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Posted on October 21, 2014 by Yafonne Chen

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THE WAR PROJECT: MUSIC UNPLUGGED WORLD PREMIERE IN SAN FRANCISCO

Posted on October 21, 2014 by Yafonne Chen

Featuring world-class Master Musicians and SF World Music’s Youth Orchestra in three newly commissioned world premieres

A NEW VISION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

THE WAR PROJECT is a global initiative to create engagement between the world‘s greatest musicians, social justice leaders and communities most in need. First we will launch MUSIC UNPLUGGED, followed by an interactive ENCAMPMENT and culminating with THE WAR ZONE in an overseas refugee camp as an interactive, live-streaming new vision for social justice from the field.

From the revolutionary operas of China and the devotional songs of India to the nationalistic music of Azerbaijan in the THE WAR PROJECT music becomes iconic at the center of world conflicts and power struggles, as tools of nationalistic propaganda, social protest or collective prayer. Music masters and youth from the Bay Area and around the world will collectively unravel, re-imagine and evolve music designed to elicit unswerving devotion from the masses.

Featuring world-class master musicians from Azerbaijan, China, India and more, THE WAR PROJECT will also showcase SF World Music’s International Youth Orchestra, with Artistic Direction by Michael Santoro, Global Music Direction by South Indian Carnatic Music master Anuradha Sridhar,Azeri kamancha master Imamyar Hasanov, andChinese erhu master Zhang Xiaofeng, Indian mridangam master Shriram Brahmanandam, Chinese percussion master Wang Wei, Iranian percussion master Pezhham Akhavass, plus local Bay Area guest artists Vietnamese dan tranh master Van-Anh Vanessa Vo, Irish Celtic harp master Diana Rowan, Zimbabwean percussion master Ronnie Daliyo, in addition to other national and international masters, withProduction & Technical Direction by Frederic Boulay.

**  THE WAR PROJECT will kick off on NOVEMBER 21 with MUSIC UNPLUGGED an evening concert at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco featuring music masters and youth musicians, including musicians from Azerbaijan, South India, China, Iran, Zimbabwe, Ireland and more. MUSIC UNPLUGGED explores the intersection of how music is used as propaganda, protest and prayer in the context of war.

**  This will be followed in Spring 2015 by ENCAMPMENT on APRIL 17-19, a weekend of global music spectacles at FORT MASON in San Francisco. For one week, ENCAMPMENT will take over the Herbst Pavilion as a new site-specific production experimenting with new live-streaming technology, audience smart phone interfaces, witness stories, youth orchestra and masters from around the globe.

**  THE WAR PROJECT will culminate in Fall of 2015 with THE WAR ZONE at a real refugee camp on the other side of the world. The integrated sounds of MUSIC UNPLUGGED and our experiments to create a mobile production in the ENCAMPMENT will converge as we take THE WAR PROJECT to a community where it is needed most.

Dedicated to producing some of the highest caliber music masters from around the world, SF World Music has evolved from one location, one stage, per year to multi-locations and multi-stages around the globe.   Specifically, “The War Project” will feature site-specific filmed and live-streamed performances inter-weaving music, cultures and technologies, and changing the perceptions, conventions and boundaries between performing artists and audiences via interactive smart devices in multiple locations across time. So whether it’s a fort in San Francisco, a castle in Baku, or a temple in Taipei, “The War Project” will feature fully designed, collective performance experiences syncing up multiple sites from around the world.

From its vantage point near the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Mason, once known as San Francisco Port of Embarkation, US Army, in San Francisco, California, is a former United States Army post that served as an Army post for more than 100 years, initially as a coastal defense site and subsequently as a military port facility during World War II.  Located on the Apsheron peninsula just north-east of Baku, Mardakan Castle (Mərdəkan) is a quadrangular castle with watchtowers that was built during the 14th century. The Confucius Temple (臺北孔子廟) in Taipei, modeled after the original Confucius Temple in Qifu, Shandong Province of China, was built in 1879 for education rituals during the Qing Dynasty. 

ABOUT SF WORLD MUSIC

Founded in 1995, SF World Music is the leading global producing company where traditional music and technology intersect. Commanding global stages, our mobile music spectacles connect global cities with rural villages, bringing world-class masters, virtual classrooms and music instruments to schools and communities in need around the globe. Our global spectacles showcase extraordinary music, attracting thousands of cultural music lovers, educators, multi-media professionals and technologists from Silicon Valley and around the world. All this is powered by PanguMusic, our digital music platform which provides the global network of masters, music education videos, and interactive tools that enables anyone to collaborate from anywhere in the world.

For 20 years, SF World Music has been harnessing the power of music to bring diverse peoples together across cultural differences, shifting social perceptions towards greater human tolerance and mutual understanding. Today, SF World Music sparks music conversations that empower artists and youth to be change agents, social innovators and idea champions. Their global cultural perspectives, innovative thinking and social empathy, reinforced by new technology interfaces, will help shape and define how future world citizens integrate social differences and solve global challenges.

After 19 years in business, the San Francisco World Music Festival is dropping “Festival” from its name in order to usher in SF World Music – a global producing entity where traditional music and technology intersect. “The War Project” will be the first Global Music Spectacle launched by SF World Music to demonstrate our “off-road and on-site stages” production model as well as the debut of Pangu, our upcoming digital music educational platform where traditional music and technology converge. 

