Struck Percussion at Zeitgeist's New Music Cabaret

October 29, 2014

Struck Percussion is excited to present an eclectic set of works for percussion ensemble at Zeitgeist's 6th Annual New Music Cabaret. Operating at 3/4's strength (quartet member Bo Hoover is studying in Ireland for a year), Struck decided to put together a diverse set of percussion trios for their performance on November 7th at 7:30 p.m.

Music from Brazil, France, and Minnesota will be featured. Cadencia para Berimbau by Ney Rosauro will feature Adam Rappel as soloist on Berimbau. Minnesota composer Josh Clausen will be represented by his electroacoustic piece, "Sorry I've already forgotten your name...", for drum set, vibraphone, drums and electronics. The centerpiece of the concert will be Musique de Table by Thierry De Mey, which challenges the performers with dozens of hand gestures, moves, and motions performed in near darkness on three amplified table tops.

Struck Percussion has been performing together since the fall of 2011. Committed to performing new, genre-bridging music and exposing audiences to percussion music, Struck Percussion performs both standard repertoire as well pieces composed specifically for the ensemble. Recent commissions have produced new percussion music by James Holdman, Josh Clausen, and Troy Strand. 

Since their formation, Struck Percussion has performed in collaboration with MacPhail Center for Music, Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca, Walker Open Field, the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Percussion Association. Struck Percussion is committed to creating community awareness of the percussive arts by providing educational workshops in the community and in local school settings. Struck Percussion has presented clinics at the Minnesota Percussion Association Day of Percussion, Winona Cotter High School, Rosemount High School, and The Metropolitan Library Service Agency’s “Live at the Library” series.

Struck Percussion
at Zeitgeist's 6th Annual New Music Cabaret

Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
(preceded by the Young Performer Showcase, followed by Zeitgeist and the Steve Kenny Quartet)

Studio Z, 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200
St. Paul


A four-day festival of new music from multiple genres, Zeitgeist’s 6th Annual New Music Cabaret highlights cutting-edge performances from the fringe of the Twin Cities music scene. An eclectic mix of the music of our time, this year’s cabaret includes performances by Zeitgeist, ANCIA Saxophone Quartet, Nautilus Music Theater, Steve Kenny Quartet, Ted Moore’s Gilgamesh and Enkidu, and more. Attend one or all shows for $10 per night. 


Phil Fried's "Locket Arias" at Zeitgeist's New Music Cabaret

October 27, 2014

Zeitgeist's annual New Music Cabaret welcomes performers from the fringe of the Twin Cities music scene to present the eclectic variety of new music in our community. This year, Nautilus Music Theater will take the stage on Thursday, Nov. 6th to present selections illustrating storytelling through music, including excerpts from Locket Arias, a new opera by composer Phil FriedPhil kindly offers some insight and background to his new work. 

“Locket Arias” is an operatic setting of a play o...

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Radio K's Sound Grammar presents George Cartwright's "Pal"

October 6, 2014

Radio K’s Sound Grammar is pleased to present the premiere performance of saxophonist and composer George Cartwright’s newest group, Pal! This is creative music at its finest, so come out all you avant-humans! 

We first pitched the idea of doing a “George Cartwright celebration” to George in early August. We should have known he would decline. George is remarkably modest. Luckily, he had another suggestion. He want to put together a new band as a kind of improvised-music supergroup. We...

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Michael Garcia Remembers Eleanor Hovda

October 4, 2014

A native Duluthian who returned in her adulthood to her home town, remembering and reflecting on Eleanor is an amazing task.  While small in stature, Eleanor lived life BIG and at a pace few could match.

Those who worked with her got to know her very well and feel the loss of her death and the privacy she put around herself at the end as a great challenge.  We have to learn to go on, accept that we knew her, that she knew us, that we will always think lovingly of one another but that for most ...

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Developing "If Tigers Were Clouds" with Eleanor Hovda

September 30, 2014

This weekend, Zeitgeist will present the first concert of our 2014-2015 season. Included among many compelling musical selections will be If Tigers Were Clouds by Eleanor Hovda. Eleanor wrote If Tigers Were Clouds in collaboration with Zeitgeist in 1994, during a residency at the Fleisher Art Music in Philadelphia. 

Our work together was made possible through the Music in Motion program created by Joseph Franklin, then artistic director of the Relache New Music Ensemble. Music in Motion placed...

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Jeff Lambert's "From Afar, the Dragon Calls"

September 29, 2014

Guitarist and composer Jeff Lambert has recently completed a brand new work written for Zeitgeist entitled From Afar, the Dragon Calls. The work will received its world premiere this weekend at Zeitgeist's season opener at Studio Z. We were delighted to chat with Jeff about his new piece and his work as a composer and performer. 

Tell us about the new piece you wrote for Zeitgeist. 

From Afar, the Dragon Calls is scored for soprano saxophone, piano and 2 percussion (marimba, cymbals, snare drum...

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Lisa Ragsdale's "September Skies"

September 11, 2014

This Sunday, September 14, The University of Minnesota Wind Quintet will perform September Skies, a concert of works by Minneapolis composer Lisa Ragsdale. Lisa has composed works for mixed chorus as well as a variety of solo and chamber ensemble works for winds and brass, with a special emphasis on woodwinds. Sunday’s concert includes four premiere performances and the reprise of “In a Dark Time,” her second wind quintet. Lisa shares the inspiration behind these new works below. 


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Zeitgeist's 2014-15 Season

September 8, 2014

Zeitgeist is pleased to announce its 2014-15 series of cabarets, performances and celebrations to take place at Studio Z in Lowertown:

New Discoveries, Old Favorites
Oct. 3-4, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 5, 2 p.m.

Zeitgeist kicks off the 2014-15 season with the debut of the ensemble’s newest member, pianist Nicola Melville. A concert of favorites both old and new, the season opener features the world premiere of From Afar, the Dragon Calls by Minnesota composer Jeffrey Lambert, new music by Joshua Harris ...

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Zeitgeist Announces Pianist Nicola Melville

August 25, 2014

Zeitgeist is pleased to introduce the newest member of the ensemble, pianist Nicola Melville! Zeitgeist is delighted to welcome Nicola into the ensemble as they look ahead to a season of new music and new collaborations. Stay tuned for details about Zeitgeist’s 2014-2015 season to find out when you can meet Nicola and hear her perform! 

US-based New Zealand pianist Nicola Melville has been described as “having an original and intelligent musical mind” (Waikato Times), “a marvelous pian...

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Inuksuit: Clues for Listening

August 14, 2014

Zeitgeist and Caponi Art Park will team up to bring 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams’ major work Inuksuit to the Caponi Art Park Summer Performance Series on August 17. Before you go, Zeitgeist offers some background, insight, and clues for listening to and experiencing the work. 

is a 70-minute musical work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams. Adams lived for decades in Alaska, and the seasons and landscape of the arctic infuse his creativ...

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