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Wild Rumpus

San Francisco, CA         

Wild Rumpus is a contemporary chamber music ensemble dedicated to performing the music of the present. Founded in San Francisco in 2011 and led by composers Jen Wang and Dan VanHassel and clarinetist Sophie Huet, the ensemble brings together stellar musicians who share a passion for risk-taking, collaboration, and working with living composers. The ensemble has commissioned thirty new works to date, showcasing premieres alongside new music that highlights shared threads of influence and inspiration.  With performances praised as a “showcase of virtuosity and imagination” by San Francisco Classical Voice, Wild Rumpus hopes to challenge and delight audiences by revealing beauty in unexpected places and resonances that transcend boundaries of generation, geography, and genre.


Wild Rumpus is: Amy Sedan, flute; Sophie Huet, clarinet & development director; David Wegehaupt, saxophone; Weston Olencki, trombone; Ed Garcia, percussion; Margaret Halbig, piano; Vanessa Langer, soprano; Dan VanHassel, electric guitar, composer & artistic director; Mia Nardi-Huffman, violin; Joanne de Mars, cello; Eugene Theriault, bass; Nathaniel Berman, conductor; Jen Wang, composer & executive director.

Philip Glass: Music in Similar Motion

Philip Glass’s “Music in Similar Motion” for chamber ensemble, performed by Wild Rumpus. Recorded live in concert at Old First Concerts in San Francisco on September 5, 2014.

Performers: Amy Sedan, flute; Sophie Huet, clarinet; Weston Olencki, trombone; Mckenzie Camp, percussion; Margaret Halbig, piano; Dan VanHassel, electric guitar; Eugene Theriault, bass

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Lee Weisert: Minutiae

Lee Weisert’s “Minutiae” (a set of eight miniatures, to be performed in any order) for soprano, bass clarinet, trombone, and percussion; commissioned and premiered by Wild Rumpus. Recording of the world premiere at the Center for New Music, San Francisco, on May 3, 2014.

Performers: Vanessa Langer, soprano; Sophie Huet, bass clarinet; Matt Striplen, trombone; Ed Garcia, percussion; Nathaniel Berman, conductor.

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Yao Chen: O…what an Awakening

Yao Chen’s “O…what an Awakening” for flute, clarinet, piano, soprano, violin, and cello, commissioned and premiered by Wild Rumpus. Recorded live at Old First Concerts in San Francisco on September 27, 2013.

Performers: Amy Sedan, flute; Sophie Huet, clarinet; Otis Harriel, violin; Joanne de Mars, cello; Margaret Halbig, piano; Vanessa Langer, soprano; Nathaniel Berman, conductor

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