Meredith Monk’s On Behalf of Nature

A poetic meditation on the environment for eight performers by composer, vocalist, and director/choreographer Meredith Monk. Performance history includes CAP UCLA (Los Angeles, CA); Edinburgh International Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland); BAM Harvey Theater (Brooklyn, NY); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA). Audio recording available on ECM Records.

Ryan Brown’s Mortal Lessons

A semi-staged “medical oratorio” that toes the line between the sacred and profane, the grotesque and sublime. Scored for vocal quartet (Tonia D’Amelio, Justin Montigne, Samuel Faustine, Sidney Chen), percussion quartet, two keyboards, and electronics. Performance history includes the 2017 Switchboard Festival and the 2018 Hot Air Festival.

Be Still  (Garden of Memory, Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA, June 21, 2008) / Photo by Luigi Anzivino

Be Still (Garden of Memory, Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA, June 21, 2008) / Photo by Luigi Anzivino


Garden of Memory

Performances of music for unamplified solo voice (and sometimes accompanied by DIY music boxes) at annual summer solstice event at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland.

Other Minds Festival 23:
Capital Capitals by Gertrude Stein & Virgil Thomson

Capital Capitals, a text work by Gertrude Stein dating from 1917, set to music by Virgil Thomson in 1927 for four male voices and piano. Performed at OM23 at ODC Theater by Kevin Baum, Randall Wong, Joel Chapman, Sidney Chen, and Sarah Cahill (piano). 

The M6

The M6, a New York-based vocal sextet, is dedicated to continuing the legacy Meredith Monk. In 2007, the group formed out of the desire to continue learning Monk’s work through direct coachings with the composer herself, as well as with past and present members of her Vocal Ensemble. Since the majority of Monk’s work has been created and taught in the oral tradition, the group is devoted to immersion in this process and believes it is vital in order to assure that her extraordinary work lives on. Appearances have included concerts at Zankel Hall, Whitney Museum, La MaMa, Symphony Space, The Stone, Roulette, and Issue Project Room, as well as performances and residencies at Trinity College in Hartford, Syracuse University, Bronx Community College, and Sarah Lawrence College. The M6 is Holly Nadal, Emily Eagen, Toby Newman, Peter Sciscioli, Sasha Bogdanowitsch, and Sidney Chen.

Friction Quartet + Vocal Quartet

Vocalists Amy Foote, Molly Mahoney, Michael Desnoyers, and Sidney Chen joined the Friction Quartet for a commissioned program of works by composers Nick Benavides, Danny Clay, Noah Luna, and Mark Winges for string quartet and vocal quartet. Each work draws inspiration from an artist who died young: the great Hank Williams, charismatic cellist Jacqueline du Pré, bebop legend Charlie Parker, and the American poet Joe Bolton. 

2015 Music & Words Festival:
Sinfonia by Luciano Berio

Eight singers from the San Francisco new-music vocal ensemble Volti (Yuhi Aizawa Combatti, Cecilia Lam, Sharmila Guha Lash, Celeste Winant, Jeffrey Wang, Julian Kusnadi, Jeffrey Bennett, Sidney Chen) joined conductor Christian Baldini and the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra for a performance the monumental Sinfonia by Luciano Berio at Mondavi Center in Davis, CA.