I am excited to curate the Vernon Salon Series, a monthly music gathering whose mission is to provide Bay Area artists an informal setting to present and discuss new works with an enthusiastic and supportive audience. Begun in January 2016, it has been going strong for over two and a half years. Alongside many incredible musicians, other artists who have presented their work in the past have hailed from the fields of visual art, writing, musicology, illustration, and dance, among others.
Please contact me if you would like to be added to the monthly invitation email list or would like to perform on the series.
Vocalist/composer Anne Hege and trombonist/composer Jen Baker will perform works created from their inaugural MAMA residency that explore the connection between listening, movement, improvisation, and instrument building. Using extended techniques and new technologies, Anne and Jen will present new works for voice, trombone, tape machine (analog live looper), and smartphones. They will discuss their compositions and strategies for supporting creativity and artistic excellence while parenting young children.
San Francisco vocalist Melinda Becker and pianist Anne Rainwater perform sets by Debussy and Barber, alongside some new selected compositions.
Oakland-based pianist Emily Tian performs works by Leslie La Barre and Nikolai Kapustin.
San Francisco-based Siroko Duo (Victoria Hauk and Jessie Nucho, both on flute) perform works by Jane Rigler, Izabel Austin, Nadine Dyskant-Miller, Alexandre Lunsqui, and Brett Austin Eastman.
The Tiny Lady Trio (Sophie Huet – clarinet, Erin Wang – cello, and Elena Akopova – piano) perform works by Beethoven and Muczynski.
Boston-based ensemble Transient Canvas (bass clarinet and marimba) present some exciting new works as part of their California tour, featuring the works of Joseph M. Colombo, Lainie Fefferman, Keith Kirchoff, Emily Koh, Crystal Pascucci, and Matthew Welch.
November is Bring Your Favorite Artwork month! Bring any work of art you enjoy, and we’ll have a sharing session followed by a discussion.
In collaboration with Phonochrome, musicians Elizabeth Talbert (flute) and Sophie Huet (clarinet) will present a timely, musical exploration of artistic and literary censorship. The show features music inspired by banned literature, including Unsuk Chin’s Advice from a Caterpillar (from Alice in Wonderland), and music from banned composers, including J.S. Bach, whose works were censored during China’s Cultural Revolution.
After a summer break, we’re excited to present the fabulous contemporary flute trio Areon Flutes! They will be performing pieces they commissioned from composers Ryan Rey, Julie Barwick, Elainie Lillios, and Dan Becker.
June was Music Trivia Night at the Vernon Salon Series, hosted by the inimitable Ben Zucker. We’ll be taking a brief summer break for July and August.
Cellist Helen Newby and composer Ben Zucker perform this month! Helen will be playing some new pieces from her premiere solo album that featured commissions by David Bird, Danny Clay, Adam Hirsh, Kurt Isaacson, and Haley Shaw. Ben is a composer and performer who will be presenting a lecture-performance realizing his conceptual topography scores incorporating text, graphics, notations, and performance.
Local East Bay musicians Amy Zanrosso and Alisa Rose will perform Prokofiev’s First Violin and Piano sonata. Afterwards, artist Victoria Welling will continue our discussion from February about women in the arts.
Vernon Street resident and cellist/composer Lewis Patzner will be performing originals and transcriptions for solo cello. Lewis is a local freelancer and plays in a variety of style. His groups include Town Quartet, Musical Art Quintet, Cosa Nostra Strings, Devotionals, and Judgement Day.
Join us for a talk about Women in the Arts! Flutist Jessie Nucho will be performing two solos works with electronics and fixed media by Kaija Saariaho and Eve Beglarian, and we’ll follow up with a talk by composer Emma Logan, mixed media artist Victoria Welling, and writer Lindsay Merbaum.
We heard from pianist James Stone, violist/composer Scott Rubin, and butoh dancer Shoshanna Greene. See below for a video!
Please join us for the last Vernon Salon of 2016, marking a full year of this house series! We’ll be hearing from members of the [Switch~Ensemble]: Madison Greenstone on clarinet, T.J. Borden on cello, Wei-Han Wu on piano, and Jason Thorpe Buchanan on electronics. They will be performing works by Ben Isaacs, Chris Chandler, Max Murray, Matt Sargent, and Anthony Pateras.
We’ll be hearing from composer Jason Thorpe Buchanan and wine industry expert Jose Coronado. Please join us for two very interesting talks!
We heard from composer/guitarist Dr. Matthew Hough and vocalist/music theorist Meg Wilhoite, performing original compositions by Matthew.
We heard from Dr. Stephanie Patterson, a bassoonist who teaches at Columbus State University in Georgia. Guitarist Robert Nance also presented a talk about Kevin Volans’ Sixth String Quartet and a recent speech that Volans gave at a music conference in Ireland.
This June, we heard from contemporary pianist Andy Costello and Beckett scholar Dr. Emily Zubernis.
At May’s Salon, we heard selections from the horn trios of Johannes Brahms and Eric Ewazen, performed by Caitlin McSherry, Monika Warchol, and Anne Rainwater. John Cage’s Living Room Music was also performed, followed by a presentation by local composer Danny Clay.
April’s Salon was a delightful presentation by Liaison, a Baroque five-piece ensemble, and Rachana Vajjhala, a musicologist from UC Berkeley who specializes in French ballet and spoke about Debussy’s Jeux.
March’s Salon was underwater themed! We heard guitarist Matt Linder play a Mozart transcription and George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale, performed by Doug Machiz (of Friction Quartet), Jessie Nucho, and Anne Rainwater. We also listened to local illustrator Emily Dove Barton, as she read us her new book Wendell the Narwhal.
In February, we heard the music of Robert Nance performed by Kevin Rogers, Abigail Nance, and the composer himself. We also heard poet Roy Doughty read some of his recent writings.
In January, we heard a bass clarinet piece played by Dr. Mara Plotkin, visiting clarinet professor at University of the Pacific. We also saw and heard about the work of local visual artist Victoria Welling.