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MAR 2018: Rushes Ensemble in TN
We're giving two performances of Michael Gordon's Rushes this week in Tennessee: at OZ Arts Nashville and Big Ears Festival. Join us for this trance-like, meditative tour-de-force!

Next up are back-to-back weekends with Heliand Consort, plus Schubert's Octet with amazing colleagues in Vermont! Check out our GoFundMe campaign for this project. Thanks!

NOV 2017: Choir projects in Jülich
This year I've enjoyed singing with Currende chamber choir here in Jülich, which is now performing a beautiful concert of masses, motets and assorted 4- to 8-part choral works from the time of the Reformation and following. It's amazing to sing Isaac, Hassler, Schütz here in Germany, along with beautiful pieces by Mendelssohn, Reger, Bruckner, and Pärt.

MAY 2017: Recital at Haus Overbach
Together with pianist Soline Guillon, we present a whimsical program of romantic and neo-romantic composers including Schubert, Schreck and Australians
Ross Edwards and Padma Newsome.

Sunday, 7 May at 12 noon
Overbacher Klosterkirche, Barmen (Jülich)

> Preview in Aachener-Zeitung

APRIL 2017: "2 Moon Smile"
World premiere of Padma Newsome's p'opera f
eaturing Heliand Consort, Clogs, soprano Mary Bonhag, dancers Susannah Keebler, Clare Byrne, and Christine Meagher.

April 7, 2017 - Rochester, VT
April 8, 2017 - Lyndon, VT

> 2 Moon Smile project overview
> Song of the Bees rehearsal

FEBRUARY 2017: Women in the arts
Here are two of my favorite stories about women in the arts from last year:

 • Seven Days' profile of soprano Mary Bonhag by Amy Lilly

 • NPR's profile of producer Beth Morrison by Jeff Lunden

And, a way forward for a divided nation:
A conversation full of wisdom between late civil rights leader, Vincent Harding, and Krista Tippett, host of On Being. Listen here.

JANUARY 2017: Happy New Year!
Thanks to all of our friends who donated to our recent Kickstarter campaign! It was a huge success, and will fund the April premiere of Padma Newsome's 2 Moon Smile chamber opera, performed by Heliand Consort & Clogs. Project info here.

Next show:
Jan 26, 2017 - Rushes Ensemble at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY

I'll perform with Rushes Ensemble in Durham on April 22-23 on
Duke Performances (info) at the Durham Fruit & Produce Company. We're thrilled to appear with Mantra Percussion to present Michael Gordon's Rushes and Timber, heard together for the first time in the US. Visit Rushes Ensemble's new website for more.

Clogs has a new website and new playlist on Spotify. We'll premiere Padma's chamber opera in Spring 2017...stay tuned!

NOVEMBER 2014: Rushes Ensemble spent a delightful weekend in Vancouver to perform at Vancouver New Music. Thanks to Jim, Giorgio and everyone who made our stay such a spectacular experience. Listen to our artists chat on Soundcloud.

OCTOBER 2014: I'm honored to perform Mozart's Bassoon Concerto with the DSO on Oct. 1st! It's a rare treat to perform in Baldwin Auditorium, and a pleasure to work with Maestro Harry Davidson and the Duke students!

Nobel prize winner Thomas Südof's insightful words on the value of arts, from the recent IDRS journal interview.

Rushes Ensemble tours Michael Gordon's "Rushes" for seven bassoons

3/26/2014 - Tufts University, Medford, MA
3/28/2014 - The Icebox at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
3/29/2014 - Peak Performances, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ


Rushes CD release Tuesday, 3/25
Cantaloupe Music

"Composed for seven bassoons, Rushes takes its place alongside Michael Gordon's Timber for expanding the boundaries of a single instrument's repertoire into hitherto unknown (and at times, otherworldly) spaces."
> read more

With Eyes Cast Down airs Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 on Q2 Music's Hammered show from 10-11 am EST. This week is devoted to new music by Australian composers, hosted by Lisa Moore.

