This preview has been provided by Mallarmé Chamber Players.

This January, the Mallarmé Chamber Players has an exciting line up of concerts featuring woodwind instruments. The first Emerging Artist series concert, WW.EDGE, will explore 21st century compositional techniques for flute, clarinet, bassoon, percussion and electronics. At Beyù Caffè on Tuesday, January 10 at 7:30pm, Mallarmé will showcase four up-and-coming young musicians who all grew up in the Triangle. Flutist and curator, Ellye Walsh, clarinetist, Andrew Warwick and bassoonist Jessica Kunttu, all began performing together in 2007 as fellow students at UNC-Chapel Hill. Percussionist, Cameron Britt, is an active composer himself and received a 2015-16 Artist Fellowship from the NC Arts Council.

Repertoire will include music written in the 21st century by composers such as Anthony Kelley, Mario Diaz de Leon and Timo Andres. Kelley’s, “Grist for the Mill,” was commissioned by Mallarmé in 2008, and recorded on Songs for the Soul, a cd of works by African-American composers. Mallarmé will perform this rhythmically charged and jazz-influenced work again, on flute, clarinet, bassoon and marimba. Further pushing the envelope on the traditions of classical music, “The Flesh Needs Fire” by Diaz de Leon evokes visceral emotions with raw electronic sounds. This along with solo works for clarinet and bassoon showcase the wide array of extended techniques which offer today’s composers a new palate of sounds.

Mallarmé’s Family Concert series will continue on Sunday, January 15th at 1pm at Duke Gardens with music for flute, clarinet and bassoon. Sure to be informative and fun, family concerts last one hour and are great for children ages 5 and up, as well as adults! Arrive early to check out the instrument zoo and try out a flute, clarinet, or even a trombone!

Series Concert 3: WW.EDGE (Emerging Artists)
Tuesday, January 10, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Beyù Caffè – 341 W Main St. Durham, NC 27701

21st Century Music for woodwinds, percussion and electronics.

Anthony Kelley – Grist for the Mill
Andrew Martin Smith – Shadow Play
Mario Diaz de Leon- The Flesh Needs Fire
Timo Andres –Inner Circle
    and more…

Ellye Walsh – flute and curator
Andrew Warwick – clarinet
Jessica Kunttu – bassoon
Cameron Britt – percussion

TICKETS: $20 in advance / $22 at the door / $5 Student with ID at the door, plus tax and service fee.
919.560.2788 or


Family Concert 2: Wild Woodwinds
Sunday, January 15, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Kirby Horton Hall – 420 Anderson St. Durham, NC 27705

Music for flute, clarinet and bassoon performed by Ellye Walsh, Andrew Warwick and Jessica Kunttu.
Mallarmé Family Concert Series is sponsored by Mark and Cindy Kuhn.

TICKETS $5 Children and Students / $10 Adults, plus tax and service fee.
919.560.2788 or



The Mallarmé Chamber Players are a flexible ensemble of professional musicians based in Durham, North Carolina, whose mission is to enrich the lives of their community through outstanding chamber music. The ensemble distinguishes itself by its innovative educational programs, its commitment to creative collaboration with other organizations, its creation of significant new work, and its dedication to serve a diverse population.

Mallarmé annually presents a series of concerts that features great, diverse, and multidisciplinary chamber music. Mallarmé performs everything from Bach with period instruments to commission and performing brand new works. In 2010, Mallarmé released, to great acclaim, a cd on Albany/Videmus records of chamber music by African American composers.

Mallarmé is unique in that they do not work with a core of musicians, but instead use the musical talent North Carolina has to offer to perform with the ensemble depending on the needs of the repertoire. Most of Mallarmé’s musicians are members of professional organizations like the NC Symphony or are faculty members of the numerous institutions of higher learning.

Mallarmé is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c) 3 organization. The 2016-17 concert season is made possible in part by grants from the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund and the North Carolina Arts Council.