are a tender and reflective response to tragic themes, and are the first chamber works that Lithuanian-Canadian soprano Indre Viskonta performed in her career while working closely with Golijov. She did an immaculate job of drawing out depth of emotion and connecting with the rest of the ensemble.

A string quartet was completed by young violinist Aniela Eddy, currently pursuing her Masters of Music at Cleveland, and vioist Rory McLeod, who performs regularly with the Canadian Opera Company, Kitchener-Waterloo Smphony, and the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra.

The second half of the program featured Dmitri Shostakovich’sQuintet for Piano and Strings, Op. 57, and Ernest Chausson’s Le Coffret de Santal in Chanson perpétuelle no. 2, Op. 37., in the version for soprano, piano and string quartet.

The quintet is an intense work and well known to those who love chamber music. Scarfe performed with an incredible touch and ability to define each note with its own character, without compromising the overarching shape of the melodies. Akert was outstanding in his ability to play long drones with richness and building long crescendos and decrescendos with incredible drama on the cello.

Overall the piece was rendered with staggering virtuosity without ever compromising ensemble balance, giving the piece a fresh and raw interpretation. It is hard to believe that these are not performers who play together regularly. Huizinga is a remarkable performer who sets the bar high for himself, and draws out the best of all those who perform with him.

The Chausson was a sweet farewell after all this intensity, and a last chance to hear Viskonta’s warm and delectable voice.

In such an intimate space, the performers’ intensity was infectious, as were the wordless exchanges between them and the unselfconscious expressions of joy during various passages.

Now that Huizinga has completed nine months of travel in collaboration with artists within and outside of the classical genre, we should look forward to seeing more of him — and Classical Revolution hopefully developing a larger following in Toronto.

Margaret Lam

Vocallective joins Classical Revolution for an intimate evening of chamber music in Toronto. Exploring how we perceive time during highly emotional moments, we’ll stop the clock for a few hours in the depths of winter. Join us at Gallery 345, one of Toronto’s hottest new music venues. 
TIME STANDS STILLSaturday January 26, 2013 at 8pm$20/$10 Art Workers and StudentsDoors Open at 7 PMFor tickets and information contact: edwin@edwinhuizinga.com

Vocallective joins Classical Revolution for an intimate evening of chamber music in Toronto. Exploring how we perceive time during highly emotional moments, we’ll stop the clock for a few hours in the depths of winter. Join us at Gallery 345, one of Toronto’s hottest new music venues. 

TIME STANDS STILL
Saturday January 26, 2013 at 8pm
$20/$10 Art Workers and Students
Doors Open at 7 PM
For tickets and information contact: 
edwin@edwinhuizinga.com

Vocallective and the Town Quartet joined forces to present music for voice and string quartet from the Victorian Age at the Legion of Honor in March of 2012. 

Vocallective and the Town Quartet joined forces to present music for voice and string quartet from the Victorian Age at the Legion of Honor in March of 2012. 

Vocallective – Lua Descolorida

Performed at SFCM on 9.7.12. 

Featuring Indre Viskontas, soprano, Sophie Huet, clarinet, Joseph Maile, violin, Natalie Carducci, violin, Pei-Ling Lin, viola and Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, cello. 

Vocallective @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 11.18.2012 

Vocallective is delighted to perform three pieces for soprano voice and string quartet once again, this time as part of Chamber Music Day hosted by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. 

These pieces were written by American composer Osvaldo Golijov, and all of them express loss in one way or another. First, the group plays Tenebrae, commissioned for the Kronos quartet originally. In the composer’s own words: 

I wrote Tenebrae as a consequence of witnessing two contrasting realities in a short period of time in September 2000. I was in Israel at the start of the new wave of violence that is still continuing today, and a week later I took my son to the new planetarium in New York, where we could see the Earth as a beautiful blue dot in space. I wanted to write a piece that could be listened to from different perspectives. That is, if one chooses to listen to it “from afar”, the music would probably offer a “beautiful” surface but, from a metaphorically closer distance, one could hear that, beneath that surface, the music is full of pain. 

Next comes Lua descolorida, set to poetry by Rosalia de Castro, the lover of Garcia Lorca, in Gallego, the language of the Galicia region in spain. The poetry describes a woman’s intense sadness: she gazes up at a pale, colorless moon, and asks the moon to take her to the heavens. But then she changes her mind, and asks instead to be forgotten, both by the heavens and the world below.

Finally, our last piece, How slow the wind, was set to poems by Emily Dickinson, and was commissioned as a response to an accidental death that the composer experienced when his beloved friend was killed in a car crash. Both the music and the words explore the state between life and death, between trauma and grief, when time seems to both stand still and rush by. 

Please join us for this day-long free event. or come and see our performance at 5pm. 

Big Sounds on a Small Scale

CHAMBER MUSIC DAY . LIVE + FREE

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

November 18, 2012  -  12-noon - 7pm


Vocallective @ the SFCM Concert Hall in Alumni Showcase 9.7.12

Vocallective @ the SFCM Concert Hall in Alumni Showcase 9.7.12

Vocallective @ the Chamber Arts House in Berkeley 4.17.2012

Sounds of Springtime

Join Indre Viskontas, soprano, Lux Brahn, clarinet and Ian Scarfe, piano for an intimate evening of chamber music featuring works by Schubert, Spohr, Poulenc, Bizet and a newly composed piece by Bay Area composer Steven Kahn, written for the occasion. Wine reception to follow, graciously sponsored by the Swiss Consulate. 

Tuesday April 17th, 2012

8pm

The Chamber Arts House

2924 Ashby Ave (@ Elmwood)
Berkeley, California 94704

Admission is by donation. Suggested amount is $15-20. 

