deturtle: East Coast Tour

Creativity Fund, Spring 2012-13

Project Description

Ignition Fund, 2013

About The Project

deturtle brings together a contemporary classical string trio with a dynamic rhythm section to present original compositions from all members of the band. Drawing upon influences from a wide range of styles, deturtle has collaborated with artists from the jazz, world music, and classical idioms such as Jamey Haddad, Petros Klampanis, Kenny Werner, Alon Yavnai, and Leo Blanco. The band is taking their work on tour this June to connect with audiences and musicians on the East Coast.

About deturtle

Myra Hinrichs, violinist, is a recent graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory. At Oberlin, she has performed in the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble and as principal second violin and concertmaster of the Oberlin Orchestra including performances on the Oberlin Orchestra's recent New York tour. She has spent her summers performing in music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra. She is a member of Chartreuse, an ensemble devoted to performing contemporary music, which recently toured Norway as the recipient of a Creativity and Leadership grant from Oberlin College. In addition to performing, she maintains a private studio.

Carrie Frey studies at Oberlin Conservatory with Peter Slowik. Her summers have been spent at festivals around the world, including the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute in Washington, DC, the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble in Colorado. At Oberlin she has performed in the Contemporary Music Ensemble, as principal of Oberlin Orchestra, with Chartreuse, a new music string group, and with deturtle. She has also toured with Bonne Action, an Oberlin-based new music ensemble, performing in Oberlin; Buffalo, NY; and Greenville, SC. Carrie has performed over 50 student compositions at Oberlin and premiered works by faculty members Lewis Nielson, Daniel Tacke, and Peter Swendsen.

Helen Newby began playing the cello at the age of seven and has since won recognition in a number of California’s regional competitions and programs. She recently received a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, and will be pursuing a Masters from the San Francisco Conservatory beginning this fall. In her time at Oberlin, she has premiered multiple student compositions and has been a member of the Contemporary Music Ensemble for the past two years. In the summer of 2012, she attended the Bang on a Can Summer Institute and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory. As a recipient of Oberlin’s Creativity and Leadership Fund, Helen’s quartet Chartreuse traveled to Norway in January 2013 to explore the country’s contemporary music scene.

Born in Queens, New York, Matt Gold began playing guitar at age 9. He has since performed in venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Mozarteum in Salzberg, The Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival, and numerous others. Matt has also appeared on television and radio, with appearances on NBC, FOX, and NPR's Around Noon with Dee Perry. A simple twist of fate brought Matt to Oberlin College and Conservatory where he is currently pursuing degrees in jazz guitar and history. He has shared the stage with great artists such as Dave Liebman, Jamey Haddad, Nicholas Payton, J-Live, and Underground System. In addition to guitar, Matt frequently performs on electric bass, drum set, and steel pan.

Matt Adomeit began picking away at the mandolin at age 10. His formal study of music would not begin until years later, when he grew to love the upright bass and the versatility it afforded him. The bass allowed Matt the opportunity to draw from his early folk experiences on the mandolin and also broadened his musical scope to include both jazz and classical. Matt has shared the stage with numerous top jazz artists including Jamey Haddad, Dave Liebman, Paul Samuels, and Alon Yavnai, and performed in venues throughout the Midwest including Nighttown, Close Up 2, and the Dirty Dog Café. He has composed for a wide variety of his own bands including the Hip-Hop/Gospel/Rock band Knomadik and the sextet deturtle, which combines a jazz trio with a classical string trio. Matt recently graduated from Oberlin’s double-degree program with a BM in jazz bass performance and a BA in economics.

Nate Friedman is a drummer and percussionist from Washington, DC. He is majoring in Economics and Jazz Percussion Performance at Oberlin College, where he studies with renowned drummer Billy Hart, as well as with Jamey Haddad and Paul Samuels. He has been fortunate enough to share the stage with artists including Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid, Jamey Haddad, Leo Blanco, and Alon Yavnai.

Team Members

photo of Matt Gold
Matt Gold ’13

photo of Nathan Friedman
Nathan Friedman ’13

photo of Matt Adomeit
Matt Adomeit ’13

Carrie Frey ’15

Helen Newby ’13

Myra Hinrichs ’13