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Sqwonk+

by Sqwonk

In its third album, Sqwonk joins forces with some of the San Francisco Bay Area's most exciting and innovative chamber ensembles to create music at turns dark and deep, wild and raucous.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Sqwonkzoforus Rex
Sqwonk & Zofo
13:32 $1.99
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2. She Got Away
Sqwonk & Amy X Neuburg
5:37 $1.99
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3. Repeat After Me
Sqwonk & Rootstock Percussion
16:38 $1.99
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4. Four Dances from the Rite of Spring
Sqwonk & The Living Earth Show
11:24 $1.99
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5. Bass Clarinet Double Concerto
Sqwonk & Nonsemble 6
14:43 $1.99
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6. Slacker Ridge
Sqwonk & Real Vocal String Quartet
5:41 $1.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The San Francisco-based Sqwonk bass clarinet duo is a dynamic and adventurous ensemble that “pushes the envelope of what bass clarinet music can be” (Clarinet Magazine). Sqwonk is devoted to exploring the full expressive range of the bass clarinet, from deep resonances to raucous wails. While grounded in the classical tradition, Sqwonk’s music draws on a wide range of influences, from klezmer to heavy metal to blues to minimalism to free improvisation, creating a repertoire that is strikingly contemporary, yet broadly accessible to a wide audience.

Sqwonk has been hailed for its “extraordinary…deftness and dynamic range,” (San Diego News) and its “perfect production of complicated interwoven lines, acrobatic leaps, and sensitive lyricism in difficult registers” (Clarinet Magazine). Sqwonk’s playing has been described as “…technically strong and very tight” (New Music Box) and “literally danceable” (Lucid Culture). Sqwonk has created an entirely new repertoire of bass clarinet duos from scratch, and has released two CDs featuring newly commissioned works by some of America’s most exciting up-and-coming composers.

Sqwonk has given performances throughout the San Francisco Bay Area at a wide range of venues and events, ranging from CalPerformances at Zellerbach Hall, to the Switchboard Music Festival, to Café du Nord. Sqwonk has also performed around the country at venues such as The Stone in New York, Sushi’s Outsound Series in San Diego, the Bang on a Can Summer Institute in North Adams, MA, and the 2010 ClarinetFest in Austin, TX.

Also passionate about education and outreach, Sqwonk has led numerous workshops and master-classes at schools, conservatories, and universities around the country. Sqwonk has received grants from the Northern California Composers Commissioning Program, the American Composers’ Forum’s Subito program, the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Sqwonk + grew out of several concerts in recent years in which we shared the bill with another ensemble, often joining forces with them in a new composition or arrangement. We loved this form of collaboration and the new pieces that it spawned so much, that we were inspired to make a new album. After recording two albums of our own duo repertoire, it has been such a pleasure to work with some of our favorite Bay Area musicians on Sqwonk +. We hope you enjoy
listening to it as much as we did creating it!

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