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Ritual Action

  • Narloch Piano Studio 4636 North Francisco Avenue Chicago, IL, 60625 United States (map)

$10 Suggested Donation

Ritual Action is:
Andy Hudson, clarinet
Andrew Nogal, oboe
Ben Roidl-Ward, bassoon

Devil Winds - Greg Simon
Squeezebox - Nathan Hudson
Anyone Lived (world premiere) - Jamie Leigh Sampson
Rondell - Isang Yun

Performances by clarinetist Andy Hudson have been hailed as “a treat for the listener” and praised for “an uncommon singularity of purpose, technical virtuosity, youthful vigor and a mature sensitivity.” Andy has performed at the World Congress of the International Alliance for Women in Music, the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Music Teachers National Association Conference, Constellation Chicago, and regional gatherings of the College Music Society, the Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival, and the North American Saxophone Alliance. Internationally, Andy has performed with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Switzerland and Germany and at the Belgian Clarinet Academy. Andy was the top prizewinner of the 2008 MTNA National Senior Woodwind Competition, and has also won the Sewanee Summer Music Festival Concerto Competition, the MTNA Southern Chamber Music Competition, and both the Columbus State University and Northwestern University Concerto Competitions. A fierce advocate for new music, Andy presented at the 2017 New Music Gathering, has premiered dozens of works to date, and has performed with Chicago Symphony Orchestra MusicNow, F-PLUS,, and the Zafa Collective. Andy is currently an Instructor of Music at Northwestern University and a Lecturer in Music at Lake Forest College, and holds degrees from Northwestern University and Columbus State University.

Oboist Andrew Nogal is an acclaimed orchestral performer, chamber musician, and interpreter of contemporary music. A longtime member of Chicago’s Ensemble Dal Niente, he has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the CSO MusicNOW Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Nunc, and Alarm Will Sound. His festival appearances include Ojai, Astoria, Peninsula, Great Lakes Chamber Music, June in Buffalo, Ravinia, and the NY PHIL Biennial. Internationally, he performed at the International Double Reed Society 2015 conference in Tokyo and the College Music Society 2017 conference in Sydney. For three summers, he performed under the direction of Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival Academy. Nogal was awarded first prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition 2011 and received the Kranichstein Music Prize at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music 2012. Also a dedicated educator, Nogal has taught at Loyola University Chicago and the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. He has led master classes at the University of Oregon, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Williams College, and The Banff Centre. Nogal studied at Northwestern University, where he earned bachelors degrees in Music Performance and Art History as well as a masters degree in Music Performance.

Ben Roidl-Ward is a bassoonist and improviser based in Chicago. His dedication to working with and advocating for composers of his generation has led to national tours with the string trio Chartreuse, the flute/bassoon duo Second Species, and the violin/bassoon duo Wolftone, all featuring world premieres of new works for the bassoon. A recent graduate of the Rice University Shepherd School of Music, Ben organized the Shepherd School’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, Hear and Now, and performed as a founding member of the Houston-based new music collective Loop38 as well as the Transitory Sound and Movement Collective. He has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, along with several regional orchestras throughout the United States. As an orchestral musician, Ben has performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Richmond Symphony. He has spent his summers with the Tanglewood Music Center, Lucerne Festival Academy, National Repertory Orchestra, and Spoleto Festival USA. Currently a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and a student of David McGill at Northwestern University, Ben also studied with Ben Kamins at Rice University, George Sakakeeny at the Oberlin Conservatory, and with Francine Peterson in the Seattle area.

Earlier Event: November 13
MusicNOW: Vijay Iyer - A Portrait
Later Event: November 17
LECQ presents Hannau and Miesner