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  • richardmitnick 1:50 PM on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From innova: “innova’s Inn-fest 2018 in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Delightfully Adventurous” 

    Innova is the home for New Music in America

    Innova is the recording arm of American Composers Forum, St Paul Mn.

    http://www.innova.mu/
    http://composersforum.org/

    Do you know those musical events in which you practically know all of the sounds you’ll hear even before you show up… even if it’s new music™… and even if it’s improvised? Happily, Inn-fest is not one of those. Co-presented with Zeitgeist, Inn-fest was a three-day celebration tied to brand new and recently released albums on innova, which featured the wide array of original composed and improvised music on the label. In the last decade, the label’s catalog has grown from 70 to over 550 titles, with innova producing 24-30 releases a year. This year’s celebration began with an April 24th album release event and then continued in the Lowertown district of St. Paul in Studio Z with a relay of music on April 27-28th.

    Last year’s Inn-fest took place at in Brooklyn.

    National Sawdust


    Space waiting

    innova director Philip Blackburn and publicist Tim Igel mentioned that the label moves the fete across the country from year to year to highlight their diverse artists regardless of geographic location. While there are many organizations in the musical world clamoring to claim diversity in their work, innova proves their philosophy with action. innova is dedicated to progressive work because the label’s releases are less dictated by “record-bin-constraints or typical notions of marketability,” but by the integrity of the work and its originality. This work that is unlikely to find a home in the mainstream record industry is exactly what made Inn-fest so surprising and delightful.

    The audience was treated to a shift in the performing artists every 20 minutes or so, and a full cycle through all of the artists represented lasted approximately two hours. Over Friday night and Saturday day/evening, the performers played roughly five or six sets. This musical relay had an added benefit of taking place during the biannual St. Paul Art Crawl, which ensured some culture enthusiasts wandering in to listen to a few of the performers before continuing their art rovings.

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    Issam Rafea and Gao Hong. No image credit.

    Those that made their way to the second floor location of Studio Z were treated to alluring solo sets from Nirmala Rajasekar (veena and vocals), Dana Jessen (bassoon), Nick Zoulek (saxophone), Patti Cudd (percussion), and Pat O’Keefe (reeds). There were also ensemble sets featuring: Maithree: the Music of Friendship–Nirmala Rajasekar (veena), Pat O’Keefe (clarinet), Tim O’Keefe (percussion), Thanjavur Muruga Boopathi (mrdangam), Michelle Kinney (cello); Gao Hong (pipa) and Issam Rafea (oud); and Zeitgeist–Heather Barringer (percussion), Patti Cudd (percussion), Pat O’Keefe (woodwinds), and Nicola Melville (piano).

    Inspired by their parent organization, the American Composers Forum, innova is part business and part service. Even sitting through Inn-fest gives the impression that there is an immense amount of dedication to the artists on the label—almost like a musical family. The artists demonstrated an incredibly high artistic calibre and a propensity to be musically adventurous. Maithree provided a beautiful example of four musicians from wildly different backgrounds fusing musical and improvisational styles. In fact, they told a humorous story about discovering two years into playing together that they didn’t even count the same way.

    Zoulek showed off some of his new compositions for bass saxophone and Jessen created an enveloping sound world through Peter Swendsen’s Fireflies and Winter. However, both of these artists took moments in their sets to explore new avenues, like Zoulek singing (in addition to his circular breathing and vocal techniques through his horn) or Jessen cupping a reed between her hands and creating evocative, intense bird call cries while performing Paula Matthusen’s of an implacable subtraction.

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    Zeitgeist. No image credit found.

    It was also a pleasure to hear Zeitgeist performing in advance of their big 40th Anniversary shindig on May 4-6th. One of the longest established new music groups in the country, Zeitgeist’s past four decades have included commissioning more than 400 works. They demonstrated their steadfastness to beguiling repertoire with Jerome Kitzke’s In Bone-Colored Light. Cudd and O’Keefe also shone in their solo sets–Cudd’s performance of Cort Lippe’s Music for Cajon and Computer was engrossing, and O’Keefe even gave the listeners a little blast from the past with a fine performance of Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint. Another example of that peculiar and delightful conceptual richness and technical quality among these artists was Gao Hong playing the pipa and Issam Rafea playing oud. Their sensitivity and openness to each other while performing was a masterclass in subtle ensemble congruence.

