2022 Schedule

Thursday 06.09.22

3pm | Location TBA
OJAI TALKS

Ara Guzelimian, Artistic and Executive Director  
AMOC and guests

 

8pm | Libbey Bowl
OPENING NIGHT

The Festival’s first evening is an epic musical marathon that features AMOC’s core members. This wide-ranging program will include music by Andy Akiho, Kate Soper, Alban Berg, Celeste Oram, Matthew Aucoin, Iannis Xenakis, and Eric Wubbels.


Friday 06.10.22

8am | Zalk Theater, Besant Hill School
OJAI DAWNS

Program to be announced

Festival Family Donor event

 

11am | Libbey Bowl
EASTMAN

Featuring Doug Balliett, Miranda Cuckson, Emi Ferguson, Conor Hanick, Davóne Tines, and special guest collaborator Seth Parker Woods
Directed by Zack Winokur

A multi-dimensional performance piece, EASTMAN reflects the performers’ consideration of Julius Eastman’s art and the larger context of his life, creativity, and humanity. The program will include performances of some of Eastman’s most affecting works, including Buddha, Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc, and his epic, joyous Stay on It.

 

2:30pm | Greenberg Activity Center, Ojai Valley School
Collaborative Dance-Theater Work by Bobbi Jene Smith (world premiere)

Featuring AMOC artists Paul Appleby, Julia Bullock, Julia Eichten, Keir GoGwilt, Conor Hanick, Coleman Itzkoff, Or Schraiber, and Bobbi Jene Smith, and guest collaborators Vinson Fraley, Jesse Kovarsky, Yiannis Logothetis, Mackenzie Meldrum, and Mouna Soualem

A new piece by Bobbi Jene Smith, made specially for the 2022 Ojai Festival. This work, evolving and adapting parts of her most recent film Broken Theater, which was developed and shot at Mass MoCA and La Mama, explores themes of power, love, and trust through the theatrics of rehearsal. It presents a theater company caught in the midst of preparing for their show. Company members perform music by Schubert, Bach, Connie Converse, Pete Seeger, exquisitely curated and choreographed. But signals are crossed; the chain of command breaks down; the artists repeat, rebuild, and take apart the moment of performance.

 

5pm | Libbey Bowl
the echoing of tenses (world premiere)

Composed by Anthony Cheung, commissioned by AMOC
Featuring AMOC members Paul Appleby, Miranda Cuckson, and Conor Hanick

A new song cycle, the echoing of tenses, commissioned from Anthony Cheung, sets poetry by Asian-American writers interconnected by the larger theme of memory, made complicated by the circumstances and tensions of cultural and personal identity, family, migration, loss, and reflection. The various poems by Arthur Sze, Monica Youn, Jenny Xie, Ocean Vuong, and others, will be sung, spoken, and interwoven throughout. The work features Paul Appleby, Miranda Cuckson, and Conor Hanick, and a score that mixes live performance with pre-recorded sound design, in collaboration with David Bird.

 

8pm | Libbey Bowl
FAMILY DINNER (world premiere)

Composed by Matthew Aucoin, commissioned by AMOC
Featuring AMOC artists and guest collaborators TBA

On Friday evening, AMOC will perform the world premiere of Family Dinner, a cycle of new mini-concertos composed by Matthew Aucoin, each movement of which spotlights a different member of AMOC. The piece will also feature spoken “toasts,” delivered both by AMOC artists and special guests.


