Magic Deuce Duo to Premiere New Work

Magic Deuce Duo

Eric Salazar and Caitlin Phillips of the Magic Deuce flute and clarinet duo have commissioned a new piece of music from Chelsea Komschlies, composer and graphic artist of the Colorado based Pendulum New Music Ensemble. Salazar and Phillips were exposed to Komschlies’ music at the 2014 Fresh Inc Festival. The Magic Deuce were both so taken with Komschlies flute-clarinet duo entitled “Steam” that the duo decided to ask the composer to write them a new piece of music. The new piece entitled “Book of Spells” is to be premiered this November. Komschlies’ new work is an interdisciplinary adventure containing both sound art and visual art created by the composer. Graphic artwork will be displayed on a projector as the Magic Deuce performs the music. In addition to “Book of Spells” the duo will be performing works by Muczynski, Osmun, Liang, and Villa-Lobos.

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Student Recital: Caitlin Philips, flute & Eric Salazar, clarinet

November 16, 2014 | 6 p.m. | Bryan Recital Hall

More information on the ensemble and the piece:


Chelsea Komschlies, composer

Komschlies writes about the piece: “Book of Spells” is a whimsical piece in which each movement represents its own imaginary spell. The music is dark and mysterious at times, sprightly and bubbling at others, while keeping an overall lighthearted fairytale mood.

Appraisal for the Magic Deuce:

“The Magic Deuce have an infectious personality that is projected through their relaxing stage presence and cohesiveness as a duet. The audience can experience the strong friendship between “the deuce” simply by viewing a live performance. This must be where the magic came from.” -Eric Heidbreder, Fifth House Ensemble

“Eric Salazar and Caitlin Phillips of The Magic Deuce are adventurous interpreters and fearless performers. They perform with conviction, and are dedicated to broadening the repertoire for their unique instrumentation.” -Melissa Snoza, Executive Director: Fifth House Ensemble, Adjunct Professor of Flute: Carthage College, Professor of Performing Arts Management, DePaul University