Vocalist & Performance Artist Sussan Deyhim and Visionary Cellist Maya Beiser Appear at UCLA Live in an Exclusive Double-Bill, Feb.4
"[Sussan Deyhim creates] thrilling music that sounds in the ear long after you've left the show." - The New York Time
"Maya, it seems to me, is doing for the cello what the Kronos Quartet did for the string quartet … She's saying, 'This is a different way to go.'" - Steve Reich
LOS ANGELES-In an exclusive double-bill, UCLA Live presents Iranian-born vocalist, composer and performance artist Sussan Deyhim in the Los Angeles premiere of the musical and visual odyssey "Vocodeliks;" followed by cellist Maya Beiser in "World to Come," featuring the Los Angeles premiere of Steve Reich's multi-track cello piece "Cello Counterpoint." This event takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4 at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus and is approximately two hours with one intermission. For tickets visit www.UCLALive.org, call 310-825-2101, or contact Ticketmaster.
Incorporating the ancient mysticism of Middle Eastern music with the wizardry of modern technology, songster Sussan Deyhim has lent her haunting and lushly layered vocal improvisations to Peter Gabriel's score for "The Last Temptation of Christ" as well as to projects by Bobby McFerrin, Branford Marsalis, Mickey Hart, Bill Laswell and world-renowned Iranian filmmaker Shirin Neshat.
Deyhim's last performance in Los Angeles was more than a decade ago. She returns with "Vocodeliks," which is as much rooted in ancient rituals, as it is in her futuristic sonic vision. The first installment of her one-woman show was originally commissioned by the Whitney Museum of Art and Philip Morris in 1998. In her UCLA Live performance, Deyhim showcases her more experimental vocal soundscapes. Much of the music is also derived from her various excursions in film music, particularly her collaboration with Iranian filmmaker Shirin Neshat.
The second half of this program features Maya Beiser, former cellist for new music heroes Bang on a Can All-Stars, who has redefined her instrument with a repertoire that cuts across cultures and genres. Evocative, theatrical and spiritual, Beiser's new multi-media solo concert features new works that were written for her by Osvaldo Golijov, David Lang and Louis Andriessen. She will also perform the Los Angeles premiere of a Steve Reich multi-track cello piece titled, "Cello Counterpoint." This is the first piece Reich has written entirely for cello.
"'Cello Counterpoint' is one of the most difficult pieces I have ever written, calling for extremely tight, fast moving rhythmic relationships not commonly found in the cello literature," says Reich.
Named after Lang's composition and encompassing text, vocals, dramatic lighting and interactive videos, "World to Come" is Beiser's personal exploration of the sounds and images of cello music for the 21st century through the works of some of our most esteemed living composers.
"When composers write music for me, I ask them to forget what they know about the cello, I hope to arrive at new territories, to discover sounds I have never heard before. I want to create endless possibilities with my cello. I become the medium, through which the music is being channeled, and in the process, when all is right, the music is transformed and so am I," says Beiser.
Sussan Deyhim Biography
Deyhim studied and performed with Bejart's Ballet of the Twentieth Century and had been dancing with the company for almost two years when she moved to New York and plunged into dance classes, only to realize that ballet was no longer her calling. Her opportunity arrived when she met and began working with Richard Horowitz, a musician, composer and producer schooled in free jazz, steeped in the music of Morocco and many other forms of what would become known as "world music." Their collaboration would produce "Majoun" for Sony Classical, a unique synthesis that married the strains of traditional Middle Eastern music with cutting edge technology and a progressive sensibility.
Her appearances have ranged from productions such as John Claude van Italie's "Tibetan Book of the Dead" at La Mama in New York to playing Euridice at La Scala in Milan, to performing with Bill Laswell and Jah Wobble to recording and performing as a soloist with Bobby McFerrin's vocal ensemble. Deyhim wrote and performed the music in Shirin Neshat's acclaimed short film, "Turbulent," which has toured major international museums, with Deyhim also performing live in a solo piece at the museums called "Vocodeliks," which will be featured with her UCLA Live concert.
Maya Beiser Biography
Long known as the cellist for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Beiser left the ensemble to focus on her solo work. She has commissioned and collaborated with many of the world's most renowned musicians including Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, David Lang, Nana Vasconcelos, Simon Shaheen, Michael Gordon, Meredith Monk, Julia Wolfe and Trent Reznor. In recent years she has collaborated with Academy-Award winning composer Tan Dun premiering his "Water Passion after St. Matthew" with Helmuth Rilling's Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart on a live TV broadcast throughout Europe, as well as at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg and the BAM Next Wave Festival in New York.
Beiser's solo concerts and performances have been featured at major festivals and concert halls across four continents. Her latest multimedia concert "World to Come" premiered in New York as part of the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall's new venue, Zankel Hall. Beiser received numerous grants and awards for her commissions, including those from the Rockefeller Foundation's Multi-Arts Fund, the Koussevitzki Foundation, Meet the Composer, The Cary Charitable Trust, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets for Sussan Deyhim and Maya Beiser are available for $45, $35 and $25 at the UCLA Central Ticket Office at the southwest corner of the James West Alumni Center, online at www.UCLALive.org and at all Ticketmaster outlets. For more information or to charge by phone, please call 310-825-2101. UCLA students may purchase tickets in advance for $15. Student rush tickets at the same price are available to all students with a valid i.d. one hour prior to show time.
UCLA Live is an internationally acclaimed producer and presenter of music, dance, theater and spoken word, bringing hundreds of outstanding and provocative artists to Los Angeles each year. Lectures, residencies, and extensive outreach programs expand the impact of its unparalleled performances that include a lively mix of distinguished masters and innovators from around the world. Committed to supporting the development of new work, UCLA Live has presented both major and emerging artists including Pina Bausch, Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones and Robert Wilson.
Richard Horowitz, collaborator
Peter Freeman, collaborator
Sussan Deyhim's Program
Maya Beiser, cello
Irit Batsry, video environment
Maya Beiser's Program