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Reeder, Kory: Love Songs / Duets (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Four duets of gracefully moving music that focuses on tone without repeating melodies or rhythms, from composer Kory Reeder in his first release, performed by Erin Cameron & Luke Ellard both on bass clarinet; Jonathan Kierspe (saxophone) & Samuel Anderson (bass trombone); Alaina Clarice & Linda Jenkins, both on flute; and Mia Detwiler (violin) & Kory Reeder (piano).

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Erin Cameron-bass clarinet

Luke Ellard-bass clarinet

Jonathan Kierspe-saxophone

Samuel Anderson-bass trombone

Alaina Clarice-bass trombone

Linda Jenkins-flute

Mia Detwiler-violin

Kory Reeder-piano, composer

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UPC: 4011778041191

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 1913
Squidco Product Code: 28581

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Austria
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded in Bowling Green, Ohio, and Denton, Texas, Spring 2019.

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"I believe this is the first recording of Reeder's work (fwiw, I can't see any listing for the seven other musicians on Discogs either). If it's a debut, it's an impressive one. Four pieces, all duets: 'folie à deux i' (Erin Cameron and Luke Ellard, bass clarinets), 'somewhere, some place else' (Jonathan Kierspe, saxophone, Samuel Anderson, bass trombone), 'folie à deux iii' (Alaina Clarice and Linda Jenkins, flutes) and 'hiro yokose' (Mia Detwiler, violin, Reeder, piano). The compositions are of a piece, in a sense, though well differentiated. All slow, tonal, with no repeating melodies or rhythms, the lines from each pair of instruments gently entwining. There are wonderfully subtle contrasts in tone between the like instruments (bass clarinets and flutes), never going for mere effect, the tenderness coming first, elegiac but not sorrowful. Sometimes more somber, sometimes more wistful, but always with a sense of soft languidness. Reeder's piano is especially poignant on the closing composition, just barely verging on melody. Excellent work all around."-Brian Olewnick, Just Outside

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Artist Biographies

"Erin Cameron (b. 1993) enjoys a diverse career as a clarinetist, composer, and educator. Her clarinet playing has been heard in performances across the country, including appearances on Toledo's WGTE radio station, with the North Texas Wind Symphony and Toledo Symphony, and on the Sounds Modern concert series in Fort Worth, Texas. Erin is an active educator and has worked with young musicians and artists at The Walden School in Dublin, New Hampshire, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. She serves as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas and maintains an active clarinet studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. An avid proponent of new music, she has performed over 30 world and regional premieres of new works by Kirsten Broberg, Daniel Harrison, Amy Dunker, and many others. Her compositions have been performed in collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble and Chicago's Zafa Collective. In her free time, Erin enjoys vegetarian cooking and nature walks. Erin is currently pursuing her doctorate in clarinet performance at the University of North Texas, studying with Kimberly Cole Luevano; she also holds degrees from Bowling Green State University and Northwestern University."

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"Clarinetist, composer, educator, and new music collaborator Luke Ellard strives for art that continually reaches out, valuing a relational spirit, informed engagement, and unapologetic authenticity.

For Luke, collaboration is what gives music life. As clarinetist, he has performed with members of Eighth Blackbird, Fifth House Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Sounds Modern, Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, and has attended festivals such as Blackbird Creative Lab, Fresh Inc, Cortona Sessions for New Music, Atlantic Music Festival, and Masterworks Festival. His current performance projects center around cross-genre, electronic music, and newly composed solo/chamber works.

His collaborative spirit is reflected in his life as a composer as well, drawing inspiration from a personal and communicative place. His music has been performed by groups such as New Trombone Collective (Blue Interjections, finalist in the 2013 Slide Factory International Composition Contest), the North Texas Wind Symphony (The Seer, concerto for Bassoon and Wind Ensemble), the University of Texas Symphony Band (Shifting Tides), Michigan State University Concert Band, Barkada Quartet (threads of execution), and the Mother Falcon String Quartet (all I'm feeling right now, winner of Golden Hornet Composer Lab's String Quartet Smackdown III). Luke has also attended festivals such as the European American Musical Alliance Composition Academy, Wintergreen Festival, and New Music on the Bayou.

Currently, Luke is a freelance performer/composer and private music instructor in the Dallas-Fort Worth area while pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance with related studies in Contemporary Music and Music Entrepreneurship at the University of North Texas, studying under Kimberly Cole Luevano and Elizabeth McNutt. Additionally, Luke has earned degrees from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (James Campbell & Eric Hoeprich), the University of Texas at Austin (Yevgeniy Sharlat, Dan Welcher, & Donald Grantham), and Louisiana Tech University (Lawrence Gibbs, Joe L. Alexander)."

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"Jonathan Kierspe is an avid performer and saxophone pedagogue. Through his career in music Jonathan hopes to not only expand the saxophone repertoire, both solo and chamber, but to also create a challenging and invigorating environment for his students. Jonathan has expanded his breadth of knowledge by performing in masterclasses for Randall Hall, Joonathan Rautiola, Vincent Le Quang, Johannes Thorell, Vincent David, Christian Wirth, the Navy Band Quartet, Claude Delangle, Imani Winds, Joseph Lulloff, Kenneth Tse, Mariano Garcia, Tom Meyer, Timothy Roberts, and Scott Turpin.

Jonathan has an active performing career within and outside of the academic institutions with which he has been affiliated. He has had the opportunity to perform with the Bowling Green Theatre Group, Limestone College's Wind Ensemble, Fort Jackson's Army Band, and the Augusta Symphony. During his career Jonathan has also placed in many competitions, such as the Wayland Chamber Competition, Ohio MTNA chamber music competition, South Carolina's MTNA solo woodwind competition, and the WDAV Youth Chamber Group Competition. Most recently, he won the concerto competition at Bowling Green State University, which gave him the chance to play Marius Constant's Concertante with the BGSU orchestra. Jonathan has also been a featured soloist in Michael Colgrass' Urban Requium, with the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble. He has had the opportunity to perform throughout the United States, China, France, Italy, and Croatia.

In addition to his thriving performing career Jonathan also is actively teaching. During his undergraduate degree he taught weekly/monthly clinics at two high schools in South Carolina. He was also involved in the New Horizons program, which gave adults over the age of 50 an opportunity to take music lessons. During his master's degree Jonathan was the woodwind methods teaching assistant, teaching flute, saxophone, and clarinet to music education majors. He also coached an undergraduate saxophone quartet and worked with the Music Plus program by teaching flute and saxophone lessons. He is currently the saxophone teaching assistant at Florida State University. In the last two summers Jonathan has taught at the Young Saxophonist's Institute in Texas and served as a counselor at Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina.

Jonathan is currently pursuing his D.M. in saxophone performance from Florida State University where he studies with Geoffrey Deibel. He received his master's degree from Bowling Green State University where he studied under John Sampen. Jonathan received his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina while studying under Clifford Leaman. For his senior year of high school Jonathan was accepted into the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, a residential arts high school, where he took lessons from Kyra Zhang."

-Jonathan Kierspe Website (

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"Last year [2018], Samuel Anderson lived in Muncie Indiana, where he ran a large private studio and performed with a number of regional orchestras. Most notable are Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, Muncie Civic Theatre, and Muncie Symphony Orchestra. Samuel's passion for performing with various ensembles and chamber groups has led him to have various performances in Tennessee, South Carolina, Washington DC, Virginia, New York, California, Indiana, Iowa, and most recently in Germany. He holds a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University where he studied with Jeremy Wilson, former member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently pursuing his M.M. in performance at Yale."

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Alaina Clarice is flute player and Instructor at Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District and Teaching fellow at University of North Texas. She attended Bowling Green State University, and currently studies Flute Performance at University of North Texas.

-Squidco 4/22/2024

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"Linda Jenkins is a Master's candidate at the University of Oregon where she studies with Molly Barth. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Music Performance under Dr. Conor Nelson and hails from Edmond, OK. Before coming to Oregon, Linda avidly competed in solo and chamber competitions in Ohio, placing in the COFA Solo Competition, the BGSU Concerto Competition, as well as the BGSU Chamber Music Competition. Linda's focus at the University of Oregon has been collaborative in nature. She frequently performs contemporary chamber and solo works on Oregon Composers Forum events, and has premiered numerous works through collaborations with OCF. Linda also performs with orchestras in and around Eugene and enjoys working with the UO Flute Studio.

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"Kory Reeder's music is meditative and atmospheric, investigating ideas of objectivity, place, immediacy, situation, and interaction. Kory draws inspiration from the visual arts, nature, astronomy, and history, translating their structural or philosophical elements into musical form.

Kory's music has been performed across North America, Asian, Australia, and Europe and has been featured on the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the New Music gathering, Composer's Circle, SEAMUS, LaTex, The New Music Conflagration's Traveling Tunes // Traveling Sounds, the national BGSU Graduate Student Forum, the Bowling Green New Music Festival, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, New Music on the Point, Noise Floor, New Music on the Bayou, SCI Conferences, and Klangraum among others. His work for Hecuba was awarded by The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for achievement in Original Composition Music and Sound Effects, he has been an ASCAP Morton Gould Award finalist, recognized by ACSM 116 (Tokyo), Festival Stradella (Italy), and artist-in-residence at Arts, Letter, and Numbers in Averill Park, NY, and the Kimmel, Harding, Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Kory has frequently collaborated with theater and dance programs, writing incidental music for productions of Euripides' Hecuba, Henrik Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea, Dayna DeFilippis 2016 Dance Recital, choreographer Princess Charis Grant, and the BGSU MicrOpera program.

Kory is currently pursuing a PhD. in music composition at the University of North Texas. He is a former student of Antoine Beuger, Anthony Donofrio, Sungi Hong, Mikel Kuehn, Elainie Lillios, and Darleen Cowles Mitchel, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a Master of Music in composition from Bowling Green State University."

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Track Listing:

1. Folie a Deux I 25:10

2. Somewhere, Some Place Else 14:26

3. Folie a Deux III 22:07

4. Hiro Yokose 14:12

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Ambient & Minimal Music
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