MAY 2013: Heliand Consort hits the road for our 2nd Annual Tour of Vermont from May 8-11th. Tune in to VPR Classical with Walter Parker on Wednesday, May 8th at 11 am for a preview of the tour!
> Tour details
APRIL 2013: The Bassoon Band performed live on WUNC's The State of Things with Frank Stasio on 4/16. Check out the show at wunc.org.
Our season finale took place on 4/21 as part of the Mallarmé Chamber Players "How Low Can You Go?" all-bassoon extravaganza at Casbah in Durham. Here's a photo of Dark in the Song performing for the standing-room-only crowd (!), taken by Dave Brook:
> Bassoon Band details
Earlier this month: The Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble performed 2 concerts featuring beautiful new music by Michael Close, Lydia Busler-Blais, Erik Nielsen, and others.
Read Amy Lilly's feature article on Vermont female composers in the 3/27-4/3 edition of Seven Days.
Heliand Consort performed 3 FREE midday shows: a concert & workshops at VYOA Woodwind Day on 4/6 followed by concerts at the Williston Garden Center on 4/8 and Music at Noon on 4/9 at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
MARCH 2013: Clogs performed at the 2013 Adelaide Festival in Australia on March 7. Curated by Bryce Dessner, with the Adelaide Art Orchestra. This engagement was supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
FEBRUARY 2013: On Feb. 5, Clogs released The Sundown Song EP and appeared at the Ecstatic Music Festival on Feb. 6 in NYC. Thanks to Shara Worden, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Orchestra for the Next Century for a fabulous evening!
JANUARY 2013: Clogs spent a glorious and frigid week in Vermont recording new songs and choral/instrumental music by Padma Newsome. Thanks to vocalist Susanne Peck & company, and guitarist James Moore for a terrific week! More on Clogs...
NOVEMBER 2012: Rushes Ensemble performed 5 shows in the Netherlands and Belgium. We gave the European premiere of Michael Gordon's Rushes on Nov. 8 at November Music Festival followed by performances at GLOW Festival in Eindhoven, Surround Festival at the Concertgebouw in Brugge, Ostadetheater in Amsterdam and the Korzo Theater in the Hague.
> Rushes Ensemble website
OCTOBER 2012: Heliand Consort's reed trio had a fantastic week touring Vermont from Oct. 22-28 to perform works by Auric, D'Rivera, Françaix, Haydn, Telemann and Villa-Lobos. Thanks to the wonderful audiences who supported our concerts!
Rushes premiere at EMPAC
SEPTEMBER 2012: Dark in the Song spent a week in residence at EMPAC in Troy, NY. Led by bassoonist, Dana Jessen, we recorded Michael Gordon's Rushes for seven bassoons and gave the world premiere performance on September 15th at EMPAC. The Daily Gazette offers a preview of the piece.
Visit Dark in the Song's website for audio and video.
Clogs embarks on a flyover summer tour, presenting new songs by Padma Newsome. We begin at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, followed by the Halifax Jazz Festival (Nova Scotia), Moncton (New Brunswick), New Haven and Brooklyn. Thanks to Shara Worden, Ben Cassorla, Paper Beat Scissors, The Olympic Symphonium, Lorne Watson and Loop 243 for contributing along the way.
> Summer Tour Details: clogsmusic.com
> Article at brassland.org
In May 2012, Dark in the Song spent a week in Morelia, Mexico working with bassoonists and composers. Thanks to Rodrigo Sigal, Wendy Holdoway, Felipe Perez Santiago, and the staff and participants at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras for an inspiring residency. Here's one of the new pieces for 5 bassoons and electronics which we premiered during our recent residency at CMMAS:
Iftira, by Felipe Pérez Santiago