Feb 09 2019 · 0 comments · What's New ·

Kurt’s Farewell Tour – PART 2 is here!!

Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour – PART 2

"Do you believe in life after love?
I can feel something inside me say, I really don't think you're strong enough."

One of the nicest things about saying goodbye over the course of 12 years is that by the time you get to the end most people will not remember why you were doing any of it in the first place. It will seem less like a goodbye and more like business as usual. My primary reason for doing this project is to find creative voices that I think have something vital to contribute to the world of music, and to the world beyond music. All of the people involved in this project are folks that I deeply admire. They cover a wide array of different approaches and aesthetics. Each of them is so smart, curious, generous and thoughtful, and I think it shows in their work. So let’s begin—and let’s continue!                    


Richard Chowenhill – crush for Amplified Viola

Peter Van Zandt Lane – Décalcomanie 2 for Viola and Electronics

Elainie Lillios – Liquid | Crystal | Vapor for Viola and Live, Interactive Electronics

Sam Nichols – Imaginary Units for Viola and Electronics

Tina Tallon – excision no. 2: they didn’t know we were seeds for Viola and Live Electronics*

   *Tina Tallon's new work is Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University

Five new works, all using electronics in one manner or another, premiered over a series of concerts throughout the beginning of March 2019. Also performed will be Rebecca Clarke’s masterful and extraordinary Viola Sonata (1919) with pianist Eric Zivian, written one hundred years ago this year!


March 1 (F), 7p, Center for New Music in SF (full program)
March 2 (Sa), 3p, Sacramento Saturday Club in Sacramento (full program) - contact Bruce Hubbard bruce@hubbard-pataki.org
March 3 (Su), 7:30p, Berkeley Hillside Club in Berkeley – Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (full program minus Nichols)
March 4 (M), 7:30p, SF Conservatory of Music in SF – Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (full program minus Chowenhill)
March 7 (Th), 12noon, UC Davis Pitzer Hall in Davis (full program minus Clarke)


Feb. 19 (Tu), 5-7p, Doug Adams CARe Gallery – Left Coast Chamber Ensemble w/Rohde, Chowenhill & Nichols

Feb 28 (Th), 5-7p, Doug Adams CARe Gallery – Left Coast Chamber Ensemble w/Rohde, Lillios & Tallon

Special thanks to Stephen Bingen and the UC Davis Music Department for generously lending electronic equipment for these events; composers Sam Nichols and Joseph Vasinda for their generous assistance with helping prepare and rehearse all the various electronic formats used in these five wonderful new pieces; the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition for support of the commission of the Tallon. Please note that Cher will not be performing at any of these events.

Dec 31 2018 · 0 comments · What's New ·

Composer-pianist Jared Redmond premieres new works at Center for New Music Feb. 15, 2019

Composer-pianist Jared Redmond returns to his home in the Bay Area, performing a recital of contemporary piano works on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Jared will premiere new pieces written for him by composers Carolyn Chen, Saman Samadi, and Kurt Rohde, and play modern masterpieces by Giacinto Scelsi, Salvatore Sciarrino, and more. Rohde's piece is called "Trotsky's Icepick".

Aug 08 2018 · 0 comments · What's New ·

KURT’S FAREWELL TOUR – PART 2 is coming your way in 2019!

KURT'S FAREWELL TOUR – PART 2, featuring new works for viola and electronics by Chowenhill, Lillios, Nichols, Tallon and Van Zandt Lane....coming to some venues near you in 2019!!

3/1 (F), 7p, Center for New Music in SF
3/2 (Sa), 7p, Sacramento Saturday Club in Sacramento
3/3 (Su), 7:30p, Berkeley Hillside Club in Berkeley
3/4 (M), 7:30p, SF Conservatory of Music in SF
3/7 (Th), 12noon, UC Davis Pitzer Hall in Davis
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Richard Chowenhill, crush for amplified viola

Elainie Lillios, Fluid | Crystal | Vapor for viola and live, interactive electroacoustics

Sam Nichols, Imaginary Units for viola and electronics

Tina Tallon, excision no. 2 - they didn't know we were seeds for viola and live electronics

Peter Van Zandt Lane, Décalcomanie No. 2 for viola and live electronics

May 08 2018 · 0 comments · What's New ·

Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour – PART 1, May 2018

Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour – PART 1
May 2018

Jared Redmond, piano
Kurt Rohde, viola

Violist and composer Kurt Rohde has commissioned six new pieces, which he will perform in May 2018 in Davis, Sacramento, Berkeley, and San Francisco. This is the first year of a multi-year commissioning project, that is modeled after Cher’s decades long Farewell Tours, Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour—Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6—commissions new works by the most gifted composers that Rohde feels are underrepresented and deserve a wider audience, while also broadening the repertoire for viola. The project’s anticipated year of completion is 2028, at which time Mr. Rohde will retire from playing in performance and donate his instrument to “some talented whipper-snapper who wants to play viola.”

PROGRAM – World Premiere Performances

Martha Horst, Hammer for viola and piano
Jared Redmond, Tongues of Angels for viola and piano
Carl Schimmel, Contemplation on Vanessa in the Boneset for viola and piano
Ramteen Sazegari, Counterpane for amplified solo viola
Laura Schwendinger, Three Movements for solo viola
Mark Winges, The Contemplation of Unknown Islands for viola and piano

(plus some solo piano music by Henri Dutilleux and James Dillon)

May 17, 12:05–1 pm, Davis
University of California, Davis
Ann E. Pitzer Center, Recital Hall
Admission is free.

May 18, 7:00 pm, San Francisco
Center for New Music
Admission: $15 General, $10 Members

May 19, 7:00 pm, Sacramento
Sacramento Saturday Club
Limited seating; contact Bruce Hubbard for reservation details.

May 20, 3:00 pm, Berkeley
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble House Concert
Limited seating; contact organization for reservation details.

Mar 14 2018 · 0 comments · What's New ·

Kurt’s Farewell Tour – PART 1 is going to happen!

I will be playing a series of concerts featuring new works written for me by the wonderful Martha Horst, Ratteen Sazegari, Mark Winges, Carl Schimmel, Jared Redmond and Laura Schwendinger. The full program will be performed at San Francisco's Center for New Music on Friday, May 18 at 7pm.

Jared Redmond will be playing piano, which will be a real treat for me! The concert will be repeated on May 17 (12noon, Pitzer Center, UCD), May 19 (7pm, Sacramento Music Club), and May 20 (Left Coast House Concert, time & location in Berkeley TBA). Kurt's Farewell Tour PART 2 will be coming your way in the late Fall 2018. Stay tuned for details.