"A double listen"
May 31, 2019 to June 23, 2019
41 Ross Alley
San Francisco, CA 94108
"Remember, Restructure, and Recreate" Lecture
May 31 6:30PM
$15 or Pay-What-You-Can
750 Kearny St. 3F,
San Francisco 94108
Opening Reception for "A double listen"
May 31 7:30PM
41 Ross Alley
San Francisco, CA 94108
"The Body Electric" is developed by Toolbox Percussion in collaboration with the Chinese Culture Center.
No piece of music is fully comprehended on one listen.
The mechanisms of creating percussive sound are so versatile that musicians or composer are far from fully exploring them. The exhibition titled “A double listen”, serving as a dossier, features many of these past aesthetic attempts from performances in a theatre setting: Lam Fung’s “Round” (2016), Austin Yip’s "Urban Construction” (2017), Ken Ueno’s “Mother of Fire” (2018) and Samson Young’s “Glass Chimes” (2019). These multiple endeavours, encompassing traits of quotidian pastime, literariness, metallurgy and engineering, were yet to be wholly unraveled if it is performed and perceived just once. Annotated with decorative embellishment, this exhibition avails one ineluctable gaze, or we phrase it “a second listen”, to anchor all the interconnecting knots in between seemingly separate pieces. Works of Toolbox Percussion is showcased in this exhibition, hosted by Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, for the first time in the United States.
CCC is also partnering with Toolbox Percussion to foster dialogue on memory with lecture, "Remember, Restructure, Recreate," hosted by Dr. Austin Yip, HK Baptist University and Prof. Jack van Geem, ex-Principal Percussion of SF Symphony. This hour-long lecture with demonstration and conversation accompanies "A double listen," and will focus on examining the ways that auditory sensation and memory overlap and affect one another. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can with a recommended donation of $15.
About the Speakers:
Dr. Austin Yip
Sought-after composer Austin Yip’s works have been performed worldwide. His recent work, “Wind Quintet No.1: Eagle Eyes (2016)”, has been performed in Italy, Netherlands, UK, Thailand and Japan by various wind quintets; “Metamorphosis (2016)” was commissioned and premiered by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and “String Quartet No.5: Time Motor” was premiered by the Mivos Quartet (US). Yip’s works are published by Donemus (Netherlands), ABRSM (UK), BabelScores (France), Ablaze Records (US), Navona Records (US), Hugo Production and Hong Kong Composers Guild. Yip is the holder of CASH Golden Sail Music Award 2017 with his orchestral work “Metamorphosis”. He was the founding chairman of Toolbox Percussion, and is currently a lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University.
Professor Jack van Geem
Jack Van Geem retired as Principal Percussionist and Assistant Timpanist with the San Francisco Symphony in 2012, a position he held for 32 years. He is Chairman of Percussion Studies at San Francisco Conservatory where he has taught since 1991. He taught at The Colburn School in Los Angeles from 2006 to 2015. Having taught at nearly every ZMF event since 2001, Jack estimates that, all told, he has spent half a year of his life at ZMF! He also serves as its Vice President. Van Geem began playing the marimba at age four. He studied percussion with Tony Cirone and Jerome Neff earning his Master of Arts degree from California State University at Hayward. He studied contemporary percussion performance with Cristoph Caskel in Germany in the mid-70s on a scholarship from the University of California at Berkeley. Following that, he was percussionist for the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra for five years until he won the SFS position.
About Toolbox Percussion
Toolbox Percussion has been driving percussive arts programming in Hong Kong since 2012, curating ambitious music projects and challenging the best in the field whilst also continually nurturing new musical talent in innovative ways. Toolbox Percussion, as a creative incubator, works to make new music happen by commissioning, developing, collaborating, professional training, performing, recording and touring contemporary performances. The acclaimed Toolbox Percussion Trilogy, spread over a time span of 3-year, has been a proven success in creating cutting-edge and innovative programmes that challenged local artists, enhanced cultural exchange by collaborating with world-class musicians and developed a series of outreach and professional educational activities. Over the past seasons, Toolbox Percussion will be on tour to Asia Culture Center at Gwangju in South Korea and make its US debut at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. A New education initiatives Toolbox International Creative Academy (TICA) in joint effort with the University of Oklahoma launched in January 2019, providing professional apprenticeship opportunity through specifically focused area of studies and learning occasions with industry professionals. Toolbox Percussion is currently one-year grantee of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.