Weston Olencki and Eric Wubbels

Weston Olencki and Eric Wubbels
Friday, January 19th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Self Supported event
Sponsor: Madison Greenstone

Composer/performers Weston Olencki and Eric Wubbels will present new work written by and for the duo. The two works explore shared concerns of virtuosity, synchronization, and hybridization using languages developed through intensive long-term collaboration and friendship.

Weston Olencki - recasting [2016-18], premiere; prepared piano, transducers, synthesizers, electronics, objects 
Eric Wubbels - contraposition [2016-17]; trombone + prepared piano

Eric Wubbels is a composer, pianist, and Co-Director of the Wet Ink Ensemble. His music has been performed throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the U.S., by groups such as Wet Ink Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, yarn|wire, Kupka's Piano (AUS), Berlin PianoPercussion, Ensemble Linea (FR), New York New Music, SCENATET (DK), Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and Talea Ensemble, and featured on festivals including Huddersfield Festival, Zurich Tage für Neue Musik, Chicago Symphony MusicNOW, and MATA Festival. The recipient of a 2016 Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Wubbels has been awarded commissioning grants from Chamber Music America's Classical Commissioning Program, ISSUE Project Room, MATA Festival, Barlow Endowment, Jerome Foundation, New Music USA, and Yvar Mikhashoff Trust, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony (2011, 2016), Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and Civitella Ranieri Center. As a performer, he has given U.S. and world premieres of works by major figures such as Peter Ablinger, Richard Barrett, Beat Furrer, George Lewis, and Mathias Spahlinger, as well as vital young artists such as Rick Burkhardt, Francesco Filidei, Erin Gee, Bryn Harrison, Clara Iannotta, Alex Mincek, Sam Pluta, Katharina Rosenberger, and Kate Soper.

Weston Olencki is a New York City based trombonist/composer specializing in the performance and production of experimental music & art. Weston is a member of Ensemble Pamplemousse, one half of RAGE THORMBONES & People Making Sounds, and has performed with Ensemble Dal Niente, ICE, wasteLAnd, Wet Ink Ensemble, wildUP!, Fonema Consort, Talea Ensemble, and others. His work has been commissioned by the Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and soloists Jesse Langen, Lester St. Louis, and Matt Barbier. He has held residencies at Harvard, Stanford, and New York Universities, and was awarded the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis for Interpretation from the Darmstadt Ferienkurse.

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