DAVID AREND - bass

An avid proponent of new music, bassist David Arend has worked with such composers as George Crumb, Thomas Adés, Mario Davidovsky, Ornette Coleman and Omar Sosa. He collaborates regularly with San Francisco Bay area composers Patrick Cress, Marisol Jimenez and Mason Bates in experimental and jazz/hip-hop idioms and plays in the folk rock band The Echo Falls. His trio Acá improvises hour-long abstract soundscapes.

David is a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory (BA, BM 1990) and the Juilliard School (MM 1997) and was active with new music as a student, collaborating with student composers, dancers and actors. As solo bassist with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (ACE) from 1995-98, David helped to premiere numerous chamber works by established and student composers. The ACE ensemble worked closely with such composers as John Harbison, Chen Yi, Bernard Rands, Michael Torke and George Tsontakis. David played on composer John Psathas' album "Rhythm Spike," named New Zealand's 2000 Classical Record of the Year.

David lives and teaches in the SF Bay area where he performs with the San Francisco Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony and San Francisco Academy Orchestra, and will premiere his first piece for solo Bass and Orchestra with the Academy Orchestra in 2009.


WHERE:
The Chapel at at the Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N

WHEN:
Oct 8 - 10. All concerts begin at 8:00 pm

TICKETS:
Suggested donation $5-15

 

 
   



JESSE CANTERBURY - bass clarinet

Clarinetist Jesse Canterbury has been a regular of the Pacific Northwest new music scene for years. He is most active as an improviser, especially as a member of the Tom Baker Quartet, where his work earned him the title "one of the best new improvising clarinetists around" (Jazzreviews.com). In addition to his improvising activities, he keeps an active schedule as a chamber musician, performing music by composers such as Arnold Schoenberg, Oliver Messiaen, and Elliott Carter, as well as giving premiers of new works by Pacific Northwest composers. Jesse recently recorded, with the legendary clarinetist and composer William O. Smith, an album of music for two clarinetists, called collage/decollage (Present Sounds). This new release features world-premiere recordings of several new works by Smith, in addition to commissions from François Houle and Tom Baker.


     
   

TIMOTHY CHRISTIE - violin

Violinist/Violist Timothy Christie serves on the music faculty of the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma Washington. The solo violist of Brave New Works since the group’s inception in 1997, he has performed and premiered numerous solo and chamber works of the 20th and 21st centuries, working closely with composers such as Michael Dougherty, George Crumb, Bright Sheng, William Bolcom, Bernard Rands, David Schiff, and Forrest Pierce. Timothy currently performs with the Pacific Northwest Ballet orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Opera, and numerous chamber music series throughout the Northwest. Timothy is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival.

       
   

ICICLE CREEK PIANO TRIO

The Icicle Creek Piano Trio is the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Icicle Creek Music Center, a non-profit organization in Leavenworth, Washington. As well as offering year-round concerts in the center's picturesque Canyon Wren Concert Hall and an intensive international chamber music festival and institute each July, the artists maintain busy private studios and offer regular coaching sessions to local and visiting young ensembles. The members of the Icicle Creek Piano Trio originate from the US, UK, and Russia. Together and as individuals, Jennifer Caine, Sally Singer, and Oksana Ezhokina have performed in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall, the Phillips Collection, and the Royal Albert Hall, and have toured in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, and the UK. The trio recently recorded Ravel's Piano Trio and Schubert's Piano Trio in E flat to be released on the Con Brio label.

       
   

BRAD HAWKINS - cello

Brad Hawkins, cellist, studied at Portland State University and at Indiana University in cello and composition. He has served as cello professor at Seattle University and has performed and served as Guest Artist at The Freiburg Hochshule fur Musik (Germany) and at Lewis & Clark College. He founded The Seattle New Music Ensemble, which was critically active between 1999 and 2005 and has commissioned numerous works for ensemble and solo cello. An active composer, Brad has had pieces performed across the U.S. in Germany, Japan, Canada, and Romania, has had very fun recent premieres of his own work, and has been active in commercial music production as well as in the experimental improvisation scene, having toured with Jesse Canterbury in 2004. Currently, Brad serves on the faculty of Lakeside School and The Academy of Music Northwest.

