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SOU Percussion Ensemble records Mark Applebaum’s “Clicktrack”

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Ashland, Oregon

The Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Terry Longshore, will record Stanford University composer Mark Applebaum’s Clicktrack, to be released on a forthcoming CD by the composer.

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Caballito Negro/Left Edge Percussion – “resist” Northern California Tour

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Wednesday, October 26 – Saturday, October 29, 2016
Northern California Tour

Wednesday, October 26, 8:00pm
Gold Lion Arts
Sacramento, California
Presented By OUTSOUND PRESENTS

Friday, October 28, 8:00pm
Concert – Center for New Music
San Francisco, California

Saturday, October 29
2:00pm – Workshop & Master Class
7:30pm – Concert
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
CCRMA – Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics

Other dates/locations TBA

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Flute and percussion duo, Caballito Negro, (with special guest Left Edge Percussion) presents “Resist”, a diverse concert program utilizing six flutes, a truckload of percussion, spoken word, film and images. Resist is a passionate interplay of contemporary chamber groove and creative narratives, defining the word’s meaning and freight from surprising sources. Caballito Negro is also conducting workshops at schools such as Stanford University, offering a fresh look into how to make chamber music. The duo, flutist Tessa Brinckman and percussionist Terry Longshore, perform intercultural work, in a fearless, ecstatic blend of modern and traditional aesthetics. Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s poem, Canción de Jinete (1860), the duo collaborates with many prominent, innovative artists, creating contemporary music that pushes the flute and percussion repertoire to new heights, and always in the spirit of duende.

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Michael Gordon/Britt Festival premiere @ Crater Lake for National Parks 100th Anniversary

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July 29-30 & August 20, 2016
Crater Lake, Oregon (July 29-30)
Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville, Oregon (August 20)

On July 29 and 30, Britt will celebrate the unique majesty of Crater Lake when members of the Britt Orchestra and Music Director Teddy Abrams perform at the national park. Abrams will lead approximately 40 Britt Orchestra musicians in the performances, with the dramatic panorama of the lake as the setting. The musicians will perform a world premiere composition by New York-based composer Michael Gordon, commissioned by Britt and inspired by Crater Lake. Gordon has visited Crater Lake throughout the past year, to draw on the park for inspiration for his composition.

Joining the Britt Orchestra will be 10 percussionists I am coordinating from the SOU Percussion Ensemble.

We will also perform the work at the Britt Festival Pavilion on August 20. Left Edge Percussion will open the show at 6:45!

Visit Britt’s site here for more information.

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Left Edge Percussion

Photo: Stephen Addington

Left Edge Percussion is a contemporary percussion group in residence at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, led by artistic director Terry Longshore. The group tours and performs throughout the Northwest and actively collaborates on innovative projects with composers and artists of various media. The members of the group have been featured around the globe at prestigious festivals, competitions, conferences, and workshops and bring a diverse array of influences and collective energy to the ensemble.

Recent Left Edge Percussion performances include the Center for New Music in San Francisco, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, Gold Lion Arts in Sacramento, Northwest Percussion Festival (Ashland, Eugene, and Bellingham, WA), Britt Music & Arts Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Shows, Hipbone Studio in Portland, Ashland World Music Festival, the Oregon Fringe Festival, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), in addition to regular performances at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University.

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SOAR 2016

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Tuesday, May 17, 2:00pm
Ashland, Oregon
Southern Oregon University – Britt Hall Lawn

The Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble will premiere Colin Malloy’s Cascade at the Southern Oregon Arts & Research (SOAR) Conference 2016. Cascade is a piece for 3-channel audio and percussion ensemble, and was partially funded by a grant from the Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. This eco-percussion work features field recordings from the monument and photographic musical scores created by Colin Malloy. The performance is free.

