February 8: OGNI SUONO – saxophone duo

• Performance 2/8 @ 7pm in Dancz Hall

Formed by American saxophonists Noa Even and Phil Pierick in 2009, Ogni Suono is committed to expanding and promoting repertoire for saxophone duo by commissioning and performing new works. Their album, Invisible Seams, features some of the duo’s first collaborations. Supported by a grant from New Music USA in 2015, Noa and Phil launched SaxoVoce, a long-term project exploring the wide-ranging ways of synthesizing saxophone and voice. Contributing composers include Kate Soper, Felipe Lara, Ruby Fulton, and Chris Fisher-Lochhead. 

Ogni Suono has appeared on concert series such as Outpost Series (University of California-Riverside), Switchboard Presents (San Francisco), SONICT (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater), Frequency (Chicago), Take 4 (University of Windsor), and ADJ-ective (Toledo). The duo’s international performances include the inaugural Singapore Saxophone Symposium, Romanian-American Musical Days Festival in Sibiu (Romania), Berlin University of the Arts, Felicja Blumental Music Center in Tel Aviv, Night of the Museums Festival in Budapest, Songkhla Rajabhat University (Thailand), and World Saxophone Congresses in Scotland and France. 

Emphasizing the importance of education, Noa and Phil regularly supplement performances with clinics, master classes, community outreach programs, and presentations. They have given clinics and master classes at many institutions, such as Lawrence Conservatory, Stanford University, University of Houston, Penn State University, Western University (Canada), and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As recipients of a CMS Yamaha-in-Residence Fellowship, Ogni Suono presented outreach programs in the Iowa City, IA community. They have offered additional educational events at Lincoln Elementary School in Chicago, Orlat Orphanage in Romania, and School of Arts and Enterprise in Pomona, CA.

koonce.JPGFebruary 10: PAUL KOONCE – Composer / Technologist

• Wavefield synthesis presentation: 2/10 @ 11:15AM in Dancz Hall.
• Concert of octophonic electroacoustic works: 2/10 @ 5pm in Dancz Hall.

Paul Koonce (b.1956, U.S.A.) studied composition at the University of Illinois, and the University of California, San Diego where he received the Ph.D. in Music. Previous positions include Moorhead State University and Princeton University. His music focuses upon issues of representation and perception in electroacoustic sound. As a software developer, he has explored the invention of computer technologies for the manipulation of sound and timbre, developing tools for exploring the parallels between musical and environmental sound phenomena. Recent work has branched into the area of electroacoustic performance with the development and use of data gloves, virtual instruments, and real-time processing. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and McKnight Foundations, and has received awards and commissions from the Luigi Russolo International Competition for Composers of Electronic Music, the National Flute Association, Prix Ars Electronica Electronic Arts Competition, the Electroacoustic Music Contest of Sao Paulo, the Bourges International Competition, and the International Computer Music Association. His music is available on the SEAMUS, Mnemosyne, ICMA, Panorama, Innova, Einstein, Centaur, and Mode records labels.

Paul Koonce's Faculty Page

passepartout.jpgMarch 14: Passepartout Duo – piano + percussion

• Performance 3/14 @ 6pm in Dancz Hall

Passepartout Duo’s musicians are drawn together by their shared values of art, people, and travel. Pianist Nicoletta Favari and percussionist Christopher Salvito hail from Italy and America respectively, and are dedicated to organizing performances world-wide with the hope of bridging the gap between cultural music ideologies and engaging a wider audience for contemporary classical music. Passionate about the piano-percussion instrumentation and the various configurations it can assume, the ensemble supplements its promotion of the current repertoire with a continual search for new composers and collaborations.

The members of the ensemble first met during their stay as resident artists with the Atlantic Music Festival’s contemporary ensemble. There, they were responsible for premiering and recording the works of 40 young composers. Shortly after, the ensemble was invited for a residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. At the residency, the group filmed and recorded Wally Gunn’s piece Can You Hear Me?, and was featured in two performances at the Centre. In March of 2016, the group organized a weeklong tour in Europe with concerts in Paris, Chichester, Verona, and Basel. The members of the group both received fellowships from the Yale School of Music's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in the summer of 2016. In August of 2016, they were resident artists at the Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology's Hill House where they filmed site-specific videos of two short works by Nikolai Kapustin. The ensemble currently resides in Brussels, Belgium where they are participants in MaNaMa, the Ictus Ensemble's master's program at the Royal Conservatory / School of Arts Ghent.

hocket.jpgMarch 13-16: HOCKET – piano duo

Composition/Piano Residency
• Reading Session of Student Works: 3/15 @ 2pm in Edge Hall
• Performance 3/15 @ 7:30pm in Edge Hall
• Performance 3/16 @ 7:30pm in Edge Hall

HOCKET is a cutting edge piano duo based in Los Angeles. Lauded as “brilliant” by Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times, members Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff are both pianist-composers dedicated to commissioning and performing contemporary music. They have performed in some of the most exciting festivals and venues across the country including The Bang on Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, The Center for New Music in San Francisco, and the Carlsbad Music Festival. Together, they have premiered dozens of chamber and solo works and have collaborated with the premier, new music ensembles eighth blackbird and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. HOCKET is a recipient of a Presser Foundation Award and has been a selected artist in Firebird Ensemble's Outstanding Young Artists Initiative. HOCKET is a performing artist on the Schoenhut Piano Company Artist Roster.

HOCKET's 2016/2017 season will include performances at The University of Georgia, The University of Southern California, The University of California - Los Angeles, The University of California - Riverside, The University of California - Santa Barbara, and Webster University in St. Louis amongst others.