Rating: 3 stars out of 5
sfSound’s latest concert on Saturday 23 Jan 2010 was headlined by Ligeti‘s well-known Chamber Concerto, which closed the concert, and was preceded by 10 shorter premières by up-and-comping Bay Area composers, mainly students, but also including some interesting other perspectives, like Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier. This concept has some definite advantages. It affords opportunities to a lot of less experienced composers in a relatively economically way, while at the same time ensuring an audience for them by programming a new music “hit” like Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto.
However, the format also presents some challenges to audience and ensemble, because a lot of relatively diverse music is presented in the course of an evening. (more…)