Latitude 49

Ensemble: Clarinet, Violin, Piano, Saxophone, Percussion, Cello; 2013

Latitude 49Latitude 49 (L49) is a dynamic new music ensemble, pushing boundaries and creating unique and charismatic performances for diverse audiences. Inspired by the 49th parallel that forms the western part of the Canada-United States border, musicians hail from each country, creating a cohesive mixed chamber ensemble while still emphasizing a unique and individual sound. Comprised of Jani Parsons (piano), Timothy Steeves (violin), Andy Hall (saxophones), Jacobsen Woollen (cello), Jason Paige (clarinets), and Chris Sies (percussion), L49 formed through their connections to the University of Michigan where they were recently featured in the Michigan Muse magazine, and gave debut concerts in Spring 2012.

Bridging the gap among composers, performers, and the audiences is top priority for L49 in an effort to support this generation of music making. While only recently formed, L49 is already making efforts to reach out to new composers, and recently commissioned American composers Jonathan Chapman Cook, Garrett Schumann, and Jesse Limbacher as well as Canadian composers Jared Miller and Eugene Astopov to write works for them in the 2012-2013 season. While participating in the Fresh Inc. Music Festival in June 2013, Latitude worked with several up-and-coming composers, premiering and recording new works at the Chicago Cultural Center, University of Wisconsin at Parkside, Music Institute of Chicago, and a handful of art museums in the Greater Chicago Area. Upcoming, L49 will be featured on the New Music Detroit chamber music series in September 2013 as well as giving Michigan premieres of new works written at the Fresh Inc. Music Festival. While eager to present contemporary music that sparks interest, curiosity, and excitement, their shows create a cohesive sensory experience by combining visual arts, unusual spaces, and aural artwork in stimulating ways. L49’s aim is to make each performance a lasting experience, full of virtuosic exploration and captivating, passionate innovation.

Tomas Gueglio – Sextet
for piano, violin, saxophone, cello, clarinet, and percussion

John Dorhauer – Puzzle Lunch Tulips Cheezborger
for piano, violin, saxophone, cello, clarinet, and percussion


Group members:

Jason Paige, Clarinet

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A budding advocate of new music, Jason Paige is a third year doctoral student in clarinet performance at the University of Michigan. Having studied with masters of the instrument including Jo Lena Dial, Chad Burrow, Dr. Justin O’Dell, and Daniel Gilbert, Jason has learned to appreciate and love all types of music and genres written for the clarinet and varying ensembles it is involved in. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Oklahoma City University and a master’s degree from Michigan State University. Jason grew up in Houston, TX where music was discovered as a passion and now a career. He has taught at the middle school, high school, and undergraduate levels as a private instructor and has served as a coach for chamber music by a variety of groups. Mr. Paige has performed in venues throughout the United States and Europe. He was the featured clarinetist in the Alpenkammermusik festival in Liesing, Austria over two consecutive summers (2009/2010). As a participant in Contemporary Directions Ensemble at the U of M, Paige has been a featured soloist for the Berio Sequenza Project and has been featured in ensembles involved in the University of Michigan: Museum of Art’s 2011, 2012, and 2013 concert seasons. He concertized as the featured clarinetist in the 100th anniversary celebration of the premiere of Pierrot Lunaire performed by esteemed faculty member Freda Herseth. Jason has been a member of the new music ensemble Latitude 49 since December 2012 and recently participated in the 2013 FreshInc Music Festival in the Greater Chicago Area.

Alexander Cooke – Apricity
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano

Jake Heggie – Statuesque
Movements I and V
for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, cello, double bass and piano


Timothy Steeves, Violin

Tim Steeves

Canadian violinist Timothy Steeves is developing a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and performer of contemporary music. Timothy made his solo debut in 2004 with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and has since performed with orchestras in both Canada and the United States. He performed in Carnegie Hall as a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2007 and 2009. In 2010 he performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the Conservatory Project. The following year Timothy was a member of the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra with which he performed at the Salzburg Festival. As a member of the orchestra he also premiered and recorded Peter Ruzicka’s Aulodie für Oboe und Kammerorchester with Albrecht Mayer. Timothy’s chamber music collaborators have included Pierre Amoyal, Andrés Cárdenes, Nancy Armbrose King, and Paul Schoenfeld and  he is also a founding member of the new music ensemble Latitude 49 with whom he has performed across the Midwest. Timothy received ARCT Diplomas in both Violin and Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in 2007. He graduated with a Bachelor in Music with Highest Honors from the University of Michigan in 2012. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Music from UM under the tutelage of David Halen and Stephen Shipps. Timothy was a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival in 2012 and will return this summer.

