The University of Maine at Presque Isle presents Noah Hoehn for a not-so-typical musical performance on Thursday, Feb 13 at 6 p.m. at the Auditorium in Wieden Hall. A musician from Minneapolis, Minn., Hoehn will explore a variety of melodies and rhythms during his live looping show, featuring a harmonica, marimba, and Indian dhol drum. Sponsored by the UMPI Student Activities Office, the event is free for students and $10 per person for the community; cash or checks will be accepted at the door.
Known for his versatile and distinctive harmonica playing, Hoehn’s vision is to unite the sounds of new blues and marimba pop through a live looping system. Hoehn’s music presents a unique opportunity to experience live looping, a technique used to record music live and on stage. Using a style of looping called audio architecture, his act has been described as “one part Eddie Vedder, one part Zedd, and one part ‘marimba ninja’”.
Hoehn is a three-time recipient of the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians. He is the 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. He played harmonica in the Minnesota Opera’s world premiere production of The Grapes of Wrath at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., and has travelled across the country, performing at many college campuses.
Hoehn also has appeared with the regional super-group, the Radio Specialists at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux Falls. He has worked with the popular Twin Cities group, Bojono. Hoehn’s solo performances include appearances on Minnesota Public Radio and National Public Radio, and he has been featured on PBS’s Minnesota Original. He recently released a CD featuring solo harmonica.