Give Chance a Piece


February 22, 2018 - February 24, 2018
All Day


GCAP Concert Program 2018

Date / Time

Thursday, February 22, 2018
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Date / Time

Friday, February 23, 2018
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Date / Time

Friday, February 23, 2018
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Date / Time

Saturday, February 24, 2018
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

NEW Location

Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts
926 E Center St
Milwaukee, WI 53212


Women’s Club of Wisconsin
813 E. Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI  53202


Special House Concert
3017 N Marietta Ave
Milwaukee, WI  53211



Marine Terminal Lofts
311 E. Erie Street
Milwaukee, WI  53202

War, conflict, uncertainty, peace, fate, life affirmation – these are elements that, together, make up the arc of all the greatest stories in history. Artistic Director Kevin Stalheim takes us on a journey of chance, with seven compositions illustrating the contrast and interweaving between conflict, peace, and chance.

The concert will be repeated at four different venues. The distinct characteristics of the venues will contribute to the fortuity of the pieces.

Each venue presents a different atmosphere, providing the audience a selection between an eclectic visual art space at the Jazz Gallery, the sophisticated decors of the Women’s Club, the historic East-Side mansion of John Shannon and Jan Serr, or the modern Third Ward loft of Tim and Sue Frautschi.

Dig the Say by Vijay Iyer
Shab o Meh (Night and Fog) by Sahba Aminikia
My Desert, My Rose by Aleksandra Vrebalov
A Boy and a Makeshift Toy by Mary Kouyoumdjian
Elegy by Sahba Aminkia
The Banshee by Henry Cowell
Sounds From Childhood by Pauline Oliveros


About the Program:

Dig the Say

(2012) Vijay Iyer
Of the work, Iyer writes:
When I was asked by Brooklyn Rider to choose an artist who had inspired me, James Brown instantly came to mind. Like many, I have studied his music; of course it’s best to enjoy it with your body and soul, but there is also much to learn from analyzing his music’s interlocking bass, drums, guitar, horn, and vocal parts. As a composer and bandleader I have strived for years to put some of his tactics into practice. He brought a lot of ideas to the table about groove, communication, form, and space. Each song has its own vivid and distinct identity, beginning with the intricacies in the rhythm section.

Shab o Meh (Night and Fog)

(2014) Sahba Aminikia
Composer’s Notes:
“Shab o Meh” is about that “night” when I woke up in the cold of a desert night in the outskirts of Tehran with my clothes torn off, my wallet and my cellphone taken for further examination, my face swollen up while being unable to open my eyes for the pepper sprayed in my nose and in my mouth. A handheld gun was held and shot inside my mouth; once, twice…It was not loaded. “Remember the taste of the gun barrel!”.

The piece is about that life-changing experience itself and not about where and by whom and even why it did happen. I stood in the middle of a fully dark desert looking at Tehran lights which were more of a glare in my eyes and I realized that this city has changed me but I still love my hometown.

In Soviet Union, citizens used to disappear in night and fog when they would be found somewhere far away. I was lost in night and fog and I found myself somewhere far away from where I was born, raised and felt safe at.

My Desert, My Rose

(2016) Aleksandra Vrebalov
About My Desert, My Rose, Vrebalov writes:
“My Desert, My Rose consists of a series of patterns open in length, meter, tempo, and dynamics, different for each performer. The unfolding of the piece is almost entirely left to each performer’s sensibility and responsiveness to the parts of other members of the group. Instinct and precision are each equally important in the performance of the piece. The patterns are (notated as) suggested rather than fixed musical lines, so the flow and the length of the piece are unique to each performance. The lines merge and align to separate and then meet again, each time in a more concrete and tighter way. The piece ends in a metric unison, like a seemingly coincidental meeting of the lines predestined to reunite. It is like a journey of four characters that start in distinctly different places who, after long searching and occasional, brief meeting points, end up in the same space, time, language.

“The writing of this piece, in a form as open and as tightly coordinated at the same time, was possible thanks to 20 years of exposure to rehearsal and performance habits of the Kronos Quartet, a group for which I have written 13 out of 14 of my pieces involving string quartet.”

Children of Conflict: “A Boy and a Makeshift Toy”

(2015) Mary Kouyoumdjian
Inspired by the work of American Pulitzer-nominated war photographer Chris Hondros, who captured images of children in wars around the world, the Children of Conflict series is a collection of sonic portraits based off of Hondros’ intimately revealing photography with hopes to continue the storytelling and dialogue of his work prompts. “A Boy and a Makeshift Toy” is a portrait of a young boy playing in an abandoned train station, full of Albanian reugees, waiting to be taken to another camp. During an 11-week bombing campaign in 1999, Serbians displaced more than 800,000 Albanians out of Kosovo.


(2008) Sahba Aminikia
For sixty Afghan children who were killed in a US airstrike in August 2008
Performed by Omid Assadi and Severin Suter at “An Evening of Sahba Aminikia’s Music”, April 24th, 2011
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall

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