Kyle Flens plays works for percussion by some of his favorite Chicago collaborators in this concert of solos and duos, in which the instruments onstage come alive in different ways: Igor Santos’ Anima literally anthropomorphizes the harp and percussion, while Luis Fernando Amaya’s Bestiario: Tres evokes the body of an unknown “beast”; Michael Gordon’s “XY” is an epic of ever spiraling polyrhythms inspired by the double helix of DNA, while Jonathan Hannau highlights the drum set’s possibilities as a solo instrument, and Darcy Copeland’s the tiger bares its teeth explores themes of vulnerability and connection through shifting relationships between instruments. Fellow Dal Niente members Ben Melsky, Jesse Langen, and Katherine Schoepflin Jimoh guest star.
Kyle Flens, Percussion
Jesse Langen, Guitar
Katherine Schoepflin Jimoh, Bass Clarinet
Ben Melsky, Harp
Baltimore-born Kyle Flens is a multi-faceted percussionist based in Chicago. He is a member of Ensemble Dal Niente and Projeto Arcomusical. Recent performance highlights include concerts at the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enriquez (Mexico City, Mexico), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the 5th International Festival of Percussion Ensembles (San José, Costa Rica), Institutio Inhotim (Minas Gerais, Brazil), and the Winter Festival in Ouro Preto and Mariana (Minas Gerais, Brazil). He has premiered\ compositions by Eliza Brown, Elliot Cole, Julio Estrada, Robert Fleisher, Erin Gee, Robert Honstein, Kyle Krause, Alexis C. Lamb, Brian Penkrot, Ben Wahlund, and Katherine Young.
Kyle can be heard on Arcomusical’s debut album MeiaMeia on Innova Recordings, as well as the ensemble’s sophomore album Spinning in the Wheel on National Sawdust Tracks. Kyle performs on Pearl Drums and Adams Percussion Instruments, and is honored to be an endorsed artist.