H e a r N o E v i l
Hear No Evil is a quintet dedicated to continuing the tradition of collaborating with composers to bring attention and awareness to modern music. The core ensemble includes James Burch (cello), Shih-Yen Chen (clarinet), Marley Eder (flute), Monica
Kang (piano), and Cory Fica (percussion).
As a vehicle of promoting the music of our time, Hear No Evil has established a vibrant relationship with composers, leading to premieres of over 25 works. Through performances in unorthodox venues, Hear No Evil is actively engaged with disseminating the bizarre and wonderful sounds of contemporary music throughout the greater Austin area.
M e m b e r s
Praised as a flutist of “elegance, with a warm tone and brilliant technique” (Classical Voice of North Carolina) Marley Eder is a laureate of numerous regional, state-wide, and national competitions. In recent years, he was awarded 1st prize in the MTNA young artist competition, 1st prize in the LSU concerto competition, 2nd prize in the National Flute Association young artist competition, 2nd prize in the Myrna Brown artist competition. He has performed concerto’s and solo recitals from Los Angeles to New York with ensembles including the Eastern Music Festival Symphony and Colburn’s Orchestra de Camera. Since the start of the 2018/19 season, Eder serves as piccolo/3rd flute of the American Youth Symphony, and in May of 2019 he will join the San Luis Obispo Symphony as principal flute.
An advocate of new music, Eder is the flutist of Hear No Evil, a Pierrot ensemble that regularly performs the music of our time in Austin Texas. He has performed on a number of contemporary music series including Fast Forward Austin, New Music on the Bayou, Tetractys, Beerthoven, the John Cage Centenary Festival, Excessive Noise, the New Music and Art Summit, the Cohen New Works Festival and Revel concert series. He has also given world premieres to over seventy five works for solo flute and mixed ensembles by composers in Bloomington, Los Angeles, Seattle, Ithaca, Austin and throughout Louisiana. Unrelated to classical music, he has performed and recorded with several ensembles spanning prog rock, jazz, Brazilian choros, and unstructured improvisation at festivals such as South by Southwest.
Eder is currently pursuing his DMA at the Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California. He earned his BM from Butler School of Music at the University of Texas and his MM from Louisiana State University. He is immensely grateful for the love and support of his many teachers, including Rosy Sackstein, Jim Walker, Anne Zentner, Marianne Gedigian, and Dr. Katherine Kemler.
Monica Kang is a versatile performer, piano teacher, and avid scholar. Open-minded, she has a varied repertoire and is an advocate for new music. She has premiered solo, collaborative, chamber, and ensemble works and given presentations on contemporary repertoire in various theory and pedagogy conferences. Her book, “Post-Tonal Affinities in Piano Works of Bartók, Chen, and Crumb,” was published in 2016.
At age thirteen, Monica debuted with the Saddleback College Orchestra playing Beethoven’s Concerto No. 2. She has concertized as a solo artist in the United States, Taiwan, and Italy. Collaboratively, Dr. Kang has performed with vocal, string, wind, brass, percussion, and mixed ensembles in recitals, musicals, and opera productions. Impactful chamber experiences include a week-long tour of the Tuscany region and most recently, performances in Austin as part of Hear No Evil, a new music sextet.
Honors Monica has received include 2012 Franz Liszt International Competition 3rd prize in the concerto division, National Federation of Music Clubs 2011 Collegiate state winner, Leticia Flores Penn Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Piano, President’s Award Merit Scholarship, the federally funded Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, Thaviu-Isaak Scholarship, and the 2007 Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Scholarship Competition in Chicago, Illinois, where she won first prize.
Monica obtained her doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin. She has a master’s from Manhattan of Music and holds dual bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Piano Performance from Northwestern University. Dr. Kang is currently an assistant professor at Texas Lutheran University.
