Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents percussion duo, Bleep Bloop

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(Ashland, Ore.) – The Music program of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents a variety of new arrangements and original music by percussion duo Bleep Bloop in the SOU Music Recital Hall on Tuesday, February 10 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.

Bleep Bloop consists of SOU graduate percussionists Jeffrey Kolega and Colin Malloy. They formed Bleep Bloop last year when Kolega and Malloy discovered that their musical interests were similar and decided to work on music together, outside of class. This is the first full-length concert prepared by the pair completely outside of their academic responsibilities.

The duo has been heavily influenced by minimalism. This concert features minimalist works or works with minimalist elements, including four works by Steve Reich, one of the founders of the minimalist movement in percussion. Three works in this concert are original Bleep Bloop arrangements, including two new works recently performed at Princeton University, home of So Percussion. “Zentropy Study No. 1 – Metronomicon,” is the original composition of Malloy.

“Percussion music can be enjoyed by anyone,” said Malloy. “Our music emphasizes texture and rhythm, with a strong pop/rock sensibility, despite being firmly rooted in the art music realm. These pieces offer an opportunity for people to have an intellectual dialog with the musical experience.”

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From left: Jeffrey Kolega and Colin Malloy form percussion duo Bleep Bloop, performing new arrangements and original music at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall.

Photo by Hayden Teachout