Spring quarter 2019 guest artists

Kaki King will perform an excerpt from The Neck Is the Bridge to the Body , featuring visual projections, at Bing Concert Hall on April 27. (Image credit: Simone Cecchetti)

Over 30 departments, centers and campus organizations host guest artists each quarter. The Architectural Design Program and the University Architect/Campus Planning and Design Office co-present the annual Architecture & Landscape-Spring Lecture Series, and the theme this year is "Architecture of Humanity." The series features five designers who believe architecture has a much greater responsibility beyond aesthetics. Medicine and the Muse at the Center for Biomedical Ethics brings Al Letson, the host and producer of Reveal , the podcast from the Center for Investigative Reporting, to its annual symposium, "Rhythm and Prose: The Heartbeat of Medicine." Stanford Concert Network and Stanford Live present the Frost Music and Arts Festival with Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith in the newly renovated Frost Amphitheater. Queer Student Resources hosts a series of student-only performance workshops taught by lead instructor and series curator Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa and a full roster of performance artists. Parissa, the grande dame of classical Persian music, will lead a discussion on the history, context and purpose of Iranian classical music followed by a performance courtesy of the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies. And there’s more. Eighty-two guest artists are coming to the Stanford campus this quarter to sing, dance, discuss, inform and perform.

Thirty different departments and organizations on campus host 80+ guest artists
during spring quarter

113 COMPOSERS COLLECTIVE

Duo Gelland joined by members of the 113 Composers Collective will present an evening of adventurous new music as part of their California tour. Through ambitious programming, community building and educational outreach, 113 provides a platform for musicians pursuing bold, personalized artistic visions, and helps them to transmit to audiences those visions, unfettered by university politics, market pressures or established conventions, as directly and honestly as possible.

Performance April 6

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

ABBEY THEATRE

After two sold-out tours of pubs across Ireland and the U.K., Roddy Doyle’s "achingly, breathtakingly funny" Two Pints is on a U.S. tour. The provocative  Two Pints  started as a conversation on Facebook. Now it’s a play presented by Abbey Theatre. Two men meet for a pint. They talk about their dad’s death, Nigella, North Korea, the afterlife... Settle down and listen in as they chew the fat and set the world to rights.

Performances May 15-18

Hosted by Stanford Live

IAN THOMAS ASH

The documentary Sending Off  by Ian Thomas Ash explores end-of-life care in a small village in rural Japan. Ash’s films have focused on issues surrounding health and medicine. He will participate in a discussion following the screening of his film.

Screening and discussion April 23

Hosted by Medicine and the Muse at the Center for Biomedical Ethics, Center for East Asian Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Camera as Witness

DAVID BAKER

David Baker of David Baker Architects is a guest speaker at this year’s Architecture & Landscape-Spring Lecture Series. The theme of the series is "Architecture of Humanity," and it features designers who believe architecture has a much greater responsibility beyond aesthetics. The guest speakers share the fundamental belief that design has the power to enrich the world around us. They prioritize those projects with the potential for the greatest positive social impact, and strive to promote justice and human dignity.

Lecture April 10

Hosted by Architectural Design Program, University Architect/Campus Planning and Design Office

JAMES BALOG

For over 40 years, photographer James Balog has been exploring the troubled relationship between human beings and nature. In films and photographic projects on polar ice, old-growth forests and endangered animals, Balog uses his camera to help us understand the Anthropocene - the geologic epoch in which we live, defined by the historically unprecedented ability of humans to alter the planet’s environment. In his new film,  The Human Element , Balog follows the four classical elements - air, earth, fire, water - to frame his journey, exploring wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, coal mining and the changes in the air we breathe. With compassion and heart,  The Human Element  tells an urgent story while giving inspiration for a more balanced relationship between humanity and nature.

Screening and discussion May 1

Hosted by Continuing Studies

RODRIGO BARRIGA

The California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts (CEMEC) are a series of events designed to strengthen the connections between the various California educational institutions that maintain computer and electronic music programs. Run and curated by the graduate students and faculty at each participating institution, the 2019 CEMEC series will be held at the campuses of CalArts, Mills, UCSD, UCSB, UCI and Stanford. CCRMA presents works composed and performed by Rodrigo Barriga, Jaehoon Choi, Danielle Dahl, Stewart Engart, Stephanie Fischer, Nathaniel Haering, Mason Hock, Amina Kirby, Douglas McCausland, Matthew Perez and Yiyang Shi.

Concert April 6

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

BELLA SORELLA

Bella Sorella, combining classical and contemporary styles in soprano duets spanning more than 300 years and seven languages, perform in a free midday recital.

