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Southern Exposure presents its first-ever European ensemble

The virtuosic SaVaSa Trio performs February 16

Southern Exposure New Music Series presents its first-ever European ensemble, the breathtakingly creative and virtuosic SaVaSa Trio: Saar Berger (horn), Valentín Garvie and Sava Stoianov (trumpet). SaVaSa’s players, based in Frankfurt, are members of the legendary German group Ensemble Modern, one of the most famed contemporary music ensembles in the world, perhaps best-known in the U.S. for their collaboration with Frank Zappa in the early 1990s. The trio has played in cities throughout Europe, including Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, Ljubljana, Viitasaari and Frankfurt.

The free concert takes place on Thursday February 16 at 7:30 p.m. and the University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Hall (813 Assembly St., 2nd floor) Arrive early for this popular series as seats fill to capacity.

SaVaSa’s free-wheeling program dips heavily into the avant-garde, musical modernism and jazz, and features music by some of Europe’s most intriguing composers, including Martín Matalón, Bernard Gander, Vito Zuraj, and Ensemble Modern’s pianist Hermann Kretzschmar, written exclusively for the ensemble.

The program also includes Elliott Carter’s Call, perhaps the only work for this unusual instrument combination written before SaVaSa was formed. Some pieces showcase the player’s formidable improvisation skills, including one world premiere: SaVaSa is joined by USC jazz faculty virtuosos Bert Ligon (piano), Craig Butterfield (bass), and Bryson Borgstedt (saxophone) for a new work written for the occasion by Valentín Garvie.

Artist Exposure

This Southern Exposure concert features visual art by Columbia’s Jamie Blackburn, on display in the USC Music Library, School of Music second floor, during the weeks surrounding the concert.

SaVaSa Trio Public Events

Wednesday, February 15

Horn and Trombone Master Class
1:00–2:00 p.m., Koger Large Rehearsl Room
All students and faculty are welcome to attend.

Open Rehearsal/Q&A
6:00–7:00 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall
Geared towards composition and brass students (anyone welcome to attend)

Thursday, February 16

Southern Exposure Concert
7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall
Free and open to the public.