Past Events

Berlin: KM28, Sept 11

Departure Duo is in DEUTSCHLAND!!! We are playing on Sarah Saviet's excellently curated Sequence Series at KM28. Sarah Saviet (violin) and Joe Houston (piano) will each play a set before us, and we could not be more excited to hear them!

 

Program:

Katherine Balch, Phrases
John Aylward, Tiergarten
György Kurtág, Einige Sätze aus den Sudelbüchern Georg Christoph Lichtenbergs (excerpts)
Quentin Tschofen, . . . de este tiempo o desierto . . .

Wednesday, Sept 11

KM28 (Karl-Marx-Strasse 28, Berlin)

19:30 doors, 20:30 start

cash donation at the door

Boston House Concert! June 14

We celebrated summer by playing a private house concert in Jamaica Plain. Warm weather and high/low musical delights!

Friday, June 14

7pm

Departure Duo w/ Callithumpian Consort, April 18 (Brown Hall, NEC)

We head back to our alma mater, New England Conservatory, to play in a concert with the great Callithumpian Consort! We are very excited to play with all the members of this excellent ensemble. Swing by to see Departure Duo in a whole new context!

Program

The Sleepers (world premiere) - Todd Seeber

Sept Crimes de l'Amour - Georges Aperghis

Thursday, April 18

Brown Hall, New England Conservatory

7:30pm

Recital at Clark University, April 7

We gave a recital of some of our repertoire (new and old favorites) at Clark University. We are very grateful to John Aylward for having us back again!

Program

Tiergarten - John Aylward

Seer/Seen - Jesse Diener-Bennett

yes I said yes I will Yes - Amy Beth Kirsten

Family Recipe for Biscuits - Sarah Gibson

Immensity Of  - Emily Praetorius

Sunday, April 7

Razzo Hall at the Traina Center for the Arts, Clark University, Worcester

3pm

New School of Music (Cambridge) March 25

What is better than a high/low duo concert....A DOUBLE HIGH/LOW DUO CONCERT!

We are excited to share the stage with our friends Pushback, a soprano (Ally Smither) and bassoon (Ben Roidl-Ward) duo. We will premiere our most recent round of commissions (30 by '30, here we come!) which includes pieces by Emily Praetorius, Jesse Diener-Bennett, and Adam Kennaugh. 

 

Monday, March 25

8:00pm

New School of Music, 25 Lowell St, Cambridge

$10/door

Scholes Street Studio (Brooklyn), March 24

What is better than a high/low duo concert....A DOUBLE HIGH/LOW DUO CONCERT!

We are excited to share the stage with our friends Pushback, a soprano (Ally Smither) and bassoon (Ben Roidl-Ward) duo. We will premiere our most recent round of commissions (30 by '30, here we come!) which includes pieces by Emily Praetorius, Jesse Diener-Bennett, and Adam Kennaugh. 

 

Sunday, March 24

7:00pm

Scholes Street Studio, 375 Lorimer St, Brooklyn

$10/door

Rock Hall at Temple University (Philadelphia), March 23

What is better than a high/low duo concert....A DOUBLE HIGH/LOW DUO CONCERT!

We are excited to share the stage with our friends Pushback, a soprano (Ally Smither) and bassoon (Ben Roidl-Ward) duo. We will premiere our most recent round of commissions (30 by '30, here we come!) which includes pieces by Emily Praetorius, Jesse Diener-Bennett, and Adam Kennaugh. 

 

Saturday, March 23

7:30pm

Rock Hall at Temple University

free entry! 

Yellow Barn Artist Residency March 11-21

We have a residency at Yellow Barn!!!! We worked on our next round of premieres as part of 30 by '30. 

Our residency included an educational concert at the Greenwood School and a final presentation house concert. 

Oh My Ears! Feb 2

Departure Duo is excited to play at Oh My Ears 2019 (our first show in Arizona whooo!!). We are presenting a concert of half Departure Duo commissions and half pre-existing pieces. 

The program:

Tiergarten - John Aylward

emojicons - Emily Koh

yes I said yes I will Yes - Amy Beth Kirsten

Family Recipe for Biscuits - Sarah Gibson

https://www.facebook.com/events/2014442475270620/

Saturday, February 2

5pm

Eric Fischl Gallery at Phoenix College

Day passes/individual tickets available on the OME website

House Concert (San Diego) Jan 30

We are very grateful to Celeste Oram for hosting us in her house concert series. We'll be splitting the bill with Keir GoGwilt and Kyle Motl, who will be playing a set of improvised music. Looking forward to sharing chamber music in a cozy chamber!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2214011572152202/

3849 Eagle St, San Diego

7pm

donations graciously accepted

Craft in America: Window Concert, Jan 26

Departure Duo is thrilled to be hosted by  Craft in America as part of their Window Concert series.

