LEWISBURG, Pa. — The SaReel Project, an avant-world ensemble playing ancient as well as unique and original instruments, will perform Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. in Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.
The performance, which is free to the public, is part of Bucknell's continuing Gallery Series of performance art and experimental music, funded in part by grants from the Kushell Music Endowment and the Bucknell department of music.
The program will include material from the project's first two CDs and from its performance of GRIMM, a dance/theater/music piece premiered in New York City in August.
Begun as a collaborative effort between composer/performers Sasha Bogdanowitsch and Darryl Gregory, the SaReel Project includes Peter Hadley and Robert Nasta. The ensemble explores the myriad sounds available to musicians using unique instruments from around the world, as well as instruments invented from common household items and other found materials, and Western instruments.
The group integrates a number of styles and influences including bluegrass, Indonesian gamelan, Middle Eastern makam, jazz structure, East Indian raga, rock backbeat, African polyrhythms, and American new music.
Bogdanowitsch, who performs vocals, world flutes, kubing, kalimba, ngonis and percussion, strives to unite East and West sensibilities by working towards a unique world musical language. He teaches world music at Central Connecticut State University and University of New Haven in Connecticut.
Gregory, who performs vocals world flutes, kalimba, voice, kubing, and percussion, has composed for almost every style of music from pre-school to professional groups and for dance and theater. He recently opened a small recording studio called Blue Cave Studios and hosts a podcast called Unsigned Underground.
Hadley, who was born in Australia, performs didjeridoo, didgeribone, and percussion. He leads WesWinds at Wesleyan University and teaches music privately and publicly at schools throughout Connecticut.
Nasta performs percussion, bouzouki, mandolin, and melodica. He is a multi-instrumentalist and educator who has composed and performed in a wide variety of settings. In addition to his own work, he has featured the music of John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Morton Feldman, Earl Brown, Iannis Xenakis, and James Tenney.
For more information or music samples see www.sareel.com