Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University
Music program presents the SOU Percussion Ensembles Fall Concert:
Foreign Objects: Shapes of Curiosity
(Ashland, Ore.) – The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University Music program proudly presents the SOU Percussion Ensembles fall concert Foreign Objects – Shapes of Curiosity at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2 in the SOU Music Recital Hall.
The SOU Percussion Ensemble is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, who perform alongside faculty members Dr. Terry Longshore and Bryan Jeffs. The ensemble is dedicated to the performance of contemporary percussion repertoire and providing the members with a variety of percussive experiences. The ensemble frequently collaborates with notable composers on premieres of new works, and repertoire ranges from contemporary music to world traditions to jazz- and rock-inspired compositions. The ensemble gives several concerts every year at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, as well as many performances throughout the Southern Oregon community and the Pacific Northwest, and was invited to perform at the 2013 and 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC). The ensemble has self-released two CDs, “La Alma del Árbol – The Soul of the Tree”, and “Electric Rebel Poetry”. In 2015 the SOU Percussion Ensemble recorded the CD, “30”, by Stanford University composer Mark Applebaum, released internationally on the Innova Recordings label. The SOU Percussion Ensemble endorses Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.
Left Edge Percussion is a contemporary percussion group in residence at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University. Its artistic director is Terry Longshore, and the members are students in the Master of Music in Performance program at SOU, as well as select advanced undergraduate students. The group premiered Bryan Jeffs’ Contactual Constellations at the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) and actively collaborates 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.
Also performing will be SOU’s Maraval Road Steel Band, directed by Tom Berich. Maraval Road Steel Band was developed in Ashland Oregon in 2013 as an ensemble that concentrates on the folkloric music and traditions on Trinidad and Tobago…steel pan and calypso.
Maraval Road is the only “panorama” style steel band in Oregon and as of 2016 are officially affiliated with the percussion department of Southern Oregon University.
Some highlights of this 90-minute concert will be Left Edge Percussion performing the U.S. Premiere of Longshore’s “Kangaroopak Sardha” for hand drum quartet, written for and premiered by Ba Da Boom Percussion at the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia. There will also be the west coast premiere of Stanford University composer Mark Applebaum’s “Clicktrack”, based on poetry of K. Silem Mohammad, SOU Professor of Creative Writing. This will be the fall closing event for the SOU Campus Theme, “Shapes of Curiosity”. Applebaum will also perform his ground-breaking piece for gestures and pre-recorded audio, “Aphasia”.
Other works featured on the concert will be Edgard Varése’s iconic “Ionisation” for 13 percussionists, Applebaum’s “48 Objects” for 16 percussionists, “Vibes” by Mark Loquan (performed by Maraval Road), and John Bergamo’s “Foreign Objects” performed by 18 players.
Tickets for this performance are $10 for regular, $5 for seniors, and free for students. All tickets are general admission. The OCA box office is located in the SOU Music Building, off South Mountain Avenue. The box office hours are noon to 6 PM Monday through Friday, and two hours prior to performances. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card over the phone by calling 541-552-6348 or online at oca.sou.edu/box-office. Please contact the box office for discounts offered to SOU alumni, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute participants, and SNAP/Oregon Trail cardholders.