I have some more exciting news to share! I am very humbled to announce that I will be writing a piece for the new music ensemble Deviant Septet. I have also been commissioned to write a viola sonata by my dear friend Tyler Hannsz. Tyler and I have played in ensembles together since high school. He is a very talented performer and musican, and I am looking forward to writing for him! I have also been commissioned by another close friend of mine, Alyssa Aubuchon, to write a piece for the Chancellor's String Quartet at Truman University. Alyssa and I have also played in ensembles together since high school, and we shared many wonderful experiences together in the Youth Symphony of Kansas City. I cannot speak highly enough of Alyssa as a musician, not to mention as a performer. She is a phenomenal cellist, and I am beyond lucky to be able to write something for her and her colleagues. Please read more about these incredible musicians below! (More info coming soon...)
Deviant Septet has been hailed as an “exciting” (New York Times), “stylish new ensemble” (New York Magazine). “Superb” (Washington Post), “exceedingly fun” and “led by new music veterans” (Time Out New York), “lively and accomplished” (Classical TV: The Drift) and “boisterously entertaining” (Lucid Culture). WNYC called it “a brand new ensemble with a high concept... made up of top classical and avant garde musicians”, and ran a feature on its premiere concert in May 2011. Deviant Septet’s commission of David Liptak’s “Focusing” received a 2013 Serge Koussevitzky Foundation commissioning grant. Deviant Septet’s members are Bill Kalinkos (clarinet, co-founder), Mike Gurfield (trumpet, co-founder), Courtney Orlando (violin), Brad Balliett (bassoon), Doug Balliett (double bass), David Nelson (trombone), and Jared Soldiviero (percussion). In addition to the Septet, players perform with various contemporary groups like Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble ACJW, Wordless Music Orchestra, and Talea Ensemble, and they collaborate with artists such as The National, David Byrne, Sufjan Stevens, The Dirty Projectors, Tyondai Braxton, St. Vincent, and John Zorn in addition to many others.
The mission of Deviant Septet is to fulfill the vision Igor Stravinsky had for his L’histoire du Soldat ensemble. Stravinsky, so enamored by the unusual combination of instruments — the soprano and bass voice of every instrument family: violin and bass, clarinet and bassoon, trumpet and trombone, and percussion — thought that others would follow his lead, and that this unusual blend of musicians would travel the world playing the music of many composers. The quirkiness of the ensemble poses unique challenges to a composer, and while Stravinsky’s contemporaries were seemingly not up to the task, it is the goal of Deviant Septet to bring this idea to life by creating a repertoire for this distinctive ensemble. 21st Century composers jump at the chance to solve Stravinsky’s riddles, and Deviant Septet is unique among the world’s new music collectives, as it is the only ensemble consisting solely of this instrumentation.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Hans Bridger Heruth is an award winning composer pursuing a degree in musical composition and vocal performance at the University of Missouri, Columbia. His works have been performed by various ensembles, both educational and professional. In addition to composing, Heruth is an accomplished pianist, violinist, singer, and conductor.