Vocallective @ Trinity Alps Performing Center: 4.13.2012

Swiss clarinettist Lux Brahn and pianist Ian Scarfe join soprano Indre Viskontas for an evening of music by Schubert, Spohr, Poulenc and Vaughan Williams at the Trinity Performing Arts Center in Weaverville, CA.

Friday April 13th, 2012

7:30pm

Trinity Alps Performing Center

Weaverville, CA

Vocallective @ the Legion of Honor: 3.18.2012

Join Vocallective at the Legion of Honor as part of the La Belle Vie series of free noon-time concerts on Sundays (12-2pm). Indre Viskontas and Michelle Rice will perform with the Town quartet: works by Holst, Mendelssohn, Respighi, Vaughan Williams, Gounod and Shepherd.

(left to right: Lewis Patzner, Indre Viskontas, Corey Mike, Garrett McLean & Jacob Hansen-Joseph)

Free with museum admission. Browse the Cult of Beauty exhibit and listen to music for voice and string quartet by composers of the Victorian era, from Britain, Europe and America. The Legion of Honor is located at 100 34th Avenue, at Clement Street, in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. Free parking is available around the fountain in front of the museum or along El Camino del Mar.

John Spencer Stanhope, Love and the Maiden, 1877

The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900

 

February 18, 2012 - June 17, 2012

The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900 is the first major exhibition to explore the unconventional creativity of the British Aesthetic Movement, tracing the evolution of this movement from a small circle of progressive artists and poets, through the achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact on fashion and the middle-class home. The superb artworks on view encompass the manifold forms of Victorian material culture: the traditional high art of painting, fashionable trends in architecture and interior decoration, handmade and manufactured furnishings for the “artistic” home, art photography and the new modes of dress.

The Cult of Beauty showcases the entirety of the Aesthetic Movement’s output, celebrating the startling beauty and variety of creations by masters as diverse as artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James McNeill Whistler, and Edward Burne-Jones and designers E.W. Godwin, William Morris and Christopher Dresser.  The Legion of Honor is the only U.S. venue on the world tour that includes the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

What we do

  • Classical and contemporary chamber music involves a wide variety of instrumental groupings - from string quartets, to Pierrot ensembles to duos, trios and others. This variety is particularly apparent in chamber music that includes the voice, with no clear dominance by a single ensemble configuration, save duos with piano. Vocal chamber music can thus be more difficult to prepare and perform, since a new ensemble must be created for every new configuration.
  • And yet, there is a vast repertoire of ensemble pieces featuring the voice by both classical and contemporary composers. These pieces deserve to be heard more frequently, and audiences tend to respond positively to music featuring the voice. To alleviate the practical problems associated with performing this repertoire, Vocallective brings together a roster of exceptional singers and instrumentalists who share a passion for vocal chamber music. Led by founder Indre Viskontas (www.indreviskontas.com), the collective organizes and curates concert programs both inside the concert hall and in unconventional spaces with the goal of presenting vocal chamber music at the highest artistic level and reaching the widest possible audience.

Vocallective @ Cafe Royale: 2.20.2012

Join Indre Viskontas (soprano), Adaiha MacAdam-Somer (cello), Noah Strick (violin), Pei-Ling Lin (viola), Keisuke Nakagoshi (piano), Brenden Guy (clarinet), Travis Andrews (guitar) and Meerenai Shim (flute) at the Cafe Royale as they perform a program of works by Mohammed Fairouz in an intimate setting. Hear the composer talk about his pieces and the poetry that inspired them while sipping wine or beer or both! Works include Fragments of Ibn Khafajah, based on Arabic poetry written more than 1,000 years ago, and Unwritten, a piece for soprano and chamber orchestra based on contemporary poetry by David Shapiro.

February 20th, 2012 
8pm
Cafe Royale
800 Post St @ Leavenworth
San Francisco, CA

Artists

Indre Viskontas

BaseIndre Viskontasd in San Francisco, Indre Viskontas holds a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from UCLA and a B.Sc.  from the University of Toronto. Defying traditional career boundaries, Indre spends much of her time performing as an opera singer. Her “bell-like timbre” and “winsome stage presence” are particularly suited for the leading noblewomen in operas from the 18th and 19th centuries, while her dramatic intensity, curiosity and nuanced acting add depth to contemporary operatic roles. The Lithuanian-Canadian soprano has performed roles ranging from The Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro to the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. Specializing in contemporary opera, she has created the roles of Irena in Patrick Dailly’s Solidarity, Dora in Felsenfeld’s The Bloody Chamber and Amelia in Aquilanti’s Oxford Companions. She was hailed as “the musical highlight of the evening” by the Opera Insider for her performance as Dora in Brooklyn, NY. She is also a regular soloist with several Bay Area chamber groups, including Classical Revolution and is the co-founder and General Managing Diva of Opera on Tap: San Francisco.She has also published more than 30 original papers and chapters related to the neural basis of memory and creativity, including several seminal articles in top scientific journals.  Her work has been featured in Oliver Sacks’ book Musicophilia and Discover Magazine.  Her ongoing collaborations include projects with internationally-acclaimed artist Deborah Aschheim, with whom she is creating art pieces and scientific research investigating the interplay between memory, creativity and the brain. Dr. Viskontas recently made her television debut as a co-host of Miracle Detectives, airing on The Oprah Winfrey Network. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and has been interviewed by Entertainment Tonight, CNN, Access Hollywood, E!, TV Guide and Aol, along with several radio stations across the US.  

