Peter Colclasure

 

Peter Colclasure is a musician/composer based in San Jose, CA. He plays piano at the New Ballet School, formerly Silicon Valley Ballet, and teaches at Evergreen Studio of Music and the Arts. Like most working musicians these days, he's involved in various projects. In San Jose, he currently plays with several groups, including Cola, the Jean Jackets, the Rose Peddlers, and the Vanities. Occasionally he flies up to Seattle to record and perform with the Foghorns. In a previous life he toured with Smile Brigade, Facts About Funerals, and the Kissers. 

Antigo is an album of instrumental pieces, which, in the absence of better terminology, you could label "classical music." It was recorded over the course of a year and a half at various locations around San Jose, with the help of some wonderful local musicians, and a gracious recording engineer.

 

 
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I'm taking part in a lecture series at the Pacific Boy's Choir in Oakland on Tuesday, October 17. More info here.

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Antigo

by Peter Colclasure

Antigo is a small town in northern Wisconsin. Many of the compositions on this album were informed by the pastoral, wooded landscape of that region. For instance, "County K" was inspired by a rather hilly rural highway connecting Merrill and Wausau.

These works unite different eras of my life. "Period Piece" started off as a music theory exercise in college, and was finished ten years later. "Everything I Love Is Stolen" and "They Took Every Step . . ." were both written for ballet choreography while I was living in Seattle. The rest were composed in California.

Some wonderful musicians contributed their time and talent to this album:

Christina Mok performed "Palindrome," which inadvertently turned out to be a fiendishly difficult piece on violin.

Alan Chen is a local San Jose violinist with a colossal work ethic and a beautiful singing tone. He played violin on "Reverence" and "Partita."

Freya Seeburger, also known as Cellista, played cello on "Reverence." She is a San Jose cellist, artistic director, and arts advocate, known for orchestrating wonderful live events that include classical music, performance art, dance, video projection, and hip-hop. Please check out her wonderful music here.

"Exit Velocity" utilized the talents of Joe Bernstein, a Madison percussionist that I used to play with in the Kissers. Also Kenny Schick, who recorded the album, performed saxophone.