Chicago based chamber ensemble Wrack will perform a new instrumental work, based on the fictional song lyrics peppered throughout Thomas Pynchon’s novels V., The Crying of Lot 49, and Gravity’s Rainbow, at the West Hollywood Library Council Chambers. They will be joined by Vinny Golia’s Saxophone Ensemble.

Sunday, July 28, 2013 7:30p 10p Performance 7p Doors
Council Chambers West Hollywood Library 625 North San Vicente Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90069


Chicago-based Wrack is both a chamber ensemble with a highly unusual instrumentation and a book of compositions tailor-made for the musical personalities of its members. While the compositions’ melodic and contrapuntal content is reminiscent of European classical modernism, the open structures, improvisational procedures and energetic performances are heavily indebted to the innovations of the African-American Creative Music tradition. Wrack is led by Kyle Bruckmann (oboe) and features Jason Stein (bass clarinet), Darren Johnston (trumpet), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Tim Daisy (drums), Jen Clare Paulson (viola), Anton Hatwich (bass).

There will be an opening performance by the Vinny Golia Saxophone Ensemble, which is Vinny Golia, Gavin Templeton and Jon Armstrong. The Vinny Golia Saxophone Ensemble consists of the basic, soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone configuration augmented with various extensions of the saxophone family. The ensemble’s size varies as does it’s focus on specific, neglected, or unexplored members of the saxophone family such as the Soprillo, Saxello, F Mezzo Soprano, G Soprano, Bass and Contrabass Saxophones.



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