about us

HINGE is drawn together by their passion for challenging and electrifying the 21st-century concert experience. Lying somewhere between a chamber ensemble and a rock band, this Boston-based quartet presents programs combining cutting-edge contemporary music, seamless multimedia integration, and the innovative reimagining of rock and pop songs. Their 2019/20 season features the music of Chaya Czernowin, Klaus Lang, Enno Poppe, Heather Stebbins, Meshuggah, and more; world premieres by Yoon-Ji Lee, Nicole Murphy, and Dan VanHassel; residencies at Tufts, Western Michigan, and Otterbein Universities and the University of Georgia; and a year-long collaboration with the music department at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. 

HINGE is Philipp Stäudlin (saxophones), Matt Sharrock (percussion), Keith Kirchoff (piano/keyboards), and Dan VanHassel (electric guitar).

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quartet members

Photo by   Robert Torres.   www.roberttorresphotography.com

Photo by Robert Torres. www.roberttorresphotography.com

Pianist Keith Kirchoff has toured extensively throughout the United States as well as major cities throughout Italy, New Zealand, Australia, England, Canada, Belgium, Mexico, China, and The Netherlands. Throughout his career, Kirchoff has premiered well over 100 new works and commissioned several dozen. As a strong supporter of modern music, he has worked closely with many prominent composers including Christian Wolff, Frederic Rzewski, and Louis Andriessen. He has served as Vice President of SEAMUS and is the founder and Artistic Director of Original Gravity, a Boston-based concert series that features the music of local composers and pairs that music with locally brewed beer. He co-founded the SPLICE Institute, a weeklong program for performers and composers working with electronics, and regularly tours and performs with the SPLICE Ensemble.


Photo by Robert Torres.

Photo by Robert Torres.

Percussionist Matt Sharrock has premiered over 80 pieces and tours extensively around the world as half of the bass clarinet/marimba duo Transient Canvas. Since 2013, he has served as Music Director for Equilibrium and is a founding member of the Boston Percussion Group. In demand as a chamber musician, Matt is the resident percussionist with Ensemble/Parallax and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble and has performed with the Lydian String Quartet, Boston Musica Viva, Sound Icon, the Lorelei Ensemble, and Dinosaur Annex, among others. As an orchestral percussionist, Matt can be heard regularly with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the Orchestra of Indian Hill. He has recorded on BMOP/sound, Innova, Navona, New Focus, and Ravello record labels. He teaches music theory and liberal arts at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Berklee College of Music and applied percussion at Bunker Hill Community College. Matt proudly endorses Marimba One and Encore Mallets.


Photo by Robert Torres.

Photo by Robert Torres.

Saxophonist Philipp A. Stäudlin has performed hundreds of concerts and premiered more than 100 works throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. A native of Friedrichshafen, Germany, Stäudlin has appeared as a soloist with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Sound Icon, Ensemble White Rabbit, Niederrheinische Sinfoniker, Callithumpian Consort, Bielefelder Philharmoniker, Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, Tufts University Orchestra, and The Providence Singers. Stäudlin has also performed with the Harvard Group for New Music, Equilibrium Ensemble, ECCE, Talea Ensemble, Steamboat Switzerland, Dinosaur Annex, Ludovico Ensemble, IGNM Basel, Alea III, Back Bay Choral, and many others. He has recordings available on the New World, Tzadik, Albany, Innova, Suspicious Motives, New Focus, Navona, Newport Classics, Enja, and Ars Musici labels. He teaches saxophone at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee in both the standard degree and contemporary music programs, and is also on the applied music faculty at Tufts University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Photo by Robert Torres.

Photo by Robert Torres.

Electric guitarist and composer Dan VanHassel was a founding member and artistic director of San Francisco new music ensemble Wild Rumpus through 2016, which commissioned over 30 new works. As a guitarist he has appeared as a soloist with the UC Santa Cruz Wind Ensemble, the UC Berkeley Symphony, and as a featured performer with the Eco Ensemble, Original Gravity Concert Series, and the Callithumpian Ensemble. As a composer, his works have been performed by the Talea Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Transient Canvas, Now Hear Ensemble, Empyrean Ensemble, Ignition Duo, Ensemble Pamplemousse and has been featured at the MATA Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Bowling Green New Music Festival, UC Davis Music and Words Festival, Wellesley Composers Conference, June in Buffalo, Music11 Festival, ICMC, and the SEAMUS National Conference. His work has been recognized by grants from the Boston Foundation, Chamber Music America, the Barlow Endowment, the Johnstone Fund, and New Music USA.

 

 

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