Volti presents an all-online series of cocktail-hour mini-concerts, featuring four premieres over the course of the season.

Concerts will be presented at 5:30 PM PST on Saturdays and will be less than an hour long.

Zoom in and join us for musical adventures!




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In consideration of safe online practices, reservations must be made in advance.

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Volti continues its all-online season with Danny Clay’s Singing Puzzles, premiering on Saturday, December 19, 2020, at 5:30 PM Pacific time.

Described by the composer as “an experimental musical variety show,” Singing Puzzles consists of a series of video-based musical games that the Volti singers realized and recorded collectively over Zoom. Someone might make up a melody and then others improvise over it; Danny might show a video of squiggles that sort of look like a musical score and the singers “sing” what they think the “score” is telling them. It’s a creative process that uses very different skills than learning a typical score. It yields fascinating and often beautiful results – and it’s fun!

Danny Clay is a composer and teaching artist whose work is deeply rooted in curiosity, collaboration, and the sheer joy of making things with people of all ages and levels of artistic experience.

Working closely with artists, students, and community members alike, he builds worlds of inquiry, play, and perpetual discovery that integrate elements of sound, movement, theater, and visual design. Children’s games, speculative systems, cognitive puzzles, invented notation, found objects, imaginary archives, repurposed media, micro-improvisations, and happy accidents all make frequent appearances in his projects.

Recent collaborators in addition to Volti include Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, Third Coast Percussion, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Wu Man, Sarah Cahill, Phyllis Chen, and printmaker Jon Fischer. His work has been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP), Ensemble Dal Niente, and has been presented by the deYoung Museum, San Francisco Performances, the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts at the Minnesota Street Project, the Grey Area Foundation for the Arts, the Meaney Center for the Arts in Seattle, and university programs throughout the United States.

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