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Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 | 2 p.m. Pacific

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Jeff Anderle
Weird Sounds for Clarinet

A surevey of non-traditional and extended techniques for clarinet. Learn from a master of “beyond-borders” intstrumental music.



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About the Event

Making weird sounds on the clarinet is one of my favorite things to do, and I look forward to introducing you to this world! I firmly believe that all clarinetists should be familiar with and devoted to exploring the full range of what our instrument is capable of. Furthermore, the practice of these techniques will improve your clarinet playing in many surprising areas, and I have found that many of these techniques have practical applications in “traditional” repertoire.

– Jeff Anderle

About the Mentor

Jeff Anderle is a pioneer in the world of low reeds, helping to popularize the role of the modern clarinet and bass clarinet through his innovative and diverse performances, ensembles, and commissions.

He is a member of Splinter Reeds, the Bay Area’s first reed quintet, and half of the bass clarinet duo Sqwonk, which has commissioned and premiered a significant body of work that infuses aspects of classical, folk and popular music into its own distinct style.  He is a clarinetist in the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and performs regularly with a wide range of music institutions from orchestras to diverse chamber music ensembles.  Former ensemble memberships include the virtuosic, heavy metal bass clarinet quartet Edmund Welles, REDSHIFT contemporary music ensemble, and the Paul Dresher Electro/Acoustic Band. Through these various projects, he has commissioned or premiered over 150 works and been featured nationally at festivals and masterclasses.

Jeff is a founding co-director of Switchboard Music, a presenting organization which featured hundreds of innovative musicians through its annual marathon and concert series in its 10 year history. He is Chair of the woodwind department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he teaches clarinet, bass clarinet, chamber music, and professional development; he has also given masterclasses across the country on these topics. He holds a M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a B.A. from University of California at Los Angeles.

Jeff is a Selmer Paris Performing Artist, performing on Presence clarinets and a Prestige bass clarinet.

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