Members of The Heare Ensemble first met and performed together as graduate students at the Eastman School of Music. Since then, the ensemble has remained committed to performing together in concert venues and academic institutions around the country. Among concerts performed in 2017, the ensemble performed as Ensemble-in-Residence at Indiana State University’s Contemporary Music Festival and at Constellation Chicago.
Central to the ensemble’s vision is its collaborations with composers, most recently including Robert Pound, Narong Prangcharoen, Marc Mellits, and most notably Carter Pann. The ensemble will embark upon further performances with Pann in the coming season, and Pann’s music will take a central focus in its programming, including a performance together at the National Flute Association Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida.
The Heare Ensemble instigated a commission with SDG Music Foundation to engage Carter Pann to write Melodies for Robert in honor Robert Jones. Jones was a friend to flutist, Jennie Oh-Brown, who passed away in 2016. He was a World War II veteran, an accomplished flutist, a respected physician, and a pilot. The work was premiered in the fall of 2017. Together with Pann, the ensemble will now embark upon further performances together as well as a commitment to record a commercially released album entirely of Pann’s music.
Additional projects currently include George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale, a signature piece for the ensemble, which will be recorded this year with Dan Nichols. Nichols is the sound engineer for Third Coast Percussion’s Grammy award winning album featuring the music of Steve Reich.