Not Tom Hanks~

"UPCOMING EVENTS by Esprit Orchestra:
Friday, May 1, 2009
Along with presenting two of Esprit's outstanding players in soloist roles, Esprit highlights this concert with a welcome to the Nathaniel Dett Chorale for a fanciful Afro-Latin collaboration. The featuring of two World Premieres makes this event a powerful gala finale to Esprit's season. Saidôki (Demon), Maki Ishii's concerto for percussion and orchestra, strides two musical worlds in multi-layered time and sonic textures. Combining Western compositional methods with elements of Japanese traditional music, the late Japanese composer's piece also calls for the cidelo, a rare and unusual instrument created by his friend, metal sculptor Kazuo Harada. Cidelos are octagonal or rectangular metal boxes with ornate artistic cuts in their top surfaces creating metal sections, that, when struck, create vivid colours and a rich array of pitches. Esprit member Ryan Scott, featured as soloist, will play a set of these instruments, one of only two sets available in the world (placed on timpani heads), in a highly improvisational manner. Saidôki, a work of great power and deep mystery, is being given its North American premiere by Esprit. Chris Paul Harman has just finished his Concerto for Harp and Orchestra commissioned by Esprit to feature another member of the orchestra as a soloist, Juno award-winning harpist Erica Goodman. Douglas Schmidt's Discouraged Passion, commissioned by Esprit, features The Nathaniel Dett Chorale.

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