Latitude 49 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, three musicians hail from each country, creating a cohesive mixed chamber ensemble while still emphasizing a unique and individual sound. Comprising Jani Parsons (piano), Timothy Steeves (violin), Andy Hall (saxophone), Jeremy Crosmer (cello), Nonna Aroutiounian (clarinet), and Kyle Acuncius (percussion), Latitude 49 formed through their connections to the University of Michigan where they were recently featured in the Michigan Muse magazine, and gave their debut concerts in Spring 2012.
Latitude 49 has no boundaries and neither should music. Bridging the gap among composers, performers, and the audiences is top priority for Latitude 49 in an effort to support this generation of music making. While only recently formed, Latitude 49 is already making efforts to reach out to new composers, and recently commissioned Jonathan Chapman Cook (American composer) and Caerwen Martin (Canadian composer) to write works for them in the 2012 season. While participating in the Fresh Inc. music festival in June 2012, they worked with four up-and-coming composers, premiering and recording new works at the Wisconsin Art Museum, Carthage College, University of Wisconsin Parkside, St. James Cathedral, and Ravinia Festival in Chicago. While eager to present contemporary music that sparks interest, curiosity, and excitement, our shows create a cohesive sensory experience by combining visual arts, unusual spaces, and aural artwork in stimulating ways. Latitude’s aim is to make each performance a lasting experience, full of virtuosic exploration and captivating, passionate innovation.
For updates, follow Latitude 49 on Twitter
Latitude 49 Participating Members
Kyle Acuncius is currently Artist/Instructor of Percussion at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand and Principal Timpanist of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Kyle received a Bachelors degree from the Eastman School of Music, a Masters degree from Indiana University, where he was an Associate Instructor of Percussion, and recently completed a Specialist degree and an additional Masters degree in chamber music from the University of Michigan. Kyle has previously held positions as Section Percussionist with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and Principal Percussionist with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Columbus Philharmonic, Rome Festival Orchestra, Contemporary Directions Ensemble, and OSSIA. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia including tours with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble and the University of Michigan Symphony Band. Kyle can be heard on the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s CD “Manhattan Music”, the University of Michigan’s recording “Artifacts”, and the Interlochen Percussion Ensembles self-titled release.
You can follow Kyle on Twitter for more updates.
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. He has performed as a soloist with the Michigan Symphony Band, World Youth Orchestra, Triangle Wind Ensemble, and was a featured artist on “From the Top”. He has competed and placed in numerous competitions, winning first place in the national level of the 2009 NFMC Biennial Student Competitions. Andy has taught in group and private settings for eight 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 a proud member of the North American Saxophone Alliance and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
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. Jani is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan, with 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. She has performed throughout Canada and the United States, 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. A passionate teacher, Jani maintains a private studio of prize-winning pupils while serving as faculty in the PPLP program at the University of Michigan. She teaches at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, and is music director at Advent Episcopal Church in West Bloomfield.
Jesse Limbacher – Dig
for clarinet, violin, cello, alto saxophone, percussion, and piano
Haley Shaw – Bluepiece
for baritone saxophone, percussion, and piano
Andrew Watts – Quatrains
for tenor saxophone, drum kit, and piano
Jason Charney – Minitrio
for soprano saxophone, percussion, and piano