New video posted! Live performance of Michael Gordon's "Rushes" for seven bassoons at the University of Michigan from November 2013.

JANUARY 2014: On Saturday, January 18th, I presented a workshop exploring creativity and bassoon playing for the University of New Hampshire's annual Double Reed Day.
> details on my Workshops page

OCTOBER 2013: Heliand Consort returns to NC for two performances, with music of Telemann, Glinka, Schmitt, Newsome and Engebretson:
 • Sat, Oct. 26 in Chapel Hill
 • Sun, Oct. 27 at Duke in Durham

Our concerts continue in VT in November:
 • Fri, Nov. 1 in Burlington
 • Sun, Nov. 3 in St. Johnsbury
 • Tue, Nov. 5 in Shelburne

MARCH 2013: Clogs performed at the 2013 Adelaide Festival in Australia on Mar 7th. Curated by Bryce Dessner, with the Adelaide Art Orchestra. This engagement was supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

FEBRUARY 2013: On Feb. 5, Clogs released The Sundown Song EP and appeared at the Ecstatic Music Festival on Feb. 6 in NYC. Thanks to Shara Worden, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Orchestra for the Next Century for a fabulous evening!

NOVEMBER 2012: Rushes Ensemble performed 5 shows in the Netherlands and Belgium. We gave the European premiere of Michael Gordon's Rushes on Nov. 8 at November Music Festival followed by performances at GLOW Festival in Eindhoven, Surround Festival at the Concertgebouw in Brugge, Ostadetheater in Amsterdam and the Korzo Theater in the Hague.

Rushes premiere at EMPAC


SEPTEMBER 2012: Rushes Ensemble spent a week in residence at EMPAC in Troy, NY. Led by bassoonist, Dana Jessen, we recorded Michael Gordon's Rushes for seven bassoons and gave the world premiere performance on September 15th at EMPAC. The Daily Gazette offers a preview of the piece.

SUMMER 2012: Clogs embarks on a flyover summer tour, presenting new songs by Padma Newsome. We begin at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, followed by the Halifax Jazz Festival (Nova Scotia), Moncton (New Brunswick), New Haven and Brooklyn. Thanks to Shara Worden, Ben Cassorla, Paper Beat Scissors, The Olympic Symphonium, Lorne Watson and Loop 243 for contributing along the way.

clogs summer tour
> Article at

In May 2012, Dark in the Song spent a week in Morelia, Mexico working with bassoonists and composers. Thanks to Rodrigo Sigal, Wendy Holdoway, Felipe Perez Santiago, and the staff and participants at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras for an inspiring residency. Here's one of the new pieces for 5 bassoons and electronics which we premiered during our recent residency at CMMAS:

Iftira, by Felipe Pérez Santiago

dark in the song at cmmas








Bassoon Project

next concerts

Michael Gordon's "Rushes"

THU, MAR 22 at 7 PM
OZ Arts Nashville
6172 Cockrill Bend Circle
Nashville, TN

SAT, MAR 24 at 2 PM
Big Ears Festival
Knoxville Museum of Art
Knoxville, TN

Perfumes of Paris

FRI, MAR 30 at 7:30 PM
Residence at Otter Creek
Middlebury, VT

SAT, MAR 31 at 7:30 PM
house concert
Rochester, VT

Love Triangle: German Romantics

FRI, APR 6 at 7:30 PM
House concert
Bristol, VT

SAT, APR 7 at 3 PM
House concert
Bakersfield, VT

Schubert Octet

TUE, APR 10 at 12 PM

Cathedral Church of St. Paul
Burlington, VT

with Bella Voce Chorus

SAT, MAY 12 at 7:30 PM
UVM Recital Hall
Burlington, VT

NewBassoon Institute
hosted by National Music Festival

JUN 8-12
Chestertown, MD

Weber Bassoon Concerto
Rachael Elliott, bassoon soloist

Peter Sauerwein, conductor

SAT, JUN 23 @ 7:30 PM
Schulzentrum Linnicher Str.

> Recent concerts on Performances page