Contemporary Insights 2016 Concert Series
– presenting –
New Works for Trombone w/ guests Laura Cocks & Jordan Dodson
Guy Barash: new work for trombone & electronics
Reiko Fueting: new work
Jeremy Howard Beck: one song from a new suite for multiphonic trombone
Adam Zahller: the Mat Maker
Chris Fisher-Lochhead: prosodia desia, solo trombone version
Zach Seely: Dynamics of The First Dimension
Joan Arnau Pàmies: in media res
w/ Laura Cocks, flute & Jordon Dodson, guitar
Hailed by the New York Times as “Fiercely, Virtuosic”, trombonist William Lang is an active performer, improviser, and teacher based in New York City. He can be found playing in all settings and style, from the avant-garde and classical to Broadway and indie chamber pop. He has given his signature unaccompanied recitals throughout the United States, played concertos in both America and Europe, and has also recorded with such artists as Philip Glass, David Byrne, St. Vincent, and Jonsi (of Sigur Ros.) Intensely passionate for chamber music, he regularly performs alongside his groundbreaking ensembles loadbang (an original and unique group of musicians interested in cutting edge music) and The Guidonian Hand (a trombone quartet dedicated to breaking boundaries within the brass community.) You can also find him performing as a member of TILT Brass, the S.E.M. Ensemble, and the Brooklyn Brass Quintet on a regular basis.
Laura Cocks is a New York based flutist who has worked in a wide array of creative environments as a performer and promoter of contemporary music. Her work aims to highlight emerging composers; she has premiered over 150 works in the last five years. Laura is flutist and executive director of TAK ensemble, a founding member of the Louis Moreau Institute in New Orleans; and a full time member of the Nouveau Classical Project. She has performed across North and Latin America and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician in ensembles such as The London Sinfonietta, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Wet Ink Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and Ensemble Bonne Action in venues that range from Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s Southbank Centre, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and The Guggenheim Museum in New York to artist squats, diners, and highway medians. Laura can be heard with Wet Ink Ensemble on Carrier Records and International Contemporary Ensemble on ECM.
“One of the top young guitarists of his generation” (Performance Today), Jordan Dodson is an active soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia. In the Fall of 2011, Jordan was one of two guitarists selected to inaugurate a new program in classical guitar at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music.
He has received prizes in numerous competitions, including the 2013 Astral Artists National Auditions, 2011 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, 2010 Indiana International Guitar Competition, and 2008 American String Teachers Association Competition. In 2013, he was a Young Artist in Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today.
An advocate for contemporary music, Jordan has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces internationally. He is a performer in several New York City ensembles including Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Marcel, and Ensemble sans maître.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Jordan started playing music at a young age. His past teachers were Clare Callahan, David Starobin, and Jason Vieaux. He has received degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Cincinnati.
May 21st @7pm
121 Ludlow #2, NYC
$20/15 (students & seniors) at the door