Alexander Cooke – Apricity
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano


Jani Parsons, PianoJani Parsons

Jani Parsons is an award-winning Canadian pianist and teacher, holding a bachelors degree in performance from the Vancouver Academy of Music and a masters degree in performance and pedagogy from the University of Michigan in addition to a performer’s certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music. A recent recipient of a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan, Jani explores diverse interests in performance, pedagogy, theory, and new music performance. She is active in premiering and promoting new music, has been featured on CBC Radio 2 as semi-finalist of the Eckhardt-Grammatté Contemporary Music Competition. An active performer throughout Canada and the United States, past concerts include performances at the Chan Centre for the Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Chicago’s Ravinia Festival with Latitude 49, a mixed chamber ensemble she co-founded. Recently appointed pianist of the Fifth House Ensemble in Chicago, she recently premiered new works by John Zorn and Caleb Burhans alongside the Fifth House Ensemble with performances at the University of Minnesota, Chicago’s Constellation, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s “Mix at the Max” series, along with several performances throughout the midwest. A passionate teacher, Jani maintains a private studio of prize-winning pupils, and has previously taught at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp.

Matthew Entwistle – Midnight Arboretum
for two Saxophones and piano

Jake Heggie – Statuesque
Movements I and V
for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, cello, double bass and piano

Stacy Garrop – Frammenti
Five miniatures for chamber ensemble


Andy Hall, Saxophone

Andy Hall

Andy Hall holds a masters degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelors degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in saxophone performance.  His principal teachers include world renowned saxophonists Donald Sinta, Dr. Steven Stusek, Dr. Timothy Mc.Allister, Chad Eby, and Dr. Susan Fancher.  He has performed as a soloist with the Michigan Symphony Band, World Youth Orchestra, Triangle Wind Ensemble, and was a featured artist on NPR’s  “From the Top”. He has competed and placed in numerous state, national, and international competitions, winning first place in the national level of the 2009 NFMC Biennial, and was also recognized and received scholarship by the Presser Foundation.  Andy has taught the saxophone in group and private settings for nine years. He has held the position as saxophone instructor at North Carolina School of the Arts Community Music School, and currently maintains a large and active private saxophone studio in the Ann Arbor and surrounding areas.  He is currently the designated saxophone instructor for Dexter, Saline, and Northville community schools.   He is a proud member of the North American Saxophone Alliance and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Matthew Entwistle – Midnight Arboretum
for two Saxophones and piano

Patrick O’Malley – Rhapsody
for oboe, saxophone, french horn, viola, and double bass


Chris Sies, Percussion

Chris Sies

Chris Sies is an emerging young percussion artist originally from Manchester, Maryland. A diverse performer, Chris has appeared with the United States Navy Band, New Music Detroit, The Michigan Arab Orchestra, and the  “experimental powerhouse,” So Percussion.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Michigan where he performed with the University Symphony Orchestra, the University Symphony Band, the Percussion Ensemble, World Percussion Ensemble, and the Vencedores Samba Bateria.  As a sought after drumset player, Chris has performed in supporting acts for bands, such as Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto, The Acacia Strain, Emmure and Kid Cudi.  Sies has also been an active educator within the Baltimore metropolitan area teaching privately, presenting master classes, and serving as a music instructor and mentor with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids Program. An avid promoter and performer of new music, Sies has premiered several works, including the world premiere of Phil Kline’s Dreamcitynine as well as the Chicago premiere of John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit. He has also performed at such events as the Midwest Composer’s Symposium and New Music Detroit’s annual Strange Beautiful Music.  In April 2013, Sies was chosen to participate in the 21st-Century American Contemporary Ensemble workshop at Carnegie Hall with world-renowned conductors John Adams and David Robertson.  That same year, Chris was selected to participate in the Roots and Rhizomes Residency at the Banff Centre for Creativity in Alberta, Canada under the direction of  percussion guru and renowned conductor Steve Schick.

Matthew Kline – Four Perspectives
for oboe, viola, bassoon, and percussion

Tomás Gueglio – Sur la !ûte traversière
for clarinet, flute, violin, cello, piano, and percussion


Jacobsen Woollen, Cello

Jacobsen Woollen

Jacobsen Woollen was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana.   He is an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, where he studies cello with Richard Aaron.   As a soloist, he has appeared with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Musical Arts Youth Orchestra, and Voces Novae Chamber Choir.   He has also performed in a sextet with violinist Joshua Bell, toured France with the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi, and spent summers at Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Music Festival and School.   In addition to cello, Jacobsen is beginning to indulge a longstanding interest in conducting as founder and director of Paradigm Shift Chamber Orchestra.   He is thrilled to continue his initial forays into the world of contemporary music with his wonderful and talented new colleagues in Latitude 49.

Justin Giarrusso – September Scrapbook
for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

Kevin Wilt – Groove Incubation
for 2 double basses, 2 cellos, and 2 violas

Danielle Rabinowitz – Mo(u)rning
for flute, cello, and piano