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Time: Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 7:30 PM

Location: CCRMA Stage, Stanford, CA

Role: Performer (electric bass, vocal, any objects)

Free admission

The Stanford New Ensemble presents their end-of-quarter performance of work by Julie Zhu, directed by Hans Kretz. 

 

The composer’s own comments on this work follow: 

“When are we supposed to clap? Cheer Piece imagines a world in which every action, even those inconsequential, requires you to play a pre-recorded cheer for yourself, as emotional and auditory support. The strange and funny performance will take place in three parts: a self-congratulatory prologue, the dystopic canon, and then a talk-back and discussion about wellness and performativity.”

Time: Friday, November 22, 2019, 7:30 pm

Location: Katzin Concert Hall, Temple, AZ

Role: Composer / Piece: 101 Fun Exercises for Old Couples

My degree recitals have always been a little "off the beaten path"---this one looks at the beaten path, spits on it, and goes the opposite direction. Featuring performance art, my first experience with live electronics, people playing two clarinets at once, and way too many clarinet players on stage.

Program:
Bohuslav Martinu's "Sonatina" with Nathan Arch, piano
Barry Moon's "Spring"
Bill Smith's "Four Duets for Four Demi Clarinets" with Francisco Javier de Alba, demi clarinets
Michele Cheng's "101 Exercises for Old Couples"
Jon Russell's "Bass Clarinet Double Concerto" with Scott Allen, bass clarinet and the ASU Clarinet Explosion Ensemble

Time: Friday, November 15, 2019, 7:30 pm

Location: CCRMA Lounge, Stanford University

Role: Performer (fff Ensemble)

CCRMA lounge open-share (Co-hosted by Michiko Theurer and fff Ensemble)

 

What: spread some joy/curiosity/questions... through anything you'd like to share: visible, audible, edible, drinkable, anything in-between or otherwise. Just learned to weld and want to share a totally non-functional but solidly joined clump of metal? (I might!...) Part-time poet or oud player in search of a supportive and non-judgmental audience? Want to tell a story or teach us all a dance? Please let me know if you have something you'd like to share at either gathering and how we can help prepare (equipment, setup, etc.). Works in progress are very welcome.

Time: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Location: Bing Concert Hall, Stanford, CA

Role: Performer (Percussion)

 

Free Admission


This annual free concert honors the life and memory of Stanford alumnus Daniel Pearl, the violin-playing Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered in 2002. The program will feature the St. Lawrence String Quartet performing Steve Reich’s Daniel Variations, which quotes the Book of Daniel as well as Pearl himself. The quartet will also be joined by Stanford faculty members, students, and local musicians in a performance of the Grammy-winning Different Trains, a work that reflects on the plight of the European Jewish community during World War II.

Time: Saturday, Sep 21-22, 2019

Location: Emerson Paramount Theatre, MA

Role: Composer (Prelude) / Piece: I can't understand a word you're saying

Two children, worlds apart—one flies, one walks—to America.
Two girls, divergent lives—one green card, one undocumented—in America.
Two women—different struggles, disparate hopes—for America.
Two friends, shared dreams, one journey—through America.

Time: Thursday, August 22

Location: CitySpace, Boston, MA

Role: Commissioned Composer / Piece: I can't understand a word you're saying

 

Free Admission

Join us for SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices, a free concert of new songs based on the stories and experiences of Boston area immigrants. Sing Out Strong features composers from Peru, Latvia, India, China, Taiwan, and Mexico and writers from Haiti, Vietnam, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and China. Composers and writers have been paired up to amplify stories of the immigrant experience through song and to celebrate the contributions of immigrant artists to our city and culture. Join us in celebrating these new American songs!

Time: Thursday, August 8

Location: Pao Performing Arts Center, Boston, MA

Role: Commissioned Composer / Piece: I can't understand a word you're saying

 

Free Admission

Join us for SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices, a free concert of new songs based on the stories and experiences of Boston area immigrants. Sing Out Strong features composers from Peru, Latvia, India, China, Taiwan, and Mexico and writers from Haiti, Vietnam, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and China. Composers and writers have been paired up to amplify stories of the immigrant experience through song and to celebrate the contributions of immigrant artists to our city and culture. Join us in celebrating these new American songs!

