Eko Nova Concert Series in Full Swing
March 1st, 2017
Omaha, NE– Kaneko hosted â€œFiery Redâ€ 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.
â€œWeâ€™re basing all of these performances around Kanekoâ€™s current exhibit, which is â€˜Passion and Obsession,â€™ and weâ€™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?Â Whatâ€™s driving him or her? Sometimes itâ€™s a very simple thing at first, and then it really expands to something far more complicated.â€
Apropos of Valentineâ€™s Day, â€œFiery Redâ€™sâ€ goal was to explore the deeply emotional inspiration for music composition and the listenerâ€™s reaction in relationship to color.
Meier explained the concept behind the performance, calling it â€œa really interesting theory of writing music– whether or not music and mood and emotion can be based on colors and vice versa.â€
â€œSo if this movement is â€˜Fiery Redâ€™,â€ Meier asked, â€œare 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.â€
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, â€œTumble, Rag, Freylakh, Hop.â€ The concert will feature John Klinghammer on clarinet, Sean Chen on piano, Noah Geller on violin, and Mari Yoshinaga on percussion.
â€œFebruary 13th was definitely more about exploring that emotional side to things, and April will be more about exploring the physical, almostâ€”I guess you can call it obsessiveâ€”but passionate side to dancing and dance rhythms,â€ MeierÂ said.
Pieces from Aprilâ€™s performance will experiment in borrowing from African and Latin American rhythms, traditional Yiddish music, and Russian and Ukranian folk dances. On â€œTumblers,â€ one of the pieces that will be featured, Meier referenced its composer, Alejandro Vinao, and his notes on the piece, describing it as â€œunfolding shifting rhythms and the vertigo of a pulse which changes with every step.â€
Meier discussed her hopes for the Eko Nova series.
â€œOne of the reasons I like this Eko Nova season so much is itâ€™s not traditional chamber music programming. Weâ€™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 Bartokâ€™s â€˜Contrasts.â€™â€
â€œOne of my personal goals,â€ Meier said, â€œis 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 â€˜we want to perform this. You may not know it. You may not know it yet, but you will enjoy it.â€™ So weâ€™re really going for things that feel like theyâ€™re right on the edge of your comfort zone and yet accessible. We really want Omaha audience to feel like theyâ€™ll see the term, â€˜new music,â€™ and they wonâ€™t run screaming from it.â€
Eko Novaâ€™s concert, â€œTumble, Rag, Freylakh, Hopâ€, will show at Kaneko on Monday, April 17th. For information, visit OmahaChamberMusic.org.
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