       
   

MATTHEW KOCMIEROSKI - percussion

Matthew Kocmieroski is principal percussionist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. He regularly performs with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera and is on the faculty of the Cornish College of the Arts. He is also currently the President of the International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet Musicians. In the field of chamber music he served for ten years as artistic director and percussionist of the New Performance Group, and was a founding member of both Taneko and Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet. In the Northwest he regularly performs with the Seattle Chamber Players, and has appeared at the Seattle Chamber Music Society Festivals, the Icicle Creek Music Festival, the Marrowstone Music Festival, the Methow Music Festival, the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, the Seattle International Chamber Music Festival and the Bellingham Festival of Music. Internationally he has appeared at the Bergen, Moscow Autumn, Moscow Cold Alternativa, St. Petersburg’s Sound Waves, Kiev MusicFest and Warsaw Autumn festivals.

       
    MARGARET LANCASTER - flute

Hailed as the “leading exponent of the avant-garde flute” (Kyle Gann, Village Voice) and “superb” (The New York Times), Margaret Lancaster has premiered more than 100 pieces and built a large repertoire of new works written specifically for her that employ extended techniques, dance, drama, multi-media, and electronics. She has recorded on OO Discs, New World Records, Naxos, Innova and Tzadik. Her acclaimed solo CD Future Flute is a collection of new electro-acoustic works, and she will soon record a disc of American Experimental solo and chamber flute works for New World Records.Recognized for her fearlessness and versatility, Lancaster is widely in demand by composers of different styles and genres. Composers and directors she has worked with include Chen Shi Zheng, Milton Babbitt, Lee Breuer, Larry Polansky, Eve Beglarian, Jon Appleton, Phil Kline, Gerhard Stabler, Christian Wolff, Jo Kondo, Jacob Ter Veldhuis and the Common Sense Composers Collective. Upon the premiere of Robert Cantrick's music theater piece Three Mimes, Bernard Holland of The New York Times remarked "Ms. Lancaster's flute spit and barked beyond its usual repertory ... a virtuoso versatility was both demanded and achieved.” Lancaster is a member of the Downtown and Glass Farm Ensembles, a guest of Ne(x)tworks, Counter)induction, and Talujon, and a recurring performer at Spoleto Festival USA, Three Two Festival, and Santa Fe New Music. Recent performance highlights include Lincoln Center Festival, Ibsen Festival, Whitney Museum, Festival de Otono, Festival D’Automne, Edinburgh Festival and Bremen Musikfest with Absolute Ensemble. She has appeared as a lecturer/soloist at many sites including Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Princeton University, Bennington College, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the National Flute Association. Noted for her inter-disciplinary performances, Lancaster, who also works as a choreographer, dancer, and actor, is currently collaborating with several composers on multi-disciplinary works and recently developed a new performance piece with Joan La Barbara as part of Meet the Composer’s New Works for Soloist Champions project. As an actor she has played lead roles in the independent features Rockabilly Vampire and Combustible Edison’s Opening Act and for the past five years has toured worldwide in Lee Breuer’s Obie-winning Mabou Mines’ production Dollhouse.

       
   

MICHAEL JINSOO LIM - violin

Violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim enjoys a dynamic musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, recording artist, and teacher. Widely known for his work as co-founder of the renowned Corigliano Quartet, he is in demand as a chamber musician and as a performer of new and experimental music. He is a member of Open End, a new music and improvisatory group, and holds a first violin position in the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra in New York City. As a member of the Corigliano Quartet, Lim has won numerous awards, including the Grand Prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the ASCAP/CMA Award for Adventurous Programming, and has performed in the nation’s leading music centers, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and the Kennedy Center. The group’s most recent CD has found worldwide acclaim. It was named as one of the New Yorker’s Top Ten Classical Recordings of 2007, and prompted Gramophone to remark, “The unbridled force and full-metal virtuosity that the Corigliano Quartet unleash on this music is astounding.” Lim currently serves on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts, where he teaches violin, viola, and chamber music. For more information on Michael Jinsoo Lim, please visit www.MichaelJinsooLim.com.

       
   

MICHAEL NICOLELLA - guitar

Michael Nicolella is recognized as one of America's most innovative classical guitarists. He has received wide critical acclaim for his performances, recordings and compositions. Classical Guitar magazine recently referred to him as “one of the contemporary guitar’s most gifted stars”; while the Washington Post stated “Since the passing of Andres Segovia the guitar world has needed an advocate... perhaps Michael Nicolella is that person.”

