NEW MUSIC NOW: It was a cold, rainy Saturday in Ann Arbor, and my reed quintet had just finished recording Douglas Hertz's newest composition From Lidless Eyes (time knows no bounds). This electrifying and captivating NEW work for reed quintet explores the way we, as humans, perceive time.
Take a listen and read the composer's note below:
From Lidless Eyes (time knows no bounds) was commissioned by my new reed quintet at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Composed in 2016, recorded and mixed in Ann Arbor, MI by Douglas Hertz.
Visit Douglas's website to learn more and hear his music.
Now, you might be thinking, "I've never heard something like this before. What were those instruments playing?"
You've just heard the sound of a reed quintet—a musical ensemble consisting of five "reeded" woodwind instruments: oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet, and bassoon. The first reed quintet, Calefax, was formed in 1985 in Amsterdam, and several groups have followed, including the Akropolis Reed Quintet.
The reed quintet is an extremely versatile ensemble: it can produce a wide palette of colors ranging from gritty and powerful to delicate and soft—and everything in between. The instruments' differences can produce stark contrasts, like pairing the low honky-ness of the bass clarinet with the pure bel canto tone of the oboe. The five instruments can also blend together into a seamless, organ-like sonority.
My reed quintet is based at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Performers on this recording include: Sagar Anupindi (oboe), Joey Velez (clarinet), Sean Meyers (alto saxophone), Saralyn Klepaczyk (bassoon), and special guest artist Eddie Sundra (bass clarinet). Eddie doesn't play with us regularly, but we were so glad to work with him on this recording!
Believe it or not (full disclosure alert!!!), we haven't come up with a name for our group! What do you think we should call ourselves?