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“Paper Melodies” by Jason Treuting

PERFORMANCE SPOTLIGHT:

“Paper Melodies” by Jason Treuting

Performed by Mobius Percussion

ABOUT THE PIECE:

“I like music boxes. I didn’t grow up loving them, but for my birthday several years ago, my partner in life got me a music box that you could program yourself. It is great fun and very poignant as well. The box made it into a few pieces of mine and of my quartet’s. With Mobius Percussion, we decided to really explore the idea. What could a music box be? Wind it up and let it go. Each movement spins out from a small germ and unfolds slowly. It is in three parts. The core material in the first part sounds a bit like what I would write for a music box if I ever got the gig, and the last part sees what it would be like for Mobius to blindly program a music box if they had to do it as a four-part hocket. But each moment in the piece references the idea in some way.”

-Jason Treuting

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ABOUT THE COMPOSER:

Jason Treuting has performed and recorded in venues as diverse as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Walker Art Center, the Knitting Factory, the Andy Warhol Museum, Zankel Hall, Lincoln Center, DOM (Moscow) and Le National (Montreal). As a member of So Percussion, he has collaborated with artists and composers including Steve Reich, David Lang, John Zorn, Dan Trueman, tabla master Zakir Hussain, the electronic music duo Matmos and choreographer Eliot Feld. In addition to his work with So, Jason performs improvised music with Simpl, a group with laptop artist/composer Cenk Ergun; Alligator Eats Fish with guitarist Grey McMurray; Little Farm, with guitarist/composer Steve Mackey; QQQ (a quartet consisting of hardinger fiddle, viola, guitar and drums); and Big Farm (a foursome led by Rinde Eckert and Steve Mackey).

Jason also composes music. His many compositions for So Percussion include So’s third albumAmid the Noise, and contributions to Imaginary City, an evening length work that appeared on the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2009 Next Wave Festival. Recent commissions for other ensembles have included Oblique Music for 4 plus (blank), a concerto for So Percussion and string orchestra for the League of Composers Orchestra; Circus of One, music for a video installation in collaboration with Alison Crocetta; and Diorama, an evening length collaboration with the French choreographers in Projet Situ.

Jason is co-director of the So Percussion Summer Institute, an annual intensive course on the campus of Princeton University for college-aged percussionists. He is also co-director of a new percussion program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, where So Percussion is ensemble-in-residence beginning fall of 2011, and has taught percussion both in masterclass and privately at more than 80 conservatories and universities in the USA and internationally.

Jason received his Bachelors in Music and the Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music where he studied percussion with John Beck and drum set and improvisation with Steve Gadd, Ralph Alessi and Michael Cain. He received his Masters in Music along with an Artist Diploma from Yale University where he studied percussion with Robert Van Sice. Jason has also traveled to Japan to study marimba with Keiko Abe and to Bali to study gamelan with Pac I Nyoman Suadin.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:

David Degge is an active performer of contemporary solo and chamber music for percussion. He comes from a widely varied musical background, having grown up in a choral singing tradition, but he developed an affinity for percussion instruments when he was ten. Noted for his virtuosity on the hammered dulcimer, he has given numerous performances as a soloist and has used free improvisations on the dulcimer as a basis for much of his own music composition.

David’s attendance at the first annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute in 2009 confirmed a growing interest in contemporary percussion music, and it was there that he met the other founding members of Mobius Percussion. He has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, (Le) Poisson Rouge, An Die Musik, Budapest Music Center, and the Liszt Academy of Music, among others. He has collaborated with various groups including Sō Percussion, NEXUS, Mantra Percussion, SONAR New Music Ensemble, UMZE Chamber Ensemble, and the Amadinda Percussion Group. In 2013, David received a Fulbright grant to Hungary, where he studied with Zoltán Rácz as an exchange student at the Liszt Academy of Music. A highlight of his time in Budapest included participation in the first Liszt Academy student performance of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians under the direction of Mr. Rácz.

David holds a Bachelor of Music in education from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Music in performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. His teachers have included Allen Teel, Keith Lloyd, Robert van Sice, David Skidmore, Judah Adashi, and Zoltán Rácz. He currently works as the Percussion Teaching Fellow at the Bard College Conservatory of Music and also teaches in the Preparatory Division.

Mika Godbole recently completed her DMA at Rutgers University. Known for her enthusiastic support of new music and emerging composers, she has premiered several works as a founding member of the groundbreaking quartet Mobius Percussion. Her freelance activities include performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony, and the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Upcoming projects include directing Princeton, NJ’s inaugural new music marathon (aptly titled “Unruly Sounds”), recording and performing Thomas Lloyd’s Bonhoeffer with Philadelphia’s premiere choir, The Crossing, and participating in residencies and tours with Mobius Percussion. Recent activities include the world premiere of Jason Treuting’s new percussion quartet paper melodies (my music box music), a collaboration with So Percussion for a performance of Steve Reich’s Drumming at (le) Poisson Rouge, and performances of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, Gerard Grisey’s Le Noir de Letoile, and Xenakis’ tour-de-force Pleaides,

Mika has also been involved in summer music programs such as the Aspen Music Festival, So Percussion Summer Institute, the Artosphere Festival, and the China International Summer Music Academy. She has collaborated with conductors and artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, Charles Dutoit, Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Christoph Eschenbach, James DePriest, David Robertson, and James Conlon.

As a teacher, Mika maintains an active studio of thirty students at the Westminster Conservatory, works as an adjunct professor at York College of Pennsylvania, and leads drum circle classes at the Cambridge School.

Yumi Tamashiro trained as a pianist but “converted” to percussion, drawn by the allure of teaching drumline. From there, her undergraduate 20th century music history class sparked an interest in contemporary music that has persisted to this day. Since acquiring her masters degree from Manhattan School of Music, Yumi has worked as a freelance percussionist based in New York City. She has developed a strong interest in performing with electronics and visual media and has begun collaborating with animation artists and dancers.

Yumi is a founding member of Mobius Percussion. She has performed at venues such as Lincoln Center,Tennessee Theater, the Kennedy Center, The Stone, the Bohemian National Hall, and (Le) Poisson Rouge and has performed on a range of projects including the Big Ears Festival (2014), Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, the Ecstatic Music Festival, and Found Sound Nation. Her repertoire includes works by Elliot Carter, Steve Reich, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Daniel Wohl, and Iannis Xenakis, among others. She has had the privilege of performing with groups such as Nexus, Ensemble LPR, Acopladitos, and the Mivos Quartet.

Yumi is the Managing Director for Sō Percussion, Emily Johnson/Catalyst, and Festival Coordinator for the Sō Percussion Summer Institute. Her work as an arts administrator includes tour managing, grant writing, and production managing. She has also been on the production team for several performances by the Talea Ensemble and Alarm Will Sound.

Frank Tyl is a freelance percussionist based in New York City and specializing in contemporary solo and chamber music repertoire. He has worked with and performed alongside Mobius Percussion, So Percussion, Ensemble LPR, Nouveau Classical Project, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Ensemble sans maître, Blind Ear, Circles and Lines, MuSE (Multicultural Sonic Evolution), Tristan Perich, Niia Bertino, and the New York Pops. He has appeared in projects such as Make Music New York, MADE Fashion Week, Found Sound Nation, and Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts.

Frank has performed in venues at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, the United Nations, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Galapagos Art Space, Roulette, 92|Y Tribeca, RedBull Space, Milk Studios, and Public Assembly, among others. An alumnus of the Juilliard Pre-College Division, he earned his B.M. at NYU studying percussion performance under Jonathan Haas, James Saporito, and Simon Boyar.