Reimagine Monday nights with Omaha Chamber Music Society, KANEKO and Eko Nova Series Omaha, Nebraska: The Omaha Chamber Music Society and KANEKO are announcing Season Five of their new music series, Eko Nova, featuring three concerts of 20 th and 21 st century works performed amidst KANEKO’s stunning art exhibitions. The first performance, “Omaha Percussion Group” takes place on Monday, August 26th , at 7 p.m. at KANEKO.
Eko Nova concerts combine an opportunity to experience incredible, contemporary music performed live while exploring KANEKO ‘after-hours’. Each program is framed by KANEKO’s current exhibit, making even the most traditional of musical works fresh for the listener – and Omaha Percussion Group’s performance will be anything but traditional.
Local musicians Jason Domonkos, Spencer Jones, Tomm Roland, and Scott Shinbara have taken their trajectory from classical percussion to contemporary and will perform works that exemplify non- Western, pop, and electronic music, as well as use traditional instruments in non-traditional ways. Paul Lansky, composer of Threads, the core piece on the program, explains that “the aim is to highlight the wide range of qualities that percussion instruments are capable of, from lyrical and tender to forceful and aggressive.”
With a mission to perform works written in the 21 st century and by living composers, Eko Nova has the advantage of always introducing audiences to something totally new. Additionally, living composers can greatly contribute to the performance by writing explicitly about the work, elevating the performance for musicians and audience members alike. Mark Applebaum’s Aphasia, to be performed on August 26th, revolves around the “absurdity that seems to be the consequence of tedious, obsessive attention to ridiculous things.” With score directions that include “give me the money” and “Post-it Notes”, Aphasia will redefine what music for percussion is ‘supposed’ to be.
Season Five of Eko Nova will continue on February 10th with local favorites Quince, an all-female, new music vocal ensemble, and conclude on April 20th with “Native Flute,” a program curated by professional native flute player Ron Warren and featuring pianist Paul Barnes.
Tickets and more information can be found at: https://thekaneko.org/programs/eko-nova-omaha-percussion-group/
About the Omaha Chamber Music Society
The Omaha Chamber Music Society is a nonprofit organization that organizes and performs multiple classical music and chamber music series around the Omaha community. We have partnerships with UNMC, KANEKO, Gallery 1516, the Omaha Conservatory, the Josie Harper Hospice House, and Omaha Public Schools, and our work goes beyond performance to education and service.
KANEKO is a non-profit arts and cultural organization dedicated to exploring and encouraging the creative process and how it impacts our lives. Established by internationally renowned sculptor Jun Kaneko and his wife, Ree, KANEKO was conceived of as “open space for your mind,” a place where thoughtful examination of others’ ideas through exhibitions and public programs leads us to new and exciting ideas of our own. For more information about KANEKO, please visit thekaneko.org.