Recital April 17

Hosted by Department of Music, Stanford University Women’s Club

DEBORAH BERKE

Deborah Berke of Deborah Berke Partners is a guest speaker at this year’s Architecture & Landscape-Spring Lecture Series. The theme of the series is "Architecture of Humanity" and it features designers who believe architecture has a much greater responsibility beyond aesthetics. The guest speakers share the fundamental belief that design has the power to enrich the world around us. They prioritize those projects with the potential for the greatest positive social impact, and strive to promote justice and human dignity.

Lecture June 6

Hosted by Architectural Design Program, University Architect/Campus Planning and Design Office

VERO BLACK

Guest artists Vero Black, Fauxnique, Keith Hennessy, Juliana Delgado Lopera and Madd Dogg 20/20 participate in a series of student-only workshops where students contemplate and make performance through a variety of themes: the senses, affect, rhythm, drag, metamorphosis, animality, eroticism, intersectionality and more. Workshops are taught by the lead instructor and series curator Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa.

Student-only workshop May 23

Hosted by Queer Student Resources

GINA BRILLON

Actress, comedian and writer Gina Brillon was born and raised in New York’s Bronx. She’s been a standup comic since she was 17 years old. Her first one-hour special, Pacifically Speaking , was produced by Gabriel Iglesias and debuted on NuvoTV. Brillon’s feature film credits include the Nextflix movie Alex Strangerlove and Gabriel Iglesias’ theatrical film, The Fluffy Movie .

Performance June 7

Hosted by Stanford Live

ADAM CAYTON-HOLLAND

Adam Cayton-Holland is a national touring headliner who was named one of 25 "Comics to Watch" by  Esquire  magazine and one of "10 Comics to Watch" by Variety . He has appeared on  Conan, The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, Happy Endings, Deadbeat, Flophouse, Hidden America  and  @midnight . He has also been featured on WTF with Marc Maron, Nerdist, Comedy Bang Bang and Sklarbro County podcasts.

Performance May 4

Hosted by Stanford Live

MARKO CICILIANI

Marko Ciciliani is a composer, audiovisual artist and researcher based in Austria. The focus of his work lies in the combination of instruments and electronics, often in audiovisual contexts.

Performance April 18

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

CONSPIRARE

Considering Matthew Shepard , composed by Craig Hella Johnson, artistic director of the Austin-based, Grammy-winning Conspirare choral group, is a musical and multimedia response to the anti-gay hate crime 20 years ago that captured the world’s attention. Johnson leads the group from the piano.

Performance April 13

Hosted by Stanford Live

PETER COYOTE

Peter Coyote began his film career at 39, after living nearly a dozen years in the counterculture during the 1960s and ’70s. Since then, he has performed as an actor for some of the world’s most distinguished filmmakers. In 2011 he was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest and in 2015 received "transmission" from his teacher, making him an independent Zen teacher. His lecture at Stanford is about the counterculture and its relevance to society today.

Lecture April 17

Hosted by Bill Lane Center for the American West

DANIELLE DAHL

The California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts (CEMEC) are a series of events designed to strengthen the connections between the various California educational institutions that maintain computer and electronic music programs. Run and curated by the graduate students and faculty at each participating institution, the 2019 CEMEC events will be held at the campuses of CalArts, Mills, UCSD, UCSB, UCI and Stanford. CCRMA presents works composed and performed by Rodrigo Barriga, Jaehoon Choi, Danielle Dahl, Stewart Engart, Stephanie Fischer, Nathaniel Haering, Mason Hock, Amina Kirby, Douglas McCausland, Matthew Perez and Yiyang Shi.

Concert April 6

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

BINH DANH

For the past six years, Binh Danh has been traveling across the West, making scenic daguerreotypes in a mobile darkroom he called Louis, after Louis Daguerre, the inventor of the daguerreotype process in 1839. Asking us to reflect on the land literally in the polished mirror surface of the silver plate, his photographs provoke questions of politics, landscape, history and the self. His lecture at Stanford is about daguerreotypes on the Western landscape.

Lecture May 20

Hosted by Bill Lane Center for the American West, Office of the Vice President for the Arts

LILA DOWNS

Grammy and Latin Grammy winner Lila Downs, a vivacious, compelling coloratura raised in Minnesota and Oaxaca, spans multiple traditions, from Mexico’s folk and ranchera music to American folk, jazz, blues and hip-hop. Her lyrics often focus on human rights and social justice. Her album Salón, Lagrimas y Deseo is focused on female empowerment and won her a fifth Latin Grammy. Her songs are inspired by genres that include cumbia, danzon, Cuban son and bando.

Performance May 8

Hosted by Stanford Live

DUO GELLAND

Duo Gelland joined by members of the 113 Composers Collective will present an evening of adventurous new music as part of their California tour. European ensemble Duo Gelland has turned an 18th-century concept into a driving force of contemporary exploration. They revive forgotten gems with historically inspired insight, and in close collaboration with composers bring new scores to life.

Performance April 7

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

SHANNON EBNER

Artist Shannon Ebner will discuss her exhibition STRAY: A GRAPHIC TONE  on view at the Cantor, including the relationship between a large-scale 2011 work, newly acquired by the Cantor, and other more recent projects.

