On Wednesday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, the Soundwaves new music series presents performances of two solo compositions released on CD by the Venice-based Cold Blue Music record label.

Vicki Ray will perform Daniel Lentz’ “River of 1000 Streams” for piano and cascading echoes. Layers of electronic echo are applied to the piano to represent the Yellowstone River at dawn. Vicki Ray is one of Los Angeles’ leading new music pianists, working with the EAR Unit, the LA Philharmonic, numerous other ensembles, and solo. The New Yorker’s music critic Alex Ross listed her recording of this work as one of his top albums of 2017.

Harp virtuoso Tasha Smith Godínez makes her Soundwaves debut playing “In the Village of Hope,” a major addition to the harp repertoire written for her by Michael Byron.

Founded in the early 1980s by composer Jim Fox, Cold Blue Music has released dozens of LPs and CDs of minimalist and post-minimalist composition, with a focus on California artists.

Soundwaves is a concert series presenting performers and composers who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Public Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders. Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows, as well as sound and video recordings, are at SoundwavesNewMusic.com

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For other disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to the event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

Jeff Schwartz, Reference Librarian