Collaboration is key for the award-winning international percussion partnership of Ksenija Komljenovic and Kiril Angelov.
The two first performed together in 2015, at Miami's Frost School of Music, where they collaborated on several high-profile chamber music projects and recordings. Known now as the Balkan Percussion Duo, Angelov and Komljenovic will perform marimba music and more in a Guest Artist Series concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Love Recital Hall in the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University, 1231 N. 12th St.
Angelov and Komljenovic have "shared the stage in numerous contexts, from playing in orchestras to collaborating with contortionists, to performing a world premiere under the strobe lights of the III Points alternative music festival," according to balkanpercussionduo.com.
The duo "focuses on collaborations with living composers and performing new percussion repertoire, while keeping rooted in musical tradition by duo's own reinvented transcriptions of famous works," the website says.
Komljenovic, who is from Belgrade, Serbia, has "studied, performed, and taught across Europe, the United States, and Asia and is a recipient of numerous academic honors and fellowships," according to balkanpercussionduo.com.
She is a assistant professor of percussion at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi and the first woman from Serbia to receive a doctoral degree in the musical arts in percussion.
Angelov, who is from Pleven, Bulgaria, won the international percussion competition, PENDIM, when he was 8, balkanpercussionduo.com says.
He graduated from the National School of Art "Panaiot Pipkov" and received a bachelor degree with a focus on orchestral repertoire from the Conservatory of Amsterdam. After graduation, he moved to Miami and earned a master's degree from the Frost School of Music.
To get an idea of the Balkan Percussion Duo's sound, look for their performance of Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D-Minor, BWV 565" posted by ClassicFM on YouTube.
Tickets to this Guest Artist Series concert cost $17 for adults, $12 for seniors or $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at coloradomesa.edu/tickets or by calling 800-410-MAVS.
Here are details about other music events happening in the area:
Cousin Curtiss, 8:30–11:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Warehouse 25Sixty-Five, 2565 American Way, one-man-band, free show, warehouse2565.com.
Tauk, doors 7:30 p.m., show 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., heavy instrumental rock fusion band from New York on the Feed the Beast Tour with Cycles, $18–$22, mesatheater.com, 773-1775.
The Scones Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, dance to rock 'n' roll, folk, country and more, for members and qualified guests, 242-4754.
Tune Weavers Collective, 7–10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Palisade Brewing Co., 200 Peach Ave., Palisade, 464-1462.
Adam Agee & Jon Sousa — A Celtic Duo, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Paradise Theater, 215 Grand Ave., Paonia, World Music in Paradise concert, $20–$25, $15 students, paradiseofpaonia.com; doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery, 68 S. Grand Ave., Montrose, traditional Irish music, $13–$20, healthyrhythm.net.
You Knew Me When, 6–9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Peach Street Distillers, 144 Kluge Ave., Palisade, indie folk-rock duo from Ouray, 464-1128.
Huey, Louie and Dewey, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, local surf rock, cruisersgj.com, 314-2554.
The Troy Douglas Band, 5–8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Bailey's Lounge, Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd., 241-8411.
Puddle of Mudd, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., with Framing the Red, $30–$35, mesatheater.com, 773-1775.
Tommy Castro & Tinsley Ellis, doors 7:30 p.m., show 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, The Ute Theater, 132 E. Fourth St., Rifle, blues musicians, $25–$35, utetheater.com, 970-665-6569.
Western Colorado Percussion Festival Final Concert, 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Moss Performing Arts Center, Colorado Mesa University, 1231 N. 12th St., free, coloradomesa.edu/tickets, 800-410-MAVS.
Wave 11, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, local rock, reggae and blues, cruisersgj.com, 314-2554.
Brad Colerick, doors 6 p.m., show 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery, 68 S. Grand Ave., Montrose, $15–$20, healthyrhythm.net.
Goodman Acoustic Jam, 2–6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, Triple Tree Tavern, 201 Second St., Clifton, take an instrument, 434-9428.
Mensch, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, Palisade Brewing Co., 200 Peach Ave., Palisade, acoustic rock and country, 464-1462.
Tom Keogh, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, dance to country and classic rock 'n' roll, free family line dance lessons 6–7 p.m., for members and qualified guests, 242-4754.
Blues jam, 7–10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, Charlie Dwellington's, 103 N. First St., take an instrument, 241-4010
A Little Noon Music, 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave., Adam Kluck and Brian Krinke from Colorado Mesa University, donations accepted, 242-4850, fumcgj.org.
Opera Scenes, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday Nov. 13–14, Love Recital Hall, Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St., tickets $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students, coloradomesa.edu/tickets, 800-410-MAVS
Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra, 7:30–9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Warehouse 25Sixty-Five, 2565 American Way, $20, tickets at gjso.org.
Stig, 8–11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Intrinzik, 512 E. Main St., Montrose, four-piece power trio from Asheville, North Carolina playing psychedelic funk, intrinzikvenue.com.