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Composer's Workshop VII - 2010-11


General Information
Western Oregon University presents its annual Composer's Workshop that features guest composers & performers throughout the academic year. The workshop aims to foster the creation, growth and appreciation of contemporary music in the University's local and regional communities by providing a forum of composition-related topics, presentations, and performances for the following clientele: Composers of any age who are at the early and formative stages of their creative activities; Studio and classroom music teachers engaged in teaching beginning composition techniques; Western Oregon University students and faculty; and Community members.

Workshop VIII: 2011 Featured Guest Composers and Performers:

  • MARCH 2nd & 8th, 2011: WOU composition professor Dr. Kevin Walczyk will give two lectures on the composition techniques of his recent Symphony No. 2 "Epitaphs Unwritten", which was recently nominated for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music and the 2012 Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition. These lectures will also discuss recent trends in consortium-commissioning projects and participants will have access to the published score, composer's sketches, and a recording of this 37-minute symphony for large wind ensemble.

  • Schedule of Events:

    • Lecture 1: Wednesday March 2nd, 11 AM, Smith Hall 123
    • Lecture 2: Wednesday March 9th, 11 AM, Smith Hall 123

  • APRIL 27th & 28th, 2011: The WOU Music Department welcomes German composer/performer Walter Lang and his chamber ensemble for lectures, masterclasses and evening performances.

  • Schedule of Events:

    • Performace: Thursday April 28th, 7:30 PM, Smith Hall 121
    • Lectures & Masterclasses: Wednesday April 27th (free & open to the public):
      • 8:00 AM (Smith Hall 105): Electronic Music
      • 9:00 AM (Smith Hall 122): Contemporary Composition Techniques
      • 2:00 PM (Smith Hall 123): Jazz Arranging


Trio Elf

Trio Elf has truly re-invented the classic jazz piano trio format in recent years by using grooves and sounds of contemporary club styles as a kickoff for improvisation. The most diverse influences that have nurtured the passion of these three musicians find their natural place in Trio Elf's adventurous universe. Critics both in Europe and Japan have hailed their inspired interplay. Trio Elf's musical ease stems from melodies of an almost hymnic quality, dazzling rhythms und surprising dynamic shifts arising from a collective breathing of three equal voices. The warm acoustic sound is augmented by the unconventional use of effects on the individual instruments. Elf's third album "Elfland" (enja) effectively features Brazilian vocal legend Milton Nascimento as a special highlight. In this "Elfland" you may find snippets of current British Hip Hop, Brazilian souvenirs, fragments of Seattle Grunge and subtle chamber jazz side by side in harmonious union, bound together by the blind interaction of three individualists that has grown in countless stage appearances. Gerwin Eisenhauer's virtuoso drumming sounds like a drum machine come alive since he is freely improvising with drum'n'bass or hip-hop grooves like other jazz drummers are using the swing rhythm. Over this pulsating foundation Walter Lang stretches his lyrically expressive melodies and energetic chords that have made him one of Europe's most prestigious pianists. Sven Faller brilliantly connects these layers, one second delivering his trademark melodious counterpoint then diving into deep synth-like grooves on the acoustic bass. The hidden fourth member of Trio Elf is sound wizard Mario Sütel, who at times confronts the band with a sampled doppelganger by spontaneously cutting loops out of the flow of improvisation.


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Location: Smith Hall