The Oblivion Project
The Oblivion Project 7PM
The Music of Astor Piazzolla
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- $30 - THIS SECTION IS SOLD OUT! Assigned Rows 1-2
- $20 - THIS SECTION IS SOLD OUT! Assigned Rows 3-5
- $15 - THIS SECTION IS SOLD OUT! General Admission
- $5 - THIS SECTION IS SOLD OUT! Student
- Gabe Bolkosky, violin
- Derek Snyder, cello
- Erin Vaughn, guitar
- Tad Weed, piano
- Gerald Torres, bass
- Jose "Pepe" Espinosa, percussion
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Tango: the sultry, darkly beautiful dance music of Argentina is brought to life in the Northern Hemisphere by the Midwest's foremost tango band, the Oblivion Project. Like no other music, the passion-filled and dramatic tangos evoke the mystery and romance of Buenos Aires after dark.
The Oblivion Project, formed in 2003, is dedicated to the exploration and performance of the over 3000 Nuevo Tango works of Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla. For the past decade, musicians from all across the Americas have collaborated to explore and share the uncompromisingly unique, unequivocally attractive language of Piazzolla’s tangos. It is based in the musical crossroads of Cleveland.
The group is now blazing trails and carrying the sound-world of Piazzolla with them on their eighth tour of the Midwest. This comes on the heels of several successes, including a sold-out debut at Severence Hall with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, a residency with the nationally-acclaimed Contemporary Youth Orchestra, and a slew of other performances both educational and entertaining at a variety of venues.
This “tight band of musical adventurers” includes graduates of the Cleveland Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, the Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany, and other notable institutions. Individually, Oblivion Project performers have played as ensemble members and as featured soloists with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Erie Philharmonic of Pennsylvania, and the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra of Cleveland. They have collaborated with artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Randy Brecker, Dave and Chris Brubeck, Gil Shaham, Gabriela Montero and Jamey Haddad.
This performance is sponsored by Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates.
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Gabriel Bolkosky has performed and taught across the United States and abroad. He performs a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary works with different collaborative artists from many genres of music making. Over the last decade, Gabe has founded and directed the music festival, PhoenixPhest. He founded the festival with the intent of creating an environment open to all levels and ages of musicians, creating a more holistic musical experience without sacrificing quality. Gabe’s performances have focused in the areas of contemporary music, jazz and tango as well as traditional classical music. In 2008 he performed in the premiere of Fredric Rzewski’s “Natural Things” for Carnegie Hall’s Making Music Series. He has also collaborated with other composers, among them Fredric Rzewski, William Bolcom, John Harbison, Thomas Ades, Bright Sheng, William Albright, Andrew Kirshner, Lars Holmer, Carter Pann, Michael Daugherty, George Tsontakis, Derek Bermel, and Bernard Rands. As a jazz and tango musician, Gabe has worked with great artists such as John Lindberg, Peter Soave, Tad Weed, Ed Sarath, Chris Howes, Andy Bishop, and was a founding member of The Oblivion Project. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Gabe began his violin studies at age three. His primary teachers were Michael Avsharian of Ann Arbor, Paul Kantor at the University of Michigan, and Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Gabe earned a bachelor’s degree in violin performance and a master’s degree in chamber music, as well as studying improvisation at the master’s level, at the University of Michigan. At the Cleveland Institute he earned a Professional Studies degree, served a year as Weilerstein’s teaching assistant and won the school’s prestigious Darius Milhaud prize. He attended the Aspen Music Festival from 1991–98 on fellowship, first playing with the Aspen Chamber Symphony and then the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble for four years. During those four years he premiered hundreds of new works, and with his group, Non Sequitur, conducted workshops and concerts for thousands of students in the Aspen valley as well as at schools such as Harvard, Dartmouth, Brandeis and Princeton. Gabe has released seven CDs that show his breadth as a musician. His debut solo album, This and That, features classical and jazz music. Other albums include The Shape of Klez to Come with the klezmer group Into the Freylakh; The Orchestra Is Here to Play, a live recording teaming the Gemini children’s-music group with a full orchestra; The Oblivion Project Live, showcasing the music of Astor Piazzolla; Non Sequitur, contemporary and experimental music, including one of his own compositions; Home from Work, an eclectic mix of jazz, folk and blues in collaboration with San Slomovits, and as sideman on John Lindberg’s recording Two by Five. His most recent CD is Bonne Nuit, which includes the Debussy Sonata and other small works for violin and piano with Michele Cooker, and can be found here. Gabe was guest artist at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor teaching violin and chamber music for six years. He has worked with all ages of young musicians in most of the 50 states and parts of Asia. He is the executive director of The Phoenix Ensemble, a nonprofit organization dedicated to being a musical resource for artists and educational institutions. Gabe also directs PhoenixPhest! and PhoenixPhest! Grande, two amateur chamber music festivals held each May and August, and maintains a private violin studio.
