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“Postlude 6” by Elliot Cole

PERFORMANCE SPOTLIGHT:

“Postlude 6” by Elliot Cole

Performed by Mobius Percussion

ABOUT THE PIECE:

Postlude 6

Postludes is a book of eight pieces for a familiar instrument played in a new way. Four players, with eight double-bass bows, play interlocking lines on a single vibraphone. The interplay of bows and hands tapping, muting and touching harmonics, weaves an intimate and intricate counterpoint that is as beautiful to watch as it is to hear: fragile, tender and haunting.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER:

Elliot Cole (*1984) is a composer, singer, and programmer. Postludes, his book of bowed vibraphone quartets, is a new classic of percussion repertoire, having been performed by over 80 ensembles all over the world, including all major American music schools, So Percussion, TorQ, Blow Up Roma, Mobius Quartet, and Amadinda. He has sung his Hanuman’s Leap, a bardic epic for voices and drums, in nine cities, and it was performed by Grammy-winning choir Roomful of Teeth at the Five Boroughs Music Festival in NYC. His creative friendship (part band, part book club) with Brad and Doug Balliett has produced opera and hip hop collaborations with the Chicago Composers Orchestra, Metropolis Ensemble, Washington Square Winds, operacabal, the Berkshire Fringe Festival, and the Lucerne Festival Academy, where they were Spotlight Artists in 2011. He lives in Jersey City, NJ, and is a doctoral candidate in composition at Princeton University, where he teaches undergraduates how to hear and sings in a study group devoted to 14th and 15th century music in facsimile.

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, growing up in a choral singing tradition, but he quickly 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. He is currently the Percussion Teaching Fellow at Bard College Conservatory of Music. His teachers have included Allen Teel, Keith Lloyd, Robert van Sice, David Skidmore, Judah Adashi, and Zoltán Rácz.

Mika Godbole recently completed her DMA at Rutgers University. Her freelance activities include performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in addition to various other groups in the Philadelphia and New York areas. She 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, James Conlon, Jorge Mester, among other deeply committed musicians. Other musical pursuits include involvement in contemporary music with Mobius Percussion, starting a new music collective, and commissioning new works for various ensembles.

As a teacher, she maintains an active studio of thirty students at various levels of ability at the Westminster Conservatory, York College of PA (as Adjunct Faculty), and other private students. Recent activities include collaborations with So Percussion for a performance of Steve Reich’s “Drumming” at (le) Poisson Rouge, a duo recital with organist Rob Ridgell for a webcast performance at the Trinity Wall Street Church in Manhattan, the Rutgers University premiere of Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians”, her solo recital including the world premiere of Jason Treuting’s new percussion quartet “paper melodies (my music box music), Xenakis‘ tour-de-force “Pleaides”, and Gerard Grisey’s “Le Noir de L’etoile”.

Yumi Tamashiro trained as a pianist but was “converted” to percussion, drawn by the allure of teaching high school drumline. And it was her undergraduate 20th century music history class that turned her on to contemporary music. Yumi, a freelance percussionist based in New York City, has developed a strong interest in performing with electronics and visual media and has begun collaborating with animation artists and dancers.

Yumi has performed at the Tennessee Theater, the Kennedy Center, The Stone, The Bohemian National Hall, and Le Poisson Rouge. She has performed on a range of projects including Big Ears Festival 2014, Carnegie Neighborhood Series, Ecstatic Music Festival and Make Music New York. Her repertoire includes works by Elliot Carter, Steve Reich, Karlheintz Stockhausen, Daniel Wohl, and Iannis Xenakis among many others. She has had the privilege of performing with groups such as Nexus, EnsembleLPR, and Mivos Quartet.

Yumi is the Director of Operations for So Percussion. Her work as an arts administrator includes tour managing, creating travel itineraries, grant writing, and managing the logistical aspects for all concerts and events.

Frank Tyl stems from an expansive artistic background exploring music, visual media, and writing. He is currently an active 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, Ensemble sans maître, Tristan Perich, Blind Ear, Nouveau Classical Project, Niia, Circles and Lines, MuSE (Multicultural Sonic Evolution), Cadillac Moon Ensemble and the New York Pops. He has appeared in such projects as Make Music New York, MADE Fashion Week, World Technology Awards Gala, and Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts.

In 2010 Frank became Artistic Director and percussionist of SYZYGY NEW MUSIC—an ensemble dedicated to the curation of innovative new concert works and collaborations. With SYZYGY, Frank has commissioned and premiered many new works and won grants from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Jerome Foundation.

Frank has performed in venues at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, 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.