Ricochet Duoʼs Wired! is a concert program for piano and marimba mixed with an electroacoustic element and brings works by a wide-range of composers together to explore the crossover between classical and contemporary styles, emphasizing rhythm and the interlocking of piano and marimba sounds. The Duo will perform works by ten composers from around the globe including Joshua Clausen, Paul Elwood, Marc Mellits, Steve Reich, John Psathas, Teresa Procaccini, Hilary Tann, Alejandro Viñao, Takashi Yoshimatsu, and Martin Wesley-Smith. Wired! is best described as electric and eclectic.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowshipʼs Palmer Street venue (located at 4 Palmer St, in Plattsburgh, NY), a local favorite known for bringing talented acts to audiences with a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere, is host to the Ricochet Duo program. Tickets are $10 per person and available at the door. For questions and further information, please call (518) 578-2081. A meet and greet with the artists will follow the performance.
Sunday • November 6th 2016 • 4:00 pm
Tickets: $10 per person, at the door
About Ricochet Duo
Pianist Rose Chancler and percussionist Jane Boxall joined forces to form Ricochet Duo in 2008 after Rose advertised on Craigslist: “Seeking classical musicians for collaboration.” Shortly after Jane moved to Vermont from Illinois, they began their collaboration as Ricochet Duo with a concert on the Piano by Nature series in upstate New York. Since then, the piano and marimba duo has been actively performing throughout the United States with highlights at Indiana University Pennsylvania, Vermontʼs Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the Chautauqua Institution, Augsburg College, Union College, Schenectadyʼs Proctorʼs Theatre, Eastman School of Music, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Plattsburgh State University (NY), and the Summer Events at Salisbury Congregational UCC in Vermont. Ricochet Duo is one of nine music and dance ensembles that was selected to the 2014-2015 New York State Artist Roster. Dedicated to celebrating the music of the 21st century, Ricochet Duo actively promotes the works of living composers.
In 2009, Ricochet Duo was awarded a New York Women Composerʼs grant and performed three new works from female composers Rain Worthington (On Curious Reflection), Joelle Wallach (Sticky Grimaces, Toothy Grins) and Faye-Ellen Silverman (Pas de Deux). Ricochet has also cultivated a working relationship with composer Marc Mellits, performing his Tight Sweater Remix and Postcards of Dreadlock. For its Woodswoman Project—a multimedia program which pays tribute to the late Adirondack conservationist, self-proclaimed Woodswoman, author, and friend Anne LaBastille— Ricochet Duo commissioned three new works from composers Hilary Tann (Solstice), Bill Pfaff (Lichen), and Doug Opel (Playtime with Elvis and Krispy).This program was premiered at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in August 2014. Ricochet Duo has crafted multiple programs ranging from a program of music by women composers to a broad selection of ragtime and tango music featuring works by Stravinsky, Piazzolla, Milhaud and George Hamilton Green alongside the contemporary composition El Punto, written for Ricochet Duo by Argentine composer Lucas Guinot. The electroacoustic Wired! program is being developed for touring alongside interactive community residency programs. Learn more at RicochetDuo.com.
About Jane Boxall
Jane Boxall is an adventurous percussionist, working across diverse musical genres. She focuses on both rock drumming and art-music marimba, touring and recording as a soloist, collaborator and session player. Jane has performed in concert halls, art galleries, cafes, castles, kindergartens, hospitals, universities, forests and festivals from Rome to San Francisco, and Manhattan to France. With pianist Rose Chancler, Jane is a founding member of Ricochet Duo. In 2011 Jane co-founded the non-profit music camp Girls Rock Vermont. Janeʼs compositions for percussion ensemble are widely performed from Texas to Hong Kong; her studio recordings have received radio airplay across the United States, on the BBC and Dutch radio stations Concertzender and Radio Mona Lisa. Janeʼs recordings of Nancy Van de Vateʼs marimba compositions are released on the Naxos label. Jane has shared stages and bills with Bradford Reed, Sheesham&Lotus, Vernon Reid, Myra Flynn, Gregory Douglass, The Life and Times, Brzowski, Cage, The Slackers, Les de Merle and Danny Seraphine. Jane has appeared with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, Prairie Ensemble and the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble. In 2012, Jane premiered Garry Jonesʼs Concerto for Park Bench and Orchestra with the Event In A Tent Festival Orchestra – “Iʼve never heard a park bench played so passionately,” stated the composer.
