tags: Dan VanHassel

Incomparable Contrivances

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

MATA closes its festival with Talea Ensemble in an evening of percussion-rich works that explore technology, machines, and resonances. Dan VanHassel’s Ghost in the Machine, gives voice to the natural by dismantling the apparatus of logic and allowing percussion to sound without performers. Irish composer Ann Cleare’s new MATA-Commissioned percussion mini-concerto, explores the resonant qualities of a handmade sculpture. Monoliths are made audible in the sonic walls of Sam Pluta’s three-percussion concerto in binary: Machine Language, and curves sound in Davor-Branimir Vincze’s shape-shifting Inflection Point with its surprising midpoint. From Israel comes Ofir Klemperer’s A Love Song: a punk-inspired challenge to the limitations of instrumental sound. Finally, Matthias Kranebitter’s packthebox(withfivedozenofmyliquorjugs) attempts to make a pangram audible.

Dan VanHassel (USA): Ghost in the Machine (2013), NYP
Davor Branimir Vincze (Croatia): Inflection Point (2011-13), AP
Matthias Kranebitter (Austria): packthebox(withfivedozenofmyliquorjugs) (2013), NYP
Ofir Klemperer (Israel): A Love Song (2007) AP
Ann Cleare (Ireland): TBD (2015), WP – Festival Commission

Incomparable Contrivances

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

MATA closes its festival with Talea Ensemble in an evening of percussion-rich works that explore technology, machines, and resonances. Dan VanHassel’s Ghost in the Machine, gives voice to the natural by dismantling the apparatus of logic and allowing percussion to sound without performers. Irish composer Ann Cleare’s new MATA-Commissioned percussion mini-concerto, explores the resonant qualities of a handmade sculpture. Monoliths are made audible in the sonic walls of Sam Pluta’s three-percussion concerto in binary: Machine Language, and curves sound in Davor Branimir Vincze’s shape-shifting Inflection Point with its surprising midpoint. From Israel comes Ofir Klemperer’s A Love Song: a punk-inspired challenge to the limitations of instrumental sound. Finally, Matthias Kranebitter’s packthebox(withfivedozenofmyliquorjugs) attempts to make a pangram audible.

Dan VanHassel (USA): Ghost in the Machine (2013), NYP
Sam Pluta (USA): Machine Language (2012)
Davor Branimir Vincze (Croatia): Inflection Point (2011-13), AP
Matthias Kranebitter (Austria): packthebox(withfivedozenofmyliquorjugs) (2013), NYP
Ofir Klemperer (Israel): A Love Song (2007) AP
Ann Cleare (Ireland): TBD (2015), WP – Festival Commission

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Dan VanHassel

Friday, February 27th, 2015

DanVanHassel

Dan VanHassel (b. 1981) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ranging from harsh walls of noise to sensuous harmonies, his music creates a quirky and evocative sound world drawing from his experience in rock, Indonesian gamelan, free improvisation, and the Western classical tradition. Many of his works extend the capabilities of traditional instruments through the use of custom-designed interactive electronics. Recent commissions include the Shanghai Conservatory Electronic Music Week, Santa Barbara’s Now Hear Ensemble, the Dinosaur Annex ensemble in Boston, and Splinter Reeds in San Francisco. His works regularly appear at concerts and festivals throughout the world, including the MATA Festival, UC Davis Music and Words Festival, the International Computer Music Conference, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the Wellesley Composers Conference, June in Buffalo, the Music11 Festival, and the SEAMUS National Conference. Soloists and groups that have performed his work include: pianist Gloria Cheng, Talea Ensemble, Empyrean Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Red Fish Blue Fish, Ensemble SurPlus, pianist Keith Kirchoff, Ignition Duo, bassoonist Dana Jessen, and percussionist Joseph VanHassel. Active as a performer and improviser on piano and electric guitar, Dan is co-founder and artistic director of the Wild Rumpus new music ensemble. He has studied composition at the University of California at Berkeley, New England Conservatory, and Carnegie Mellon University.