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Date: October 07, 2017

Time: 7:30 PM

City: San Francisco, California

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Presenter: San Francisco Performances and KRONOS PRESENTS


Echoes, with Kronos Quartet, The Living Earth Show, and Youth Speaks
Presented by San Francisco Performances in association with KRONOS PRESENTS

San Francisco is a city where the only constant is change. Whether sudden and loud or gradual and quiet, the aftershocks are always felt, and the echoes always heard, by the next generation. SF Performances is proud to present a spoken-word chamber opera that will explore these “Echoes” through poetry, music, dialogue, and recorded streetscapes.

Composer Danny Clay, together with Kronos and the kinetic electrified chamber ensemble The Living Earth Show, is setting to music the original words of Youth Speaks poet-performers led by Tassiana Willis, with Gabriel Cortez, Ashley Smiley, Aimee Suzara, and Michael Wayne Turner III. Founded in San Francisco, Youth Speaks is one of the world’s leading presenters of Spoken Word performance, education, and youth development programs. This immersive new collaborative project is directed and curated by Sean San José of Campo Santo, the award-winning multi-cultural ensemble dedicated to creating new performances that reflect the world we live in.

World premiere

Text created by
    Gabriel Cortez, A.M. Smiley, Aimee Suzara, Michael Wayne Turner III, and Tassiana Willis
    with writing from Tongo Eisen-Martin and Enrique Garcia Naranjo
    and participants in Sean San José’s workshops for Youth Speaks

Music composed by 
    Danny Clay

Performed by
    Kronos Quartet

    The Living Earth Show
        Andy Meyerson, percussion
        Travis Andrews, electric guitar

    Youth Speaks
        Gabriel Cortez
        A.M. Smiley
        Aimee Suzara
        Michael Wayne Turner III
        Tassiana Willis, collaborating curator

Directed and edited by
    Sean San José

This performance is supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation

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