Ins Licht

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Ins Licht opens with an explosive, stark unison on C between cello and piano. The cello plays extremely close to the bridge, fracturing the note into continuously fluctuating overtones. The piano’s C dissipates naturally over the 19 bars it is … Continue reading

4 Questions for Scott Wollschleger

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I was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1980. My earliest artistic impressions were images of Ronald Reagan and the sounds of 80’s television programs. My teenage love affair with Paula Abdul and Led Zeppelin abruptly ended when I discovered Beethoven, … Continue reading

LONGLEASH @ Ohio U

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  Not too long ago, LONGLEASH enjoyed a welcome respite from the chaotic, slushy horror that is New York City in February. It came in the form of a short residency at Ohio University in Athens, where we were reunited … Continue reading

Sankt Peter

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Happy 2014! After LONGLEASH’s December performance in Austria, I traveled to Germany and spent New Year’s Eve in the beautiful city of Cologne. I wasn’t expecting my German holiday to inspire a new-music related blog post — but Cologne turned … Continue reading

LONGLEASH in GRAZ

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It has been three months since I arrived in Austria to begin my Fulbright research project on the performance practice of Klangforum Wien. Based at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz (KUG for fans of brevity), I spend my … Continue reading

Dia: Beacon

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Dia:Beacon is a museum housed in a former Nabisco box-making factory in the town of Beacon, New York. Strangely, this is conducive to the exhibition and viewing of contemporary art. The high glass-paneled ceiling, wood floors, and open space keeps … Continue reading

LONGLEASH @ The National Opera Center

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“[Longleash] navigated an incredible breadth of musical styles with technical expertise and expressive innovation. Keep an eye out for future perfomances…” – Zoe Gorman, Feast of Music Last Thursday, LONGLEASH gave its New York debut performance with Trio Formations, a program investigating … Continue reading

Retour an Dich

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LONGLEASH had the honor of meeting and working with Beat Furrer on his piano trio, Retour an Dich, while he was in New York preparing his opera FAMA.  This was an important piece for the trio, as it was the first time … Continue reading

Pala Garcia

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  PALA GARCIA is a Bay Area native, completed BM and MM degrees at the Juilliard School, and an academy fellowship with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, whom she joined on multiple tours, subscription series, radio broadcasts, and recording projects … Continue reading

Die Fenster des Universums

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In 2011, Pala and I met Austrian composer/organist Klaus Lang at the IMPULS Festival in Graz, Austria, where I had the opportunity to work with the composer on rote asche for bass clarinet, saxophone, accordion, and cello. Written in 2009, … Continue reading

re-fraction: shadows/palimpsest 2

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The summer of 2013, was a busy one for LONGLEASH. While preparing for our inaugural season, we presented concerts at The Center for New Music in San Francisco, and Opera America in New York. Central to both of these programs … Continue reading

John Popham

John Popham, cello

Cellist John Popham is a chamber musician and teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. His playing has been described as “brilliant” and “virtuosic” (Kronen Zeitung), “warm but variegated”, and “finely polished” (The New York Times). Currently a member of Either/Or … Continue reading