Praised for their "taut compositions with a stunning improvisational sense" (Time Out Chicago) and their "intricate, energetic performances" (New York Times), Loop 2.4.3’s original compositions resonate with the American musical traditions of jazz, rock and roll, and contemporary classical chamber music. Incorporating the span of traditional percussion to innovative electro-acoustic instruments, voices, and strings, their music is most often compared to the voices of Harry Partch, Steve Reich, and Terry Riley, but "warmer, more linear" (NPR) and "much freer and less constrained in their movements" (Alarm Magazine). Loop 2.4.3 is an original voice that “sounds like part of a well-thought-out tradition. Only the tradition has never existed until now" (NPR-Fresh Air).
Please see www.loop243.com
Rachael Elliott is the bassoonist and improviser in Clogs and a performer specializing in contemporary music. She recently appeared with Clogs at the Barbican Centre’s Steve Reich festival in London and Merkin Hall’s Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City, with collaborators including Lisa Kaplan (eighth blackbird), Nico Muhly, Shara Worden and Sufjan Stevens. In the past season, Rachael premiered music by Padma Newsome, Bryce Dessner, Thomas L. Read, and a new solo for bassoon and electronics by Alex Kotch. Current season highlights include the premiere of a new concerto for clarinet, bassoon and strings by Don Jamison with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and performances throughout the US in support of her debut bassoon CD, Polka the Elk.
Please see www.bassoonproject.org
Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble
After studying with Joe Morello and Fred Hinger, earning a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School, and freelancing in NYC, Robert Hohner began teaching at Central Michigan University. He built an ensemble that became artists-in-residence at the school, toured internationally, and released 7 highly acclaimed recordings of classical, jazz, and world music. He regularly premiered works by living composers, including ongoing collaborations with David Maslanka, and David Gillingham, while also mining classic literature, showcasing the diverse possibilities of percussion.
Please see www.loop243.com/get-involved
An electric trio of multi-tasking performers, Sub-Verse creates improvised performances from a collection of fractured story-scores penned in Brooklyn warehouses and ex-mafia bunkers in New England. The trio uses pianos, vintage synthesizers, vocals, drums, samplers, and other sound-makers to venture from stillness to the outer reaches of mayhem and primal release. The trio (Istvan Peter B'Racz, Tom Burnett, and Thomas Kozumplik) recently fulfilled a residency at Brooklyn's IBeam and has been presented by Dixon Place (NYC), ShapeShifter Lab (Brooklyn), Projects for a New Millenium (New Haven), and others. Their "New Haven Bunker" residency was aired on Bridgeport, CT's WPKN, 89.5-FM. Please see sub-verse.org
Tom Burnett (director, performer, and musician) is artist-in-residence this season at MSFS studios in Brooklyn, NY, where he is composing and recording original works for his new trio. Tom is a founding member of the performance orchestra Coocoohandler, presenting shows at many venues in NYC, including The Kitchen, Webster Hall, the Knitting Factory, Fez, Performance Space 122, MoMA PS1 and the South Street Seaport. He was co-creator and keyboardist in the popular downtown show Uncle Jimmy’s Dirty Basement as seen at Joe’s Pub, the Bowery Ballroom, the Toyota Comedy Festival and the Bowery Poetry Club. As a director he has helmed multimedia performance events for Projects for a New Millennium based in New Haven, at sites as varied as the Stony Creek Quarry and the Bridgeport baseball stadium. Among his many other credits are co-director of Danny Mydlack’s Mr. Big company; director of plays by Winchester Chimes, with the Formica Cornice Theatre Company; and original works at The Kitchen. Recently directed/co wrote and sound designed James Godwin’s solo shows “Lunatic Cunning” and “The Flat Iron Hex” at Dixon place in NYC, receiving the Jim Henson collaboration award and winning best in show at the 2014 National Puppetry Festival. See the New York Times review.