Saturday 06.11.22

11am | Libbey Bowl
About Bach

Featuring AMOC members and guest collaborators

A program featuring contemporary interpretations of J.S. Bach’s instrumental music that will include:
Cassandra MILLER   About Bach
J.S. BACH   Chaconne,  from Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004
Reiko FUETING   Tanz Tanz
J.S.BACH  Sonatas and Preludes

 

2:30pm | Zalk Theater, Besant Hill School
How to Fall Apart (world premiere)

Composed by Carolyn Chen, commissioned by AMOC
Created in collaboration with and featuring AMOC company members Jay Campbell, Julia Eichten, Keir GoGwilt, Or Schraiber, and guest collaborators Yiannis Logothetis and Matilda Sakamoto

Carolyn Chen’s How to Fall Apart describes cosmic, natural, and human processes of disintegration, aging and falling apart. This one-hour work integrates text, gesture, and music, building upon Chen’s long-standing compositional work “in which sensuality and abstraction find common ground” (LA Times).

Festival Family Donor event

 

4:30pm | Zalk Theater, Besant Hill School
WAITING (world premiere)

Created by Or Schraiber, Yiannis Logothetis, Coleman Itzkoff, and Bobbi Jene Smith
Featuring Or Schraiber, Yiannis Logothetis, and Coleman Itzkoff
Dramaturgy by Bobbi Jene Smith

WAITING is a dance-music piece excavating the complexity of ancient relationships: the tortured conception of friendship as a messy amalgam of love, hatred, insecurity, and neediness. Informed by the French absurdism of the 1960s, each performer attempts to share their tales, the scarring curiosity of the unknown, and the haunting sensations that come as a consequence of their actions.

Festival Family Donor event

 

8pm | Libbey Bowl
HARAWI (world premiere staging)

Featuring Julia Bullock, Conor Hanick, Or Schraiber, and Bobbi Jene Smith
Direction by Zack Winokur
Choreography by Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber
Costume Design by Carlos Soto
Lighting Design by John Torres
Sound Design by Mark Grey

HARAWI is a deeply affecting hour-long song cycle for soprano and piano written by Olivier Messiaen. In addition to Julia Bullock and Conor Hanick’s performance of this sweeping work, this semi-staged production breaks open Messiaen’s musical explorations of love and death into a newly physicalized and theatrical dimension through the choreographic work of Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber, and direction by Zack Winokur.


Sunday 06.12.22

10am | Libbey Bowl
THE BOOK OF SOUNDS

Conor Hanick, piano

A rare performance of The Book of Sounds, a remarkable cycle of 12 solo piano pieces written between 1979 to 1982 by the pioneering German composer, pianist, poet and visual artist Hans Otte (1926-2007). The work is a mesmerizing exploration of sound, shaped by Otte’s immersion in both European and Eastern spirituality as well as his championing of such composers as John Cage, Terry Riley, and Philip Glass.

 

2:30pm | Greenberg Activity Center, Ojai Valley School
Collaborative Dance-Theater Work by Bobbi Jene Smith (world premiere)

Featuring AMOC artists Paul Appleby, Julia Bullock, Julia Eichten, Keir GoGwilt, Conor Hanick, Coleman Itzkoff, Or Schraiber, and Bobbi Jene Smith, and guest collaborators Vinson Fraley, Jesse Kovarsky, Yiannis Logothetis, Mackenzie Meldrum, and Mouna Soualem 

A new piece by Bobbi Jene Smith, made specially for the Ojai Festival 2022. This new work, evolving and adapting parts of her most recent film Broken Theater, which was developed and shot at Mass MoCA and La Mama, explores themes of power, love, and trust through the theatrics of rehearsal. It presents a theater company caught in the midst of preparing for their show. Company members willingly offer to perform music by Schubert, Bach, Connie Converse, Pete Seeger, exquisitely curated and choreographed. But signals are crossed; the chain of command breaks down; the artists repeat, rebuild, and take apart the moment of performance.

 

5:30pm | Libbey Bowl
FINALE CONCERT

AMOC will bring the 2022 Festival to a close with a joyful, high-spirited program that brings together every one of the Festival’s artists, in every discipline, for a grand finale and communal catharsis. The program will range from Baroque arias featuring countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, to the ecstatic, shape-shifting grooves of Julius Eastman.

 

As of 12.09.21. Programs and artists are subject to change. 

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