Cellist Jeanrenaud, Baritone Lalli, Perform At OPUS 415

New-music event features 25 composers, 75 performers in 10 hours of music.

Former Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud performed the world premiere of Mark Grey's Blood Red at the fifth annual Bay Area New Music Marathon, OPUS 415 No. 5.

The complex piece featured Jeanrenaud's cello set against layers of audio-processed electronic sound.

The new-music marathon, which unfolded on March 19 at San Francisco's Theater Artaud, embraced a broad range of styles and methods of musical creation, from a minimalist take on Baroque master Georg Philipp Telemann to computer-generated sound.

This year the marathon — which featured 25 composers and 75 performers — presented over 10 hours of new music. Performances included baritone Richard Lalli's rendition of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Del Tredici's Three Songs for Baritone and Piano.

The Common Sense Composers' Collective, comprising eight bicoastal composers dedicated to creative development of new musical works, created OPUS 415 in the tradition of New York's famed "Bang on a Can" improvisational series.