Chris Brown + Symprov Trio
Sunday, January 24 – 7:30 pm
560 Music Building
560 Trinity Ave, (in the Delmar Loop)
(PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE! The 560 Music building is at the Lion’s Gate on the West End of the Delmar Loop)
Admission: $15.00 / $10 students, artists
HEARding Cats Collective is leaping into the new year with Chris Brown , grand piano with PianoBar and interactive computer + Symprov Trio – an ensemble of virtuoso current and former St. Louis Symphony Orchestra musicians interacting with free improvisation. Featured musicians include Asako Kuboki (violin), Timothy Myers (trombone), and Rich O’Donnell (see-saw drums).
Chris Brown performs three pieces for grand piano with PianoBar and interactive computer. The PianoBar is an infrared sensor placed on the piano keys that translates keyboard events into MIDI signals. This enables a computer program to know exactly the notes, loudness, and timing that the pianist has played. It then improvises electronic responses that engender a cyber-duet with the pianist which then evolves into an improvised quintet with Symprov Trio.
CHRIS BROWN, composer, pianist, and electronic musician, creates music for acoustic instruments with interactive electronics, for computer networks, and for improvising ensembles. Collaboration and improvisation are consistent themes in his work, along with the invention and performance of new electronic instruments and software. He is currently a Professor of Music at Mills College in Oakland, California, and Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music (CCM).
Kuboki began her violin studies at the age of five in Japan. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, studying with Sylvia Rosenberg and Victor Danchenko. Kuboki performed extensively with the New Horizons Chamber Ensemble in Baltimore, a contemporary music group that worked in collaboration with composers, poets, and visual artists, for five seasons. She has also played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and the Key West Symphony Orchestra. In 2001 Kuboki joined the St. Louis Symphony. Since relocating to St. Louis she has continued performing chamber music and solo recitals throughout the U.S., and at international music festivals.
Timothy Myers has held the St. Louis Symphony’s William J. Orthwein Principal Trombone Chair since 1997. Mr. Myers originally joined the St. Louis Symphony in 1983 as Assistant Principal Trombone. A graduate of Northwestern University, Myers studied with the late Frank Crisafulli and the late Arnold Jacobs, both legendary members of the famed Chicago Symphony low brass section. Myers has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra and has given a number of solo recitals in the Midwest. He has also toured with the Summit Brass. He has a great interest in new music and has premiered many solo trombone works for St. Louis audiences.
Rich O’Donnell’s career as a professional musician spans six decades. In addition to his virtuosity as a percussionist, O’Donnell is a prolific composer, innovator and inventor of percussion and electronic instruments, a teacher, and a writer. He is currently director of the Electronic Music Studio at Washington University, St. Louis
These days, O’Donnell’s primary percussive interest involves improvised music using his self-created see-saw drumming technique. See-saw drumming is based on reciprocal motion and makes use of two beaters per hand (and foot). Using two beaters per appendage gives O’Donnell the ability to create complex layers of polyrhythms and hemiolas that provide new insight into rhythmical structures. He no longer thinks in terms of downbeats and bars, but rather convergence, overlays, and cycles of the various layers. This technique can be fast and dense, but it can also be elegant and in the pocket.