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On November 16, Brooklyn-based composers/improvisers Katherine Young and Jacob Wick will perform at 701 CCA as part of their double solo tour through the Eastern and Southeastern United States. “If you thought Stravinsky’s high bassoon writing was ‘otherworldly,’ then you have to hear this,” says the contemporary classical music weblog Sequenza 21 of Katherine Young’s solo bassoon work. A Chicago Reader article said of Jacob Wick’s solo trumpet, “I’ve never heard a trumpet sound so inhuman – his flickering tone and stuttery articulation dislocate the instrument’s voice like an electronic filter, and for minutes at a time you might imagine you’re listening to an old-school analog synth.” Young and Wick will use material that explores and exploits the limits of their respective instruments.

The program will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Admission is $10, $8 for 701 CCA members, and $5 for students.

Young’s solo bassoon work, documented on her 2009 Porter Records release Further Secret Origins, carefully employs specific amplification and pedals to enhance the overtones, interior sounds and power of the bassoon. She has been called a “Bassoon Colossus” (The Wire) and has been said by Downbeat to “make seriously bold leaps for the bassoon.” Young has toured with Anthony Braxton, recorded with members of Faust and Einsturzende Neubauten and performed regularly in the improvising duo Architeuthis Walks on Land, whose recent release Natura Naturans has been called “mind-bending” by Time Out New York.

Wick’s solo piece, swarm, is a performance that concentrates on breaking down the trumpet into its constituent parts: air, metal, spit and song. By manipulating the instrument to reveal its myriad sonic possibilities, Wick creates an environment that he has described as “one of the most challenging and intimate things I’ve ever had to do” (Free Times Columbia). In New York, Wick leads two groups: A Mown Lawn, a chamber group with Judith Berkson, Curtis Hasselbring, Josh Sinton and Katherine Young; and hungry cowboy, with Jonathan Goldberger, Briggan Krauss and Mike Pride. He also performs internationally with the Trans-Atlantic collaborative trio White Rocket, whose 2009 release White Rocket was hailed as a “dazzling and promising debut” by Downbeat.

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