ABOUT THE DUO
WoodWired is an electroacoustic duo based in Denton, Texas. Flutist Hannah Leffler and Bass Clarinetist Cheyenne Cruz have teamed up to create a unique take on the popular clarinet/flute combination. Using live editing software and other electronics, they play both original pieces and their own arrangements to create upbeat, fresh music that represents a fusion of classical, jazz, and pop genres. WoodWired combines the best of the classically trained woodwind sound with the endless possibilities of live electronics by working with loops, triggered effects like pitch-bending, distortion, delay, and chorus pedals, and midi sounds controlled with either a keyboard or foot pedal. All of the arrangements WoodWired performs are created by Cheyenne and Hannah themselves, and they have even composed a few original pieces. This duo does so much more than play along with pre-recorded tracks; WoodWired creates live electroacoustic art.
Dr. Cheyenne Cruz completed her DMA in clarinet performance with a related field in music education at the University of North Texas in 2015. She also holds a Master’s degree in clarinet performance from the Florida State University and Bachelor’s degree in music education from McMurry University. Cheyenne recently accepted a position as Adjunct Clarinet Instructor at Stephen F. Austin State University, and was the Teaching Fellow in chamber music for the University of North Texas in 2015. In addition to her collegiate teaching, Cheyenne maintains a private clarinet studio in the DFW area including Hebron High School (winners of “Best Music” at BOA Grand Nationals in 2015) and Argyle High School (UIL 4A State Marching Band winner for 4 consecutive years). Cheyenne’s students have been accepted into All-State bands and orchestras for both the TMEA and ATSSB organizations. Many of her high school students choose to major in music in college and have been accepted into such prestigious universities as Northwestern University, the University of North Texas, and Southern Methodist University.
As a performer, Cheyenne has appeared with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the San Angelo Symphony, the Longview Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. She is presently a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and will be performing this entire concert season with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra for 2015/2016. Also an active chamber musician, Cheyenne’s previous chamber music excursion, The Center Quintet, was invited to perform at both the Plowman and Fischoff chamber music competitions. Now Cheyenne is composing and arranging in addition to performing with her newest chamber music group, WoodWired, an electroacoustic duo with flutist Hannah Leffler.
In addition to her performing ventures, Cheyenne has been published in The Clarinet Magazine, the monthly journal issued by the International Clarinet Association, with an article entitled “A Pedagogical Guide to Playing Bass Clarinet in a Wind Ensemble.” Prior to that, she completed an undergraduate thesis entitled “Mickey Mousing Squared: Postmodernism in Cartoon Music” for which she graduated with special honors in Music History. Her major clarinet teachers include Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano and Dr. Frank Kowalsky.
Hannah Leffler, a Miyazawa Emerging Artist, has held flute faculty positions at Luther College, the Northeast Iowa School of Music, the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Sounds of Summer Institute, and numerous high schools and middle schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. She currently resides in Texas, where she is a Teaching Fellow and Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate in flute performance at the University of North Texas. Ms. Leffler served as Visiting Instructor of Flute at the University of Northern Iowa in Fall 2013. She has been a featured guest artist and clinician at numerous schools and events across the Midwest, including the Exploring Chamber Music Festival held at the University of Northern Iowa each summer. She performs frequently with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and has been a principal substitute flutist for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. She currently studies with Professor Terri Sundberg and James Scott. She is the flutist in both the Center for Chamber Music Studies Woodwind Quintet, one of the finest student chamber ensembles at UNT, and the Movēre Woodwind Quintet, comprised of Lutheran Summer Music Festival faculty. In addition, Ms. Leffler is the founding member of WoodWired Duo, an electroacoustic duo with bass clarinetist Cheyenne Cruz.
Ms. Leffler received a Master’s Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Northern Iowa, where she studied with Dr. Angeleita Floyd and served as her graduate assistant. After finishing her degree, she was named the winner of the UNI Outstanding Creative Master’s Thesis Award and was selected by faculty nomination to be honored as an Outstanding Alumni of the UNI Graduate School. She graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance and was a student of Professor Parthena Owens. Additional teachers include Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, Kristin Grant, and Elizabeth McNutt.
In 2012, she received first place in the National Flute Association’s Orchestral Audition and Masterclass Competition, held in Las Vegas. Ms. Leffler has been a prizewinner at the Atlanta Young Artist Competition, the Crescendo Music Awards, and the Couer d’Alene Young Artist Competition. In addition, she was a featured soloist with the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, the University of Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic, and the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra. In 2008, she was named as a recipient of the renowned Theodore Presser Award for excellence in music and was elected into the honor societies of Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi. She is an active member of the National Flute Association and Texas Flute Society, where she has served on numerous committees.
A WoodWired Original, Bulgama is inspired by the dichotomy of meditation and agitation. In addition to the acoustic sounds of flute and bass clarinet, this work features live recorded loops, midi sounds produced with a keyboard, and delay effects triggered with a foot pedal.
Ten Children No. 3 – Michael Lowenstern, arr. WoodWired
This is an arrangement of a movement from Michael Lowenstern’s iconic work Ten Children. No. 3 was originally created for bass clarinet and computer, but WoodWired has made a viable duet of the complex work. This piece features beatboxing, live recorded loops, delay effects, and a fixed media midi track.