Born in Taiwan, Shih-Yen Chen earned her DMA degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Miss Chen currently serves as second clarinet in Richardson Symphony Orchestra since 2016. Considered an active performer, Miss Chen has participated in various solo and ensemble performances. She has been heard in four continents with UT Wind Ensemble world tour in 2014. Particularly interested in contemporary music, Miss Chen is the member of pierrot ensemble Hear No Evil. Chen was also invited to perform “Kheir: Fantasy for clarinet and Sinfonietta” by Max Grafe with UT New Music Ensemble and "Der Klein Harlekin" by Karlheinz Stockhausen in UT Wind Ensemble concert as a soloist. In addition, Miss Chen made her debut in International Magic Clarinet Quartet Summer Festival featuring “Der Kleine Harlekin” Taiwan premiere in 2011 and has performed Clarinet Concerto by Aaron Copland with National Taiwan Normal University in NTNU Grand Auditorium and Song-Yi Concert Hall in Taiwan.
Miss Chen was named national third prize of Music Teacher National Association Young Artist Competition in 2014. Music festivals attended include Texas Music Festival, Chautauqua Music Institute, Pierre Monteux School for conductors and orchestral musicians, and Aria International Summer Academy.
Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Dr. James Burch is a cellist based in Austin, Texas. He has been a featured performer both nationally and internationally including at the soundSCAPE festival in Maccagno Italy, where he was awarded the Performer Prize. Committed to the performance of contemporary music, he has worked closely with many composers including Graham Reynolds and David Lang. Recent engagements include a fellowship at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival and as a guest artist at the Society for Electroacoustic Music (SEAMUS) and Omaha Under the Radar Festival. James is also
the co-director of Tetractys, a new-music concert series in Austin as well as the cellist of
the sextet Hear No Evil.
James received his DMA in cello performance at the University of Texas at Austin where he studied cello with Bion Tsang and chamber music with members of the Miro Quartet. His previous teachers include Andres Diaz, Martha Gerschefski, Christopher Adkins, and Hans Jorgen Jensen.
Percussionist Cory Fica recently received his Master's in Music Performance degree from The University of Texas at Austin. While at UT, Fica participated in many ensembles including the UT Wind Ensemble, UT Symphony Orchestra, UT Percussion Ensemble, and the UT Steel Pan Ensemble. Prior to moving to Austin, Fica received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from The University of South Carolina. In 2011, Fica was a part of the USC Wind Ensemble recording of an all-Bernstein CD through the Naxos label, which has received critical acclaim. Additionally, Fica performed with the USC Wind Ensemble on their historic trip to China in 2012, the College Band Directors National Association Conference in 2013, and the American Bandmasters Association Convention in 2014. Fica has also performed with the USC Percussion Ensemble and UT Percussion Ensemble at the Percussive ArtsSociety International Convention (PASIC) in 2012 and 2015, respectively. Recently, Fica was awarded 3rd place at the PASIC 2017 PAS Solo Artist Competition. Fica was a concerto soloist performing Dinuk Wijeratne's “Invisible Cities” with the UT Wind Ensemble and Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Ensemble, both under the direction of Jerry Junkin. In Spring 2018, Fica will again perform the concerto with Dallas Winds. Fica also performed with the UT Wind Ensemble at the 2017 College Band Directors National Association Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. In late 2018, Fica will be heard on CD recordings withthe UT Wind Ensemble as well as the UT Percussion Ensemble, both through Reference Recordings label.
In addition, Fica has participated in the 2014 and 2015 Chosen Vale International PercussionSeminar, the 2013 Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba seminar, and the 2017 SŌ Percussion Summer Institute. Fica is currently the principal timpanist of the Round Rock Symphony, percussionist in contemporary music ensemble, Hear No Evil, based in Austin, Texas, frequent percussionist for Tetractys and Density512 new music collectives, percussion instructor for AllRhythms non-profit, front ensemble instructor for the Round Rock High School Marching Band, and teaches privately in the Austin area. Fica's teachers include Dr. Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards, and Dr. Scott Herring.