Gnarwhallaby: The Wild Beasts

March 29, 2015 - Gnarwhallaby: The Wild Beasts

Sunday, March 29, 2015 – gnarwhallaby: The Wild Beasts
Supported in part by American Composers Forum LA
Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena
301 N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103
General Admission - $20 online / $25 at the door
Students/Seniors - $12 online / $15 at the door

The Los Angeles-based quartet gnarwhallaby has established an important reputation as one of the foremost contemporary ensembles in Southern California. In their 2013 Carnegie Hall debut they were described as “startlingly versatile” (Steve Smith, New York Times). Their debut album [exhibit a], released in April 2014 on Populist Records, has garnered critical acclaim with praises such as “gnarwhallaby delivers remarkable precision, energy and passion along with a studied and controlled sensitivity to the music of American and European contemporary composers... a monument to tight ensemble” (Sequenza 21) and “satisfyingly musical, intelligently presented, ear twistingly enterprising” (Soundproof Room).

gnarwhallaby was formed in 2011 to revive and perform the repertoire composed for the unique instrumentation of clarinet, trombone, violoncello, and piano. As their starting point, the quartet used the missions and repertoires of the now defunct, avant-garde Polish ensemble Warsztat Muzyczny as well as the later German outfit Quartett Avance. As the third generation "grandchild" quartet – the first in the United States and the only currently active quartet of its kind in the world – they have been heard at such contemporary music and art festivals as the UC-Santa Cruz's April in Santa Cruz, the Getty Research Institute’s Pacific Standard Time Festival, and MicroFest. gnarwhallaby continues to expand this largely unknown and fascinating body of repertoire with commissions and original compositions by its members.

gnarwhallaby (Matt Barbier, trombones // Brian Walsh, clarinets and saxophones // Derek Stein, violoncello // Richard Valitutto, piano and keyboards) will be performing works by Morton SubotnickDonald ErbAndrzej Dobrowolski, Włodzimierz Kotoński, and Isaac Schankler.

Pour quatre - Włodzimierz Kotoński
Sad Trombone* - Isaac Schankler
     * World premiere
The Wild Beasts - Morton Subotnick
Music for Magnetic Tape and Piano Solo - Andrzej Dobrowolski
Krabogapa - Andrzej Dobrowolski
To Warsaw with Love - Donald Erb