Lecture April 4

Hosted by Cantor Arts Center

EMMET COHEN TRIO

Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music. A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instructions at age 3, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique and concept. Cohen says playing jazz is "about communicating the deepest levels of humanity and individuality; it’s essentially about connections." In this back-to-back weekend in the Bing Studio, the Emmet Cohen Trio is joined by jazz legend and drummer Tootie Heath.

Performances April 12 & 13

Hosted by Stanford Live

STEWART ENGART

The California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts (CEMEC) are a series of events designed to strengthen the connections between the various California educational institutions that maintain computer and electronic music programs. Run and curated by the graduate students and faculty at each participating institution, the 2019 CEMEC events will be held at the campuses of CalArts, Mills, UCSD, UCSB, UCI and Stanford. CCRMA presents works composed and performed by Rodrigo Barriga, Jaehoon Choi, Danielle Dahl, Stewart Engart, Stephanie Fischer, Nathaniel Haering, Mason Hock, Amina Kirby, Douglas McCausland, Matthew Perez and Yiyang Shi.

Concert April 6

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

FAUXNIQUE

Guest artists Vero Black, Fauxnique, Keith Hennessy, Juliana Delgado Lopera and Madd Dogg 20/20 participate in a series of student-only workshops where students contemplate and make performance through a variety of themes: the senses, affect, rhythm, drag, metamorphosis, animality, eroticism, intersectionality and more. Workshops are taught by the lead instructor and series curator Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa.

Student-only workshop April 4

Hosted by Queer Student Resources

NATHANIEL HAERING

The California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts (CEMEC) are a series of events designed to strengthen the connections between the various California educational institutions that maintain computer and electronic music programs. Run and curated by the graduate students and faculty at each participating institution, the 2019 CEMEC events will be held at the campuses of CalArts, Mills, UCSD, UCSB, UCI and Stanford. CCRMA presents works composed and performed by Rodrigo Barriga, Jaehoon Choi, Danielle Dahl, Stewart Engart, Stephanie Fischer, Nathaniel Haering, Mason Hock, Amina Kirby, Douglas McCausland, Matthew Perez and Yiyang Shi.

Concert April 6

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

TOOTIE HEATH

In this back-to-back weekend in the Bing Studio, the Emmet Cohen Trio is joined by jazz legend and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath. The list of jazz legends that 82-year-old drummer Heath has gigged with over six decades is extensive. Early on in his career, Heath, younger brother of saxophonist Jimmy Heath and bassist Percy Heath, cut his teeth around Philadelphia with heavies like Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons and Ray Bryant. While he was in high school, he got a chance to play a weeklong stint with Thelonious Monk at the Blue Note in Philadelphia.

Performances April 12 & 13

Hosted by Stanford Live

THOMAS HEATHERWICK

Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio is a guest speaker at this year’s Architecture & Landscape-Spring Lecture Series. The theme of the series is "Architecture of Humanity" and it features designers who believe architecture has a much greater responsibility beyond aesthetics. The guest speakers share the fundamental belief that design has the power to enrich the world around us. They prioritize those projects with the potential for the greatest positive social impact, and strive to promote justice and human dignity.

Lecture May 22

Hosted by Architectural Design Program, University Architect/Campus Planning and Design Office

KEITH HENNESSY

Guest artists Vero Black, Fauxnique, Keith Hennessy, Juliana Delgado Lopera and Madd Dogg 20/20 participate in a series of student-only workshops where students contemplate and make performance through a variety of themes: the senses, affect, rhythm, drag, metamorphosis, animality, eroticism, intersectionality and more. Workshops are taught by the lead instructor and series curator Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa.

Student-only workshop April 18

Hosted by Queer Student Resources

MASON HOCK

The California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts (CEMEC) are a series of events designed to strengthen the connections between the various California educational institutions that maintain computer and electronic music programs. Run and curated by the graduate students and faculty at each participating institution, the 2019 CEMEC events will be held at the campuses of CalArts, Mills, UCSD, UCSB, UCI and Stanford. CCRMA presents works composed and performed by Rodrigo Barriga, Jaehoon Choi, Danielle Dahl, Stewart Engart, Stephanie Fischer, Nathaniel Haering, Mason Hock, Amina Kirby, Douglas McCausland, Matthew Perez and Yiyang Shi.

Concert April 6

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

TANI IKEDA

The  #SurvivorLoveLetter  mural is a physical prayer to remind every survivor that not only are you believed, not only are you supported: You are loved. This project was started by artist Tani Ikeda as a way to share messages of self-love and to honor survivors of sexual assault, while facilitating conversation about how survivors are healing themselves and their communities. Queer artists of color Ikeda and muralist Jessica Sabogal will be in residence with the Institute for Diversity in the Arts to facilitate the co-creation of a public mural honoring survivors and their healing practices.

