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 ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, ‘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.
Group members are William Lang on trombone, Carlos Cordeiro on bass clarinet, Jeffrey Gavett singing baritone and Andy Kozar on trumpet.
They will perform selections from their “Monodramas,” featuring dramatic works by composers Andy Akiho, Hannah Lash, and loadbang’s trumpeter, Andy Kozar.
-Andy Akiho’s rhythmically intense Six Haikus sets texts by the composer to rhythms inspired by his experience as a virtuoso steel pan player.
-Hannah Lash’s Stoned Prince follows the exploits, real and imagined, of Prince Harry in her romantic avant-garde style.
-Andy Kozar’s uniquely explosive Mass dramatizes the composer’s questioning of faith in a jump-cut sequence of leaps across musical registers and styles.
Funding for this concert is provided by the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation.
"...delivering its inventive brand of vibrant contemporary classical music."
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"Extra-cool new music group...a fascinating experience in sound and content."