Transient Canvas

  Photo by Robert Torres.  www.roberttorresphotography.com

Photo by Robert Torres. www.roberttorresphotography.com

Hailed as "superb" by the Boston Globe, and "nothing short of fabulous" by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Transient Canvas is elevating the roles of bass clarinet and marimba by commissioning new repertoire that expands their limits and explores their seemingly limitless tapestries of color. Since 2011, the duo has commissioned over 80 pieces by emerging and well-established composers from all over the United States. In August 2017, TC released their first album Sift on New Focus Recordings to rave reviews. KLANG New Music called it "one of the more refreshing things I've heard in recent years."

 

Hinge

  Photo by Robert Torres.  www.roberttorresphotography.com

Photo by Robert Torres. www.roberttorresphotography.com

Hinge is a contemporary music ensemble based in Boston comprised of saxophonist Philipp Stäudlin, percussionist Matt Sharrock, pianist Keith Kirchoff, and electric guitarist Dan VanHassel. Lying somewhere between a chamber ensemble and a band, Hinge presents cutting-edge programs combining uncompromising contemporary music, seamless multimedia integration, and innovative arrangements of rock and pop songs. During their inaugural season in 2018-19 they are presenting concerts throughout New England, including works by Philippe Hurel, Louis Andriessen, Chaya Czernowin, and Erin Gee, as well as arrangements of songs by Bjork and Meshuggah.

 

Boston Percussion Group 

  Photo by Tom Westmoreland.

Photo by Tom Westmoreland.

Part contemporary music group and part rock band, Boston Percussion Group (BPeG) challenges the definition of “classical” music with repertoire ranging from Steve Reich to Frank Zappa and Tan Dun to Sufjan Stevens. BPeG presents high-energy performances whether in a concert hall or a public park. Comprised of a core group of musicians, BPeG has been featured at Boston Arts Festival, Outside The Box, and Make Music Boston and has given masterclasses at colleges and universities throughout New England.

 

Narratives

  Photo by Amy Advocat.

Photo by Amy Advocat.

Narratives is how I have reconciled my childhood love of books, movies, and theatre with my current career as a classical musician. All musicians are storytellers, and, in a sense, all “classical” music, whether it’s Mozart or Xenakis, is a story. Music follows a dramatic arch, complete with character development, conflict, and eventually resolution. By combining theatrical works utilizing spoken narrative with more traditional marimba solos, it is my hope that audience members will start to make connections between stories with words and those without. Just like an episode of NPR’s This American Life, each performance of Narratives is different. That’s the beauty of telling stories - there are just so many to tell.