Wild Up, founded by conductor and composer Christopher Rountree, promulgates “mindful music during the darkest days of the year” in its latest series. Darkness sounding celebrates the shortening of days in the winter season through contemplative concerts, talks and experiences, including sensory deprivation and four Satsangs (spiritual gatherings).
Taking place on Saturday, Dec. 21 is one of the series’ main events: Solstice Sounding | dusk to dawn. The 14-hour concert of “mindful, joyful and maybe melancholic” dronish music runs through the longest night of the year. Among its cast of performer-composers are numerous CalArtians: trombonist Matt Barbier (Music MFA 10), cellist Derek Stein (Music MFA 10), guitarist Chris Kallmyer (MFA Music 09), violinist Andrew Tholl (Music MFA 08, DMA 12), vocalist Kathryn Shuman (Music MFA 16) and saxophonist Marta Tiesenga (Music MFA 17). Guests are advised to bring blankets, sleeping bags and other warm items to combat cold, and are invited to stay and sleep overnight. Tickets are available here.
Check out the following darkness sounding performances below, also featuring CalArtian musicians:
Christopher Rountree reads parables
Sunday, Dec. 29, 5-6:30 pm
“In this short series of stories read aloud, interspersed with music, Rountree weaves lessons for the time of year when we’re all contemplating how things have gone, how they’ve changed, how we got where we are now, and exactly how to go forward best.”
Odeya Nini (Music MFA 11) sings
Sunday, Jan. 5, 7-8:30 pm
“For this Satsang, Odeya Nini leads rounds, chants, harmony, resonance, and ritual. Together we will gather for a song circle raising our collective voices in shared vibration, sound, and song.”
Songs for One with Richard Valitutto (Music MFA 11)
Friday, Jan. 10, 8-9:30 pm
“Pianist Richard Valitutto: sings …. and weaves an existential journey through aloneness, infatuation, solitude, distance, and (dis-/re-)connection.”
Strings, Darkness, Movement with Andrew McIntosh (Music MFA 08)
Sunday, Jan. 19, 8-11 pm
“Methodical movement, poetical movement, movement of bells, movement in the dark. Listening in the dark.”
Check here for more information.
Thursday, Dec. 12 – Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020
Time and locations vary, see details for individual events above and on Wild Up