Residency April 1-8

Hosted by Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response, Queer Student Resources, Women’s Community Center

iSING SILICON VALLEY

Two hundred young women from iSing Silicon Valley, Palo Alto’s international award-winning girls’ chorus, take the stage for the first time at the Bing Concert Hall; featured: the world premiere of  Never Shall I Forget , iSing’s award-winning commission by composer Adam Schoenberg, based on Elie Wiesel’s Holocaust memoir  Night; songs of joy and solidarity  Like a Singing Bird  and  Here I Stand; and iSing’s annual spring anthem,  Grow Little Tree .

Concert June 9

Hosted by Stanford Live

SHEILA JORDAN

At the Bing Studio, Emmet Cohen and his trio will join forces with jazz legend and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Sheila Jordan. At 90 years of age, Jordan is a pioneer in the world of scatting and an early adopter of singing alongside the upright bass. Her preference for bass and voice led to several collaborations with bassists, including Arild Andersen, Harvie S and Cameron Brown. Jordan is the pioneer in bass/voice duo in jazz, starting in the early 1950s and continuing to the present.

Performance April 12 & 13

Hosted by Stanford Live

KAHLIL JOSEPH

Filmmaker Kahlil Joseph is one of Stanford’s 2018-2019 Presidential Resident Artists. Screenings of his video work Until the Quiet Comes (music by Flying Lotus), Wildcat and Process (music by Sampha) and BLKNWS , which is on view at three campus locations (Harmony House, Cantor Arts Center and Lagunita Dining Hall), will be followed by a discussion with Joseph.

Lecture April 26

Hosted by Cantor Arts Center, Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Office of the Vice President for the Arts

ROB KAPILOW

The master musician, explainer and audience fave Rob Kapilow returns to Stanford Live with the third and final installment of his What Makes It Great? program. This installment features Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, performed by the Stanford Symphony Orchestra.

Concert April 11

Hosted by Stanford Live

TOM KILLION

Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, essayist, environmentalist and Zen Buddhist Gary Snyder will join internationally renowned artist and printmaker Tom Killion in a special evening that will take the audience on a journey into the High Sierra through their poetry and art. Often called the "poet laureate of Deep Ecology," Killion is known for his vividly colored Japanese-style woodblock prints, prized for capturing the breathtaking beauty of California’s dramatic landscapes.

Conversation May 29

Hosted by Continuing Studies, Creative Writing Program

KAKI KING

Kaki King, the first female on Rolling Stone’ s "guitar god" list, is known for her percussive and jazz-tinged melodies, energetic live shows, unique tunings on acoustic and lap steel guitars, and stunning visual performances. At  Music in Motion , King will perform an excerpt from  The Neck Is the Bridge to the Body , featuring visual projections.

Performance April 27

Hosted by Stanford Live

AMINA KIRBY

The California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts (CEMEC) are a series of events designed to strengthen the connections between the various California educational institutions that maintain computer and electronic music programs. Run and curated by the graduate students and faculty at each participating institution, the 2019 CEMEC events will be held at the campuses of CalArts, Mills, UCSD, UCSB, UCI and Stanford. CCRMA presents works composed and performed by Rodrigo Barriga, Jaehoon Choi, Danielle Dahl, Stewart Engart, Stephanie Fischer, Nathaniel Haering, Mason Hock, Amina Kirby, Douglas McCausland, Matthew Perez and Yiyang Shi.

Concert April 6

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

PAVEL KOHOUT

Czech concert organist Pavel Kohout gained world recognition as a brilliant organ virtuoso for his exceptional sense of music, enormous technique and natural interpretation.

Recital May 8

Hosted by Department of Music, Office for Religious Life

AL LETSON

The 2019 Medicine and the Muse symposium welcomes keynote speaker Al Letson, the host and producer of Reveal , the podcast from the Center for Investigative Reporting, creator of State of the Re:Union (SOTRU), journalist, poet, playwright, storyteller and performer. Letson has been awarded multiple Peabody and National Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Lecture April 17

Hosted by Medicine and the Muse at the Center for Biomedical Ethics, School of Medicine

ROBIN COSTE LEWIS

Hear poet Robin Coste Lewis, author of  Voyage of the Sable Venus  (2015), winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, read her work.

Reading April 17

Hosted by Cantor Arts Center, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity

LIVEWARE

Liveware is an audio-visual ensemble consisting of Shawn Lawson (graphics) and Michael Century (music), with Jeremy Stewart processing both graphics and sound using machine learning algorithms. Lawson is an expert practitioner of live-coding with graphics languages and environments he developed. Century performs on piano and accordion, and uses software he developed allowing live manipulations of performed material on both instruments.