 

Shannon Wolfe

Shannon Wolfe is a radiant and versatile performer specializing in vintage jazz and solo cabaret.  In 2010, Shannon founded the Skylark Trio, an ensemble which brings to life the best of radio stage and screen songs from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.  Last Fall, The Skylark Trio performed for the televised event, Comedy Talks: Conversations with the Legends of Comedy at the University of San Francisco’s Presentation Theater. The series featured panel discussions with host Robert Strong who spoke with comedy legends Rich Little, Carol Channing, Steve Rossi, Shelly Berman and others about their careers, personal lives, insider gossip, and tips of the comedy trade.  The Skylark Trio was the featured act this spring at the 25th annual San Francisco Flower and Garden Show at the San Mateo Expo Center and has played gallery openings, private parties and holiday concerts including two appearances at Casa Fugazi, home of Beach Blanket Babylon. As an operatic soprano, Shannon’s credits include the role of Madame Herz in Mozart’s The Impresario with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as La Poésie in the chamber opera Les Arts Florissants and Soprano Soloist in both Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s Magnificat with the Conservatory’s Baroque Ensemble. Additional roles include Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Northern Arizona University Opera, and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas at the Vancouver Early Music Society’s Baroque Summer Music Festival. As an actor Shannon has performed the roles of Sophie in Honour by Joanna Murray Smith and Alice in Pizza Man by Darlene Craviotto at Seydways Studios, where she is currently studying acting and the trigger method with acclaimed director, teacher and actor Bobby Weinapple. Shannon is on faculty at the Holy Name Conservatory of Music in San Francisco where she teaches after-school singing lessons.  Additionally, she maintains a private teaching studio in San Francisco. 

Michelle Rice

With “tones of pure gold” (Washington Post), mezzo-soprano Michelle Rice brings to her work a rich voice and notable performance intensity. Her operatic roles include Carmen and Mercedes (Carmen), Lola (Cavalleria rusticana), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Gertrude (Roméo et Juliette), Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw), Flora Bervoix (La Traviata), Albina (La donna del lago), Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Mrs. Segstrom (A Little Night Music), Anna (Tobias and the Angel), Irene (Tamerlano), Savitri (Savitri), Clara (Clara), the Witch and the Mother (Hänsel und Gretel), Serse and Arsamene (Serse), and Mère Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites), with companies including Fresno Grand Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, the Summer Opera Theatre Company, Opera Cleveland, Opera Vivente, the Maryland Opera Studio, the In Series, Bel Cantanti Opera, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, the Olney Theatre Center, and Annapolis Opera. Ms. Rice’s concert performances include the mezzo solos in Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, Händel’s Messiah, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and several recitals, with groups including MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall, the Washington Concert Opera, the Janiec Opera Company, Ovation Artists, Masterworks Chorale and Orchestra, Opera Beaumont, Friends of the Arts, Annapolis Opera, Prince George’s Philharmonic, the University of Maryland and University of Washington Symphony Orchestras, the Seattle Early Music Guild, and the Seattle Symphony Summer Sings program. Ms. Rice holds degrees from the University of Washington (Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance) and the University of Maryland (Masters of Music in Opera Performance with the Maryland Opera Studio), where she studied with Delores Ziegler and Leon Major. Ms. Rice has been awarded prizes from the American Bach Society, the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, the Seattle Musical Art Society, the Mary Levine Scholarship Fund, the Bell T. Ritchie Awards, and the Classical Singer Convention.

Adaiha MacAdam-Somer

Cellist Adaiha MacAdam-Somer currently lives in San Francisco where she performs with the Berkeley Symphony and regularly freelances in the Bay Area. Miss MacAdam-Somer holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Jean-Michel Fonteneau at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the tutelage of Uri Vardi. She has attended Interlochen, Encore, Musicorda and Madeline Island summer music festivals and has performed in master classes with Janos Starker, Gary Hoffman, Colin Carr, Alban Gerhardt, Desmond Hoebig, Bonnie Hampton, Joel Krosnick, Aldo Parisot, Menahem Presser and the Miami String Quartet. As an active chamber musician she had performed with Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Paul Hersh, Kim Kashkashian, Jodi Levitz, Robert Mann, Yoshikazu Nagai, Axel Strauss, Ian Swensen and Joseph Swensen. She can also be heard as part of two Bay Area bands: Blue Rabbit and Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates.

Noah Strick

Equally active on both modern and baroque violin, Noah Strick is currently Assistant Concertmaster of Berkeley Symphony and has appeared with Berkeley Opera, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, and San Francisco Bach Choir. Mr. Strick holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His principal teacheres include Kyung Sun Lee, Marilyn McDonald and Bettina Mussumeli.

Keisuke Nakagoshi

A native of Japan, Keisuke Nakagoshi earned a B.M. in composition and a M.M. in chamber music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying composition with David Conte, and piano with Paul Hersh. Graduating as the recipient of multiple awards, Nakagoshi was selected to represent the Conservatory for the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project, a program featuring the most promising young musicians from major conservatories across the United States. He won the Conservatry’s Piano Concerto Competition and performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26 with the Conservatory Orchestra in the inaugural orchestra concert in the Conservatory’s new Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall. Nakagoshi has performed to acclaim on prestigious concert stages across the United States, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Benaroya Hall and Davies Symphony Hall. He has received training from some of the most celebrated musicians of our time - Emanuel Ax, Gilbert Kalish, Menahem Pressler, David Zinman, The Peabody Trio - and enjoys collaborating with other accomplished musicians such as Karl Leister, Lucy Shelton, Joseph Alessi, Ian Swensen, Jodi Levitz, the Afiara String Quartet and Ensemble Parallel. Recently he performed Rhapsody in Blue with Marin Symphony conducted by Alasdair Neale. He also tours as principal pianist and slide guitarist with conductor George Daugherty’s award-winning “Bugs Bunny on Broadway,” performing with American orchestras from coast to coast. Keisuke and Swiss pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann formed ZOFO duet in 2009, commissioning and performing music for a piano four hands.

