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Workshops with Eva and Heather

Heather Roche and Eva Zöllner can provide, in a workshop setting, extensive insight into the compositional possibilities of  their instruments, both alone and in the context of their duo Heather Roche´s presentation serves as an introduction to clarinet and bass clarinet writing. It aims to cover articulation, sound production, multiphonics, glissandi, microtonality, air sounds and preparations. Eva Zöllner provides general information about the concert accordion and its sound production, notation, contemporary playing techniques and the use of the instrument in new media projects.

Together, they present their work as a duo, and demonstrate the potential of their unique lineup in different contexts. With the use of score examples, students will have the possibility to develop a concrete understanding of how to best make use of and write for the two instruments. In addition, they’ll cover through examples different ways to consider composition from the perspective of writing good chamber music, through played examples from their own repertoire. As the two musicians have, both within the duo and in their own careers as soloists and chamber musicians, had a great deal of experience working with composers, they are ideally situated for further advising students in terms of concrete career advice, how to achieve fruitful collaborations with performers, etc.

Workshop references: Stanford University (USA), University of California Berkeley (USA), University of Southampton (UK), ESAY Merida (Mexico), Durham University (UK), Hertzbreakerz Malmö (SE), Bludenzer Tage Zeitgemässer Musik (AT), Belfast University (UK), Leeds University (UK), York University (UK), Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (D), Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim (D), Queen's University Belfast (UK) etc.












For further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with either of us:

heather (dot) roche (at) gmail (dot) com or eva (at) eva-zoellner (dot) com

And please see our individual websites for more information on writing for our instruments:

Heathers´s blog about clarinet writing:

Eva´s book "Composing for the Accordion"

For current workshop participants, access to materials is provided here (password required).

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