Camerata Pacifica Performs at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
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The last date listed for Camerata Pacifica was Saturday April 16, 2005 / 8:00pm.
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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
April’s program opens with the exuberant virtuosity of Lowell Leibermann’s Flute Sonata; a 1988 work written to explore the colour and technical ranges of both the flute & piano. Following Liebermann’s sonata is Witold Lutoslawski’s Partita for Violin and Piano – equally demanding technically – but with a force that drives the program into the realm of deeper substance.
The progam’s nucleus resides in the 2nd half of the concert : Shostakovitch’s Opus 67 Piano Trio. This composer’s music speaks with a relevance that is both of, and beyond, his time. About the piece pianist Emanuel Ax says, “I feel that all mankind can respond to his anguish – anguish that hatred, whether racial or political, should exist anywhere.”