Travis Andrews

Multi-instrumentalist Travis Andrews toured nationally and internationally with several bands before completing his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Wisconsin and his Master of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under David Tanenbaum. He was the 2009 alternate winner of the San Francisco Conservatory’s Guitar Concerto Competition, and received the Conservatory’s 2009 awards for Outstanding Guitarist and Outstanding Jazz Improviser. He has taught master classes for the Guitar Foundation of America and is a Bang on a Can fellow. His publications include The Beginner’s Guide to Guitar, co-authored with Ruth Parry, from String Letter Publishing. He has played with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and Eco Ensemble. He is currently active with the bands Freighter, miRthkon, and The Living Earth Show, a chamber duo that commissions new music.

The Town Quartet

The Town Quartet was formed in Oakland at the end of the summer of ‘11 by violinists Garret McLean and Corey Mike, Violist Jacob Hansen-Joseph, and cellist Lewis Patzner, with the goal of rehearsing and performing some of the masterpieces of the quartet literature; a feat all too rare for the local gigging musician. They perform in casual settings, during their weekly Sunday residency at The Musical Offering Cafe in Berkeley, as well as more formal settings like private parties and concerts open to the public.

Sophie Huet

Clarinetist Sophie Huet recently earned her Master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Luis Baez. Prior to her studies in San Francisco, she earned her BM in clarinet performance and BA in English at the University of Michigan, where she studied with Fred Ormand and Monica Kaenzig. An avid proponent for new music, Sophie is co-director and clarinetist with Wild Rumpus New Music Collective. She has also performed with Nothingset Ensemble, San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s New Music Ensemble, as well as the Magik*Magik Orchestra, and is a member of the New Spectrum Ensemble. She has premiered works by Michael Daugherty, Eliza Brown, and Sahba Aminikia and performed in masterclasses with Mark Nuccio, Daniel Gilbert, Eli Eban, and David Krakauer. For more information, please visit www.sophiehuet.com.

Pei-Ling Lin

Pei-Ling Lin is a native Taiwanese violist who came to the United States at age 15. Lin attended the Julliard School and received a B.M., studying under Hsin-Yun Huang. She holds an M.M. from Rice University, where she studied with James Durham of the Cleveland String Quartet. For the 2009-2010 season, Lin was associate principal violist of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Augustana Faculty String quartet and on the viola faculty of Augustana College. As a chamber musician, she has performed with such artists as Donald Weilerstein and Norman Fischer. Other recent performances include Mendelssohn’s Octet with Chio-Liang Lin, James Durham and Lynn Harrell for the Mendelssohn 200th birthday celebration concert series. This past year, Lin also worked alongside Kim Kashkashian and Robert Mann for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Music Master series. Lin recently graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with an Artist Certificate degree in chamber music, under the tutelage of Jodi Levitz. For the summer, Lin was on faculty at the Yellow Barn young artist program. For this coming season, Ms. Lin was invited to play with the Hyperion String Quartet in Albany, NY. 

Joseph Maile

Violinist Joseph Maile has been passionate about chamber music from early in his musical studies, and he has worked and performed in various ensembles throughout the United States. Maile has collaborated with and performed the music of both faculty and student composers at the Tanglewood Music Center as a member of the New Fromm Players. He has been a member of the Da Camera of Houston Young Artist Program, where he worked with other young professional musicians to create unconventional and innovative chamber music productions throughout the Houston area. He has also collaborated with numerous guest artists, including Norman Fischer, Roger Tapping, Donald Weilerstein and Menahem Pressler. Maile received a B.M. in violin performance at the Julliard School under the tutelage of Itzhak Perlman and Cathy Cho and an M.M. in violin performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University with Kathleen Winkler. Mr. Maile just recently received an Artist Certificate degree in chamber music performance with Ian Swensen from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 


 
Vocallective Co-founder & Director Indre Viskontas

Vocallective Co-founder & Director Indre Viskontas

Fresh Melodies: 2.19.2012

Vocallective is delighted to announce an upcoming performance at Stanford showcasing two contemporary composers of vocal chamber music: Giancarlo Aquilanti and Mohammed Fairouz. Giancarlo lives on the West coast and is largely influenced by the giants of Italian opera such as Verdi and Puccini while Mohammed lives in New York City and infuses Eastern idioms into his complex and moving pieces. The program will feature works by both composers for different chamber ensembles. Instrumentalists include Adaiha MacAdam-Somer (cello), Noah Strick (violin). Pei-Ling Lin (viola), Keisuke Nakagoshi (piano), Brenden Guy (clarinet) and Meerenai Shim (flute). Singers include Indre Viskontas (soprano) and Michelle Rice (mezzo-soprano). Bios can be found in the Artists section of the website.

February 19th, 2012: 5pm
Campbell Recital Hall
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA

In such an intimate space, the performers’ intensity was infectious, as were the wordless exchanges between them and the unselfconscious expressions of joy during various passages.

Concert Review

A lovely review of our concert in Toronto. 

Concert Review: Classical Revolution’s chamber music infects Parkdale gallery with passion

BY  ON JANUARY 27, 2013 · 
The six participants in Classical Revolution's Toronto concert on Saturday night.

The six participants in Classical Revolution’s Toronto concert on Saturday night.

What do San Francisco and Toronto have in common? Both are close to Edwin Huizinga’s heart. The former is the founding place of Classical Revolution of which Edwin has been a part of since its inception, and the latter is where he brought it in 2010, shortly after the Canadian had moved to Toronto.

Saturday night in the salon-like setting of Gallery 345, the audience was treated to a stellar performance jointly presented by Classical Revolution (classicalrevolution.org) and Vocallective (vocallective.com), a similar group founded in San Francisco by Indre Viskontas but with a vocal twist.

The programme titled Time Stands Still featured accomplished musicians from both countries brought together by Huizinga to perform an exquisite evening of chamber music.

Cellist Charles Akert, the youngest member to join the Fairbanks Symphony and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra at 13 years of age, performed in all of the pieces with a great sensitivity to the music and an understated virtuosity that was a great counterpoint to violinist Huizinga’s more raw and intense style of performance.