SF WORLD MUSIC 2014 FUNDERS

The commissioning and production of THE WAR PROJECT world premiere is made possible by the Gerbode-Hewlett Foundation 2013 Music Commissioning Awards initiative.  THE WAR PROJECT was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Anonymous.  To follow the project as it unfolds, please visit https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/the-war-project/  

The War Project” has also been made possible by the Arts Loan Fund, Azerbaijan America Alliance, Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, California Arts Council, a state agency, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, Callison Foundation, Columbia Foundation, Creative Work Fund, Fleishhacker Foundation, Fresno Regional Foundation, March Foundation, Morgan Family Foundation, New Music USA, Sam Mazza Foundation, San Francisco Grants for the Arts Hotel Tax Fund, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, W.A. Gerbode Foundation, WESTAF, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Overview

San Francisco – This Fall, SF World Music will produce the world premiere of “The War Project”  in The Forum at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, syncing up three historic sites around the world – from Fort Point in San Francisco, U.S. to Markadan (Mərdəkan) Castle in Baku, Azerbaijan and Confucius Temple (臺北孔子廟) in Taipei, Taiwan.

From the revolutionary operas of China and the devotional songs of India to the nationalistic music of Azerbaijan in the “The War Project,” music becomes iconic at the center of world conflicts and power struggles, as tools of nationalistic propaganda, social protest or collective prayer. Music masters and youth from the Bay Area and around the world will collectively unravel, re-imagine and evolve music designed to elicit unswerving devotion from the masses.

The War Project” will be the first of three productions (2014-2016) from our Global Music Commissions launched by SF World Music to integrate the evolving potential of many endangered music traditions in our increasingly globalized world, and to critically examine the current global forces shaping traditional cultures and music from around the world.

This is crucial to examine because globalization and new technologies are now enabling people from all over the world to come together in ways never before possible. However, the music propagated by certain institutions and their ideologies continue to isolate, separate and limit people in different cultures, regions and nations from global mutual understanding.

The War Project” will feature master musicians from Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran and more, including SF World Music’s International Youth Orchestra, with Artistic Direction by Michael Santoro, Global Music Direction by Azeri kamancha master Imamyar Hasanov, South Indian Carnatic Music master Anuradha Sridhar, Chinese erhu master Zhang Xiaofeng, and Persian tombak master Pezhham Akhavass, with Production Direction by Frederic Boulay.

Following the world premiere on NOVEMBER 23 at 8PM, there will be four matinee productions of the “The War Project” School Show on NOVEMBER 24 & 25, at 10AM and 12PM. This specially designed experience for youths, teachers and schools of the Bay Area features international music masters plus members of SF World Music’s International Youth Orchestra.

Dedicated to producing some of the highest caliber music masters from around the world, SF World Music has evolved from one location, one stage, per year to multi-locations and multi-stages around the globe.  So whether it’s a fort in San Francisco, a castle in Baku, or a temple in Taipei, “The War Project” will feature fully designed, collective performance experiences syncing up multiple sites from around the world.

ABOUT SF WORLD MUSIC

Since 1995, SF World Music has been harnessing the power of music to bring diverse peoples together across cultural differences, shifting social perceptions towards greater human tolerance and mutual understanding.

Today, SF World Music sparks music conversations that empower artists and youth to be change agents, social innovators and idea champions. Their global cultural perspectives, innovative thinking and social empathy, reinforced by new technology interfaces, will help shape and define how future world citizens integrate social differences and solve global challenges.

Project Media

THE OPERA PROJECT: Voices From the Other Side… (2012)
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NOVEMBER 8-11, 2012 (San Francisco)
From Beijing’s legendary Mei Lanfang to Baku’s celebrated Bulbul, The San Francisco World Music Festival ramps up innovative programming with “The Opera Project: Voices From the Other Side…” a global opera integrating through live performance and technology live streaming distinguished masters of Azerbaijani Mugham Opera, Chinese Peking Opera, Korean P’ansori Opera, Tibetan Opera, South Indian Carnatic Opera, and Italian Baroque Opera, and more.

THE EPIC PROJECT (2011)
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Premiered OCTOBER 27-30, 2011 (San Francisco)
From the Silk Road steppes of Kyrgyzstan and the Yanar Dag fire mountains of Azerbaijan to the Sun Moon Lake forests of Taiwan and the Tamil Nadu rivers of India, “The Epic Project” brought together master performers of Epic songs together for the first time on one stage. Drawing from the world’s oldest Epics, including video projections live-streamed from several countries around the world, integrating over 7 epic traditions, 11 international masters, 20 local masters, and a 62 member Orchestra.

Festival Commissioned Music Highlights from 2003-2007
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Highlights of Festival Commissioned Music from years 2003 – 2007
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theatre (San Francisco)
“Marcel Khalife & San Francisco Symphony Chamber Orchestra” (2003)
Herbst Theatre (San Francisco)
“Kronos Quartet with Rahman Asadollahi & Beijing Opera” (2004)
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theatre (San Francisco)
“The Nowruz Project” (2005)
Cowell Theater (San Francisco)
“Voices of Kurdistan” (2006)
Eugene & Elinor Center for the Arts (San Francisco)
“Here Comes The Sea Followed by the Ocean” (2007)

Start and End Dates

11/21/2014

Location

San Francisco, California

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Last update on October 21, 2014

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San Francisco, California
Yafonne Chen has been mapping the trans-Pacific terrain of Chinese and American cultures for over 20 years. Born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Yafonne specializes in performing arts consulting and cultural translation services for cross-cultural partnerships and international arts projects from San Francisco to Beijing. Aside from spearheading global music projects and…

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Global Music Director
San Francisco, California
Executive Producer
Taipei, TAIWAN

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