Night of Wolves 

Night of Wolves 

7:30 PM, Wednesday,  November  6th, 2019

The La Crosse New Music Festival

Annett Recital Hall

The University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

Listen to another recent project using the call of wolves.

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Project FourthStream at the La Crosse New Music Festival

Step into the world of the night reaching deep into the forest of nocturnal sonic landscapes with composer William Neil and jazz musician, Tom Gullion.  The duo, AKA Project FourthStream, featuring guest artist, bassist Karyn Quinn will un-leash primal sounds of the night in the interpretation of Neil’s Six Nocturnes for piano.   The evening’s performance will be enhanced by Neil’s digital acoustic soundscape of wolf howls, cries and growls and Gullion’s new live interactive performance application IMM.  The double bass artistry of Karyn Quinn will add a deep acoustic to this music of the night.

This concert is the latest manifestation of sonic environs developed through Neil’s exploration of the sounds of wolves and his interest in the promoting the reintroduction of wolves into the wild.

About Project FourthStream

Neil and Gullion have been performing in their unique collaboration for over 10 years. FourthStream is the music that is spontaneously created when a composer informs the improvisation of a jazz musician and when the spontaneity of master improviser inspires a contemporary classical composer.  They are creating, in poetic terms, an acoustical environment that expands musical boundaries.   



William Neil

William Neil


William Neil’s compositions present the listener with an intense brilliant effect (FANFARE MAGAZINE) and represents contemporary writing at its most intellectual probing  (CHICAGO TRIBUNE).  His extremely characteristic harmonic world  (CLASSICAL CD REVIEW) is fundamental to the unfolding of his music, and the range of sonic experiences (in his music) is astounding (SOUNDBOARD). 

Recent CD releases have featured his music including Out of Darkness Into Light on Ravello Records, Spiritual Adaptation to Higher Altitudes on Mark Masters Recordings and Six Preludes for piano on PnOVA Recordings.   His music will be featured on several live broadcasts on WFMT radio in Chicago in 2019 including his Six Preludes for piano solo by pianist Martin Jones.  In the spring of 2020, Neil will serve as an Artist in Residence at Badlands National Park in South Dakota. 

Tom Gullion

Tom Gullion


Saxophonist Tom Gullion brings a deep, soulful performance style, a sophisticated avant-garde sensibility, and a quicksilver technique. Gullion brings all this to a wide variety of instruments including saxophone, bass clarinet, and flutes. 

Karyn Quinn

Double Bassist

Karyn has a 40-year career in the world of music!  She is in demand as a bassist throughout the Midwest and has performed in concerts with Kurt Elling, Wycliffe Gordon, Byron Stripling, Delfeayo Marsalis, even Christopher, and Eric Alexander among many others.  Karyn lives in La Crosse, WI and can be heard performing regularly with the La Crosse Jazz Orchestra, Safe Passage Jazz Quartet, The 3rd Relation Jazz Quartet, and the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra.  When not performing in those groups she is busy freelancing in the recording studio, musical theatre pit orchestras, and various bands. Karyn was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to study with bassist, Rufus Reid and has also performed in masterclasses for Gary Karr.

Comments about the concert by William Neil:

“I heard wolves howl in the wild for the first time while vacationing in Isle Royale on Lake Superior. Ever since this first encounter, I have been inspired to compose music that compliments their extraordinary and mysterious vocal expression.  

Canis Lupus, or the American Grey Wolf, is one of the most loved and protected yet hated and hunted animals in the US. The earliest Americans worshipped them, Settlers tried everything to wipe them out and the battle continues. Yet most people now accept the evidence that these natural predators bring ecological balance to the wilderness.  The problem is that they need space because wolves get fed by their feet.  They are hungry seekers of food and a mate.  However, the sad part is that few lone wolves of either gender ever find what they are seeking.  They either return to their natal pack or die alone far from home. Never-the-less, life for wolves is an adventure. So, please join us on our sonic adventure in this Night of Wolves.”

The Re-introduction of Wolves in the Wild

Here are some recent articles about wolves in the US. 

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