DuoXylo performs new music for students


Emanuel Espinoza

The CRC Music Department hosted a community outreach event on Monday featuring a band called DuoXylo for a preview concert. Featured here are two members of DuoXylo, the bassoonist Dorian Antipa and the percussionist Mckenzie Langefeld.

The Cosumnes River College Music Department hosted a community outreach event with DuoXylo, a band that performed at the CRC Recital Hall on Monday.

The event was presented by Sacramento State Music Professor Timothy Stanley, who also served as co-director for the 45th Annual Festival of New American Music. Stanley said that this was a preview concert for a concert that was held on Nov. 8 at Capistrano Concert Hall.

“One of the things that the Festival of New American Music does is offer these outreach events that we are so honored to have,” Stanley said. “Over the years, various artists come to you to tell you a little bit about what they do to show some demos of their kind of music and their instruments. It’s always something different and exciting.”

Two members of DuoXylo performed at the concert, bassoonist Dorian Antipa and percussionist Mckenzie Langefeld. The two musicians performed with their instrumental sounds meshing together, including the use of three metronomes in one song.

They also had a Q&A with some of the audience members after each performance.

“Today, the audience inspired me,” Langefeld said. “I love the way they heard the music and thought about the music. It was very cool.”

Antipa said he had known about the festival for many years and had submitted a proposal to the directors of the festival to play a concert for the music students. Antipa said that his inspiration of music “depends on the day.”

“Sometimes I’m inspired by a deadline and sometimes I am inspired by the people I am collaborating with,” Antipa said.

Music Professor Omari Tau said this event was informative for music students and exciting to hear new music.

“This festival presents an outreach with us every year,” Tau said. “When I reached out to the festival committee at Sac State, they told us that they had this group that would be available to come to us. We often communicate as part of the festival that we have guests come over to participate and to expose our students to new music.”

Nathaniel Jackson, a 21-year-old music major, said that this event made him proud to be a music major. Jackson was enthusiastic about the event because he said he “felt the musical culture coming together” and that hearing this sound in a place like Sacramento was a dream come true for him.

“When seeing a jazz performance, whether it’s a combo or a big band, I absolutely love the diversity of the culture,” Jackson said. “When you get to see all the things that musicians can do, especially a unique instrument such as the bassoon with percussion instruments, it’s inspiring.”