The first half of the programme reflected a variety of ethnic roots from very distinct eras.  They opened with the first and sixth movements of Antonin Dvorák’s Dumky Trio, Op. 90, which pianist Ian Scarfe prefaced with an elegant explanation of the Ukranian folk dance, the dumka, a form that starts in a melancholy mood associated with the death of a loved one, followed by a vibrant dance that elevates the spirit.

The contrast of moods was deftly rendered, with particular care in balance and blending, setting a high standard for the rest of the evening.

Next was Winter from Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Even without dancers present, the performance had all the sensuality and passion of the Argentinian tango, and drew out a wide range of nuances from the score and held me captivated.

The last piece in the first half featured two works written for soprano and string quartet by Osvaldo Golijov, a contemporary Argentinian-American composer. Lua Descolorida is based on a poem written by Rosalia de Castro, while How Slow the Wind is based on a poem by Emily Dickinson. Both works are a tender and reflective response to tragic themes, and are the first chamber works that Lithuanian-Canadian soprano Indre Viskonta performed in her career while working closely with Golijov. She did an immaculate job of drawing out depth of emotion and connecting with the rest of the ensemble.

A string quartet was completed by young violinist Aniela Eddy, currently pursuing her Masters of Music at Cleveland, and vioist Rory McLeod, who performs regularly with the Canadian Opera Company, Kitchener-Waterloo Smphony, and the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra.

The second half of the program featured Dmitri Shostakovich’sQuintet for Piano and Strings, Op. 57, and Ernest Chausson’s Le Coffret de Santal in Chanson perpétuelle no. 2, Op. 37., in the version for soprano, piano and string quartet.

The quintet is an intense work and well known to those who love chamber music. Scarfe performed with an incredible touch and ability to define each note with its own character, without compromising the overarching shape of the melodies. Akert was outstanding in his ability to play long drones with richness and building long crescendos and decrescendos with incredible drama on the cello.

Overall the piece was rendered with staggering virtuosity without ever compromising ensemble balance, giving the piece a fresh and raw interpretation. It is hard to believe that these are not performers who play together regularly. Huizinga is a remarkable performer who sets the bar high for himself, and draws out the best of all those who perform with him.

The Chausson was a sweet farewell after all this intensity, and a last chance to hear Viskonta’s warm and delectable voice.

In such an intimate space, the performers’ intensity was infectious, as were the wordless exchanges between them and the unselfconscious expressions of joy during various passages.

Now that Huizinga has completed nine months of travel in collaboration with artists within and outside of the classical genre, we should look forward to seeing more of him — and Classical Revolution hopefully developing a larger following in Toronto.

Margaret Lam

Vocallective joins Classical Revolution for an intimate evening of chamber music in Toronto. Exploring how we perceive time during highly emotional moments, we’ll stop the clock for a few hours in the depths of winter. Join us at Gallery 345, one of Toronto’s hottest new music venues. 
TIME STANDS STILLSaturday January 26, 2013 at 8pm$20/$10 Art Workers and StudentsDoors Open at 7 PMFor tickets and information contact: edwin@edwinhuizinga.com

Vocallective joins Classical Revolution for an intimate evening of chamber music in Toronto. Exploring how we perceive time during highly emotional moments, we’ll stop the clock for a few hours in the depths of winter. Join us at Gallery 345, one of Toronto’s hottest new music venues. 

TIME STANDS STILL
Saturday January 26, 2013 at 8pm
$20/$10 Art Workers and Students
Doors Open at 7 PM
For tickets and information contact: 
edwin@edwinhuizinga.com

Vocallective and the Town Quartet joined forces to present music for voice and string quartet from the Victorian Age at the Legion of Honor in March of 2012. 

Vocallective and the Town Quartet joined forces to present music for voice and string quartet from the Victorian Age at the Legion of Honor in March of 2012. 

Vocallective @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 11.18.2012 

Vocallective is delighted to perform three pieces for soprano voice and string quartet once again, this time as part of Chamber Music Day hosted by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. 

These pieces were written by American composer Osvaldo Golijov, and all of them express loss in one way or another. First, the group plays Tenebrae, commissioned for the Kronos quartet originally. In the composer’s own words: 

I wrote Tenebrae as a consequence of witnessing two contrasting realities in a short period of time in September 2000. I was in Israel at the start of the new wave of violence that is still continuing today, and a week later I took my son to the new planetarium in New York, where we could see the Earth as a beautiful blue dot in space. I wanted to write a piece that could be listened to from different perspectives. That is, if one chooses to listen to it “from afar”, the music would probably offer a “beautiful” surface but, from a metaphorically closer distance, one could hear that, beneath that surface, the music is full of pain. 

Next comes Lua descolorida, set to poetry by Rosalia de Castro, the lover of Garcia Lorca, in Gallego, the language of the Galicia region in spain. The poetry describes a woman’s intense sadness: she gazes up at a pale, colorless moon, and asks the moon to take her to the heavens. But then she changes her mind, and asks instead to be forgotten, both by the heavens and the world below.

Finally, our last piece, How slow the wind, was set to poems by Emily Dickinson, and was commissioned as a response to an accidental death that the composer experienced when his beloved friend was killed in a car crash. Both the music and the words explore the state between life and death, between trauma and grief, when time seems to both stand still and rush by. 

Please join us for this day-long free event. or come and see our performance at 5pm. 

Big Sounds on a Small Scale

CHAMBER MUSIC DAY . LIVE + FREE

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

November 18, 2012  -  12-noon - 7pm


Vocallective @ the SFCM Concert Hall in Alumni Showcase 9.7.12

Vocallective @ the SFCM Concert Hall in Alumni Showcase 9.7.12

Vocallective @ the Chamber Arts House in Berkeley 4.17.2012

Sounds of Springtime

Join Indre Viskontas, soprano, Lux Brahn, clarinet and Ian Scarfe, piano for an intimate evening of chamber music featuring works by Schubert, Spohr, Poulenc, Bizet and a newly composed piece by Bay Area composer Steven Kahn, written for the occasion. Wine reception to follow, graciously sponsored by the Swiss Consulate. 

