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Loop 2.4.3

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Praised for their "taut compositions with a stunning improvisational sense" (Time Out Chicago) and their "intricate, energetic performances" (New York Times), Loop 2.4.3’s original compositions resonate with the American musical traditions of jazz, rock and roll, and contemporary classical chamber music. Incorporating the span of traditional percussion to innovative electro-acoustic instruments, voices, and strings, their music is most often compared to the voices of Harry Partch, Steve Reich, and Terry Riley, but "warmer, more linear" (NPR) and "much freer and less constrained in their movements" (Alarm Magazine). Loop 2.4.3 is an original voice that “sounds like part of a well-thought-out tradition. Only the tradition has never existed until now" (NPR-Fresh Air).

Loop 2.4.3 has performed with Clogs, Newband (Harry Partch Ensemble), Dafnis Prieto, Belle Orchestre, the Books, Evan Ziporyn, Sufjan Stevens, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond, the Decemberists), Joe Morello, their late mentor Robert Hohner, dancer/choreographer Alan Good, director John Jeserun, as soloists with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the BAM Opera House, and at Times Square in a collaboration with Robert Indiana, Michael McKenzie and Teresa Smith. The duo has toured internationally and performed for radio, theater, and television, including The Learning Channel and MTV. They have appeared at the Sydney Festival, the London Jazz Festival, Merkin Hall, and the Japan Society (NYC) among others.


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Rachael Elliott

Rachael Elliott is the bassoonist and improviser in Clogs and a performer specializing in contemporary music. She recently appeared with Clogs at the Barbican Centre’s Steve Reich festival in London and Merkin Hall’s Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City, with collaborators including Lisa Kaplan (eighth blackbird), Nico Muhly, Shara Worden and Sufjan Stevens. In the past season, Rachael premiered music by Padma Newsome, Bryce Dessner, Thomas L. Read, and a new solo for bassoon and electronics by Alex Kotch. Current season highlights include the premiere of a new concerto for clarinet, bassoon and strings by Don Jamison with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and performances throughout the US in support of her debut bassoon CD, Polka the Elk.

As a founding member of Clogs, Rachael has produced five albums and toured throughout the United States, Europe and Australia, sharing the stage with musicians such as Laurie Anderson, Bell Orchestre, The Books, Terry Riley and The National. Her additional chamber music activities include Tuple bassoon duo, Heliand Consort and the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble.

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Reviews of Rachael's MSFS release, Polka the Elk:

Pop Matters

Cleveland Classical

Polka the Elk was a WQXR / Q2 Album of the Week in autumn 2011

Rachael Elliott CD release concert, 10/27, is a critic's pick in Time Out NY


Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble

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photo by Robert Barclay

"Hohner is the champion of modern day percussion ensemble literature. His ensemble performs with a musical mastery that is rarely heard." - Douglas Wolf, Percussive Notes

Music Starts From Silence recently took on the project of releasing the posthumous recordings of Robert Hohner. Ionisation (to be released in summer 2015) is the long awaited "classical" album that Mr. Hohner produced in 1998 and that until now went unreleased due to his untimely passing.

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After studying with Joe Morello and Fred Hinger, earning a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School, and freelancing in NYC, Robert Hohner began teaching at Central Michigan University. He built an ensemble that became artists-in-residence at the school, toured internationally, and released 7 highly acclaimed recordings of classical, jazz, and world music. He regularly premiered works by living composers, including ongoing collaborations with David Maslanka, and David Gillingham, while also mining classic literature, showcasing the diverse possibilities of percussion.

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An electric trio of multi-tasking performers, Sub-Verse creates improvised performances from a collection of fractured story-scores penned in Brooklyn warehouses and ex-mafia bunkers in New England. The trio uses pianos, vintage synthesizers, vocals, drums, samplers, and other sound-makers to venture from stillness to the outer reaches of mayhem and primal release. The trio (Istvan Peter B'Racz, Tom Burnett, and Thomas Kozumplik) recently fulfilled a residency at Brooklyn's IBeam and has been presented by Dixon Place (NYC), ShapeShifter Lab (Brooklyn), Projects for a New Millenium (New Haven), and others. Their "New Haven Bunker" residency was aired on Bridgeport, CT's WPKN, 89.5-FM.

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