"If you can bare the trouth": Narratives from the world of soprano and double bass 
This program explores narratives, storytelling, and their roots in a varied program of Departure Duo commissions alongside preexisting works. With works by Sarah Gibson, John Liberatore, Amy Beth Kirsten, John Aylward, Emily Koh, and David Smooke, this program examines the stories we tell and the methods we use to tell them. With literary sources as varied as Joyce, Rilke, Timothy Dexter, and emojis, this program promises a diverse look into the world of soprano and double bass

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Saturday, January 26

19h

free entry!

8415 West Third Street, Los Angeles

Westridge School (Pasadena), Jan 25

We are playing an educational lecture concert at the wonderful Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena. 

2pm

PAC (Performing Arts Center), Westridge

The Red Room (Baltimore), Oct 21

Our first concert in Baltimore!!! We are very grateful to High Zero Foundation for hosting us at the Red Room. 

Program shared with the amazing Bonnie Lander and John Dierker!!

Sunday, October 21

The Red Room at Normals Books and Records, 425 E 31st Street, Baltimore

Scholes Street Studio, Oct 19

Departure Duo comes back to the Big Apple! 

 

Program:

All Are Welcome Here - David Smooke

Declining - John Kennedy

emojicons - Emily Koh

the keeper of sheep  - Alex Jang

Tiergarten* - John Aylward

Family Recipe for Biscuits - Sarah Gibson

*premiere

Friday, October 19

Scholes Street Studio, Brooklyn

Her Voice (NY), Oct 18

We are proud to be featured in this concert of vocal music composed by and for women. Curated by Anna Heflin.

Program

Phrases - Katherine Balch

emojicons - Emily Koh

Thursday, October 18

Greenpoint Gallery, 390 McGuinness Blvd, NY

7:30pm, $12/door

Radio Bean (Burlington), Oct 16

We are thrilled to share our high/low world with wonderful Burlington!

Program:

All Are Welcome Here - David Smooke

Phrases - Katherine Balch

emojicons - Emily Koh

Tiergarten - John Aylward

excerpts from Einige Sätze aus den Sudelbüchern Georg Christoph Lichtenbergs - György Kurtág

Outpost 186 (Cambridge), Oct 15

Wonderful new and slightly older pieces for soprano and double bass! We are very excited to put these pieces in conversation with each other.

Program:

All Are Welcome Here - David Smooke

Declining - John Kennedy

emojicons - Emily Koh

the keeper of sheep  - Alex Jang

Tiergarten* - John Aylward

Family Recipe for Biscuits - Sarah Gibson

*world premiere

Monday, October 15

Outpost 186, 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Cambridge

Spoleto Festival USA: Music In Time | Departure Duo

We are THRILLED to be performing at Spoleto Festival USA in beautiful Charleston, SC. We'll be performing as part of the Music In Time series directed and hosted by John Kennedy. For tickets and more info, please view the event on the Spoleto Festival USA website. Tickets are available beginning Monday, January 22, 2018 at 10 AM.

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From SFUSA Website: 

In an unusual pairing of register extremes (high and low), soprano Nina Guo and bassist Edward Kass explore “meeting in the middle” and ask the audience to consider “in-betweenness” in all its forms. “In-betweenness” ranges from the haze between reality and memory in Beat Furrer’s haunting Lotófagos to humanity’s symbiotic yet tenuous relationship with technology in Talia Amar’s Deus Ex Machina. In her setting of Molly Brown’s soliloquy from Joyce’s Ulysses, Amy Beth Kirsten looks at the tension between our public and private selves, while works by Katie Balch and John Kennedy ponder what exists between the meaning and sounds of words. David Smooke’s setting of the phrase “all are welcome here” in 16 languages reminds us that “here” is relative.

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June 4

5pm

Woolfe Street Playhouse

34 Woolfe Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Ticket available through Spoleto Festival USA

Scholes Street Studio

...somewhere else

World premieres, Boston premieres, Departure premieres! So many new things! 

This program will feature new works by Joseph BozichDan Lewis, and Quentin Tschofen, and pre-existing pieces by Katherine Balch and Amy Beth Kirsten. The title of our program comes from a consideration of spaces; what are the other spaces we create in our minds? How can we be with someone yet somewhere else? 

April 13

8pm

Scholes Street Studio

Brooklyn, NY

Outpost 186

...somewhere else

World premieres, Boston premieres, Departure premieres! So many new things! 

This program will feature new works by Joseph BozichDan Lewis, and Quentin Tschofen, and pre-existing pieces by Katherine Balch and Amy Beth Kirsten. The title of our program comes from a consideration of spaces; what are the other spaces we create in our minds? How can we be with someone yet somewhere else? 

April 12

8pm

Outpost 186

Inman Square, Cambridge

Residency at University of Georgia, Athens

We are eternally grateful to Emily Koh for inviting us to UGA. We'll be working with composition students on how to write for soprano+double bass, and we'll give masterclasses to performance students on new music performance strategies. Of course, we will also play a concert of our own and premiere a new piece by Emily. 

