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Digital Download & 7” Vinyl Release Date: October 15, 2013
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VIDEO: The Inspiration Behind Unity & The Unexcelled Mantra

On October 15, 2013, composer Christopher Bono releases two new singles, Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra, performed by The New York Virtuoso Singers led by music director Harold Rosenbaum. These choral works will be available on Bono’s label Our Silent Canvas, distributed digitally by Naxos and released on limited edition 7” vinyl. The recordings were made at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York by Grammy-winning producer Silas Brown.

Visual artist DZO Olivier has created original illustrations for the cover art for Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra recordings, intimately influenced by Bono’s music and the concepts it explores. Videos inspired by these works created by film artists Tobias Stretch (Radiohead, Deftones) and Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir (Sigur Rós) will be released on November 5, 2013.

Bono describes Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra as contemplating the search for a modern form of spirituality. He says, “Both works explore a path to transcendence or ‘true being’ through union with the cosmos – The Unexcelled Mantra from a Mahayana Buddhist point of view and Unity from the Western philosophical tradition of Plato.”

Unity is a choral piece based on some of the musical and philosophical concepts of Plato’s Republic. The chosen text was taken from a section of the Republic in which Plato discusses the power of mathematics, but Bono immediately saw it could also be viewed as a metaphor for the phenomenon of meditation. He says, “This multi-dimensional observation was a key inspiration for me when writing the work, both considering the mathematical qualities of music and the esoteric concepts of achieving union with the All.” In addition, Bono experimented with the power Plato claimed existed in the Dorian and Phrygian modes. According to Plato, the Dorian would “fittingly imitate the utterances and accents of a brave man who is engaged in warfare,” while the Phrygian was suitable “for a man engaged in works of peace.”

The Unexcelled Mantra is a setting of text from the Heart Sutra, a sacred text in Mahayana Buddhism on understanding Shunyata, or Emptiness, in order to realize Nirvana. The mantra reads “gaté gaté paragaté parasamgaté bodhi svaha,” which can be translated as “Go, go, go beyond, go totally beyond, be rooted in the ground of enlightenment.”

The release of Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra follows Bono’s first classical album, Invocations, a chamber music collection released in fall 2012 and on vinyl in August 2013. The originality and inventiveness of Invocations was noted by composer and writer Frank Oteri in NewMusicBox, who wrote, “While much of 21st-century contemporary composition is not beholden to any rules, to the extent that I could probably claim everyone to be an ‘outsider’ in some ways, Bono’s music sounds as though everything he writes is something he is discovering for the very first time, even if there are clear reference points throughout to the sound worlds of other composers from both our own time and other eras.”

Christopher Bono entered the world of classical music much later than most of his contemporaries. He spent his childhood and teenage years devoted to baseball; in 1999 he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners but an injury kept him from playing. Filling the void left by the end of his athletic endeavors, Bono began playing the guitar when he was 21, and for several years he toured, recorded, and performed in an alternative roots-rock style. In his mid-20s, he made the choice to learn classical composition techniques in order to more fully realize his music. For seven years, in nearly hermetic isolation, he taught himself to read music, and studied composition independently with Juilliard professor Kendall Briggs and at La Scola Cantorum in Paris.

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Photo by Christian Steiner


November 8, 2013
7:00 – 8;30 pm

Turtle Bay Music School
244 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022

Composer and lecturer Joelle Wallach discusses “Dvorak in New York City” in a free public program as part of her EtM Con Edison Composers Residency at Turtle Bay Music School.

Dr. Wallach, a popular pre-concert lecturer for the New York Philharmonic, explores how composer Antonin Dvorak’s three years in New York City changed his music – and ours – as he crafted his impressions of Native- and African-American folk music into music “for the new world.”

Admission is free.


Joelle Wallach, winner of a 2013 Copland Foundation Grant, composes music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, choruses and solo voice.  Her String Quartet 1995 was the American Composers Alliance nominee for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The New York Philharmonic Ensembles premiered her octet, From the Forest of Chimneys, written to celebrate their 10th anniversary; and the New York Choral Society commissioned her secular oratorio,
Toward a Time of Renewal, for 200 voices and orchestra to commemorate their 35th Anniversary Season in Carnegie Hall.

