Adam Rosenblatt (BM ’10, Percussion; KSAS BS ’10, Molecular/Cellular Biology) is an artist-in-residence with Creative Alliance, and as a winner of a Dean’s Incentive Grant will be performing Michael Gordon’s percussion sextet Timber. Usually, Timber is played using the best tropical wood available (mahogany, rosewood, etc). For this performance, though, Rosenblatt is sourcing the pieces of wood directly from the abandoned and vacant homes of Baltimore. These homes themselves thus become the main voice, telling the ongoing story of a city that still struggles with equity and stability for all its residents. Rosenblatt will collaborate with other Peabody alumni to make this performance come to life. The performance will take place on Friday, March 8, at 6:30 pm at Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Md. Tickets are free, but an RSVP is required.
Sandbox Percussion – Victor Caccese (BM ’11, Percussion), Terry Sweeney (BM ’13, Percussion), Ian Rosenbaum (BM ’08, Percussion), and Jonathan Allen – will present their Summer Percussion Seminar July 21-27 at NYU’s campus. They are offering three scholarships, and the application is due March 1. Coming up sooner, the group will be going on tour in March.
Faculty artist Jeff Stern (MM ’14, Percussion) and Matt Keown (‘17, Percussion) are two of the four members of the icarus Quartet, a group of two percussionists and two pianists. The group will be performing for the Music in the Valley series, which is directed by Benjamin Buchanan (MM ’14, Composition), at St. John’s Church in Reisterstown, Md. on Sunday, February 3, at 5:30 pm. They will be performing music by Paul Lansky, Alex Weiser, Brad Lubman, and a premiere by Michael Laurello. The icarus Quartet has also recently released a video with VicFirth, of them performing Steve Reich’s Quartet.
Kramer Milan (BM ‘14, Percussion) released a performance video on Friday, December 14. The video shows Milan performing Five Times by Krists Auznieks and is sponsored by Vic Firth.
Ledah Finck (BM ’16, MM ‘18, Violin), Lavena Johanson (MM ’13, Cello), Julia Sheriff (BM ’12, Piano), Peabody student percussionists Brendan Betyn, Taylor Davis, Ben Mapes, and Robert Rocheteau, and the Bergamont Quartet, comprised of Finck and current Peabody students Sarah Thomas (BM ‘17, Violin); Amy Tan, viola; and Irène Han, cello; will be performing at An Die Musik in Baltimore, Md. in a concert of music by Gemma Peacocke. The concert will take place on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 7:00 pm and includes selections from Waves + Lines, Peacocke’s song cycle. The work’s debut recording comes out on New Amsterdam Records next week. This concert is presented as a part of the Evolution Contemporary Music Series, founded by faculty artist Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition).