World Premiere of Michael Gordon’s Rushes

On September 15th I had the pleasure of performing the world premiere of Rushes, a piece for seven bassoons by Bang on a Can composer Michael Gordon. The new work is a 60+ minute tour-de-force that takes some inspiration from Gordon’s recent work for percussion, Timber. In the new work Gordon shifts polyrhythmic material not only through timbre and dynamics, but by weaving melodic lines into the kaleidoscopic waves of rhythmic texture.

The premiere took place at EMPAC, The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, an unbelievable facility in Troy, NY. During our residency there we recording the work for a 2013 release on Cantaloupe Records.

The Rushes ensemble (Dana Jessen, Saxton Rose, Rachael Elliott, Jeffrey Lyman, Lynn Hileman, Maya Stone, and Michael Harley) takes Rushes on a European tour in November 2012:

November 8 – November Music Festival in Den Bosch
November 10 – GLOW Festival in Eindoven
November 11 – Rushes and Timber at the SURROUND Festival in Brugge
November 15 – Ostadetheater in Amsterdam
November 16 – Korzo Theater in Den Haag