SANTA MONICA—The Soundwaves concert series at the Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) welcomes three rising stars of new music for a CD release concert, according to a press release by the city on Sunday, August 6. The concert will present “Trajectories,” the second full-length album by composer Michael Vincent Waller, with pianist R. Andrew Lee and cellist Seth Parker Woods.
The performance will take place on Thursday, September 7 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard. The album will be released on Friday, September 8, on Sean McCann’s Los Angeles-based label, Recital, with photography by Phill Niblock and liner notes by “Blue” Gene Tyranny. Copies of the album will be available for sale at the show.
Michael Vincent Waller is a composer of contemporary classical music based in New York City. His music has been described as “pensive” and “sweetly lyrical” by the New York Times, according to his website. His work draws inspiration from impressionism, post-minimalism, and world music, and incorporates avant-garde sound worlds with a more traditional beauty. He studied with La Monte Young, Bunita Marcus, and Elizabeth Hoffman as a graduate of New York University, and collaborated with soloists and ensembles including S.E.M. Ensemble, Ensemble Dedalus, String Noise, and members of the FLUX Quartet. “Trajectories” is introspective and focused and works with piano and cello through an intricate and spacious personal language. In contrast, Waller’s 2015 debut “The South Shore” offered a range of different instrumentation and approaches, according to the press release. For additional information, visit www.michaelvincentwaller.com.
Pianist R. Andrew Lee is renowned for his performances of minimalist work and is considered one of the foremost interpreters of minimal music, according to his website. During his tenure with the label Irritable Hedgehog, he recorded 12 albums, including Dennis Johnson’s “November,” which was selected by Time Out New York as the best classical recording of 2013. He has performed in multiple venues and festivals around the world, including the Skanu Mezs Festival in Riga, Latvia; Unsound Festival in Krakow, Poland; Café OTO in London; The Wild Beast in Los Angeles; and more. For further information, visit www.randrewlee.com.
Cellist Seth Parker Woods’ work straddles the worlds of classical, contemporary, electronics, and performance art. He refuses to allow his identity as a cellist be restricted by conventional perceptions and constantly pushes boundaries. A graduate of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, he has worked with artists including Heinz Holier, G.F. Haas, Klaus, Lang, Peter Gabriel, Sting, and Aldo Tambellini. He is featured on the cover of the August issue of Strings magazine, at www.stringsmagazine.com/cellist-seth-parker-woods/.
The concert is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For other disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to the event. For more information, visit www.smpl.org or call the SMPL at (310) 458-8600.
Soundwaves is a monthly concert series presenting artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The SMPL is the first public library to offer this service to cardholders. Information about past and upcoming Soundwaves concerts and sound and video recordings can be found at www.SoundwavesNewMusic.com.