ASS3MBLY is a dynamic new trio championing the chamber music of our time for flute, piano, and percussion. Comprised of flutist Lindsey Goodman (principal flutist, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra), pianist Anne Waltner (assistant professor, Eastern Mennonite University), and percussionist Scott Christian (principal timpanist, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra), ASS3MBLY has been presented by the Charleston Chamber Music Society (WV), West Liberty University’s Concert Artist Series (WV), the Kanawha Forum and Kanawha Forum 2.0 (WV), the Fresh Ink Music Series (NC), Marietta College’s Esbenshade Series (OH), and the Studio Subscription Series (SD), and has appeared as guest artists at West Virginia State University, the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Eastern Mennonite University (VA), Indiana University Southeast, and Marshall University.
Promoting both fresh and iconic works by master composers like Joseph Schwantner and Morton Feldman through exemplary live performances, ASS3MBLY is equally passionate about commissioning new music, with four world premiere commissions under their belts during the 2014-2015 season and three more commissions for 2016. In 2015, ASS3MBLY recorded a commissioned trio by Erich Stem for an April 2016 CD release on the New Dynamic Records label. They recorded the premiere recording of Schwantner’s Taking Charge along with three other commissioned works for a future CD release on Albany Records.
In addition to concertizing and promoting new music, ASS3MBLY is dedicated to outreach, presenting panel presentations, masterclasses, and student composition reading sessions at colleges and universities in West Virginia and Ohio; performing education outreach programs for high school music students in West Virginia; and performing live on West Virginia Public Radio.
John Allemeier’s Bolamkin
ASS3MBLY performs a commissioned work by John Allemeier at West Virginia State University. This musical work is influenced by the genre of the murder ballad. Allemeier has researched the history of the lyrics and music for this folk story about Bolamkin. He used that as inspiration to write a programmatic work in the classical music idiom.
Randall Woolf’s between me, myself, and the lamp post
ASS3MBLY commissioned and premiered Randall Woolf’s between me, myself, and the lamp post in January of 2015. Woolf refers to this work as part of his “Anti-Fragile Etudes”, a series of pieces using Nassim Taleb’s idea of anti-fragility, meaning systems that require a small amount of disorder, randomness, and lack of coordination to be at their best. This performance is at Marshall University.
Ty Alan Emerson’s Prospero on the Beach
Prospero on the Beach is the opening scene from a ballet, Caliban Ascendant, based on The Tempest by William Shakespeare. The ballet is a distillation of the play, focusing on the relationship between the colonist Prospero, and the indigenous people of a far of island, characterized by Caliban and Ariel. This is the music of the opening scene which introduces those three characters. This is the world premiere performance given by ASS3MBLY in 2014 on the Kanawha Forum 2.0 in Charleston, WV.