Dalton Music Department Co-Chair Featured in The New Yorker
Bent Duo is a project that I've had with my colleague David Friend (who is a pianist) for almost five years.
David and I met as freelancers around the city and decided to form a group that we could have some control over. We play concerts around the country and abroad for piano and percussion and have collaborated with a lot of creative musicians and composers over the years.
One of the first pieces that we commissioned was by composer Sarah Hennies who is a percussionist living in Ithaca, NY. Her piece “Unsettle” is for vibraphone, piano, and bells, and is about 35 minutes long. The piece blends unexpected sounds together and is a slow build-up over the course of the work. We were pleased to join our friends in the Brooklyn-based group Bearthoven on this album which was released on New World Records in the middle of the pandemic. Normally we would have played in concerts to support the release; we were unable to do this, with venues around the country shut down, so the release was bittersweet.
To be listed in the New Yorker as one of the ten Notable Classical Recordings of 2020 by Alex Ross is a very humbling experience, and we are excited that Sarah's work has gotten such wide praise!
Story submitted by Music Department Co-Chair Bill Solomon