Throat (2010)

Bass Clarinet/Clarinet in Bb and Percussion


Commissioned by Jean Kopperud for the Rated X Project


Throat was commissioned by Jean Kopperud for the Rated X II Project and is dedicated to her and Tom Kolor. It is a tongue-in-cheek homage that uses driving rhythms, guttural tones, the extended low register of the bass clarinet, altered tunings, and audio samples to create a piece that is designed to evoke a wide range of reactions. Richard Nixon would not have approved. (Pee Wee Herman would.)

Albany TROY1405, Jean Kopperud, clarinet, Tom Kolor, percussion

Plurabelle Music Publishing (Distributed by Subito Music Corp.)

World Premiere
November 12, 2010, Festival of Contemporary American Music, Sacramento, Jean Kopperud and Tom Kolor

Notable Performances

April 30, 2011, Jean Kopperud and Tom Kolor, BEAMS Electronic Music Marathon, Brandeis University
February 19, 2011, Jean Kopperud and Tom Kolor, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
January 28, 2011, Jean Kopperud and Tom Kolor, University of Buffalo
October 12, 2014, Oliver Klenk and Mathias Lachenmayr, Kleine Konzertsaal at the Gasteig, Munich


Throat performed by Jean Kopperud, clarinet; Tom Kolor, percussion