So excited, y'all!!

Concert on March 29 at 5pm in Edge Recital Hall

March 28-30, 2018

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

NO HAY BANDA (Montreal)

Our first international concert! Many thanks to Noam Bierstone and NO HAY BANDA for hosting us on a concert in Montreal.

BRRRRRRR...it was COLD!

NEC 150

Departure was selected to play at New England Conservatory in celebration of NEC's 150th anniversary and new building opening. We are honored to be considered representative of NEC's musicianship. 

Columbia Maison Française

We played Katie Balch's beautiful "Phrases" (text by the inimitable Rimbaud) at Columbia Maison Française. 

skewed acuity: words of warped reality

We took a program of old and new favorites to NYC (and of course there's a theme to go with it). 

Our program featured pieces whose texts play on the idea of perception. From the pithy musings of 18th century eccentrics (yes, a pair of them!) to Jose Angel Valente's, all words highlight differences in what reality is and can be. We find ourselves less interested in the subject matter and more fascinated by what it reveals about the author.

Program to include:

"Lotófagos" by Beat Furrer

"Fire and Ice" by Fred Lerdahl

"Deus ex machina" by Talia Amar

"Plain truths from Timothy Dexter" by John Liberatore

"Einige Sätze aus den Sudelbüchern Georg Christoph Lichtenbergs" by György Kurtág

skewed acuity: words of warped reality

Our program featured pieces whose texts play on the idea of perception (that's the theme!). From the pithy musings of 18th century eccentrics (yes, a pair of them!) to Jose Angel Valente's, all words highlight differences in what reality is and can be. We find ourselves less interested in the subject matter and more fascinated by what it reveals about the author. Nina and Eddie each played a solo piece on this program.

Program to include:

"Phrases" by Katherine Balch

"Plain truths from Timothy Dexter" by John Liberatore

"Einige Sätze aus den Sudelbüchern Georg Christoph Lichtenbergs" by György Kurtág

Sop + Bass + ACCESSORIES! @Center for New Music (San Francisco)

Departure returns to C4NM to present an eclectic program of soprano and double bass music with accessories! With pieces featuring toy piano, jingle bells, musical saw, iPhone, and more, this concert showcases the recent trend of accessorizing the soprano and double bass combo. The program features composers such as Katherine Balch, Beat Furrer, Talia Amar, and Stephen Dembski.

Sop + Bass + ACCESSORIES! @Art Share L.A.

Continuing our summer tour, Departure returns to Art Share L.A. to present an eclectic program of soprano and double bass music with accessories! With pieces featuring toy piano, jingle bells, musical saw, iPhone, and more, this concert showcases the recent trend of accessorizing the soprano and double bass combo. The program features composers such as Katherine Balch, Beat Furrer, Talia Amar, and Stephen Dembski.

Omaha Under the Radar

With the music by Kurtág, Balch, and Furrer, Departure is excited to appear in Omaha's experimental performance festival, Omaha Under the Radar!! 

Our program is shared with Liz Pearse and New Chamber Ballet.

high / low / hit at Spectrum (NYC)

a concert of permutations for soprano, double bass, and percussion

Departure and Mike Jones hit the road with some new music. Same program as in Cambridge!

high / low / hit (Boston & Hartford)

a concert of permutations for soprano, double bass, and percussion

Departure invites percussionist Mike Jones in an evening of new music for soprano, double bass, and percussion. The program includes works by Agusti Charles, Katherine Balch, Jesse Diener-Bennett, Kaija Saariaho, and Francois Sarhan.

pretty high, pretty low at Gallery 263

Departure presented a concert of beautiful new music, including Dembski's "Pied Beauty" and Talia Amar's "Deus ex Machina" at Gallery 263 in Cambridgeport, MA. 

Dedications and Departure at the Lilypad

Departure joins percussionist Julian Loida for an shared evening of new music. Julian Loida's "Recital of Dedications" explores the juxtaposition of speech, visual media, and music. Departure's set included Furrer's "Lotofagos" and Lerdahl's "Fire and Ice" among others from the soprano/double bass repertoire. We three collaborated on a Crumb's "Madrigals: Book 1."

Music for Food Outreach

Departure performed at the Conservatory at Highlands in conjunction with Music for Food, a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief. All proceeds go to Centre Street Food Pantry.

Art Share L.A. (Los Angeles)

Art Share L.A. was the second stop in our (mini) California tour. Our program included works by Furrer, Balch, and Jaeger.

Center for New Music (San Francisco)

Curated by Kyle Bruckmann, our program included pieces by Furrer, Balch, and Jaeger. 

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Departure Duo in Charleston, South Carolina...moments after our Spoleto festival USA recital!!

Poster from our 2019 spring tour with Pushback Collective!

Working with student composers at UGA. Photo by Emily Koh.