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Fromm Players at Harvard with ENSEMBLE DAL NIENTE
Friday and Saturday, February 28 and March 1
8:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Harvard University campus, Cambridge, MA (GPS: 1 Oxford St)
The natural | The artificial

2.28.14
Carola Bauckholt Vollmond, unter null
Evan Johnson: die bewegung der augen
Erin Gee: Mouthpiece: Segment of the 4th Letter
Rick Burkhardt: Alban
Wolf Edwards: the road from Mutlaa to Basra (1991) (World Premiere)

3.1.14
Marianthi Papalexandri Yarn (US Premiere)
Aaron Einbond: Without Words
Hans Tutschku: Still Air (World Premiere)
Ming Tsao: Mozart Adagio from the Oboe Quartet in F., K.370/368b / The Book of Virtual Transcriptions (US Premiere)
Enno Poppe: Salz

The concerts are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
Free parking in the Broadway garage, corner of Felton and Broadway, opposite Broadway Market in Cambridge.

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Digital Download & 7” Vinyl Release Date: October 15, 2013
Vinyl Available Exclusively at: www.christopherbono.com

VIDEO: The Inspiration Behind Unity & The Unexcelled Mantra
http://bit.ly/UnityMantraVideo

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 of Kathleen Supove by Miriam Hendel

Photo of Kathleen Supove by Miriam Hendel

Neighborhood Classics presents versatile contemporary music pianist Kathleen Supové in concert on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7pm, at P.S. 142 on the Lower East Side (100 Attorney Street). Supové’s diverse program includes Reflets dans l’Eau (from Images Book 1) by Claude Debussy, Cakewalking (Sorry Claude) by Daniel Felsenfeld, Long Distance Call by Randall Woolf,Disney Remixes by Matt Marks, Piano Miniatures by Mohammed Fairouz, and Feux d’Artifice (from Préludes, Book II) by Claude Debussy. The performance will be hosted by James Matheson, composer and Neighborhood Classics Artistic Director at P.S. 142. All ticket sales for this one-hour, family-friendly concert benefit the host school.

Kathleen Supové is one of America’s most acclaimed and multifaceted pianists, known for continually redefining what a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist is in today’s world. Supové presents solo concerts entitled THE EXPLODING PIANO, in which she has performed and premiered works by countless established as well as emerging composers. Upcoming projects include new/complete Piano Miniatures by Mohammed Fairouz; Digital Debussy, the piano works/ghost pieces of Morton Subotnick; and performances throughout the UK of Urban Birds by Arlene Sierra in connection with the Commonwealth Games. In June 2013, she and Sideband Laptop Orchestra performed and gave a Google Talk at their headquarters in Chelsea, NYC. In May 2012, Supové received the John Cage Award from ASCAP for “the artistry and passion with which she performs, commissions, records, and champions the music of our time.” She is a Yamaha Artist. Her latest solo album is THE EXPLODING PIANO. For more info, visit www.supove.com .

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The Pit Stop Players, a fourteen-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, presents great scary music from all genres, including daring re-imaginings and outrageous concert premieres by Danny Elfman, Stephen Schwartz, David Shire, Kenji Bunch, Nox Arcana, and music director Joshua Rosenblum. Be ready for some chills!

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Tempus Continuum Ensemble

 

Tickets may be purchased HERE

May 18, 2013, 8:00pm
@the cell
338 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

The Tempus Continuum Ensemble will be premiering new works by emerging New York composers Anne H. Goldberg, Kevin Baldwin, and Alex Burtzos. Come enjoy works for mixed chamber ensembles at the cell in Chelsea.

Program:
Kevin Baldwin:
-ity (2012) for solo piano**
-aholic (2013) for solo Percussion*
I am Looking for a Sun (2013) for septet*

Anne Goldberg:
Anima Animus (2012) for solo piano*
Elocutions (2011) for flute, guitar, and vibraphone
Burning Bushes (2013) for septet*

Alex Burtzos:
Prince Prospero (2013) for septet*

*Denotes World Premiere    **Denotes New York Premiere

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     Founded by composer/performer Anne H. Goldberg and soprano Corrine Byrne, Tempus Continuum is a New York-based ensemble that strives to bring diverse audiences to contemporary and underperformed music. Through provocative programming, Tempus Continuum seeks to create paths of accessibility for audience members, inviting them to confront music with fresh ears. Tempus Continuum works closely with emerging and established composers, commissioning and premiering innovative works at a diverse variety of venues such as New York City’s the cell theatre, Cornelia Street Café, The Flea Theater, and Philadelphia’s The Salon, and recently the long-established Arts in the Village concert series in Massachusetts. Tempus Continuum holds an annual call for scores to promote and perform innovative works by emerging composers, thus furthering and expanding the genre of new classical music.

