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Duo Damiana Debut Recording: adventurous repertoire for flute and guitar

Flutist Molly Barth and guitarist Dieter Hennings will showcase what they do best: challenge the perceived limitations of their instruments.

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Duo Damiana on tour, March 1-8, 2015

Posted on March 2, 2015 by Molly Barth

Duo Damiana is currently on tour through OH, IN, and KY. Works performed on this tour include several of the works to be recorded on our upcoming disc, as well as two new works for the ensemble. Composers featured on the tour include Chen Yi, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Hebert Vázquez, Shafer Mahoney, Toru Takemitsu, Scott Perkins and Marc Satterwhite. Performance venues include the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Akron, University of Louisville, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, DePauw University and Indiana State University.

Overview

When one thinks of the stylistic body of repertoire typically composed for the flute and guitar duo, Duo Damiana’s repertoire likely will not immediately spring to mind. We seek to change this. The repertoire included on our debut album invites the listener to hear a vast, complex array of sounds: edgy, cutting, and driving, yet also incredibly delicate, sensuous, and tender. Composers to be featured on the debut album of Duo Damiana include Michael Fiday, Toru Takemitsu, Hebert Vázquez, Shafer Mahoney, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Luca Cori, Jesse Jones and Chen Yi. These composers teach as esteemed institutions such as Eastman and Juilliard and hail from around the world: the USA, México, Italy, Japan, and China. Six of the eight compositions were written for or arranged for Duo Damiana.

 

Duo Damiana engages in a robust touring and residency schedule, including performances, composer workshops, masterclasses and career development sessions. In summer 2014, Duo Damiana mentored 97 young composers and numerous performers at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, and performed at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago, IL. The 2014-15 season includes tours through KY, OH, TN, FL, IN, and IL. Past tours have taken Duo Damiana throughout the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest regions of the United States.

Members of Duo Damiana:

Grammy-Award winning flutist Molly Alicia Barth is the Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Oregon. A contemporary music specialist, Molly was a founding member of the new music sextet eighth blackbird, with whom she won the 2000 Naumburg Award and the 2007 Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance. She is a co-founder of Duo Damiana, the Damiana Quartet and the Beta Collide New Music Project. http://mollybarth.com/

Dieter Hennings Yeomans’s musical endeavors span from new music on guitar to early music for lute, baroque guitar, and theorbo. He is the Professor of Classical Guitar at the University of Kentucky. Recent engagements include concerts with pop-singer Natalie Merchant and baroque vioinist Monica Huggett. http://henningsguitar.com/

 

The recording will be made from December 11-18, 2015 in Beall Concert Hall, on the campus of the University of Oregon, located in Eugene Oregon. Sebastian Braun will fly in from Munich to engineer and produce the album. Innova Records has expressed interest in this project.

 

The expected cost of the album is $10,200. We have received anonymous donations of $2,000 and in-kind donations of $1,500 toward the project. We are seeking grants from the University of Kentucky, University of Oregon, and state and local organizations in Oregon and Kentucky to fund the project. From New Music USA we are requesting $1,500.

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“El Jardín del Pasaje Púrpura” by Hebert Vázquez
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Recorded during a concert at Vanderbilt University in September of 2014, this work represents our musical sensibilities, and is one of the pieces to be recorded for our upcoming CD project. A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Hebert Vázquez resides in Mexico City.

“Vent” by David Lang, arranged by Dieter Hennings
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Crazed at the start, transitioning to a sombre slow movement and a wild end, “Vent” explores a world previously unknown to the guitar. Dieter arranged “Vent,” originally for flute and piano. This video is from Duo Damiana’s concert at Vanderbilt University in September of 2014.

“Vent” is one of eight flute-centric chamber pieces by David Lang included in a recording project, to be released next Fall: another exciting project!

“Shining River” by Shafer Mahoney
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Shafer Mahoney’s delicate, nature-inspired work “Shining River” has been a favorite of Duo Damiana’s audiences since our first performance of the work. This video is from Duo Damiana’s concert at Vanderbilt University in September of 2014. Shafer teaches composition at Juilliard.

Start and End Dates

12/11/201512/18/2015

Location

Eugene, Oregon

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Eugene, Oregon
Described as "ferociously talented" (The Oregonian), Grammy-Award winning flutist Molly Alicia Barth specializes in the music of today. In demand as a soloist, Molly has recently performed in Australia, Korea, and Mexico and has played solo recitals and led clinics at esteemed institutions including the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory,…

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guitarist and co-founder of Duo Damiana
Lexington, Kentucky

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