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fivebyfive is a quintet based in Rochester NY, formed in 2015 with a mission to engage audiences in the collaborative spirit and creativity of modern chamber music by commissioning, arranging and performing a wide range of works for its instrumentation. The group performs works of today’s leading composers, supports emerging composers from around the world, and collaborates with artists across the disciplines. Through its workshops and educational concerts fivebyfive aims to spark young people’s unlimited creative potential.

Recently the winner of the 2018 Eastman/ArtistShare New Artist Program, fivebyfive will commission, perform, and record music to accompany an exhibition of stained-glass artist Judith Schaechter, funded in part by New Music USA. The ensemble will perform the work live at the University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery and the recorded performance will become a part of the installation as it tours museums around the country.

The group has received additional funding from The Farash Foundation and the Decentralization Grant Program of New York State Council on the Arts, among others.

fivebyfive is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Rochester, NY.

fivebyfive is: 
Laura Lentz (flute)
Marcy Bacon (clarinet)
Sungmin Shin (electric guitar)
Eric Polenik (bass)
Haeyeun Jeun (piano)

Awake (Patrick Burke)

Awake combines the cyclic processes and layers of Javanese gamelan music with harmonies and colors of Western classical and popular music.

Recorded live on April 26, 2017
WXXI Radio – “Live from Hochstein”

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Magic with Everyday Objects (Missy Mazzoli)

This piece by Missy Mazzoli is about finding beauty and rapture in the midst of chaos, and about acknowledging the chaos that lies just beneath the surface of beauty.

Recorded live on February 11, 2017
University at Buffalo

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Hackysack composed by Marc Webster
performed by fivebyfive

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