Deviant brings out it’s rocking side in this mash-up of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” combined with Stravinsky’s “l’Histoire du Soldat”.
from Sleeping Giant Composer Collective’s “Histories”, a playful take on Stravinsky’s original.
The versatility of Deviant Septet on full display. Vocals by Courtney Orlando with Deviant accompaniment.
Lubman’s post-modernist take on Stockhausen’s “Pisces“ showcases the ensemble’s virtuosity.
Deviant’s trombonist/composer Dave Nelson gives his take on a funky hipster jangle.
Stravinsky’s influence was everywhere throughout the evening…“Histories” turned out to be a fascinating, often compelling piece that captured much of the original’s energy and earthy flavor, with its demented little dances and dark, acerbic edge. Superb playing by all the Deviants added to the general happiness.”
“…the [Deviant Septet] shifted amiably from martial bounce, to plaintive austerity, to the bracing astringencies of the final theme where it seems that the composer decided to dig in and get serious. It was the most intense passage, it was worth the wait, and the ensemble took it out on a high note.”
“a brand new ensemble with a high concept… made up of top classical and avant garde musicians”
“Deviant Septet handled the music with virtuosity and drive, playing exceedingly complex melodic lines in polyrhythmic jumbles, while still able to handle more restrained moments with tenderness and delicacy.”
The mission of Deviant Septet is to fulfill the vision Igor Stravinsky had for his L’histoire du Soldat ensemble. Stravinsky, so enamored by the unusual combination of instruments— the soprano and bass voice of every instrument family: violin and bass, clarinet and bassoon, trumpet and trombone, and percussion— thought that others would follow his lead, and that this unique blend of musicians would travel the world playing the music of many composers. The quirkiness of the ensemble poses unique challenges to a composer, and while Stravinsky’s contemporaries were seemingly not up to the task, it is the goal of Deviant Septet to bring this idea to life and create a repertoire for Stravinsky’s distinctive l’Histoire du Soldat ensemble, fulfilling his vision. 21st Century composers jump at the chance to solve Stravinsky’s riddles, and Deviant Septet is unique among the world’s new music collectives, as it is the only ensemble consisting solely of this instrumentation.
Deviant Septet has been hailed as an “exciting” (New York Times), “stylish new ensemble” (New York Magazine). “Superb” (Washington Post), “exceedingly fun” and “led by new music veterans” (Time Out New York), “lively and accomplished” (Classical TV: The Drift) and “boisterously entertaining” (Lucid Culture). WNYC called it “a brand new ensemble with a high concept… made up of top classical and avant garde musicians”, and ran a feature on its premiere concert in May 2011.
Deviant Septet’s members are Bill Kalinkos (clarinet, co-founder), Mike Gurfield (trumpet, co-founder), Courtney Orlando (violin), Brad Balliett (bassoon), Doug Balliett (double bass), Jared Soldiviero (percussion), and David Nelson (trombone). In addition to the Septet, players perform with contemporary groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Ensemble ACJW, The Wordless Music Orchestra, and Talea Ensemble, as well as collaborate with artists like The National, Sufjan Stevens, The Dirty Projectors, David Byrne, Tyondai Braxton, St. Vincent, John Zorn, and many more.