By Kate Williams '16
The PLU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of Echo Chambers on March 10, 2019.
Echo Chambers came about after a conversation during a national conference in 2017 between Ed Powell, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at PLU, and Peter Van Zandt Lane, Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Dance Center for New Music at the University of Georgia. The two were up late one night discussing the idea of using electronic tracks with acoustic players.
“A few months later, Peter contacted me saying that he had been thinking about our conversation and inquired if I might be interested in organizing a commission. After talking some business and options for how the work might be funded, we decided to try a “crowd source” approach by setting a low buy in for institutions and encouraging many. So I went to work to drum up interest. I am proud to say that 50 Universities and High Schools joined this consortium!,” remarked Ed Powell.
“The March 10th premiere concert brought new work that PLU had the honor of bringing to life. The published work will carry the name of PLU as the premiering body! It was a privilege to work with Peter who helped compose the show.”