Performance May 23

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

JULIANA DELGADO LOPERA

Guest artists Vero Black, Fauxnique, Keith Hennessy, Juliana Delgado Lopera and Madd Dogg 20/20 participate in a series of student-only workshops where students contemplate and make performance through a variety of themes: the senses, affect, rhythm, drag, metamorphosis, animality, eroticism, intersectionality and more. Workshops are taught by the lead instructor and series curator Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa.

Student-only workshop May 9

Hosted by Queer Student Resources

BARBARA LÜNEBURG

Barbara Lüneburg’s work as a soloist and chamber musician has inspired numerous composers to write solo works, violin concertos and chamber music for her. She combines Russian and Western European virtuosic violin tradition with a fresh contemporary approach to music.

Performance April 18

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

MADD DOGG 20/20

Guest artists Vero Black, Fauxnique, Keith Hennessy, Juliana Delgado Lopera and Madd Dogg 20/20 participate in a series of student-only workshops where students contemplate and make performance through a variety of themes: the senses, affect, rhythm, drag, metamorphosis, animality, eroticism, intersectionality and more. Workshops are taught by the lead instructor and series curator Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa.

Student-only workshop April 4

Hosted by Queer Student Resources

DONNY McCASLIN

Jazz saxophonist McCaslin grew up gigging with his father’s jazz ensembles in Santa Cruz, California, attended Boston’s esteemed Berklee College of Music and began his recording career in the late ’90s. However, his collaboration with David Bowie greatly altered how he approached his craft. "[Bowie’s] aesthetic in the studio was ’Go for what you’re hearing, don’t worry about what it’s going to be called or categorized as,’" McCaslin recalls of the late icon. "’Let’s have some fun. Let’s make some music.’" With the expansive, diverse release  Blow , McCaslin takes Bowie’s philosophy to heart. Experience McCaslin’s stellar style in the intimate Bing Studio.

Performance June 8

Hosted by Stanford Live

MADELINE MILLER

Storyteller Martin Shaw and author Madeline Miller join forces to bring us into one of the most powerful and enduring of myths we have. Experience an Odyssey up close, brought to startling life by readings, tellings and conversation about how it speaks to us today, on our own wine-dark sea, searching for an Ithaca to return home to. Miller is the author of the  New York Times  bestseller  Circe,  a story of the  Odyssey’ s most famous witch. Shaw wrote the award-winning Mythteller trilogy, and this year brings the release of The Night Wages and Courting the Dawn: Poems of Lorca.

Performance May 7

Hosted by Stanford Storytelling Project

MEREDITH MONK

Meredith Monk is honored worldwide as a composer, singer, director, choreographer and performance pioneer. For over 50 years she has been creating genre-defying work, evoking feelings, energies and memories for which there are no words. Monk and the Vocal Ensemble pair voice with movement, instrumentation and video in Cellular Songs , a work inspired by biological processes of the fundamental unit of life that can serve as a prototype for human behavior in our tumultuous world. Monk will also participate in a panel discussion with Stanford’s forgiveness expert, Dr. Fred Luskin, and Robert Pogue Harrison, professor of French and Italian.

Discussion April 3
Performance April 6

Hosted by Stanford Live

JUAN D. FREITEZ MORA

Juan D. Freitez Mora’s documentary film Salud Sin Papeles  tells the story of Phoenix Allies for Community Health (PACH), a free clinic built and run by human rights activists that provides health care to the underserved and uninsured. Aligning with Community Grassroots Media’s focus on social responsibility, this feature-length documentary is run entirely on donations. It is a chance to give back to the community and to highlight the struggles and achievements of one small but growing clinic that is a seed for hope and change in communities across the country. Mora will participate in a discussion after the screening.

Screening and discussion April 29

Hosted by Office of Community Engagement

DAFNA NAPHTALI

A double-bill event at the CCRMA Stage will include two different artists’ programs in one evening. Dafna Naphtali’s Audio Chandelier: Gears, Outtakes, Fry is made up of individual grains of nearly static sound dispersed to 8-16 speakers and altered as granular synthesis illuminates and refracts moments in time. In each of this set of three pieces, field recordings and audio samples and live vocals are processed as one "grain" is sent to each speaker available. Hans Tammen likes to set sounds in motion and then sit back to watch the movements unfold. His music has been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations. He performs Endangered Guitar.

Performance April 25

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

ELLI PAPAKONSTANTINOU

Oedipus: Sex with Mum Was Blinding  is an innovative hybrid opera written and directed by Elli Papakonstantinou. The piece draws from cognitive science and the myth of Oedipus Rex and was supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture. Originally designed for a cast of seven, this abbreviated version at CCRMA features a mix of live actors that are folded into an array of surreal cinematic environments. Through a series of scientific experiments, audience engagement plays an essential role in the execution of the piece.

