Durward: Contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble
Durward is a new music ensemble I created in the spring of 2015. We held our first performance at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on September 8, 2016. We commissioned four composers to write pieces for our first concert while highlighting the composer Irving Fine.
Our next performance will feature female composers writing new works for Durward for August 2017. There will be a fundraiser to raise funds for breast cancer research and the NBCF. For more information, please go to our webpage: http://www.durwardmusic.com/
Two Low Duo
The Two Low Duo, formed by two Midwestern “back row malcontents,” is a trombone and tuba duo actively working to expand the repertoire for their two underprivileged instruments. We have commissioned new works, and are on the path to find pieces already written for the pair of instruments. We welcome anybody wanting to write for us. I am performing on trombone while Josh Calkin anchors it on the tuba, Dr. Calkin is the Instructor of Low Brass and Assistant Director of Bands at Wayne State.
The Boykan Residency took place in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 26-28, 2015 and featured the life and legacy of the composer Martin Boykan. During this celebration there were two trombone and piano premieres and one unaccompanied trombone piece by composers Nathaniel Eschler, Steven Roens, and Crystal Young-Otterstrom. I also had the opportunity to perform these works at Wayne State College in Wayne, NE and Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA during the spring semester of 2015.