Unconventional Art - Unconventional Spaces
SOU DULCET A CAPPELLA - NEW WORKS
Dulcet A Cappella is SOU's premiere pop a cappella group, and is comprised of 17 members from various majors.
In the last few years, they have competed at ICCA's, opened for the renowned British a cappella group Semi-Toned, and performed with other SOU groups.
Dulcet has produced and been involved in benefit performances for both national causes and local organizations, and continue to make appearances around Oregon's Rogue Valley.
Daisy Bishop, Mikayla Mattocks, Hannah Scadden, Valerie Warman, Mattie Easdale, Raegen Hedley, Payton Henderson, Logan Tiedt, Owen Hucke, Andrew Peña, Miles Smith, Phoenix Roy, Anthony Bock, Sean Carter, Everett Chappell, Shainen Bautista-O’Reilly, Hayden Swanson.
DESIDERATA - UNITY
Desiderata is a vocal ensemble comprised of young musicians in the Rogue Valley. Desiderata, meaning desired things, reflects the artistic intent of the group: to utilize both new and classic music towards a goal, namely togetherness and high-level artistic expression. Desiderata formed out of a regularly performing group by the name of Clavem Lux, a student ensemble based out of Southern Oregon University. The ensemble's fall concert, "Complementary," received widespread recognition for its artistic intent and attention to detail. Paul French, head of the voice faculty at SOU and long term faculty member, is quoted saying, "They were fantastic. Musical, stylish, and squeaky clean. If you missed this concert, you really missed something." Desiderata's upcoming concert, "Unity," digs deep into the through-lines present in the music of multiple different cultures. From a Hildegard von Bingen medieval plainchant to a number of pieces from Spain, Japan, Haiti, Korea, France, etc. to a world premier of a six minute commissioned work by up-and-coming New York composer Judd Greenstein (complete with composer Q+A), Desiderata's concert "Unity" will be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
BRYAN JEFFS - SEVENTY YEARS OF A BROKEN HEART
Seventy Years of a Broken Heart: Seventy Years of a Broken Heart is a large graphic score composed on a single 56′ long scroll of rice paper for narrator and indeterminate instrumentation; any number of players. The line of text written straight down the middle is embellished by, and inspires the the undefined graphic notation surrounding it. To create the text, one sentence was taken from a prominent “love song” from each of the preceding 70 years of popular music (finished in 2012). When strung together, they create a strange narrative of longing that also traces the evolution of song lyrics from “As Time Goes By” to “Call Me Maybe”. The text is then decorated and accentuated by performers interpreting the graphic notions. Musical or otherwise.
Currently Bryan serves as the Music Department Coordinator at Rogue Community College where he teaches a variety of music courses and directs the RCC Hand Drum Ensemble. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Southern Oregon University where he serves as the Director of the SOU Raider Band, teaches percussion and assists in the direction of the SOU Percussion Ensemble. Bryan is an educational artist for Remo Drumheads and Vic Firth sticks and mallets as well as a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Educator Network.
FRAMESHIFT - FLOURISH + MUSIC FOR FLOWER POTS + SETTLE
Frameshift invites you to an evening of contemplation as we perform the music of Sarah Hennies and Elliot Cole. Exploring the sonic capabilities of vibraphone and flower pots, Flourish, Music for Flower Pots, and Settle encourage the audience to step inside and live within the works.
Jordan McFarland is an active teacher and performer in the Denver area. He received his Master’s degree in Percussion Performance as a student of Andrew Bliss and Keith Brown from the University of Tennessee, and his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a focus in percussion as a student of Brian Mason, Frank Oddis, Kyle Forsthoff, and Ming Hui-Kuo from Morehead State University. Mr. McFarland’s education included a strong focus in solo percussion and percussion ensemble performance. As a performer, he has played venues such as the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention, the McCormick Marimba Festival, a tour of China, and various schools across the country.
Drew Wright is a performer, percussionist, and educator currently based in Ashland, OR known for his work in contemporary and pop music. Drew earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Ohio University and is currently working towards his Master of Music Performance at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon where he is a member of the contemporary percussion quartet Left Edge Percussion, an artist in residence at The Oregon Center for the Arts. He has performed extensively throughout the US and Europe, performing in such cities as New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville, Washington D.C., Dublin, Ireland, and Rome, Italy, and can be heard on numerous recordings including two grammy nominated albums, Mothership (2013) and Color + Light (2016). Most recently, Drew can be heard on Mark Applebaum’s Speed Dating (2017). Whether through commissioning and premiering of new works, touring outside the concert hall, or presenting new works in educational and entertaining ways, Drew provides a fresh, nuanced view to contemporary music.
JOE HOWE - NEW WORKS
Joseph Howe is a champion of many styles of percussion music and performance. A native of Cedar City, Utah he began playing drum set at the age of 11, later expanding his passion for musical expression to other areas of percussion performance. As a soloist Joseph has won competitions, including the Marimba Collegiate Competition at the 2009 Utah Day of Percussion. Winning the 2010 Southern Utah University Concerto Competition, he performed Concerto for Marimba and Band by G. Bradley Bodine. In 2011, he had the honor to travel to China and play with the Wuhan Opera orchestra; that same year he was awarded Performer of the Year at Southern Utah University. In 2014 with the Southern Oregon University Graduate Percussion Group, Joseph premiered Bryan Jeffs’ Contactual Constellations at the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Convention. The following summer Joseph went on tour in Brazil with the duo Percussive Solutions. After returning from tour Percussive Solutions commissioned and premiered Bryan Jeffs’ piece Whiskey Variations. Joseph’s piece Shake It Up! (trio for illuminating egg shakers) was premiered at the 2016 Oregon FRINGE Festival. In July of 2016, Joseph participated in the premiering of Michael Gordan's Natural History with the Britt Festival at Crater Lake National Park. Joseph received his BFA in percussion performance From Southern Utah University and his MM in percussion perfromance from Southern Oregon University. Joseph has also been accepted into the DMA program at the Queensland Conservatory in Brisbane Australia.
RYAN FOGELMAN - LOVELY, SWEET DREAMS
"Lovely, Sweet Dreams" is a performance art construction created by Ryan Fogleman for the 2018 Oregon Fringe Festival. Seven short movements of music, each referred to as a different "dream", are combined with a vivid, sometimes psychedelic tapestry of computer-generated and handmade visuals.
Throughout the piece, the music, using an eclectic blend of genres and instruments, is presented along with each "dream"'s visual counterpart, which often draw from fractal geometry and algorithmic art.
Both the audio and visual experiences are partially dynamic - some sections of music are improvised, and some parameters of the visualizations are controlled dynamically live. Because of these aspects of randomization, every performance of "Lovely, Sweet Dreams" is slightly different, but the core themes, meant to inspire introspection, connection with the natural world, and appreciation for the beauty, ineffability, and complexity of life, remain consistent.
Ryan is currently studying with composer/professor Mark Jacobs at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon while working towards a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, as well as a minor in Mathematics.