     Alex Burtzos (b. 1985) is an American composer and music educator native to Colorado Springs, CO. He is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans (BM) and the Manhattan School of Music (MM), and a member of ASCAP. Alex has been on the faculty of the Florentine Music School in New York City since 2011 (theory, piano and percussion), and is currently working towards his doctorate in composition at the Manhattan School of Music, where he is the recipient of MSM’ s prestigious teaching fellowship. His compositions have been performed across the United States and abroad. In 2013, Alex was awarded the Jordan Berk Memorial prize for composition for his saxophone quartet, “The Revivalist,” and was profiled as the featured composer on ComposersCircle.com. He’s excited to be collaborating with the Tempus Continuum Ensemble, and hopes that the future will present more opportunities to work with this talented

      Anne H. Goldberg blurs the definitions of music and dance as a composer, choreographer, and performer. Founder and artistic director of the Synthesis Aesthetics Project, a collaborative of musicians, dancers, multimedia and spoken word artists, Anne has produced, composed, choreographed and directed a variety of productions,
most recently as Emerging-Artist-in-Residence at The Field. In addition to Synthesis, Anne co-founded the new music ensemble Tempus Continuum Ensemble, premiering and performing both her own music and that of other 20th and 21st Century composers. Touring the east coast and internationally, Anne’s music has been premiered and performed by ensembles such as the Boston New Music Institute, the Novatrio, NeoLit Ensemble, and at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory. Her artistry has been featured in music venues such is Symphony Space, the Kitchen, the Flea Theater, and many others nationally and internationally.
     Anne’s background, although based upon the study of science, mathematics and languages, never strayed far from her passion for the arts. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College with extensive course work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received her M.M. of Classical Composition at the Manhattan School of Music under Dr. Marjorie Merryman, and influences of Nils Vigeland, Reiko Füting, and Mark Stambaugh. She is a D.M.A. candidate at MSM under Dr. Reiko Füting. In addition to her musical and choreographic pursuits, Anne is a professional figureskater, holding gold freestyle, artistry and ice dancing titles in the United States and Canada as well as International ice dancing titles.

      Multi-instrumental talent Kevin Baldwin (b. 1986) is an emerging artist creating a name for himself by tackling some of the most experimental and innovative music in New York City. Kevin has sought to push the saxophone by tackling repertoire from composers such as Grisey, Berio, Aperghis, and Hurel.
     As a performer, Kevin has performed all over the world, in places such as Beijing and Shanghai, China; Paris, France; and Maccagno, Italy. The New York Times reviewed one of Kevin’s concerts, saying the performance was, “precise and energetic” Since then, Kevin has performed at Symphony Space, Tenri Cultural Institute, Galapgagos Art Space and had his debut solo concert performing a show for saxophone and electronics at the New Music in Queens festival.
     Recently as a composer, Kevin has been receiving commissions and several other premieres for various soloists and ensembles. Such commissions include Transfigured Pulse, commissioned by Columbia University; Solitary Confinement for Tenor Saxophone and Drum Set for the SoundSCAPE new music festival in Italy; and -ity for solo piano for Jess Ryan. Previously, Kevin received an honorable mention in the 2009 National Association of Composers of the USA Young Composers Competition for his piece Meditation for solo Bassoon.

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Kaufman Music Center’s “alt-classical” youth ensemble Face the Music will perform at Lefrak Hall on Sunday, April 28th at 7pmFTMImage6 .

The only student ensemble in New York City dedicated to performing music by living classical composers, Face the Music has been praised by the New York Times for its “stunning performances” of music by contemporary composers and hailed by critics as “polished, exuberant” (New York Times) and one of “New York’s favorite contemporary-classical ensembles” (Time Out New York). Since its founding in 2005, the ensemble has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City’s vibrant contemporary classical scene, rapidly becoming what Allan Kozinn of the New York Times has called “a force in the New York new-music world.”

Details at http://bit.ly/12r604Q

 

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On Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM, the critically acclaimed Momenta Quartet (Emilie-Anne Gendron and Adda Kridler, violins; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Michael Haas, cello) will join pianist Molly Morkoski in a concert celebrating a diverse array of works by Jewish composers at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011; www.cjh.org).

