There’s a new chamber music series in town.
Christopher Barrett and his Phaze Theory Collective are starting a bimonthly series that kicks off Wednesday, July 20, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. The first concert, titled “Studies in Contrast,” features two Fresno ensembles: Sequoia Brass and Impetus Percussion. The two groups will be performing pieces by Bach, Handel, Alrich and Mozart as well as a newly commissioned work.
We caught up with Barrett, who was born in England and raised in Fresno, via email to ask a little more about the series.
Q: Tell me about the commissioned piece you will play.
A: “Muse of Fire” by Alexis Alrich was commissioned by Impetus Percussion but not for this concert. We are raising donations for a brass and percussion piece to be commissioned from Stefan Cwik to be performed at a later concert in the series.
Q: Who makes up the two ensembles that will be performing? I understand that members have performed with the London Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, Sacramento Symphony and English Chamber Orchestra, among others.
A: Sequoia Brass is made up of Christopher Barrett (tuba), Braden Salvatore (trombone), Christopher Golden (horn) and Pierce Yamaoka (trumpet). Impetus Percussion is made up of Robert Strong, Michael Downing, Sarah Basiletti and Adam Pietz.
Q: You spent eight years in London, where you ran Phaze Theory Collective, which you describe as an “international community of musicians dedicated to exploring the vastness of the musical cosmos.” Have you just returned to Fresno?
A: I moved here with my wife, Sophie, a professional double bass player, from England four months ago. We are running the Phaze Theory Collective from Fresno.
Q: What’s your plan?
A: When you consider the extended reach the internet gives us we can see many opportunities to make the next great wave of music: music that is relevant to the communities around us. This is where the PTC steps in. In the end it is up to artists to find a way of bringing together the community of people who are interested in music and art; so that’s what we are doing. We’ll be putting on a bi-monthly chamber music recital in NW Fresno and will be working with local ensembles such as Sequoia Brass and Impetus Percussion to ensure a varied and interesting series of concerts.
Studies in Contrast
- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20
- St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 5770 N. Maroa Ave.,
- Free; $10 suggested donation