A popular and profound pre-concert lecturer for the New York Philharmonic, Dr. Wallach speaks on a broad range of musical subjects, bringing fresh insights to familiar works and opening doors to modern ones and to those more infrequently heard.

Wallach grew up in Morocco, but makes her home in New York City, where she was born and to which she has recently returned after a two year visit as Professor of Composition at the University of North Texas’ College of Music.  For more information and to hear samples of more of Wallach’s music, visit her website:

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DLLoftCDCover110The organ music of Dan Locklair will be the focus of American Public Media’s Pipedreams radio program for the week of September 30.

The two-hour Unlocking Locklair program is hosted by Michael Barone and will present 7 of the composer’s major works, including the first national broadcast of his Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (2010)  in a performance by the Eastern Festival Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conductor, with soloist Susan Bates.

Other works on the program are the broadcast Premieres of O Festive Day and Trumpets of Light,  along with Sonata da Chiesa, Anthem: The Lone Wild Bird, Ayre for the Dance, In Mystery and Wonder and Phoenix Processional.   

The program will be broadcast nationally on APM- affiliated stations beginning September 30. Check your local listings for broadcast times in your area.

The show will also be available for listening at the Pipedreams website after September 30. For more about Pipedreams – Unlocking Locklair,

More information about Dan Lockair, including a bio, list of works, discography and much more, at

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Free Seminar:  December 3, 2013, 3-5pm Eastern

Maximizing Your Concert Appearance

With Peter Gordon, Marty Ashby and Myles Weinstein


Attend: in person at Saint Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan or via live-stream

A performance can be so much more than showing up at a gig and playing your heart out. Today’s successful concert is part of a living, breathing ecosystem—connecting artist, presenter, social/print media, radio/television, and fans. In the first hour, the panel will outline strategies, techniques and innovative approaches to making the most of your live appearances. In the second hour, they’ll review specific projects spotlighting real-world successes within the CMA community.

Peter Gordon is the founder of Jazz Forward Coalition and Thirsty Ear Recordings, a 36 year-old indie record label that has released over 300 records. Gordon is a founding board member of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) . He was the lead negotiator in the landmark FCC radio accord and was a founding VP of the World Independent Network—WIN, representing 20 international music trade organizations. Gordon recently co-founded the Jazz Forward Coalition, a leadership group advocating sustainability and cultural growth for the Jazz community.

Marty Ashby is the Executive Producer and founder of MCG Jazz, a program of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) in Pittsburgh, PA. He has produced over 2,000 concerts and 45 recordings on the MCG Jazz label, including three GRAMMY® Award and two Latin GRAMMY® Award winners and has raised over $25 million to support the MCG Jazz program.  He was recently awarded a EPP Goldman-Sachs fellowship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Myles Weinstein’s Unlimited Myles, Inc. exclusively represents such leading artists Regina Carter, Kenny Barron, Stefon Harris, Luciana Souza and Vijay Iyer.  From 1993-2001, Myles was the founding director of the jazz division at Herbert Barrett Management. He has played percussion, timpani and drums with Stefon Harris, Steve Turre, the Long Island Philharmonic and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra.   In the 90’s, he co-led with Chris Potter the ensemble, The Jazz Mentality.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons. Workshops are live-streamed and archived on the CMA website.


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Free Seminar:  November 4, 2013, 3-5pm Eastern

Time Management for Creative People

With Aaron Landsman, Tribeca Leadership Affiliate Consultant


Attend: in person at Saint Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan or via live-stream

A focus session for musicians and other music professionals on managing your time for creative projects, administrative tasks, emails and social media, self and family needs and wants, and—if necessary—worry. Learn the 20-minute rule, the difference between urgent and important, and prioritizing your own projects over offers to participate in others’ gigs. Landsman coaches artists and executives in the creative community through Tribeca Leadership, LLC, among other groups. He is also a stage and commercial actor, playwright and monologist.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons. Workshops are live-streamed and archived on the CMA website.


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Free Seminar: 42 Revenue Streams for Musicians

With Jean Cook, Director of Progams, Future of Music Coalition

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 3-5 pm Eastern


Attend in person or online:

How do you earn your money from music? Learn ways to expand your revenue-generating capacity and formulate the best mix of music income for you. Join Jean Cook, Director of Programs from the Future of Music Coalition, in a discussion of the 42 revenue streams available to composers and performers based on changes in copyright law and FMC’s findings from its Artist Revenue Streams, a project that collects and studies data from U.S. musicians on how they make a living.

