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Points of Interest: New Music For Percussion

May 19, 2021 7:30 PM EDT

PARMA Live Stage presents “Points of Interest” by the Grover von Kampen Percussion Duo. The repertoire and concept for the concert emerged over several years as ensemble members Evan and Kevin approached colleagues at the College Conservatory of Music to compose works for the duo. During this time, they invited composers into a percussion space filled with instruments and encouraged composers to explore sounds and techniques. This process and the composers’ own predilections ignited the spark that spurred on the creation of new works by: Owen Hopper, Tyler Kline, Drew Nolan, Emma O’Halloran, Qingye Wu, and Mark Zanter. The works span the gamut from the new complexity to indie rock from DIY instruments to massive multi-percussion set-ups. An eclectic mix of works for acoustic instruments, fixed media, and live electronics presented in the beautiful Cohen Family Studio Theatre, in the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.


  • Emma O’Halloran
    Meditation for Metal Pipes
  • Qingye Wu
  • Owen Hopper
    Curves in Reverse
  • Tyler Kline
    Unit (premiere)
  • Drew Dolan
    Cheat Codes
  • Mark Zanter
    Points of Interest


Kevin von KampenEvan Grover

The Grover von Kampen Duo is a percussion duo dedicated to the performance of great works written for the genre, as well as the expansion of the repertoire through collaboration with composers. Evan Grover and Kevin von Kampen are D.M.A. candidates at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Evan Grover received a B.F.A. from Marshall University and a M.Mus. from the Boston Conservatory. Kevin von Kampen received a B.M.E. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and a M.Mus. from the University of South Florida.


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Jeffrey Nytch - composer Mark Zanter, a composer/performer, has received commissions from the UIUC Creative Music Orchestra, CU Symphony, the American Composers forum, the WV Commission on the Arts, WVMTA, Due East, Şölen Dikener, Rick Kurasz, Çetin Aydar, Ankara University Soloists, Lindsey Goodman, Trifecta!, Awea Duo and many others. He has appeared as a composer and performer on NPR’s Live at the Landmark, WILL, IPR, Second Sunday concerts, on WVPN In Touch With The Arts, is published by Les Productions d’OZ, Schott European American, and MJIC Music publishing, and his works have been performed nationally and internationally at festivals including, MUSIC X, June in Buffalo, Soundscape (Maccagno, Italy), NYCEMF, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Seensound, MIUC (Melbourne, au), SEAMUS, Echofluxx (Prague, Czech Republic), Generative Art International, and 1oFestival Internacional de Música Contemporanea de Goiania (Goiania, Brasil). He is the recipient of grants/awards from The American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP), The American Music Center (AMC), The American Composers Forum (ACF), Meet the Composer, The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and WV Music Teachers Association, and his work for string orchestra, Lament and dream received Special Distinction in the ASCAP Rudolph Nissim Prize. This work and others are featured on Navona Records release entitled Letters to a Young Poet. Zanter’s music has been issued on the Ablaze, Navona, and innova record labels.

As a performer Dr. Zanter is equally at home performing standard repertoire, improvised music, and jazz and has appeared with the Huntington Symphony Orchestra, the Ohio Valley Orchestra, Sinfonia Da Camera, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Leroy Jenkins, Vinko Globokar, George Lewis, Butch Morris, and Alphonse Mouzon. He has recorded with Deborah Richtmeyer, Vinko Globokar, and his recording of Composition 165 with Anthony Braxton received special mention in Downbeat Magazine.

Dr. Zanter’s research interests include Algorithmic Composition, Structural Models for Improvisation, and Conduction® the music of Butch Morris. Mr. Zanter completed his A. Mus. D. in composition at the University of Illinois where he studied with, Salvatore Martirano, William Brooks, Paul Martin Zonn, and Erik Lund. He is Coordinator of Music Theory and Composition; and Distinguished Artist and Scholar at Marshall University, Huntington, WV.

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Fleeting Realms Vol. 2 - Album Cover

Onyx - Various Artists - Album Cover

LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET - Mark Zanter - Album Cover

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