Duo Rodinia

A dynamic and engaging ensemble, Duo Rodinia consists of clarinetist Lisa Kachouee and percussionist and composer Jamie Whitmarsh. The ensemble is committed to performing accessible works by living composers, commissioning new pieces, educating audiences, and adapting literature from a variety of stylistic periods to augment the clarinet and percussion repertoire. The ensemble has toured in the United States extensively including a 2014 Carnegie Hall debut; national and regional conference performances with the Society of Composers, Inc. and the College Music Society; a residency with the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra; and numerous recitals at universities, secondary schools, and community venues. Despite only consisting of two musicians, Duo Rodinia is able to create a vast array of timbres using instruments such as clarinet, bass clarinet, marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, drumset, electronics, and steel pan. Performance and outreach activities include duo recitals, solo performances, lectures, and masterclasses in clarinet, percussion, and composition.

Duo Rodinia's 2016-2017 season includes performances at the International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest, the Biennial Festival of New Music at Florida State University, and the SCI National Student Conference in addition to recitals throughout the midwest. Duo Rodinia is currently part of a world premiere recording and commissioning project featuring works by Edward KnightIngrid Stölzel, Joshua William MillsBrandon NelsonStephanie Pieczynski, Aaron Spotts, and Jamie Whitmarsh. The project is anticipated for completion in late 2017 and includes two duos for clarinet and tenor pan—an instrumentation previously non-existent in art music. 

Additional performance and outreach venues include Oklahoma City University,  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Florida, Furman University, University of South Alabama, University of Arkansas Fort Smith, University of North Carolina at Asheville, East Central University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Friends University, Birmingham-Southern College, George Mason University, Florida State University, Mississippi University for Women, Midwestern State University, University of Nebraska Omaha, Samford University, Tennessee Tech University, Troy University,  University of Nebraska Kearney, Yukon High School, Moore High School, Casady School, Thomasville Music Academy, and the University of Central Oklahoma. 

Rodinia is the name of a hypothesized supercontinent that existed prior to the formation of Pangea. The name is significant as the North American Craton (that which forms the geological core of North America) was at the center of Rodinia. Thus the name is derived, partially in jest, from the convention of naming ensembles based on geographic location. 

Learn more at www.duorodinia.com