    It is always a treat to be musically surprised. innova recordings seems to be in the business of musical surprise and delight, and their Inn-fest 2018 was no departure. If you’re looking for someone who is really doing it right in the world of new music recording, you’ve found it.

    See the full article here .

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    stem

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

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  • richardmitnick 4:00 PM on May 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From American Composers Forum: “Pianist, Writer, and Producer Sarah Cahill Receives 2018 Champion of New Music Award Presented by American Composers Forum” 

    American Composers Forum

    Pianist, Writer, and Producer Sarah Cahill

    Sarah Cahill Photo by Christine Alicino

    Receives 2018 Champion of New Music Award
    Presented by American Composers Forum

    A persuasive advocate for American experimentalist composers…” – Chicago Tribune

    “A sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde…” – The New York Times

    Watch Sarah perform Harrison’s Range Song on WQXR: http://bit.ly/RangeSongWQXR

    Pianist, writer, and producer Sarah Cahill is named a 2018 Champion of New Music, awarded by the American Composers Forum (ACF). The ACF Board of Directors voted to present the award to three outstanding recipients including Cahill; flutist, composer, and educator Nicole Mitchell; and Jim Staley, founder of the music venue Roulette in Brooklyn, NY.

    Recently called “a brilliant and charismatic advocate for modern and contemporary composers” by Time Out New York, Cahill has commissioned more than fifty works for solo and duo piano, including compositions by Pauline Oliveros, Frederic Rzewski, Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Phil Kline, Samuel Carl Adams, Yoko Ono, Bernice Johnson Reagon, and Annea Lockwood. John Adams and Ingram Marshall have also dedicated compositions to her.

    The awards will be presented at different public ceremonies in the coming months. On July 22, 2018 at Old First Church in San Francisco, Cahill will receive the award during her recital presented by Old First Concerts featuring solo piano pieces that she commissioned or have been dedicated to her.

    The Champion of New Music Award was established by the ACF Board of Directors in 2005 as a national mark of recognition to honor individuals or ensembles that have made a significant contribution to the work and livelihoods of contemporary composers. “Living composers are one of our greatest cultural assets”, says John Nuechterlein, ACF President and CEO, “and we want to be sure and thank those who are tireless in their support and promotion of new work. Especially exciting this year is the opportunity to recognize three extraordinary people who have contributed in distinctive and different ways to the field of creative expression.”

    Recent recipients of the Award include: Charles Amirkhanian, Donald Nally and The Crossing and the International Alliance for Women in Music (2017); Gilbert Kalish, Nicole Paiement, Alex Ross, and Robert Spano (2016); American Composers Orchestra, Claire Chase, and Michael Morgan (2015); Marin Alsop, Frances Richard, and Steven Schick (2014).

    Sarah Cahill, recently called “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by The New York Times, has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous compositions for solo piano. Keyboard Magazine writes, “Through her inspired interpretation of works across the 20th and 21st centuries, Cahill has been instrumental in bringing to life the music of many of our greatest living composers.”

    Cahill enjoys working closely with composers, musicologists, and scholars to prepare scores for each performance. She researched and recorded music by prominent early 20th-century American modernists Henry Cowell and Ruth Crawford, and commissioned a number of new pieces in tribute to their enduring influence. For the 80th birthday of composer Terry Riley, Cahill commissioned nine new works for solo piano in his honor and performed them with several of Riley’s own compositions at Le Poisson Rouge and Roulette in New York, MIT, the Bakehouse Arts Center in Miami, the North Dakota Museum of Art, and other venues across the country. Sarah also premiered several of the new pieces at the first New Music Gathering at the San Francisco Conservatory in January 2015, with Terry Riley in attendance. Cahill has worked closely with Riley since 1997, when she commissioned his four-hand piece Cinco de Mayo for an all-piano festival at Cal Performances celebrating Henry Cowell’s 100th birthday – the first of six works she has commissioned from him.

