Polka the Elk Concert

Passionate chamber music for 2 bassoons, piano and vibraphone
Concert length: 60 minutesrachaelbio

Polka the Elk is a dynamic chamber music concert featuring music of three original musical voices from around the world:

  Australian Padma Newsome
    (of Clogs and The National fame)
  Canadian Tawnie Olson
    (known for her passionate choral and chamber music writing)
  American David Lang
    (Bang on a Can founder, recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer prize in music)

The program is one hour in length and spans a diverse swath of 21st century chamber music, from hypnotic minimalism, to poignant mysticism, to instrumental songs, to playful musical conversations and battles between the instruments. Polka the Elk surprises and delights audiences, and brings the bassoon into the much-deserved limelight, where it shines as an expressive solo instrument.

"Polka the Elk [...] changes the complexion of what the bassoon can do and be as a solo instrument."  —[Q]onStage

"an engaging, eclectic mix of contemporary music"  —Cleveland Classical

"Rachael Elliott's bassoon can interlace in cool, clear lines or wail away dissonantly." —Time Out New York

Visit the Press page for additional reviews and quotes.

Now booking for the 2013-2014 season:

  Standard Polka program: 2 bassoons, 1 piano, 1 vibraphone

  Duo version of Polka suits a variety of venues/budgets: 1 bassoon, 1 piano

  Technical needs: tuned concert grand piano and 4 sturdy music stands
    (2 music stands for reduced version)

For availability and booking, please contact Rachael:

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Downloads for Presenters:

> Rachael Elliott's press kit [66 KB pdf]

> Rachael Elliott's brief bio for programs [107 word bio, 16 KB pdf]

> Two high res photos for print [.zip folder, 4.4 MB total]

snapshot bassoon   snapshot red

Photo credit:      Photo credit:
Brent Harrewyn   Paul Reynolds

> "Polka the Elk" concert program/notes [180 KB pdf]

> Listen to "Polka the Elk" audio on Soundcloud

Recent Awards:
Rachael Elliott is a 2009-2010 recipient of an Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, to support the recording of a CD of new music for bassoon. The result is her debut CD, Polka the Elk, released on September 15, 2011 on Music Starts From Silence.