1:00PM Sunday 6/26/2016
Hear No Evil is a contemporary ensemble committed to providing live, multi-media shows in the greater Austin area.
A native of Los Angeles, Marley Eder is an active freelance musician in Austin, Texas. As the founder and co-director of Hear No Evil, he advocates for classical music in unorthodox settings where a greater awareness and appreciation of this incredible repertory can be fostered amongst new audiences. He has recorded experimental and improvised music with several bands in the greater Austin area including Magnets, Cordas e Ventos, and Farago. In the realm of modern music in the classical tradition, Eder has performed in the John Cage Festival at Red Cat of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and participated in live premiers of music by John Cage, Mike Keneally, and Philip Glass. Additionally, he has premiered over forty works for solo flute and chamber ensembles by composers based in Bloomington, Los Angeles, Seattle, Ithaca, and Austin.
Considered an active clarinetist, Shih-Yen Chen has participated in various solo and ensemble performances. Particularly interested in contemporary music, Miss Chen was invited to perform “Kheir: Fantasy for clarinet and Sinfonietta” by Max Grafe with UT New Music Ensemble and “Der Klein Harlekin” by Karlheinz Stockhausen in UT Wind Ensemble concert as a soloist. She also played as a regular substitute clarinetist in San Antonio Symphony Orchestra in 2013. She was invited to Fischoff Chamber competition live audition held in Indiana and a featured artist in Jo Ann Dunn Fargason Memorial concert in Houston in 2014. In addition, Miss Chen was invited to perform in International Magic Clarinet Quartet Summer Festival in 2011 and has performed Clarinet Concerto by Aaron Copland with National Taiwan Normal University in NTNU Grand Auditorium and Song-Yi Concert Hall in Taiwan.
Based in Austin, Texas, Sara Sasaki is a violinist dedicated to the performance of contemporary music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College and Conservatory, Master of Music degree at The University of Texas Butler School of Music, and will be starting an Artist Diploma degree at UT in August. She is an active performer for the UT composition department and has performed with the New Music Ensemble under the direction of Dan Welcher for two of their performances in 2014. Her most recent project was a performance on February 9, 2016 of Michael Daugherty’s Ladder to the Moon (2006), conducted by Steven Knight and students at the UT Butler School of Music.
Originally from Savannah, Georgia, James Burch is a cellist currently based in Austin, Texas. As a soloist he has performed works by Dvorak and Maslanka at the Rialto Center in Atlanta, Georgia and Bates Recital Hall in Austin. He has also performed internationally including most recently at the soundSCAPE festival in Maccagno Italy, where he was awarded the Performer Prize. Committed to the performance of contemporary music, he has worked with numerous composers including Xi Wang and Donnacha Dennehy. In addition to his role as a performer, James is also the co-director of Tetractys, a new-music concert series in Austin.
Pianist Monica Kang is a versatile performer, teacher, and avid scholar. She has premiered solo, collaborative, chamber, and large ensemble works and given presentations on contemporary repertoire in various theory and pedagogy conferences. Her book, “Post-Tonal Affinities in Piano Works of Bartók, Chen, and Crumb,” is due for publication in 2016. Having concertized in the U.S., Taiwan, and Italy, impactful chamber experiences include a week-long tour of the Tuscany region and most recently, performances in Austin as part of Hear No Evil. Monica obtained her doctorate from UT-Austin and holds dual bachelor
degrees in math and piano from Northwestern University.
Percussionist Cory Fica is currently pursuing a Master’s in Music Performance degree from the University of Texas at Austin. A versatile percussionist, Fica performs with many ensembles at UT, local rock bands, and contemporary chamber ensemble, HEAR NO EVIL Later this summer, Fica will compete in the Great Plains Marimba Competition and the Northwestern International Percussion Competition. Additionally, Fica will perform Dinuk Wijeratne’s percussion concerto “Invisible Cities” with the Interlochen Wind Symphony, led by Jerry Junkin. Fica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina. His teachers include Dr. Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards and Dr. Scott Herring.