Performance April 4

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

PARISSA

Parissa, the grande dame of classical Persian music, will lead a discussion/workshop on the history, context and purpose of Iranian classical music. She performs with Amir Hossein Pourjavady, Pejman Hadadi, Saeed Kamjoo and Ali Pajooheshgar the following evening. Parissa is known for her extraordinary vocal ability and style. She is the most prominent and influential Iranian female classical singer of the past 50 years.

Discussion/workshop April 25
Performance April 26

Hosted by Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts

ALAN PASQUA

Alan Pasqua began studying piano at the age of 7, playing both classical and jazz. While performing a concert at Carnegie Hall, Pasqua met the legendary drummer Tony Williams and was asked to join his group, The New Tony Williams Lifetime. Pasqua later relocated to Los Angeles and started playing with more rock and pop artists, including Bob Dylan, Santana, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John and Queen Latifa. He is the special guest performer with the Stanford Jazz Orchestra.

Performance May 22

Hosted by Associated Students of Stanford University, Department of Music

PEACOCK REBELLION

Peacock Rebellion, a Bay Area-based, queer + trans people of color crew of artist-activist-healers, comes to Stanford to lead a workshop series with students on comedy, focusing on issues of colorism that will culminate in a stand-up comedy festival May 29-31 titled Lighten Up! A Comedy Festival on Colorism .

Performances May 29-31

Hosted by Department of Theater & Performance Studies

SHEILA PEPE

Sheila Pepe is the Holt Visiting Artist for the academic year.

Residency 2018-19

Hosted by Department of Art & Art History

MATTHEW PEREZ

The California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts (CEMEC) are a series of events designed to strengthen the connections between the various California educational institutions that maintain computer and electronic music programs. Run and curated by the graduate students and faculty at each participating institution, the 2019 CEMEC events will be held at the campuses of CalArts, Mills, UCSD, UCSB, UCI and Stanford. CCRMA presents works composed and performed by Rodrigo Barriga, Jaehoon Choi, Danielle Dahl, Stewart Engart, Stephanie Fischer, Nathaniel Haering, Mason Hock, Amina Kirby, Douglas McCausland, Matthew Perez and Yiyang Shi.

Performance April 6

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

ANNETTE RICHARDS

Husband and wife organists Annette Richards and David Yearsley from Cornell University present a recital of music by Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons.

Recital April 10

Hosted by Department of Music, Office for Religious Life

ALAN RICKS

Alan Ricks of Mass Design Group is a guest speaker at this year’s Architecture & Landscape-Spring Lecture Series. The theme of the series is "Architecture of Humanity" and it features designers who believe architecture has a much greater responsibility beyond aesthetics. The guest speakers share the fundamental belief that design has the power to enrich the world around us. They prioritize those projects with the potential for the greatest positive social impact, and strive to promote justice and human dignity.

Lecture April 24

Hosted by Architectural Design Program, University Architect/Campus Planning and Design Office

MARK RIOS

Mark Rios of Rios Clementi Hale Studios is a guest speaker at this year’s Architecture & Landscape-Spring Lecture Series. The theme of the series is "Architecture of Humanity" and it features designers who believe architecture has a much greater responsibility beyond aesthetics. The guest speakers share the fundamental belief that design has the power to enrich the world around us. They prioritize those projects with the potential for the greatest positive social impact, and strive to promote justice and human dignity.

Lecture May 8

Hosted by Architectural Design Program, University Architect/Campus Planning and Design Office

JESSICA SABOGAL

The  #SurvivorLoveLetter  mural is a physical prayer to remind every survivor that not only are you believed, not only are you supported: You are loved. This project was started by artist Tani Ikeda as a way to share messages of self-love and to honor survivors of sexual assault, while facilitating conversation about how survivors are healing themselves and their communities. Queer artists of color Ikeda and muralist Jessica Sabogal will be in residence with the Institute for Diversity in the Arts to facilitate the co-creation of a public mural honoring survivors and their healing practices.

Residency April 1-10

Hosted by Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response, Queer Student Resources, Women’s Community Center

SAINT MICHAEL TRIO

Bed’ich Smetana was a Czech composer who pioneered the development of a musical style that became closely identified with his country’s aspirations to independent statehood. He has been regarded in his homeland as the father of Czech music. Using the "Informance" format, Stanford violin faculty member Robin Sharp and her companions in the Saint Michael Trio will explore one of Smetana’s most sophisticated chamber compositions, a work rooted in personal tragedy: the Piano Trio in G minor.

Informance May 3

Hosted by Department of Music

NITIN SAWHNEY

Composer, producer and Stanford Presidential Artist Nitin Sawhney and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra present an evening of stories and music. Sawhney’s recent collaborations include works written for Paul McCartney, Sting, the London Symphony Orchestra, A.R. Rahman, Brian Eno, Sinead O’Connor, Shakira, Ellie Goulding, Cirque Du Soleil, John Hurt and more. He also performs extensively all around the world. To date, he has scored over 50 films and a number of video games including Heavenly Sword and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (both starring Andy Serkis).

