Faster Than That
Their first full length release in seven years, faster than that captures the rhythmic energy and melodic twists of composer/violinist Robin Cox and the two percussionists, bass clarinetist, and cellist of the ensemble. Three renowned guest artists also join the group as soloists, violinist Todd Reynolds of Bang on a Can, Steve Reich Ensemble, and the Silk Road Project, Grammy-nominated and Van Cliburn Competition finalist pianist Andrew Russo, and Cold Blue recording artist percussionist Scott Deal. Ensemble members: Robin Cox -violin Erik Leckrone -percussion Eric Mellencamp -percussion Maggie Parkins -cello Marty Walker -clarinets Since 1999 this new music group with a one-of-a-kind instrumentation has held over 150 performances, released three critically acclaimed CD recordings, and been broadcast over 80 radio stations. In addition to Cox's own music, this "post-classical" quintet performs music by composers as diverse as John Luther Adams, Michael Gordon, Steve Reich, Evan Ziporyn, and incorporates amplification, electronic sound, and video. Recent commissions and concerts have included performers/composers such as Todd Reynolds, Andrew Russo, Sarah Cahill, Eve Beglarian, the Common Sense Composers Collective, Pamela Z, Amy X Neuburg, Brad Dutz, Art Jarvinen, Scott Deal, Carolyn Bremer, Bill Ryan, Alan Terricciano, Leslie Hogan, and Ryan Brown in cities across the US. Ensemble members have a history of dedication to contemporary music, with affiliations including the California Ear Unit, the Eclipse Quartet, and the Los Angeles Percussion Collective. 'impressive...a refreshingly diverse new musical encounter' -Los Angeles Times "the music is smart, but also warm to the ears" -Santa Barbara Independent 'Local Heroes" ...'Outstanding Classical Ensemble/Artist Nominee' -Los Angeles Weekly.