    Cahill also had the opportunity to work closely with Lou Harrison, and has championed many of his works for piano. She visited him several times at his home in Aptos, California, and copied rare scores from his collection. In 1997, Cahill was chosen to premiere his Festival Dance for two pianos with Aki Takahashi at the Cooper Union, and worked with Harrison in rehearsals. She was also chosen to perform his Dance for Lisa Karon, discovered only a few years ago and not heard since its premiere in 1938, and has performed his Varied Trio and a number of solo and chamber works in a Lou Harrison festival in Tokyo. In preparing Harrison’s Piano Concerto for performances with the La Jolla and Berkeley Symphonies, Cahill worked extensively with several of his colleagues and close collaborators.

    Cahill has performed classical and contemporary chamber music with artists and ensembles such as pianists Joseph Kubera, Adam Tendler, and Regina Schaffer; violinists Kate Stenberg and Stuart Canin; the Alexander String Quartet; New Century Chamber Orchestra; Left Coast Chamber Ensemble; and many more.

    Recent appearances include a concert at San Quentin of the music Henry Cowell wrote while incarcerated there, four performances at the San Francisco Symphony’s Soundbox, a residency at the Noguchi Museum, and concerts at Le Poisson Rouge and the Italian Academy in New York. She performs as a duo with violinist Kate Stenberg and has performed chamber music with the Alexander String Quartet, New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and many other chamber groups. Performance highlights for the 2017-18 season include the Interlochen Arts Festival, Mendocino Music Festival, the Cleveland Museum of Art, concerts in Tokyo and Fukuoka, Terry Riley’s Sri Moonshine series, and New Music Miami.

    Sarah Cahill’s discography includes over twenty albums on the New Albion, CRI, New World, Tzadik, Albany, Innova, Cold Blue, Other Minds, Pinna, and Irritable Hedgehog labels. Her 2013 release A Sweeter Music (Other Minds) features musical reflections on war which she commissioned from composer-activists. About A Sweeter Music the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “Cahill brings her technical assurance and expressive warmth to all the music, making each piece that much more eloquent,” and London’s Financial Times called it “a unique commissioning programme that unites artistic aspirations with moral philosophy.” In 2015, Pinna Records released her two-CD set of Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants, a fusion of nature and technology created by identifying the musical patterns in the electrical impulses of plants. Cahill’s four-CD box set, Eighty Trips Around the Sun: Music by and for Terry Riley, was released in 2017 on the Irritable Hedgehog label and features Riley’s solo and four-hand works (with Regina Myers and Samuel Carl Adams) and eight world premiere recordings of commissioned works in honor of his 80th birthday.

    Cahill’s radio show, Revolutions Per Minute, can be heard every Sunday evening from 8 to 10 pm on KALW, 91.7 FM in San Francisco. The program focuses on the relationships between classical music and new music, encompassing interviews with musicians and composers, historical performances, and exciting recordings outside the mainstream. Cahill is on the piano faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory and curates a monthly series of new music concerts at the new Berkeley Art Museum titled Full, occurring on the night of each full moon. For more information, visit http://www.sarahcahill.com.

    See the full article here .

    What We Do

    The American Composers Forum facilitates an ecosystem of creativity through music. Our goal is to make composers, and the music they create, a vibrant and integral part of our culture. Programs reflect the diversity of our world, and we partner with a variety of ensembles and organizations to create new opportunities for new work to flourish.

    Who We Are

    The Forum organized in 1973 as a group of students at the University of Minnesota, led by co-founders Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus, for the purpose of creating performance opportunities outside the academic setting. They incorporated in 1975 as the Minnesota Composers Forum and focused their early efforts on a series of concerts for the benefit of local members. In the early 1980s the organization expanded their services by launching the Jerome Composer Commissioning Program (1979), the McKnight Fellowships (1982) and innova® recordings (1983).

    One of the earliest public advocacy initiatives was the Composers Voice program with Minnesota Public Radio (1993), a series of 13 one-hour broadcasts featuring prominent national composers such as John Adams, Meredith Monk and Philip Glass among others.