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Grants Pass High School World of Percussion Festival

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Friday, April 22, 2016
Grants Pass, Oregon
Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center

The SOU Percussion Ensembles will perform for the fourth annual Grants Pass High School World of Percussion Festival, directed by Evan Daggett. I will give a clinic and performances will start at 7pm and feature the Grants Pass High School and Middle School Percussion Ensembles, the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble, and Left Edge Percussion. More info to come – check back!

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Northwest Percussion Festival

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Friday-Sunday, April 1-3, 2016
Eugene, Oregon
University of Oregon

The Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensembles will perform at the 31st annual Northwest Percussion Festival, hosted at the University of Oregon by Pius Cheung and Sean Wagoner. The event will feature ensembles from throughout the Northwest, guest artist Victor Mendoza, and performances by the directors. Our performances will be as follows:

Saturday, April 2, 8pm
NWPF Directors Recital
Caballito Negro will perform Ivan Trevino’s This Is Like Jazz! for contrabass flute, marimba, and spoken word
Bryan Jeffs will perform

Sunday, April 3, 2pm
Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensembles directed by Bryan Jeffs perform:
David Lang’s the so-called laws of nature, part 2
Amadeo Roldán’s Ritmica No. 5 and No. 6
Owen Clayton Condon’s Fractalia
Aurél Holló’s José / beFORe JOHN5
Austin Wrinkle’s Wart Hog #3
Bryan Jeffs’ The Shady Lady and the Rebel Frog, featuring Tessa Brinckman, piccolo
Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, arr. Bryan Jeffs

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Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensembles Concert

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Thursday, March 31, 2016
Ashland, Oregon
Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University

The Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensembles will present a concert of works prepared by Bryan Jeffs, Vanessa Tomlinson, and Erik Griswold during my Winter 2016 sabbatical. The concert will feature the following works:

Fractalia – Owen Condon
In the Dream – Erik Griswold
José / beFORe JOHN5 – Aurél Hollo
Patter – Robert Honstein
Midnight by the Rogue – Bryan Jeffs (Premiere)
Ritmicas 5 & 6 – Amadeo Roldán
Static – Vanessa Tomlinson
Wart Hog #3 – Austin Wrinkle
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Daft Punk (arr. Bryan Jeffs)

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Remember the Alamo – and the Rebel Frog!

Caballito Negro gave the premiere of Ivan Trevino’s “This Is Like Jazz” at the Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University last week. A huge thanks to Ivan for a  beautiful piece – we just love it. We also premiered our own “That Which Colors the Soul” – big thanks to Dan Kennedy and Keith Bohm for hosting us there. We had a great time with the percussion students as well – thanks to Yamaha, Zildjian, Vic Firth, Remo, and Black Swamp for sponsoring our workshop with them!

Workshop with Sac State students
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With both of my teachers from Sac State – Dan Kennedy and Ron Holloway. So special to have both of them there!
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I just returned from San Antonio and PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention). What an incredible convention! It’s always great to connect with old friends and new.

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Congratulations to SOU Master’s student Jordan Curcuruto for her awesome performance with the PASIC International All-Star Percussion Ensemble! What a great new idea from PAS and an incredible performance by the ensemble directed by Michael Burritt. Congratulations to SOU MM alumnus Colin Malloy for his brilliant performance of Thierry De Mey’s “Silence Must Be” – bravo! Also congratulations to SOU alum Joe Perez for his technology presentation on his arrangement of Steve Reich’s “Electric Counterpoint”.  I’m so proud of all of you!

And, now we hit the ground running to present our concert this Friday – the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensembles present “All the World’s a Drum”. We will premiere two new works by Bryan Jeffs:

  • Three Movements for Recital Hall – this piece utilizes our Music Recital Hall as the instrument – curtains, doors, stage floor, etc. come alive as the audience is surrounded by sound and movement.
  • The Shady Lady and the Rebel Frog – the latest installment in Bryan’s brilliant Rebel Frog series. Flutist Tessa Brinckman joins us as the “Shady Lady” in this exciting piece performed by the entire ensemble.
  • Also featuring works, many theatrical in nature, by Erik Griswold, Mauricio Kagel, John Cage, Ivan Trevino, and more. Join us!

