Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen talks with New York pianist, activist and “modern music evangelist” Adam Tendler. His composition "Hate Speech," for piano and audience cell phones, has its West Coast premiere this Saturday. It’s a protest piece dedicated to the memory of Matthew Shepard, with whispered words culled from a Tea Party politician's Facebook page. Adam Tendler performs "Hate Speech" and other pieces Saturday night in Modern Piano Lineages, a concert at San Francisco's Center for New Music with KALW Revolutions Per Minute host Sarah Cahill.
Adam joined Eric live in KALW studios to talk about "Hate Speech," modern music, and his memoir about coming out during his "88x50" piano recital tour of every state in the U.S.A. And, in an Out in the Bay exclusive, he played live in our studio on a cheap Casio electronic keyboard to demonstrate the intricacies of a rarely-performed Philip Glass composition,"Two Pages," he'll play Saturday. Modern Piano Lineages, featuring Adam Tendler and Sarah Cahill, starts 8pm, Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St., San Francisco. Click here for concert info.
Big thanks to Virgin America for changing Adam’s flight to SFO without extra fees so that he could be here for Thursday’s interview.
The music we are featuring today is by ZOFU Duet. That’s four hands playing one piano. ZOFU received two Grammy nominations this year for their first album, titled “Mind Meld.” You can see them perform on Sunday June 9, at The Center for New Music on Taylor Street in San Francisco. It's a 2pm performance.
Today we're featuring Ken Ueno, a composer and vocalist, currently on the faculty at UC Berkeley. He specializes in what is known as “extended techniques,” such as overtones and Tuvan throat-singing. Next Tuesday, April 16th, he joins two other Bay Area musicians who use “extended techniques” as part of the “SF Sound Salon Series.” This takes place at the Center for New Music on Taylor Street in San Francisco. And please note: the performance begins at 7:49pm.