Tickets: $15 general, $10 for seniors, students, and CJH/AJHS/YUM members with ID. Available at the door or online through http://www.cjh.org/event/2216.

The program, which features Momenta members in a range of collaborative capacities, underlines the quartet’s core tradition of championing living composers. “Sirius” (2012), a new piano quartet by Yeshiva faculty member David Glaser, will receive its New York premiere. Momenta members will be joined by pianist Molly Morkoski, whose playing has been critically hailed as “outstanding” by The Boston Globe and “exhilarating” by the American Record Guide. Momenta violist Stephanie Griffin will take the stage in “Malekhamoves” (2009), a solo work by the ClevelaMomenta Quartetnd-based composer Timothy Beyer.

The program also highlights an eclectic assortment of underrepresented 20th-century works. Momenta will draw from its unique personal repertoire for the evening’s featured string quartet selection, Stefan Wolpe’s aphoristic “Twelve Pieces for String Quartet” (1950). Seldom performed today, this ephemeral collection of character pieces totals less than 7 minutes. In contrast, Morkoski and Momenta violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron will present Aaron Copland’s lush and expansive Violin Sonata (1944), composed as a wartime memorial piece. Rounding out the program is Darius Milhaud’s jazz-infused piano-quintet suite “La création du monde,” op.81b (1922-23), a musical souvenir of the French composer’s trip to New York at the height of the Jazz Age.

This concert marks Momenta’s 5th concert appearance at the Center for Jewish History and its 4th year as the Bernice Diener Ensemble-in-Residence at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women.

For more information, contact Emilie-Anne Gendron at emilie@momentaquartet.com.

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Momenta Quartet

On Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM, the critically acclaimed Momenta Quartet–recently praised by the New York Times for their diligence, curiosity and excellence” and the Washington Post for “an extraordinary musical experience”–will present five new pieces by NYU graduate composers at New York University’s Silver Center For Arts and Science, Room 220 (31 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003; between Greene Street and Washington Square East). Admission is free.

The concert features works by Gordon Beeferman, Adele Fournet, Moon Young Ha, Friedrich Heinrich Kern, and Jue Wang, all current Ph.D. students at NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. The pieces—four world premieres and one New York premiere, all written for Momenta—reflect each composer’s unique compositional interests, while exploring various unorthodox possibilities of staging, sonority, and collaboration.

The Momenta violinists will be highlighted in Friedrich Heinrich Kern’s duet “Les Adieux” (2013), and will be joined by their quartet colleagues in Moon Young Ha’s “…until that time I may…” (2013) and Jue Wang’s “Life in Stillness” (2013) for string quartet. Adele Fournet’s diptych “on death” (2013) will feature Momenta in collaboration with electric guitarist Felipe Wurst. Joined by guest dancer Stephanie Sleeper and composer Gordon Beeferman as pianist, Momenta will conclude with the New York premiere of “QUADRILLE” (2012) for string quartet, piano, and dancer: a theatrical work in which the musicians are fully integrated into Ms. Sleeper’s inventive choreography. This concert marks the continuation of Momenta and Beeferman’s longstanding collaboration, which originated in 2009 with the New York premiere of Beeferman’s String Quartet, followed by the world premiere of “QUADRILLE” at the Music at Gretna Festival in 2012.

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Join us for “Voices and Variations,” an interesting program of solo and duo works for violin and percussion!

Samantha Bennett- Violin
George Nickson- Marimba and Vibraphone

The concert will take place at:
First Congregational Church
1031 S. Euclid Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34237

The program will include:

Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin solo in D major, Op. 115

Viñao: Kahn Variations

Top: The Stillpoint

Lansky: Hop

Glentworth: Blues for Gilbert

Tickets are $10, available at the door or anytime before at the church office.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

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The Boston New Music Initiative will present the final performance of its third concert season on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA. Featuring new chamber works by living composers, the concert will include the world premiere of Michael Lee’s The Sun That Breathes by the Riverside, Charles Halka’s Trio, Emily Cooley’s Variations on a Theme from “Wit”, Aaron Kirschner’s Three Bagatelles, Ezra Donner’s ¡Cigarra! (featuring soprano Margot Rood), and Peter Klatzow’s Dances of Earth and Fire (featuring percussionist Jeff Stern). Music Director Nathan Lofton will conduct.

The concert will begin at 8:00 pm with a pre-concert talk with the composers at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door. Please visit www.bostonnewmusic.org for tickets or more information.

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