New Music, Hand Drumming concert ranges far and wide
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music program presents a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday (May 6) featuring two student groups, the New Music Ensemble and the Hand Drumming Ensemble.
Music influenced by the traditions of West Africa, Northeast Brazil and Peru, a piece by a contemporary California composer, and music written by student ensemble members will be performed in the concert in the University Theatre located in Theatre Hall on the UW-Green Bay campus.
The evening opens with the New Music Ensemble, directed by Assistant Prof. Adam Gaines. The set features entirely original student compositions written by members of the New Music Ensemble. The first is a group effort titled “SA Essay,” a name derived at least in part from the nickname of the music program’s home, the Studio Arts (SA) Building. Other pieces to be performed are “Ahweiufh,” written by Ben Hogan; “When Nobody Is Watching,” by Kyle Kenzel; “Zen Paradox,” written by Hogan and Tyler Rindo; and Adam LeGrave’s “Aquatic Hypnotic.”
The second half of the program features the Hand Drumming Ensemble under the direction of educator, musician and former UW-Green Bay percussionist Tim Patterson, Class of 2002. The ensemble will perform “Agahu,” a popular traditional social dance in West Africa. “Piru Bole,” a hand drum piece inspired by East Indian tabla drumming, was written by noted composer John Bergamo of the California Institute of the Arts, who mentored Patterson when the latter was beginning pursuit of a Ph.D. in music. The Brazilian Maracatu set will include “Evolução dos Baques,” “Toque o Gonguê,” “Baque de Brooklyn” and “Tu Maraca.” (Maracatu is a term common to two distinct performance genres found in Pernambuco state in northeastern Brazil.)
Hand Drumming Ensemble personnel include Andrew Baldwin, Kaitlin Hobbs, Ben Hogan, Kayla Johnson, Meghan Kielpikowski, Kyle Kinzel, Adam LeGrave, Amanda Tolzman and Rachel Trempe.
Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for students and senior citizens. The venue box office is open 90 minutes prior to performances.