UCR Department of Music
Wednesday@Noon Zoom Concert
ROOM TO SPARE
David Leach, piano and Julia Connor, violin
A live concert of their original music
May 13, 2020
Wednesday, 12:00-12:50 P.M.
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Boston-based violin and piano duo Room to Spare (David Leach, piano and Julia Connor, violin) is excited to present a live concert of their original music, most easily described as acoustic-groove-based-prog-metal-folk-jazz. They will be playing music from their 2019 debut album and several brand new compositions.
After years of giving impromptu performances in unusual places—from campgrounds in American national parks to hostel courtyards in rural Spain to a mountain pass in the Swiss Alps—Julia Connor and David Leach formed the violin and piano duo Room to Spare in the spring of 2018. The duo’s name reflects the pair's spacious approach to music making, as they draw inspiration from a wide variety of musical traditions—from jazz and classical, to folk, rock, and prog-metal. Room to Spare released their debut album in May 2019, which Brad Wells (founder and artist director of the Grammy-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth) praised, saying that the album “explodes with brilliance and promise[...]The future is bright for these two – and, thanks to them, the future is brighter for contemporary chamber music.” Julia and David were also artists in residence at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon and were recognized by WBUR Boston as one of the top 21 entries from Massachusetts to NPR's 2019 Tiny Desk Contest.
In October 2019, Room to Spare premiered Jonah, a 40-minute cantata which David composed on commission from Temple Beth Avodah in Newton, MA. Other projects (since postposed due to COVID-19) include a collaboration with Brooklyn-based guitarist Noah Berman and a tour to Albuquerque, New Mexico. This spring, Room to Spare is excited to be working with student composers from UC Riverside as part of a virtual residency with the UCR composition program. Julia and David are graduates of the double degree program at the Oberlin College and Conservatory. Julia also holds a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and David holds an MFA in poetry from Boston University, where he was a student of former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
• The Wednesday@Noon Series offers concerts, lectures, and presentations of academic research by Department of Music faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and international guest artists and scholars. Deborah Wong, coordinator.
Wednesday, May 13 at 12:00pm to 12:50pmVirtual Event
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