Jordan Glenn, Cory Wright, Aram Shelton
Brain child of drummer/composer Jordan Glenn, Wiener Kids Began as a duo with guitarist/composer/musical thinker Steini Gunnarsson in 2007. After Steini moved back to his native Iceland, Jordan picked the project up again a year later. This time with help of reed masters Aram Shelton and Cory Wright.
As the years have gone by the pallet of the band has expanded to incorporate percussive sounds from near and far. Objects/instruments include gongs, tin cans, tibetan bowls, bunt pans, chromatic cowbells, angklung (bamboo rattles), triangles, car springs, suitcase-vibraphone, glockenspiels, and various whistles, drums and bells.
The music is inspired by small dogs, old bikes, muppets, cheap Halloween decorations, babies with glasses, and other wiener kids. It's fast and it's slow. It's loud and it's soft. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you scratch your head. It's music made by ex/current weaklings for EVERYONE!
Teddy Rankin-Parker is an American cello player based in Oakland, CA, who specializes in New Music, Improvisation, and Interdisciplinary Collaboration. He performs extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe with various solo and ensemble projects.
Rankin-Parker most recently completed a national tour as a member of 2013 Berlin Prize-winning composer Gene Coleman’s Ensemble N-JP, premiering a new octet for an ensemble of Japanese and traditional western instruments, commissioned by Chamber Music America and the Graham Foundation (October 2013). Since 2010, he has performed as a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), most recently in a concert at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre featuring the life work of composer Pauline Oliveros. In 2010 he performed with ICE in a new interdisciplinary work by choreographer John Jasperse entitled, Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking & Flat Out Lies, which played at Redcat (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) in Los Angeles and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. In 2008, Rankin-Parker performed Steve Reich’s Cello Counterpoint for Eight Cellos with Grammy Award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird at the Kitchen in New York City. He toured Lewis Nielson’s “Axis” with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble in 2007 under the direction of renowned percussionist and conductor, Stephen Schick.