Bent Duo is the name of a two-man ensemble that explores chamber music for piano and percussion. Performers Bill Solomon and David Friend join forces to present contemporary classics for this instrumentation, to work with emerging composers on new works, and to investigate new ways of presenting chamber music. They enjoy playing together and their knowledge and enthusiasm for their instruments in relation to the repertoire makes the performance both enjoyable and educational.
Come to the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall for a concert presented by Bent Duo on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3 p.m. All tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the box office the day of the performance beginning one hour before the performance or online here plus a $2.50 service charge for each online ticket; and free for all students. Free student admission is available only at the box office.
Composers featured on this program include legends of the twentieth century including Steve Reich, Henry Cowell, and Arvo Pärt; up-and-coming young composers from the USA and abroad Hannah Lash, Ted Hearne, Mayke Nas, and Scott Wollschleger, as well as a new arrangement of piano music by SUNY Orange’s music professor, Chris Parker.
In addition, Solomon and Friend will give a master class on Friday, February 9 starting at 11 a.m. in Orange Hall Room 23 entitled Bent Duo: Music Outside the Box. The class is free and open to the public.
Bill Solomon received his DMA from The Hartt School, the performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford. David Friend holds a BM and MM from Manhattan School of Music and is all but a dissertation away from his DMA from Cornell University.
Based in New York City, Solomon and Friend are especially well-known for their performances of contemporary repertoire. They are also an interesting reflection of each other. Bill Solomon is a professional percussionist who seriously studied the piano, while David Friend is a professional pianist who seriously studied percussion. The interesting overlap of their training and the natural commonalities between keyboard instruments and the percussion batterie serve as a jumping-off point for Bent Duo to not only champion the existing repertoire for the underserved instrumentation of the piano-percussion duo, but also to reexamine the conventions of writing and performing chamber music for these instruments. Friend has played at SUNY Orange on three other occasions.