- Featured: Gianna Abondolo
- Release Date: 7/28/2008
Gianna Abondolo, cellist, leads a dynamic career performing regularly as soloist, chamber musician, improviser, and composer. A former member of the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra and graduate of the Juilliard School she has performed extensively in festivals such as Other Minds, Marlboro, and Tanglewood, among others and as soloist with the San Francisco and Contra Costa Chamber Orchestras, Old First Concerts Series, Hertz Hall Concert Series at UC Berkeley, and Mills College Contemporary Music Series. Her recording of Karen Tanaka's musical score for the dance video "Of Time and the Spirit", directed by Tonia Shimin, won critical acclaim in Santa Barbara's 2008 International Film Festival and will be shown this fall at The Reel Dance Film Festival in Victoria, BC, and Gray's Reef Film Festival in Savannah, Georgia. Her own compositions have been commissioned and performed at the Oakland Dance Festival, New York's Cunningham Space, Jacob\'s Pillow, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, and for the San Francisco Old First Concerts series, UC Santa Clara New Music Festival, and "Strings" Showcase Concert Series in Berkeley, CA. Currently she resides in Richmond, CA, where she is on the faculty at Mills College. Anemone came to life through the artistic collaboration of cellist/composer Gianna Abondolo and choreographer Christopher Pilafian. Named for the delicate windflower, the piece follows the transformation of a woman who finds the strength to liberate herself from the limiting ties of social norms. Anemone was commissioned by renowned dancer Nancy Colahan and premiered by Ms. Colahan and Gianna Abondolo in 1998 at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at CSULA.