eighth blackbird will be in San Francisco on Friday, February 4th at the Jewish Community Center. Via the new Amazon Yellow Pages, the picture to the left is probably the JCCSF. Similarly, San Francisco Performances does not list the precise works to be played:
The program will include five works selected from music by FITZELL, LERDAHL, HIGDON, RZEWSKI, SHEFSKY, CRUMB and BERMEL.
Based on recent blackbird concerts (via Steve Layton's NetNewMusic and notes by Jay Weitz), the program may include Jennifer Higdon's Zaka, George Crumb's Vox Balaenae, the Canadian George Fitzell's violence, Derek Bermel's Tied Shifts, Fred Lerdahl's Fantasy Etudes (streamed on an Art of the States page), and Frederic Rzewski's Les Moutons de Panurge
About Rzewski's composition:
In his work with MEV, Rzewski emphasized the concept of collective improvisation, leading both to a penchant for socialist political compositions and a style that often combined notated and improvised passages...To this day, the phrase ‘sheep of Panurge’ implies a person who blindly follows the lead of another.”
Lucille : You can't stay in that closet.
Groucho : Oh, I can't, can I? That's what they said to Thomas Edison, mighty inventor; Thomas Lindbergh, mighty flier; and Thomas Shefsky, mighty like a rose. Just remember, my little cabbage, that if there weren't any closets, there wouldn't be any hooks, and if there weren't any hooks, there wouldn't be any fish, and that would suit me fine.