Wild Rumpus gave its first public concert on December 10, 2011. It was launched as a new music collective by composer Jen Wang, guitarist Dan VanHassel, and clarinetist Sophie Huet to provide an ensemble for the development of new works in collaboration with emerging composers. The first two concerts consisted entirely of world premieres resulting from Wild Rumpus commissions.
At the end of this month, Wild Rumpus will give its first performance at Old First Church under the auspices of the Old First Concerts series. They have now developed enough repertoire to balance world premieres with less “immediate” compositions. Thus, the Old First Program will present only one world premiere, “Incompatible(s) VI” by Nicolas Tzortzis, scored for violin, cello, bass clarinet, and harp. The title refers to the fact that the harpist is required to portray both sides of a contentious relationship between speech and movement in which the other three instruments serve as a supporting ensemble. The other commissioned work on the program will be “O… What an Awakening” by Yao Chen, first performed at Wild Rumpus’ second public concert on June 8, 2012 and scored for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello, piano, and soprano.
All of the remaining works on the program will be solos. VanHassel will be featured in an electric guitar performance of Fausto Romitelli’s “Trash TV Trance.” Cellist Joanne De Mars will present Steve Reich’s “Cello Counterpoint,” in which she will play against seven other parts, all of which she prerecorded. The “purely acoustic” soloists of the evening will be flutist Amy Sedan, presenting Toru Takemitsu’s “Air,” and soprano Vanessa Langer doing Morton Feldman’s “Only.”
Old First Concerts events take place in the Old First Church at 1751 Sacramento Street (on the southeast corner of Van Ness Avenue). This recital will be held on September 27 at 8 p.m.. General admission is $17 with a special $14 rate for full-time students and seniors. These may be purchased through the Performances page on the Old First Concerts Web site. Further information may be obtained by calling 415-474-1608.