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The Quintet of the Americas will be on tour and will present two concerts in Oregon and California on January 19 and 21.
January 19 – 7:30 PM at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theatre, 23 South Central Avenue Medford, Oregon
January 21 – 2:30Pm at Los Gatos High School, 20 High School Court in Los Gatos, California.
Repertoire for these performances will include Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, Samuel Barber’s Summer Music, Colombian Dances from the Quintet’s collection of traditional South American dances, Villa Lobos’ Quinteto em Forma de ChÃ´ros, Gershwin’s “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, James Cohn’s Mozart Fantasy and his arrangements of Arkansas Reel and Carolina Shout, as well as music by William Grant Still, Dr. Louis W. Ballard, the Quintet’s own Matt Sullivan, William Mayer, Charlie Parker (arr. Edmund Cionek) and Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
For tickets and information about the January 19 concert, visit http://www.craterian.org/, or contact the Craterian Theatre at 541-779-3000.
For tickets and information about the January 21 concert, contact Ray Aylsworth at 408-395-4283 or email@example.com.
Visit the Quintet’s website at http://www.quintet.org.
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With Miya Masaoka, Domenico Sciajno and Toshi Nakamura
REDCAT, Los Angeles, January 25-27 at 8:30 p.m.
“An important contender in the international network of multimedia experimental festivals.” Los Angeles Times
The genre-defying festival, TwoTwenty/OneTen, curated by the CalArts Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology, offers three evenings of new improvised music and multimedia. Opening the festival is Miya Masaoka, the Alpert Award-winning composer, sound artist and koto player. Masaoka’s work incorporates field recordings and sounds generated by insects, the physiological processes of plants, and the human brain. This year’s fest also brings programs from the Sicilian composer and improviser Domenico Sciajno, whose practice focuses on a process generating or modifying sounds through visual parameters and processes; and Tokyo-based sound artist, Toshi Nakamura, who uses his signature “no-input mixing board” to develop controlled improvisations despite the “accidental” nature of his feedback system. Each artist will perform a solo set, and then a second set with Los Angeles-based improvisors Hans W. Koch (25 Jan.), David Rothbaum (26 Jan.) and Lewis Keller and Carole Kim (27 Jan.).
Thu Jan 25 | 8:30 pm
Miya Masaoka/Hans W. Koch
“Even within the wide-open esthetic of West Coast improv, Miya Masaoka is a maverick.” The Vancouver Sun
“â€¦those who take the time will marvel at how ingeniously Masaoka can challenge and change perceptions of what is, and isn’t, musicâ€¦” San Diego Union Tribune
Miya Masaoka: www.miyamasaoka.com/
Hans W. Koch: www.hans-w-koch.net/
Fri Jan 26 | 8:30 pm
Domenico Sciajno/David Rothbaum
“It’s a good listen because Sciajno knows how to seduce the ear, not clobbering the listener but welcoming us into his viscous, oozing soundscapes.” Clive Bell, The Wire
Domenico Sciajno: www.sciajno.net/
David Rothbaum: www.davidrothbaum.com/
Sat Jan 27 | 8:30 pm
Toshi Nakamura/Lewis Keller and Carole Kim
“I don’t know of any music being created anywhere that exerts such a profound physiological effect.” David Toop, The Wire
Toshi Nakamura: www.japanimprov.com/tnakamura/index.html
Lewis Keller: www.lewiskeller.com/
Carole Kim: www.turbulence.org/Works/interaxis/bios/ck.html
Funded in part by generous grants from the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and The Herb Alpert Foundation.
REDCAT (the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) is located at the corner of W. 2nd St. and S. Hope St., inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. Performances are scheduled for January 25 through 27 at 8:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $18-$14, with discounts available. Seating is general admission. Tickets may be purchased at the REDCAT box office located at the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets, by calling 213.237.2800, or at . Please plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before curtain time. Seating at REDCAT is unreserved, and late seating is not guaranteed. Parking is available in the Walt Disney Concert Hall parking garage. Enter from 2nd St. and proceed to level P3 for direct access to REDCAT. The evening event rate is $8 after 5 p.m. Before 5 p.m., the maximum daytime rate is $17.
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Composer Judith Lang Zaimont will appear this coming Sunday, January 14 , 4 PM Central Standard Time, on The Composer Next Door, with host Rob Deemer (http://www.thecomposernextdoor.org).
The program will be webcast on KCSC-FM Radio (http://kcscfm.com/listen_now.asp).
Visit Judith Lang Zaimont online at http://www.jzaimont.com/.
For more information about Ms. Zaimont, please contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Uruguayan-American pianist Polly Ferman will be in concert with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, presenting music of Astor Piazzolla on Saturday, January 13 – 8:00 PM at the Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium, 1 Yuen Wo Road in Hong, Kong, China.
Ms. Ferman will be joined by conductor German Gutierrez in a performance of Piazzolla’s Invierno and Verano Porteno for piano and strings. Bandoneon master Daniel Binelli will perform the composer’s Concerto for Bandoneon and Chamber Orchestra and will also join Ms. Ferman for performances of other Piazzolla masterworks.
For tickets and information, call URBTIX at 2734 9009 or visit the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong at http://www.ccohk.com/. More about the concert at http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/jan07/citychamber.html.
Read Polly Ferman’s new ImÃ¡genes newsletter at http://www.jamesarts.com/releases/jan07/PF_nws_010407.htm.
Visit her website at http://www.pollyferman.net.
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The Boston Modern Orchestra Project Presents the 9TH Annual Boston Connection Concert Featuring New England Conservatory Alumni and Boston-Based Composers
As Part of BMOP’s 10th Anniversary Season
Boston, MA— The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the country’s premier new music orchestra, hosts the 9th annual Boston Connection concert Saturday, January 20th @ 8:00pm at Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street). To honor and acknowledge the vibrant health of Boston’s new music community, BMOP, along with special guest artists including the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Kenneth Radnofksy (saxophone) and Andrew Beer (violin), will perform a range of musical styles from local Bostonian composers, including three NEC alumni composers, in addition to the selected score from the 9th annual BMOP/NEC composition competition.
According to Gil Rose, BMOP’s Artistic Director and Conductor, this concert has become a significant Boston tradition. “The city of Boston has been planting seeds of new music composers for years. This concert is an opportunity to highlight their growth and emerging careers.” BMOP/NEC’s evolving relationship began in 1997 out of a mutual desire to give Boston-based composers and performers a venue for presenting new music. Today, Jordan Hall remains BMOP’s primary venue, and NEC faculty, alumni, and student composers continue to provide a rich repertoire for the orchestra, as demonstrated by the annual Boston Connection concert.
NEC alumnus Michael Gandolfi presents the world premiere of his Saxophone Concerto with guest artist Kenneth Radnofksy. A Boston native, Gandolfi is the most local of the evening’s Boston-connected composers, having grown up in Melrose, currently living in Cambridge, and still teaching at NEC. Fellow NEC alumnus Mathew Rosenblum employs a unique 21-pitch octave evident in his Möbius Loop, a one movement four-part-split personality of saxophones performed by the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, for whom the work was composed. In Möbius Loop, the composer’s interest in pop music, freer jazz forms, and Cuban music is reflected. Like Rosenblum, David Rakowski attended both NEC and Princeton and is one of the most exuberant and popular personalities in Boston’s new music scene. The perpetual-motion element found in his Winged Contraption is one encountered frequently in Rakowski’s music.
Though composed fifteen years ago for a workshop performance by the American Composers Orchestra, the BMOP performance will be its first public performance. The piece was a 60th birthday present for Boston-based composer Martin Boykan. As a technical exercise for himself, Rakowski composed, orchestrated, and copied to score for days, and ended this nine-minute piece at the end of the 60th page of the full score. Both Rakowski’s Winged Contraption and Rosenblum’s Möbius Loop will be recorded by BMOP for future release.
Rounding out the program is Mario Davidovsky’s Concertino for Violin and Chamber Orchestra; a concerto reflecting an engagement with music history. “I intended to lift the particular 20th century form of â€˜violinism’ out of its original historical context, and embed it into the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic fabric of a composition written at the end of this century,” explains Davidovsky. Known as a pioneer for usage of electronic soundscapes, he is the former director of Harvard University’s Studio for Electrocacoustic Composition, the current Professor Emeritus, and an elder statesman and mentor for many of Boston’s young composers.
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project has had an outstanding reputation amongst Boston’s most innovative and performing arts organizations for attracting multi-generational audiences and providing thematic, diversified programming, and a national reputation for performing and recording new orchestral music at the highest level. Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Gil Rose, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project strives to illuminate the connections that exist between contemporary music and contemporary society by reuniting composers and audiences
in a shared concert experience. In just 10 years, BMOP has received eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming of Orchestral Music, and at the 2006 American Symphony Orchestra League conference BMOP received the prestigious John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music. BMOP has appeared at the Bank of America Celebrity Series, the Boston Cyberarts Festival, Tanglewood, the Festival of New American Music (Sacramento, CA), and Music on the Edge (Pittsburgh, PA). In Boston BMOP performs at Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall, and has performed in New York at Miller Theater, the Winter Garden, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. BMOP recordings are available from Albany, New World, Naxos, Arsis, Oxingale, and Chandos, and are regularly reviewed by national and international publications including The New York Times (Best CDs of 2003), the Chicago Tribune (Best CDs of 2004), Gramophone, Fanfare, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Out New York (Best CDs of 2004), The Boston Globe (Best CDs of 2003), Paris Transatlantic Monthly, LA Weekly, Opera Now, BBC Music, and American Record Guide.
BMOP is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Meet the Composer and other private foundations, and individuals.
Gil Rose, Artistic Director, Founder, and Conductor for BMOP, is recognized as one of a new generation of American conductors shaping the future of classical music. Since 2003, Rose has served as Music Director of Opera Boston, launching the much-celebrated Opera Unlimited, a ten-day contemporary opera festival performed with BMOP. He was recently chosen as the “Best Conductor of 2003″ by Opera Online. The Boston Globe claims he “is some kind of genius; his concerts are wildly entertaining, intellectually rigorous, and meaningful.”
Lisa Bielawa is a New York-based composer-vocalist and enthusiastic advocate for new music, and the new Composer-in-Residence for BMOP starting October 2006. Bielawa currently serves on the Board of the American Music Center and teaches composition through the New York Youth Symphony Making Score program. She is also one of the founders and co-directors of the MATA festival, which was New York Times reviewer Allan Kozinn’s #1 Classical Pick of the Year. In the works is her piece for migrating ensembles and soprano Susan Narucki for performance in public spaces, a multi-year project of Creative Capital.
Tickets range from $21 – $42 for the January 20th concert at Jordan Hall. Special pricing for students $10. Seniors receive a 10% discount. FREE pre-concert talk @ 7:00pm. For tickets, call BMOP at 617.363.0396 or visit www.bmop.org. Tickets are also available for sale at the Jordan Hall Box Office three weeks before the concert and at the door, subject to availability.
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Boston Modern Orchestra Project Presents the Second of its 2007 Club Concerts Series
WHAT: BMOP Club Concert Series: Bringing New Music to Uncommon Places. As Boston’s only “underground orchestra”, BMOP hosts an annual series of brand new music headlined by BMOP musicians. Witness the evolution of Lisa Bielawa’s Synopses project- music composed in residence for solo artists, and new improvisational pieces by Boston-based composers. Enjoy Club Café’s full menu and bar throughout the night.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 6th @ 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:00pm. The next Club Concert is scheduled for April 3rd, 2007.
WHO: Members of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project including BMOP’s Composer-in-Residence Lisa Bielawa, Sarah Bob (piano), Aaron Trant (percussion), and Gabriela Diaz (violin).
WHERE: Moonshine Room at Club Café. 209 Columbus Avenue @ Berkeley Street, Boston. T: Orange Line to Back Bay. Green Line to Arlington.
HOW: General Admission $15. For more info or to purchase tickets, call BMOP at 617.363.0396, or visit www.bmop.org. Space is limited.
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Contemporary Music Concert Series @ the Chelsea Art Museum
Saturday, January 20th @ 2 pm
Presented by Nina Colosi, The ProjectRoom.org with Jen Stock, composer/curator.
1-BIT MUSIC, “Part handheld danceteria, part art,” (Wired) is a project by composer/artist Tristan Perich, who accompanies his 1-bit minimal glitch/dance music live on drums.
COREY DARGEL is a composer/lyricist/singer who performs art songs that “smartly and impishly blur the boundaries between contemporary classical idioms and pop” (New York Times). He performs a set of original music with Jim Altieri on violin.
SOUNDBOOK ONE performs songs for computer, electric guitar, and percussion by composer/curator Jen Stock. Jen Stock, laptop; Mark Dancigers, guitar; Koven Smith, drums.
INGRAM MARSHALL’S SOE-PA for guitar and digital delay performed by Evan Drummond.
Chelsea Art Museum
Home of the Miotte Foundation
556 West 22nd Street @ 11th Avenue
$10 general, $7 students/seniors includes Museum admission, includes museum admission.
FREE for Museum members.
Jim Altieri: http://www.tweeg.net
Mark Dancigers: http://www.markdancigers.com
Corey Dargel: http://www.automaticheartbreak.com
Evan Drummond: http://www.evandrummond.com
Tristan Perich: http://www.onebitmusic.com
Koven J. Smith: http://www.kovenjsmith.com
Jennifer Stock: http://www.soundbookone.com
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Charles Griffin’s The Far Field for high voice, clarinet and piano will be heard in a performance by soprano Melissa Fogarty on Tuesday, January 9, 8 PM at the Church of the Incarnation, 25 East 35th Street in New York City.
Ms. Fogarty will be joined by clarinetist Christopher Cullen and pianists Laura Barger and Jennifer Griesbach for the Griffin work, as well as music by Rodrigo, Britten and Schubert. For more about Melissa Fogarty, please visit http://www.melissafogarty.com/.
The Far Field is based on a text by renowned American poet Theodore Roethke. The third movement of the work can be heard online at http://www.charlesgriffin.net/audio.html.
Suggested donation for this concert is $20. For more information about this concert, please call the church at 212-689-6350 or visit http://churchoftheincarnation.org/.
Read Charles Griffin’s From the Faraway Nearby blog on Sequenza 21 at http://www.sequenza21.com/latvia/ and his newsletter of the same name at http://www.jamesarts.com/releases/oct06/CG_nws_100206.htm. You can also hear a marvelous new Noizepunk & Das Krooner interview with him at http://www.kalvos.org/nkshows.html.
Much more about him at his website – http://www.charlesgriffin.net/.
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New York composer Michael Colina’s Habanera for violin, flute, clarinet, bassoon and piano will be performed as part of a special tribute to composer Keith Gates on Sunday, January 7 – 2PM at Watson Chamber Music Hall on the campus of the North Carolina School of the Arts, 1533 South Main St. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The program will feature works written by and for Gates, a composer who graduated from the NCSA high school program in 1967 and stayed for two years of undergraduate study before going on to The Juilliard School, where he earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music and studied composition with Vincent Persichetti and Hugo Weisgall.
Flutist and conductor Ransom Wilson, who graduated from the NCSA School of Music in 1969, recruited NCSA music and drama alumni from across the country to perform on the concert. School of Music faculty and students will also perform.
Performers for the Habanera will be Joseph Genualdi, violin Robert Carter, clarinet; Ransom Wilson, flute; Andrew Cordle, bassoon and Michael Colina at the piano.
Admission is free, but tickets are required. Please call the NCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 or visit them online at http://www.ncarts.edu/.
Much more about Michael Colina at http://www.michaelcolina.com/.
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The Quintet of the Americas will present “Borrowing the Theme,” a concert on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at The Flushing Library Auditorium, 41-17 Main Street in Flushing, Queens, New York. Special guest artist will be Gaudencio Thiago de Mello, organic percussion.
The Quintet will return to the Flushing Library for a concert of music based on themes borrowed from TV soundtracks, older music and sounds from nature. “Mozart Fantasy,” a new work by Douglaston composer James Cohn, will be featured. Mr. Cohn was commissioned by the Quintet to composer this work in honor of Mozart’s 250th Birthday year. Also featured will be new works by Brazilian composer Gaudencio Thiago de Mello. Rob Paterson’s “Suburban Waltz Fantasy”, filled with theme songs from old TV shows, Elliott Schwartz’ “Bird Bath” which includes bird calls and quotes of other pieces related to birds, Concerto No. 2 after Vivaldi (originally for organ) arranged for wind quintet by Mordechai Rechtman, a suite of Brazilian Songs by Ernesto Nazareth and As Proesas de Nolasco by Pixinguinha will also be performed.
This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact The Flushing Library at 718- 661-1200 or visit their website at http://www.queenslibrary.org.
Visit the Quintet of the Americas at http://www.quintet.org.
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