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The original cast iron that adorned the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Troy, NY).
Photo: Andrea Reinkemeyer (All rights reserved.)

Wrought Iron
for Flute & Percussion
Andrea Reinkemeyer (Bangkok, Thailand - 2012)
Commissioned by and dedicated to the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra

Instrumentation:

Flute
Percussion (Vibraphone, Bongos, Tambourine, China Cymbal, Splash Cymbal, Triangle)

Purchase Score & Parts:

Purchase Recording

Review:

VARIETY SHOW • A/B Duo • AEROCADE 005 (61:41)
By Marc Medwin, FANFARE MAGAZINE (40:4)
". . . If all of this sounds too far afield of the classical music mainstream, take heart, as there’s even some of what Frank Zappa called “a bit of nostalgia for the old folks.” Andrea Reinkemeyer composed Wrought Iron (2012, on a commission from the Albany Symphony and for the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, an acoustically marvelous space I’ve loved for many years). The piece takes on tropes like Debussy and Ravel, and possibly a little Stravinsky thrown in for good measure; it’s hauntingly melodic and fun, dancing and almost running its way forward. There may even be a little Zappa in the syncopation and in the whimsical handling of modes."
VARIETY SHOW • A/B Duo • AEROCADE 005 (61:41)
by Colin Clarke, FANFARE MAGAZINE (40:4)
". . . Andrea L. Reinkemeyer’s Wrought Iron for flute, vibraphone, bongos, tambourine, triangle, china cymbal, and splash cymbal is a musical response to a building, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. In a rather neat conceit, the various shapes used in the hall itself determine the types of instruments used: triangles are the obvious instance, but circles also (cymbals, bongos, tambourine) and rectangles (vibraphone). The architect also tried to make metal look like stone, and in the spirit of referencing others, the composer invokes the ghosts of Beethoven and Chopin, both of whom are to be found within the confines of the hall itself. There is an intricacy to the players’ interactions that seems, to the present writer at least, to invoke or reflect some sort of physical design. Ensemble between the two players needs to be particularly tight in this piece, and the result is indeed magical. "

‘Troy’ highlights tribute by ASO to music hall
BY GERALDINE FREEDMAN For The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY)

"Andrea Reinkemeyer, who flew in from Thailand just for this premiere, wrote an excellent duo “Wrought Iron” for flute and percussion. Albert Brouwer played the stuffings out of the terrific flute part, which was clever, funky, jazzy and virtuosic."

Program Notes:
Download a PDF of the Program Notes and Andrea's Bio

Wrought Iron (2012) for Flute and Percussion was commissioned by the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra as part of the Capital Region Heritage Commissions project. This piece is a musical celebration of the beautiful metal work that crowns the iconic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The shapes found within the iron work--circles, triangles, and rectangles--dictated the shape of the percussion instruments used--cymbals, tambourine, bongos, triangle, and vibraphone. The music reflects the light, airy and beautifully ornate quality of the metal castings.

While composing this piece, I was also drawn to another fascinating aspect of this building: architect George B. Post used metal to look like stone. In his attempt to make a European-looking building (on an American budget), he fashioned a metallic exoskeleton that houses a truly unique acoustic space. In this vein, I have worked elements from pieces by two of the composers whose names grace the ceiling of the hall: Ludwig van Beethoven and Frederick Chopin; in this way, I am honoring the work of artists who came before me, but with a twenty-first century American twist. Like the cast aluminum used in the 1990s renovation to replace the original iron, and the woodwind made of metal, things are not always what they seem.

Many thanks to Melanie Sorenson and Brian Amer for their artistic support.

Performances:

Premiere Performance:

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. - $
Capital Heritage Concert, American Music Festival
Albany (NY) Symphony
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Troy, New York)

Program:
Narong Prangcharoen • Echoes of Silence
Takuma Itoh • Across the Open Sky
Daniel Wohl • Exchange
Tucker Fuller • Intricately Laid, Meticulously Covered
Daniel Bradshaw • Hall of Mirrors
Andrea Reinkemeyer • Wrought Iron
Missy Mazzoli • Troy

Albert Brouwer, Flute
Robert Schulz, Percussion
Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra
David Alan Miller, music director

Recording Session:

Performance: September 22, 2016 - 8:00 p.m.
Center for New Music, San Francisco
Tickets: $15 General, $10 Members
Tickets available at the door only
More info

A/B Duo
Meerenai Shim, flute
Christopher G. Jones, percussion

The bi-coastal flute and percussion duo, A/B Duo, will celebrate the release of their album “Variety Show” by performing works from the album. Fellow Aerocade Music artists and everyone’s favorite renegade saxophone+bassoon duo, Post-Haste Reed Duo, will come down from Portland to split the bill with A/B Duo.

FLUTIST MEERENAI SHIM AND PERCUSSIONIST CHRISTOPHER G. JONES WILL PERFORM WORKS BY ANDREA REINKEMEYER, NED MCGOWAN, AND IAN DICKE.

Post-Haste Reed Duo: Saxophonist Sean Fredenburg and bassoonist Javier Rodriguez will perform works by Simon Hutchinson, Louis Andriessen, Lanier Sammons, and Ethan Wickman.

“…wonderful sounds set down by the Post-Haste Reed Duo. At the heart of everything is the superb playing of Sean Fredenburg and Javier Rodriguez. Would that all new music and its performances were this tight and this serious!” – Fanfare Magazine

“one of the most charming concerts imaginable… The music was bouncy, strange, interesting and fun. The A/B Duo is worth seeking out…” – Civic Center Blog

CDs will be available for sale. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be served. All attendees will be entered into a raffle for Aerocade Music swag.

Performance: Friday, November 18, 2016 - 7:30 p.m. (free)
Presidio Officers' Club link
San Francisco, CA - Presidio Sessions

In the intimate atmosphere of a house concert, experience jazz, contemporary, and classical music, and enjoy opportunities to converse with performers and each other.Offered in partnership with the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.

Known for their unique and imaginative concert programming (varying wildly in style and instrumentation from djembe and contrabass flute to Nintendo Gameboy and drum set), A/B Duo has been delighting their audiences all over the United States since 2013. The duo has performed at The Green Mill in Chicago, Spectrum in NYC, The Center for New Music in San Francisco, as well as the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, and other diverse venues such as the video game and indie music festival Rockage 4.0. They are probably the only chamber group to have designed their own video game.

This event is free but due to space constraints registration is required. Please complete the registration process below. Please note that registering does not guarantee admission. Registered guests will be offered priority admission that will be honored until 15 minutes before the start of the event.

We are playing a full recital at the San Francisco Presidio Officers Club! We will be playing pieces from our new album, Variety Show.

This event is free but due to space constraints registration is required.
More info and tickets/registration here

More Images:


CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia

Troy Savings Bank Music, 1876

Engraving of Troy Savings Bank, located in Troy, New York, United States. Image dates to 1876. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places and became a National Historic Landmark in 1989.