Stage sounds bright in January

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CSI Media staff | January 24, 2014

The Light Recital Hall in the Greenhill Center of the Arts will be active when the spring semester begins this month at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The UW-Whitewater Department of Music guest artists in January include Due East, The Awea Duo and Sweet Talk jazz trio.

Due East will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. The ensemble Due East is Erin Lesser on flutes and Greg Beyer on percussion, who will be joined by UW-Whitewater percussion quartet: Trevor Saint, Andrew Baldwin, Dominic Gischia and Max Astell, with video by Anna Weisling and set design and lighting by Eric Appleton, in a concert-length work by UW-Whitewater faculty composer Jeff Herriott.

“The Stone Tapestry” by Herriott was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University.

This project began with the recording of sound samples and the first brainstorming sessions with Due East in the summer of 2012, with the composition process to follow over the next 18 months.

“The Stone Tapestry” is a collection of interwoven myths, about origins, life cycles, and the pace and significance of change. As a whole, the piece divides into two segments that together trace the path of just a few stones, from discovery to disappearance.  Musically, several different ideas appear and recur in different forms, modeling change across large time spans. The ritualistic approach to the performance of many segments of the piece is intended to impart a distance to the act of music-making, placing focus on the repetitive nature of the physical acts themselves.

The Awea Duo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the Light Recital Hall. Mas Sugihara on saxophone and Jennifer Brimson Cooper on flute share a passion for chamber music. They formed The Awea Duo in the summer of 2012 for the purpose of artistic development and as a means for educational outreach. They are committed to promoting music for the flute and saxophone duo through performing existing works, writing transcriptions and commissioning new repertory. Their goal is to expand available literature for this instrumentation while having a great time working and performing together.
In this concert The Awea Duo will perform a U.S. premiere of ”Shades of Darkness” by Mari Takano. In addition, the program includes pieces from Bach, Mozart, Morley, Shostakovich, Poulenc, Mellits, Françaix, Crockcroft, Liang and others.                                                                                                                                                                           

Sweet Talk jazz trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Light Recital Hall. Sweet Talk is an exciting new trumpet, guitar and drums trio based in Brooklyn, N.Y. This trio utilizes its unique chemistry to explore new ground in the area between free jazz and sonic improvisation.

Their sound is diverse, incorporating energetic improvisations, eerie melodies and beautiful lyricism into interpreting Jake Henry's often sadistic, always intriguing compositions. The band is comprised of trumpeter Henry, guitarist Dustin Carlson and drummer Devin Drobka, who is a Wisconsin native. Sweet Talk has been performing since 2011 and has to date completed two tours of Canada and the United States to captivated audiences.

Informed by their expansive musical experience, these performers are creating an ever morphing musical language. Henry's compositions blend off-kilter melodies with intricate fingerpicked guitar that the band deconstructs into everything from trashy noise rock to delicately developed soundscapes. 

Their debut album "Glitterbomb" was released on Prom Night Records in the spring of 2013.

Attend any or all of these great artists hosted by the UW-Whitewater Department of Music. Tickets are $5 for the general public, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. Tickets are available for the visiting artist events by calling (262) 472-2222 or visiting the Greenhill Center of the Arts Box office from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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