BENT DUO

Bill Solomon, percussion David Friend, piano

Saturday, May 11, 2019 · 7:30PM

White Box Live Arts, Liberty Station

2590 Truxton Rd #205

San Diego, CA

Tickets at the door: $20/$10 for students

 

Bent Duo is an emerging NYC-based  project investigating the limits of chamber music for piano and percussion and the exciting innovations that happen at the outer fringes of this repertoire. Founded in 2015, the duo has performed at a wide variety of venues and is equally committed to works that exploit the performers' virtuosic instrumental technique as to those that are developing new performance techniques entirely.

 

This broad terrain includes notated works for piano and percussion, instruction-based works for non-traditional instruments, and non-disciplinary performance works, as well as collaborative projects with other artists working in sound, technology, and other areas.

 

Bill Solomon and David Friend are respected members of the NYC classical and new music scenes and frequently perform in NYC, across the country, and abroad with groups including Ensemble Signal, Grand Band, Talujon Percussion, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the American Composers Orchestra. Bent Duo allows them an outlet to collaborate with creative artists who are working on the cutting edge of new compositional and performance techniques, to bring to attention existing repertoire for this underserved instrumentation, and to undertake the radical experiments in chamber music and performance that more conventional ensembles are unlikely to tackle.

 

Most recently, Bent Duo has performed at mainstream and underground venues including the Dimenna Center for Classical Music (NYC), the Center for New Music (San Francisco), and Betalevel (LA); commissioned and premiered major new works from artists including Sarah Hennies, Casey Anderson, and Jace Clayton; been invited to give residencies at the Hartford School of Art/Hartt School of Music and Tulane University; and been a featured performer at 'Performing Indeterminacy,' an international conference at the University of Leeds (UK).

 

Hailed as a "fine soloist" (New York Times) and "a stand out" (Boston Globe), New York percussionist Bill Solomon performs with Ensemble Signal, having appeared at Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, LA Philharmonic, Guggenheim, Miller Theatre, Big Ears Festival, June in Buffalo and the Stone. He's worked with composers including Steve Reich, Helmut Lachenmann, Oliver Knussen, Georg Friedrich Haas, Unsuk Chin, Roger Reynolds, Brian Ferneyhough, Charles Wuorinen, Hilda Paredes, Hans Abrahamsen and Donnacha Dennehey.

 

He performed the solo vibraphone part for Pierre Boulez's Répons in collaboration with the Lucerne Festival, IRCAM and Ensemble InterContemporain with Mr. Boulez as conductor. He appeared with the Liz Gerring Dance Company performing Michael S. Schumacher’s solo percussion score for Horizon at Peak Performances in Montclair, NJ. Other solo appearances have included the New York City premiere of Unsuk Chin's Double Concerto at Miller Theatre, new German works at Harvard University, MC Maguire's Narcissus auf Naxos at Victoriaville Festival ("brilliant percussion work", The Wire), as a featured soloist at SEAMUS National Convention, and at Princeton Sound Kitchen.

 

Solomon has performed at BAM Next Wave Festival with Dawn Upshaw, and other festivals include Performa 15, Bang on a Can, TEDxMET, Sebago-Long Lake, Lucerne, Brandeis BEAMS, PASIC, NYCEMF, and Pixelerations at Brown University. Mr. Solomon has also performed with Talujon Percussion, Hartford Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Orchestra of the League of Composers, Alarm Will Sound, Talea Ensemble, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, Slee Sinfonietta, Nunc, SEM Ensemble, American Modern Ensemble, Sound Icon, Callithumpian Consort, Yale Repertory Theatre and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

 

He regularly gives solo recitals and masterclasses at universities around the country. His recordings can be found on Mode, EUROArts, Cantaloupe, Naxos, New World, Capstone, Tzigane and Equilibrium labels, the film score to Philip Glass' Project Rebirth, as well as two critically-acclaimed discs of music by Steve Reich, including Music for 18 Musicians, on Harmonia Mundi with Signal. He received his DMA from The Hartt School where he wrote his thesis on percussion and queer musicology.

 

David Friend is a New York City-based pianist who specializes in new and experimental music. A fearless performer, he has been hailed by critics for his adventurous programming, his commanding technique, and his captivating performances. His playing has been described as "astonishingly compelling" (Washington Post), "magical" (New York Concert Review), and the New York Times calls him "[one] of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York's contemporary-classical scene." He performs regularly at major venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall (London), Disney Hall (Los Angeles), and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), as well as at more underground venues like Betalevel (Los Angeles) and (le) poisson rouge (NYC). He is a member of Ensemble Signal, TRANSIT New Music, Grand Band Piano Sextet, and Bent Duo, and also performs frequently with other notable groups such as the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Alarm Will Sound, Hotel Elefant, and the American Composers Orchestra. He has worked with many of the most renowned composers of our time, including Pulitzer prizewinners Julia Wolfe, Caroline Shaw, David Lang, and Steve Reich, and has premiered scores of works by emerging and established composers of immense variety. His performances have been broadcast on radio and television in the United States and abroad including for NPR's Performance Today, Q2's Hammered!, and WNYC's Fresh Sounds. He has recorded for the New Amsterdam, Harmonia Mundi, Cedille, Innova, Albany, Naxos, and Dacapo labels, including as a guest artist on Third Coast Percussion's album of music by Steve Reich, which won the Grammy award for best chamber music performance.