June 5, 2019
Jam and Toast for Solo Horn
As a part of one of the first concerts of the 2019 Fresh Inc Festival, I'm excited to premiere a work that was conceived exactly one year ago from one of my friends Aaron Houston at Fresh Inc 2018.
I had asked Aaron for a piece that would allow me to play some funk music and he has delivered in style!
"Jam and Toast is the result of a jam session between myself and some imaginary funk band I played with that day. It is a single performer having fun playing off his or her own ideas ‒ first providing a gentle bass groove, slowly filling in the gaps with some melodic ideas, and finally launching into screaming solo lines in the upper register. Jam and Toast asks the performer to be a one-man band, be a little funky, and put on a show...even if he or she is just having a solo jam session with no one watching" - Aaron Houston
Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N Art Museum Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202
12:00 PM (Central)
June 2-16, 2019
Fresh Inc Festival
Since 2012, Fresh Inc has helped performers, composers, and pre-formed ensembles to envision and launch their own authentic careers in music, rooted in adventurous genre-defying collaboration, entrepreneurial thinking, and meaningful partnerships with audiences and community.
The festival includes 23 world premieres, 22 workshops, and 12 performances in 14 days!
For more information on the Fresh Inc Festival, please visit www.freshincfestival.com
For a full list of public performances during the festival, please visit www.freshincfestival.com/performances-2
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
900 Wood Rd
Kenosha, WI 53144
June 22, 2019
Sound Practice at Carbondale Public Library
As a part of Illinois Humanities Council's Road Scholars program, Parker Nelson and Herine Koschak present Sound Practice. Fifth House Ensemble shares process, stories, and research findings from four years of long-term music composition residency work within the Chicago Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. In 16-week residencies, teaching artists and researchers from Loyola University's Center for Urban Research and Learning observed measurable changes in participants’ mindfulness, agency, empowerment, collective decision-making, and creativity.
This session demonstrates the curricular content and design process behind these residency programs, as well as the mindsets and behaviors essential to the success of these projects. Residency activities include graphic score composition and Deep Listening Exercises, both of which are accessible to those who have no previous musical training.
Through case studies and hands-on activities, learn how focused artistic goals, engaging personal narrative, social-emotional learning activities, and breaking from the expected can help to generate meaningful connections for participants. We also share methods that teaching artists can use to develop the mindsets and behaviors that directly produced transformative results for youth participants.
Carbondale Public Library
405 W Main St
Carbondale, IL 62901
2:00 PM (Central)
June 19-27, 2019
Chicago Horn Consort Recording Project
Chicago Horn Consort (CHC) approved the production and release of a brand-new album highlighting the famous Chicago horn sound. The album will feature works composed, arranged, and commissioned by members of the ensemble, including a world premiere recording of Chicago composer Joe Clark’s Catch Fire.
Chicago is a city that is known world-wide by classical music enthusiasts for its brass playing. More specifically, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has a storied history of horn playing from the Philip Farkas and Helen Kotas led section in the 1940s to the Dale Clevenger and Gail Williams led section under the baton of Sir Georg Solti in the 1980s and 1990s. The fame of the CSO horns has fostered an influx of talented players to Chicago to study, perform, and teach; a school of technique which all of the members in CHC are a part. Other classical music capitals, in particular Vienna, Berlin, and London, also have notable horn playing traditions and have capitalized by recording stylized albums of horn ensemble music. Chicago has remained surprisingly absent from the international scene on this front, a trend that Chicago Horn Consort intends to remedy with this project. Inspired by a successful concert at the International Horn Society’s Symposium in Muncie, Indiana in the summer of 2018, the recording will feature works from varying styles and time periods that highlight the Chicago horn tradition and unique sound.
Closer to home, CHC aims to use the proposed album to increase awareness and excitement for our local Chicago-area performances, as well as use the album’s release to fuel educational initiatives for upcoming seasons. A professionally recorded and produced album will allow CHC to present the ensemble with the same passion and quality that have historically characterized our live concerts and teaching engagements.
Visit www.chicagohornconsort.com for upcoming concert dates as well as video and audio of the Chicago Horn Consort.
The Chicago Horn Consort is supported in part by an Individual Artists Program (IAP) grant through the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.