Phonochromaticism: A Journey Through the Visible Light Spectrum


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On May 29th at the Center for New Music, Phonochrome chamber ensemble and the Guerilla Composers Guild will present a multi-colored collaborative project – Phonochromaticism. Featuring new works from six different composers, the program revolves around George Crumb’s underwater masterpiece for flute, cello, and piano - Vox Balanae (Voice of the Whale). Crumb’s iconic Vox Balanae calls for the players to perform under a blue light, drawing the audience into a meditation on whales and primordial history. As a reflection on Vox Balanae, the commissioning project asked each composer to respond musically to a Roy G Biv color. The prompt yielded fascinating results, ranging from an amorphous indigo work for piano fourhands to an explosive infrared quartet for flute, viola, cello, and piano.

For Phonochrome, this project is a playful exploration of identity. It is both a realization of the ensemble’s name and a journey into their curiosity about the intersection between the arts. This will be the third and final curated concert featuring newly commissioned works in the Guerrilla Composers Guild's[masked] season.

The concert features Phonochrome’s founders Allegra Chapman, piano; Laura Gaynon, cello; and Elizabeth Talbert, flute. They are joined by two wonderful guest artists: Pei-Ling Lin, viola; and Anne Rainwater, piano.

What We're Playing

Mark Ackerley (red): Infrared 

Nick Benavides (orange): “…none of us were overly concerned…” - an elegy for past and present victims of chemical warfare 

Nathan Campbell (yellow): Finch Kingdom
Alex Christie (indigo): a 16.5 discrepancy in
Matthias McIntire (violet): Mackenzie Caverns
Benjamin Pesetsky (green): An Illusory Image
George Crumb (blue): Vox Balanae (Voice of the Whale)


Tickets: Suggested - $15 General, $10 Students and Members
Reception following!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    nice music!

    3 · May 31, 2014

  • Erika P.

    Sorry. I think my rehearsal will be extending into 9 pm.

    Have an excellent performance!

    May 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone going to MEET somewhere, or are we just going to arrive and leave sight unseen to each other?

    May 25, 2014

    • Allegra C.

      There will be a reception for audience, performers, and composers at the Center for New Music following the concert. There will also be a Q&A with the composers - a great chance for the audience to meet the composers, ask questions, and learn more about their works.

      May 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will leave a pack of stickers by the front door for meetup-ers, so you can take one when you get your ticket and easily find each other!

      2 · May 26, 2014

  • Allegra C.

    Also, check out the Guerilla Composers Guild's website for interviews with the composers and performers!

    May 24, 2014

  • Allegra C.

    We're getting really excited for Thursday!! We were just featured on KQED's The Do List -
    It's the first feature in the podcast.

    May 24, 2014

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