Camerata Pacifica at the Scherr Forum Theatre
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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“Camerata Pacifica’s skill holds the listener’s interest to the end.” —Santa Barbara News-Press
Chausson: Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Opus 21
Two Piano Repertoire:
Rachmaninoff: Waltz from Suite #2, Opus 17
Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, Opus 56b
Schumann: Andante and Variations, Opus 46
Ravel: La Valse
One of the most provocative of all “what if?” musical speculations concerns the effect on the subsequent development of French music had Ernest Chausson been as accomplished a bicyclist as he was a composer. His premature death — from injuries sustained when he rode his bicycle into a brick wall in 1899 — robbed French music of perhaps the most distinctive and original voice it had produced between Hector Berlioz and Claude Debussy.
The Poeme for Violin and Orchestra is usually regarded as Chausson’s masterpiece: a tantalizing, heart-breaking suggestion of what might have been. “I can’t see my way to thinking of a concerto, which is a huge undertaking and devilishly difficult to write,” the modest composer wrote to his friend.
The closest Chausson ever came to writing a full-fledged concerto was the Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, composed in 1891. Cast in three movements, the Concert is a deliberate evocation of the style and procedures of the 18th century concerto grosso, with the string quartet acting as the ripieno to the violin-piano concertino.