Favorable Odds

Program Notes
The title derives its name from the fact that the overtone structure of the clarinet has only odd harmonics (frequencies that are 1, 3, 5, 7, etc. times the fundamental pitch played by the performer). It shares this characteristic with square waves and triangle waves. All sounds in the accompaniment have some connection to this sonic signature or to non-traditional clarinet noises. Among the techniques utilized are synthesized triangle and square waves, filtering, granular synthesis, live processing, sampling, and physical modeling. The rhythmic engine in the final section of the piece consists of bass clarinet samples I recorded in my first-ever encounter with the instrument as a "performer," having had no prior experience playing any reed instrument.


Biographical Sketch
Ohio University Distinguished Professor Mark Phillips won the 1988 Barlow International Competition for Orchestral Music, leading to collaborations with conductor Leonard Slatkin. His Violin Power was voted onto the SEAMUS 2015 conference CD. The World Saxophone Congress commissioned and premiered his What If for 101 saxophones in 2015. His music as been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Wigmore Hall, the Festival Internacional de Música de Bogotá, the Blossom Music Festival, and numerous other festivals and conferences around the world. Commissioned for a 2005 Memphis premiere, his Dreams Interrupted has received performances across the country. He has received orchestral performances by groups such as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the NHK Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra — and has been recorded by Richard Stoltzman and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lark Quartet, and several solo artists. More information is available at www.coolvillemusic.com.


Performer Biographical Sketch
Dr. Andrea Cheeseman is Professor of Clarinet at Appalachian State University. A versatile performer, Cheeseman appears regularly as a soloist and collaborative musician locally and nationally. As an advocate of new music and a specialist in the performance of electroacoustic music, she has received invitations to perform at colleges and universities and at diverse festivals such as the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, SEAMUS, Third Practice, National Flute Association Conventions and the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium.

Prior to her appointment at ASU, Cheeseman was on the faculties of Delta State University, Alma College and Hillsdale College. Cheeseman earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance from Michigan State University and the Bachelor of Music degrees in clarinet performance and music education from Ithaca College.

When not teaching or performing, Cheeseman spends her time gardening, swimming and practicing ashtanga yoga.