Performance April 26

Hosted by Stanford Live

KANEZA SCHAAL

Kaneza Schaal’s Go Forth  draws inspiration from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, a text originally intended to provide the deceased with a blueprint to the afterlife. Incorporating analog projections, chanting and dance, the work animates a series of burial rituals. The audience enters through a photographic installation that provides an initiation into the mythological landscape of the work. The performance proposes burial not as erasure but as offering restitution that creates space for the presence of the absent, the longed for and the imagined.

Performances April 26 & 27

Hosted by Stanford Live

SCHOLA CANTORUM

Schola Cantorum and Sinfonia Schola Cantorum perform Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem , Op. 45.

Performance May 24

Hosted by Department of Music

MARTIN SHAW

Storyteller Martin Shaw and author Madeline Miller join forces to bring us into one of the most powerful and enduring of myths we have. Experience an Odyssey up close, brought to startling life by readings, tellings and conversation about how it speaks to us today, on our own wine-dark sea, searching for an Ithaca to return home to. Miller is the author of the  New York Times  bestseller  Circe,  a story of the  Odyssey’ s most famous witch. Shaw wrote the award-winning Mythteller trilogy, and this year brings the release of The Night Wages and Courting the Dawn: Poems of Lorca.

Performance May 7

Hosted by Stanford Storytelling Project

YIYANG SHI

The California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts (CEMEC) are a series of events designed to strengthen the connections between the various California educational institutions that maintain computer and electronic music programs. Run and curated by the graduate students and faculty at each participating institution, the 2019 CEMEC events will be held at the campuses of CalArts, Mills, UCSD, UCSB, UCI and Stanford. CCRMA presents works composed and performed by Rodrigo Barriga, Jaehoon Choi, Danielle Dahl, Stewart Engart, Stephanie Fischer, Nathaniel Haering, Mason Hock, Amina Kirby, Douglas McCausland, Matthew Perez and Yiyang Shi.

Performance April 6

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

ERIKA CHONG SHUCH

Erika Chong Shuch, a Bay Area-based choreographer and director, will serve as guest director for the TAPS main stage preformance of Cabaret , working directly with 30+ students to bring Kander & Ebb’s musical to Roble Studio Theater for two weekends, May 16-18 and May 23-25.

Residency in May

Hosted by Department of Theater & Performance Studies

SCOTT SILVAN

In the Frost Amphitheater Green Room, acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven will host an evening of fine dining interwoven with illusion, magic and storytelling. Candles flicker, smooth whisky pours and the conversation stirs. This awe-inspiring experience reveals the mysterious side of human nature, and ultimately leads to a place that suggests untold possibilities.

Performances April 23-May 5

Hosted by Stanford Live

LORNA SIMPSON

Lorna Simpson is a contemporary artist whose conceptual photography raises questions about the nature of representation, identity, gender, race and history that continue to drive the artist’s expanding and multidisciplinary practice today. As one of the Artists on the Future series artists, she will be in conversation with Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, an international social justice philanthropy with a $13 billion endowment and $600 million in annual grant making. The pair will examine how to increase diversity and representation and how moral courage can help us to reckon with our privilege.

Conversation May 20

Hosted by Office of the Vice President for the Arts

SINFONIA SCHOLA CANTORUM

Schola Cantorum and Sinfonia Schola Cantorum perform Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem , Op. 45.

Performance May 24

Hosted by Department of Music

JORJA SMITH

Stanford Concert Network presents Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith at the 2019 Frost Music & Arts Festival. The eighth annual festival returns home to the newly renovated amphitheater.

Concert May 18

Hosted by Stanford Concert Network, Stanford Live

GARY SNYDER

Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, essayist, environmentalist, and Zen Buddhist Gary Snyder will join internationally renowned artist and printmaker Tom Killion in a special evening that will take the audience on a journey into the High Sierra through their poetry and art. Often called the "poet laureate of Deep Ecology," Snyder is a passionate prophetic voice on behalf of the preservation of the natural world and the cultures that seek to protect it.

Conversation May 29

Hosted by Continuing Studies, Creative Writing Program

S? PERCUSSION

Founded in 1999 by four Yale music students, S? Percussion performs with larger groups like the Los Angeles Philharmonic, on their own, in site-specific and historically based work, and in educational settings to connect young people with music. From Out a Darker Sea  (April 16 & 17 in Bing Studio) has been performed all over Britain’s former coal-producing regions, often in houses of worship, as a way of exploring the disastrous closing of the mines and the communities’ steps toward recovery.  Amid the Noise  (April 18 in Bing Concert Hall) began as a soundtrack and is now a communal music-making project that can occur with a flexible number of musicians in almost any combination.

Performances April 16 & 17
Performance April 18

Hosted by Stanford Live

REBECCA SOLNIT

Writer, historian and activist Rebecca Solnit is the Stein Visiting Writer for spring quarter. She is the author of books on the environment, landscape, representation, disaster, politics, hope and feminism.

