Nine Worlds Ensemble is a unique approach to chamber music. With backgrounds in classical, jazz, pop, rock, and more, Nine Worlds bring a diverse approach to music performance. This approach to music results in the groove of pop music, the improvisation of jazz, the complexity of world music, and the sensitivity and emotionality of classical music.
Equally comfortable in the club as the concert hall, the mission of Nine Worlds is to bring their eclectic brand of chamber music to a wide variety of venues and listeners while breaking the mold of expectations in chamber music.
Why Nine Worlds?
"Having been named Thor, my name carries with it the many rich stories of Norse mythology. Yggdrasil, the World Tree, connects the nine worlds in norse mythology. Much of the music we're playing is inspired by nature, and played on instruments built out of wood. Our sound has an organic quality to it, as well as being inspired by music from many cultures around the world. All of these concepts are tied together with the idea of the Nine Worlds of Norse mythology." -Thor
Nine Worlds Ensemble is:
Thor Bremer, marimba, composer, arranger, manager.
Thor composes and arranges the original music for Nine Worlds, organizes the band, books the performances, and plays marimba. He received his B.A. in music from UW-Milwaukee, where he studied classical percussion. He also holds an MFA in Game Music and Audio from ThinkSpace Education. When not performing with Nine Worlds, Thor can be found playing drum set and percussion with the Steve Edwards Orchestra, 1976, and Animal Farm, among others. He has written for a wide variety of ensembles and has three albums under his name. More information on Thor can be found at: www.thorbremer.com
Stephanie Young, violin.
Stephanie received a Bachelor of Music degree from UW-Milwaukee and is a founding member of Nine Worlds Ensemble. Besides performing with Nine Worlds, she enjoys playing with Fretless Strings, Bowtime, Animal Farm, Electric 5, and with various classical and wedding orchestras. She has performed with such notables as the rock band Kansas, Peter Cetera from the rock group Chicago, Rod Stewart, Final Fantasy "Distant Worlds: Milwaukee" show, Doc Severinsen, and Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. Stephanie has also recorded music for Milwaukee Public Television and enjoys teaching private music lessons.
John Lewis, guitar.
John Lewis, Masters in Jazz Pedagogy, University of Miami, is a full-time performing musician/ guitarist/ teacher, currently based in Fish Creek, WI. John has performed extensively, coast to coast and abroad, has appeared on the Oprah Show, at Presidential Inaugural Balls, and a number of iconic venues. He has published several compositions both as a songwriter and as a composer of contemporary instrumental music. Currently John is performing with Guitarola, The Tom Fuller Band, Nine Worlds Ensemble, and The Cherrypickers.
Ian Wilson, piano.
Ian is a keyboardist, songwriter, music educator, and a conservatory-trained pianist that turned to indie rock and orchestral pop bands in the 2000s. Ian's work in education has focused on developing rock/pop pedagogy; creating curriculum in songwriting, recording, and music business; and advocating for the value of rock/pop genres in all music classrooms. He is the Program Manager of Adult and Teen Music at Old Town School of Folk Music. Ian also holds a master's in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago in addition to being an adjunct faculty member there.
Oliver Horton, bass.
Oliver graduated from Knox College (2012) with majors in bass and vocal performance and a minor in creative writing. He has been performing and teaching in Chicago for six years. Drawn to opportunities to collaborate, Oliver play upright bass with Nine Worlds Ensemble, Bowtime Trio, Gone Valley, Frank Catalano, and Jimmy Chamberlin. Oliver plays guitar and sings for ohm. With 50 students in his private studio, Oliver teaches guitar, electric bass, upright bass, voice, piano, and drums.
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