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“Bach, Beats, Bates” with Mercury Soul I Video Premiere

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Violinists playing music

Image courtesy of Mercury Soul

Join us for the launch of a 3 part video performance series highlighting the Fine Arts Museums curated by Mercury Soul. Hear from Thomas Campbell, Director, and CEO of FAMSF, along with Mason Bates, Artistic Director of Mercury Soul, introduce this partnership in a conversation about the intersections between music, art, and the importance of collaboration. "Bach, Beats, Bates" is filmed on the de Young terrace overlooking the Osher Sculpture Garden and the James Turrell Skyspace. Mercury Soul animates the stunning architecture of the museum with a vibrant soundtrack of minimalist techno and classical sonorities. This combination of Bach with electronica by Mason Bates includes a trio of cellists and solo bassist Scott Pingel from the San Francisco Symphony.
 
 
Mercury Soul at the de Young and Legion of Honor brings to life each museum’s permanent collection and architecture with classical music, DJing, dance, and imaginative cinematography. Music from the Baroque to today’s electronica is paired alongside imagery from the Fine Arts Museums’ permanent collection and distinctive architecture.
 
This event is part of Virtual Wednesdays, a weekly YouTube broadcast bringing you unique viewpoints exploring diversity, resilience, and creative spirit in the arts as we aim to reframe our exhibitions and collections. View upcoming Virtual Wednesdays programs.


About the artists:

Mason Bates, Artistic Director of Mercury Soul, appears as DJ Masonic in San Francisco’s clubs and artspaces, curates large, hybrid musical events in extraordinary spaces around the country. A dynamic electronica artist informed by his activities as a symphonic composer, he has worked in a range of venues — from big commercial clubs such as SF’s Mezzanine and Berlin’s Volksbühne, to institutional spaces such as SFMOMA and Miami’s New World Symphony. His works fusing orchestra and electronica have made him one of the most sought-after composers of his generation. He has served as composer-in-residence for the Chicago Symphony and is currently the first composer-in-residence with the Kennedy Center.
 
Scott Pingel became Principal Bass of the SFS in 2004, having previously served in that position with the Charleston Symphony. Prior to that, he was a member of the New World Symphony. He has also served as guest principal with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada. Mr. Pingel received degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the Manhattan School of Music. Also a jazz musician, he has worked with artists including Michael Brecker, Geoff Keezer, and James Williams. 
 
Adelle-Akiko Kearns currently serves as the Principal Cellist of the Santa Rosa Symphony, Assistant Principal Cellist of Symphony Silicon Valley, the Monterey Symphony and the Music in the Mountains Festival, and as a member of the Marin Symphony. As the recipient of the prestigious Artists International Award, Adelle made her New York recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in November of 2008, and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in the US and Japan. Ms. Kearns holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School. A native of San Francisco, Adelle currently resides in San Jose, where she maintains an active teaching studio. 
 
Evan Kahn, cellist, has been praised as “a cellist deserved of serious listening” for bringing his “electrifying … nuanced and colorful” style to all of his collaborations. In April/May 2018, he served as Artist-in-Residence with Performance Today at NPR, sharing some of his favorite works for cello and his philosophies on music and life, and in February 2019, he was named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month.Evan holds principal positions in three orchestras — Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San Jose, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. He received a Master’s in Chamber Music at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Jennifer Culp. In addition to performing and teaching, Evan enjoys playing pen-and-paper games, reading postmodern fiction, and watching The Great British Bake Off. He plays on a cello by Italian luthier Carlo Carletti, ca. 1900, a bow made for cellist Lynn Harrell by Paul Martin Siefried.
 
Saul Richmond, cellist, is an avid player of many musical genre who loves to collaborate with performers and creators from diverse backgrounds.  So while his main focus remains in the classical world – he is assistant principal in the Santa Cruz Symphony and a section cellist of the Monterey Symphony, as well as being a very active chamber musician in the Bay Area – he plays with groups with roots in hip hop, rock, jazz, electronics, and more. If a cello will fit in (and it always does) he’ll fit in too!

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