Tuesday April 17th, 2012

8pm

The Chamber Arts House

2924 Ashby Ave (@ Elmwood)
Berkeley, California 94704

Admission is by donation. Suggested amount is $15-20. 

Vocallective @ Trinity Alps Performing Center: 4.13.2012

Swiss clarinettist Lux Brahn and pianist Ian Scarfe join soprano Indre Viskontas for an evening of music by Schubert, Spohr, Poulenc and Vaughan Williams at the Trinity Performing Arts Center in Weaverville, CA.

Friday April 13th, 2012

7:30pm

Trinity Alps Performing Center

Weaverville, CA

Vocallective @ the Legion of Honor: 3.18.2012

Join Vocallective at the Legion of Honor as part of the La Belle Vie series of free noon-time concerts on Sundays (12-2pm). Indre Viskontas and Michelle Rice will perform with the Town quartet: works by Holst, Mendelssohn, Respighi, Vaughan Williams, Gounod and Shepherd.

(left to right: Lewis Patzner, Indre Viskontas, Corey Mike, Garrett McLean & Jacob Hansen-Joseph)

Free with museum admission. Browse the Cult of Beauty exhibit and listen to music for voice and string quartet by composers of the Victorian era, from Britain, Europe and America. The Legion of Honor is located at 100 34th Avenue, at Clement Street, in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. Free parking is available around the fountain in front of the museum or along El Camino del Mar.

John Spencer Stanhope, Love and the Maiden, 1877

The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900

 

February 18, 2012 - June 17, 2012

The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900 is the first major exhibition to explore the unconventional creativity of the British Aesthetic Movement, tracing the evolution of this movement from a small circle of progressive artists and poets, through the achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact on fashion and the middle-class home. The superb artworks on view encompass the manifold forms of Victorian material culture: the traditional high art of painting, fashionable trends in architecture and interior decoration, handmade and manufactured furnishings for the “artistic” home, art photography and the new modes of dress.

The Cult of Beauty showcases the entirety of the Aesthetic Movement’s output, celebrating the startling beauty and variety of creations by masters as diverse as artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James McNeill Whistler, and Edward Burne-Jones and designers E.W. Godwin, William Morris and Christopher Dresser.  The Legion of Honor is the only U.S. venue on the world tour that includes the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

What we do

  • Classical and contemporary chamber music involves a wide variety of instrumental groupings - from string quartets, to Pierrot ensembles to duos, trios and others. This variety is particularly apparent in chamber music that includes the voice, with no clear dominance by a single ensemble configuration, save duos with piano. Vocal chamber music can thus be more difficult to prepare and perform, since a new ensemble must be created for every new configuration.
  • And yet, there is a vast repertoire of ensemble pieces featuring the voice by both classical and contemporary composers. These pieces deserve to be heard more frequently, and audiences tend to respond positively to music featuring the voice. To alleviate the practical problems associated with performing this repertoire, Vocallective brings together a roster of exceptional singers and instrumentalists who share a passion for vocal chamber music. Led by founder Indre Viskontas (www.indreviskontas.com), the collective organizes and curates concert programs both inside the concert hall and in unconventional spaces with the goal of presenting vocal chamber music at the highest artistic level and reaching the widest possible audience.

Vocallective @ Cafe Royale: 2.20.2012

Join Indre Viskontas (soprano), Adaiha MacAdam-Somer (cello), Noah Strick (violin), Pei-Ling Lin (viola), Keisuke Nakagoshi (piano), Brenden Guy (clarinet), Travis Andrews (guitar) and Meerenai Shim (flute) at the Cafe Royale as they perform a program of works by Mohammed Fairouz in an intimate setting. Hear the composer talk about his pieces and the poetry that inspired them while sipping wine or beer or both! Works include Fragments of Ibn Khafajah, based on Arabic poetry written more than 1,000 years ago, and Unwritten, a piece for soprano and chamber orchestra based on contemporary poetry by David Shapiro.

February 20th, 2012 
8pm
Cafe Royale
800 Post St @ Leavenworth
San Francisco, CA

Artists

Indre Viskontas

BaseIndre Viskontasd in San Francisco, Indre Viskontas holds a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from UCLA and a B.Sc.  from the University of Toronto. Defying traditional career boundaries, Indre spends much of her time performing as an opera singer. Her “bell-like timbre” and “winsome stage presence” are particularly suited for the leading noblewomen in operas from the 18th and 19th centuries, while her dramatic intensity, curiosity and nuanced acting add depth to contemporary operatic roles. The Lithuanian-Canadian soprano has performed roles ranging from The Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro to the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. Specializing in contemporary opera, she has created the roles of Irena in Patrick Dailly’s Solidarity, Dora in Felsenfeld’s The Bloody Chamber and Amelia in Aquilanti’s Oxford Companions. She was hailed as “the musical highlight of the evening” by the Opera Insider for her performance as Dora in Brooklyn, NY. She is also a regular soloist with several Bay Area chamber groups, including Classical Revolution and is the co-founder and General Managing Diva of Opera on Tap: San Francisco.She has also published more than 30 original papers and chapters related to the neural basis of memory and creativity, including several seminal articles in top scientific journals.  Her work has been featured in Oliver Sacks’ book Musicophilia and Discover Magazine.  Her ongoing collaborations include projects with internationally-acclaimed artist Deborah Aschheim, with whom she is creating art pieces and scientific research investigating the interplay between memory, creativity and the brain. Dr. Viskontas recently made her television debut as a co-host of Miracle Detectives, airing on The Oprah Winfrey Network. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and has been interviewed by Entertainment Tonight, CNN, Access Hollywood, E!, TV Guide and Aol, along with several radio stations across the US.  

