Flutist Emma Hospelhorn, oboist Andrew Nogal, and clarinetist Katie Schopeflin perform a wide-ranging set of works that reflect the full range of woodwind virtuosity. This program is designed as a “mixtape” demonstrating the variety of composers that Ensemble Dal Niente has commissioned, collaborated with, and performed in the decade since it was founded in Chicago in 2004.
Dal Niente musicians have given the world premiere performances of several works on this program: Çamci’s hypnotic, microtonal karalama for oboe; Augusta Read Thomas’s tender Capricci for flute and clarinet taking the role of amorous hummingbirds; and Takuma Tanikawa’s dizzying, dense uzu 2 for flute. Alex Temple’s music analyzes and plays with our relationship to pop music – the stuff that we hear at the drugstore – and her Thick Line asks the performers to select their own pitches within a bouncy, twitchy rhythmic framework. The remaining works represent the ensemble’s commitment to performing the most inventive, influential, and imaginative music being written around the world today - from Carola Bauckholt’s whispery Zopf, to Joël-François Durand’s subtle and harmonically kaleidoscopic In The Mirror Land.
Carola Bauckholt — Zopf (1992/94) for flute, oboe, clarinet, and other objects
Augusta Read Thomas — Capricci, "Hummingbird Romance" (2011) for flute & clarinet
Takuma Tanikawa — uzu 2 (2008) for solo flute.
Joël-François Durand — In the Mirror Land (2003) for flute and oboe.
Alex Temple — Thick Line (2012) for flute, oboe, and bass clarinet.
Alican Çamci — karalama (2012) for solo oboe.
Franco Donatoni — Triplum (1995) for flute, oboe, and clarinet.