BASSOON SURROUNDED20th Century Music for Bassoon & Percussion
Paul Chihara, Michael Isaacson, David Maslanka, Alexandre Ouzounoff, Verne Reynolds, Gerhard Samuel, Dean Witten
CHRISTIN SCHILLINGER, bassoon
ANDREW HEGLUND, percussion
Albie Micklich, Bassoon
Sharon Hickox-Young, Percussion
Includes World Premiere Recordings
"[Christin Schillinger] sails through the music as if it were the first few pages of a beginning bassoon method. The percussionists and second bassoonist Micklich acquit themselves admirably, and it’s all been captured in ultra-realistic sound. Recommended to fans of contemporary music and the bassoon..."
Christopher Brodersen, Fanfare - May/June 2010
"These works easily represent most of the good music that has been written for bassoon and percussion... David Maslanka’s Orpheus is a great opener to the program. Its modern yet accessible harmonic structure will appeal to listeners of today. Schillinger and Micklich play together very well. One may hardly notice that they play with almost no vibrato—their tones are pure and beautiful.
[Gerhard Samuel's] piece pays homage to his friend John Cage, who died in 1992. It is a sparsely written work. Schillinger gets the chance here to display her lyrical talents in the context of a very difficult idiom...
There is a nice interlude, a duet for bassoon and one maraca by Michael Isaacson that refreshing the ear.
Dean Witten’s Composites uses many of newer techniques—quarter tones, bent pitches, multi-phonics. The bassoonist actually ends up playing quite a bit of the percussion parts toward the end of the work.
The last two pieces conjure an image of some mad scientist conducting an experiment in the wild, where native bassoons are confronted by the intruding percussion instruments!
They are enjoyable works to hear. This collection of bassoon and percussion works will certainly appeal to bassoonists, but also to followers of great percussion music."
American Record Guide - January/February 2010
Andrew Heglund is the Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Nevada, Reno. He performs with the faculty jazz quintet The Collective, The Reno Jazz Orchestra, the Ed Corey Trio, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Discover Music Percussion Ensemble. Recently Heglund was commissioned by the Sierra Nevada Ballet to compose several percussion works to accompany their ensemble. He has also been a featured soloist with the University Wind Ensemble for their performance of Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra. Dr. Heglund is an active clinician and adjudicator in the Northern Nevada and Northern California areas and organizes the annual Northern Nevada Day of Percussion.
Albie Micklich is the Associate Professor of Bassoon at Arizona State University. He is currently Co-Principal Bassoon with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and bassoonist with the Ocotillo Winds. He has taught and performed throughout Europe, Bermuda, Brazil, Australia, Japan and North America, and has presented master classes at numerous universities across the United States. He has performed on numerous classical and contemporary recordings, working with artists such as The Who, The Chieftains, David Sandborn and Sinead O’Connor. Micklich is a Fox Artist.
Sharon Hickox-Young is on the percussion faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno. She holds degrees from Rice University and the University of Southern California and has performed with numerous orchestras including the Alabama Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Big Spring Symphony and the Midland-Odessa Symphony. Currently Ms. Hickox-Young performs with the Reno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Nevada Opera and Ballet as well as being a member of the Reno Philharmonic’s Discover music Percussion Ensemble.
David Maslanka (b.1943)
Gerhard Samuel (1924-2008)
DIRGE FOR JOHN CAGE
Verne Reynolds (b.1926)
Michael Isaacson (b.1946)
DUET FOR BASSOON & ONE MARACA
Dean Witten (b.1951)
Paul Chihara (b.1938)
Alexandre Ouzounoff (b.1955)
NAIROBI, LA NUIT