In BACH, we believe the language of music crosses all barriers. By presenting the musical heritage of various cultures along with Western Classical music through a diverse roster of ensembles, we strengthen, enrich and connect the musical communities of the Bay Area and beyond, exposing various audiences to a wide spectrum of musical genres. Seeking to resonate with generations young and old, BACH provides a vibrant, energetic environment for young artists to perform alongside seasoned professionals.
Friday, March 10th @ 7:30 PM
ACC & BACH Presents:
Voices of Women in Medieval to Modern Song
Vajra Voices with Shira Kammen, harp & vielle
Karen R. Clark, director
Featuring the premiere of Theresa Wong’s
Songs on 12th century poems of Sun Bu-er
Inspired by the stories and voices of women, Remembered Migrations weaves medieval French chanson and motets with premieres of new works by Shira Kammen, and Theresa Wong. For the medieval trouvére the passion and pain of unrequited love was a virtuous pursuit. Theresa Wong’s new work, To Burst, To Bloom: Songs on Poems of 12th Century Taoist Immortal Sun Bu’er are settings of ancient texts on inner alchemy, these songs explore the fluid interplay of abstract vocal utterances with language and meaning. And, Shira Kammen’s lush settings of American poems – Cold Wind and Rain, and Sun, Moon, and Stars – align with traditional songs, such as, Jean Ritchie’s Now is the Cool of the Day to make for an evening of reflection and intrigue.
Since 2010, the seven women of Vajra Voices, directed by Karen R. Clark, have delighted audiences with their performances of medieval music. In 2016, Vajra Voices provided the vocal inspiration for the Garrett Moulton dance premiere of Divining with the Oakland Ballet; and, again, in the production of Speak, Angels in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center. KQED wrote, “Vajra Voices’ unearthly sounds were thrillingly spun.” Vajra Voices & Shira Kammen’s recent CD, O Eterne Deus: Music of Hildegard von Bingen (Music & Arts label) is receiving international attention. Choir & Organ (U.K.) writes “the rich, full-blooded ensemble sings with intensity.
Shira Kammen is a Multi-instrumentalist and occasional vocalist Shira Kammen has spent well over half her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music. A member for many years of the early music Ensembles Alcatraz and Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, the Balkan group Kitka, the King’s Noyse, the Newberry and Folger Consorts, the Oregon, California and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals, and is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to providing music on river rafting trips. She has performed and taught in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Morocco, Latvia, Russia and Japan, and on the Colorado, Rogue, Green, Grande Ronde, East Carson and Klamath Rivers. The strangest place Shira has played is in the elephant pit of the Jerusalem Zoo. She has recently taken courses in Taiko drumming and voiceover acting. www.shirakammen.com
Theresa Wong is a composer, cellist and vocalist active at the intersection of music, experimentation, improvisation and the synergy of multiple disciplines. Bridging sound, movement, theater and visual art, her primary interest lies in finding the potential for transformation for both the artist and receiver alike. Wong has presented her work internationally at venues such as Fondation Cartier in Paris, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Fabbrica Europa in Florence Italy, Cafe Oto in London, Festival de Arte y Ópera Contemporánea in Morelia, Mexico, Unlimited 21 Festival in Wels, Austria and at The Stone and Roulette in New York City. She is the recipient of grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation, American Composers Forum, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and Meet The Composer. Wong is a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellow and has also been awarded artist residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts and Yaddo. She currently works and resides in Berkeley, California. www.theresawong.org
Friday, March 10 @ 7:30 PM
Arlington Community Church
52 Arlington Ave, Kensington
FREE Parking with Wine & Cheese Reception
Tickets: $20 General Admission; $15 Seniors;
$10 Students (At Door with ID)