HOCKET: THE COMPOSER/PERFORMER INITIATIVE

MAR 23, 8PM

Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff, pianists
Hitomi Oba, tenor saxophone
Noah Meites, trumpet
Derek Tywoniuk, percussion
LA Signal Lab

HOCKET presents COMPOSER/PERFORMER, a program featuring newly written works performed and written by a few of Los Angeles’s most exciting composer/performers. This program is in conjunction with HOCKET’s Composer/Performer Initiative, a new annual commissioning project focused on cultivating new trios from composer/performers to write pieces that feature the commissioned composers on their instrument plus HOCKET. This program at Boston Court will feature the world premiere of two of these commissions by tenor saxophonist Hitomi Oba and percussionist Derek Tywoniuk. Additionally the concert will feature guest artists LA Signal Lab, an exciting new music collective of composer/performers.


THE PROGRAM

Sarah Gibson (b. 1986) — Aria (2014)

Andy Akiho (b. 1979) — Karakurenai (2007)

Derek Tywoniuk (b. 1988) — Byrd/Cage (2016/2017)

Nick DePinna (b. 1985) — Voyagers – 2. Forward (2016)

Hitomi Oba (b. 1984) — taste, inaugurate! (2019)*

Noah Meites (b. 1982) — Passacaglia on a Theme By Stevie Wonder (2011)

Derek Tywoniuk (b.1988) — like (Write it!) like disaster (2019)*

Thomas Kotchef (b.1988) — wgah’nahl fhtagn (2017)

*World Premiere


THE ARTISTS

HOCKET is a cutting edge piano duo based in Los Angeles. Lauded as “brilliant” by Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times and as an “adventurous young ensemble” by The New Yorker, members Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff are both pianist-composers dedicated to commissioning and performing contemporary music. They have performed in some of the most exciting festivals and venues across the country including The Bang on Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, MATA Festival in New York City, The Center for New Music in San Francisco, and the Carlsbad Music Festival. Together, they have premiered over one hundred chamber and solo works and have collaborated with the premier, new music ensembles Eighth Blackbird and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. HOCKET has received grants from the Presser Foundation and The Earle Brown Music Foundation and has been a selected artist in Firebird Ensemble’s Outstanding Young Artists Initiative. HOCKET is a performing artist on the Schoenhut Piano Company Artist Roster.

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