As RighteousGIRLS, New York-based flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi “Rattle speakers and expectations with stop-time razzle, vocal (flute-talk) and electronic (phaser) effects” (NYC Jazz Record). Their music incorporates complex meters and nonconventional forms, while integrating improvisation and sophisticated post-production techniques. Virtuosic, adventurous, and charismatic, RighteousGIRLS play with white-hot intensity and cool control.
Bearthoven (pianist Karl Larson, bassist Pat Swoboda, and percussionist Matt Evans) have combined their individual voices and diverse musical backgrounds, coming together to create a versatile trio focused on frequent and innovative commissioning of up-and-coming composers. Bearthoven is rapidly building a diverse repertoire by challenging composers to apply their own voice to an instrumentation that, while common amongst jazz and pop idioms, is currently foreign in the contemporary classical world. Through their work in Bearthoven, the musicians strive to address these questions, developing a new model for contemporary chamber groups in the 21st century.