Andy Kozar – Trumpet
Will Lang – Trombone
Jeff Gavett – Baritone Voice
Carlos Cordeiro – Bass Clarinet
The Music That Defines is the first of three loadbang at 10 concerts celebrating the ensemble’s 10th anniversary season. loadbang will perform works that have been cornerstones of their unique repertoire developed over the last 10 years. Music by Charles Wuorinen, Reiko Füting, Eve Beglarian, Andy Akiho, Hannah Lash, and Alexandre Lusqui.
Alphabetical Ashbery by Charles Wuorinen
Land of Silence by Reiko Füting
Island of the Sirens by Eve Beglarian
Six Haikus (excerpts) by Andy Akiho
Stoned Prince (excerpts) by Hannah Lash
Guttural I & II by Alexandre Lunsqui
New York City-based new music chamber group loadbang is building a new kind of music for mixed ensemble of trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, and baritone voice. Since their founding in 2008, they have been praised as “an extra-cool new music group” and “exhilarating” by the Baltimore Sun, “inventive” by The New York Times and called a “formidable new music force” by TimeOutNY. Their unique lung-powered instrumentation has provoked diverse responses from composers, resulting in a repertoire comprising an inclusive picture of composition today. In New York City, they have been recently presented by and performed at Miller Theater, Symphony Space, MATA and the Avant Music Festival; on American tours at Da Camera of Houston, Rothko Chapel, and the Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University; and internationally at Ostrava Days (Czech Republic), China-ASEAN Music Week (China) and Shanghai Symphony Hall (China).
Portuguese clarinetist Carlos Cordeiro is stalwart in creating and broadcasting new music, collaborating with composers and different disciplines, improvising, studying and performing on each of the instruments of the clarinet family. Working with Joan Tower, Carlos recorded for KUHF (Houston, TX) and as a soloist he has previously recorded for RDP (Portugal). As an orchestral and ensemble player,Cordeiro has toured Spain, China, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Russia and the United States and played as part of groups such as Argento New Music Project, [kla], Reflex Ensemble, Metropolis Ensemble, DaCamera Young Artists in Houston, Texas, Tactus Ensemble in New York and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Switzerland.The conductors and coaches he’s worked with include Pierre Boulez, Antonio Saiote, Andrew Cyr, Magnus Lindberg, Chen Halevi, Anssi Karttunen, Alain Damiens, Phillipe Couper, Larry Combs, Ernesto Molinari and Marcus Weiss, among others. Carlos is a freelancer based in New York City, equally as a soloist and chamber musician and a member of loadbang. He holds a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Performance from Manhattan School of Music, a Master’s Degree from Rice University and a Bachelor’s Degree from ESMAE (Portugal).
A native of Pittsburgh, Andy Kozar is a New York City-based trumpeter, improviser, composer and educator that has been called a ‘star soloist’ by TimeOutNY and has been said to be ‘agile as he navigated leaps and slurs with grace…he shifted between lyricism and aggression deftly’ by the International Trumpet Guild Journal. A strong advocate of contemporary music, he is a founding member of the contemporary music quartet loadbang which has been called ‘inventive’ by the New York Times, ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, and ‘a formidable new-music force’ by TimeOutNY. With loadbang, his playing has been said to be ‘polished and dynamic, with very impressive playing’ by the Baltimore Sun, and that he ‘coaxed the ethereal and the gritty from [his] muted instrument…and revealed a facility for shaping notes and color’ by the San Francisco Classical Voice. He is also a member of TILT Brass, the Byrne:KozarDuo, and has performed with new music ensembles including Bang on a Can, Ensemble Signal, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Echappe, Ensemble ACJW, Wet Ink, and Mark Gould’s Pink Baby Monster. He has performed alongside artists such as Dave Douglas, Pablo Heras Casado, James Thompson, Mark Gould and Brad Lubman, in addition to working closely with numerous composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Augusta Reed Thomas, Christian Wolff and Pulitzer Prize-winning composers David Lang and Charles Wuorinen. Kozar has performed has performed at venues both domestically and abroad including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, MoMA, Rothko Chapel, The Barclays Center, and Shanghai Symphony Hall.
Jeffrey Gavett, baritone, is a composer, performer, and improviser living in New York City. He holds degrees in Voice and Contemporary Performance from Westminster Choir College and Manhattan School of Music.
Originally from Long Island, Trombonist William Lang is an active performer and improviser in New York and Boston. Hailed for his “superb performance” of James Bergin’s Langmusik by the Boston Globe, William is dedicated to playing premieres and new music. He has performed solo recitals at New York City’s premiere floating concert venue: Bargemusic, the Dimenna Center, the Stone, the Tank, the Gershwin Hotel, and Greenfield Hall, as well as other venues throughout the country. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Janacek Philharmonia in an acclaimed performance of Iannis Xenakis’ trombone concerto: Trookh, as well as with the Fredonia Wind Ensemble on a tour of New York State; and as a guest soloist with Ensemble Pi and the Broadway Bach Ensemble, as well as on the Avant Media Festival, the Defacto Music Series, and the Electronic Music Festival.
This performance is a co-production between Roulette and loadbang.