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Apr 26

Squirrel Noir

Music Free No Exit

NO EXIT new music ensemble is pleased to present its clarinetist Gunnar Owen Hirthe in concert with Derek Emch as Squirrel Noir. Hirthe’s classical training and Emch’s contemporary disposition combine for an evocative program of varied works rarely heard in a contemporary clarinet recital. The duo will be performing pieces by John McCowen (Mundana Duos 1 & 2), Dai Fujikura (Sakana), Michael Tenzer (3 Island Duos), Evan Ziporyn (Partial Truths), Derek Emch (Meditation No. 1), and Eric Mandat (Bipolarang).

“Our program is pretty radical—fun, crazy, rhythmic stuff,” said Hirthe. “And the times it will seem like there are more than one or two instruments playing, and we’ll create sounds not typically heard coming from a clarinet. This is the music we like to play personally, and that the Squirrel Noir audience always seems to enjoy.”

“Mundana is minimalist and reminiscent of 1970’s electronic tape music. Sakana is for solo clarinet and uses lots of multiphonics. Three Island Duos is based on imaginary places and influenced by Balinese gamelan music. Partial Truths is a bass clarinet solo with multiphonics and singing. Derek’s Meditation No.1 is like an improvisation, and Bipolarang is a silly piece—super jaunty.”

“Overall, listeners can expect to be awed and beguiled by lots of varied moods and multiphonics,” Hirthe added. “Challenging and unique works are well within the purview of NO EXIT—and they’ve always been well received in Cleveland. We’re excited to share!” Both Hirthe and Emch are doctoral candidates in contemporary music / clarinet performance at Bowling Green State University.

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What Time? 6:30pm
How Much? FREE