27 Jun 2011 – Atlanta, GA:
Pierre Ruhe gave the official premiere of my “Genshi” a thumbs up in his ArtsATL review of the Sonic Palooza marathon held on June 25 at the Woodruff Arts Center. Here’s what he wrote earlier today about it:
Native Atlantan Mark Gresham, a composer and music journalist, wrote “Genshi” several years ago as a wedding present for violinist Helen Hwaya Kim and clarinetist Ted Gurch. The music is infused with a melancholy Eastern European spirit, almost a Jewish lament, with echoes of Stravinsky’s neo-classicism. Gentle and equitable — each instrument plays to its strengths — “Genshi” held the room rapt.
Immense credit goes to violinist Helen Hwaya Kim and clarinetist Ted Gurch for their stunningly beautiful performance.
The ASO clarinetist praises el Sistema for giving him a life beyond Venezuela
by Mark Gresham | 7 Jun 2011, Creative Loafing
Alcides Rodriguez arrives exactly on time — to the minute. Neatly attired in a solid soft-blue dress shirt and slacks, his stride exudes relaxed confidence. A 34-year-old bass clarinetist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2005, Rodriguez has instrument case in hand, ready for a rehearsal that begins in an hour and a half on the Symphony Hall stage. • READ MORE in Creative Loafing
ASO clarinetist Alcides Rodriguez
photo credit: Nick Arroyo
by Mark Gresham | 6 Jun 2011, ArtsATL
A pair of long rectangular reflecting pools, their surfaces raised barely a foot above floor level, are the most prominent features of the lower lobby of 1180 Peachtree Street, a high-rise office tower (below) in Midtown Atlanta. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL