Leslie Ross

$5 - $15 (Sliding Scale)

NYC-based bassoonist and instrument builder Leslie Ross performs a series of pieces for micro-amplified bassoon and quadraphonic speakers, with/without laptop. Working with fifteen microphones placed directly on the tone holes of the bassoon, the signals are directed to four or more speakers around a room, while the acoustic instrument remains a presence. This set up takes apart the sound of the instrument, each microphone differentiating and picking up slightly different timbre and frequency nuances which, when sent to multiple speakers, creates a thickly textured listening environment. This is particularly true with multiphonics, which are used extensively in most of the pieces. Pitches and phrases blending in and out of these multiphonics are often further supported with the use of circular breathing. Some of the pieces involve sound processing and spatial shifts using MAX.