June 18th

El Fin Del Mundo Trio
Claudio Pena, cello
Gabriel Spiller, percussion
Gustavo Hunt, clarinet

Nu Directions Chamber Brass

Thomas J Madeja, Trumpet/Composer
Dawn Webster, Trumpet
Larry Toft, Trombone
Barry McCommon, Trombone
Gabe Globus-Honeich, Marimba/Vibes
Mason Ingram, Drums

The Renamers
Dave Champion , Trombone
Helena Espvall, cello
Tara Burke, organ
Wilbo Wright, bass
MIa Bosna , percussion

Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
8pm; FREE

El Fin Del Mundo (The end of the world) as a concept, as a territory and as a piece, of course, is the work of cellist Claudio Peña, drummer Gabriel Spiller and clarinetist Gustavo Hunt – a space to occupy. The most important musical virtue of this CD is that the trio explores different ways of occupation without filling the space completely, without inhabitting it, so that those who listen can also have a space of their own. The various images, climes and atmospheres generated by the characteristics of the compositions and by making the most of timbric resources and of sound production are much more stimulating than evocative or suggestive. And although referentiality is present (“Inmersión” – Immersion, “Tango XXI”, “Canción de los Derviches” – Dervish Song), it is by no means shown as something absolute or enclosed but rather as a spark that will light a different kind of fire in each individual. Moving between improvisation and the accuracy of music writing (“Hardcore para Tres” – Hardcore for Three) and with its beautiful melodies (“Girasoles” – Sunflowers) and excelent work of rythmic interplay between the percussion and the cello, El fin del mundo requires – and deserves – our presence.

Nu Directions Chamber Brass is a contemporary chamber ensemble dedicated to breaking down barriers of musical categories. This rhythmically explosive genre-bending brass and percussion ensemble brings together classical, jazz, and free improvising musicians to combine their talents and form a new innovative brand of chamber music. NDCB is comprised of two trumpets, two trombones, and two percussionists. Each musician offers his or her own voice to create a truly unique sound. Trumpet artist, composer, and NDCB founder Thomas Madeja created this ensemble in response to a growing need for accessibly presented original sounding contemporary music. This also drives the group’s commitment to education. In a concert setting, master class, or interactive recital, NDCB strives to engage its audience through a mutual experiencing of the creative process. There are no limitations in regard to performance venues either. NDCB has performed in such varied institutions as concert halls, schools, churches, and jazz and nightclubs. Audiences from all walks of life continue to be intrigued and stimulated by this truly one of a kind ensemble.

The Renamers Collective free improv from five veteran sound artists. Dave Champion plays jazz and new music on the harmonized trombone. Cellist Helena Espvall is a member of Espers, and collaborates with many others in the psychedelic folk and free improvisation world. Organist Tara Burke has toured throughout the US, the UK and Europe since 1999, performing her distinctive style of acid/folk/trance music as Fursaxa. Wilbo Wright is a tree farmer and bass player from the band UI, and has extensive experience in the free improv and downtown New York music scene. Hand percussionist Mia Bosna is recognized by nearly no one in the music world but loved by family and friends nonetheless. This is their first collaboration, having enjoyed each other's company in various settings throughout the past decade. No stones will remain unturned.


El Fin Del Mundo Trio:
New Directions Chamber Brass:

The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Rotunda is a West Philadelphia community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work.


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