Ensemble 64.8 (UAF Percussion Lab)
Eric Retterer, Director
Ensemble 64.8 is directed by Eric Retterer and is the resident percussion lab at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dedicated to experimentation and exploration, the group performs chamber music with an emphasis on works by noted American and European composers. The group is also dedicated to performing the music of living North American Composers. Some of the composers represented in the current ensemble repertory include Steve Reich, John Cage, Toru Takemitsu, John Wyre, Louis Andreissen, Robin Engelman, Giacinto Scelsi, Carlos Chavez, John Luther Adams, and Henry Cowell.
The 2007/08 academic year found the group performing in New York City with Valerie Naranjo, as well as performing in conjunction with noted composers Christopher Adler and Alaskan, Matthew Burtner. Members of the group also performed at the 2005 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Columbus, Ohio. The 2008/09 academic year featured an Alaskan concert tour with renowned percussionist Bob Becker, and a spring concert featuring the percussion works of Iannis Xenakis. In 2010, the group traveled to Indianapolis to premiere six new percussion quintets as a part of the larger telematic opera, Auksalaq (composed by Matthew Burtner), performed at the Percussive Arts Society, Alaska Day of Percussion, the UAF Collaborative Arts Festival, and both the Chancellor's Convocation and UAF commencement ceremonies. Ensemble 64.8 was also featured on Focus Day at the 2010 PASIC, the Percussion Repertoire Festival in Lulea, Sweden, and the Kroumata Theatre, Stockholm, March 2011. The group performed at the Alaska premiere of the Len Kamerling/John Luther Adams documentary film, "Strange and Sacred Noise," and was a guest ensemble with the Arctic Chamber Orchestra performing Shchderin's "Carmen Suite." More recent engagements include concerts at The Music Gallery in Toronto, Canada, and the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener/Waterloo, Canada (May 2012).
Ensemble 64.8 is also proud to be invited by Chancellor Rogers to perform yearly at both the UAF commencement ceremony and the Chancellor's Convocation.
Enrollment in Ensemble 64.8 is comprised of degree seeking students with a percussion major or minor and is resevered for Junior level or higher percussionists. An audition is required for entrance into the ensemble. For more details contact Eric Retterer.