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Garden of Memory

I will be performing as part of the unique Garden of Memory event, a columbarium walk-through event held every June 21st from 5pm to 9pm to celebrate the solstice at The Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, California.  Along with some forty other Bay Area new music performers, ranging from Kitka to Sarah Cahill, from the Rova Saxophone Quartet to Amy X Newburg, i will be positioned in one of the hidden nooks in the labrynthine Chapel of the Chimes, performing solo works for violin and mandolin, including "Cluck Old Hen Variations," "Ellis Island Sonata," and assorted improvisations on fretless banjo and other instruments. Note that tickets are available at the door throughout the event. 

Latest Events

June 2, 2018, Cañada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City. Redwood Symphony performs "How Did It Get So Late So Soon," with Karen Bently Pollick, violin.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Garden of Memory, a columbarium walk-through event at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, California. 5-9 PM. I will be performing "Cluck Old Hen Variations," "Ellis Island Sonata," "Improvisation for Violin and Voice (one player)," and other works.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Hillside Concerts presents the "preview" of a piano/violin version of "How Did It Get So Late So Soon?" (movements 2 and 3) with Karen Bentley Pollick and pianist Marja Mutru. Also "Cluck Old Hen Variations" with film by Fred Kolouch, and other works. Berkeley, California

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Karen Bentley Pollick performs Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity 2016, includes "Cluck Old Hen Variations" with film by Fred Kolouch, and other works. Seattle, Washington, Chapel of Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, 4th Floor, corner of 50th Street in Wallingford, Seattle.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, University of Colorado Composer Seminar lecture, Boulder, Colorado

Saturday, November 12 & Sunday, November 13, 2016 - Boulder & Broomfield, Colorado. US Premiere of violin concerto "How Did It Get So Late So Soon? - an homage to Dr. Seuss" (2016), Karen Bentley Pollick, Violin, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Bahman Saless, conductor.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Permainu Muzika/Music of Changes Festival, Klaipėdos koncertų salė, Šaulių g. 36, Klaipeda, Lithuania. Karen Bentley Pollick performs Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity 2016, includes "Cluck Old Hen Variations" with film by Fred Kolouch, and other works.

Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm - Tytuvenai Festival, Lithuania.
World Premiere of Violin Concerto "How Did It Get So Late So Soon?"(2016), Karen Bentley Pollick, Violin; Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Robertas Šervenikas, conductor.

Fricay, March 5th, 2016l 7:30 PM. Chapel Performance Space, at the Historic Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., 4th Floor, Seattle, WA. "Music in the Space Between Us," for eight strings and Radiodrum controlled Trimpin percussion, featuring Andrew Schloss, the Lafayette String Quartet and others; "Impossible Animals," for two voices, with Karen Bentley Pollick and David A. Jaffe, voices; "Cluck Old Hen Variations," for violin, with Ann Elliott-Goldschmid.

Fricay, March 5th, 2016l 7:30 PM. Chapel Performance Space, at the Historic Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., 4th Floor, Seattle, WA. "Music in the Space Between Us," for eight strings and Radiodrum controlled Trimpin percussion, featuring Andrew Schloss, the Lafayette String Quartet and others; "Impossible Animals," for two voices, with Karen Bentley Pollick and David A. Jaffe, voices; "Cluck Old Hen Variations," for violin, with Ann Elliott-Goldschmid.

— Events in 2015: Yi David Yang and Jack Van Geem perform "Library of Babel," S.F. Conservatory of Music (Feb. 22); Lecture/concert at CCRMA, Stanford University (March 4); New Music Works performs "Dybbuk" (Oct. 24); Lecture/concert on Mills College's Songlines series (Nov. 23), including performance of "Cluck Old Hen Variations."

— Events in 2014: US premiere of "Fox Hollow," in Lafayette, Danville and Berkeley, California (Feb 21-24); "Cluck Old Hen Variations" performances: Vilnius, Lithuania (June 16), SPECTRUM in New York, with premiere of film by Fred Kolouch (Oct 5), Detroit Institute of Arts (Oct 10), CCRMA, Stanford (Nov 20); World premiere of "Eight O's in Woolloomooloo" for baroque strings and voice, S. F. Early Music Society, Berkeley, California (Dec 4).

— Events in 2013: Lectures at U.C. Berkeley (March) and Sonoma State (April); premiere of "NotomotoN Unstrung", for mandolin and computer-controlled percussion, at U.C. Irvine (April); World premiere of "The Library of Babel," at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Arcata, California (July); University of Victoria Orion Fellow for 2013, with World premiere of "Fox Hollow" for string quartet and Canadian premiere of "The Space Between Us," "May All Your Children Be Acrobats," and 8 other works (November), Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Radiodrum retrospective lecture

May 3, 2017 - Stanford lecture by my long-time collaborator Andrew Schloss, with lots of the pieces we did together - "A history of radiodrum and robotics in musical performance".  

Works discussedinclude "Underground Economy," "The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World,"  "Maravillas," "MaraDeviBot Variations," "The Space Between US," and others.

Hillside Concerts - violin/piano version of How Did It Get So Late So Soon?

April 8, 2017 - Hillside Concerts.  Bob Cowart's classic Berkeleyconcert series presented the preview performance of the 2nd and 3rd movements of a violin/piano version of my 2016 concerto, "How Did It Get So Late So Soon?," performed by Karen Bentley Pollick and Marja Mutru. This was my first opportunity to have the pleasure of working with Ms. Mutru, who also was extremely helpful in advising me on the piano arrangement.