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Event Archive - A Place to Listen 6:: Erik Abbink, Daniel Brandes

Wed. March 20th 2013 - Wed. March 20th 2013 James Bay United Church (All Ages)
7:15pm - 9:00pm doors at 7:00pm
Presented by: A Place to Listen

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Music: Classical
For its 6th program, A Place to Listen presents the world premiere of other echoes inhabit the garden, an extended work for tenor saxophone and gated tape by Daniel Brandes. Commissioned by Victoria based Dutch Saxophonist Erik Abbink , other echoes inhabit the garden explores the quiet, fragile, and vulnerable side of the saxophone – a side of the instrument that is rarely used.

“As a composer I am very interested in what it means to create musical/social situations,” says composer (and A Place to Listen founder) Daniel Brandes. “I have a special interest in writing for unaccompanied soloists. Placing a musician in this exposed and vulnerable place — alone with an audience — is what is truly at stake when composing a work for unaccompanied soloist. It is a very special dynamic. It is in this hyper-intimate and tenuous space that the most alive and engaging music may happen — if the composer, player, and listener(s) are deeply sensitive to the situation.”

More than a concert series, A Place to Listen is about creating a space. A quiet place where, for an hour or two, one can be deeply attuned to something. Nothing spectacular or sensational. Just some tones and some silence. In our current culture of hyper-stimulation and saturation—which attempts to colonize our imaginations and demands that we not look too closely, or feel too deeply—this kind of musical practice is essential. It feeds a part of us that, more and more, we are learning to neglect. The part that needs quiet.

Rather than a concert series, this is a listening series. Thanks for listening

For more information on upcoming concerts or to set up an interview please contact Daniel Brandes: [email protected]
or 250 686 4766

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Erik Abbink (Classical and contemporary classical music)

Saxophonist Erik Abbink has performed as a chamber musician in Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Poland and Turkey. He appeared for Sonic Boom Vancouver, The Netherland Wind Ensemble, Percussion Group The Hague, Aventa Ensemble, and Redshift. As an orchestral musician he appeared with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,... more info