Program: Talos Dreams

Talos Dreams

Composed by Costas Dafnis
A production of the Greek Chamber Music Project


Ellie Falaris Ganelin, flute


Kyle Bruckmann, oboe

Body Heat

Ariel Wang, violin


Lewis Patzner, cello


Ellie Falaris Ganelin, flute
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe
Ariel Wang, violin
Lewis Patzner, cello
Costas Dafnis, ghostplate

Ellie Falaris Ganelin is a flutist with an engaging stage presence and a unique array of influences. Classically trained, she is also versed in jazz, Latin, Brazilian music, indie, and experimental music. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is active as a performer of chamber and orchestral music. She is committed to making classical music inviting and accessible for all as an ambassador and performer for the Awesöme Orchestra Collective. Ellie is the founder of the Greek Chamber Music Project, a record label and presenter devoted to the music of Greek composers. She has brought her performances with GCMP to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as cultural centers and universities across the U.S. and Canada.

Composer/performer Kyle Bruckmann’s work extends from a Western classical foundation into gray areas encompassing free jazz, electronic music and post-punk rock. A busy and varied performance schedule and appearances on more than 100 recordings have led to his recognition as “an excellent composer, striking the right balance between form and freedom” (Signal to Noise), “a modern day renaissance musician” (Dusted) and “a seasoned improviser with impressive extended technique and peculiar artistic flair” (All Music Guide). Shortly after moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003, he joined forces with acclaimed new music collective sfSound and with Quinteto Latino (a woodwind quintet specializing in Latin American composers). He is now also a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, and Splinter Reeds. He has worked as a substitute with the San Francisco Symphony and most of the area’s regional orchestras while remaining active in an international community of improvisers and sound artists.

After almost a decade since the inception of her first grassroots EP, Ariel Wang has come into herself as an artist and musician with the writing and recording of her new full-length album, “Bridges,” which pulls from a deep grounding in folk with traces of metal, western classical music, and progressive rock. Although she identifies as a Bay Area native, and has spent almost two decades in the East Bay, her roots spread wide, having lived as a child in multiple parts of the country from Chicago to Baton Rouge. Her background is a Bachelors in Psychology from UC Berkeley, Masters in Violin Performance from San Francisco State University, truffle-making with local chocolatier Coracao Confections, frolicking in the Northern California woods, and a deep immersion in the East Bay area underground music scene.

Lewis Patzner is a cellist and composer from Oakland, CA, and received his Bachelor’s degree from Peabody, studying with Amit Peled, in 2007. Lewis plays all styles of music and has an extensive list of recording credits, including recently as the featured cellist on the score for the Oscar-nominated film, “Can You Ever Forgive Me.” His past groups include Judgement Day (founding member), Whiskerman (founding member), and La Dee Da. He currently plays with the Town Quartet, Cosa Nostra Strings, Proteus Trio, Musical Art Quintet, and Ariel Wang.

Costas Dafnis is a composer and sound artist based in California. In addition to concert music, Dafnis composes works for theater, dance and games. His orchestral works have been featured by the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Dallas Winds and New Music USA. Recent film credits include Torch with C.R. Coppola and the indie feature Overwhelm the Sky from director Daniel Kremer. His works are published and available through Walton, GIA, Hal Leonard, and Noisi Paintr Music. Dafnis lectures in film at the San Francisco Art Institute and serves on the Technology and Composition faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


Performance, audio and video recording by the artists

Audio mixes by Costas Dafnis

Drone videography by Ross Robinson

Video editing by Chris Volosevich

Talos Dreams is inspired by the book Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology by Adrienne Mayor

Supported in part by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Faculty Grant

Coming May 16: New album featuring Talos Dreams and other works by Greek composers.

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