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SCL Exotic Flavors Seminar-Many Axes

Event: SCL Exotic Flavors Seminar-Many Axes
Date: October 16, 2003
Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Professional Musicians Local 47 Hall (AFM)

THE SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS & LYRICISTS presents the continuing Seminar Series EXOTIC FLAVORS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO WRITING FOR ETHNIC INSTRUMENTS featuring the group "MANY AXES" with Susan Rawcliffe, Scott Wilkinson, and Brad Dutz

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2003, 7:30 p.m. Professional Musicians Local 47 Hall (AFM) 817 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90038

The primary focus of Many Axes is exploring the sonic potential of unusual instruments. Sonic structures emerge from spontaneous musical communication among the members of the group; almost nothing is written down or planned, other than the combination of instruments. The players make improvised musical statements, listen to each other, and respond with new ideas, almost like a conversation. Unlike a verbal conversation, however, the participants can "speak" simultaneously, weaving a surprisingly coherent musical web.

The name of the group reflects the fact that each member plays many different instruments from all over the world. This diversity of instrumentation allows them to explore a wide range of soundscapes and moods with only three performers.

Many of the wind instruments played by Many Axes are designed and fashioned out of clay by Susan Rawcliffe, who has made a lifelong study of ceramics and musical traditions from around the world, especially pre-Columbian Mesoamerica; she is also a master didgeridoo player. This love of world music is shared by Scott Wilkinson, who also plays an extensive variety of winds, and Brad Dutz, who has collected myriad percussion instruments from many different cultures. The group mixes and matches all of these influences to create a unique blend of sounds.

"The intelligence and awareness of all three players yields a surfeit of satisfying sonic blends, each one fresh and new." Ñ Bart Hopkins, Experimental Musical Instruments

Join us for an exciting evening with these wonderful performers and discover new instruments and new sounds. Learn how to incorporate traditional and handmade instruments into eclectic sonic environments that make for a very original approach to scoring.

FREE to members of the SCL / $15 - Non-Members / $10 - Students with valid IDs

FOR RESERVATIONS, please call the SCL at (310) 281-2812, ext 2.

The SCL gratefully acknowledges the continuing support of ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC.

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