A uniquely eclectic and versatile artist, Michael blurs the lines between musical styles and disciplines. He is part of a growing trend in classical music to revitalize the role of the composer/performer. As a concert artist he frequently programs his own works for guitar in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. His latest orchestral work, "Ten Years Passed," for electric guitar and orchestra, was premiered in 2007 by the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. Known for his creative programming, he has introduced electric guitar into his "classical" programs and extended the repertoire and audience of his instrument not only with his own compositions and transcriptions, but also by premiering and commissioning works by some of today's most exciting composers.

His most recent recording, "Shard," features his composition for classical guitar and orchestra, "Guitar Concerto," along with music by Reich, Carter, ter Veldhuis, DeLaurenti, Mesler and Kohl. It is the stylistic follow up to Nicolella's critically acclaimed release of contemporary music for classical and electric guitar entitled “Push.” In “Gramophone John Duarte called Push "a display of stunning technical skill and unfailing musicality over a very broad spectrum"; while “Shard” was described in a recent issue of Frets magazine as “an exciting textbook on how to honor the classical tradition and kick it in the ass at the same time.”

       
   

SEATTLE CHAMBER PLAYERS

Hailed for daring and intelligent programming, uncompromising artistry and spirited performances, the Seattle Chamber Players (SCP) enjoys a growing international reputation. For eighteen years, SCP’s four core members—Laura DeLuca, clarinet, David Sabee, cello, Mikhail Shmidt, violin, and Paul Taub, flute—have been passionately dedicated to introducing rarely performed and previously unheard contemporary chamber music of the highest quality to the Pacific Northwest and audiences worldwide. The ensemble’s work has been recognized with the First Prize ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming (2007).

DeLuca, Sabee and Shmidt are key members of the Seattle Symphony; Taub is Professor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts. Dr. Elena Dubinets, currently Artistic Administrator for the Seattle Symphony, leads research and programming as the ensemble’s Artistic Advisor.

Just back from a European tour with concets in Copenhagen, Riga, Vilnius and the ensemble’s second appearance at the Warsaw Autumn Festival, SCP’s history is marked by its commitment to the music of our time. SCP’s three international festivals—Icebreaker I: New Voices from Russia (2002), Icebreaker II: Baltic Voices (2004); Icebreaker III: The Caucasus (2006), and Icebreaker IV: The American Future (2008) —brought dozens of international guests to Seattle and received multiple favorable reviews. The ensemble has made multiple appearances in Eastern Europe, including performances at the Cold Alternativa (2002) and Moscow Autumn (2003) festivals in Moscow, the St. Petersburg Sound Waves festival (2003), and in concert at the Estonian Concert Hall in Tallinn (2003). In addition to multiple grants from American and international foundations and corporations, including the NEA, Argosy Foundation and many others, the ensemble has been awarded the coveted Siemens Foundation grant for 2006.

       
   

ROBERT TUCKER - percussion

Robert Tucker performs frequently with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, and Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestras. As a chamber musician, he has performed with the Seattle Chamber Players and is a founding member of the Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet and Quake. Rob is also a busy studio musician, having played for countless motion picture soundtracks and commercials. He attended the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Southern California, and currently teaches percussion at Western Washington University.

       
    Julia Tai is a doctoral student at the University of Washington where she studies instrumental conducting with Maestro Peter Erös and violin with Ronald Patterson. She is the co-concertmaster of the UW Symphony and the conductor of the UW Contemporary Ensemble. She has conducted the UW Opera in their productions of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, and was the assistant conductor of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. She had served as the associate conductor of the Rainier Symphony, and conducted world premiers for the Seattle Experimental Opera and the Transport concert series of the Washington Composers Forum. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Julia began her violin studies at age four and piano at eight. She has given many recitals in violin, piano, and chamber music, and performed concerts with choirs and orchestras, which toured extensively in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, United States, Japan, and Taiwan. Julia obtained her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and was honored with the award of “Outstanding Graduate of 2004.”
       
   

CRISTINA VALDES - piano

Cristina Valdes has performed across four continents and in a multitude of venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall and the Kennedy Center. As an advocate of new music she has collaborated with and premiered the works of countless composers. Her festival performances include the Singapore Arts Festival, the Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva in Mexico City, the New Music in Miami Festival, and the Festival of Contemporary Music in El Salvador among others. She has also performed with the Bang on a Can "All Stars", Musicians Accord and the Parsons Dance Company. Cristina holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and SUNY at Stony Brook, and is the recipient of an Arts International Grant, the Thayer Award for the Arts, and an Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music grant.