GARY SCHALL'S MUSICAL JOURNEY

 

 

 

 

Original concert program from

Schall's first concert with Steve Reich

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Gary Schall began performing the music of Steve Reich when he was 16 years old while studying with James Preiss at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division.  He performed his first concert with Steve in 1975.  At the time he was 19 years old, making him the youngest member of the ensemble. Schall has continued to perform with Steve for over four decades.  The depth of this experience had the most profound influence on Schall as a performer and composer.   

 

 

 

Original poster for

Music For 21 Musicians Concert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schall had the unique privilege of working with Steve Reich as he composed his landmark work, Music For Eighteen Musicians.  He performed the Work in Progress originally written for 21 musicians. For two years in the making, Schall experienced the creation of this masterpiece from the inside. 

                Gary Schall                                                    Steve Reich                                                                                                                                 

               Gary Schall                                                    Steve Reich                                                                                                                                 

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                      Russell Hartenberger                   Gary Schall                  

                                                             

 

  Gary Schall has performed on recordings of    Music for 18 Musicians, Tehllim,     Drum    ming,     & Music for a Large Ensemble                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Gary Schall has performed on recordings of Music for 18 Musicians, Tehllim, Drumming, & Music for a Large Ensemble                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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Poster for performances

featuring collaborations between

Gary Schall and Aniita Feldman

 

 

 

For over fifteen years,  Schall has collaborated with Anita Feldman who has gained an international reputation as a leading innovator of tap dance. Schall composed for Feldman and together they performed on the patented "Tap Dance Instrument",  a wood and brass multi-timbre floor. They performed in prestigious venues that included the Colorado Dance Festival, Boston Dance Umbrella, Dance Theater Workshop, American Dance Festival,  and Seibu's Studio 200 in Tokyo.  

Feldman choreographed movements for Schall and in addition to Schall's own compositions, Feldman & Schall performed Clapping Music by Steve Reich- all to critical acclaim.

 

 
  In her book, Anita Feldman describes in detail her collaboration with Schall and the dynamic use of intricate polyrhythms in his music. 

In her book, Anita Feldman describes in detail her collaboration with Schall and the dynamic use of intricate polyrhythms in his music. 

  In his book, Russell Hartenberger describes Schall's performance in Music for 18 Musicians, as  "legendary  ".

In his book, Russell Hartenberger describes Schall's performance in Music for 18 Musicians, as "legendary".

 
                                                                                                                                                   A PATH WITH PIONEERS OF MUSIC    

 

 

                                                                                                                              A PATH WITH PIONEERS OF MUSIC

 

 

EXCERPT OF PERFORMANCE

ON THE PATENTED TAP DANCE INSTRUMENT


FLYER FOR NEWBAND

PERFORMING MICROTONAL MUSIC

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Schall was a pioneer of microtonal music on the Zoomoozophone,  a metallic instrument 

with 31 tones per octave created by Dean Drummond. Schall performed Drummond's music as well as the music of Harry Partch. Schall's composition, Xonix became a regular part of the Newband repertoire. 

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Schall performed throughout the United States   with choreographers Erick Hawkins and Laura Dean. Hawkins was the first male dancer in the company of Martha Graham whom he later married. Schall performed his major works including compositions by Lucia Dlugoszewski. The first time he performed with Laura Dean was with Steve Reich to  critically acclaimed choreography of Reich's masterpiece, Drumming.  He went on to perform with her through decades to follow. 

 

Schall performing on drumset with Laura Dean

 
 

BUILDING BRIDGES IN A COMMUNITY

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Since 1999, Schall has served as the Artistic Director of the Lawrence Philharmonic,  a community orchestra in Lawrence, New York. Through a partnership with the Lyric Chamber Music Society,  guest artists including Jean Pierre Rampal,  Mark Gould (Principal Trumpet, 

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra),  and the Moscow String Quartet presented masterclasses and performed with the orchestra. 

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Under Schall's direction, choruses reflective of  the diversity in Lawrence came together for a performance that celebrated unity in the community in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.               Commisioned by Mastervoices   specifically for Lawrence and written by composer Marisa Michelson and librettist Royce Vavrek this “community oratorio” for over 200 performers was a landmark event.