Percussion Group Loop 2.4.3. Promises ‘Thrilling Ride’
The percussion music of Loop 2.4.3 ranges from edgy to
impressionistic to classical to avant-garde and is described by
reviewers as “vibrant,” “enrapturing” and “truly alive.”
The professional duo comes to Alma College for a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in the Remick Heritage Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
Performers/composers Thomas Kozumplik and Lorne Watson, former college classmates of Alma College faculty percussionist Dave Zerbe and students of former percussion teacher Bob Hohner, take audiences on a “thrilling percussive ride,” says Zerbe.
“I went to school with these guys,” says Zerbe. “They perform contemporary music that is very approachable and has a groove to it. It will be a great concert. If you like the Alma College Percussion Ensemble, you will like Loop 2.4.3.”
The number 243 refers to Powers Hall 243, a former ballroom that was converted to a rehearsal room in the former music building at Central Michigan University, says Zerbe.
“We spent 15 to 20 hours a week in that room for Bob Hohner,” says Zerbe.
Loop 2.4.3 employs the gamut of percussion instruments, including marimbas, steel drums, tom-toms, bongos, snare drums, temple bowls, wood blocks, opera gongs and electronics. Reviewers have described the group’s music as “transportive percussion odysseys,” “taut compositions with a stunning improvisational sense,” and as consisting of both “action adventures and reveries... all sound[ing] like part of a well-thought-out tradition, only the tradition has never existed until now.”
Based in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood, Loop 2.4.3 has toured
throughout North America, Europe, Scandinavia, South Korea, and
Australia and has performed for radio, film and television, including
footage for The Learning Channel and MTV.
The group has given concerts, conducted master classes, and held residencies at Cornell University, Oklahoma City University and Michigan State University among others.
Kozumplik and Watson have played for The London Jazz Festival, Merkin Hall, The Sydney Festival, Music Works Northwest, Pacific College and the Harry Partch Institute and many others. The duo has received awards and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Connecticut Council on the Arts, Chamber Music America, Analog Arts, the UK Arts Council, Yale University, and the International Association of Jazz Educators.
The group’s 2007 recording, “Batterie,” features six extended tracks that have been described as “a feast of gorgeous sounds” (Lansing State Journal), “unusually clever stuff... delivered with precision and style” (LMNOP.com) and “accessible to everyone” (Downtown Express).
Posted: Tue, March 24th, 2009 at 2:49PM