Saxophone, percussion duo to perform Feb. 2

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Saxophone, percussion duo to perform Feb. 2

Popebama performs on stage.
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Popebama performs on stage.

Saxophonist Erin Rogers and Percussionist Dennis Sullivan, who perform together as the duo Popebama, will be in residence through Feb. 6 in the Glenn Korff School of Music.

“Individually and together, Dennis and Erin are among the most creative and innovative composer/performers working today,” said Greg Simon, associate professor of composition in the Glenn Korff School of Music. “Whenever there’s a chance to bring artists of their caliber to campus, it’s a no-brainer, but it’s doubly exciting to be able to work with two of them. I’m excited for our students and our community not only to see their performance but get a glimpse into how these two artists create, both separately and together.”

The duo have several events scheduled Feb. 2-3. They will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in Westbrook Recital Hall Rm. 119. The concert is free and open to the public.

They will also participate in an open rehearsal and masterclass of “The Horse You Rode In On” by Joey Willette at 10 a.m. on Feb. 3 in Westbrook Rm. 130. This event is also free and open to the public. At 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in Westbrook Rm. 130, they will hold an Improvisation Workshop. Attendance is encouraged from all musicians. Bring an instrument or a noisemaker.

Popebama is a New York-based experimental duo that focuses on exciting performances of unconventional works. Known for elaborate, visually stimulating stage set-ups, Popebama push the limits of human-instrument experience, applying saxophone, percussion, electronics and theatre to complex, highly theatrical works, keeping audiences on their toes.

From concert stages such has Hamburg’s Elbphilarmonie and New York City’s The Shed and academic institutions, musicians and non-musicians have responded with excitement to the high-energy duo. Popebama brings a level of performance virtuosity, visual wonderment and theatrical flare to an unconventional sound world.

Learn more about the duo.

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