Three excerpts from The Fall of the Empire, by Frederic Rzewski (2007)
dedicated to Allen Otte
Letter from Reading Gaol
On Stilts Among Ducks, by Herbert Brün (1997)
realization for solo marimba, Allen Otte
Time and Truth, for percussion solo (2018)
for Herbert Brün on his centenary
Time, text and music by Allen Otte
Truth, text by Richard Howe; music by John Lane
Infraudibles by Herbert Brün (electronics, 1968; percussion trio, 1984)
realization for percussion solo, 2017, Allen Otte
Touch and Go, computer graphic by Herbert Brün (1967)
realization by Allen Otte (1995/2011)
. . . a rare opportunity to hear one of the master percussionists of our time interpret two of the most important composers you may never have heard of:
Composer Herbert Brün (1918-2000) was a pioneer in the application of computer technology to the generation of both music and images. Kentler International Drawing Space currently holds the largest collection of his trailblazing computer-generated graphics on the East Coast.
Virtuoso pianist and composer Frederic Rzewski (b. 1938) ranks with the legendary David Tudor as one of the most creative voices for his instrument in the last three generations.
Percussionist and composer Allen Otte (b. 1950) was a cofounder of the Blackearth Percussion Group and Percussion Group/Cincinnati and currently tours as a soloist. He worked closely with both Brün and Rzewski for decades as one of the most sensitive interpreters of their work. In 2017 he was inducted into The International Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.