An online season of revealing conversations, personal connections and compelling performances
Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center announced its on-line Season for Fall 2020. Entitled The Green Room, the format is inspired by the tradition of theater green rooms—a backstage lounge where performers relax— and will feature conversations with artists as well as performances to enjoy in your home.
The Green Room continues the Green Music Center’s practice of deep student engagement with frequent artist visits to Sonoma State classes for online discussions and workshops. Highlighting the Fall 2020 season are four artists in residence from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. In addition to their online performances these artists will engage students about their creative processes, personal stories, and the questions they are asking about our world.
Artists in Residence for Fall 2020 include musician, performing artist and cultural Babalawo (spiritual guide) Michael Mwenso offering his unique and ancestral perspective on Black music (Nov 19). Green Music Center favorites Las Cafeteras and their infectious genre-bending sound that infuses lyrically rich storytelling with the purpose of sharing the hidden stories of migrant life in Los Angeles. Visionary choreographer Liz Lerman who returns to continue her work on Wicked Bodies (Sonoma), a new site-specific work to premier in 2022 which explores the depictions of women’s bodies across multiple historic periods (Nov 5). The multicultural musical group DDAT that draws from each member's interests and cultural background. With poetic lyrics, hip hop style, and hard-driving instrumental fire DDAT has carved its own path with high desert-forged influences and world-class musicianship (Dec 3).
In addition to these captivating artists in residence, the Green Music Center also announced three free online performances as part of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Front Row: National Series. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMSLC) has been capturing performances in HD video and sound for many years. Because this material is of such high quality – both artistically and technically – it represents a unique collection for chamber music lovers. CMS Front Row: National is a series of programs, expertly curated by CMS co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han, to celebrate chamber music at its finest (Nov 7, & Dec 12).
Other compelling performances include the captivating artistry of guitarist JIJI. An adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar, JIJI plays an extensive range of music from traditional and contemporary classical music to free improvisation. This October also features the multi-instrumental band Invoke, which encompasses traditions from across the United States of America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism. Invoke weaves all of these styles together to create truly individual music written by and for the group (Oct 24). The Juilliard String Quartet bring their unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor to the Fall 2020 Season in November. In addition to sharing some favorite performances, the quartet will discuss their careers, the life of a quartet, and how they are making their way forward during a pandemic. (Nov 15)
All shows last 60-75 minutes They stream at the appointed time and are then available to watch for 48 hours following the stream.
Tickets have gone on sale to the general public. Visit gmc.sonoma.edu for tickets and more information.