Duo Unprepared

a percussionist with mallets and a pianist at a grand piano

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 7:30pm

  

 
 
Open to All at No Cost

About the performers

Duo Unprepared presents completely improvised concerts spanning a multitude of musical vocabularies and features prepared piano and percussion instruments from around the world. The group began when Roger Braun and Andre Gribou, working together in a wide variety of performance settings since 2000 (including classical, jazz, and world music), found they had an unusual chemistry performing completely improvised music. As their affinity for performing improvised music together grew, they began to collaborate with other artists including world- renown improvisational dancers, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser. Duo Unprepared has appeared on numerous concert series including Washington D.C.’s Dance Place performance series, the University of Michigan, Ohio University, Oberlin College, and Denison University. They also create live improvised scores to film, including Chaplin’s Modern Times, Dali’s Destino, and Coppola’s, Apocalypse Now. As Trio Unprepared, with percussionist Anthony DiSanza, they recently performed in a tour Wisconsin Universities and at the International Society for Improvised Music Conference, in Chateau d’Oex, Switzerland.

Each concert performance by Duo Unprepared is unique. All musical decisions are made in the moment, providing audiences with a thrilling opportunity to experience music as it is being created. Any musical style is possible in their performances, with influences from classical, contemporary, jazz, rock, and world traditions present in the musical dialogue. Audiences are drawn into the creative process as well, deciding when to applaud (or not) as the improvised pieces unfold.

The instrumentation of Duo Unprepared is vast. Andre Gribou performs on two pianos, sometimes simultaneously. One piano is prepared, as developed by John Cage and further explored by other composers, and provides the inspiration for the group’s name and unique sound. Roger Braun performs on a huge array of percussion instruments, including prepared vibraphone, drum set, marimba, boombakini, gongs, drums, melodica, musical saw, and numerous idiophones from around the world.

Free Masterclass

Duo Unprepared will present a free masterclass from 12-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 6 in PAC room 24. The masterclass is open to the public.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, there is no late seating or admission to events. Please contact the event organizer if you are unable to arrive on time.

 

For disability accommodations, please contact the department presenting the event. Disability access information is available online at Parking Services, and further resources can be found on Western's Disability Resources website.

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