 

Shannon Wolfe

Shannon Wolfe is a radiant and versatile performer specializing in vintage jazz and solo cabaret.  In 2010, Shannon founded the Skylark Trio, an ensemble which brings to life the best of radio stage and screen songs from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.  Last Fall, The Skylark Trio performed for the televised event, Comedy Talks: Conversations with the Legends of Comedy at the University of San Francisco’s Presentation Theater. The series featured panel discussions with host Robert Strong who spoke with comedy legends Rich Little, Carol Channing, Steve Rossi, Shelly Berman and others about their careers, personal lives, insider gossip, and tips of the comedy trade.  The Skylark Trio was the featured act this spring at the 25th annual San Francisco Flower and Garden Show at the San Mateo Expo Center and has played gallery openings, private parties and holiday concerts including two appearances at Casa Fugazi, home of Beach Blanket Babylon. As an operatic soprano, Shannon’s credits include the role of Madame Herz in Mozart’s The Impresario with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as La Poésie in the chamber opera Les Arts Florissants and Soprano Soloist in both Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s Magnificat with the Conservatory’s Baroque Ensemble. Additional roles include Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Northern Arizona University Opera, and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas at the Vancouver Early Music Society’s Baroque Summer Music Festival. As an actor Shannon has performed the roles of Sophie in Honour by Joanna Murray Smith and Alice in Pizza Man by Darlene Craviotto at Seydways Studios, where she is currently studying acting and the trigger method with acclaimed director, teacher and actor Bobby Weinapple. Shannon is on faculty at the Holy Name Conservatory of Music in San Francisco where she teaches after-school singing lessons.  Additionally, she maintains a private teaching studio in San Francisco. 

Michelle Rice

With “tones of pure gold” (Washington Post), mezzo-soprano Michelle Rice brings to her work a rich voice and notable performance intensity. Her operatic roles include Carmen and Mercedes (Carmen), Lola (Cavalleria rusticana), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Gertrude (Roméo et Juliette), Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw), Flora Bervoix (La Traviata), Albina (La donna del lago), Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Mrs. Segstrom (A Little Night Music), Anna (Tobias and the Angel), Irene (Tamerlano), Savitri (Savitri), Clara (Clara), the Witch and the Mother (Hänsel und Gretel), Serse and Arsamene (Serse), and Mère Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites), with companies including Fresno Grand Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, the Summer Opera Theatre Company, Opera Cleveland, Opera Vivente, the Maryland Opera Studio, the In Series, Bel Cantanti Opera, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, the Olney Theatre Center, and Annapolis Opera. Ms. Rice’s concert performances include the mezzo solos in Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, Händel’s Messiah, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and several recitals, with groups including MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall, the Washington Concert Opera, the Janiec Opera Company, Ovation Artists, Masterworks Chorale and Orchestra, Opera Beaumont, Friends of the Arts, Annapolis Opera, Prince George’s Philharmonic, the University of Maryland and University of Washington Symphony Orchestras, the Seattle Early Music Guild, and the Seattle Symphony Summer Sings program. Ms. Rice holds degrees from the University of Washington (Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance) and the University of Maryland (Masters of Music in Opera Performance with the Maryland Opera Studio), where she studied with Delores Ziegler and Leon Major. Ms. Rice has been awarded prizes from the American Bach Society, the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, the Seattle Musical Art Society, the Mary Levine Scholarship Fund, the Bell T. Ritchie Awards, and the Classical Singer Convention.

Adaiha MacAdam-Somer

Cellist Adaiha MacAdam-Somer currently lives in San Francisco where she performs with the Berkeley Symphony and regularly freelances in the Bay Area. Miss MacAdam-Somer holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Jean-Michel Fonteneau at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the tutelage of Uri Vardi. She has attended Interlochen, Encore, Musicorda and Madeline Island summer music festivals and has performed in master classes with Janos Starker, Gary Hoffman, Colin Carr, Alban Gerhardt, Desmond Hoebig, Bonnie Hampton, Joel Krosnick, Aldo Parisot, Menahem Presser and the Miami String Quartet. As an active chamber musician she had performed with Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Paul Hersh, Kim Kashkashian, Jodi Levitz, Robert Mann, Yoshikazu Nagai, Axel Strauss, Ian Swensen and Joseph Swensen. She can also be heard as part of two Bay Area bands: Blue Rabbit and Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates.

Noah Strick

Equally active on both modern and baroque violin, Noah Strick is currently Assistant Concertmaster of Berkeley Symphony and has appeared with Berkeley Opera, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, and San Francisco Bach Choir. Mr. Strick holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His principal teacheres include Kyung Sun Lee, Marilyn McDonald and Bettina Mussumeli.

Keisuke Nakagoshi

A native of Japan, Keisuke Nakagoshi earned a B.M. in composition and a M.M. in chamber music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying composition with David Conte, and piano with Paul Hersh. Graduating as the recipient of multiple awards, Nakagoshi was selected to represent the Conservatory for the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project, a program featuring the most promising young musicians from major conservatories across the United States. He won the Conservatry’s Piano Concerto Competition and performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26 with the Conservatory Orchestra in the inaugural orchestra concert in the Conservatory’s new Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall. Nakagoshi has performed to acclaim on prestigious concert stages across the United States, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Benaroya Hall and Davies Symphony Hall. He has received training from some of the most celebrated musicians of our time - Emanuel Ax, Gilbert Kalish, Menahem Pressler, David Zinman, The Peabody Trio - and enjoys collaborating with other accomplished musicians such as Karl Leister, Lucy Shelton, Joseph Alessi, Ian Swensen, Jodi Levitz, the Afiara String Quartet and Ensemble Parallel. Recently he performed Rhapsody in Blue with Marin Symphony conducted by Alasdair Neale. He also tours as principal pianist and slide guitarist with conductor George Daugherty’s award-winning “Bugs Bunny on Broadway,” performing with American orchestras from coast to coast. Keisuke and Swiss pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann formed ZOFO duet in 2009, commissioning and performing music for a piano four hands.