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SOU Percussion Ensembles present “All the World’s a Drum”

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Friday, November 20, 2015, 7:30pm
Ashland, Oregon
Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University

The Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensembles, under the direction of Terry Longshore, present “All the World’s a Drum”, an evening of theatrical percussion music.

Featured works:

  • The Shady Lady and the Rebel Frog – Bryan Jeffs (world premiere), featuring Tessa Brinckman, flutist, as the Shady Lady
  • Strings Attached – Erik Griswold
  • the so-called laws of nature (part 2) – David Lang
  • Rrrrrr… – Mauricio Kagel
  • Three Movements for Recital Hall – Bryan Jeffs (world premiere)
  • Third Construction – John Cage
    and more to come….
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Mark Applebaum – 30

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Mark Applebaum – 30 (2015)
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The complete recording of Mark Applebaum’s 30, three intersecting, ten-minute long pieces that can be played separately or simultaneously:

The First Decade (for percussion solo)
The Second Decade (for percussion quartet)
The Third Decade (for percussion septet)

This recording presents all seven of the possible combinations performed by Terry Longshore, soloist; the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble, quartet and septet; and conducted by Bryan Jeffs.

Check out audio at the Innova website: http://www.innova.mu/albums/mark-applebaum/30

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SOU Percussion Ensembles – Electric Rebel Poetry

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Featuring six premiere recordings by the SOU Percussion Ensembles, Terry Longshore, director. The CD features:

The Rebel Frog Goes Dancing – Bryan Jeffs
30 – Mark Applebaum
(De/Con)struction in Steel and Electricity – Colin Malloy
Yume no Wa – Hikaru Sawai – arr. Colin Malloy
The Third Decade – Mark Applebaum
Sex, Drugs, and Poetry – Jeff Richmond

CD artwork by Greg Martin

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Oregon Fringe Festival – John Luther Adams’ “Inuksuit”

sou-percussion-ensemble-laugh-webFriday, June 5, 3pm
Ashland, Oregon
Lithia Park

The Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble will give its final performance of the year as part of the Oregon Fringe Festival in Ashland’s beautiful Lithia Park. We will present John Luther Adams’ outdoor epic environmental percussion work, Inuksuit. The performance will last until about 4:15 and will take place between the band shell and the entrance to the park. Come wander, roam, sit, or listen however you feel compelled.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show

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Wednesday, June 3, 6:45pm
Ashland, Oregon
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show

The Southern Oregon University Graduate Percussion Group will perform for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show, a free outdoor concert! We will present the following repertoire:

John Cage – Third Construction
Eric Whitacre – Lux Aurumque
Gavin Bryars – One Last Bar, Then Joe Can Sing
Steve Reich – Music for Pieces of Wood (arranged for drum set duet)

This will likely be the final performance with the group’s founding members – Jeffrey Kolega, Colin Malloy, and Tyler Willoughby – who all graduate this June. Come out and bid them a fond farewell and thanks for their amazing work the last two years!

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Grants Pass High School World of Percussion Festival

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Friday, May 8
Grants Pass, Oregon
Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center

The SOU Percussion Ensembles will perform for the third annual Grants Pass High School World of Percussion Festival, directed by Evan Daggett. I will give a clinic at 5pm, and the performances will take place starting at 7pm and feature the Grants Pass High School and Middle School Ensembles, the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble, and the Southern Oregon University Graduate Percussion Group. My clinic will be supported by Yamaha Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets, and Remo Drumheads.

