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Flow Through at Fog x Hill
4:30 PM16:30

Flow Through at Fog x Hill

Flow Through is a 15 minute work composed and directed by Maria Finkelmeier for large ensemble in a outdoor setting. Featuring thirty performers (brass players, singers, and percussionists), the work is inspired by the fluidity and importance of water to living organisms. Flow Through reflects the power of this compound, bringing awe, serenity, catastrophe, and breath to our planet. It draws connections between the human spirit and natural world, creating a moment in which one cannot be without the other.

Performed in collaboration with and response to Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog x FLO at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, the musicians will be placed on the perimeter of Hunnewell Hillside, some starting on the path above, and descending to the open space, just as the fog ripples over the hillside, and others weaving in between listeners. Audience members are welcome to sit and listen, or wander through the hillside as the sonic experience guides them.

DATE: September 22, 2018
PERFORMANCE TIMES: 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 (sunset)
ADDRESS: 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130 (located just past the Hunnewell Building)
FREE and open to the Public

Rain date: September 23, 2018

photo credit: Adam DeTour

photo credit: Adam DeTour

A version of Flow Through was first performed as a part of Make Music Boston's Water Music on the Charles River Esplanade on June 21, 2018. Kadence Arts is thrilled to bring this piece to the Fog x FLO installation at the Arnold Arboretum, the host of our 2016 production of John Luther Adams' Inuksuit

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Emerald Necklace Conservancy generously provided by Barbara and Amos Hostetter and the Eugene M. Lang Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and private donors. 

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Times Two with New Morse Code and Transient Canvas
8:00 PM20:00

Times Two with New Morse Code and Transient Canvas

Finally, we close the season on Saturday, June 30, with an early summer show pairing local, Boston based percussion/clarinet duo, Transient Canvas (Matt Sharrock and Amy Advocat) and Kansas based percussion/cello duo New Morse Code (Mike Compitello and Hannah Collins). Presenting fearless sets of uncompromising contemporary music, both ensembles deploy stunning virtuosity and deep musical sensitivity to break down the limitations of their instruments, revealing unexpected and utterly distinctive sound worlds. 

 The Record Company / 960 Mass Ave. / Boston, MA 

$15 Suggested Donation

Check out New Morse Code & Transient Canvas' artist pages for more info about their music.

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Times Two Director Showcase: Robert Honstein | Karl Larson and Doug Perkins  album release event
8:00 PM20:00

Times Two Director Showcase: Robert Honstein | Karl Larson and Doug Perkins album release event


The season continues on Friday, April 27, with the first ever ‘Director’s Showcase’, a new program shining the spotlight on Times Two co-directors Maria Finkelmeier and Robert Honstein. Our first director showcase features the music of composer Robert Honstein performed by percussionist Doug Perkins and pianist Karl Larson. This show also doubles as an album release party for Honstein’s second full-length release on New Focus Recordings, featuring large-scale solo pieces for both Perkins and Larson.

 The Record Company / 960 Mass Ave. / Boston, MA 

$15 Suggested Donation

Check out Karl LarsonDoug Perkins, & Robert Honstein's artist pages for more info about their music.

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March Marimba Madness
7:30 PM19:30

March Marimba Madness

Three projects: One Night

Hashtag - don't miss this great show unlocking the many moods of a fascinating instrument! Join Rolf Landberg (Stockholm, Sweden) and Boston-based movers and shakers Brian Calhoon & Greg Jukes of Marimba Cabaret, and Maria Finkelmeier, to discover a wide range of projects revolving around one instrument: the marimba. Brian and Greg of Marimba Cabaret come together to re-imagine pop and theater tunes with fresh covers, Rolf identifies an array of moods and characters through musical vignettes in his work #marimbagram, and Maria pairs Instagram videos with live electro-acoustic improvisations in #improvadayLIVE!

Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets at the door, cash and card accepted! 
Reg: $15
Students: $10

More about #marimbagram 


Rolf Landberg is a percussionist, drummer, composer and music producer based in Stockholm, Sweden.

"A lot of my music grows out of improvisation. When improvising, I often return to certain patterns and structuresa scale, a mood, a groove, or an emotion. The pieces on Marimbagram are crystallized improvisational ideas. The musical structures have been condensed into short pieces with clear forms. Each piece is completely improvised, recorded in a single take from beginning to end. The exception is the Argentinian tango-inspired ”Crossroads,” which began as an improvisation, but quickly grew into a more substantial piece combining fixed melodies and harmonies with sections of improvisation." Listen here! 

More about Marimba Cabaret

Marimba Cabaret brings a set of songs and stories featuring musical theater, pop hits and classical covers re-imagined for marimba, vibraphone and voice. Greg Jukes and Brian Calhoon play marimba, sing, confess, and (at times) stand 7-feet tall. Guaranteed to include new songs and special guests at each show, there’s something for everyone in this eclectic evening of music.

More about #improvadayLIVE 

#improvadayLIVE merges remixed videos from Finkelmeier's @improvaday Instagram feed with live improvisation! Featuring everything from a piñata to coffee cups, public art sculptures, and iPads, this electro-acoustic project aims to remind us that music really is everywhere! Premiered in 2017 in London at the Open Senses festival, this will be the New England debut! 

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Times Two with Nouveau Classical Project and Nick Tolle
8:00 PM20:00

Times Two with Nouveau Classical Project and Nick Tolle


Saturday, December 9, pairs Boston based percussionist Nick Tolle performing new music for cimbalom with the cross-disciplinary, contemporary music ensemble, Nouveau Classical Project. Together they present an evening of new works blending electronic and acoustic sound, including music by Olga Bell, David Bird, Gabrielle Herbst, Isaac Schankler, and Juri Seo, among others.

 The Record Company / 960 Mass Ave. / Boston, MA 

$15 Suggested Donation

Check out Nouveau Classical Project & Nick Tolle's artist pages for more info about their music.

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Times Two with Florent Ghys and Mike Block
8:00 PM20:00

Times Two with Florent Ghys and Mike Block


The season opener on Saturday, September 30, pairs bassist-composer Florent Ghys with cellist Mike Block. Described as ''highly contrapuntal, intelligent...and inventive...'' (WQXR), and a ''thrilling breed of post-minimal chamber music'' (Time Out NY), Florent Ghys merges the upright bass with electronics and visual elements to create detailed, and elegant pieces that "blend elements of minimalism, pop music and a dose of extravagant wit" (John Schaefer, WNYC). Fresh off his recent critically acclaimed album "Television" (Cantaloupe) Florent brings a set of new compositions for voice, electronics and video. Sharing the bill is Boston based, Grammy Award winning cellist Mike Block. Hailed as the “ideal musician of the 21st-Century” by Yo-Yo-Ma, Block has toured the world with the Silk Road Ensemble all the while developing his own idiosyncratic approach to synthesizing a broad range of styles. For Times Two he offers a rare solo appearance, sharing new material that will be sure to surprise and delight.

 The Record Company / 960 Mass Ave. / Boston, MA

$15 Suggested Donation

Check out Florent & Mike Block's artist pages for more info about their music.

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Annual Project
8:00 PM20:00

Annual Project

Amid the Noise Boston

Composer: Jason Treuting 

Composer: Jason Treuting 

Kadence Arts will present the New England premiere of composer/performer Jason Treuting’s evening-length, multimedia, large ensemble work Amid the Noise on April 21, 2017. Pulsating drones, ambient noise textures, and subtly shifting rhythms bind this collection of nine pieces for mixed percussion, voices, and strings. Described as “a remarkably beautiful and atmospheric work” (All About Jazz), the performance would take place at La Laboratoire Cambridge, steps from the Kendall Square MBTA stop.

A patient study of musical spaces, the work’s modular structure and flexible instrumentation provide a unique opportunity to assemble a diverse team of outstanding musicians from Boston and the wider region. Participants will include: members of the Boston Conservatory Percussion Ensemble as well as Doug Perkins, Greg Jukes, Maria Finkelmeier, and Drew Worden. Mr. Treuting will make a special appearance performing a movement of the work alongside long-time collaborator Cenk Ergun. A string trio led by Beth Meyers rounds out this extraordinary collection of musicians. The band’s hyper-local-meets-standout-regional flavor cuts a distinctive profile, making for a compelling addition to Boston’s musical season.

