Bassoonist Pascal Gallois engaged the Philadelphia community in a series of three events on October 30th and 31st of 2008 at the Boyer College of Music, Temple University. Pascal Gallois began his visit with a concert of music by contemporary composers from around the world. Pianist Charles Abramovic also performed on the program, which included challenging repertoire by composers: Olga Neuwirth, Phillippe Hersant, Yoshihisa Taira, Gyorgy Kurtag, and Bruno Mantovani. The feature presentation was Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XII for bassoon, a landmark composition for the instrument. The concert, filmed by WHYY for their On Canvas television series, was broadcast April 1, 5, and June 10, 14 on TV12 and the Y Arts channel. Watch the concert and interview on the WHYY website
The second event of SoundExchange 2008 was a master class for the bassoon. Mr. Gallois covered advanced techniques in great detail including demonstrations of alternate fingerings, embrochure, and circular breathing to list only a few. Musicality on the instrument was stressed and the techniques were revealed to allow greater freedom and flexibility in the performance of music both old and new. Overall the master class was useful for both composers and performers.
The third and final event was a recital of compositions for solo bassoon and various combinations of flute, piano, and cello. Area composers were invited to apply for the opportunity in the spring of 2008. Nine composers were selected to have their music performed: Julia Alford-Fowler, David Carpenter, Paul Epstein, Joseph Hallman, Chuck Holdeman, Heidi Jacob, Emiliano Pardo-Tristan, Melissa Pausina, and Geoffrey Peterson. Cynthia Folio (flute), Charles Abramovic (piano), and Jason Calloway (cello) joined Pascal Gallois in the performance, which took place on October 31st. This recital of music by Philadelphia Chapter members can now be heard on the New Music Philadelphia