Felix Reyes – Percussion
Marcelina Suchocka – Percussion
Alan Hankers – Piano
“Elevated themselves into those elite ranks alongside Yarn/Wire, Tigue, So Percussion, Iktus and Ensemble Et Al”, as described by the New York Music Daily, Pathos Trio (percussionists Marcelina Suchocka, Felix Reyes, and pianist/composer Alan Hankers) is committed to engaging classical/contemporary music, while also aiming to bring adventurous music to audiences through collaborations with young, living new music composers.
Their current project “When Dark Sounds Collide: New Music for Percussion and Piano”, the ensemble’s first album, comprises a collection of newly commissioned works for two percussionists and piano written by composers Alison Yun-Fei Jiang, Evan Chapman, Alyssa Weinberg, Alan Hankers, and Finola Merivale recorded by Grammy nominated film company Four/Ten Media. This project album has just been released and is graciously supported by New Music USA, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Artist Relief, along with the help of funds allocated from Chamber Music America, Pathos Trio being a recipient of a Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward Grant, made possible with generous support from the New York Community Trust.
WHEN DARK SOUNDS COLLIDE:
NEW MUSIC FOR PERCUSSION AND PIANO
fiction of light
Alison Yun-Fei Jiang (b. 1992)
Finola Merivale (b. 1987)
Distance Between Places
Alan Hankers (b.1992)
A Musicast version of works contained on the just released album.
NOTES ABOUT THE ALBUM:
“When Dark Sounds Collide: New Music for Percussion and Piano” is a collaborative project between PATHOS TRIO, and composers ALYSSA WEINBERG, ALISON YUN-FEI JIANG, ALAN HANKERS, FINOLA MERIVALE, and EVAN CHAPMAN, dedicated to presenting newly commissioned works for two percussionists and piano in the form of this full length LP and accompanying music videos produced by Philadelphia based audio/film/videography company FOUR/TEN MEDIA.
The commissions featured on this album seek to combine aesthetics of contemporary classical music with the ensemble’s interests in dark, heavy, dense sounds drawn from other genres of music such as alternative rock, cathedral music, minimalist music, electronic synth-wave, and more. As a result, each work on this album creates raw, edgy, and powerful soundscapes that will engage audiences in both mainstream and classical/ new music scenes.
Each composer involved in this album also specifically explores various sound worlds through their own vernacular. Evan Chapman’s fiction of light is a minimalist, electronic style rock trio; Alyssa Weinberg’s Delirious Phenomena features heavily percussive prepared piano; Alison Jun-Fei Jiang’s Prayer Variations is solemn and gloomy with church-like melodies; Finola Merivale’s oblivious/ oblivion charts a course from calm to frantic; and Alan Hankers’ Distance Between Places is our heavy hitting finale to this album. These composers and their pieces exemplify the kind of music making that has energized us to commission and champion these new works.
This album has been the product of over two years of collaboration, as we’ve worked hard to truly push the boundaries of new music in these commissions to deliver fresh, innovative sounds and concepts. We thank you for supporting this music and hope you’ll enjoy the journey of listening to each piece on this album!
Musicivic is proud to present the Music Videos referenced above as Musicast for your enjoyment. We hope you may consider purchasing the album as an additional way to support the musicians.
March 20 – 27, 2022 (7:00 Premier Sun March 20)
Born in Bialystok, Poland, Marcelina Suchocka is a second-year Percussion Fellow at the New World Symphony. She has performed as an extra/substitute percussionist with the Chicago Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Utah Symphony and Hudson Valley Philharmonic. She was also an Associate Percussionist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Most recently Ms. Suchocka has spent summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. She was also a fellow at the Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra and Spoleto Festival. She has been the recipient of many awards including first prize in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Concerto Competition, Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and Polish National Alliance’s Young Artist Award.
Ms. Suchocka has performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony and at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the NPR’s YouTube Big Break competition. She is one of the founding members of Excelsis, an all-female percussion quartet based in New York City and is a founding member of Pathos Trio, a NYC based group whose focus is to play new commissioned works of mixed styles and genres of music. She has also performed as percussionist with the Mark Morris Dance Group as a fellow at Tanglewood, where she collaborated with the great dancer and choreographer, Mark Morris.
Ms. Suchocka graduated from Manhattan School of Music, where she completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees under Christopher Lamb, Duncan Patton, She e Wu, Kyle Zerna, Patsy Dash and Douglas Waddell.
A native to the world of contemporary music, Alan Hankers is a composer and pianist living in Stony Brook, New York. He was the 2017/18 Composer-in-Residence with the Danish new music ensemble, Ensemble Edge, and has been the recipient of grants and residencies from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Virginia Center for the Arts, and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute. His works have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia by ensembles such as the Texas State Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic Repertory Orchestra, Unheard-of//Ensemble, Sputter Box, Driftwood Trio, University of Southern Mississippi’s Saxophone Orchestra, Balkan Brass Quintet, Calidore String Quartet, and many others. In addition to concert music, Alan has been an active film & television composer in New York, where he freelances as a composer and assistant at various post-production studios.
As an active pianist, he frequently performs as a soloist and collaborator, and is one of the founding members ofPathos Trio. Beyond the concert hall, he has toured nationally with prominent progressive rock/metal artists. Alan’s performance has been described as “atmospheric” and “striking” by Outburn Magazine. He has also been featured in editions of Metal Hammer (UK) and Prog Magazine. In 2019, he started the progressive metal band, JIA, along with Jacob Umansky (Intervals), and Ivan Chopik (Painted in Exile). The group is set to release their first album and begin touring in 2020.
He is currently pursuing his PhD at Stony Brook University, where he studies composition with Nirmali Fenn, Margaret Schedel, Sheila Silver, Perry Goldstein, and Matthew Barnson.
Born in Brentwood, New York, Felix Reyes is Managing Director of Pathos Trio and is a freelance percussionist living in Brooklyn, NY. He has performed all over the United States and abroad, including various countries such as El Salvador, Germany, Poland, Spain, Japan, and most recently became Artistic Director of international percussion group Symmetrio.
Graduated with his Master’s in Percussion Performance from Bowling Green State University, Felix studied percussion under Dr. Daniel Piccolo and marimba specialist Dr. Isabelle Huang. Furthering his emphasis on marimba performance, Felix also received a Diploma in Marimba Performance at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Sengawa, Japan, where he studied with marimba legend/virtuoso Keiko Abe.
Since then Felix has performed all across NYC in venues such as Roulette Intermedium, National Sawdust, Kaufman Music Center, and most recently made his solo Lincoln Center debut in May 2018 with Swiss percussion soloist Fabian Ziegler. Over the course of his career Felix has worked and collaborated with countless acclaimed international artists/composers including all members of Sō Percussion, Ney Rosauro, Michael Colgrass, Dai Fujikura, Jennifer Hidgon, Kaoru Watanabe, Christos Hatzis and Katarzyna Mycka.
His current activities outside of Pathos Trio include being Studio Manager for Sandbox Percussion, preparing for upcoming performances in Spain in April 2020 with marimbist’s Magdalena Myrczik (POL) and David Almagro Garcia (SPA), and preparing for summer 2020 performances in Columbia with percussionist Miguel Antonio Garcia Moreno (COL). Felix is a proud endorser of Marimba One instruments, Sabian Cymbals, and Vic Firth sticks.