    In 1996 the Board of Directors adopted the current name of American Composers Forum (ACF) in recognition of its growing national reach. Eight chapters were established in major urban centers, and the 50-state commissioning program Continental Harmony was launched in 1998 as a millennium celebration in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Among its more singular historical programming was the First Nations Composer Initiative from 2004-2010 to support the unique needs of Native American composers and performers.

    ACF has a successful history of national education programming. BandQuest®, a series of music for middle school bands composed by prominent American composers, has reached an estimated 625,000 students since its inception in 1997. There are now twenty-two published works in the series ranging from Michael Colgrass, Libby Larsen, Michael Daugherty and klezmer revivalist, Hankus Netsky, to name a few. ChoralQuest® is the newest education program for middle school, with commissions from Stephen Paulus, Alice Parker, Jerod Tate, Jennifer Higdon, and Chen Yi among others. NextNotes®, the newest program, awards promising high school students with meaningful performance and mentorship opportunities.

    Over the course of four decades, ACF has nurtured the work of thousands of composers. The innova recording label has released over 500 titles, and our BandQuest® and ChoralQuest® series for middle level students has reached over half million students. New programs like ACF CONNECT offer direct connections and commissions with leading national ensembles. The organization has a rich history of granting programs, readings, salons, conferences and residencies that support the creation of new work and connect composers to communities.

    Today, ACF has about 2,000 members in all 50 states, including composers, performers, schools and conservatories. Members come from both urban and rural areas; they work in virtually every musical genre, including orchestral and chamber music, “world” music, opera and music theater, jazz and improvisational music, electronic and electro-acoustic music, and sound art. In addition to the tangible benefits of membership (newsletters, invitations to events, and access to grant, fellowship, and residency opportunities), members are part of a national community of artists who share common concerns, aspirations, and goals.
    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    STEM Icon

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 4:29 PM on April 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From American Composers Forum: “Pianist Sarah Cahill receives 2018 Champion of New Music Award from American Composers Forum” 

    American Composers Forum

    March 9, 2018 [Just now in social media.]

    Pianist Sarah Cahill is a recipient of the 2018 Champion of New Music Award from American Composers Forum (ACF) along with flutist, composer, educator Nicole Mitchell and Jim Staley, founder of the new music venue Roulette in Brooklyn, NY.

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    The Champion of New Music Award was established by the ACF Board of Directors in 2005 as a national mark of recognition to honor individuals or ensembles that have made a significant contribution to the work and livelihoods of contemporary composers. “Living composers are one of our greatest cultural assets”, says John Nuechterlein, ACF President and CEO, “and we want to be sure and thank those who are tireless in their support and promotion of new work.” Especially exciting this year is the opportunity to recognize three extraordinary people who have contributed in distinctive and different ways to the field of creative expression.

    The awards will be presented at different public events in the coming months. For more information, visit http://www.composersforum.org

    See the full article here .

    What We Do

    The American Composers Forum facilitates an ecosystem of creativity through music. Our goal is to make composers, and the music they create, a vibrant and integral part of our culture. Programs reflect the diversity of our world, and we partner with a variety of ensembles and organizations to create new opportunities for new work to flourish.

    Who We Are

    The Forum organized in 1973 as a group of students at the University of Minnesota, led by co-founders Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus, for the purpose of creating performance opportunities outside the academic setting. They incorporated in 1975 as the Minnesota Composers Forum and focused their early efforts on a series of concerts for the benefit of local members. In the early 1980s the organization expanded their services by launching the Jerome Composer Commissioning Program (1979), the McKnight Fellowships (1982) and innova® recordings (1983).

    One of the earliest public advocacy initiatives was the Composers Voice program with Minnesota Public Radio (1993), a series of 13 one-hour broadcasts featuring prominent national composers such as John Adams, Meredith Monk and Philip Glass among others.

    In 1996 the Board of Directors adopted the current name of American Composers Forum (ACF) in recognition of its growing national reach. Eight chapters were established in major urban centers, and the 50-state commissioning program Continental Harmony was launched in 1998 as a millennium celebration in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Among its more singular historical programming was the First Nations Composer Initiative from 2004-2010 to support the unique needs of Native American composers and performers.

