The Sonic Chapel series is adventurous chamber music in St. Michael’s intimate wooden chapel.

Tickets are $15-35, depending on seating location.

Concessions and merchandise will be available for sale 1 hour prior to the start of the performance, as well as at intermission.

2019 Dates

Sunday, January 27, 3:00 p.m.

Sangam

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Sangam is a chamber music duo of sitarist Paul Livingstone and cellist Peter Jacobson that performs innovative compositions and improvisations straddling the worlds of Indian classical music and European polyphony. Their unique counterpoint is imbibed with the free spirit of a jazz improvisation and incorporates touches of Latin and popular music styles.

Paul and Pete have been recording and touring together for more than ten years performing new world music with Arohi Ensemble, Build an Ark, and Quartetto Fantastico, among many other projects in the creative Los Angeles music world. They have been featured on three Grammy Award-winning records with Ozomatli, Quetzal, and Rickey Kej.

For this concert Sangam will be joined by Miles Shrewsbery, a tabla disciple of Abhiman Kaushal.

Sangam means “a confluence of rivers,” it is a meeting place of disparate streams flowing into one. Enjoy an afternoon of unique musical meditations & dynamic poly-rhythmic counterpoint.

Concert program of original works will be announced from stage.

Friday, February 15, 8:00 p.m.

Ashley Bathgate

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American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter” (New York Times) and “a glorious cellist” (Washington Post) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops” (New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity,” “rich tone,” and “imaginative phrasing” (New York Times) have made her one of the most sought-after performers of her time. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate’s philosophy as a performer. Her affinity to dynamism drives Bathgate to venture into previously uncharted areas of ground-breaking sounds and techniques, breaking the mold of a cello’s traditionally perceived voice. Collaborators and fans alike describe her vitality as nothing short of remarkable and magical for all who are involved. Bathgate is a member of the award-winning, internationally acclaimed sextet Bang on a Can All-Stars, the chamber music group HOWL, and is also a founding member of TwoSense, a duo with pianist Lisa Moore, and Bonjour, a low-strung, percussive quintet.

Equally at home in both the concert hall and the rock club, Bathgate focuses on presenting concerts that draw from a wide range of musical genres. Her dedication to performing traditional music is equally matched by her passion to promote new music by today’s composers. That dedication has led her to work with an esteemed list of composers and musicians such as John Adams, John Luther Adams, Louis Andriessen, Nik Bärtsch, Iva Bittova Martin Bresnick, Don Byron, Jace Clayton, Bryce Dessner (The National), Arnold Dryblatt, DJ Spooky, Ben Frost, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, Annie Gosfield, Ann Hamilton, Glenn Kotche (Wilco), David Lang, Lori Lieberman, Yo-Yo Ma, Meredith Monk, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Questlove and The Legendary Roots Crew, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Trio Mediaeval, Julia Wolfe, Shara Nova (My Brightest Diamond), and Nick Zammuto (The Books).

Concert Program TBA.

Friday, March 8, 8:00 p.m.

Aperture Duo

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Aperture Duo curates fearless programs that explore new sounds, voices, and techniques through the lens of violin and viola chamber music. Lauded for their “precision and interpretation” along with their “distinct sense of unity and independence” (icareifyoulisten.com), Los Angeles-based Aperture Duo was founded in 2015 by violinist Adrianne Pope and violist Linnea Powell. Equally at home performing old and new music, Aperture Duo actively commissions diverse new works to expand the violin and viola duo repertoire.

Aperture Duo has been in residence at California Institute of the Arts, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Young Musician’s Foundation, Las Positas College, Black House SoCal New Music Workshop, and has designed educational concerts with wild Up and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Performance credits include Tuesdays @ Monk Space, the main stage at the Carlsbad Music Festival, Music at Boston Court, L.A. Signal Lab, Synchromy, LA Downtown Art Walk, Brooklyn's Home Audio Concert Series, UC Santa Barbara Summer Music Festival, Window Concert Series at the Craft in America Center, Eureka! Musical Minds of California Graduate Student Conference, and Hear Now Music Festival.

Program: whisper / sing / speak

A theatrical chamber music concert featuring performance art, improvisation, and virtuosic playing while singing. The program includes four Aperture Duo commissions with two world premieres by emerging US and Mexican composers. Works by Alex Temple, Erin Rogers, Nicholas Deyoe, Noah Meites, Andrew Tholl, and George Aperghis.