Travis Andrews

Multi-instrumentalist Travis Andrews toured nationally and internationally with several bands before completing his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Wisconsin and his Master of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under David Tanenbaum. He was the 2009 alternate winner of the San Francisco Conservatory’s Guitar Concerto Competition, and received the Conservatory’s 2009 awards for Outstanding Guitarist and Outstanding Jazz Improviser. He has taught master classes for the Guitar Foundation of America and is a Bang on a Can fellow. His publications include The Beginner’s Guide to Guitar, co-authored with Ruth Parry, from String Letter Publishing. He has played with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and Eco Ensemble. He is currently active with the bands Freighter, miRthkon, and The Living Earth Show, a chamber duo that commissions new music.

The Town Quartet

The Town Quartet was formed in Oakland at the end of the summer of ‘11 by violinists Garret McLean and Corey Mike, Violist Jacob Hansen-Joseph, and cellist Lewis Patzner, with the goal of rehearsing and performing some of the masterpieces of the quartet literature; a feat all too rare for the local gigging musician. They perform in casual settings, during their weekly Sunday residency at The Musical Offering Cafe in Berkeley, as well as more formal settings like private parties and concerts open to the public.

Sophie Huet

Clarinetist Sophie Huet recently earned her Master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Luis Baez. Prior to her studies in San Francisco, she earned her BM in clarinet performance and BA in English at the University of Michigan, where she studied with Fred Ormand and Monica Kaenzig. An avid proponent for new music, Sophie is co-director and clarinetist with Wild Rumpus New Music Collective. She has also performed with Nothingset Ensemble, San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s New Music Ensemble, as well as the Magik*Magik Orchestra, and is a member of the New Spectrum Ensemble. She has premiered works by Michael Daugherty, Eliza Brown, and Sahba Aminikia and performed in masterclasses with Mark Nuccio, Daniel Gilbert, Eli Eban, and David Krakauer. For more information, please visit www.sophiehuet.com.

Pei-Ling Lin

Pei-Ling Lin is a native Taiwanese violist who came to the United States at age 15. Lin attended the Julliard School and received a B.M., studying under Hsin-Yun Huang. She holds an M.M. from Rice University, where she studied with James Durham of the Cleveland String Quartet. For the 2009-2010 season, Lin was associate principal violist of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Augustana Faculty String quartet and on the viola faculty of Augustana College. As a chamber musician, she has performed with such artists as Donald Weilerstein and Norman Fischer. Other recent performances include Mendelssohn’s Octet with Chio-Liang Lin, James Durham and Lynn Harrell for the Mendelssohn 200th birthday celebration concert series. This past year, Lin also worked alongside Kim Kashkashian and Robert Mann for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Music Master series. Lin recently graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with an Artist Certificate degree in chamber music, under the tutelage of Jodi Levitz. For the summer, Lin was on faculty at the Yellow Barn young artist program. For this coming season, Ms. Lin was invited to play with the Hyperion String Quartet in Albany, NY. 

Joseph Maile

Violinist Joseph Maile has been passionate about chamber music from early in his musical studies, and he has worked and performed in various ensembles throughout the United States. Maile has collaborated with and performed the music of both faculty and student composers at the Tanglewood Music Center as a member of the New Fromm Players. He has been a member of the Da Camera of Houston Young Artist Program, where he worked with other young professional musicians to create unconventional and innovative chamber music productions throughout the Houston area. He has also collaborated with numerous guest artists, including Norman Fischer, Roger Tapping, Donald Weilerstein and Menahem Pressler. Maile received a B.M. in violin performance at the Julliard School under the tutelage of Itzhak Perlman and Cathy Cho and an M.M. in violin performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University with Kathleen Winkler. Mr. Maile just recently received an Artist Certificate degree in chamber music performance with Ian Swensen from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 


 
Vocallective Co-founder & Director Indre Viskontas

Vocallective Co-founder & Director Indre Viskontas

Fresh Melodies: 2.19.2012

Vocallective is delighted to announce an upcoming performance at Stanford showcasing two contemporary composers of vocal chamber music: Giancarlo Aquilanti and Mohammed Fairouz. Giancarlo lives on the West coast and is largely influenced by the giants of Italian opera such as Verdi and Puccini while Mohammed lives in New York City and infuses Eastern idioms into his complex and moving pieces. The program will feature works by both composers for different chamber ensembles. Instrumentalists include Adaiha MacAdam-Somer (cello), Noah Strick (violin). Pei-Ling Lin (viola), Keisuke Nakagoshi (piano), Brenden Guy (clarinet) and Meerenai Shim (flute). Singers include Indre Viskontas (soprano) and Michelle Rice (mezzo-soprano). Bios can be found in the Artists section of the website.

February 19th, 2012: 5pm
Campbell Recital Hall
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA

"In such an intimate space, the performers’ intensity was infectious, as were the wordless exchanges between them and the unselfconscious expressions of joy during various passages."
Vocallective – Lua Descolorida

Performed at SFCM on 9.7.12. 

Featuring Indre Viskontas, soprano, Sophie Huet, clarinet, Joseph Maile, violin, Natalie Carducci, violin, Pei-Ling Lin, viola and Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, cello. 

Vocallective @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 11.18.2012 
Vocallective @ the Chamber Arts House in Berkeley 4.17.2012
Vocallective @ Trinity Alps Performing Center: 4.13.2012
Vocallective @ the Legion of Honor: 3.18.2012
What we do
Vocallective @ Cafe Royale: 2.20.2012
Artists
Fresh Melodies: 2.19.2012

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