Pauline Oliveros and Thingamajigs Performance Group

October 6th, 2014 – 7:21 pm
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Pauline Oliveros, a leader in the musical avant-garde for five decades will collaborate with the Thingamajigs Performance Group to create a new piece of music during a week of workshops and open rehearsals, leading up to the premiere at this landmark L@TE event. Prepare to be transported by masterful improvisation, sonic meditation, and experiments in deep listening.

To commemorate years of presenting new music at our current site, Berkeley Art Museum has commissioned a new collaborative piece between Pauline Oliveros and the Thingamajigs Performance Group (TPG). This will be one of the final performances at the museum before we move into our new space. The piece will incorporate the contours and accoustics of the unique atrium gallery and feature alternately tuned instruments such as a just-intuned accordian, glass, hand made wind instruments, and various made and found objects.

Culminating from a week-long working residency between Pauline Oliveros and TPG, both teams will develop a group collaborative musical work that blurs divisions between the role of composer and performer. This process of “collaborative composing” is unique to the new music world but is quite common in other performing arts, including dance, theater and even rock music.

Project Schedule:

November 10th through 14th –Oliveros/TPG workweek
November 14th –artist talk and panel discussion at BAM/PFA
November 14th –performance of new work at BAM/PFA’s L@TE series

Pauline Oliveros has been as interested in finding new sounds as in finding new uses for old ones. Her primary instrument is the accordion, an unexpected visitor perhaps to musical cutting edge, but one she approaches in much the same way that a Zen musician might approach the Japanese shakuhachi. Oliveros’ life as a composer, performer and humanitarian is about opening her own and others’ sensibilities to the universe and facets of sounds. Since the 1960′s she has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth, and ritual.

The Thingamajigs Performance Group (TPG) uses unique musical instruments and performance practices, combining traditional Eastern sensibilities with modern American technologies and performance practices. Creating pieces in a group collaborative process that sometimes incorporates voice and multimedia elements, this ensemble of musicians expands and contracts within each performance situation.

TPG’s unique process of creating work is closer to that of theater companies or dance troupes rather than standard music ensembles. Instead of commissioning one composer to write music for which the ensemble will play, TPG creates each of it original works in a collaborative manner with each ensemble member and/or collaborating partner having equal creative input in guiding the work to fruition.

Core members of TPG include Dylan Bolles, Keith Evans, Suki O’Kane and Edward Schocker.

This performance is supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and an anonymous donor.

The Darling Song Cycle (family matinee concert)

August 30th, 2013 – 10:59 pm
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September 28, 2013 | 3pm
Berkeley Arts Space
2133 University Ave
Berkeley, CA
$15 adults and $5 children
Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The Darling Song Cycle is a new work of original songs by Edward Schocker and Greg Giovanni. Inspired by relationships of The Darling Family in the story Peter Pan, the subject matter of this domestic drama ranges from funny to sad to absurd -all with images and wordplay that children and adults find meaningful. This work delves deep to investigate the relationship between content and form and experiments with new storytelling approaches that expand theatrical and musical vocabularies.

The Band (The Darlings)
Tako Oda –voice of Mr. and Mrs. Darling
Tomoko Schocker –voice of Mr. and Mrs. Darling
Sarah Willner –violin
Sean Carson –upright bass
Edward Schocker -guitar

Song Excerpts
The Children

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The Final Song

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Photos from last year’s performance of The Darling Song Cycle can be found here.

The Darling Song Cycle was created with the support of the East Bay Community Foundation’s East Bay Fund for Artists and the Zellerbach Family Foundation and commissioned by Theatre of Yugen.

 

 

Music in Series

April 10th, 2013 – 11:04 pm
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This series has been going on for almost 15 years and I’m so honored to be a part of it. I’ll be presenting works for electric guitars, non-Western instruments, and my glass instruments. More details coming soon on performers, but I’ll leave you with this initial information below…

Meridian Music Composers in Performance presents:

Edward Schocker: Music in Series
Wednesday, May 8, 7:30PM
Meridian Gallery, San Francisco

Performers for this concert include Yun-kyong Jin, Suki O’Kane, Brian Baumbusch, Giacomo Fiori, Jean Ann and others.

