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Deviant Septet

New York, NY         

Deviant Septet has been hailed as “exciting” (New York Times), a “stylish new ensemble” (New York Magazine), “superb” (Washington Post), “exceedingly fun”, “led by new music veterans” (Time Out New York), “lively and accomplished” (Classical TV: The Drift), and “boisterously entertaining” (Lucid Culture).  WNYC called it “a brand new ensemble with a high concept… made up of top classical and avant garde musicians”, and ran a feature on its debut concert in May 2011. 

Deviant Septet’s mission is to fulfill the vision Igor Stravinsky had for his L’Histoire du Soldat ensemble.  Stravinsky, enamored by the unusual combination of instruments —  violin and bass, clarinet and bassoon, trumpet and trombone, and percussion — thought that others would follow his lead, and that this unique blend of the soprano and bass voice of every instrument family would perform the music of many composers.  While Stravinsky’s contemporaries were seemingly not up to the task, Deviant’s central mission is to bring his vision to life by creating a repertoire for this distinctive ensemble.  Contemporary composers jump at the chance to solve Stravinsky’s riddles.  Deviant Septet is unique among the world’s new music collectives, as it is the only ensemble consisting solely of this instrumentation.

Since its inception in 2011, Deviant Septet has commissioned over 36 new works from such prominent composers as Pulitzer-Prize winner Caroline Shaw, Andrew Norman, Ted Hearne, Chris Cerrone, Timo Andres, and Elizabeth Ogoneck, with upcoming commissions from Michael Gordon, and Augusta Read Thomas.  Deviant Septet’s commission of David Liptak’s Focusing received a 2013 Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation commissioning grant.  Deviant Septet remains committed to encouraging young composers, engaging with students over the course of residencies at schools like Duke University, University of Missouri, Eastman School of Music, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Idaho, Rice University, and through the new Summer Composition Intensive (2018).

Deviant Septet’s members are Bill Kalinkos (clarinet, co-founder), Mike Gurfield (trumpet, co-founder), Karen Kim (violin), Brad Balliett (bassoon), Doug Balliett (double bass), Mike Lormand (trombone), and Jared Soldiviero (percussion).  In addition to the Septet, players perform with various contemporary groups like Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble ACJW, Wordless Music Orchestra, and Talea Ensemble, and they collaborate with artists such as The National, David Byrne, Sufjan Stevens, The Dirty Projectors, Tyondai Braxton, St. Vincent, and John Zorn in addition to many others.

For more information, visit our website.  Deviant Septet is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.

Elliot Cole’s “Roman de la Rose”

Deviant Septet live at KING FM’s Second Inversion Studios in Seattle, Washington, from March 23, 2015.

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Brad Lubman-

Recorded in May, 2014, “For the Deviants” comes from our Stockhausen “Tierkreis” project.

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Timo Andres- “Revisionist History”

Timo Andres’ “Revisionist History” is part of the larger work, “Histories” by Sleeping Giant (Timo Andres, Andrew Norman, Ted Hearne, Jacob Cooper, Chris Cerrone, and Robert Honstein), a joint Carnegie Hall-Deviant Septet co-commission.

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