20 Feb: Throwing Shadows for SFCM Crosscurrents

Puppet Supper Alum Andrea Taylor spent a year in Indonesia teaching English. Also an alum of Lunatique Fantastique, Andrea made time to see some of the shadow plays that the region is famous for. While conversing with San Francisco Conservatory of Music conductor Nicole Paiement last year, a collaboration began for a one-day only performance of Lou Harrison’s “The Only Jealousy of Emer” (from the Noh-inspired play of William Butler Yeats).

Andrea worked with Allison Ross on creating the shadow vignettes and thematic pieces that come straight from Yeats’ work. I was asked to come in as the rehearsal process picked up and be their third player.

We had our first rehearsal with the New Music Ensemble today in the beautiful concert hall and things look great for the upcoming show.

Hope you can join us for the performance.

Go here for the SFMC event info page

Crosscurrents… where arts converge. Flowing Shadows
Student Ensembles
Saturday, February 20, 8:00 PM

$20/$15 call the box office at 415.503.6275

Lou Harrison : The Only Jealousy of Emer

Varèse: Déserts

Peter Sculthorpe: Nourlangie for solo guitar and ensemble

Lembit Beecher: The Art of Remembering

Shadow puppeteers will join the New Music Ensemble in Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe’s Nourlangie, for guitar and ensemble, with acclaimed guitarist and Conservatory faculty member David Tanenbaum as soloist. Not to be missed is the full version of Edgard Varèse’s ground-breaking Déserts, as well as works by Lembit Beecher and Lou Harrison.


David Tanenbaum, guitar
New Music Ensemble
Nicole Paiement, conductor