Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wrenchophones and New Chamber Music

April 25th-27th, 2010 ~ joint-collaboration between "Out of Context" and "Proper Glue" Percussion Duo.
With our ensemble's flexible instrumentation policy, we are able to perform with some exceptional musicians and perform some large ensemble works. The sky is the limit for this tour as we are excited to be premiering several compositions for unusual instrumentations; the boundaries of chamber music are going to be expanded for this one!

I'll give you a visual: WRENCH-O-PHONE

Paul Coleman invented an instrument that consists of 12 graduated wrenches and will be played by Steve and Melanie Sehmen of the "Proper Glue" Percussion Duo. Wanting to reach beyond the normal audience that is attracted to a new music concert, we are presenting the instrument at two hardware stores in Rochester and Fredonia. Amidst the paint samples and hammers, we will be squeezing unconventional percussion equipment into a great new space. It turns out that Paul, David, Steve and Melanie frequented our Rochester location, Mayer Hardware, many times while students at Eastman for everything from percussion materials to concert production tools. It seems fitting to be supporting this unlikely (and unknowing) assistant of contemporary music.

New Chamber Music for the Loboe:
Paul is currently writing a new work for low-A oboe and piano called "Coupling". I'm thrilled beyond belief to see it. Both Paul and David will incorporate the extended range into their two large works for soprano and mixed ensemble.

We received funding from the "Meet the Composer" Foundation in NYC in order for composers Paul and David to discuss their music and the tour itself is funded in part through the Meet the Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program. We have musicians coming from Los Angeles and New York City as well as those based in Rochester and Buffalo.

So who are all these people? 
David Plylar                                
Paul Coleman                     
Melanie Sehmen                          
Steve Sehmen                            

Jamie Jordan, Soprano         
David Leung, Violin             
Zuzanna A. Szewczyk, Piano     
Justin Hoke, Celeste          

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