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Punching Holes in Space

P. Elwood / contemporary, electroacoustic

Website(s) : http://jongudmundson.com / https://www.facebook.com/jon.gudmundson /https://www.facebook.com/JazzAtUtahStateUniversity

Punching Holes in Space is a world premiere by P. Elwood for alto and baritone saxophone, piccolo trumpet in A, trumpet in C and flugelhorn, and extended percussion featuring an IPad.

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Biography

Jon Gudmundson, Max Matzen and Jason Nicholson have worked together in numerous ensembles, both commercially and as faculty members in the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, performing in a myriad of musical styles. This past year the three appeared as guest artists with the Downbeat Award-winning USU Jazz Orchestra on its acclaimed 2014 CD release Europa. Their jazz/other ensemble Aggie Music Project will release its debut CD in August 2015. The premiere performance of Punching Holes in Space, composed for Jon, Max and Jason by Paul Elwood, marks their debut as a trio.

Elwood’s music has been presented at festivals around the world. He has recorded with Don Moye and Raphael Imbert. More information at www.paul-elwood.com and blog sound choices: Paul Elwood | Typepad.

More informations

“Punching Holes in Space” is a composition by Paul Elwood for three musicians: alto and baritone saxophone; piccolo trumpet in A, trumpet in C and flugelhorn; and extended percussion featuring an iPad with tone gen(erator) and Synthophone apps. The piece was composed in late 2014 for saxophonist Jon Gudmundson, trumpeter Max Matzen, and percussionist Jason Nicholson, faculty members in the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. This is a world premiere.

The composition is inspired by a line in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake: Elwood thought about points in time evoked by notes of music . . . “Music,” he states, “may be considered to be punching holes in space with sound, or with silence as the converse of sound; the hole in space being the absence or presence of sound.”

Programming

10/07/2015 13:30 - 14:00

Cité de la musique et de la danse - Salle 21

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Musicians / speakers

  • Gudmundson Jon / Alto, Baritone saxophones; melodica; train whistle. (United States)
  • Matzen Max / Trumpets, Flugel Horn, Toy Whistle, Slide Whistle (United States)
  • Nicholson Jason / Pecussion, iPad (United States)
  • Elwood Paul (United States)

Program

  • Punching Holes in Space (Paul Elwood) / World Premiere

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