Voyager
Nov
21
6:00 PM18:00

Voyager

Composer Ben Justis has written an epic piece about the Voyager satellite and its historic mission for the KU Percussion Group. Inspired by NASA’s Voyager mission and recordings of music on the Golden Record, a time capsule placed onboard in the event the spacecraft are discovered in the future, this concert-length work for percussion octet invites new encounters with art and music and ways of understanding our cosmic neighborhood. We’re partnering with the Spencer Museum at KU to present the world premiere, which will feature video projections and spatialized sound.

FREE

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NMC at the Loft
Jan
14
7:30 PM19:30

NMC at the Loft

Psyched to be returning to Tucson for a hometown show at local mainstay The Loft. We’ll be setting up shop in the Loft’s new Theater 3 for a program of works for cello, percussion, and video. We’ll play the world premiere of Florent Ghys’ November Foxtrot, a whimsical new work inspired by morse code, the NATO alphabet, and more. We’re also bringing Christopher Stark’s The Language of Landscapes to Tucson, and dusting off Robert Honstein’s Down Down Baby.

Stay tuned for more info about this show!

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KUPG with Eriko Daimo
Feb
6
7:30 PM19:30

KUPG with Eriko Daimo

We’re thrilled to reprise our partnership with the Lied Center for another show of exciting percussion music.

Here’s a video highlighting last year’s week with Andy Akiho:

This time, our special guest is Eriko Daimo, marimbist extraordinaire. We’ve got an amazing program which moves from classic Japanese music about the earth and our relationship to nature to the solar system and beyond. Miki’s Marimba Spiritual, Nishimura’s Matra, Takemitsu’s Rain Tree, Fujikura’s UTO, and Xenakis’s Peaux

FREE
Live stream available here

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NMC at Blue Sage
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

NMC at Blue Sage

Unique program at Susan Ellinger’s awesome Blue Sage series, featuring George Lam’s The Emigrants, Florent Ghys’ new November Foxtrot, and Robert Honstein’s Unwind. Join us before and after the show for a talkback about immigration and how telling the stories of others can shine a light on unique experiences.

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DWB in NYC
Mar
19
7:30 PM19:30

DWB in NYC

Thrilled to take DWB (Driving While Black) to NYC for 3 days of performances at Baruch College. Written by Susan Kander with libretto by Roberta Gumbel, this piece depicts the story of a single mother teaching her child to drive in a country where it can be a deadly experience.

Here’s a piece about a community discussion at which we performed DWB last January, as well as an article about the performance

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DWB in NYC
Mar
19
7:30 PM19:30

DWB in NYC

Thrilled to take DWB (Driving While Black) to NYC for 3 days of performances at Baruch College. Written by Susan Kander with libretto by Roberta Gumbel, this piece depicts the story of a single mother teaching her child to drive in a country where it can be a deadly experience.

Here’s a piece about a community discussion at which we performed DWB last January, as well as an article about the performance

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 DWB in NYC
Mar
20
7:30 PM19:30

DWB in NYC

Thrilled to take DWB (Driving While Black) to NYC for 3 days of performances at Baruch College. Written by Susan Kander with libretto by Roberta Gumbel, this piece depicts the story of a single mother teaching her child to drive in a country where it can be a deadly experience.

Here’s a piece about a community discussion at which we performed DWB last January, as well as an article about the performance

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KPR Live Day
Oct
18
2:00 PM14:00

KPR Live Day

Really thrilled to be joining Kansas Public Radio for their 2nd annual Live Day, a barrage of performances broadcast live on the radio from my favorite building in Lawrence, the Public Library.

I’ll be playing Robert Honstein’s Lost and Found, Tonia Ko’s Negative Magic, and Nina Young’s Heart.throb. I’m honored to be in such amazing company, and excited the KPR is putting an hour of unsupervised time into my hands…

I’m on at 2pm CST. Listen live at kansaspublicradio.org, to a rebroadcast at 7pm, or online after the event.

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Lost and Found
Sep
22
4:00 PM16:00

Lost and Found

World premiere of Robert Honstein’s Lost and Found on a triple bill with superstars Amanda Gookin and Sam Suggs.

We set out to create a program that plays on the idea of things lost and discarded, but also on the collaborative spirit driving our process. The three of us (and Robert!) have worked together for years in many different contexts and we wanted to reflect our friendship in a diverse show.

Lost and Found (commissioned by a consortium of percussionists) is a collection of nostalgic pieces for prepared marimba (which we called the “janky marimba”). Robert and I have been working on this piece together for years and I’m really excited to share it with the world.

