Source: Santa Monica Public Library.
The Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library marks its 50th event with the world premiere of “Unknown Summits,” a major work by acclaimed L.A. composer Daniel Corral, on Wednesday March 20, 2019, at 7:30pm in the Main Library Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
“Unknown Summits” is a song cycle based on texts from summit logs found in the Sierra Club archives. Summit logs are guest books kept at mountaintops for climbers to record their accomplishments and reflections. Corral was especially drawn to books whose original locations are no longer known, thus “Unknown Summits.”
His settings of these texts will be brought to life by vocalist Joanna Wallfisch, who has toured with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and now teaches on L.A’s Skid Row with the Urban Voices Project, joined by the Koan Quartet (Eric KM Clark and Orin Hildestad, violins, Cassia Streb, viola, and Jennifer Bewerse, cello) and Corral on accordion.
Originally from Alaska, Daniel Corral is one of L.A’s most acclaimed young composers. He teaches at CalArts, where he received his MFA, and his work has been performed at REDCAT, Pianospheres, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, USC, Cal State Northridge, the wulf, the Hammer Museum, and Santa Monica’s GLOW festival, among other venues. He has worked with Timur and the Dime Museum, The Industry opera company, the Sonic Open Orchestra, EAR Unit, Wild Up, Opera Povera, and numerous other ensembles.
Soundwaves is a concert series featuring composers and performers who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Public Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders. Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings are at SoundwavesNewMusic.com
Admission is free and all are welcome. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For other disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.