    ACF has a successful history of national education programming. BandQuest®, a series of music for middle school bands composed by prominent American composers, has reached an estimated 625,000 students since its inception in 1997. There are now twenty-two published works in the series ranging from Michael Colgrass, Libby Larsen, Michael Daugherty and klezmer revivalist, Hankus Netsky, to name a few. ChoralQuest® is the newest education program for middle school, with commissions from Stephen Paulus, Alice Parker, Jerod Tate, Jennifer Higdon, and Chen Yi among others. NextNotes®, the newest program, awards promising high school students with meaningful performance and mentorship opportunities.

    Over the course of four decades, ACF has nurtured the work of thousands of composers. The innova recording label has released over 500 titles, and our BandQuest® and ChoralQuest® series for middle level students has reached over half million students. New programs like ACF CONNECT offer direct connections and commissions with leading national ensembles. The organization has a rich history of granting programs, readings, salons, conferences and residencies that support the creation of new work and connect composers to communities. (See Historical Timeline HERE).

    Today, ACF has about 2,000 members in all 50 states, including composers, performers, schools and conservatories. Members come from both urban and rural areas; they work in virtually every musical genre, including orchestral and chamber music, “world” music, opera and music theater, jazz and improvisational music, electronic and electro-acoustic music, and sound art. In addition to the tangible benefits of membership (newsletters, invitations to events, and access to grant, fellowship, and residency opportunities), members are part of a national community of artists who share common concerns, aspirations, and goals.
    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    STEM Icon

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 12:45 PM on March 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From American Composers Forum: 2018 Champion of New Music Awards 

    American Composers Forum

    3.14.2018
    No writer credit

    Champion of New Music Award

    2018 Recipients

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    Pianist, writer, producer Sarah Cahill

    Sarah Cahill, recently called “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by The New York Times and “a brilliant and charismatic advocate for modern and contemporary composers” by Time Out New York, has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous compositions for solo piano. Composers who have dedicated works to her include John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Yoko Ono, and Ingram Marshall, and she has also premiered pieces by Lou Harrison, Julia Wolfe, Toshi Ichiyanagi, George Lewis, Leo Ornstein, and many others.

    Cahill has researched and recorded music by the important early 20th-century American modernists Henry Cowell and Ruth Crawford, and has commissioned a number of new pieces in tribute to their enduring influence. She enjoys working closely with composers, musicologists, and scholars to prepare scores for performance.

    Recent appearances include a concert at San Quentin of the music Henry Cowell wrote while incarcerated there, four performances at the San Francisco Symphony’s Soundbox, a residency at the Noguchi Museum, and concerts at Le Poisson Rouge and the Italian Academy in New York. She performs as a duo with violinist Kate Stenberg and has performed chamber music with the Alexander String Quartet, New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and many other chamber groups. Performance highlights for the 2017-18 season include the Interlochen Arts Festival, Mendocino Music Festival, the Cleveland Museum of Art, concerts in Tokyo and Fukuoka, Terry Riley’s Sri Moonshine series, and New Music Miami.

    Sarah Cahill’s discography includes over twenty albums on the New Albion, CRI, New World, Tzadik, Albany, Innova, Cold Blue, Other Minds, Pinna, and Irritable Hedgehog labels. Her 2013 release A Sweeter Music (Other Minds) features musical reflections on war which she commissioned from composer-activists. In 2015, Pinna Records released her two-CD set of Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants, a fusion of nature and technology created by identifying the musical patterns in the electrical impulses of plants. Cahill’s four-CD box set, Eighty Trips Around the Sun: Music by and for Terry Riley, was released in 2017 on the Irritable Hedgehog label and features Riley’s solo and four-hand works (with Regina Myers and Samuel Carl Adams) and eight world premiere recordings of commissioned works in honor of his 80th birthday.

    Her radio show, Revolutions Per Minute, can be heard every Sunday evening from 8 to 10 pm on KALW, 91.7 FM in San Francisco. She is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory and curates a monthly series of new music concerts at the new Berkeley Art Museum.