We’re pairing Lost and Found with selections from Sam Suggs’s EDM Caprices, an original suite for solo bass pairing unaccompanied Bach transcriptions with arrangements of EDM pieces. The caprices, drawing on the dance-inspired origins of its subjects, sheds new light on both the Bach and EDM tunes through Suggs’s ingenious transcriptions and exhilarating performance. Cellist Amanda Gookin offers two selections from her provocative Forward Music Project: Stolen by Allison Loggins-Hull and Seething by Shelley Washington. Exploring the journey of a young girl who is sold into marriage, Loggins-Hull’s Stolen reflects on the theme of being lost or discarded on a deeply human level, while Seething by Shelley Washington viscerally brings to life suppressed feelings of anger and rage. Finally, Gookin and Suggs join forces to present works for cello and bass, including a new work based on musical fragments from Honstein’s Lost and Found.

It’s going to be great!

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Humanities in the Wild
Aug
30
6:00 PM18:00

Humanities in the Wild

NMC teams up with Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop,  Final Fridays and Humanities in the Wild. We'll be playing and chatting about Christopher Stark’s  "The Language of Landscapes," which was commissioned with the help of a Chamber Music America grant and explores the intersection of the natural and artificial worlds around us.  

Performances begin at 6:15 and 7:15, and we will have  complementary  beer from Free State Brewing Co. to inspire the conversation.

Humanities in the Wild is an official part of Final Fridays. It’s sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike, Unmistakably Lawrence, and nearly 10 different KU departments/units.

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Missouri Chamber Music Festival with Hannah Lash
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

Missouri Chamber Music Festival with Hannah Lash

  • E. Desmond Lee Hall, 560 Music Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I’m really happy to be rejoining this fantastic festival. Each year, they do a February performance centered on a composer’s music which they’ll feature in the summer. This year: Hannah Lash. The program features Hannah’s Folksongs, Start, and Frayed, alongside the Debussy flute/harp/viola trio and Schumann’s Waldszenen.

Come for an open rehearsal with Hannah at 2pm the day before the show.

Adult $20
Senior/WU Faculty and Staff $15
Student $5
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KU New Music Festival
Feb
13
to Feb 14

KU New Music Festival

  • Swarthout Recital Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Inaugural KU New Music Festival, featuring the four composers of Unsnared Drum: Nina Young, Tonia Ko, Amy Kirsten, and Hannah Lash. 2 days of workshops, talks, and performances of these four women’s music, including some snare drum world premieres!

FREE

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Prairie Winds
Feb
1
to Feb 3

Prairie Winds

An amazing weekend of collaboration between dedicated high school musicians and KU's faculty.  High school percussionists can expect a great few days of chamber music, large ensemble playing, and lessons.  Plus, percussionists also applying to KU may audition early during the festival.  For more information, and to register, click here.

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Emigrants
Dec
8
5:00 PM17:00

Emigrants

World Premiere of George Lam’s The Emigrants at the Queens Museum. George has been documenting the stories of Chinese emigrants to NYC, setting them to music, and creating a compelling narrative to tell their stories.

George says:

The United States is often called “a nation of immigrants” and rightly so; our history has been defined by people from other places who have risked much to build a new life here.  Recent discussion of immigration highlights the experiences of foreign nationals who have decided to stay: how they can stay, if their stay is legal, and what the ramifications of their stay are.  Less common, however, is the discussion of immigrants’ departure from the home they left behind; few, in other words, speak of immigrants as emigrants.

The Emigrants is a documentary work for cello, percussion and digital playback.  The project begins with collecting oral history interviews with the emigrant musician community of New York City’s borough of Queens, one of the most ethnically diverse urban areas in the world.  The new work will include these individuals’ voices as part of the score itself, combining spoken word with instrumental music.  In The Emigrants, I explore how the experience of leaving home has shaped these individuals’ identity, the role music has played in their transition, how their former home continues to shape them, and why they have chosen to stay.  The goal is to create a work that, through a documentary process, invites a dialogue between the audience, the musicians (both live and recorded), and the stories.

I teach at York College, The City University of New York, where our student body includes emigrants from numerous countries and cultures.  I am an emigrant myself, having left Hong Kong and moved to Boston in 1992 when I was 11 years old.  As a new student at an American middle school, classical music became a lifeline that bridged the gap between my experiences in Hong Kong and the United states.  I started studying the violin in Hong Kong when I was six, and when I started sixth grade upon my arrival in Boston, I immediately joined the school band.  Classical music became my shelter from the foreign, and music eventually became my profession in my new homeland.  Through The Emigrants, I look to document similar stories from other individuals through music by focusing on why they left their homes and how they have coped with their departure.


Read more about the project here

Admission is free, but ticket required.

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Percussion and Fear
Nov
4
2:30 PM14:30

Percussion and Fear

A completely solo recital on my home turf, featuring music I’m afraid of playing for others.

Elliot Cole’s Bloom Suite, the E Minor Bach Lute Suite, Aperghis’ Le Corps a Corps, David Crowell’s Celestial Sphere, Amy Kirsten’s Empty Shell Girl, and the world premiere of Hannah Lash’s Start, part of my Unsnared Drum project.

Free!

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