Beacon based indie-classical chamber ensemble Madera Vox to appear in Newburgh, Sunday, October 14 @ 3:00 pm
“What on earth is a music ensemble made up of a bassoonist, an oboist, a pianist, a singer, and a percussionist? Pleasure. That’s what it is. Pleasure.”
– Uel Wade, ccscoop.com
Saturday, Oct 6: Chapel of Our Lady of Restoration, 45 Market St Cold Spring, NY 10516
5:30 pm Sunset Concert
Tickets available at the door.
Sunday, October 14: Newburgh Chamber Music Series, St. George’s Church, 105 Grand, Newburgh, NY 3:00 pm Concert
Tickets: $20/$5 students & youth
http://maderavox.brownpapertickets.com/ (Newburgh performance only)
Oboe, bassoon, piano, percussion and voice is an unusual configuration. At its core there is a classical foundation, but what is launched from there takes off into uncharted territory. The group’s distinctive sound comes from unexpected and often playful combinations of instruments and voice, coupled with an intelligent and highly entertaining mix of the best of high-brow and low-brow musical styles. A major influence for Madera Vox has been the music of the mid-twentieth century German-American composer Kurt Weill, who said: “I have never acknowledged the difference between ‘serious’ music and ‘light’ music. There is only good music and bad music.” A recent review went on to say that, “Madera Vox knows the difference.”
All of the members of Madera Vox have a foundation of conservatory-level classical music training. Over the years, oboist Keve Wilson, bassoonist Cornelia McGiver and pianist Sylvia Buccelli have pursued classical performing careers. They have played Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, New England Conservatory and many more; they can be heard on recordings from Albany, Parnassus, Narada and PBR Records, as well as on film soundtracks. Soprano Kelly Ellenwood has distinguished Broadway credentials (La Carlotta – Phantom of the Opera), and percussionist David Gluck has toured internationally as a jazz and rock drummer. He toured the globe as a founding member of Rhythm and Brass, with whom he has multiple recordings. Madera Vox is a collaborative synthesis of each member’s contributions, which in turn challenges each player’s versatility. The resulting musical alchemy is not your mother’s double reed based ensemble. It’s accessible, engaging, playful, insightful, and pure gold. Unusual instruments, unusual music, an unusual combination of players.
The indie-classical ensemble has performed extensively in the Northeast region (NY, CT, PA) and was invited to perform at the 2011 International Double Reed Society conference in Tempe, AZ. College residencies, private house concerts and full-scale public concerts are among the performance offerings for the ensemble. “Our music spans generations as well as genres,” quipped soprano and the “vox” of the group, Kelly Ellenwood. “Our repertoire has something for everyone, from Kurt Weill to Kurt Cobain.”
Formed in late 2007, Beacon, NY-based Madera Vox released their debut self-titled cd in September 2009. A sophomore recording is in the works now, and a holiday cd is planned for late-fall 2012. They are also currently working on a music-video project with filmmaker Sam Whedon, with the plan to incorporate the result into their live concerts, adding an exciting multi-media aspect to the group’s already entertaining regular performances. Also in their catalogue is a recording of their musical storytelling concert for kids, “Black Bear’s Hudson Valley Tale” with story and illustrations by Iza Trapani and original music by MV percussionist/arranger/composer David Gluck. See http://www.maderavox.org/children-art/ for more details on that project.