Whitman College Fridays at Four Recital Series Presents The Syrinx Effect Duo
Syrinx Effect is Kate Olson and Naomi Siegel - a duo that plays contemporary, improvised chamber music with electronics. Naomi plays trombone with guitar pedals and Kate plays soprano saxophone with laptop and other toys. Syrinx Effect makes music that is authentic and expressive, employing everything from simple folk melodies to abstract, ambient noise. Each piece is a meditation, an exploration, and sometimes a romp. The duo has played in the Earshot Jazz Festival and collaborated with many musicians such as Wayne Horvitz, Rene Hart, Allison Miller, Jason Levis (Berlin-based drummer and composer), and Daniel Barry. The duo got their start curating the Racer Sessions in Seattle, and have gone on to perform prolifically in the Seattle area, collaborating with many of the mainstays of the Northwest jazz and improvised music scenes.
In 2006, Siegel received her Bachelor of Music in jazz trombone performance from Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with Robin Eubanks and Wendell Logan. During that time she also participated in a mind-expanding workshop at the School for Improvised Music with some of New York’s finest improvisers such as Ralph Alessi, Mark Helias and Ravi Coltrane. She has performed in Senegal, The Gambia, South Africa, Ireland, Japan and Costa Rica and continues to seek out artistic collaborations that strengthen her local and global community.