Eko Nova Concert Series in Full Swing


March 1st, 2017


John Klinghammer, Sean Chen, Noah Geller, Mari Yoshinaga. Photo courtesy of Omaha Chamber Music Society.

Omaha, NE– Kaneko hosted “Fiery Red” on February 13th as part of the ongoing Eko Nova concert series, a collaborative effort between Kaneko and Omaha Chamber Music Society. The concert, paired with a wine and chocolate sampling, sold out. Dani Meier, bassist and Board President of Omaha Chamber Music Society, explained the artistic vision of the Eko Nova series.

“We’re basing all of these performances around Kaneko’s current exhibit, which is ‘Passion and Obsession,’ and we’re really exploring the theme with each concert of what makes a composer want to have this creative output of composition. Why does a composer put pen to paper?  What’s driving him or her? Sometimes it’s a very simple thing at first, and then it really expands to something far more complicated.”

Apropos of Valentine’s Day, “Fiery Red’s” goal was to explore the deeply emotional inspiration for music composition and the listener’s reaction in relationship to color.

Meier explained the concept behind the performance, calling it “a really interesting theory of writing music– whether or not music and mood and emotion can be based on colors and vice versa.”

“So if this movement is ‘Fiery Red’,” Meier asked, “are you going to get something before the music even starts? Is the music going to evoke that color for you? How does that work? And we thought that was a perfect title for this concert.”

Kaneko will host Eko Nova again on Monday, April 17th, and as the spring season crescendos, so will the mood of the music in their next installment, “Tumble, Rag, Freylakh, Hop.” The concert will feature John Klinghammer on clarinet, Sean Chen on piano, Noah Geller on violin, and Mari Yoshinaga on percussion.

“February 13th was definitely more about exploring that emotional side to things, and April will be more about exploring the physical, almost—I guess you can call it obsessive—but passionate side to dancing and dance rhythms,” Meier said.

Pieces from April’s performance will experiment in borrowing from African and Latin American rhythms, traditional Yiddish music, and Russian and Ukranian folk dances. On “Tumblers,” one of the pieces that will be featured, Meier referenced its composer, Alejandro Vinao, and his notes on the piece, describing it as “unfolding shifting rhythms and the vertigo of a pulse which changes with every step.”

Meier discussed her hopes for the Eko Nova series.

“One of the reasons I like this Eko Nova season so much is it’s not traditional chamber music programming. We’re kind of aiming for things that were written in the last twenty to twenty-five years if we can or things that were considered extremely modern for their time, which is why we felt able to perform Bartok’s ‘Contrasts.’”

“One of my personal goals,” Meier said, “is to keep bringing in groups who feel that they are established as new music ensembles, that this is what they really like to do, and give them a voice for saying ‘we want to perform this. You may not know it. You may not know it yet, but you will enjoy it.’ So we’re really going for things that feel like they’re right on the edge of your comfort zone and yet accessible. We really want Omaha audience to feel like they’ll see the term, ‘new music,’ and they won’t run screaming from it.”

Eko Nova’s concert, “Tumble, Rag, Freylakh, Hop”, will show at Kaneko on Monday, April 17th. For information, visit OmahaChamberMusic.org.


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