Gernot Wolfgang collaborates with Thornton faculty and alumni on new album
USC Thornton alumnus Gernot Wolfgang (’94) just announced his new chamber music album Vienna and the West on Albany Records. The album, which was recorded over four days in May 2018, features Thornton faculty members Judith Farmer, Ben Hong and Andrew Shulman, as well as Thornton alumni Nic Gerpe (DMA ’12), Edgar Lopez (MM’ 15, GRCT’ 17), Nadia Shpachenko (MM ’99, DMA ’04), Robert Thies (’93, MM ’95), and Maia Jasper White (MM ’06).
Vienna and the West acknowledges Wolfgang’s deep Austrian musical roots, filtered through more than twenty years of California living. His ongoing quest to integrate rhythms from musical genres such as jazz, rock & roll, pop, world music and EDM into concert music idioms creates an additional musical layer.