The members of Areon Flutes
The members of Areon Flutes
courtesy of the Center for New Music

Readers may recall that the most memorable concert of January 2015 took place when alumni of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music decided to push the concept of an Alumni Recital Series concert to the limit. The plan when the series was first announced was to have a program shared by two chamber ensembles consisting entirely (with one exception) of alumni. The first of these was the Mobius Trio of guitar alumni (all class of ’11) Mason Fish, Matthew Holmes-Linder, and Robert Nance. The second was Areon Flutes, the trio of Jill Heinke (’06), Sasha Launer (’11), and Kassey Plaha (the only non-alumna).

However, by the time the recital actually took place, the “alumni count” had been incremented with the addition of two alumni composers. Areon Flutes performed a three-movement suite by Joseph Columbo, whose individual movements were entitled “Spirals,” “Slinkies” and “Staircases.” This was followed by a performance of Danny Clay’s “Broken Birds.” In addition, both ensembles joined forces to perform Clay’s sextet “Echo Park.”

This month Aeron Flutes will continue to expand their repertoire by performing the music of adventurous young composers. They will give a full-evening recital at the Center for New Music (C4NM) curated by Clay. Clay was one of the founders of the Guerrilla Composer Guild; and this will be the latest in a series of “Guerrilla Composers Guild Presents” concerts at C4NM. The participating composers from the Guild will be Clay’s co-founder Nicolas Lell Benavides, Patrick Castillo, Eric Choate, Emma Logan, and Ryan Rey.

Note that the Guild simply provides a means of bringing together composers whose only real shared interest is in having their music performed. There is no unifying “Guerrilla style,” nor has there been any desire to have one. Indeed, what makes these Guerrilla events so appealing is that fresh diversity that cuts across the contributing composers.

From that point of view, Areon Flutes is an excellent vehicle for the expression of new Guerrilla compositions. They have never felt a need to accept the usual constraints of a recital setting. Thus, for example, both “Broken Birds” and “Echo Park” involved innovative approach to the use of the performing space, rather than just standing (or sitting) while playing from music stands. By now the group’s repertoire has become recognized for its use of unique staging, theatrics, and even choreography (not to mention their solid command of just about every size of instrument in the flute family).

This concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15. C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, about half a block north of where Golden Gate Avenue meets Market Street. General admission will be $15 with a $10 rate for C4NM members. Tickets will be available for sale only at the door. Doors will open at 7 p.m.