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 2016 Festival Announcement

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San Francisco, March 14 – Switchboard Music announces the lineup for their ninth annual Festival, which closes their 2015-2016 season on June 18, 2016 at the Brava Theater in San Francisco. The eight-hour festival features headliner Tyondai Braxton, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Del Sol String Quartet with composer Daniel Wohl, Aaron Novik’s O+O+, JacobTV’s GRAB IT!, violinist Alisa Rose, Religious Girls, Tonal Masher, Dominique Leone’s San Francisco, ZOFO piano duo, a new project from Majel Connery & Ken Ueno with The Living Earth Show, and Julius Eastman’s Stay On It.

The Switchboard Music Festival is the flagship event of San Francisco’s Switchboard Music, which exists to support the creation and performance of new music in the Bay Area by engaging artists and audiences from a wide variety of musical communities. On June 18 from 1-9pm, the Switchboard Music Festival will present twelve sets by over fifty performers, ranging from raucous rock to a capella chorus to amplified mouthpiece-less saxophone to bona fide pop music:

1:00    Stay On It Julius Eastman’s 1973 piece is one of the first minimalist works to show the influence of pop music. For an indeterminate ensemble, Stay On It will be performed by Festival artists, co-directors, and Switchboard alumni.

1:45 Majel Connery & Ken Ueno with The Living Earth Show Hailing from the outsider worlds of avant-garde opera, Tuvan throat-singing, and performance art, Majel Connery, Ken Ueno and The Living Earth Show (Andy Meyerson and Travis Andrews) partner up to produce something truly novel: bona fide pop music.

2:30 ZOFO Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann’s Grammy-nominated piano four hands duo perform three of their newly commissioned works: Ryan Brown’s I Heard Bells from My Rotating House, the world premiere of Gabriella Smith’s Máncora to Huaraz, and Terry Riley’s Praying Mantis Rag.

3:00   Dominique Leone’s San Francisco Dominique Leone returns from New York with an all-star band of Switchboard alumni (Jordan Glenn, Matt Ingalls, MaryClare Brzytwa, Kyle Bruckmann, Aaron Novik, and more) to perform his album of songs inspired by San Francisco.

3:45 Tonal Masher Aram Shelton’s solo project for saxophone and electronics re-arranges and re-uses the sounds of his 1937 Conn alto saxophone to create layered sound works using samples of the sounds his mouthpiece-less horn makes.

4:15 Religious Girls  Three multi-instrumentalists with backgrounds from metal to noise to math punk to pop layer rhythms and harmony in experimental song structures, woven together into a seamless set.

5:00 Alisa Rose Bluegrass fiddler Alisa Rose, of the Real Vocal String Quartet, performs her original Solo Caprices and Pizzicato Pieces. 

5:30 Del Sol String Quartet The Del Sol String Quartet will perform music for quartet and electronics by Mason Bates, and will be joined by Daniel Wohl for selections from his new work Holographic, which NPR says “quietly erases the line between electronic and acoustic music, while potentially appealing to many curious ears, from fans of Aphex Twin to followers of new chamber music.”

6:15 Body of your Dreams JacobTV’s Body of your Dreams samples an Abtronic Pro commercial (It’s one of the easiest ways ever to get your body in the shape you want it…”) in combination with rhythmic live piano, for a humorous and on-the-nose comment on our slim-obsessed society.

6:45 O+O+  Visiting from New York, Switchboard regular Aaron Novik will perform a new set of music inspired by the question “Does all music that swings need to be jazz?” Using an austere compositional approach, the effects owe a nod to minimalism, but the use of fiercely independent and conflicting lines creates an atmosphere more reminiscent of Dixieland.

7:30    San Francisco Girls Chorus  Winner of five Grammy awards, the San Francisco Girls Chorus is led by Artistic Director Lisa Bielawa and Music Director and Principal Conductor Valérie Sainte-Agathe. The chorus will perform music by Lisa Bielawa, Philip Glass, and Timo Andres, a program they are also performing at the New York Philharmonic Biennial.

8:15    Tyondai Braxton   Headliner Tyondai Braxton, former front man of experimental rock band Battles, has been commissioned to write pieces for ensembles such as The Bang on a Can All Stars, Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and Brooklyn Rider. In 2012, Braxton collaborated with legendary composer Philip Glass – performing as a duo for the festival series All Tomorrow’s Parties, as well as remixing Glass’ work for the REWORK remix album. At the 2016 Switchboard Music Festival, Braxton will perform HIVE, a multimedia piece that is part sound installation/part live performance. HIVE was premiered at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and also performed at Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow, as part of the Nonesuch Records’ 50th Anniversary celebration at The Barbican in London, and at Sydney Opera House.

Switchboard also announces the remaining Switchboard Presents concerts: Dance Music, with the duo K A T E S and Sam Hertz with Maryanna Lachmann (April 8), and  the Schimscheimer Family Trio (Michael Coleman, Kasey Knudsen, and Jon Arkin with guest Nate Brenner), and Random House, featuring Switchboard co-directors Ryan Brown and Jeff Anderle plus Kate Campbell, Jill Heinke, and Brian Moen. To date, Switchboard Presents has presented 19 split bills  of Bay Area artists at the Center for New Music.

Switchboard Music was founded in 2008 by Ryan Brown, Jeff Anderle, and Jonathan Russell. In 2014, Annie Phillips joined Brown and Anderle as co-director, and Switchboard expanded to year-round programming with the addition of Switchboard Presents. In 2015, Switchboard was the only organization on the West Coast to win an ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming. To date, Switchboard has presented 150+ sets featuring over 700 musicians; 44 premieres, and emerging, established, large, and small ensembles including the Kronos Quartet, Zoe Keating, Pamela Z, Paul Dresher, Carla Kihlestedt, Jazz Mafia, and many more.



What: The Switchboard Music Festival, an eight-hour showcase of innovative music from the Bay Area and beyond
When: Saturday, June 18 from 1-9pm
Where:Brava Theater,
 2718 24th Street, San Francisco
Program: includes performances by Tyondai Braxton, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Aaron Novik’s O+O+, the Del Sol String Quartet, violinist Alisa Rose, Religions Girls, Tonal Masher, Dominique Leone’s San Francisco, ZOFO piano duo, Majel Connery & Ken Ueno, and performances of Julius Eastman’s Stay On It and JacobTV’s GRAB IT!
Tickets: $20 advance at; $20 students/$25 general at the door



What: Switchboard Presents: Split Bills of Eclectic Bay Area Music
When: 7:30pm on second Fridays of the month
Where: Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street
Tickets: $15 general / $10 CNM Members, available at

April 8
K A T E S- Kate Campbell and Katelyn Halpern
Sam Hertz and Maryanna Lachmann

May 13
Schimscheimer Family Trio – Michael Coleman, Kasey Knudsen, and Jon Arkin with guest Nate Brenner
Random House – featuring Switchboard co-directors Ryan Brown and Jeff Anderle plus Kate Campbell, Jill Heinke, and Brian Moen. – visit us on Facebook / Twitter 

Selected Press Quotes:

“For local musical omnivores, the invaluable Switchboard Music Festival amounts to efficient and accessible one-stop shopping.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“A day of music unlike anything you have encountered.”—Bay Area News Group

“You will hear the world here in eight hours.”—48 Hills

“A San Francisco fixture”—SF Classical Voice

Selected past press:

SF Chronicle Festival Preview, 2015

48Hills Festival Preview, 2015

SF Chronicle review, 2014 

SF Classical Voice preview, 2013

New Music Box review, 2013

SF Chronicle review, 2009