Solos: Ammie Brod // Kenneth Cox
Feb
2
5:00 PM17:00

Solos: Ammie Brod // Kenneth Cox

Chicago-based violist of ensemble dal niente, Ammie Brod, is sharing Memento Mori, her new solo program to Cleveland. Memento Mori: life is fleeting and transformation to another state is inevitable. A frequent theme of European religious art from the medieval to the Victorian eras, memento mori is the underlying concept behind a series of new works for solo viola. This concert features commissioned pieces by Alejandro Acierto, Lisa Atkinson, Jacob Sudol, and LJ White, as well as Katherine Pukinskis' Quiet Threnody (2015).

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Currently based in Bowling Green, OH, Kenneth Cox is performing music by Marcos Balter, Du Yun, Kate Soper and Eve Belgarian. As a huge supporter for women’s and LGBTQ rights, Kenneth’s programming is centered around promoting/performing music of minorities. While all of these composers utilize the human voice in some aspect, they also experiment with silence, defining their own interpretation of what it means to be silenced, creating very unique sonic atmospheres that will stand the test of time for many years to come. 

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The Nakatani Gong Orchestra
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

The Nakatani Gong Orchestra

The Nakatani Gong Orchestra is Tatsuya Nakatani’s large ensemble nomadic sound art project. Consisting of 17 of Nakatani’s adapted gongs played with his handmade bows, it is the only bowed Gong Orchestra in the world. Local players from each community are brought together for a technique workshop and rehearsal with Nakatani before he conducts them in a public performance of his improvised harmonic composition. Through hundreds of performances, thousands of participants have been involved in creating these transformative art works. Nakatani, an avant-garde sound artist and master percussionist, will begin the concert with a solo set of improvised music.

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Season kick-off: Aaron Hynds // Patchwork
Nov
4
7:30 PM19:30

Season kick-off: Aaron Hynds // Patchwork

Nebraska-based tubist/composer Aaron Hynds performs his own project, Transformer, a large-scale, evolving work for tuba and computer. This work relies on a series of improvisatory sections that are determined at the moment of performance, and which are realized in performance by the tuba and computer. It is inspired by the composer's life-long love of science fiction, and by the realization of the computer as an equal creative entity.

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Patchwork, local saxophone and drum set duo, performs an action-packed program showcasing world premieres by composers Erin Rogers, Aaron Myers-Brooks, and Cleveland-based Jeremey Poparad.

Jeremey Poparad's Crisp Otter features tightly woven syncopated rhythms and exhibits strong influences of funk and jazz fusion. Aaron Myers-Brooks' Four Grids is a set of short, contrasting movements that draw heavily from metal and math rock. Erin Rogers' Fast Love "explores matters-of-the-heart" through the use of a variety of unconventional saxophone techniques. Osnat Netzer's Zwang und Zweifel "explores the inner tumult that happens when one tries to live with a choice between two options, both of which threaten to tear body and mind to shreds." Hong-Da Chin's ...time was not passing... it was turning in a circle... examines the "history of humanity [...] that keeps repeating itself in a circle, be it honorable or vicious."

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