The return of The Tune In Festival will feature more than 30 artists and ensembles over four days, coming together to pay respect to the time-honored tradition of music and poetry as sources of resilience, protest and inspiration. Curated by performance poet J. Ivy and pianist Lisa Kaplan in close collaboration with CAP UCLA Creative Advisor Kristy Edmunds. Day One of the festival features the work of Sunni Patterson, Thalea String Quartet performing a piece by Gabriella Smith and a piece by Andy Akiho with Lisa Kaplan, and Mina Tindle with Bryce Dessner.
New Orleans native and visionary Sunni Patterson is an internationally acclaimed poet, performer, workshop facilitator, certified spiritual life coach/consultant, and an initiated priestess and minister. She began her career as a full-time high school teacher, and much of her life since has been devoted to serving as a cultural worker and activist. Sunni uses art, poetry and praise (ancestral remembrance) to encourage dialogue, spiritual awareness and healing. Her words gather us in a place of recollection, remembrance, and hope.
Formed in 2014, the Thalea String Quartet are devoted to building a new and diverse audience for chamber music. Praised for their “vibrant performance” and “sincere expressivity” ( San Francisco Classical Voice), the quartet has performed recitals across Europe, China, the United States and Canada. They have appeared at the Kennedy Center, Massey Hall and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Gabriella Smith is a composer and environmentalist from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her music has been called “high-voltage and wildly imaginative” by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Smith wrote “Carrot Revolution” after being inspired by a misattributed Cézanne quote that the "day will come when a single, freshly observed carrot will start a revolution.” The piece was commissioned by the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and modeled after their founder’s curatorial style, which juxtaposed paintings with furniture, pottery, and other objects in ways that highlighted unexpected resonances. “Carrot Revolution” celebrates the idea of fresh perspectives, of finding revolutionary ways to look at old things. It draws on diverse influences ranging from Bach to Celtic fiddle tunes.
Artist Credit: We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts
The eclectic Andy Akiho has been described as “trailblazing” (LA Times) and “an imaginative composer” (The New York Times). He has been commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, LA Dance Project and experimental opera company The Industry. His haunting "Prospects of a Misplaced Year" combines a traditional string quartet with percussive prepared piano played by Lisa Kaplan, founder and Executive Director of the four-time GRAMMY Award-winning sextet Eighth Blackbird. Kaplan has won numerous awards, performed all over the country and has premiered new pieces by hundreds of composers, including Andy Akiho, Jennifer Higdon, Amy Beth Kirsten, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, George Perle and Pamela Z. Beginning with a viola motif punctuated by bursts of silence, the piece builds into an overwhelmingly dense sonic web. The intricate polyrhythms and exotic timbres were inspired by Akiho’s primary instrument, the steel pan.
Mina Tindle with Bryce Dessner
Filmed in France
Mina Tindle is a Parisian-born folk and new wave singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She has been integral to many collaborations in recent years with artists including The National, Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens. Inspired by the simplicity of American and French folk, she’ll be performing reimagined versions of her songs, with just solo guitar and voice. Joining Tindle will be her husband Bryce Dessner, known for his classical composition work and as founding guitarist of indie rock band The National. Tindle finds her motivation in the kinship and sisterhood of creation. Her performance for The Tune In Festival showcases her writing in its rawest beauty, revealing truths about the danger and wildness within the human heart. As the Latin poet Virgil wrote, “woman is a various and a changeful thing.” Tindle’s performance was recorded by the notable producer/composer David Chalmin in his LFO Studio in the south of France.
The Tune In Festival is supported by a generous gift from composer Rachel Fuller (Animal Requiem) and musician Pete Townshend (The Who). Additional funds provided by the Henry Mancini Tribute Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Grant Endowment.