Vincent Chancey – Composer, French Horn
Newman Taylor Baker – Composer, Washboard
Maria Mitchell – Choreography, Dancer
Cleo F. Wilson – Narrator
Bill Tolles – Audio Visual
Tomeka Reid – Cello
Keith Johnston – Guitar, Spoken Word
At the heart of 2/4/THREE are two musicians in deep exploration of their instruments of choice—the French horn and the washboard. The evening will offer the first look at the work-in-progress performance, moving through original solo, duo, and ensemble pieces, sometimes punctuated by the choreography, spoken text, and audio visuals, rounded out with guitar and bass. The evening is also a birthday celebration for three musicians friends who share(d) the same birthday — Vincent Chancey, Newman Taylor Baker, and John Stubblefield (who died of prostate cancer in 2005). Newman and Vincent delve into story, fact, mystery, question, and discovery pulled from intimate family history.
Native Chicagoan Vincent Chancey moved to New York after a completion of a bachelor of music degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Music in classical studies. His classical private horn teacher was with Dale Clevenger, principal French horn of the Chicago Symphony. Chancey has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Pan American Symphony, the Harlem Symphony, the One World Symphony, the Zephyr Woodwind Quintet, and the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. He received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to study jazz French Horn with jazz horn pioneer, Julius Watkins. He was awarded a Meet the Composer Grant for workshops and concerts, and a Chamber Music America/FACE French American Jazz Exchange Grant for a collaboration with French guitarist, Serge Pesce.
Newman Taylor Baker is a master percussionist known for his solo drum set project, Singin’ Drums, and Washboard XT, his current pursuit of 21st century music for the washboard. He started on the washboard in 2010 when working with the Ebony Hillbillies. Newman plays the washboard like a drum set, placing the instrument in his lap and using prepared shotgun shells on his each of his fingers. This year Newman adds the epithet “Washboard XT” to his name in the spirit of 19th century Black String bands players. Washboard XT is also Baker’s band of many sizes. Marvin Sewell joined Newman in the band’s debut at Andrea Wolper’s Why Not Experiment? series in the West Village. Baker toured with his Washboard XT Szczecin to five cities in Poland and to three in Japan. Other appearances took place at the Edinburg Fringe Festival, the Washboard Festival, Logon, OH, and New York’s Arts for Art. “Singin’ Drums” is Newman’s enhanced, pitch-specific drum set configuration that has allowed him to develop a broad repertoire of music for solo drum set. This music can be heard on Drum Suite Life and The NYFA Collection on Innova. Baker was awarded a NYFA Music Fellowship and Meet The Composer Grant for this project.