Unheard of // Ensemble

Unheard of //Ensemble

Unheard of//Ensemble performs at UTC, in Cadek Recital Hall, March 7, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. This innovative concert is free and open to the public.

Many talented, highly trained young musicians around the USA and around the world are turning to new and recent music by living composers for at least a portion of their concert selections. This music incorporates influences from a wide range of styles, and often appeals to audiences who want more than the traditional repertoire by the great classic composers of old.

The Unheard of Project features an ensemble of four gifted professionals who perform across the USA in venues from Carnegie Hall and Conservatories to “do-it-yourself” spaces and house concerts. Their concerts primarily feature music composed specifically for them. The Unheard of//Ensemble will offer a concert of such music on Thursday, March 7,  on the UTC campus. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Cadek Recital Hall. Admission and parking are free. This concert is sponsored by Dr. Jonathan McNair, the Ruth S. Holmberg Professor of American Music and the Music Division of the Department of Performing Arts at UTC.

Ford Fourqurean (clarinet), Matheus Souza (violin), Issei Herr (cello), and Daniel Anastasio (piano) form the core of Unheard-of//Ensemble. With over 40 works written for them and guest performances across the United States visiting Manhattan School of Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Georgia State University, University of Tennessee (Knoxville and Chattanooga), along with performances ranging from Carnegie Hall to Spectrum and DIY spaces, Unheard-of has built a reputation for "scintillating and evocative" performances as well as "an enviable cache of new pieces" (Steve Smith, National Sawdust Log). www.unheard-ofproject.com.

Clarinetist Ford Fourqurean strives to bring together communities through contemporary music. He is in demand as both a freelancer and as a guest artist and clinician at universities and institutions throughout the United States. He serves as artistic director of Unheard-of//Ensemble along with many other projects connecting contemporary music with wider audiences. Ford began his music studies at Columbus State University in Georgia. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts as a Teaching Assistant at Stony Brook University. He holds a Masters of Music from Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program, and has studied composition and electronic music as well as being one of six national winners of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi’s Marcus L. Urann Fellowship.

Matheus Souza is a Brazilian violinist, instructor and conductor with an eclectic musical background. His early interest in Brazilian popular music, also known as Choro, gave him tools to go beyond the strict classical training imposed in most violinists. Mr. Souza had the privilege to collaborate with masters of the genre, such as Joel Nascimento, Jaime Vignoli, Luiz Otávio Braga, and Oscar Bolão. In addition to his training in Brazilian music, Mr. Souza has participated in classical music festivals including the Varna International Music Festival, and the Campos do Jordão Winter Festival. Mr. Souza received a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where he received awards for his excellence in teaching and conducting in the “Music in Schools” program.

Cellist Issei Herr is committed to a diverse array of music both old and new, with a repertoire that ranges from the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Babbitt to works by Schubert, Schumann, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky. An advocate for the music of our time, Issei has worked closely with several prominent composers, and has performed with musical luminaries.

Pianist Daniel Anastasio is a soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue who combines an intellectual curiosity with “technical prowess and emotional sensitivity” (Rivard Report). His performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 3, conducted by Leon Fleisher with the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, was ‘the highlight to everyone’s ears, if the full-house of standing ovation was any indication” (ECM reviews). He received fellowships to Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall, Tanglewood Music Center and Yellow Barn Music Festival. Anastasio is a member of Bridge Arts Ensemble, an outreach program that brings classical music to New York area public schools. He is also the co-founder and pianist for Unheard-of, as well as Agarita, a piano quartet dedicated to nourishing the arts community in San Antonio, TX through multidisciplinary collaboration, educational community engagement, and free, adventurous programming. He currently serves as full-time faculty at San Antonio College.


For more information, contact Dr. Jonathan McNair, (423) 425-4679, or the Division of Music, (423) 425-4601.