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Clarinetist and composer Eric P. Mandat performs March 17

View larger imageBOONE—Clarinetist and composer Eric P. Mandat will present a guest recital March 17 at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

Mandat is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music.

He will perform “Rrowzer!,” “Coconut Candy,” “The Jungle,” “Preludes,” “The Moon in My Window” and “Double Life,” all of which are his compositions.

As a composer, Mandat focuses primarily on solo and chamber works for clarinet. His compositions utilize extended techniques within a framework largely influenced by jazz and traditional music of non-Western cultures.

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The Chicago Reader states, “Mandat is exploring new worlds…with a unique combination of virtuosity and a creative use of multiphonics…he uses them to create highly personal and expressive compositions that…are loaded with musical meaning.” The Village Voice notes the “suave physicality” of his presence as a performer, and finds his style to be “riveting.”

Mandat is professor of music and distinguished scholar at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he teaches clarinet and graduate courses in musical analysis.

He tours world-wide as a soloist and chamber musician, presenting lectures and recitals featuring new American clarinet music as well as traditional repertoire. He has premiered his works at international conferences in Chicago, Stockholm, Tokyo, Vancouver and Porto, Portugal, and has appeared as soloist with the Latvian National Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony.

Mandat is a member of the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW ensemble. He also performs with The Transatlantic Trio, which has concertized in the United States and Europe. Mandat also is a member of Tone Road Ramblers, an eclectic sextet specializing in improvisation and experimental music.

Mandat is a recipient of the 2000, 2005 and 2009 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Awards for composition. His music is featured in concerts and recordings by clarinetists throughout the world.