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Patchwork, Jesse Langen at Constellation

  • Constellation 3111 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL, 60618 United States (map)

Tickets: $10

Mutually interested in exploring a wide range of contemporary genres, Noa Even and Stephen Klunk formed Patchwork, a saxophone and drum set duo that collaborates with composers to build an eclectic body of new music. Patchwork has performed on many college campuses, including Washington University, College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Cleveland State University, Peabody Conservatory, Kent State University, Ball State University, and Miami University. Noa and Stephen often combine performances with educational events such as composer readings, master classes, and presentations.

Patchwork has also appeared at the Bop Stop in Cleveland, Bright Box Theatre in Winchester (VA) and Tenri Cultural Center in New York City. In 2014, Patchwork presented at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference and in 2013, the duo performed at Bowling Green State University's annual New Music Festival. 

Patchwork’s current concert season features a new piece by composer Eric Wubbels that was commissioned by the duo alongside a consortium of performers. Events include the Warner Concert Series at Kenyon College, Frequency Series at Constellation in Chicago, Omaha Under the Radar, and additional shows in Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, and Bowling Green (OH). Noa and Stephen will focus primarily on collaborating with Ohio-based composers for the 2016-2017 season.

Nucleus by Alex Mincek
Preach Now / Spank Not Death by Nick Didkovsky
Axamer Folio by Eric Wubbels

Jesse Langen is a guitarist who specializes in new music. He works with living composers regularly and premieres dozens of pieces every season. Equally comfortable on classical and electric guitar, he seeks to push both the technical boundaries and the conceptual functions of the instrument. He can be heard regularly in Chicago, throughout the US, and abroad as a soloist, as the guitarist for Ensemble Dal Niente, in the trio Pesejet with Mabel Kwan and Carrie Henneman Shaw, as half of Hasco Duo with Amanda Deboer Bartlett, and in duo with harpist Ben Melsky. A passionate and committed teacher of high school musicians, his students populate the finest conservatories and programs throughout the world, and have won international competitions and commissions. Jesse and his brother Tim also grew up learning Canadian fiddle tunes from their grandfather Clarence, and he plays Irish music regularly in pubs and at sessions throughout Chicago.

Frame by Marc Codina
A Rayas Y Cuadros by Pablo Chin
Iwater. Inight. by Morgan Krauss
(ep)Scra'p by Julien Malaussena
Mobile 2010 by Fredrick Gifford