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.

I finally was able put together an album of improvisations performed over the last year (Cellar Door Records).  Also included are a couple works, “Currents” and “Elevator to the Moon.”  In the near future I will be releasing an album of sound art-related works titled “Songs of the Singularity.”  Stay tuned.  – JC

I will be visiting Bellingham for the Sound Culture:  Adventures Festival – April 30 thru May 2, 2015, My set will include two music/video presentations, an excerpt of my work Passi as the music to Susan Haines’ short dance film “A Study in Red #4”, and a video re-showing of “Gazing;” the contemporary dance (choreography Susan Haines, music myself).  Lastly, I will be premiering an electroacoustic work for the festival titled “Alarm Will Sound.”

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As you know, I had the pleasure of being performed by Duo Harpverk in Iceland at Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum.   They were kind enough to send along the recording of their performance of “The Old Cellar.  A minimalesque-fantasy.  Enjoy!

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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“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