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Five Shapes: Improvisations for Oboe d'Amore & Percussion

by Catherine Lee & Matt Hannafin

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"Five Shapes" is a suite of duo improvisations for oboe d’amore and percussion, recorded at Salem, Oregon’s Hudson Concert Hall on August 16, 2014.


released June 1, 2015

Formed in early 2013, the Lee/Hannafin Duo—Catherine Lee (oboe d'amore) and Matt Hannafin (percussion)—combines an austere New Music sensibility with the openness of free improvisation and the elemental power of world double-reed/percussion traditions.

Dr. Catherine Lee has performed extensively as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician on oboe, oboe d’amore, and English horn, in settings from classical to contemporary to free improvisation. She is principal oboe with the Salem Chamber Orchestra; has played in the oboe sections of many orchestras, including the Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal; and has performed in ensembles led by improvisers John Gruntfest, Gino Robair, and Tatsuya Nakatani. She holds a Doctor of Music in Oboe Performance from McGill University and a Master of Music and Performer Diploma from Indiana University, and is a member of the music faculty at Western Oregon, Willamette, and George Fox Universities.

Matt Hannafin is a New York–born, Portland-based percussionist active in contemporary solo percussion, free improvisation, and Iranian classical and traditional music. His teachers included composer La Monte Young, Indian vocal legend Pandit Pran Nath, Persian tar and tombak master Kavous Shirzadian, and percussionists Jamey Haddad and Glen Velez. An active solo performer, he’s also played with a wide range of collaborators, including shakuhachi master Jeffrey Lependorf, Sun Ra altoist Marshall Allen, trumpeter Nate Wooley, multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Borbetomagus guitarist Donald Miller, and electronics players Brian Moran and Doug Theriault. He’s appeared at venues and festivals around the USA, from the United Nations General Assembly Hall to the Miami Iranian Cultural Festival to CBGB’s.

Information at www.catherinemlee.com and www.matthannafin.com/Music.html


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