Jane is one of a very limited number of marimba artists worldwide to have developed an 8- mallet technique. Her 2012 album, Zero to Eight Mallets, has been enduringly popular with percussionists and non-percussionists alike. An album review in the Percussive Arts Societyʼs magazine Percussive Notes stated: “Jane Boxallʼs CD is an eclectic mix of 100 yearsʼ worth of music masterfully performed on marimba…Throughout the recording, Boxallʼs performance is consistently excellent.” Of the 0-8 mallet concert program, composer and percussionist Brian Johnson opined: “it is highly interesting, entertaining and intelligent.” Jane is deeply committed to the development of art music for percussion, and continues to seek and create innovative and adventurous programs. In 2013, Jane was the recipient of a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation, which enabled her to undertake the inaugural “Portable Percussionist” tour on foot from Canada to Massachusetts. Jane commissioned local composers to write “portable” concert pieces then hiked the Long Trail through the state of Vermont, stopping along the way to perform solo percussion recitals. Composer Dennis Bathory-Kitsz commented: “Jane Boxall’s Portable Percussionist was a brilliant presentation. She held the audience spellbound with the simplest of materials — rocks, sticks, pots, and even the zippers on her pack. One composition student later said, ʻMy mind was completely blown. I have to re-think everything about composingʼ.” Jane tours internationally as a concert artist, session drummer and clinician. Jane plays and endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Coe Percussion marimbas and District Drum Company snare drums. Born in England and raised in Scotland, Jane completed her BA and MA in Music at the University of York (UK), and Doctorate in Percussion Performance at the University of Illinois (USA).
About Rose Chancler
An active and wide-ranging pianist, Rose Chancler has given hundreds of concerts in over twenty-five American states and performed internationally. Rose frequently performs and records as a soloist and collaborative artist, while maintaining a lively teaching practice. Roseʼs collaborative ensemble with marimbist Jane Boxall, Ricochet Duo, performs regularly throughout the United State with concert highlights including Indiana University Pennsylvania, Vermontʼs Flynn Center, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Proctorʼs Theatre, the Chautauqua Institution, Eastman School of Music, and a Manhattan showcase for the NYS Presenters Network.
Rose has also enjoyed a long collaborative association with virtuoso double bassist Volkan Orhon, resulting in two highly-acclaimed CD releases of violin and cello masterworks on the Centaur label. Rose has performed with Volkan on BassEurope recitals in Prague, the Friends of Chamber Music series in Tucson, Concert Artists Guild in Pittsburgh, a spotlight concert at the American String Teachers Association Louisville, KY convention, and numerous International String Bass conventions in Fort Collins, CO, San Francisco, CA, Oklahoma City, OK, and Penn State University in State College,PA. Closer to home, Rose enjoys concertizing as a member of Metamusic with SUNY Plattsburgh faculty members Dan Gordon (saxophone) and Marilyn Reynolds (violin), focusing on regional concerts which present well-written, unusual compositions for trio. Rose’s additional chamber-music performance experience includes recitals with internationally-known artists Linda Rosenthal,Jeffrey Solow, Harvey Pittel, Carol Wincenc, and Broadwayʼs George Hearn. Currently, Rose is focused on performing chamber music and presenting concerts in the Adirondack Park as a founding member and Artistic Director of the dynamic series Piano by Nature in Elizabethtown, NY. Rose has held teaching positions at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Baylor University School of Music, and the University of Iowa School of Music. She has been a faculty accompanist and coach at the Chautauqua Institution for many years, and also worked at the acclaimed Meadowmount School of Music. She has served on the faculty of SUNY Plattsburgh and now maintains a private studio in Westport, NY. Rose holds a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music.