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Wild Rumpus – September 27, 2013

Nicolas Tzortis Incompatible(s) VI World PremiereFausto Romitelli Trash TV TranceToru Takemitsu AirMorton Feldman OnlySteve Reich ‘Cello CounterpointKaija Saariaho CendresYao Chen O…What an AwakeningContemporary chamber ensemble Wild Rumpus will be presenting the world premiere performance of a newly commissioned work by Nicolas Tzortzis. The vivid, theatrical Incompatible(s) VI demands that a harpist portray both sides of a contentious relationship in speech and movement, with support from bass clarinet, violin, and cello. Several members of Wild Rumpus will also be featured in solos that run the gamut of contemporary expression, including the wild, noisy frenzy of Fausto Romitellis Trash TV Trance performed by electric guitarist Dan VanHassel, the delicate and sensuous sonic worlds of Toru Takemitsus Air and Morton Feldmans Only, performed by flutist Amy Sedan and soprano Vanessa Langer, respectively. Also featured will be Joanne De Mars in Steve Reichs ‘Cello Counterpoint, a hard-driving piece by the minimalist master in which the ‘cellist must play in sync with seven other pre-recorded versions of herself. In addition the group will be performing Cendres by Kaija Saariaho, a hauntingly beautiful trio for flute, ‘cello, and piano, as well as a reprise of a work commissioned by Wild Rumpus in 2012 by Yao Chen: O…What an Awakening, again featuring soprano Vanessa Langer. Wild Rumpus is a contemporary chamber ensemble dedicated to adventurous new music, with a particular interest in commissioning and collaborating with young/emerging composers. Each year, the ensemble offers commissioned composers the opportunity to work closely with its members through one-on-one meetings and ensemble reading sessions, with the belief that collaboration encourages experimentation, creative growth, and exciting music. To learn more about the ensemble, including upcoming concerts and the annual open calls for scores, please visit

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