The Boulder Bassoon Quartet
Since 2007, the Boulder Bassoon Quartet has impressed a wide audience through substantive, engaging performances. At home in a variety of venues, the Quartet is dedicated to expanding the repertoire for the bassoon quartet in a variety of genres through new arrangements and original compositions.
The Quartet has published three albums, including From the Opposite Shore, a collection of new works by Paul Hanson, Rica Narimoto, and Thomas Kent Hurd. Other projects include the score to the short film ALT, a podcast, electroacoustic compositions, and performances at IDRS conferences in Tokyo and Tempe.
As the Denver Post wrote, “Nothing embodies the way classical music is evolving – in positive ways – better than the Boulder Bassoon Quartet.”
Brian Jack, Bassoon
Brian Jack is a bassoonist, educator, and music administrator living in Colorado. He is a member of Colorado Ballet Orchestra, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts pit orchestra, and the Steamboat Symphony. Brian attended Ithaca College and the University of Colorado. In addition to his studies with Dr. Lee Goodhew-Romm, Dr. Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, and Glenn Einschlag, Brian has performed in masterclasses and studied with Michael Sweeney, Christopher Millard, Peter Kolkay, and Kim Walker.
Michael Christoph, Bassoon
Bassoonist Michael Christoph taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver for nine years. He co-founded and organized the Among Friends mixed-media chamber music series in Boulder, and he was a founding member of the Elision Wind Quintet of Tucson, AZ. Michael served as principal bassoonist at Opera in the Ozarks, performed with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra, and served as co-principal bassoonist at the Sewannee Summer Music Festival. In addition to his primary teachers Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, William Dietz, and James Lotz, Michael has studied with Michael Kroth, Michael Burns, and William Winstead.
Kent Hurd, Bassoon
Kent Hurd is Co-Principal Bassoon of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra and has also appeared with the Colorado Ballet, MahlerFest Orchestra, the Denver Philharmonic and the Longmont Symphony. He has also performed with the West Valley Symphony in Phoenix, the Phoenix Symphony and the Arizona Opera. He has composed several works for bassoon, including That So Suite and Blueish for bassoon quartet. Kent attended Arizona State University and CU Boulder, studying with Dr. Jeffrey Lyman, Jack Rausch, Yoshi Ishikawa, Marlene Mazzuca, and Eric Ludwig.
Ethan Turner, Bassoon
Ethan Turner is a freelance bassoonist in his home state of Colorado. He began playing professionally in the Denver Metro area since age 17. Ethan began studying with Dr. Yoshiyuki Ishikawa at the University of Colorado, and toured Austria and Hungary under the baton of Adam Flatt. Awarded a research grant to study technological integration in live music performance, Ethan composed and performed a piece for saxophone, bassoon and electronics. Currently, Ethan performs with various orchestras and chamber groups around Colorado in addition to the Boulder Bassoon Quartet.
Recital Chamber – Brian & Kaori Jack and The Boulder Bassoon Quartet
Duet for Brian and Kaori (2021), Paul Hanson (b. 1961) I. First Dance II. Reflection III. Celebration Pub: Manzanita Ranch Music Kaori Uno-Jack, bassoon Brian Jack, bassoon Portrait of the Four Tetrarchs for Four Bassoons (2021), David Serkin Ludwig (b. 1974) I. The Tyrant II. The Diplomat Interlude: “Vox Populi” III. The Priest IV. The […]
Bill Douglas Tribute Concert All Compositions by Bill Douglas (b. 1944) All pieces published by TrevCo Music Publishing Partita #1 for Bassoon and Piano I.Bebop Cantando II. Mirage V. Caribbean Jig Gyungsun Im, bassoon Bill Douglas, piano Two Pieces for Solo Bassoon (1972) Steve Braunstein, bassoon Celtic Reflections Return to Inishmore The Island of Woods […]