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The Living Earth Show

San Francisco, CA            

Called “outstanding” by the San Francisco Chronicle, “transcendent” by the Charleston City Paper, and “insanely good at their instruments” by WQXR’s Q2 Music, The Living Earth Show (guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andy Meyerson) is a megaphone and canvas for some of the world’s most progressive artists. One of the premiere contemporary chamber arts ensembles in the United States, The Living Earth Show received the grand prize in the SAVVY Chamber Arts Competition and runner-up in the open division of the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, has commissioned and premiered over 60 new works by some of the most vital composers in the world, and released two critically acclaimed albums, and has performed, lectured, and given masterclasses across the country.

Memorizing every work it performs, The Living Earth Show thrives on pushing the boundaries of technical and artistic possibility in its presentation of commissioned electro-acoustic chamber music. It has presented seasons of commissioned multimedia productions since 2011, working with dance companies, visual artists, sculptors, poets, and other musicians to craft compelling, immersive, San Francisco-centric work. The ensemble has commissioned and premiered works by such composers as Anna Meredith, Timo Andres, Nicole Lizée, M. Lamar, Raven Chacon, Christopher Cerrone, Alireza Mashayekhi, Jacob Cooper, Brian Ferneyhough, Samuel Adams, Ken Ueno, Luciano Chessa, Danny Clay, Sharmi Basu, Ted Hearne, Sarah Hennies, Morgan Craft, Adrian Knight, Ava Mendoza, Alden Jenks, and Zachary James Watkins. Many of these commissions can be found on the group’s critically acclaimed albums High Art (Innova Records, 2013) and Dance Music (New Amsterdam Records, 2016).

Tassel (Anna Meredith)

This is a film created in collaboration with choreographer Robert Dekkers, costume designer Christian Squires, filmmaker John Sanborn, composer Anna Meredith, and Post:Ballet.

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Brian Ferneyhough: Renvoi/Shards

This performance was recorded at the University of Michigan in 2017. The work is written for quartertone electric guitar and quartertone vibraphone. Though originally written for the Norwegian ensemble asamisimasa, The Living Earth Show is the only ensemble to have performed the work in North America.

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Dennis Aman: Fugue #4 (from 24 Preludes + Fugues)

Fugue 4 was written by Dennis Aman for guitar and Jell-O-Phone (an instrument built and designed by the composer) tuned to sound a four-note octave. The metal spoon in the percussionist’s mouth grounds the percussionist to ensure a clean electric current. This is a video of a live performance in Oakland, California on January 11, 2018.

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