Major Concert Series

Percussionists performing Timber

L. to R. Craig Hauschildt, Neil Sisauyhoat, Luke Hubley, Matthew McClung, Brandon Bell, and Jamey Kollar after performing the Houston Premiere on April 15, 2015 at Rothko Chapel for MenilFest.     



Firday, June 3, 2016 | 8:00pm

Henke & Pillot
809 Congress Street 
Houston, Texas 77002
(Across from Market Square Park)

Musiqa presents a free performance of Michael Gordon's epic percussion work Timber in Market Square Park. Scored for six pieces of wood cut to different lengths, Gordon places the focus on rhythmic and melodic patterns created by the different sized pieces of timber, as well as the way the melody moves among the performers.

This free outdoor concert features six of Texas' most accomplished percussionists — Brandon Bell, Craig Hauschildt, Luke Hubley, Jamey Kollar, Matt McClung, and Neil Sisauyhoat.

Premiered by the Dutch group Slagwerk den Haag in Summer 2011, Gordon's hour-long work presented a self-imposed challenge by the composer to come up with interesting musical ideas using very limited means. Gordon is one of the founding members of New York's genre-bending Bang on a Can.The New York Times describes Gordon's music as deceptively simple at first, but which "reveals a beguiling complexity and nuance upon closer examination." Timber is not an easy piece to perform; one critic found it "bewilderingly difficult to play" (The Guardian). But if critical reception is any indication, it is a piece Houston audiences should love.

The concert is presented free thanks to the Houston Downtown Management District.