Nebula Ensemble disputes musical assumptions

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The Robert and Judi Newman Center for Performing Arts at the University of Denver [Photo by: Cooper Dahlen-Pagano]

Nebula Ensemble’s recent recital at the University of Denver’s Newman Center sought to challenge the audience’s preconceived concert-going expectations and they delivered an immersive experience unlike anything the crowd had ever experienced before.

The theme for the evening was rituals and what role they play in our day-to-day lives. While one might expect a ritualistic concert to feature something along the lines of traditional religious or tribal melodies, the term “ritual” was taken decidedly literally.

Sarah Perske, one of Nebula Ensemble’s composers, took to the stage at the beginning of the concert and asked everyone to consider what their rituals are as consumers of music. Continue reading

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The Flow of the Wind

 

Ensemble at the Ready  Photo by Philip Ryan Wilkinson

A New way to Rock the House

By Philip Ryan Wilkinson

7:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 4, 2016; the air stirred as the doors to the concert hall were thrown open by a welcoming elderly usher and the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music began its last performance of the Lamont Wind Ensembles.  This ensemble was performed by the students and staff of the Lamont School and conducted by Dr. Joseph Martin.

People started to filter into the auditorium about thirty minutes before the show was scheduled to start.  While the audience filled in, some performers were still warming up; their tunes conflicting and overpowering one another’s.  This went on until a few minutes later the auditorium went dead quiet. Continue reading

Rhinoceropolis: A Venue for All Artists

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In the run down district of Rhino, tucked behind a non-descript door at 3553 Brighton Boulevard, hides the vibrant world of Rhinoceropolis. A venue that recruits all types of art, Rhino hosts anything from hip hop, electronic, punk, and many more subgenres. Their concerts provide young artists an opportunity and a platform. On Friday, April 29th Rhinoceropolis hosted “Fullon Compadres” a local skate team, as well as other artists, in an art/skate show displaying local artists as well as skateboarders.

Friday night, the venue was brightly lit showing the vibrant wall to wall mural painted by two local artists. The crowd is always diverse and Friday did not differ, with a varying collection of friendly people to chat with.

The first room had projection art playing on a screen and art from several artists hung up around the walls. With couches on the sides there were few people sitting, but the bulk of the people were in the middle room circled around the skaters and their little park set up.

Skaters were taking turns on the rail and the hip with onlookers talking to eachother and watching the friendly competition. At around 10pm “Fullon Compadres” turned the lights down, stopped the skating and waited for the crowd to fall hush before debuting their monthly skate edit on a projector screen. The video was very well edited with data moshing and other effects, as well as incredible sound editing and manipulation, to compliment the skate tricks.

University of Denver student and skater, Emmett Batley, attended the skate event Friday saying, “It was sweet meeting some more skaters” adding, “the atmosphere was really chill.” Rhinoceropolis’ atmosphere and people allow the sort of connections necessary for the connection of Denver’s art scene as well as its growth.

The venue changes significantly according to the event they are hosting, though what remains constant throughout is the venue’s ability to provide a platform for artists who otherwise may not have one. And though these artists may not have a significant following, Rhinoceropolis has a following of its own which allows these artists to gain exposure and start forming one of their own.

Artists Dan Deacon, Future Islands, No Age, Matt & Kim, HEALTH and Iceage all performed at Rhinoceropolis before finding more of an audience and playing larger venues. Rhinoceropolis is the training ground for artists, allowing them to display their work, see other work, and learn. Providing an essential service for artists and the Denver arts scene Rhinoceropolis continues to be an important and fun venue.

 

 

 

 

Nebula Ensemble performs at Lamont School of Music

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Musicians onstage at Hamilton Hall in the Lamont School of Music [photo by Helen Filanowski]

DENVER- The Nebula Ensemble performed at the Lamont School of Music on Sunday night. The Ensemble featured 16 musicians, performing four acts titled Earth, Air, Wind and Water, drawing on the elements for inspiration.

A smattering of notes filled the auditorium as the lights dimmed and refocused on the three onstage musicians. Julia Emery, a cellist, Samuel Liddel, a bassist, and Kyle Hughes, a percussionist, performed their interpretation of Water through music. The sound was halting and disjointed, but the collection of notes worked to convey their message.

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DU wind ensemble enamored listeners with European setlist

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Joseph Martin conducts the wind ensemble for their final piece of the concert, “Aegean Festival Overture” by Andreas Makris in Gates Concert Hall, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. [photo by Jessica Johnson]

University of Denver’s wind ensemble, directed by Joseph Martin, teamed up with the Colorado European Union Center for Excellence to deliver a profound musical experience, transporting listeners to England, France, Spain, Denmark, and even to Greece with cultural songs from abroad, in Gates Concert Hall on May 4, 2016.

The wind ensemble is one of multitude of ensembles offered by the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.  Members not only rehearse together regularly, but are also each assigned to a small chamber ensemble to further their musical abilities.   Continue reading

Music from Say Anything and mewithoutYou rocks LoDo

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[Photo by Hayley Knoph]

DENVER, Colo. – Although it was the second-billed band playing at the Summit Music Hall on Tuesday, mewithoutYou stole the show. Headliner Say Anything brought the more passionate energy, but Philadelphia-based mewithoutYou certainly brought the more tenacious music.

With its unique timbre and experimental tone, mewithoutYou’s opening song, “Red Cow,” flooded through the entire audience. Heads bobbed and bodies swayed to the infectious rhythm like waves in a hypnotic ocean of harmony. Nearly every person in the crowd moved in unison with the music’s reverberation, even those who attended the show to see other bands. Continue reading

An inside look at the DU improvisation comedy act that left all in stiches

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Members of the improv team partaking in one of their interactive games that involves being stranded on a rowboat in the Atlantic Ocean. [Photo By: Lily Binder]

DENVER—The University of Denver Improvisation Comedy Club put on a hilarious show 9pm Wednesday night, May 4th, in the Lindsey Auditorium that left all attendees in hysterics. The show lasted about forty five minutes and was a made up of about four games where the audience was encouraged to get involved by picking out professions, locations, and a multitude of ridiculous situations for the improvisation group to build their acts upon.

The crowd, which was made up of about thirty-five University of Denver students all ranging from freshmen to seniors years were laughing throughout the entire show. Junior, Danny Brown is a weekly attendee to the shows saying: “They’re good every week so I know I’ll always be entertained, the timing always works out really well too since it starts at nine, ends before ten, and I can walk to the library and study in a much better mood… I’m also friends with most of the performers and I like to support my friends in everything they do”.

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