For the last two years Jean Cook  co-directed FMC’s Artist Revenue Streams project. She is a member of New Music USA’s New Media Council and also currently serves as Chair of APAP’s Classical Connections Committee. Cook is a also a musician and producer.

Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.  fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons.

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Free Seminar: The Affordable Care Act Primer

With Renata Maninaro, Eastern Region Director of Health Services for the Actors Fund

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Eastern



Learn how the Affordable Care Act will affect musicians and small music companies. Health insurance options for people working in the performing arts should increase greatly in the coming year, as competitive insurance exchanges are implemented, along with subsidies for low- to middle-income subscribers, and small business tax credits.

Renata Marinaro, Eastern Region Director of Health Services for the Actors Fund,  will be your guide to the new health-insurance opportunities, which become effective as of   January 1, 2014.

First Tuesdays is a professional development workshop series that offers free monthly seminars for the small ensemble field from October through June. The program is presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Common.

Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional support for this seminar is provided by New York Community Trust, the Community Service Society and the Actors Fund.


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MeiraWarshauer1009AMeira Warshauer’s Tekeeyah (a call) – Concerto for Shofar, Trombone  and Orchestra, will be broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today on Friday, September 6 on public radio stations across the United States.

This will be Tekeeyah‘s second broadcast on Performance Today, this time from a live concert performance. More about this broadcast and Performance Today at

The broadcast features Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic, with shofar/trombone soloist Haim Avitsur. Tekeeyah will also be available online for 1 week after the initial broadcast at

You can see an excerpt of the piece on YouTube at More excerpts can be found at

Read Ms. Warshauer’s complete program notes and other articles about the piece at

Shofar and trombone virtuoso Haim Avitsur has premiered over 60 new pieces encompassing a broad range of styles from solo trombone to chamber music and orchestra. Visit him at

Meira Warshauer has devoted much of her creative output to Jewish themes and their universal message and her work also reflects a love and concern for the earth. The Navona label has released a CD (NV5842) featuring her Symphony No.1: Living Breathing Earth and Tekeeyah (a call), concerto for shofar, trombone and orchestra with soloist Haim Avitsur. More about the CD at Her website is at

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by Anne Akiko Meyers

Last March, I lost my beloved grandmother…. as I was incredibly pregnant with my second daughter, there was no way I could get on a plane to go to her funeral in Japan. It really hurt me deeply knowing that I could not see her face, kiss her cheek and hold her hand one last time. I was waiting to give birth to my beautiful, healthy 7 pound butterball named Hanako-chan (flower girl).

As I practice Vivaldi these days, I think of this and how Vivaldi died the very year that Guarneri del Gesu made one of his finest violins ever, the Vieuxtemps GDG, that I currently play on. It seems when a soul passes, a new one emerges and takes flight. Practicing the Vivaldi, I cannot believe the amount of joy, happiness and poetry that’s in the music. And likewise, I cannot believe the beauty of the Guarneri. What must have gone through that genius’ mind when he was creating it and what was in the genius soul of Vivaldi, the day he was put to rest…..


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HalS6Pianist Haskell Small is featured in a new Washington Conservatory video from the TEDMED 2013 conference, held this past April at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. First to appear onstage in a group of 12 Conservatory faculty pianists who performed Monti’s Czardas together on one piano, Mr. Small created the transcription and organizational structure, along with Conservatory Director Kathy Judd, for the performance.

You can also see the video at and visit the webpage at More about TEDMED at

Haskell Small has recorded for Naxos, MSR Classics, Museum Music, Orion, Northeastern, Ongaku, Centaur, 4Tay, Albany and Klavier. In recent seasons, Mr. Small has made several tours of Japan and Germany and performed piano recitals in New York, Paris and London. In the next few years, Small will be furthering his fascination with music that is primarily quiet, spacious, and of a mystical nature with a series of concerts in a number of cities that will feature solo and chamber works by himself and other composers. Performances have already been set in Washington, New York, San Francisco, and at Houston’s Rothko Chapel. You can see his videos on YouTube at

For more information about Haskell Small, visit his website –

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