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Guest Artist Concert: Ogni Suono

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


Ogni Suono’s program features newly commissioned pieces from SaxoVoce, a long-term project exploring the wide-ranging musical, dramatic, and theatrical possibilities inherent in the synthesis of saxophone and voice. SaxoVoce is funded in part by a New Music USA Project Grant and 73 Kickstarter supporters.

The Rifleman’s Creed very effectively anthropomorphizes a rifle as a way to inculcate soldiers to be as proficient and knowledgeable as possible when handling their weapons. It is, and not in some abstract or metaphysical way, a matter of life and death. A famous recitation of the creed occurs in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 film, Full Metal Jacket.


Formed by American saxophonists Noa Even and Phil Pierick in 2009, Ogni Suono is committed to expanding and promoting repertoire for saxophone duo by commissioning and performing new works. Their album, Invisible Seams, features some of the duo’s first collaborations with composers. Supported by a grant from New Music USA, Noa and Phil launched SaxoVoce in 2015, a long-term project exploring the wide-ranging ways of synthesizing saxophone and voice. Contributing composers include Kate Soper, Felipe Lara, Ruby Fulton, and Chris Fisher-Lochhead.


ABOUT OGNI SUONO, featuring Noa Even and Phil Pierick, saxophones

Ogni Suono has appeared on concert series such as Permutations (New York City), Journeys in Sound (Boston), Outpost (University of California-Riverside), Switchboard Presents (San Francisco), SONICT (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater), Frequency (Chicago), Take 4 (University of Windsor), and ADJ- ective (Toledo). The duo’s international performances include the inaugural Singapore Saxophone Symposium, Romanian-American Musical Days Festival in Sibiu (Romania), Berlin University of the Arts, Felicja Blumental Music Center in Tel Aviv, Night of the Museums Festival in Budapest, Songkhla Rajabhat University (Thailand), and World Saxophone Congresses in Scotland and France.


Emphasizing the importance of education, Noa and Phil regularly supplement performances with clinics,

master classes, community outreach programs, and presentations. They have been guest clinicians at many leading institutions, including Lawrence Conservatory, Stanford University, University of Houston, New England Conservatory, Western University (Canada), and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As recipients of a CMS Yamaha-in-Residence Fellowship, Ogni Suono presented outreach programs in the Iowa City, IA community. They have offered additional educational events at Lincoln Elementary School in Chicago, Orlat Orphanage in Romania, and School of Arts and Enterprise in Pomona, CA.


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