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Michael Gordon’s Timber – 2nd Performance

sou-gpg-jumpFriday, May 1, 8pm
Ashland, Oregon
Southern Oregon University Schneider Museum of Art

The Southern Oregon University Graduate Percussion Group will present Michael Gordon’s minimalist masterpiece, “Timber”, for 6 amplified “simantras”, (planks of wood) which has been described as “a meditation on sound and rhythm, bringing the physicality, endurance and technique of percussion performance to a new level.”

This will be the second performance of a set we are giving this winter/spring. The performance follows Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk. The 3rd and final performance will be Tuesday, May 19, at 7:27:28pm at the Southern Oregon University Center for Sustainability. The performance is timed so the last note is sounded at sunset.

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NorthWest Percussion Festival @ SOU Featuring Steven Schick

7.11.13Southern Oregon University hosts the annual NorthWest Percussion Festival for the first time! Guest artist will be world-renowned percussion soloist and conductor Steven Schick. Percussion ensembles from across Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Northern California will attend and perform. Schedule will be as follows:

Ashland, Oregon
Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall &
Centre Stage Theater

Friday, April 10 – 7:30pm
Opening concert featuring Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensembles, directed by Terry Longshore, with guest artist Steven Schick

Repertoire:
The Rebel Frog Goes Dancing – Bryan Jeffs
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– Per Andreasson
Contactual Constellations – Bryan Jeffs
West Coast Premiere of Elliot Cole’s AMEN
Trans – Lei Liang (Steven Schick, soloist)
Rebonds – Iannis Xenakis (Steven Schick, soloist)
Ballet Mécanique – George Antheil

Saturday, April 11:
9am – University of Oregon
10:30 Performance/Master Class by Steven Schick
1pm – University of Alaska, Fairbanks
2pm – Central Washington University
3pm – Western Washington University
4pm – Husky Percussion Ensemble (University of Washington)
5pm – Portland Percussion Group
7:30pm – Directors Recital featuring Percussion Directors from NorthWest Universities
9:30pm – Standing Stone hang with Maraval Road

Sunday, April 12:
9am – Portland State University
10am – Western Oregon University
11am – California State University, Sacramento

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SOU Percussion Ensembles @ Rogue Valley Manor

Photo: Hayden Teachout

Photo: Hayden Teachout

 

Thursday, February 26, 7pm
Medford, Oregon
Rogue Valley Manor

The SOU Percussion Ensembles will perform for Rogue Valley Manor residents.

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SOU Percussion Ensembles present “Contact”

Friday, Dec. 5, 7:30pm
Ashland, Oregon
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The SOU Percussion Ensembles, under the direction of Terry Longshore, present “Contact” featuring guest artist Daniel Kennedy. Featured will be the world premiere of Bryan Jeffs’ third installment of the Rebel Frog trilogy, “The Rebel Frog Wassails”. Also featured will be Jeffs’ “Contactual Constellations”, performed by the SOU Graduate Percussion Group, a work for graphic musical scores printed directly onto drumheads, on which the performers play while video captures their performance and projects to the audience. Hot off the world premiere at PASIC!

Press Release:
Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University
presents the SOU Percussion Ensembles performing “Contact!”

(Ashland, Ore.) – The Music program of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents “Contact!,” an innovative, audiovisual experience performed by the SOU Percussion Ensembles on Friday, December 5 at 7:30 pm in the SOU Music Recital Hall.

“Contact!” is inspired thematically by the piece, “Contactual Constellations,” composed by Bryan Jeffs, SOU adjunct faculty and an alumnus of the SOU Music program. “Contactual Constellation” features graphic musical scores manufactured onto bass drum heads, played upon by the performers, captured in real time and projected for the audience. The ensembles are directed by Dr. Terry Longshore, director of percussion studies at Southern Oregon University,

“Seeing the musical score, while hearing it being played, and, in real-time, getting to follow along visually to see how the artists interpret the score is an amazing experience for the audience,” said Longshore. “The SOU Graduate Percussion Group will have just premiered this piece at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis in November. This concert will be the West Coast debut of this piece.”