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    Flutist, composer, educator Nicole Mitchell

    Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having been repeatedly awarded “Top Flutist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association (2010-2017). Mitchell initially emerged from Chicago’s innovative music scene in the late 90s, and her music celebrates contemporary African American culture. She is the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Sonic Projections and Ice Crystal, and she composes for contemporary ensembles of varied instrumentation and size, while incorporating improvisation and a wide aesthetic expression. The former first woman president of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Mitchell celebrates endless possibility by “creating visionary worlds through music that bridge the familiar with the unknown.” Some of her newest work with Black Earth Ensemble explores intercultural collaborations; Bamako*Chicago, featuring Malian kora master, Ballake Sissoko, made its American debut at Chicago’s Hyde Park Jazz Festival in September 2017, and Mandorla Awakening with Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi) and Tatsu Aoki (taiko, bass, shamisen), was just recently released on FPE records (Chicago) last spring. Recently she celebrated a compositional premiere with Procession Time, a suite inspired by the work of Harlem Renaissance artist Norman Lewis, that was performed by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and conducted by Steve Schick in October 2017. Mitchell has also recently been interested in multidisciplinary work, through the incorporation of original video art with her music (Mandorla Awakening I and II, Interdimensional Interplay for Solo Disklavier and Prerecorded Flute). In January 2018, Mitchell was recently the Artist in Residence at New York’s Winter Jazz Fest, where she performed four suites of her compositions, including Art and Anthem (for poet Gwendolyn Brooks), Maroon Cloud (inspired by her writing What Was Feared Lost from Arcana VIII edited by John Zorn), Pteradatyl, a new trio with vocalist Sara Serpa and Liberty Ellman, and her latest Afrofuturist suite, Mandorla Awakening, which was cited as a top jazz recording in The New York Times and the L.A. Times for 2017. As a composer, Mitchell has been commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, the Stone, the French American Jazz Exchange, Chamber Music America (New Works), the Chicago Jazz Festival, ICE, and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Mitchell has performed with creative music luminaries including Craig Taborn, Roscoe Mitchell, Joelle Leandre, Anthony Braxton, Geri Allen, George Lewis, Mark Dresser, Steve Coleman, Anthony Davis, Myra Melford, Bill Dixon, Muhal Richard Abrams, Ed Wilkerson, Rob Mazurek, and Billy Childs, and Hamid Drake. She is a recipient of the Herb Alpert Award (2011), the Chicago 3Arts Award (2011) and the Doris Duke Artist Award (2012). Mitchell is a Professor of Music at University of California, Irvine, teaching composition and improvisation in the graduate program of Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology.

    4.
    Jim Staley, founder of the iconic new music venue Roulette in Brooklyn, NY.

    Biography by Steve Loewy

    Jim Staley occupies a unique position among trombonists, crossing genres freely between post-modern classical music and avant-garde jazz. He boasts spectacular technique, including the ability to spit forth clusters of notes at rapid speed. Usually concentrating in the mid-to-lower registers of the trombone, his big, gruff tone hearkens to an earlier era, though his wondrous abilities and style plant him firmly in the free music world. Raised in Illinois, Staley served in the armed forces as a member of a U.S. Army Band in Berlin, before receiving Bachelor and Masters degrees in music from the University of Illinois in the late 1970s. Since 1978, Staley has lived in lower Manhattan, where he has actively performed and recorded with many cutting edge innovators, including composer/alto saxophonist John Zorn, guitarist Elliott Sharp, and vocalist Shelley Hirsch. In addition to recordings under his leadership, he appears on several of Zorn’s CDs. He also performs and records with a classical ensemble, the Tone Road Ramblers.

    See the full article here .

    For new music by living composers
    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio

    For great Jazz
    WPRB

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm

    For anyone interested in Jazz

    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    STEM Icon

    Stem Education Coalition

    What We Do

    The American Composers Forum facilitates an ecosystem of creativity through music. Our goal is to make composers, and the music they create, a vibrant and integral part of our culture. Programs reflect the diversity of our world, and we partner with a variety of ensembles and organizations to create new opportunities for new work to flourish.

