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Aperio Presents Indie-A-Go-Go

Houston ensemble Aperio: Music of the Americas continues its exploration of chamber music by contemporary composers from the Americas with a performance Saturday evening (Jan. 25th) at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall titled “Indie-A-Go-Go” featuring American classical works influenced by the likes of Van Halen and Radiohead.



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Subtitled “Vibrant Alternative American Works,” the concert presents a program of music that examines the interplay between contemporary classical composition and rock music.

Featured composers include:

  • D.J. Sparr (composer-in-residence with the California Symphony), whose piece “The Glam Seduction” for violin, cello, piano, flute, bass clarinet and percussion, was inspired by a guitar riff by Eddie Van Halen.
  • Michael Torke, whose “Yellow Pages,” for flute, violin, cello and piano, uses the opening chords of the Van Halen song “Jump” as its starting point.
  • Radiohead and Christopher O’Riley.  The concert pianist/From the Top host released two CDs of his piano transcriptions of Radiohead songs.  Brendan Kinsella will play Subterranean Homesick Alien, Karma Police, and  Airbag.
  • Carter Pann, who teaches composition and theory at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  His Piano Trio No. 1 will be performed by Kirsten Yon, violin; Daniel saenz, cello; and Brendan Kinsella, piano.

In November 2011, Aperio presented a concert with a similar theme to “Indie-A-Go-Go.”  “On Vibrate” examined “pop and post-minimalism in American music” and included works by Michael Torke and Carter Pann along with John Adams and Kevin Puts.

As a preview to “On Vibrate,” Aperio artistic director, pianist Michael Zuraw, violinist Kana Kimura and cellist Daniel Saenz, came into Classical 91.7’s Geary Performance Studio and played music by Carter Pann and John Adams.  You can listen to that performance session on this page.

Aperio presents “Indie-A-Go-Go: Vibrant Alternative American Works,” at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall,  Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 8:00 PM.  There’s full information on the Aperio website.