A founding and current member of the influential quartet, Sō Percussion, Jason Treuting has appeared in performance throughout the world, from the Barbican to Lincoln Center, to the Concertgebouw, DOM Moscow, Walt Disney Hall, and elsewhere. His compositions, noted for their compelling rhythmic language and evocative expressivity, have been performed by artists including Shara Nova, the JACK Quartet, TIGUE, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and others.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. - Max Ehrmann’s “Desiderata”

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Inuksuit Boston
3:00 PM15:00

Inuksuit Boston

On June 12, the Arnold Arboretum and Kadence Arts host the Boston premiere of Inuksuit —a 75 minute work for percussion ensemble that is designed to heighten awareness of the sights and sounds that surround us every day. 

Composed by Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams and performed in major cities around the globe, this production will feature nearly 90 New England-based musicians. The performers will be dispersed throughout the conifer collection of the Arnold Arboretum, and audience encouraged to wander the area. Inuksuit is deeply influenced by John Luther Adams’ belief that “music can contribute to the awakening of our ecological understanding. By deepening our awareness of our connections to the earth, music can provide a sounding model for the renewal of human consciousness and culture.”

This event is free and open to all. Enter through the Bussey Street Gate, Arnold Arboretum.

Kadence Arts Staff: 
Producer: Maria Finkelmeier
Artistic Director: Amy Garapic
Project Assistant: Greg Jukes

Click here to read our Preview in the Boston Globe by David Weininger, 6/9/2016

Photo: Adam DeTour 

Kadence Arts Ensemble: 

Mike Anderson
Amy Lynn Barber
Justin Barish
Sarah Brooks
Brian Calhoon
Caitlin Cawley
Mark Haygood
Laura Jordan
Catherine Lee
Julian Loida
Ana Lorenzo
Rose Martin
Craig McNutt
Jeff Means
Noah Petti
Ben Pitt
Anna Provo
Dominic Ryder
Sam Schmetterer
Matt Sharrock
Greg Simonds
John Smigielski
Chris Swist
Nick Tolle
Mary Jordan
Aaron Trant
Danny Vozzolo
Clara Warnaar
Mike Williams
Lindsey Hartfelder
Sayun Chang
Daniel DeSimone

Matthew Bronson
Una Cheng
Carey Citak
Adam Dipersio
Maria Finkelmeier
Karl Grohman
Sarah Hale
Mike Hardin
Reyna Herrera
Jon Hess
Stephen Hutson
Bill Manley
Tim Nylander
Ayami Okamura
Jonathan Padilla
Dan Pessalano
Alex Pugsley
Kristi Pugsley
Scott Quade
Noah Rosen
Sam Solomon
Jeff Stern
Aaron Taub
Chris Vought
Gordon Williams
Nian Shee Yon
Michael Zell
Kyle Harris

Liz Anker
Lisa Anna
Megan Arns
Michael Avitabile
Beth Barber
Joshua Carrasal
Dan Whitelock
Ben Fraley
Amy Garapic
Marie Ghittman
Cindy Giron
Anthony Henry
Chris Homick
Matt Hudson
Darren Long
Jesey Meche
Don Metz
Dan Pfeiffer
Maria Price
Rachel Pfeiffer
Erin Rogers
Jessi Rosinski
Liam Sheehy
Alex Stening
Dennis Sullivan
Misha Thomas
James Vought
Eric Dill
Pam Wasko
Lindsey Kanaga
Katie Tingley

Project made possible by:

Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University 

Anonymous Gift 

Cricket Foundation 

Boston Cultural Council

Percussive Arts Society

and attendees of the March 24 fundraising concert & online contributors. 


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6:00 PM18:00

Opening Ceremony @ Outside the Box

Premiere of Outside the Box commission The Uncommons!

The piece is for 13 percussionists, and the vocals of Deepti Navaratna! We are excited to premiere this work to kick off a performing arts festival highlighting the talent of our city!

The Kadence Arts Percussion Crew: Maria Finkelmeier, Greg Jukes, Mike Hardin, Nate Tucker, Keith Aleo, Jeff Means, Nick Tolle, Laura Jordan, Ana Lorenzo, Dan Pessalano, Dani Fortner, Matt Samolis, and Ben Fraley.

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8:00 PM20:00

House Concert

Maria Finkelmeier and Greg Jukes perform a House Concert in Jamaica Plain, featuring music by Robert Honstein, Terry Riley, Elliot Cooper Cole, and Casey Cangelosi. 

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