Tuesday, November 14
6–8pm in MRH 2.614 | Open rehearsal and Q&A
Wednesday, November 15
4–5:30pm in MRH 2.614 | Arts Advocacy 101 Class: an overview of how the Arts are funded in the U.S., how this affects musicians' careers, and information about practical action steps and how to reach out to representatives in Congress about the importance of Arts funding.
7:30pm in Bates Recital Hall | Pre-concert lecture and recital
Thursday, November 16
4–5:30 in MRH 2.608 (Recital Studio) | Composing for Wind Instruments
6:30–8:30 in MRH 2.106 | Wind Chamber Music Class
Friday, November 17th
8–10am in MRH 2.608 (Recital Studio) | Breath Basics Class: Fundamentals of Breathing and Posture for Wind Players
Saturday, November 18
1–2:30pm in MRH 2.608 (Recital Studio) | Community Engagement for Musicians Class: overview of community engagement topics and a selection of musical activities that spans a range of populations
Splinter Reeds is the West Coast's first reed quintet, comprising five innovative musicians with a shared passion for new music. The ensemble is committed to presenting top tier performances of today’s best contemporary composition, showcasing the vast possibilities of the reed quintet, commissioning new works, and collaborating with fellow musicians and artists.
As a relatively new chamber music genre, the reed quintet is an evolutionary detour from the traditional woodwind quintet with the advantages of a more closely related instrument family. With approximately 20 professional reed quintets worldwide, Splinter Reeds is explicitly dedicated to cutting edge composition and expanding the existing reed quintet repertoire through the development of new works by emerging and established composers.
Splinter Reeds formed in 2013 with the coming together of five colleagues highly active in multiple facets of the Bay Area’s vibrant music scene: Kyle Bruckmann (oboe), Bill Kalinkos (clarinet), David Wegehaupt (saxophone), Jeff Anderle (bass clarinet), and Dana Jessen (bassoon). The sum of their wide ranges of experience – in settings including free jazz, improvisation, electronic music, pop, punk and metal as well as classical – has enabled them to rapidly zero in on a distinct aesthetic identity.
Recent concert engagements have included performances at Chicago’s Constellation, the Mondavi Performing Arts Center, Berkeley Art Museum, Switchboard Music Festival, FeNAM (Sacramento), April in Santa Cruz Festival of Contemporary Music, Center for New Music (San Francisco), and the Presidio Sessions series. Additionally, they have held residencies at Stanford, Chapman, Northwestern, UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The ensemble has received grant awards from Chamber Music America, New Music USA, the Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.