Reading May 13

Hosted by Creative Writing Program

TINE SUREL LANGE

Tine Surel Lange is a Norwegian composer and artist based in the arctic Lofoten Islands. Her works range from experimental chamber music to electro-acoustic pieces (live electronics, soundscape composition, installation, ambisonics) to performances and audiovisual works.

Performance June 6

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

AMARA TABOR-SMITH

"Black Women Dreaming" is a ritual of black women and femmes sleeping, resting and dreaming at the Harmony House. It is a part of IDA Artist-in-Residence Amara Tabor-Smith’s two-year, multi-site performance project titled House/Full of Blackwomen .

Performance April 4

Hosted by Institute for Diversity in the Arts

HANS TAMMEN

A double-bill event at CCRMA Stage will include two different artists’ programs in one evening. Dafna Naphtali’s Audio Chandelier: Gears, Outtakes, Fry is made up of individual grains of nearly static sound dispersed to 8-16 speakers and altered as granular synthesis illuminates and refracts moments in time. In each of this set of three pieces, field recordings and audio samples and live vocals are processed as one "grain" is sent to each speaker available. Hans Tammen likes to set sounds in motion and then sit back to watch the movements unfold. His music has been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations. He performs Endangered Guitar.

Performance April 25

Hosted by Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

TESLA QUARTET

As winner of the John Lad Prize during the 2017 St. Lawrence String Quartet’s summer chamber seminar, the Tesla Quartet, named after scientist Nikola Tesla, earned a spot in Stanford Live’s season for its innovative spirit and astonishing youthful mastery. The Tesla Quartet, created in 2008 at the Juilliard School, is Ross Snyder (violin), Michelle Lie (violin), Edwin Kaplan (viola) and Serafim Smigelskiy (cello).

Performance April 14

Hosted by Stanford Live

THUNDERSTRUCK PROJECT

The Thunderstruck Project’s  Alternating Currents  is an intermedial electricity concert choreographed and performed by Maria W. Horn, Stina Nyberg and a frequency-controllable Tesla coil. The concert is one part of a long-term obsession with the inventor Nikola Tesla and the early 1900s phenomenon of touring electricity shows. Through flashing lightning bolts, the Tesla coil creates a sound that resembles distorted trance synths threading piercing melodies through ozone-filled air. In combination with dialogues reflecting on science, magic and electrocution, the concert creates a womb-like atmosphere with the lingering threat of bodily harm. If there was ever a lack of public fascination with electricity,  Alternating Currents  is here to cure that.

Performance April 27

Hosted by Stanford Live

KERRY TRIBE

Kerry Tribe, artist, filmmaker and visiting lecturer through the Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts, will discuss her live performance Critical Mass (2010-) with Stanford faculty members and PhD students. Together they will trace the connections between Tribe’s project and Hollis Frampton’s original 1971 structural film of the same name.

Lecture April 17

Hosted by Department of Art & Art History, Stanford Arts Institute

KALI UCHIS

Stanford Concert Network presents Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith at the 2019 Frost Music & Arts Festival. The eighth annual festival returns home to the newly renovated amphitheater.

Concert May 18

Hosted by Stanford Concert Network, Stanford Live

GWEN VAN DE PAS

Groomed is the intimate story of filmmaker Gwen van de Pas as she returns to her hometown in search of answers about the man who sexually abused her as a child and as she finally seeks justice after decades of silence. To understand the root of her ongoing traumas, Van de Pas travels across the U.S. to meet with other child abuse survivors, psychologists and even a convicted sex offender. The film addresses a very common yet unknown type of psychological manipulation called "grooming": how it holds survivors back from reporting abuse, how to recognize it and, ultimately, how to stop it.

Screening and discussion April 18

Hosted by Continuing Studies

ALLEN S. WEISS

Dolls of Darkness is a feature-length film by writer and filmmaker Allen Weiss that explores the mysteries and profundities of dolls, puppets and marionettes in the context of the grotesque rag dolls of contemporary French artist Michel Nedjar. Weiss will participate in a discussion after the screening and he will also give a talk the following day titled "Radically Recalcitrant Radio About Antonin Artaud," the French writer, actor and theater director, widely recognized as one of the major figures of 20th-century theater and the European avant-garde.

Screening and discussion April 18
Talk April 19

Hosted by Department of Art & Art History, Department of Theater & Performance Studies

RICHARD YEARSLEY

Husband and wife organists Annette Richards and David Yearsley from Cornell University present a recital of music by Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons.

Recital April 10

Hosted by Department of Music, Office for Religious Life

KEVIN YOUNG

Kevin Young is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation. Young is also poetry editor at The New Yorker .

Reading April 15
Colloquium April 16

Hosted by Creative Writing Program