The Old Cellar Performance

September 12, 2015

I was so pleased and surprised the outstanding Duo Harpverk performed my work “The Old Cellar” at their annual concert at Cafe Rosenberg on September 8th in Iceland.  The Old Cellar is a fairly short minimal-esque fantasy which was specifically composed for and dedicated to Duo Harpverk — the two performers being Frank Aarnink and Katie Buckley.  The score, as with all my scores, was pretty bare in terms of instructions, but DH interprets it beautifully (twice performed previously this year).  I hope to work with them more in the future.

“The first piece is Currents and this piece begins with a series of fast trills that roil and surge like a river” Read full review

“With this collection J.C. Combs revels in the splendor of lush tones.”  – Beach Sloth    Read full review

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

10930117_10205585225250946_8625937496865291695_n

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 

“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)

Disquiet “Gazing”

October 25, 2013

“In “Apparation,” a pulse of a steady beat triggers the sonic equivalent of a lens flare. It’s a beautiful collection, and comes highly recommended.” – Disquiet on “gazing”

Fouter & Swick “Gazing”

October 24, 2013

“this kind of simple instrumental music is important for many listeners and I’m happy to bring it to your attention because it stands up perfectly well alongside any of the better known artists in this idiom.”  –  Fouter & Swick on “gazing”