Derek Snyder began his cello studies at the age of six. He progressed smoothly until Tuesday, 17th March, 1982, when he left his cello behind the family station wagon while waiting for his Suzuki group class. Having fully recovered from the “accident,” Derek maintains an active performing schedule. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in both the United States and Europe, and as a chamber musician has collaborated with members of some of the country’s most exciting ensembles, including the Cavani and Cleveland string quartets and the Cleveland, Detroit, Montreal, and Baltimore symphonies. In addition to being a founder and cellist in the nuevo tango band the Oblivion Project, he is the cellist of the Hastings Piano Trio and a board member of the Cleveland Cello Society. His arrangements of the music of Graham Nash and Bootsy Collins have been performed by the Contemporary Youth Orchestra with the composer. He has created numerous transcriptions and arrangements for cello ensembles, focusing primarily on the music of Dave Brubeck and Astor Piazzolla. His arrangements of music by Brubeck can be heard on the Naxos label as performed by the Yale Cellos and are published by Cellocelli Music. Derek’s principal teachers have been Tanya Carey, Erling Blondal Bengtsson, Laurence Lesser, and Colin Carr. Derek is a member of the Suzuki faculty at the Cleveland Music School Settlement and also teaches privately in Cleveland Heights, OH.
Erin Vaughn is a guitarist and educator, born, raised, educated and residing in Northeast Ohio. He is a graduate of The University of Akron where he received his bachelor’s degree in jazz studies. He is currently completing his master’s degree in music theory from Kent State University (I can see the end). Most recently Vaughn was the guitarist for Century Media Group recording artists, the Ryan Humbert Band (2009-2014). As guitarist for Phoenix Production’s national tour of Grease , he played across the United States and Canada. From 2004-2009 he was the staff guitarist at Akron’s Carousel Dinner Theater with credits including Cats, Always… Patsy Cline, SWING!, Beehive and All Shook Up . Other show work includes the Canton Player’s Guild and the theater department at Kent State University at Stark. Vaughn also works as a freelancer in a variety of ensembles and styles. As a faculty member at Kent State University (Stark), he is an instructor and coordinator for the guitar department (2006-present). Beyond his teaching work at KSU, he enjoys a thriving private teaching schedule.
Artist Tad Weed is active as a piano soloist, collaborative artist, lecturer, arranger and teacher. He studied classical piano repertoire and composition at Central Michigan University before migrating to Los Angeles. Tad’s studies culminated in a Bachelor and Masters degree in Piano Performance and Jazz Studies from the Grove School of Music. Tad’s discography contains over 50 records and CD’s which feature his playing as well as his arrangements and compositions. His performing experience includes international touring as a pianist/music director for Carmen McRae, Anita O’Day, Paul Anka and Jack Jones. He has collaborated with a number of various ensembles including Peter Soave, Charles Lloyd, Nick Brignola, Woody Herman, Mundell Lowe, John Patitucci, Vinny Golia, Ritchie Cole, Teddy Edwards, Dick Berk, Dave Bennett and the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and performed Astor Piazzolla tangos with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Tad was on staff at Discovery Records of Los Angeles. In addition to recording and arranging, he was an accompanist and performer with many artists including Chaka Khan, Al Cohn, Kenny Burell, John Clayton, Bill Waltrous, Shorty Rogers, Jerome Richardson, Bud Shank, Stanley Turrentine, Wycliffe Gordon, John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Frank Morgan, David “Fathead” Newman, , and many others. Tad is Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Toledo. He has also served as Adjunct Professor on the music faculties of University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, Western Michigan University, University of Windsor and University of Oakland. He continues to teach and conduct jazz/composition clinics, including student summer clinics as well as performing and arranging for his groups, The Freedom Ensemble and Dobbins, Krahnke and Weed, a piano trio group.
Gerald Torres has regularly appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Gerald earned his Bachelor's degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and his Professional Studies Certificate from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Gerald is a member of both the Canton and Akron Symphony Orchestras, and as an active freelancer in the Cleveland-Pittsburgh area.
Jose "Pepe" Espinosa
Born in Havana, Cuba, Jose “Pepe” Espinosa began his musical studies in 1974 at age 4 with his father, renowned Cuban drummer “Pepin Drum”. He went on to study at the Conservatory of Music in Havana Adolfo Guzmán. At age 12 his professional career began playing bongos for Cuban Conjunto, Conjunto Saratoga. He has appeared on over 20 recordings and has played and toured with many internationally renowned ensembles, including B.B. King, the Afro Cuban All Stars, Arturo Sandoval and the Scandinavian pop star Jari Sillanpaa. Pepe is endorsed by Soul Tone, Vic Firth and Latin Percussion.