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Awards

E4TT's debut CD, "Surviving: Women's Words", won a Silver Medal in the 2016 Global Music Awards and is available at Amazon,HB Direct, or Arkiv Music or or directly from E4TT. It consists of four song cycles written for E4TT for soprano and piano and soprano, cello, and piano by David Garner to poems by Mascha Kaleko, Rose Auslaender, Else Lasker-Schueler and Yala Korwin and is part of the group's Jewish Music & Poetry Project.

Find out about the names of the composers chosen from our 2016 CALL FOR SCORES.

Articles

About 56x54 Redux: The Second Call for Scores
"Ensemble Champions New Music from Around the World" (Joshua Kosman, SFGate.com)
"June Will Begin With a Very Busy Sunday" (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About the "Guernica" Project
"An Ensemble Asks What Picasso's "Guernica" Means in These Times" (Mark MacNamara, SFCV.org)
"Intriguing Alternatives in Early April" (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)
"Guernica Commemoration" (Jeff Kaliss, Noe Valley Voice, p. 8)
"Guernica" Project Concert to Honor Bombing of Gernika" (Nancy Zubiri, Euskal Kazeta Basque News)
Weekend Plans? We've Got Some Ideas (March 30 Edition)(Georgia Rowe, East Bay Times)
"The world premiere of Ensemble for These Times (E4TT)’s 'The Guernica Project' celebrates the 80th anniversary of Picasso’s 'Guernica' with music by Zavala & Carro and Hoover & Bermel" (Spain-USA Foundation Concert Listing)

About 56x54: E4TT's first Call for Scores
"New Music Bonanza: 56x54 #1"(Janos Gereben, SFCV.org)

About "International/Modern" and International Holocaust Remembrance Day Concert
E4TT will Preview an International Holocaust Remembrance Day Program at Noontime Concerts (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)
"In Music We Trust: Presidio Sessions Opens a Cool New Year" (Mark MacNamara, SFCV.org)

About the Jewish Music & Poetry Project
"Holocaust Remembrance with Works by Korngold and Waxman" (Janos Gereben, SFCV.org)
"Group Revives Works of Those Who Perished in the Holocaust" (Dan Pine, J.The Jewish News of Northern California)
Jewish Music & Poetry Project Premieres Latest Commissions" (German Consulate General, SF, Concert listing)

Radio Interviews

"A War Atrocity Inspires Twice" (Jeffrey Freymann, Culture/The State of the Arts, KDFC.org)

Reviews

CD: "Surviving: Women's Words"
"With the release of this deeply moving and well-conceived project, the San Francisco-based Ensemble for These Times (E4TT) has put forth a superb and relevant spoken word and musical recording...Now more than ever, as the U.S. experiences a déjà vu of hatred and is poised on the brink of societal unravelling, the potent and timeless messages of survival, love, tolerance and forgiveness contained on this brilliant presentation need to resonate throughout the world." (Lesley Mitchell-Clarke at The Whole Note)

"...four passionate meditations on the Holocaust experience delivered through a unique and highly compelling pair of voices, those of both composer and singer." (Stephen Smoliar at Examiner.com)

"fascinating...Garner’s music is difficult but compelling, varied and harmonically interesting… [McGuinness] manages the vocal and musical challenges well." (Erin Heisel at American Record Guide)

"The heartrending words put both darkness and hope in a poetic light. Garner's music brings out the moods and is extremely well done. Recommended." (Grego Applegate Edwards at Classical-Modern Music Review)

"Garner’s settings are effective, particularly in the longest work here, Chanson für Morgen (2012) to words by Mascha Kaléko (1907-1975)... The pieces’ effectiveness lies in the way they speak of the destruction of Judaism and Jewish culture in Eastern Europe while making the loss of history and of a sense of belonging into a wider experience, not one unique to Jews or to a specific time period." (Mark Estren, TransCentury Communications review)

Concert Reviews

"Soprano Nanette McGuinness (accompanied by Dale Tsang on piano and Laura Gaynon on cello) deftly negotiated Garner’s convolutions.” (Stephen Smoliar, Examiner.com, April 5, 2016)

"The high point of the program was definitely the Mendelssohn. Both Macadam-Somer and Tsang-Hall went at it with all the spirited energy it demands." (Stephen Smoliar, Examiner.com, Sept. 10, 2013)

“All four poems in the set [of Phoenix] have a decidedly dark quality. Garner served this quality well...and McGuinness captured that effectively in her delivery of the texts.” (Stephen Smoliar, Examiner.com, April 23, 2013)

"Tsang-Hall flawlessly delivered the catchy, syncopated rhythms of Labyrinth (1991), the darting little figures and wonderful bursts of high treble light in Traveling Light (1991), and the surfeit of energy in the delicious Dodecahedron (1993, 2012).... Also on the program were Gabriela Lena Frank’s lovely Barcarola latinoamericana (2007), whose repeated notes, redolent of the mandolin, Tsang-Hall captured beautifully. The pungent chromaticism of Laura Schwendinger’s Pedal Point (1996) and engaging forward momentum of Elena Ruehr’s Prelude III (2002) flowed easily through her hands." (Jason Victor Serinus, SFCV.com, April 2, 2013)