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Roots


Khemia Ensemble's second season, titled "Roots", will feature a diverse array of compositions by composers from the Americas.  Featuring the music of Gabriella Lena Frank, Ricardo Lorenz, Nina C. Young, Marcos Balter, Carolina Heredia, Bret Bohman and Alberto Ginastera among others.

U P C O M I N G   C O N C E R T   D A T E S   I N C L U D E
February 2nd - "Latin American Roots" - Hankinson Hall,
 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

April 8th - "Latin IS America" - Venue TBA
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

 

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Roots


Khemia Ensemble's second season, titled "Roots", will feature a diverse array of compositions by composers from the Americas.  Featuring the music of Gabriella Lena Frank, Ricardo Lorenz, Nina C. Young, Marcos Balter, Carolina Heredia, Bret Bohman and Alberto Ginastera among others.

U P C O M I N G   C O N C E R T   D A T E S   I N C L U D E
February 2nd - "Latin American Roots" - Hankinson Hall,
 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

April 8th - "Latin IS America" - Venue TBA
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

 

The eight members of Khemia Ensemble have come together across five countries from the Americas: Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and the United States to form an ensemble that seeks to diversify and share the music of living composers.  In the Fall of 2014, Argentinian composer, Carolina Heredia, assembled a group of like-minded musicians with the goal of bringing unique concert experiences and fresh contemporary chamber music to places it has never been. By summer 2015, Khemia Ensemble launched a successful fundraising campaign to travel and provide free of charge residencies to two South American Universities: National University of Bogota (Colombia) and National University of Cordoba (Argentina).  As a part of these residencies, Khemia commissioned five works, of which, three were written by South American composers.  We also participated in reading sessions of newly composed student’s works, and provided concerts and instrument master classes open to the public.  The newly commissioned music from this residency is featured on our inaugural album that was released in the Winter of 2016, “Voyages.”
The remainder of our 2015-2016 season centered around a Midwest album release tour that featured the premiere of our interactive lighting installation titled "Khemia Lights”. “Khemia Lights” is a permanent installation for the ensemble and was created in a collaboration between Khemia member/composer, Bret Bohman, and the Cincinnati-based sound and visual production company Intermedio.  The lights use audio-visual technology that responds live to the rhythm and intensity of the music we are performing, creating an exciting multi-sensory experience for the audience. Khemia used this technology to performed a series of interactive concerts throughout Cincinnati, Ann Arbor and Detroit venues. 
The members of Khemia hold degrees from the University of Michigan, New England Conservatory, University of Iowa, San Francisco Conservatory, Rice University and Hochschule fur Musik der Stadt Basel, Switzerland; and have served on the faculty of institutions such as the University of Michigan, University of Iowa and Eastern Michigan University.

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Ensemble


Meet the members of our ensemble below

 

Ensemble


Meet the members of our ensemble below

 

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Voyages Album


Our debut album is here!  Released on May 14th on Bandcamp we have included works commissioned for our inaugural tour of South America as well as some of our favorite contemporary voices!

Voyages Album


Our debut album is here!  Released on May 14th on Bandcamp we have included works commissioned for our inaugural tour of South America as well as some of our favorite contemporary voices!

Our debut album, titled "Voyages", is a collection of the works that were commissioned and/or performed during our inaugural tour of South America.  The album features several full group works from our resident composers, a few solo works(some with electronics!) and a few other chamber works from some of our favorite contemporary voices!  Featured composers include Harold Meltzer, David Biedenbender, Barry Sharp, Carolina Heredia, Bret Bohman and Kaito Nakahori.  The album is available via Bandcamp and can be found here.
 

Spirals - Bohman
Resonance Modes (pno. elec.) - Biedebender
Zero - Nakahori
Añoranzas (vcl. elec.) - Heredia
Two Songs from Silas Maner (sop. vlc.) - Meltzer
Sinews (Bb cl.) - Sharp
Remembranzas - Heredia

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The Khemia Lights


In addition to our repertoire we wanted to create a one-of-a-kind chamber music experience by including a custom, interactive lighting rig to our concerts.  This is our first step towards a wholly immersive concert experience.  With the help of Intermedio we created "Khemia Lights"

The Khemia Lights


In addition to our repertoire we wanted to create a one-of-a-kind chamber music experience by including a custom, interactive lighting rig to our concerts.  This is our first step towards a wholly immersive concert experience.  With the help of Intermedio we created "Khemia Lights"

our unique vision for a concert experience unlike any other

We unveiled the "Khemia Lights" on our debut album release tour in April of 2015 at concerts in Ann Arbor, Cincinnati and Detroit.  This custom made lighting rig designed and produced by the help of Intermedio consists of 8 incandescent light bulbs attached to variable height fixtures that are spacially dispersed throughout the ensemble.  Each light can dim, strobe, flicker and fade independently from the others, offering a unique and large range of expressive gestures.  The lights are both interactive and performative, taking information from both the live sound from the instrumentalists and programmed and performed patches by a member offstage.  It has become a like a ninth instrument for us.  See them in action in a video by Intermedio below!

A low lit scene from Kaito's Nakahori's Zero.  In this work the lights react subtly to the overall volume of the ensemble.

One of the lights up a closer reveals the filaments.

Our pianist Jeannette Fang performing with the lights.