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April 28, 2018

How to participate in tonight’s performance of “Missa Supratext”

Tonight’s program features the world premiere of Aleksandra Vrebalov’s Missa Supratext, performed with the San Francisco Girls Chorus and festival artist-in-residence David Coulter. Aleksandra invites you to participate in her piece by bringing bells, chimes, singing bowls – anything that rings pleasantly. More instructions will be given before the piece begins.

ABOUT THIS PIECE

Aleksandra Vrebalov writes:

Missa Supratext is a mass beyond language and anthropocentrism, and is unrelated to any religion. The text is made up, with no meaning; it is rather a vehicle for voice and soul, to express emotion beyond verbal narratives. The idea for the piece—to celebrate the interconnectedness of all life, and beyond it, of all life and matter—came up in my conversations with David Harrington several years ago. At that time, Kronos was recording A Song for The Sea Pig, so I had seen the most unusual creature for the first time. That coincided roughly with the time of the Quartet’s travels to Quito, Ecuador, inspiring more thoughts about our planet with its strange life forms, predictable and beautiful laws that govern our existence, the reliability of rhythms of natural phenomena and of life amidst its chaotic profusion. That awe inspiring creative force, the unnameable consciousness driving all life, does not care for culture, language, and religion. This kind of Mass certainly has its patriarchs and matriarchs: sea pigs, roses, all of Kronos, the equator line, every bell ever made anywhere— and Allen Ginsberg. Language as we know it is used in only one place in Missa Supratext—in Holy All—to reference Ginsberg’s Footnote to Howl.

“Missa Supratext has six connected sections: I. Asking, II. Celebration, III. Believing, IV. Holy All, V. Surrendering, and VI. Freedom.

“‘Holy the supernatural extra brilliant intelligent kindness of the soul!’ (A. Ginsberg)”

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