SFIAF 2019, May 23 - June 2 - The Path to Democracy

Asian Music Pass

Toolbox Percussion

Hong Kong - Grant Avenue (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Saturday June 1, 8:00pm
Duration: 55 minutes, no intermission
Location: Cowell Theater
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $18
General Admission: $30
At the door: $33

Grant Avenue - West Coast Percussion Tour is a newly curated percussion programme by Hong Kong leading Percussive Collective - Toolbox Percussion for the San Francisco International Arts Festival 2019. It focuses on music composed by composers have west coast influences and it also provides the opportunity to collaborate with Jack van Geem, former principal percussionist of San Francisco Symphony

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Tomoko Momiyama

Japan - New Work TBA (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Thursday May 23, 7:00pm; Saturday May 25, 3:30pm; Sunday May 26, 3:30pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Firehouse
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

An original site-specific work by Tomoko Momiyama, a composer and interdisciplinary artist from Japan. Inspired by conversations with Japanese-American and Native-American communities as well as specialists in different disciplines including seed science, migratory birds, and geology, the work explores the issues of home and diaspora identities in the Bay Area and beyond.

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Melody of China with Sound of Dragon

USA - Dragon Song

Date and Time: Sunday June 2, 6:00pm
Duration: 75 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $12
General Admission: $20
Reserved Table Seating: $25, $30
At the door: $23 - $33

Melody of China joins forces with Sound of Dragon Ensemble from Vancouver. The program will feature new arrangements of traditional Chinese repertoire mixed ensemble including Chinese chamber ensemble and flute, guitar, cello, harp and percussion. The program will include exciting new works by composers from the U.S. and Canada.

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Melody Takata

USA - Mu No Kukan, Space for Nothingness (2019, US Premiere)

Date and Time: Thursday May 23, 8:30pm; Friday May 24, 9:30pm; Saturday May 25, 2:00pm
Duration: 45 minutes, no intermission
Location: Southside Theater
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $12
General Admission: $20
At the door: $23

The US Premiere of “Mu No Kukan, Space for Nothingness" pays homage to Yukio Mishima’s “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion.” The work explores the human psyche and the correlation between desire and destruction through film footage, live music, and text.

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Gamelan Sekar Jaya

USA - Serasi! Gamelan Sekar Jaya Celebrates 40 Years of Balinese Music & Dance

Date and Time: Friday, May 31st, 8:15pm & Saturday, June 1st, 2pm
Duration: 100 minutes with intermission
Location: Cowell Theater
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Gamelan Sekar Jaya returns to SFAIF with a thrilling mix of traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance! The internationally acclaimed performing arts troupe celebrates its 40th Anniversary under the direction of legendary gamelan composer, I Nyoman Windha, and dance master, I Nyoman Cerita. These two luminaries of the Balinese performing arts lead the 50-member Bay Area company through a dynamic range of Balinese music and dance that resonates in the heart and captures the imagination with its intricacy and depth.

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Florante Aguilar

USA - UTOM (World Premiere

Date and Time: Saturday June 1, 2:00pm
Duration: 50 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

UTOM is inspired by the T’boli’s practice of expressing the mysteries of our world in music, Master musician Florante Aguilar creates compelling narrative of human emotion in his music using both western and indigenous instruments.

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Chirgilchin with Yuliyana Krivoshapkina

Republic of Tuva - In Concert

Date and Time: Friday May 24, 7:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
Reserved Table Seating: $30, $35
At the door: $28 - $38

Khomus master Yuliyana Krivoshapkina will present the traditional music of the Sakha Republic, drawing on the wisdom and traditions of the Yakut people to portray the timeless relationship between Man and the Universe. Following, world-renowned throat singing ensemble Chirgilchin performs folk music from the Republic of Tuva.

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