Time: Thursday, August 1

Location: Multicultural Arts Center, Boston, MA

Role: Commissioned Composer / Piece: I can't understand a word you're saying (Premiere)

 

Free Admission

Join us for SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices, a free concert of new songs based on the stories and experiences of Boston area immigrants. Sing Out Strong features composers from Peru, Latvia, India, China, Taiwan, and Mexico and writers from Haiti, Vietnam, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and China. Composers and writers have been paired up to amplify stories of the immigrant experience through song and to celebrate the contributions of immigrant artists to our city and culture. Join us in celebrating these new American songs!

Time: Thursday, July 11

Location: Park City Library, Utah

Role: Panel Discussion on Creative Process

 

The VU Symposium for experimental, electronic and improvised music was founded by Katie Porter and Devin Maxwell of Listen/Space, a 501(c)3 arts non-profit, in 2019 we are proudly in collaboration with Westminster College School of Music, Red Desert Ensemble Artists-in-Residence at Westminster College, The Park City Library, and the Marriott Library Digital Archives.

Time: Wednesday, July 10

Location: Park City Library, Utah

Role: Lecture-recital Presenter

 

The VU Symposium for experimental, electronic and improvised music was founded by Katie Porter and Devin Maxwell of Listen/Space, a 501(c)3 arts non-profit, in 2019 we are proudly in collaboration with Westminster College School of Music, Red Desert Ensemble Artists-in-Residence at Westminster College, The Park City Library, and the Marriott Library Digital Archives.

Time: Wednesday, July 6

Location: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, France

Role: Composer / Piece: Emotional Games

Time: Tuesday, June 18, 8:00 PM

Location: Casa Obscura, Montreal, Quebec

Role: Composer / Piece: 101 Fun Exercises for Old Couples

Joignez-nous pour une soirree musicale, un petit fete pour les oeuvres contemporaines pour la clarinette et clarinette basse. Cette programme inclus des oeuvres de compositeurs et compositrices de Montreal et Amerique-nord comme Colin Frank et Julien Claudinion. Ne manquez pas cette spectacle!

Time: Friday, June 14, 7:30 PM

Location: Recital Hall, Montreal Conservatory of Music

Role: Composer / Piece: 101 Fun Exercises for Old Couples (Premiere)

 

Dans le cadre du LMCM 2019 nous sommes fiers de présenter le premier concert de nos participants et leurs créations mondiales !

Salle de récital du Conservatoire
Billets : 10$ avec la billetterie du Conservatoire
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As part of MCML 2019 we are proud to present the first of two final concerts featuring our participants and their world premieres!

Recital Hall, Montreal Conservatory of Music
Tickets: $10 available through the Conservatory box office

Time: Tuesday, June 11, 9:00 PM

Location: Resonance Café, Montreal, Quebec

Role: Composer/Performer / Piece: Speed Dating

Venez et écoutez nos participants de 2019 en concert ! Les participants présenteront leur projets personnels et leurs démarches artistique dans deux soirées relaxe à Café Résonance !
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Come and join us to hear our participants in concert! They will present their own personal projects and artistic practices in two informal evenings at Resonance Café!

Resonance Café, 5175A Avenue du parc
June 6 at 9 pm
June 11 at 9 pm
Suggested donation : $5

Time:

CONCERT 1: Friday, May 31, 7:30 PM

CONCERT 2: Saturday, June 1, 7:30 PM

Location: Bing Concert Hall, Stanford, CA

Role: Composer / Piece: Speed Dating (Ambisonics premiere)

Free admission

Please join us for the second installment of our epic concert series "The Lord of the Bings: The Two Bings". We will present two different evening programs of multichannel immersive music, soundscapes, and visuals in Bing Concert Hall Studio. Our GRAIL sound system will be deployed again in a 3D setup for a selection of pieces from CCRMA and around the Middle-earth.

Time: Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 PM

Location: Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford, CA

Role: Performer (piano, vocal, percussion) & Composer / Piece: Botany Images

Free admission

The Stanford New Ensemble presents their end-of-year performance of works by Peter Ablinger, John Cage, Michele Cheng, and Michiko Theurer, directed by Hans Kretz.

