Loop 2.4.3 is an "open format", collaborative ensemble, led by composer/performer Thomas Kozumplik. The group has a bent for exploring the vast musical possibilities of percussion instruments, inspired by an artistic coming-of-age in room 243...The ensemble has been praised for their "intricate, energetic performances" (New York Times), and described as sounding "like part of a well-thought-out tradition. Only the tradition has never existed until now" (NPR-Fresh Air).
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Rachael Elliott, bassoon, has been called “one of the sharpest executors of new-music currently on the scene” (WQXR) and “the Jaco Pastorius of the bassoon, sweeping between glowing bass parts and sweet, yearning melodies in the highest register” (Guardian). She is a founding member of the improvising quartet, Clogs, with whom she has produced five albums and appeared in clubs, concert halls and festivals across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. A passionate chamber musician, her other groups include Dark in the Song, EK Duo, Rushes Ensemble, and Tuple. Among her recording credits are her solo album, Polka the Elk; Michael Gordon’s Rushes; and Tuple’s Darker Things. Elliott is on the bassoon faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College where she also teaches wind pedagogy, contemporary chamber music and is a member of the career coaching staff.
Please see www.bassoonproject.org
Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble
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.
Please see www.loop243.com/get-involved
The New Agenda
An electric ensemble of multi-tasking performers, The New Agenda creates improvised performances from a collection of fractured story-scores penned in Brooklyn warehouses and upstate hillsides. The nucleus of the Agenda is the T(h)oms, Burnett & Kozumplik, performing on piano, percussion, synthesizers, vocals, samplers, and other sound-makers; the expanded Agenda includes Elliott Levin (sax, flute, voice), David Yearwood (double bass), and Rachael Elliott (bassoon). Their original music ventures from stillness to the outer reaches of mayhem and primal release. Debut album coming this summer...
Tom Burnett (director, performer, and musician) is artist-in-residence this season at MSFS studios in Brooklyn, NY, where he is composing and recording original works for his new trio. Tom is a founding member of the performance orchestra Coocoohandler, presenting shows at many venues in NYC, including The Kitchen, Webster Hall, the Knitting Factory, Fez, Performance Space 122, MoMA PS1 and the South Street Seaport. He was co-creator and keyboardist in the popular downtown show Uncle Jimmy’s Dirty Basement as seen at Joe’s Pub, the Bowery Ballroom, the Toyota Comedy Festival and the Bowery Poetry Club. As a director he has helmed multimedia performance events for Projects for a New Millennium based in New Haven, at sites as varied as the Stony Creek Quarry and the Bridgeport baseball stadium. Among his many other credits are co-director of Danny Mydlack’s Mr. Big company; director of plays by Winchester Chimes, with the Formica Cornice Theatre Company; and original works at The Kitchen. Recently directed/co wrote and sound designed James Godwin’s solo shows “Lunatic Cunning” and “The Flat Iron Hex” at Dixon place in NYC, receiving the Jim Henson collaboration award and winning best in show at the 2014 National Puppetry Festival. See the New York Times review.
The Bardin-Niskala Duo (An-Lin Bardin, cello; Naomi Niskala, piano), known largely for performances of classical literature, now embark on a series of commissions celebrating our shared humanity during this time of division and racial violence.
The Duo seeks to promote the voices of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) composers through a series of new works that incorporate the folksongs and children's songs of the composers’ (and our) different cultures. These commissioned works will be interwoven with traditional pieces and performed across the US and internationally throughout the next two to five years. Composers include: Juantio Becenti (Navajo Nation); Niles Luther (Ugandan-American); Michael-Thomas Foumai (Chinese-Samoan/Hawaii’an); and Chihchun Chi-Sun Lee (Taiwanese).
Glissando $3000 and above - Fully fund a commission of your choice.
Arpeggio $1500 - $2999 - Partially fund the commission of a work.
Crescendo $750 - $1499 - Underwrite the expenses for a concert tour that includes several performances in different cities.
Pizzicato $250 - $749 - Fund a school outreach program (grades 1-12)
Trill $100 - $249 - Underwrite expenses for a single concert.
Other Any contribution amount furthers this project.
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