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Access Ensemble

Access Ensemble  is a chamber music group that specializes in the performance of contemporary classical music. .  We are committed to working with composers so that their music can be disseminated to as broad an audience as possible, and we do our best to give many performances of their works.   Our performances are enhanced by Access Ensemble member and video artist, Shawn Lawson,  who live codes real time computer graphics for each piece.   The group was formed in 2013   with  founding members Rocco Anthony Jerry – Accordion/Bayan,  Eric Despard – Guitar and Michael Gilbert Ronstadt – Cello.  Additional performers joined in 2018 with the group’s name changing from The Progression Ensemble to Access Ensemble. Access Ensemble musicians include Rocco Anthony Jerry – Accordion/Bayan,   Eric Despard – Guitar,  Michael Gilbert Ronstadt – Cello,  Shawn Lawson – Live-Coded Video,  Emily Herder – Clarinet, Richard Udell – Guitar, Chelsea Snider-Katt – Vocals, and  Jeff Marks – Guitar. To date, we have premiered over 20 new works, and have collaborated with 12 composers from Norway, Austria and the United States. New Works Written for and Premiered by Access Ensemble:

Peter Jarvis (US) “Music for Accordion and Drums – Perhaps Electronic” (2019)

Christopher Cook (US) “Spin Cycle”(2019)

Peter Jarvis (US) “Bellows and Wind” (2019)

Dale Marie Hoagland (US) “Deer” (2019)

Christopher Cook (US) “Spectrum” (2018)  @ 7 minutes

Peter Jarvis (US) “Sotto Voce” (2018)  @ 4 minutes

Peter Jarvis (US) “Lament” (2018) @ 4 minutes

Eric Despard (US) “Space Moving In/Space Moving Out” (2018) @ 6 minutes

Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred (Norway) “Before It Falls Apart” (2018) 5 minutes

David Rothenberg (US)  “One Day We’ll Know Why Whales Sing” (2018) @ 60 minutes

Dale Marie Hoagland (US) “Triptych” (2018) @ 9 minutes

Dale Marie Hoagland (US) “Rainbows” (2018) @ 3 minutes

Michael Dilthey (US) “Sonata” (2018) @ 14 minutes

Michael Dilthey (US)  “Trio” (2017) @ 5 minutes

Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred (Norway) “The Thin Line”  (2017) @ 7 minutes

Conrad Kehn (US)  “Soundtracks to Movies that Don’t Exist” (2017)  @ 10 minutes

Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen (Norway) “Musical Doodles II” (2016) @ 15 minutes

Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred (Norway)  “as the wind behaves” (2016) @ 20 minutes

Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred (Norway) “ConVergEnce” (2013) @ 17 minutes

Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred’s “The Thin Line”, performed by Shawn Lawson and The Progression Ensemble

April 22, 2018 Composers Concordance “Art of Sound Festival”, “Art of the Trio” concert, Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn
Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred “The Thin Line” (2017) for Accordion, Cello and Guitar
performed by and written for
Shawn Lawson and The Progression Ensemble
Shawn Lawson, real time live-coded computer graphics
Rocco Anthony Jerry, Accordion
Eric Despard, Guitar
Michael Gilbert Ronstadt, Cello

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Michael Dilthey “Trio” performed by Shawn Lawson and The Progression Ensemble

April 22, 2018 Composers Concordance “Art of Sound Festival”, “Art of the Trio”, Spectrum 70 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn
Michael Dilthey “Trio” for Accordion, Cello and Guitar
performed by and written for The Progression Ensemble
Shawn Lawson, real time live-coded computer graphics
Rocco Anthony Jerry, Accordion
Michael Gilbert Ronstadt, Cello
Eric Despard, Guitar

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