February 24, 2023 - 8:00pm
Old Cabell Hall

The University of Virginia Department of Music presents Popebama on Friday, February 24th at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall as part of the Composition and Computer Technologies Ensemble in Residence program. The duo will be performing pieces composed by our graduate student composers, Daniel Fishkin, Kristin Hauge, Molly Joyce, Varun Kishore, Brian Lindgren and Matias Vilaplana Stark. The concert is free and open to the public.

Popebama is a New York-based experimental duo that focuses on exciting performances of unconventional works. Described as “Noisily Virtuosic” (clevelandclassical.com), Erin Rogers (saxophone) and Dennis Sullivan (percussion) are composer-performers who apply text, electronics, and high-energy instrumental writing to freshly-squeezed sounds.

Specializing in works conceived by Rogers and Sullivan, Popebama has championed composers such as Paul Pinto, Matthew Shlomowitz, Jenna Lyle, Rick Burkhardt, Kittie Cooper, Daniel Silliman, and Alex Christie. The duo has collaborated with yarn/wire (NYC), Tøyen Fil Og Klafferi (Oslo), Brandon Lopez (Brooklyn), Anne La Berge (Amsterdam), Merche Blasco (NYC), Jessica Pavone (Queens), Ogni Suono (Cleveland), Rage Thormbones (LA), and DECODER (Hamburg). Popebama has been featured at the Elbphilarmonie (Hamburg), NYmusikk Bergen (Norway), The Shed (NYC), Edmonton Fringe Festival (Canada), Splendor (Amsterdam), Diabolical Records (Salt Lake City), VU Symposium (Park City), Bodies-As-Technology (Brooklyn), ReSound Festival (Cleveland), The Stone (NYC), SPLICE Festival (Kalamazoo), New School of Music (Boston), Studio Loos (Den Haag), Chance & Circumstance Festival (Long Island City), and The Walden School (New Hampshire), with lauded performances at the 2017 New Music Gathering, and NASA 2018 Biennial (Cincinnati).

Educational engagements include student workshops, masterclasses, and performances at Hochschule fur Musik (Freiburg), UMass Amherst, University of Minnesota (Duluth), the Collaborative Composition Initiative, CCI (Stony Brook University), St. Cloud State, and The Walden School Young Musicians Program (New Hampshire). Popebama was the featured artist at the 2019 Ball State Festival of New Music which included five evening-length performances by the duo, including an international Call-for-Scores. Popebama returned to Hamburg in March 2020, for the premiere of Fight Songs a collaboratively-composed, evening-length work as part of the Elbphilharmonie’s ‘Unterdeck’ Series, featuring Decoder Ensemble.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA’s historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. (map) Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner.  Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.


All programs are subject to change. 

For more information please call the Department of Music at 434.924.3052.

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UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu