Zafa core members Josh Graham (percussion) and Nicole Frankel (flutes) open the season with solos and duos by Astor Piazzola, Roshanne Etezady, Toru Takemitsu, Shulamit Ran, and Katherine Pukinskis.
Both programs are free!
STRING QUARTET +/-
Constellation Chicago, November 24 8:30pm
Zafa’s core string section performs as a quartet for Eliza Brown’s String Quartet No. 1, Gemma Peacocke’s Erasures, and Leila Adu-Gilmore’s if the stars align, but they’ll also experiment with removing a player from the setup for Kaija Saariaho’s Cloud Trio and adding a player to the quartet for Alice Ping Yee Ho’s Evolving Elements for strings and marimba.
Tickets are $15 at the door.
This program will be reprised at the Milwaukee Art Museum on December 10 in a free 2:30pm performance!
ZAFA PRESENTS: HANNAH CHRISTIANSEN AND AUDREY Q. SNYDER
Elastic Arts, January 27 8pm
Zafa core members Hannah Christiansen (violin) and Audrey Q. Snyder (cello) take on string duos by Augusta Read Thomas, Nina Young, Kaija Saariaho, and Sofia Gubaidulina. You’ll want to stick around after the duos to catch a bassoon and electronics set by Ben Roidl-Ward in collaboration with Chris Mercer.
Tickets are $10 at the door.
PREMIERES AT THE POETRY FOUNDATION
With your help from last year’s fundraising campaign, Zafa has commissioned a new large ensemble work by Chicago composer Liza Sobel, an untitled monodrama featuring original text from Gina Elia. We’ve coupled with Sobel’s work with the premiere of Rossa Crean’s Werifesteria, a monodrama for Pierrot ensemble with original text by the composer. Werifesteria is an exploration of fear and the unknown which presents a chaotic and poetic picture of a woman’s journey through her own nightmares, and the ideas of wonder and self-discovery that come as a result.
This program is free!
ZAFA ON TOUR
In the coming weeks, we’ll be updating our calendars with three tour dates that will round out our season. Stay tuned to our social media feeds for the latest info as we prepare to hit the road for the first time!