Time: Fri, May 18, 2019, 7 pm

Location: The Growlery, San Francisco, CA

Role: Performer (fff ensemble)

Free Admission

EXCURSIONS is a new set of exploratory maneuvers by itinerant (Bay Area bred) artist Tiffany Lin. The exhibition provides a glimpse into Lin’s recent forays in poetry, performance, and experimental narratives. EXCURSIONS will feature the debut of two self-published works: A MANUAL BY CODES - a coda to Lin’s 2018 collaborative performance on US flag handling rituals and BECOMING, a queer love story that investigates unconditional love, gendered bodies, and (im)material reality. The two books will be presented alongside new paintings, readings, and installations that further explore the body as container.

Time: Fri, May 10, 2019, 7:30pm

Location: Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University

Role: Performer (fff ensemble)

Free Admission

Join Christopher Costanza, Christopher Jette, and members of the fff ensemble (Doga Cavdir, Michele Cheng, Simona Fitcal, Julie Herndon, Tiffany Lin, Barbara Nerness, Patricia Robinson, Michiko Theurer, and Julie Zhu) for an evening of sonic and visual questions and openings. The program will include Bach’s C-minor suite for solo cello, performed by Costanza and ending with Bach’s original experimental retuning of the cello; brief selections for violin by Bach and György Kurtag, performed by Michiko Theurer; and musical and intermedia explorations envisioned and performed by Christopher Jette, Michiko Theurer, Patricia Robinson, Tiffany Lin, Barbara Nerness, Simona Fitcal, Doga Cavdir, Julie Herndon, Julie Zhu, and Michele Cheng.

Time: Sat, May 4, 2019, 11:00pm

Location: Downtown Independent, Los Angeles, CA

Role: Commissioned film composer / Film: The missing ingredient

THE MISSING INGREDIENT
Directed by Yue Huang

When a middle-aged man, indulging in the tempting world of food, is made aware of his loneliness, he finds something important deep in his heart that he used to neglect.

Time: Thu, April 18, 2019, 7:30pm

Location: Bing Concert Hall, Stanford, CA

Role: Performer (Piano/Percussion)

Jason Treuting’s Amid the Noise began as a soundtrack and is now a communal music-making project that can occur with a flexible number of musicians in almost any combination.  The musical ideas in Amid the Noise are abstract: drones, melodies, rhythms, textures, patterns. Sō Percussion has experimented with the instruments and discovered that accordion, organ, or tuba play a satisfying drone as well as bowed vibraphone. Don't miss the chance to see this new contemporary music from Amid the Noise. 

UCI Illuminations: Asian Immigration as Creative Muse

Time: Tue, Feb 26, 2019, 5 pm

Location: Winifred Smith Hall, University of California, Irvine

Role: Performer & Composer / Piece: Speed Dating

Free Admission

I Dream, therefore I Am explores interrelated aspects of immigration, Asian American, and dream. Do “dreamers” (DACA), 1.5 generation, and recent immigrants share similar immigration experience or have distinctive “American dreams”?  How is their dream shaped, nurtured, pursued, or crushed? Do memories, nostalgia, or broken dreams inspire artistic creation? Do we all have the right to dream? With live music, theatre, poetry, puppetry, and improvisation, dreams are created and shared in front of your eyes. The program includes original music composed and performed by Michele Cheng and Shih-Wei Wu, dramatic work by Theatre Woks, puppetry by Chee-Hann Wu, and text by Daphne Lei.

Time: Sat, Feb 23, 2019, 5 pm-6:30pm

Location: Frick Fine Arts, University of Pittsburgh

Role: Composer / Piece: Speed Dating (Premiere)

Free Admission

New works by Singer Joy, Anthony Green, Steven Whiteley, and Michele Cheng.

Performer: soprano Anna Elder

Time: Sat, Jan 26, 2019, 7 pm

Location: Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University

Role: Performer (fff ensemble) & Composer / Piece: Conversation-ish

Free Admission

improvisation and performance by

Michele Cheng

Julie Herndon

Barbara Nerness

Stephanie Sherriff

Michiko Theurer

Julie Zhu

© 2020 Michele Cheng.