The concert will also include a classic percussion work, “The Drums of Orpheus” by Lou Harrison; “Dance of the Little Fox” by Celso Ruiz for clarinet quintet, arranged by his son, Grant Ruiz, a local flamenco guitarist, for three marimbas and vibraphone; “Reunion,” a new piece for marimba ensemble, written in the style of the Zimbabwe marimba tradition by Lucas Sennhauser, a SOU freshman music major; “Akadinda Trio” by Emmanual Séjourné, for marimba trio in the Uganda “Akadinda” style; “Piru Bole,” a hand drum ensemble piece by John Bergamo, featuring guest artist Daniel Kennedy from California State University, Sacramento; and “Tin Play” by Per Andreasson for percussion quartet.

For lovers of the “Rebel Frog” series composed by Bryan Jeffs, the Percussion Ensembles will introduce “The Rebel Frog Wassails.” Longshore characterizes it as “Frank Zappa meets Christmas music.”

Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for senior citizens and free to full-time students. The Performing Arts Box Office is located in the Music Recital Hall lobby. Box office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours prior to each performance. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card over the phone by calling 541-552-6348 or online at sou.edu/performingarts. Contact the box office for discounts offered to SOU alumni, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute participants and SNAP/Oregon Trail cardholders.

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Percussive Arts Society International Convention

Metaphysics_of_Notation_1November 19-22, 2014
Indianapolis, Indiana

I am co-hosting the PASIC Focus Day this year with John Lane. Our theme is “Images of Sound: Innovations in Notation”, and we have selected an amazing array of performances, presentations, and panels for the convention.

In addition, I will perform on one of the sessions: Mark Applebaum’s “The Metaphysics of Notation” (Thursday, Nov. 20, 11am). The session will feature multiple interpretations of the work, one of which will be by Caballito Negro (flutist Tessa Brinckman and myself).

Mark Applebaum’s “The Metaphysics of Notation” is one of the most provocative and innovative musical works of the 21st century. Commissioned by the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University, this museum-scale work is comprised of 12 large, graphic musical “scores”, really works of art, hand drawn by the composer. Each piece is ten inches high by 6 feet wide and is filled with evocative glyphs, images, and seemingly random numbers and letters. A “mobile” score accompanies the 12 wall-mounted scores and hangs from the ceiling. Beautiful to behold, the music is left for the performer to interpret as he or she sees fit. The version presented at PASIC will be a digital, scrolling version of the original artworks/scores. Applebaum states, “although I heard no music in my head when composing ‘Metaphysics’, I’m sure it is music.”

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Also, the SOU Graduate Percussion Group has been selected to give the world premiere of Bryan Jeffs’ “Contactual Constellations”. The piece is for 3-6 players, performing on 6-8 large drums of varying sizes, the players being free to move between the drums during the performance.  Each drum has a different graphic score printed on its clear drum head and a camera mounted underneath to capture, and then project in real time, both the score and the performer’s rendering of the notation.  This unique visual aspect is key to the work’s goal of connecting the notation, the audience, and the performer’s interpretation into a singular experience – something that is often missing when interpreting graphic notation.

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Sing Softly and Carry a Big Stick

tuesday, march 11, 7:30pm
ashland, oregon
guest artist: sou chamber choir

The Music program of the Department of Performing Arts at Southern Oregon University presents the SOU Percussion Ensembles and SOU Chamber Choir in a performance that has been twelve years in the making, titled “Sing Softly and Carry a Big Stick.” The two-hour concert, with an intermission, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the SOU Music Recital Hall.

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SOU Percussion Ensembles @ Rogue Valley Manor

Thursday, February 13, 7:00pm
Medford, Oregon

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More Cowbell!

southern oregon university percussion ensembles present a program for rogue valley manor concert series. featuring works by lou harrison, bryan jeffs, steve reich, hikaru sawai (arr. colin malloy), emmanuel séjourné, and nebojsa jovan zivkovic.