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Band creates storm of compositions

Seniors Chelsea Janzen and Alex Fitch perform during “Songs of Sea, Air, Storms, Love & Friendship for the band’s fall concert Nov. 8 in Ice Auditorium. Joel Ray/Photo editor

The Linfield College Concert Band created a storm to open its fall concert.

The Department of Music hosted the fall concert, “Songs of Sea, Air, Storms, Love & Friendship” on Nov. 8 in Ice Auditorium.

The opening song was Jim Casella’s “Stormbreak,” which required a large variety of exotic and untraditional percussion instruments, such as maraca shakers, ocean drums, rain sticks and wood blocks.

The piece was an energetic imitation of a storm presented in an outburst of powerful sounds.

Almost all of the performers played more than one instrument for “Stormbreak,” switching between instruments.

Their effort was reciprocated by the passionate applause of the audience.

After resetting the stage, the band performed Ron Goodwin’s “Tall Ships,” followed by Samuel Hazo’s “In Heaven’s Air.”

The latter was dedicated to the composer’s friend whose mother had passed away. Hazo presented his piece with Shakespeare’s Sonnet 21, which Paddock read as the introduction of the piece.

The last song before the intermission was “Suite on Greek Love Songs,” by Dutch composer Henk van Lijnschooten.

Paddock shared an interesting incident during the band’s rehearsal of this song.

According to Paddock, a trombone player in the band had the European publication of the sheet music, which resulted in unfavorable effects during the final rehearsal. Luckily, they discovered the problem and were able to perform the “non-dissonant version” of the piece.

After a short break, senior oboe soloist Amanda Summers performed Émile Paladilhe’s “Concertante” with the band.

Summers is in the Linfield Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band, and is the director of the Linfield Pep Band and Drumline.

More unusual instruments, such as the dumbek, a Middle Eastern and North African drum, were introduced and the band performed the exotic “Arabic Dances” by Henry Fillmore.

The lively piece required the musicians to shout from time to time and hit the drums so hard that one of the drummers’ hands were trembling when it ended.

The last piece was Henry Fillmore’s “Golden Friendships,” a circus-style farewell to the composer’s friends before he moved away.

Freshman Caitlin Evans said she liked the diversity and tone of the performance and that it spanned “every bit of the world.”

The Linfield Concert Band has rehearsed once a week since the start of the semester.

Freshman tenor saxophone player Daniel Bradley described the rehearsals as “lighthearted but intense.”

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Staff writer
Cassie Wong can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Band brings smooth blend of melodies

The cover of Sand Section’s first album, “Truth Over Harmony.”

Mixing a coastal vibe with the punk music so familiar with the greater Los Angeles area, the group Sand Section has hit the radio waves of KSLC to provide Linfield with some feel good music from their first album “Truth Over Harmony”.

The three-piece band with Jeff Nisen (guitar, vocals, harmonica), Tony Gonella (bass, vocals, percussion) and Stefan Partelow (drums, vocals) hail from Manhattan Beach, Calif., where they first played together ten years ago when they were in middle school. They officially formed Sand Section in 2008 and after college graduation in 2009, turned their full attention on music and have been working hard ever since, trying to establish themselves in the coastal Southern Californian music scene.

The group’s signature sound reveals a fusion of surf rock and reggae consistent with the beach-going culture of Manhattan Beach, while acoustic melodies supplement Sand Section’s tracks with bright tones that energize their audiences. Tracks like “Undertow” demonstrate premier vocal harmonization and reggae-style guitar that send the listener to the SoCal beaches for a few minutes.

Sand Section’s versatility musically is exemplified with songs such as “Sanya” which includes the use of bongos, harmonica, and keys to bring an uplifting sound. The track titled “Doubled Over” brings to light the range of the group’s sound, starting off with acoustic guitar and transitioning to reggae progressions before ending with a fast-paced, punk rock-inspired conclusion that leaves the audience wanting more.

Even though the group is just getting going, they have had the opportunity to share the stage with prominent surf rock/reggae groups like The Dirty Heads, Tomorrows Bad Seeds and Tribal Seeds. With inspirations from a wide-range of artists, (they have credited the likes of Eric Clapton, Slash, and Dispatch all as major influences), Sand Section looks poised to continue to grow in popularity and creativity. The band remains unsigned but that hasn’t hindered their musical progress. They recently released a second album this summer titled “Pixelated Romance.”

Listen for Sand Section’s music on KSLC with impressive vocals and excellent musical instrumentation that can send you to your own beach in an instant. You can now listen to KSLC anywhere you want with your computer. Stream it online at www.linfield.edu/kslcfm.

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James Testa/KSLC 90.3 FM
James Testa can be reached at kslcmusic@gmail.com

Americana band embraces variety

Buxter Hoot’n's album cover

San Francisco-based band Buxter Hoot’n is set to release its third album since 2007 on May 30. The self-titled album embraces the original spirit that the name suggests.

Led by vocalist and guitarist Vince Dewald, the band has created a distinct sound that develops throughout the album. A blend of styles and tempo create various moods from song to song all while maintaining the feel-good vibes that are sought heading into summer.

The instruments are incorporated in a brilliant sequence that keeps you coming back for more. There are no predictable tracks, adding to the purely enjoyable experience that is listening to this album.

Many of the tracks offer an original sound that will conjure up daydreams about summer days in no time. A blend of banjo, harmonica and violin sounds are guaranteed to get you moving.

The tracks take you through a plethora of genres that include folk, Americana, a hint of country and more typical indie rock for good measure. Buxter Hoot’n’s unity, however, is maintained through the common sound of Dewald’s rich, enticing lyrics and tones that radiate the innocence of freedom and youth.

Tantalizing solos are integrated throughout the album, featuring both electric and acoustic guitar, banjo and harmonica.

“Blue Night,” one of the many distinct tracks, incorporates the delightful vocals of Melissa Merrill that intensify diversity on the album. Merrill and Dewald tackle the song’s lyrics together resulting in what seems to be an unyielding radiation of warmth. The sounds are rich and melodious and give off warm sensations that could only be amplified through the dispatch of a record player.

The album has
expanded and developed sounds that one could traditionally associate with the past and has restored them in a refreshing, contemporary way through instrumentation, lyrics and tempo. The general composition is pleasurable, outgoing and has a little bit of everything to please a wide audience.

After its fifth year as a band, Buxter Hoot’n is a well-known name in San Francisco’s music scene and seeks to expand its recognition throughout the northwest.

Currently on tour, they are scheduled to perform at Laurel Thirst in Portland on May 14. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. and admission is $6.

Be sure to check out “Buxter Hoot’n” on KSLC 90.3 FM for some good vibes  or listen online at
www.linfield.edu/kslcfm.

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Brinn Hovde/KSLC 90.3 FM
Brinn Hovde can be reached at kslcmusic@gmail.com.