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Bowed Piano Ensemble

Bowed Piano Ensemble


Stephen Scott
Packard 111
(819) 389 - 6557

New members by audition only.  Auditions are held at the end of each spring semester.  Contact Stephen Scott or the music department paraprof for information about auditions.  The ensemble performs two major campus concerts and one or more national/international tours each year.

Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in Packard 15 - Pearson Studio.

CC's internationally recognized Bowed Piano Ensemble, founded by Stephen Scott in 1977, is an elite group of 10 students, faculty and staff musicians exploring the leading edge of performance with sounds made directly on the strings of one grand piano which result in an orchestral array of tone colors, harmonies and rhythms.

The Bowed Piano Ensemble has made eight European tours and three to Australia. We have performed at world-renowned venues like the Sydney Opera House, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall (NYC), Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the medieval Town Hall in Tallinn, Estonia and Jameos del Agua, a volcanic lava-tube-become-concert-hall in Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

We have made four well-reviewed recordings with the prestigious new-music label New Albion Records and one with the classical label Albany Records.  We have appeared numerous times on national television in the U.S., Eastern and Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand and are frequently heard on live and recorded national radio broadcasts such as NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Weekend Edition” and “New Sounds.”  Film credits include Traffic (DVD collectors’ version) and Beyond the Keyboard, a recently released documentary on the group by London filmmaker Peter Savage. 

On the first and fifth anniversaries of the September 11 attacks, we were featured on National Public Radio's "Sonic Memorial Project" commemorating the people and neighborhoods of the World Trade Center, where we had performed shortly before the attacks. Recent appearances have been at the prestigious Spoleto Festival USA, Canberra (Australia) International Music Festival, Berliner Festspiele and the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco.

The Ensemble's 1996 recording of Scott’s Vikings of the Sunrise for New Albion Records has been the subject of several other recent programs on National Public Radio, including “All Things Considered,” “Weekend Edition,” and “Art Beat.” Vikings of the Sunrise was hailed by Gramophone Magazine as one of "50 recordings that are among the finest ever made..." Billboard Magazine called it “...the first truly provocative work of new music for the ‘90s.” Keyboard Magazine cited it as “...vividly evocative.” Tom Manoff of “All Things Considered” called the work “...brilliant...if you can sail these mythic waters, you’re in for quite a journey.” Among the Ensemble's most recent recordings are a compact disc re-issue of Scott’s post-minimalist classic New Music for Bowed Piano, favorably reviewed by The American Record Guide (“...intensely resourceful music”), Wired Magazine and other publications, and The Deep Spaces with soprano soloist and CC faculty member Victoria Hansen.

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