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VOICES OF SILICON VALLEY

         A new chamber choral ensemble in the South Bay

 

"...an adventurous new ensemble led by Artistic Director Cyril Deaconoff..."
San Francisco Chronicle

"The inspiration of new challenges motivates Cyril Deaconoff, the conductor and artistic director behind Voices of Silicon Valley... The engineers from Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) provided world-class amplification...This ensemble boasts not only a great mission but also great vocal talent. "

San Francisco Classical Voice

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                    who we are

Founded in 2014, our mission is to provide a new outlet for musical collaborations in the Silicon Valley Area, especially multi-media collaborations that make music more exciting and relevant to our audiences through the use of technology. In particular, we combine vocal singing with technology, thus presenting traditional choral works in a new light, and we encourage local composers & artists to create new works for this special combination.

                   Singers                           Composers

Approaching music with open minds,                  Working with local composers, we
our singers give voice to new musical works            explore a variety of musical styles,
from our collaborators, as well as performing           including the use of electronic music.
works that are rarely heard in the Bay Area           We also use music to highlight local
                                                  issues, such as the struggles of
                                                 undocumented workers in the US

 

                  artists                           technology

        Using slide shows and other visualizations,              Re-imagining the concert-goer's
        our artists play a key role in helping our               experience by translating sound waves
        audiences "see" the music, thus giving                   into waves of color, incorporating the
        audiences deeper insight into the musical                use of cell phone apps, or by using
        works that we perform                                    OMAX to re-mix what it hears, we use
                                                                 technology to enhance our concerts

 

                               About Our Director

American composer, conductor, and organist Cyril Deaconoff, originally from Russia, was born in Moscow.  He attended Gnesine State Music College and is a graduate of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Composition and Conducting).  In December 2006, Deaconoff completed his Doctoral degree in Conducting at Indiana University Bloomington, where he also studied composition with Sven-David Sandström. A number of his other works, including the choral ballade A Northern Tale, were also performed at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

An active choral/orchestral conductor, Dr. Deaconoff was one of only sixteen conductors chosen by Chorus America to participate in the 2006 Beethoven Conducting Master Class with the Philadelphia Singers and the Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Christoff Eschenbach. Several of his recent works — including A Northern Tale, the cantata Canticles of Love, Despair, and Hope, and the orchestral overture Symphonic Parallels — have been recently published by E.C. Schirmer. In November 2011, West Bay Opera in San Francisco Bay area presented a workshop performance of Deaconoff's new opera, The Last Tycoon, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In February of 2018 West Edge Opera included The Last Tycoon into their Snapshot presentation.

Cyril Deaconoff is also a well-known organist and was one of 7 organists selected from all over the world to perform at the 14th Cesar Franck International Competition and Masterclass in Netherlands in 2013, the only American organist to be given such an honor. He is in demand as a concert organist and has performed on the symphonic organ at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco on several occasions.

Audio tracks for Cyril's works and more information may be found on www.cyrildeaconoff.com

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                     events

January 27, 2018 | 2:00-4:00 pm                      November 11, 2018 5 pm
Recording Project / Open Rehearsal                   STOCKHAUSEN STIMMUNG
Campbell United Church of Christ                     Pentatonix, MLK/U2
400 W Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008 San Francisco Conservatory of Music www.sfcm.edu

Advance discounted tickets available at

https://stimmungsf.brownpapertickets.com/

December 15, 2018 7:30 pm
Season of Hope concert series

Moms of Silicon Valley, Pentatonix, MLK/U2
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Downtown San Jose

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PREVIOUS EVENTS

MAY 2017

"Stimmung"                                         

Stimmung, by Karl-Heinz Stockhausen,
a seminal work of 20th century avant-garde,
brought back to the Bay Area for the first time in 30 years!

and "Missa Luba"

A beloved arrangement of
traditional Mass text infused with
African rhythms and tunes

DECEMBER 2015

"Holiday Discovery Train: Vocal Music from Sacred to Jazz"

ALL ABOARD!  This concert invites audiences to discover a wide range of musical genres, from sacred music to vocal jazz. On the program are Poulenc's Christmas Motets, vocal jazz standards from the repertoire of Billy Strayhorn & Manhattan Transfer, several world premieres by Bay Area composers – Alexander Frank, Vadim Rivkin, Cyril Deaconoff – and a new work by Seattle composer Jessica French

DECEMBER 2016

"The Many Faces of Love"

Songs and arrangements from different periods, classical and pop:
Billy Joel and Victoria, Girl from Ipanema, and J.S. Bach, as well as Sympathy, a piece for choir, audience, and cell phones.

JUNE 2016

"Hope & Remembrance - Salon of French Music"

Dedicated to the memory of those affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris & Brussels,
this all-French program will celebrate French vocal music from past to present, including
music by Clément Janequin, Francis Poulenc & several contemporary composers

MAY & JUNE 2015

"Empathize. Rejoice. Transcend"

Music has the power to touch the heart and uplift the soul ...
We are proud to present the world premiere of "Silicon Valley Moms: Views from a California ESL Class", a new work by Monica Houghton highlighting the struggles of undocumented workers in Silicon Valley. This will be followed by the sublime music of Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli, and playful madrigals from the Renaissance period

DECEMBER 2014

"Colors of a Joyous Season"

In this inaugural concert, we present a selection of the most beautiful & challenging works from Bach, Pärt, Messiaen, Taverner & more – all around the themes of joy, creation, and new birth, combined with fascinating visualization technology courtesy of SoundSpectrum

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Meet Our Partners

Voices of Silicon Valley is dedicated to the exploration of new music, and the combination of vocal sound and technology. We are proud to feature work by the following artists, composers, musicians, and technology wizards.

              

Monica Houghton                                                    Cyril Deaconoff

Silicon Valley Moms                                       Gloria (Dec 2014)

 (June 2015)                                            Kontakion (June 2015)
                                                        May My Heart (Dec 2015)  

Jessica French                                                

Escape                                                     Alexander Frank
(Dec 2015)                                             Partials I, Psalm 41 (Dec 2015)

 

Geoff Schuller                                                     Taurin Barrera

Uniting his love of music with his passion for        Taurin is an electronic musician and sound     

technology, Geoff spent the first year with           artist whose work explores the interactive

Voices of Silicon Valley exploring ways to            connections between technology and perception.

incorporate software that reacts to our vocal         His work incorporates technology to augment

performance, as well as other visuals that            our synesthetic experiences of sound sound and

complement it.                                        visual art — he composes music you can see and

                                                      images you can hear.

 

 

                         

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Donations

By donating to Voices of Silicon Valley you support the vital work of innovation in choral and vocal field.
All donations made to Voices of Silicon Valley through our fiscal sponsor's Fractured Atlas site are fully tax-deductible.
In addition, you can donate through our PayPal account: voicessv@yahoo.com
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