Meridian Music Composers in Performance presents Edward Schocker: Music in Series, the season’s final installment in our Concert Series.  This will be a unique concert featuring the Oakland-based Edward Schocker, a composer and performer and who has been mesmerizing audiences around the world with his unique glass instruments and tunings. Edward Schocker will present an evening of works written in alternate tuning systems and a variety of non-Western performance practices. Included in the concert is an offering from two series of musical works including, Dodecachordon -exploring the treatment of musical modes through drones produced from multiple electric guitars, and Sijo -”time being” pieces, which challenge our perception of pulse.

music for yugen: darling song cycle and cordelia

November 27th, 2012 – 6:50 pm
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Click here to see photos from the concert taken by Michael Zelner.

December 9, 2012 | 8pm
Berkeley Arts Space
2133 University Ave
Berkeley, CA
$10-$20 sliding scale

A program of concert versions of two works composed for Theatre of Yugen. Suki O’Kane presents music from the production Cordelia and Edward Schocker premieres The Darling Song Cycle -songs composed in conjunction with Yugen’s new production called A Minor Cycle.

The Darling Song Cycle is a new work of original songs by Edward Schocker and Greg Giovanni. Inspired by the humorous relationships of The Darling Family in the story Peter Pan, this work experiments with new storytelling approaches that expand theatrical and musical vocabularies.

The Darlings:
Mrs. Darling: Tako Oda (voice)
Mr. Darling: Tomoko Schocker (voice)
Child: Sarah Willner (violin)
Child: Sean Carson (bass)
Child: Edward Schocker (guitar)

The Darling Song Cycle was created with the support of the East Bay Community Foundation’s East Bay Fund for Artists and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Meridian Music and Thingamajigs present Markus Wettstein, Betsey Biggs, Dylan Bolles, and Edward Schocker

July 16th, 2012 – 12:06 am
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(photo credit: Michael Zelner)

Date: Jul 20,2012
08:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Meridian Gallery
535 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Berlin composer/performer Markus Wettstein joins Bay Area natives Betsey Biggs, Dylan Bolles & Edward Schocker for a concert of new works and improvisations for solos, duos, trios and quartets. From human voices and scrap metal to Asian instruments and live electronics these artists create unique sound textures in each performance setting.

Markus Wettstein -scrap metal, melodica
Betsey Biggs -electronics
Dylan Bolles -bamboo instruments
Edward Schocker -Sho, hichiriki & glass

Garden of Memory 2012

July 15th, 2012 – 11:59 pm
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For the Summer Solstice I performed my glass insrument and gave artist talks at the Garden of Memory in Oakland. Below are some videos of the event.

Funding opportunity for The Darling Song Cycle -please show your support!

June 4th, 2012 – 7:19 pm
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Project update: We made the $2,000 match from the East Bay Community Foundation. Many thanks to everyone for their support and warm wishes!
Dear Friends,

I have received a grant from the East Bay Community Foundation for a commission of a new work called The Darling Song Cycle. In order to receive the funds, I must match the grant on a 1 to 1 ratio with individual contributions from the community by June 22nd, 2012. Please consider a donation today to help me reach my goal of $2,000. No amount is too small (or too big), so please show your support for the local arts!

