Eavesdrop the Now
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
San Francisco, CA
Meridian Music: Composers in Performance
in collaboration with Samavesha presents
Eavesdrop the Now
Laura Inserra- Hang and multi instruments
special guest Darren Gibbs- Electric guitar with custom looping software
Wednesday April 10th, 2013
Meet the Artists and Reception 6pm | Solo Concert 7:30pm
MERIDIAN GALLERY - 535 Powell St San Francisco, CA 94108
An evening of immersion into the inspiring timbers of an unusual collection of instruments. Allow yourself to connect with deep listening… to the sound, your senses, your inner space. Inserra will present also a visual art installation called Laugrafia, a work done on slides treated with a scratching technique.
Laura Inserra is a vibrant and talented composer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher and artistic director. She is a classically trained musician with a strong background in improvisation and minimalist music. A native of Sicily, her work in Italy is well-known, including integral participation in the composition of numerous movie scores and the artistic direction of innovative live productions.
An internationally acclaimed Hang player, Laura has collaborated with various artists globally. The Hang has been dubbed as "the new instrument of this Millennium". Her performances display ancient and modern instruments and are infused with a unique blend of musical inspiration and melodic harmonies which deeply resonate with audiences worldwide.
Inserra performed internationally in prestigious festivals and theaters in Italy and the US that include: The Colosseum (Rome), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome), Teatro Olimpico (Rome), The Chapel of the Chimes (Oakland), CounterPULSE (SF), NOHSpace (SF) San Francisco City Hall, Grace Cathedral (SF) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF) among others.
For many years now, she has been involved in the artistic direction of multi-disciplinary performances in Europe and in the US. In 2007 she moved to the Bay Area and she founded Samavesha, a multidisciplinary performing art and music non-profit organization based out of Berkeley. Samavesha performs with local and international artists with the mission of bringing performing art and music events to the community, exploring the intersection of traditional art forms with contemporary artistic languages, and creating the awareness of the vital importance of creativity and art in human’s lives as a source of a healthy living. More info at www.LauraInserra.com
Audiences worldwide are not only mesmerized by this woman but also captivated by her virtuosity, profound musicality, and the passion that she brings on the stage.
“Laura Inserra’s Hang playing is captivating. She effortlessly floats her melody lines on top of intricate rhythmic expressions, dancing gracefully. It truly sounds like more than one person playing the Hang. Listening carefully, you hear brilliant control and cascading multiple parts all played flawlessly together. Laura truly creates magical soundscape experiences with the Hang. A must hear!“ - Lumin White - Recording Engineer at Santa Rosa Symphony.
Supported in part by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.
TRANSPORTATION: Meridian Gallery is located one and a half blocks north of Union Square in downtown San Francisco. A short walk from the Powell BART station, and multiple MUNI bus lines. Please see 511.org to find the fastest way to get to us via public transportation.
PARKING: Street parking can be difficult, though not impossible. The Sutter-Stockton garage, one block east of Meridian, is easily accessible and reasonably priced. Entrances are on Bush Street (traveling east) and on Stockton Street (traveling north from Union Square). Parking is also available in the Union Square garage which has a number of entrances around the square, and is two blocks from the gallery.