A concert presentation of a custom-design instrument for Coppice by Andrew Furse (of Tiny Music).
Apiary couples twin-bellows into a new musical instrument; a free-reed expression box. Similar to how a music hold perforated discs containing songs, the instrument holds up to two slides containing free reeds in various tunings. The instrument is activated by manually operating the bellows. You can read Andrew’s notes about the instrument here: http://www.futurevessel.com/coppice/factual/instruments/apiary
The event will also include a performance of Seam as a trio with electro-acoustic cellist Sarah J. Ritch.
Coppice (Noé Cuéllar & Joseph Kramer) is a Chicago-based duet of bellows and electronics. Since its formation in 2009 they have produced original compositions for stage, fixed media, and performed installation settings, recently presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art, New Music at the Green Mill, New Capital, and ACRE (Chicago); Music with a View (New York); Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts (Minneapolis); McNeill Street Pumping Station New Music Festival (Shreveport); as well as internationally in Iceland and Sweden.
Andrew Furse is directed in woodwork, graduate of applied trade problem solving; vocational touch and go. Piano tuner/ Reed organ repair/ Instrument builder in rubber, brass, cloth and wood. Experiments in natural mechanical sound mimicry/organic tone-noise/big-bang echo chamber-like; percussive table-tennis hegemony. No training for enthusiasm, well-practiced on the musical-saw.”