Andy Hudson and Victoria Nelson
12/1/2019, Raleigh, NC
earspace kicks off its 2019-2020 season with a duo show by Andy Hudson (clarinet) and Victoria Nelson (percussion). The pair has programmed some of their favorite works by friends and colleagues, including local composer and UNC-Greensboro faculty member Mark Engebretson and earspace Co-Director Richard Drehoff Jr.
Despite playing electric guitar in garage bands as a kid and cutting his teeth in the post-punk emo scene, Andy Hudson has somehow settled into life as a concert clarinetist. These days, Andy is energized by rock, post-rock, indie, folk, and hip-hop music yet continues to live life with one foot in the classical realm. Andy is especially interested in lineage, and seeks to trace classical music’s history to see how it interacts with and intermingles with today’s popular music. Originally from Atlanta and educated at Northwestern University, Andy is training the next generation of clarinet shredders on faculty at UNC Greensboro, where he hopes to disrupt classical music’s “status quo” and expand horizons as he synthesizes his love of classical, rock, folk, and pop music into a single unpredictable career.
On the first day of sixth grade band class, unable to summon the wind for the trumpet, Victoria chose to play percussion instead. Through her education at UNC-Chapel Hill and then IU Jacobs School of Music, she gained experience performing in a variety of styles, from playing timpani with the symphony orchestra to playing drum set with a post-rock band, from recording salsa in the studio to performing contemporary solo percussion music in the recital hall. Within music, and all things, Victoria believes that there is opportunity for fleeting perfection and communal unity. These moments are rare, and the deep emotional satisfaction she finds when they are discovered, is what drives her to continue learning, practicing, and performing.
Richard Drehoff Jr.: “Light, upon glass strongholds, bounces” (2019, US Premiere)
Mark Engebretson: “Whac-a-mole” from “Two Duos” (2008)
Perry Goldstein: “Total Absorption” (1994)
Howie Kenty: “Everybody loves me” (2017)
Gene Koshinski: “Swerve” (2016)
Eric Mandat: “Veiled Images” and “Outta My Way!” from “3 for 2” (2001)
Ned McGowan: “Ricochet” (2014)
Anna Meadors: “Comfort Patterns” (2017, rev. 2018)