NORTHING

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Northing is a Minnesota-based chamber ensemble that plays composed and improvised music. Formed in 2017, the quintet takes its name from the cartographic term for progress northward. Each of the composer/improviser ensemble members returned to their upper-midwest home after studying music in different ends of the country. The minimal instrumentation -- two saxophones, two trombones, and drums -- creates colorful sounds that oscillate between wind quartet and brass band. The ensemble members are: Aaron Hedenstrom - alto saxophone, Mara Syman - alto saxophone, Nick Syman - trombone, Josh Becker - bass trombone, and Pete James Johnson - drums.

Writing chamber music for such an unconventional quintet began with a lot of questions. What do two alto saxophones and two trombones sound like without a full rhythm section? Could they sound like a choir? Should they? Maybe evoke a big band? What sounds could be discovered by adjusting individual performer’s playing-to-resting and
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