Currents Video 2015

February 21, 2015

Artwork “Geometropolis” 2007 by Jon Brenner.

Painting by Sibyl Allenson “Life, Beginning” (1960s)

Pleased to announce the premiere of The Old Cellar, a piece written for percussion and harp – scheduled to be performed Friday, February 6 at 9:00pm UTC, Reykjavík, Iceland by Duo Harpverk.   Frank Aarnink and Katie Buckley are the two members of the duo (also members of the Icelandic Symphonie Orchestra).  Duo Harpverk has performed in many excellent venues, including here in the states at The Kennedy Center.

“During the Icelandic Museum Night we will play our ‘Passport’ concert. This concert has pieces from all over the world, including the 100th piece ever written for us! Come hear all world premieres by J.C. Combs (USA), Michiharu Matsunaga (Japan), David Otten (NL), Nicolas Marty (France), and Alexander Sigman (USA).”  – Duo Harpverk

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It was refreshing to see a review of a work I posted to Soundcloud as a dedication to my friend, Paul Muller.  Paul happens to be a huge Steve Reich fan and creates minimalist-style works as well, hence the dedication.  This was the first piece in the study and for this one I chose to base the method off of Reich’s Clapping Music in conjunction with other methods.  So perhaps not true to the phasing of tempo adjustments which I will address in further studies.

“The driving pulse of the music has the busy urban nightscape quality of Reich’s early works in this manner, where musical lines of close derivation create sonic moiré patterns.”  –  Disquiet 

Mark Wittlestick (Video)

December 10, 2014

“What to say other than “oh, oh, oh”, for this damsel is one to get passionate about.”  –  The Cookshop (full review here)

Album link – https://jccombs.bandcamp.com/album/jane-martin

 

 

Excerpt from the review on the pages of Just Outside of Every Junkie is a Recording.

Very hallucinatory, very enticing. The serene rhythm disappears into the void, leaving a large, rippling eddy- Just Outside (full review here)

Excerpt from the review on the pages of Chain D.L.K. of Every Junkie is a Recording.

we are strolling down a familiar street at night, perhaps in the fog, the lights from the lamp posts providing little pools of welcome illumination. The texture, however, morphs into a less distinct rhythm as the opening section progresses, and a more alien, metallic feel creeps into the tones of the upper registers. Now little gusts of wind are heard – the landscape has changed to the less familiar, even as we continue walking tentatively forward. – Chain D.L.K (full review here)

The video of “Gazing” dance performance March 13, 2014.  Note, you can adjust the settings to HD which I recommend.

 

Choreography: Susan Haines in Collaboration with the Dancers

Costumes: Susan Haines
Music: J.C. Combs
Visual Artist: Prentiss Cole
Stage Manager: Christina Butterton
Lighting Design: Charlie Weber
Set Pieces Design: Prentiss Cole

Dancers: Elizabeth Clarkson, Marisa Fernandez, Makenna Johansen, Kimberlee Kipperburg, Nora Lang, Elli Madsen, Savanna Milton, Mallorie Powell, Terriell Samuels, Ashley Schultz, Kyra Skaggs, Julia White

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I had a great time attending the dance of “Gazing” and hanging out with Susan Haines (choreographer) and Bruce Hamilton (composer) in their neck of the woods in Bellingham, WWU Performing Arts Center.  It was a great show and loved the interpretation of the piece.  I will post the video as soon as it is available, but for now here are some photographs from my visit.

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Program Notes

JC Combs & Susan Haines

JC Combs & Susan Haines

Bruce Hamilton & J.C. Combs

Bruce Hamilton on the Stylus

Bruce Hamilton on the Stylus

WWU Studio

WWU Studio