This groupmuse happened on Thursday, May 13, at 5:30 PM PDT.
between the body and the breaking earth: a double bass recital by Rebecca Lawrence
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between the body and the breaking earth: a double bass recital by Rebecca Lawrence

Thu, May 13, 2021 5:30 PM, PDT

"Owning up to being an animal, a creature of earth. Tuning our animal senses to the sensible terrain: blending our skin with the rain-rippled surface of rivers, mingling our earts with the thunder and thrumming of frogs, and our eyes with the molten sky. Feeling the polyrhythmic pulse of this place -- this huge windswept body of water and stone. This vexed being in whose flesh we are entangled. Becoming earth. Becoming animal. Becoming, in this manner, fully human."
- David Abram, Becoming Animal

Please join me for my MM recital groupmuse on Thursday, May 13 at 5:30 PM! The 45-minute virtual concert will consist of four contemporary compositions for solo double bass, plus one movement of solo Bach, that have grounded, taught and inspired me over the last two years, and that I am pleased to share with you all.

The program is anchored by the works of three young composers who I have had the pleasure to work closely with throughout the year: Sarian Sankoh and fellow USC composers Hunter Long and Daniel Allas. Each brings a unique style to the double bass, and I'm proud to present world premieres of Hunter's and Daniel's pieces, as well as a performance of Sankoh's everythingfeelsthesame, commissioned last summer for Bass Players for Black Composers.

Contemporary works for bass are complemented by the works of Stefano Scodanibbio, a late 20th century Italian double bassist/composer who developed a completely unique extended language of techniques for double bass. And the center of the program is held by J.S. Bach, who, although he likely never encountered the double bass in his lifetime, might have been intrigued by the way the many registers of the double bass make his prelude to Suite no. 5 come alive like organ pipes.

Your contribution to my performance helps me compensate the composers involved, as well as the audiovisual crew and space used to film this event. Any leftover funds raised from this performance shall be donated to one of the following organizations working at the intersections of classical music performance and social activism. If you're not already familiar with these excellent organizations and their important work, please consider checking out their websites below and making a tax-deductible donation or sharing their work otherwise.

Street Symphony http://www.streetsymphony.org/
Sound Off: Music for Bail https://musicforbail.com/
Bass Players for Black Composers https://www.bassplayersforblackcomposers.com/

Program

Hunter Long: Solo for Bass
Stefano Scodanibbio: Joke and On Turning from Sei Studi
J.S. Bach: Prelude from Cello Suite no. 5
Daniel Allas: this sounds cerebral in the midst of a bloodletting
Sarian Sankoh: everythingfeelsthesame

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Rebecca Lawrence, 1 day ago

Hi everyone! I'm really looking forward to sharing this program with you all this evening :) I'm pleased to announce that the post-concert discussion section of tonight's event will feature three wonderful friends and activists as conversation partners: composer Daniel Allas, Dustin Seo of Street Symphony, and Jay Julio of Sound Off: Music for Bail. Please stick around if you're able for an igniting dialogue around themes of music, community building, and justice. Thank you!


Attendees

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James Jaffe Emcee
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Kathleen Irwin
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Emma McCartney
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Grace Corsi
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Sukyung Chun
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Jay Julio
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Zach Hislop
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Taylor Jensen
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Carolyn Enger
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Daniel Allas
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Jess Kallen
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David Allen Moore
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Austin Lewellen
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Ryan Baird
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Dustin Seo
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Hugh Hendrickson
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Carla/David Lawrence
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Ella
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Sam
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Syd Skidmore
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Rosie Tucker
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Molly Tutt
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Danielle samulon
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Malachai + Eva
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David Lawrence
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Ted Botsford
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Karla Allas
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Josh Mastel
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Julia McCarthy
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Kris Seidner
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Sarah Miller
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Carolyn Bernhard
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Wyatt Wireman
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Lina Bahn
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Chris R Friedrichs
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Madeleine Manasse
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Barbara Bishop-Sand
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Ben Rempel
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Camellia Aftahi
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Debi fries
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Veronika Krausas