Donations are fully tax-deductible through a partnership with non-profit groups Thingamajigs and Theatre of Yugen. You can make a donation in any of these two ways:

Donate by credit card or paypal by clicking the link below:

 

or send a check payable to Theatre of Yugen (please add Darling Song Cycle to the memo of the check) at:

Theatre of Yugen
2840 Mariposa St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Many thanks to the growing list of contributors of The Darling Song Cycle:

Elizabeth Olson
Sara Matsui-Colby
Magdalene Crowley
Katy Luo
Yukie and Peter Fujimoto
John Oglevee
Sinclair Crockett
June Watanabe
Karen Marek
Jubilith Moore
Christopher Lewis
Elaine Chu
Elizabeth Barry
Suki O’Kane
Shari and Douglas Higashi
Judy Halebsky
Melanie Schauwecker
Lluis Valls
Laurence Kominz
Annete Clear
Joe Lasqo
Jeffrey Elman
Takeshi Oda
Masa Yasuhara
William Cox
Shirley Skeel
Xiaozhen Yee
Marco Falcioni & Miwako Sato
Esther & Pat Sablan
Brenda Hutchinson
Joe and Christina Zeoli
Andrew Williams & Shizue Seo
Phil Everitt & Sarah Shin
Hugh Dunnigan
Edward & Catherine Schocker
Luciano Chessa
Dana & Shinichi Iova-Koga
Ben (Precious Moments) Bedard
Brian Zawacki & Doris Ung

The Darling Song Cycle is partially funded by New Music USA and The Zellerbach Family Foundation.

The Darling Song Cycle

May 10th, 2012 – 10:26 pm
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The Darling Song Cycle is a new series of original songs being composed by Edward Schocker, with lyrics by Greg Giovanni. Inspired by the Darling Family in J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan, the subject matter from this domestic drama ranges from funny to sad to absurd. The work will be premiered in Oakland and San Francisco in December 2012.

 

Song Highlight:
The Sewing -sung by Mrs. Darling in the story of Peter Pan. The children’s mother is patiently waiting by the window for her children to return from Neverland. As she’s waiting she sings this song while sewing and mending her children’s clothe.

Listen to an acoustic excerpt of The Sewing sung by Melanie Schauwecker and Karen Marek:

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Upcoming work in progress showings:

Sundays and Mondays
May 6 – 21, 2012 at 7pm
NOHspace (View Venue)
2840 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Purchase Tickets Online

In addition, On May 13th, from 5:30 – 6:30, composer Edward Schocker will host West Coast: Looking East, illuminating the reasons why experimental composers from the West look towards the traditional music of the East for inspiration.

These showings are partly funded by New Music USA, The Zellerbach Family Foundation and individual donations.

Art Murmur at Vessel Gallery, Oakland

September 30th, 2011 – 3:30 pm
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photos by Lonnie Lee

Time Spent Looking

July 27th, 2011 – 6:37 pm
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Part of MEDIATE’s Playback Concerts

Battery Townsley
Fort Cronkhite off Rodeo Beach
Marin Headlands

Sunday, August 7, 2011
Arrive by 5:30pm.
20 minute hike to performance site.
Showtime: 6pm.

A new piece created in collaboration with Adam Fong, Tako Oda and Suki O’Kane, Time Spent Looking explores the extreme resonances inside and around of this historic WWII harbor fortification overlooking the ocean in the hills of the Marin Headlands. August 7 features performances by electroacoustic duo Date Palms w/ Trevor Montgomery & Michael Elrod, vocal dance ensemble M. Mara Ann’s Sugar Pine Tesla, and composer/sound artist Edward Schocker w/ Suki O’Kane, Adam Fong, & Tako Oda.  Site can be windy and foggy even on a sunny day. We highly recommend warm clothes, blankets and proper foot attire. Limited Attendance.
Tickets are $20 advance to $200 sponsorship levels
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Audio excerpts from Battery Townsley:
(to hear the resonance of the room, it’s best to listen with headphones or good speakers)

Introduction and experimenting with voice

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Experimenting with Sho

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Experimenting with Hichiriki

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*talking in the background is from tours that the National Park Service was giving at the time. Many thanks to the NPS for letting me in the bunker!

Here’s some video footage of the event, taken by MarK McBeth:

110807 Edward Schocker Time Spent Looking from Mark McBeth | Projects on Vimeo.


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