Central Ohio musicians playing the music of Central Ohio composers at a Central Ohio venue for live music and art. Talk about "Made in Ohio."

Central Ohio musicians playing the music of Central Ohio composers at a Central Ohio venue for live music and art. Talk about "Made in Ohio."

Wild Goose Creative will host Columbus Ohio Discover Ensemble (CODE) in concert Saturday in the ensemble's second-ever performance.

Michael Rene Torres founded CODE, which made its debut in May at a Short North Stage concert funded by the Johnstone Fund for New Music, to "tap directly into a network of composers and performers who are doing innovative work right here, right now," Torres said.

""It all started with two things. First, my belief in the value and substance of contemporary art music. And second, my desire to collaborate with some really outstanding people in Columbus."

CODE features Torres on saxophone, Erin Helgeson Torres on flute, Kerry Haberkern on bassoon, Johnny Mendoza on percussion and new Wild Goose executive director Justin Johnston on clarinet.

"Of all the types of concerts, chamber music is the most portable, the most flexible, and the most adventurous," Johnston said.

Wild Goose is well-known for its commitment to new work, emerging artists and taking chances.

"The concept of Wild Goose is that, if someone comes to us with an idea for and arts event, and it's not dangerous or illegal, we're going to say yes," he said, adding the CODE gig was in place prior to his being named to his post at Wild Goose.

"It's a perfect fit," he added of a new-music-by-a-small-ensemble concert at Wild Goose. "We've done bands, and a lot of jazz, so why not chamber music? (The venue) sounds great and is the perfect size."

"CODE explores our city's willingness to hear new sounds and to discover new music," Torres added. "While I felt that there was plenty of room in Columbus for this type of project, it was really important for me to define to myself why it was needed. Ultimately, I believe that the art music of our time is intrinsically human in that it profoundly reflects and represents our modern, complicated society."

"This music is what I guess most people would call classical, but classical isn't a great descriptor," Johnston said. "This new art music has influences of rock, jazz, minimalist, Latin, techno."

The concert will feature the five musicians performing in different combinations. Being a new ensemble, Torres said, means that there isn't a whole lot of music written for this particular instrumentation. One of the solutions to that, he said, is to partner with composers to create a work specifically for them, and Charlie Wilmoth's "Fanfare," which was debuted at CODE's May concert, is just that.

"These concerts are fun and the music is performed by talented and dynamic people," said Wilmoth, a composition professor at Otterbein University, where he leads a new music ensemble called Red Noise.

"Contemporary classical music has a lot to say about the way the world is. It's not just an academic exercise."

Contemporary classical music addresses the world in "the same way that modern art does," Johnston said.

Added Torres: "To be human is to change and this music speaks to us and about us in such relevant and topical ways."

The concert will also feature all five musicians on a new work by Torres, "Additional Control for Wind Quartet," that was written is response to Wilmoth's "Fanfare." The pieces will bookend the concert.

Between, CODE members will perform Mendoza's "TBA for Percussion," "on and off, off and on for saxophone and Fixed Media" by Ohio native Anthony Vine, "Aus Niefer Not for Clarinet" by Ohio State music professor Thomas Wells and "Vermillion for Saxophone and Drum Set" by Cleveland composer John Sokol.

"It's what CODE is interested in, so this concert will focus on local creativity by featuring the music of living composers who are either from or currently working in the Buckeye State. It feels natural to present a show like this at Wild Goose Creative since they're completely invested in bringing our local artists to our local community," Torres said.

The concert is free. Donations are welcome.

Wild Goose Creative

4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21

2491 Summit St., Campus