Join us for a workshop performance of Any Place But Here, a song cycle in 13 poems.  

Amy is incredibly excited to be sharing the second workshop performance of her song cycle, Any Place But Here, composed for voice and string quartet.

The cycle tells the story of a fictional male character leaving the American South during the Great Migration (1910 – 1970) and heading to an unnamed city. The songs tell of his hope as guiding force, his drive toward dignity, and his search for the elusive feeling of belonging in a hostile nation.  All songs are composed using 20th century African-American poetry as lyric.

The cycle is set to premier at the Oakland Museum of California in February, 2016.  Come listen, discuss, and be a part of this evolving work. Amy will be accompanied this evening by Amaranth String Quartet.

Amy LaCour

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Vocalist and composer, Amy LaCour, has been a performing vocalist and songwriter for nearly 20 years, traveling nationally and abroad. She has independently released four recordings of original music, and has collaborated with artists from the diverse musical worlds of jazz, reggae, R&B, and classical. 

Amy can frequently be seen performing with the Amy LaCour trio featuring Misha Khalikulov, cello and Josh Mellinger, percussion. 

Amy is a graduate of Columbia University, with a Major in African-American literature. She is the granddaughter of Louisiana Creoles who migrated to California in 1945. Her current project, Any Place But Here, is dedicated to their memory.

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Amaranth is an innovative string quartet committed to exposing divergent communities to the wonders of chamber music. Since its inception in 2013 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the quartet has studied closely with members of the Ives, Kronos, and Concord String Quartets. They have performed for and alongside the Pacifica Quartet, Brentano String Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, and Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim. In spring 2015, Amaranth was a featured guest artist on the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music Next Generation concert series.

Beyond classical string quartet repertoire, Amaranth is committed to working with artists from a multitude of backgrounds and creating original compositions and arrangements for quartet.


$10-$15 sliding scale