THE PACIFIC RIM MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017, “From the Root to the Living Tradition,” descends on UC Santa Cruz for five concerts of wide ranging styles—including international artists and world premieres—at the university’s Music Center Recital Hall. Non-repeating programs will be offered, free of charge, Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm, with a final concert on Sunday at 3pm.
Concert 1 “From the Root” on Wednesday features traditional court music, folk music and dance by the Creative Traditional Orchestra from the Korean National Gugak Center.
On Thursday, Concert 2 “Into Blossoming” hosts the Borromeo String Quartet (right), National Gugak Chamber Ensemble, Festival Ensemble Korea and special guests with conductor David Milnes. Composers to be represented include Cindy Cox, Kurt Rohde, Vedran Mehinovic, Andrew Imbrie, Sebastian Currier, Theodore Wiprud, Lee Young-ja, and Hi Kyung Kim.
On Friday, Concert 3 “Into Being” will present the New York New Music Ensemble and Festival Ensemble Korea with conductor Eduardo Leandro. Composers include Laurie San Martin, Benjamin Carson, David Cope, Chaya Czernowin, Karlton Hester, Uzong Choe, Larry Polansky, Richard Carrick and Lim June-Hee.
Concert 4 “Sprouting into,” on Saturday, is the Young Composers Edition and features the Borromeo String Quartet, New York New Music Ensemble and Festival Ensemble Korea with conductors Nathaniel Berman and Eduardo Leandro. Graduate student composers are Song Jeong Yu, Addie Camsuzou, Pablo Rubio, Samuel Fibich Yulsman, Ed Garcia, Sanguk Kim, Yunxiang Gao, Sarang Kim and Seung-Hye Bae.
Sunday’s Concert 5 “Living Tradition,” presents all premieres by the Creative Traditional Orchestra of the National Gugak Center, conducted by Chung Chi-Yong. Composers are Edmond Campion, Shih Hui Chen, David Evan Jones, Lee Geonyong, George Lewis, Chinary Ung (left above) and Baek Daeung. The NY Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Lee Sangjin and Medelin Schmidt are also included.
HIDDEN VALLEY hosts Alma Nova duo and an Early Music Faculty Recital. HALLOWEEN gets its due from various performers at Cabrillo College’s Samper Recital Hall. SANTA CRUZ COMEDY SPECIAL comes to Kuumbwa. RHIANNON GIDDENS plays the Rio Theatre. For further listings and links to the above, click our CALENDAR.
JORMA KAUKONEN VISITS HIS ROOTS
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE guitarist/songwriter seeks to reclaim his identity through personal memories. Click HERE
FROM THE ALBUM Quah (1974). Kaukonen was generally overshadowed by the “big egos” of the famous psychedelic band.
THAT WAS MY FIRST IMPRESSION of Eastwood’s new Jazz Village CD, “Kyle Eastwood in Transit,” recorded in France last spring. For the opening track, Soulful Times by Quentin Collins, Eastwood offers little more than background support. Same with the excessively-frantic Rush Hour, credit here to trumpeter Collins, tenor Brandon Allen, pianist Andrew McCormack and Eastwood himself. Then, in track 3, Movin’, Eastwood gives his acoustic bass a going over, and he opens track 4 with Ennio Morricone’s haunting theme from Cinema Paradiso, changing the mood entirely. Here he is joined on soprano sax by Stefano di Battista. Night Flight keeps Eastwood in the foreground and adds a Latin backbeat. In Thelonious Monk’s We See, Eastwood pounces on a huge solo at speed. The band’s Rockin’ Ronnie’s follows classic jazz form, essentially a classical rondo. (Which Ronnie are we talking about?) But it’s time to flatter the band. McCormack is equally a spinal necessity and a bold leader in his own right; he leads an insightful tribute to the late, great Al Jarreau. Eastwood has surrounded himself with major talent here, as he is the first to admit. But, for me, the bang-up best is saved for last: Count Basie’s Blues in Hoss’ Flat recalls the history for jazz all the way back to Jelly Roll Morton. Then Eastwood opens Charles Mingus’ Boogie Stop Shuffle, the longest and the album’s signoff, huge with energy and execution brilliance. No, you can’t have my copy.
I’M NOT IN LOVE
BY THE LATE RICHIE HAVENS (d. 2013). The song, penned by Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart of 10cc, is in Havens’ album “The End of the Beginning” of 1976. Havens blows its author’s version completely out of the water. The album also included We Can’t Hide it Anymore, a love song.
ENSEMBLE MONTEREY’S Wally the Beard and the SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS hosts MUSA early music ensemble. Click HERE
Shakespeare’s ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at PacRep. Click HERE
THE LISTENING PLACE opens a readers’ theater production of Over the River and Through the Woods. MPC THEATRE CO. stages Noël Coward’s Present Laughter. PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE returns to Carmel.
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor