Timothy Myers

Sunday, 26 February – 7:30pm
The Sheldon Ballroom, 3648 Washington
General Admission $20, Student and Artist $15
Please RSVP to alumrod@gmail.com!

HEARding Cats Collective is celebrating the 80th birthday of our co-founder and artistic director, Rich O’Donnell, with a concert that spans 47 years.

From O’Donnell’s 1970 MikroTimbre I solo for amplified TamTam, to free improv created in the moment with Symprov Trio, an ensemble of virtuoso current and former St. Louis Symphony Orchestra musicians Asako Kuboki (violin) and Timothy Myers (trombone), with interludes of O’Donnell’s virtual drumming on Wiimote and nunchuck accompanying Casper McElwee’s 3D Anaglyph video and poet Anna Lum.  It’s a major birthday, so there will be other surprises as well!

Tickets can be purchased at the door, but an RSVP to alumrod@gmail.com would be greatly appreciated.

In 2001 Asako Kuboki joined the St. Louis Symphony. 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. 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. 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.
Rich O’Donnell’s career as a professional musician spans six+ decades, 43 of which was with SLSO as principal percussion. He has performed on 4 continents. In addition to his virtuosity as a percussionist, O’Donnell is a prolific composer, innovator and inventor of percussion and electronic instruments, producer, teacher and writer. He is currently director of the Electronic Music Studio at Washington University, St. Louis.
Photo by Robert LaRouche of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Pictures staff, 1970.

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.

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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.

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