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Dal Niente Presents: Undersea

  • Steppenwolf 1700 1700 N. Halsted (map)

On May 5, the Dal Niente Woodwind Trio presents a program that is at once virtuosic, joyful, and strange, featuring the world premiere of Victoria Cheah's luminous Undersea for piccolo, english horn, and bass clarinet. The trio will explore the full array of sounds available to contemporary woodwind players, from the evocative gestures of Brian Ferneyhough’s In nomine a 3 to the shimmering, shifting textures of Hans Abrahamsen’s Flowersongs to the squeals, sucks, and sibilance of Carola Bauckholt’s Zopf, whose language is “laden with extended techniques that demand intense concentration” (-The New York Times).  Also included on the program is Meditation on Collision by Ruby Landau-Pincus, who created this interactive electronic score for Dal Niente while still a high school student, after working with members of the ensemble at the Walden school.

Undersea is presented as part of the LookOut Series - Steppenwolf’s performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form.

About the Ensemble Dal Niente Wind Trio

The Dal Niente Wind Trio is committed to performing works that push the envelope of what woodwind instrumentalists can do. The group has been ensemble in residence for New York University's Waverly Project, and has performed at the University of Washington, June in Buffalo, Constellation in Chicago and Spectrum in NYC. Andy Nogal (oboe and English horn), Katherine Schoepflin Jimoh (clarinets), and Emma Hospelhorn (flutes).


Victoria Cheah, Undersea (world premiere 2019)

Hans Abrahamsen, Flower songs (1973/2012)

Carola Bauckholt, Zopf (1992/94)

Sandra Lemus Hernandez, II (2011)

Alex Temple, Thick Line (2012)

Joël-François Durand, In the Mirror Land (2003)

Brian Ferneyhough, In nomine a 3 (2001)

Franco Donatoni, Triplum (1995)

Ruby Landau-Pincus, Meditation on Collision (2019)