Ensemble Evolution launch Arboretum collaboration

Ensemble Evolution launches Arboretum collaboration

October 21, 2013

Ensemble Evolution

Ensemble Evolution

The Arnold Arboretum opens its doors to international percussion group Ensemble Evolution as its first artists-in-residence this November. A collaboration cultivated by local percussionist Maria Finkelmeier, Ensemble Evolution will present a three-part residency in early November highlighting the creative connection between composing and performing music dedicated to and inspired by nature.

On Friday, November 8, the trio will collaborate with the Boston Percussion Group to create a special composition for the Arnold Arboretum. Together, the musicians will workshop a brand new piece, inspired by the unique Arboretum landscape, to be premiered at the concert. This process will be open to public observation from 3–4pm. The performance will be accompanied by images and videos captured by local photographer Adam Detour.

The concert on Saturday, November 9 will take the audience beyond Boston and into the landscape of northern Sweden—Ensemble Evolution’s home for two years. They will perform their self-composed album “Sounds from the Treetops,” a collection of six pieces inspired by the iconic Treehotel in Harads, Sweden. Joined by New York based clarinetist Angela Shankar, the set will feature a variety of instruments and timbres—from marimbas to drums and cymbals, from soft and delicate to energetic and rhythmic—which will transport listeners on a musical journey from beginning to end. The performance will be accompanied by video projections from the Treehotel, giving the audience a unique lens into this special place.

The residency will conclude with a family workshop on Sunday, November 10. Led by Angela Shankar and Maria Finkelmeier, the workshop is open to children aged 5 to 11, and will explore the sounds produced by plants and found objects in the Arboretum. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about making music, and explore timbres, volume, and rhythm. This fun workshop concludes with a walk in the landscape to practice the new sounds. Read more in the Boston Globe.

Ensemble Evolution is Maria Finkelmeier (Boston, MA), Charles Martin (Canberra, Australia), and Jacob Remington (Fort Worth, TX), with guest artist Angela Shankar (New York, NY).


Open Rehearsal
Friday, November 8, 3:00–4:00pm
Hunnewell Building at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Fee Free
Observe the creative process while Ensemble Evolution works with local musicians to write a piece dedicated to and inspired by the Arboretum.

Saturday, November 9, 8:00pm
Hunnewell Building at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Fee $20 Arnold Arboretum member, $25 general, $10 student
Limited ticketing—only 75 tickets available; purchase tickets online or call 617.384.5277.

Family Workshop
Sunday, November 10, 10:30-noon
Hunnewell Building at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Fee $5 per person plus a $5 material fee per child
Open to children ages 5–11; children must be accompanied by an adult (maximum three children per adult); purchase tickets online or call 617.384.5277.

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