Celebrating the European Avant-garde
Eric Willie has a varied career as a solo performer, chamber musician, orchestral player, arranger, and teacher. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, at several PASICs, on regional live broadcasts such as Nashville’s NPR Station “Live In Studio C,” at the Big Ears Music Festival, and at the World Saxophone Congress. Willie regularly performs with the Nief-Norf Project and the Legal Wood Project (violin/marimba duo with his wife Rebecca), as well as the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, where he holds a position as section percussionist. An avid promoter of new works for percussion, Willie has commissioned and/or premiered works by such composers as Christopher Adler, Jason Baker, Eric Beach, Michael Burritt, Christopher Deane, Chris Farrell, Paul Lansky, John Mackey, Anna Meadors, Josh Quillen, Jason Treuting, Blake Tyson, Matt Walker, Jamie Whitmarsh, and James Wood.
Dr. Gregory Beyer is a contemporary music specialist with significant experience in orchestral, jazz, and world music, who combines the multiple disciplines of 21st Century percussion into a singular artistic voice. He has given solo performances and masterclasses throughout the world. Through the Fulbright Scholar Program in the fall of 2015, Beyer was a visiting scholar at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), where he offered a symposium on his project, “Arcomusical: a multi-faceted resource for the Afro-Brazilian berimbau” dedicated to performance, publication, research, and community building. His ensemble, Projeto Arcomusical, received an invitation to perform at PASIC 2014, and has performed in festivals and concert halls worldwide.
Henrik Knarborg Larsen
Danish percussion artist Henrik Knarborg Larsen has performed as a soloist and chamber musician all over Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and the United States. He is Director of Percussion Studies at the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg in Denmark, where he has revised the percussion curriculum to encompass the modern principles of E-learning, student-based teaching, and body and mind awareness inspired by the Japanese martial art Ki-Aikido. He has presented masterclasses around the world including at The Juilliard School of Music, Sibelius Academy, and Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 2007, Larsen premiered in Paris a solo show entitled “Les sons de l’art, “ which combined theatre and contemporary music performance. In 2014, he acquired the position as percussionist at Århus Sinfonietta, the oldest and most prestigious contemporary music ensemble in Denmark. He has recorded several CDs, including his solo compact disc recording Convergence (Classico). In 2015, he released a new media format video and an artistic research article on Simon Steen-Andersen’s solo work “Split Point.” Larsen was recently awarded a two-year Artistic Research Grant from the Danish Arts Council, which will include research on marimba sound and Ki-Aikido principles as well as video recording some of the milestone compositions in the percussion repertoire.
Third Coast Percussion
Formed in 2005, Third Coast Percussion has become known for ground-breaking collaborations across a wide range of disciplines, including concerts and residency projects with engineers at the University of Notre Dame, architects at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and astronomers at the Adler Planetarium. The ensemble enhances its performances with cutting edge and new media, including free iPhone and iPad applications allowing audience members to create their own musical performances and deeply exam the music performed by Third Coast Percussion. The group serves as Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, a position the ensemble assumed in 2013. Third Coast’s recent and upcoming concerts and residencies include the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, Illinois), Town Hall Seattle, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival (Colorado), Eastman Kilbourn Recital Series (New York), St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Liquid Music Series (Minnesota), Atlas Performing Arts Center (Washington, DC), and the Austin Chamber Music Festival (Texas). The members of Third Coast Percussion are Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, and David Skidmore. The group members hold degrees in music performance from Northwestern University, Yale School of Music, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, and Rutgers University.
Session: Evening Concert
Celebrating the European Avant-garde
Eric Willie: “Mari, two pieces for marimba” by Franco Donatoni
Gregory Beyer: “Scratch Data” by Raphaël Cendo
Henrik Knarborg Larsen: “Split Point” by Simon Steen-Anderson
Third Coast Percussion: “Le Noir de l’Etoile” by Gerard Grisey
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