Trinity Alps

TRINITY ALPS CHAMBER PLAYERS
with special guest Stephen Kent, didgeridoo

Saturday | February 18, 2017 | 10:30am
Noe Valley Ministry

 

This fun, family-friendly program is centered around musical arrangements of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. With 6 instrumental performers (instruments include violin, cello, flute, clarinet, didgeridoo and piano) and a narrator, Just So Stories will feature each instrument taking a different animal or character in the stories, allowing children in the audience to follow the plot and understand the special sounds and nuances of each instrument.

The performance lasts approximately 45 minutes, and is suitable for all ages. There will also be a “petting zoo” of the instruments after the performances.

PROGRAM:
Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories with music by Danny Clay
The Sing-song of Old Man Kangaroo
The Elephant’s Child

The program sets Rudyard Kipling’s animal origin stories to music with narrator, similar to the classic favorite “Peter and the Wolf”, and features new works commissioned by local Bay Area composer Danny Clay. Ian Scarfe will perform at the piano and narrate, and will be joined by Gina Gulyas on flute, Tess Varley on violin, Brendan Guy on clarinet, James Jaffe on cello, and special guest Stephen Kent, on didgeridoo. Danny Clay’s music is direct and elegant and brings the stories alive.

Kipling’s stories are funny and imaginative, showcasing his legendary command of the English language. The selected stories will be “The Elephant’s Child”, a tale of the young elephant whose insatiable curiosity gets the better of him in a confrontation with the crocodile of the great green greasy Limpopo river; and “The Sing-song of Old Man Kangaroo,” which tells the story of a kangaroo that wants to be different and more popular, as he only has four short legs.

This concert has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the San Francisco Arts Commission. Additional support provided by Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation and Salesforce.org.

About The Trinity Chamber Players:
Trinity Alps Chamber Players are dedicated to providing exceptional and accessible chamber music performances, bringing classical and contemporary chamber music alive to younger generations through education and outreach performances. The organization presents an annual summer festival in Trinity County, and regular seasonal events across California. Since its inception, this organization has presented over 60 public concerts and 25 educational programs at summer camps, schools, and public venues. It has had an evolving roster of almost 50 professional musicians to date, who hail from across the US and Europe.

Since 2011 the Trinity Alps Chamber Players have produced over 175 concerts and musical events across Northern California. They have performed the major chamber music repertoire from the past four centuries and commissioned new works from California composers. Their dedication to schools and younger audiences has resulted in over 50 family-friendly performances in schools and public venues, featuring such works as “Carnival of the Animals”, “Peter and the Wolf” and “Just So Stories”.

About Stephen Kent
As a globally acclaimed player of the ancient Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo, San Francisco based multi-instrumentalist/composer Stephen Kent has pioneered its use in contemporary music across the globe for over 3 decades collaborating with leading musicians including Brazil’s Airto Moreira, India’s Zakir Hussain, Doors drummer John Densmore, American Indian flute legend R.Carlos Nakai, Habib Koite from Mali and The Del Sol Quartet (USA). His own band projects include the ecstatic sufi dance band Baraka Moon, “4th World” pioneers Trance Mission & the legendary Lights in a Fat City.

  As a solo performer he is a virtual one-man-band, producing an extraordinary layering of sounds and grooves and creating an almost orchestral ambiance with this primal instrument, accompanying himself on all kinds of shakers and hand percussion on musical journeys that travel deep into the heart of the earth. A dynamic performer and storyteller to boot he revels in inviting the audience in on the journey.
“If you’re skeptical about being swept away by someone blowing through a hollowed out tree branch you’re in for a big surprise”  San Francisco Weekly