In “Under the Influence,” Akropolis presents classical music bearing a wide array of influences, from rock and electronic music to jazz, tango, chant, and folk songs. Including works by Gershwin, Piazzolla, and living legends Marc Mellits, Nico Muhly, and David Biedenbender, each work absorbs the characteristics of a different genre, style, or era, and then creates fresh, relevant music, reflecting upon the original and looking forward. Akropolis also explores their own influences as a reed quintet as they build their ensemble’s repertoire and re-visit their personal and collective inspirations by which they have forged their genre-bending identity.
Marc Mellits, Splinter (2014)
Nico Muhly, Look for Me (2015)
Astor Piazzolla, Libertango (1974) arr. Rueda
~ Intermission ~
David Biedenbender, Refraction (2015)
George Gershwin, An American in Paris (1928) arr. Hekkema