Irene Sazer and Kate Stenberg, Mycos Undertaking founders. Credit score: Jim Block
How can music assist save the planet from environmental degradation? For violinists Irene Sazer and Kate Stenberg the trail to preserving the Earth runs by means of Indigenous knowledge and scientific inquiry “amplified by means of artwork and wonder,” stated Sazer, a longtime inventive power in Berkeley.
Final yr she and Stenberg launched The Mycos Undertaking, a multidisciplinary collective that brings collectively multi-media artists, educators and scientists. They launched the endeavor in March as a part of InterMusic’s SF Music Day at Herbst Theatre performing a dwell rating for his or her 22-minute movie Not Aside, Collectively.
Braiding video, photograph stills, and Sazer’s unique artwork, the movie captures arrestingly lovely scenes of animals within the wild (like West Marin percussionist/photographer Deborah Fier’s mesmerizing murmuration footage) with commentary from an array of researchers and activists working to guard these habitats.
The violinists carry out the improvised rating dwell for the movie’s East Bay premiere Tuesday at Berkeley’s Kala Artwork Institute, which presents it as a part of a free occasion that includes environmental biologist Ravinder Sehgal and Ohlone leaders Corrina Gould, Ruth Orta, and Kanyon CoyoteWoman Sayers-Roods. Berkeley author and educator Anna Lappé, a longtime advocate for meals justice and sustainability, moderates the panel dialogue.
Not aside, collectively, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Kala Artwork Institute, 2990 San Pablo Ave.
For San Francisco-based Stenberg, an acclaimed champion of up to date chamber music who performs often with Berkeley pianist Sarah Cahill, a ardour for environmental stewardship dates again to highschool. Whereas sheltering in place throughout the early months of the pandemic “with extra reflection time,” she stated, “I needed to are inclined to issues that have been essential, the setting and international warming. After speaking with some scientist buddies I approached Irene about engaged on a undertaking collectively. It’s one thing I care about so deeply and wish to do my tiny little bit to carry consciousness and assist us transfer ahead.”
The Mycos Undertaking takes its title from the phrase “mycorrhiza,” the symbiotic affiliation between plant roots and fungi. Stenberg and Sazer adopted the time period as a metaphor for a way all life relies on all different life, concepts threaded by means of Not Aside, Collectively, which was created with help from Kate Bermingham and the Metropolis of Berkeley’s Civic Arts Fee.
In some ways the undertaking itself displays the online of relationships that nurture and maintain the Bay Space arts scene. Sazer linked with Kala Artwork Institute about 5 years in the past when she was doing a residency at Montalvo Arts Heart in Saratoga. Mayumi Hamanaka, Kala’s inventive director, was additionally there together with her husband, Taro Hattori, “a sculptor who builds these wonderful conceptual installations,” stated Sazer, who was engaged on her worldwide commissioning undertaking Tradition Kin on the time.
“He was this different pleasant artist there, and he really useful the artist who designed the Tradition Kin album cowl, Seiko Tachibana, who additionally did the attractive background imagery for the dwell efficiency at Yerba Buena Heart for the Arts. Then I began operating into Mayumi on a regular basis. Taro has labored with Kanyon CoyoteWoman, who’s on the Kala panel, and my son Jake did a graphic novel camp at Kala.”
Kate Stenberg and Irene Sazer. Credit score: Jim Block
Based as Wilmot Avenue Studio by Archana Horsting and Yuzo Nakano in 1974 in a San Francisco Japantown alley, the printmaking atelier quickly grew to become the Kala Artwork Institute after they moved throughout the Bay to an area close to the Ashby BART station. By 1979 Kala had taken over a brand new house within the historic Heinz Constructing, ultimately establishing a 15,200-square-foot campus that features a gallery going through San Pablo Avenue and studio house “for artists in residence, and courses for adults, youths and youths,” Hamanaka stated. “The principle focus is visible arts, however there’s lots of interdisciplinary work by artists who work in sound and video and set up.”
With help from neighboring Meyer Sound, Kala used to current a wide range of concert events, from violin and piano recitals to sound installations. Sazer and Stenberg’s efficiency is the institute’s first dwell music occasion because the creation of the pandemic. “Every part else has been again for some time,” Hamanaka stated. “We’ve a really energetic schooling program, exhibitions are open, and there are occasions developing. We’re again to regular, and it’s actually thrilling that music is coming again too.”
Not Aside, Collectively encompasses a rating that Sazer and Stenberg recorded, music they increase in actual time. Veteran improvisers — Sazer was an early member of the pioneering jazz string ensemble Turtle Island String Quartet — they’ve an inordinate quantity of enjoyable accompanying the movie’s feathered hijinks.
“The murmurations are so musical in themselves, and to see these pelicans transferring in time, in slo mo, can also be very musical,” Stenberg stated. “With every episode and sequence, the music we play with the movie modifications.”
As a inventive outlet and an ongoing dialog the Mycos Undertaking is simply getting began.
“We’ve our subsequent movie undertaking, which we’re considering will give attention to coral reefs,” Sazer stated, “collaborating with a Hawaiian artist or two.”
Really helpful gig
Oakland saxophonist and visible artist Georgianna Krieger celebrates the discharge of her new album Embrace Saturday on the Again Room with a talent-packed ensemble. She wrote a set of sublimely lyrical composition whereas sheltering in place throughout the first yr of the pandemic, music that she says “straddles the house between cool jazz and widespread music genres…influenced by my love of jazz and fusion.” An skilled reed participant who additionally performs with Melba’s Kitchen, Krieger performs soprano, alto and baritone saxophones. Her all-acoustic combo options the Melba’s Kitchen rhythm part tandem of Berkeley percussionist Renaye Brown and bassist Susanne DiVincenzo, bassist Ted Burik, drummer Greg German, pianist Gaea Schell and visitor soloists together with cellist Nancy Bien, vibraphonist Dave Casini, flugelhornist Helena Jack, violinist Michele Walther, and flutist Laura Austin Wiley. She illustrated an “album cowl” for every observe which might be accessible as restricted version prints.