Ricochet Duo photo by Laura Sells-Doyle
Pianist Rose Chancler and marimbist Jane Boxall joined forces to form Ricochet Duo in 2008 after Rose advertised on Craigslist:
” Seeking classical musicians for collaboration.“
Jane was planning a move to Vermont from Illinois. Shortly thereafter, the two began their collaboration as Ricochet Duo with a concert on the Piano by Nature series in upstate New York. Since then, the piano and marimba duo has been actively performing throughout the United States. Ricochet Duo has performed at Indiana University Pennsylvania, Vermont’s Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, the Chautauqua Institution, Augsburg College, Eastman School of Music, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Plattsburgh State University of New York, the historic Hand House in Elizabethtown, NY and for the Summer Events at Salisbury Congregational UCC in Vermont. Ricochet Duo is one of nine music and dance ensembles that were selected to the 2014-2015 New York State Artist Roster.
Ricochet Duo is dedicated to celebrating the music of the 21st century and actively promotes the works of living composers. In 2009, Ricochet Duo was awarded a New York Women Composer’s grant and performed three new works from female composers Rain Worthington (On Curious Reflection), Joelle Wallach (Sticky Grimaces, Toothy Grins) and Faye-Ellen Silverman (Pas de Deux). Ricochet has also cultivated a working relationship with composer Marc Mellits, performing his Tight Sweater Remix and Postcards of Dreadlock.
With the Woodswoman Project—which pays tribute to the late Adirondack conservationist, self-proclaimed Woodswoman, author, and friend Anne LaBastille—Ricochet Duo has commissioned three new works from composers Hilary Tann (Solstice), Bill Pfaff (Lichen), and Doug Opel (Playtime with Elvis and Krispy).
Ricochet Duo has crafted multiple programs over the course of their collaboration, ranging from a program of music by women composers to a broad-ranging selection of ragtime and tango music featuring works by Stravinsky, Piazzolla, Milhaud and George Hamilton Green alongside the new composition El Punto, written for Ricochet Duo by Argentine composer Lucas Guinot.
Ricochet Duo is currently developing the Woodswoman Project for touring with community residency programs and planning their first recording.