Thursday, October 22, 8pm--JOSHUA DESCHERER - solo contrabass. Hallwalls 341 Delaware Ave. $8 general admission, $5 members/students/seniors.
Josh has been fascinated with sound from an early age: many of his earliest memories involve making a lot of noise, as well as seeing and hearing loud things such as cannons, foghorns, and jackhammers. To this day, he continues to find music in unexpected places, enjoying both the sounds of a cityscape (droning engines, rhythmic hammering) and that of a mountain path (distant humming bee tree, rhythmic walking).
Josh is enrolled as a Ph.D. student at the University at Buffalo where he studies composition with Cort Lippe.
"The height of virtuosity was achieved after intermission, with Joshua DeScherer playing Failing (A Very Difficult Piece for Solo Doublebass), by Tom Johnson and the world premiere of his own Exercise on a Breeze, based on a "tune" by Alban Berg. The first consists of a spoken monologue, accompanied by progressively more difficult bass figures, on the meaning of "failure" in the title – if the piece is played correctly, does that mean that the performer has failed?
If one hadn't heard both performances, one would have said that they were impossible. DeScherer gets more exhilarating sounds out of a bass than most full orchestras." - Portland (ME) Press Herald