    Who We Are

    The Forum organized in 1973 as a group of students at the University of Minnesota, led by co-founders Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus, for the purpose of creating performance opportunities outside the academic setting. They incorporated in 1975 as the Minnesota Composers Forum and focused their early efforts on a series of concerts for the benefit of local members. In the early 1980s the organization expanded their services by launching the Jerome Composer Commissioning Program (1979), the McKnight Fellowships (1982) and innova® recordings (1983).

    One of the earliest public advocacy initiatives was the Composers Voice program with Minnesota Public Radio (1993), a series of 13 one-hour broadcasts featuring prominent national composers such as John Adams, Meredith Monk and Philip Glass among others.

    In 1996 the Board of Directors adopted the current name of American Composers Forum (ACF) in recognition of its growing national reach. Eight chapters were established in major urban centers, and the 50-state commissioning program Continental Harmony was launched in 1998 as a millennium celebration in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Among its more singular historical programming was the First Nations Composer Initiative from 2004-2010 to support the unique needs of Native American composers and performers.

    ACF has a successful history of national education programming. BandQuest®, a series of music for middle school bands composed by prominent American composers, has reached an estimated 625,000 students since its inception in 1997. There are now twenty-two published works in the series ranging from Michael Colgrass, Libby Larsen, Michael Daugherty and klezmer revivalist, Hankus Netsky, to name a few. ChoralQuest® is the newest education program for middle school, with commissions from Stephen Paulus, Alice Parker, Jerod Tate, Jennifer Higdon, and Chen Yi among others. NextNotes®, the newest program, awards promising high school students with meaningful performance and mentorship opportunities.

    Over the course of four decades, ACF has nurtured the work of thousands of composers. The innova recording label has released over 500 titles, and our BandQuest® and ChoralQuest® series for middle level students has reached over half million students. New programs like ACF CONNECT offer direct connections and commissions with leading national ensembles. The organization has a rich history of granting programs, readings, salons, conferences and residencies that support the creation of new work and connect composers to communities. (See Historical Timeline HERE).

    Today, ACF has about 2,000 members in all 50 states, including composers, performers, schools and conservatories. Members come from both urban and rural areas; they work in virtually every musical genre, including orchestral and chamber music, “world” music, opera and music theater, jazz and improvisational music, electronic and electro-acoustic music, and sound art. In addition to the tangible benefits of membership (newsletters, invitations to events, and access to grant, fellowship, and residency opportunities), members are part of a national community of artists who share common concerns, aspirations, and goals.

     
  • richardmitnick 5:00 PM on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From INNOVA: “‘Smoke’: Music of Marc Mellits” 

    Innova is the home for New Music in America

    Innova is the recording arm of American Composers Forum, St Paul Mn.

    http://www.innova.mu/
    http://composersforum.org/

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    Composers: Marc Mellits
    Performers: New Music Detroit
    Shannon Orme: bass clarinet
    Erik Rönmark: saxophones
    Gina DiBello: violin
    Adrienne Rönmark: violin
    Samuel Bergman: viola
    Úna O’Riordan: cello
    Gyan Riley: guitar
    Vicky Chow: piano
    Ian Ding: drum set, marimba, & percussion
    Daniel Bauch: marimba

    Catalog Number: #1 004
    Genre: new classical new music

    Recorded at: Orchestra Hall, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (Detroit, MI); Brown Hall, New England Conservatory (Boston, MA); and Dover Studios (Chicago, IL).

    Release Date:
    Jun 22, 2018

    See the full article here .

    For new music by living composers
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  • richardmitnick 3:53 PM on November 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Innova Recordings at American Composers Forum – Two Great Archives of Composer/Musician Interviews 

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    Always Midwestern modest


    A bit less modest, must be the NYC influence of programming The Stone

    Innova Recordings has at its web site, two great series of interviews of composer and musicians. One is Alive and Composing, the other is Measure For Measure. Both of these series were done as podcasts. Visit the sites from Innova’s home page. If you use Firefox, you can load them from their main links. They will become bookmarks on your Bookmarks Tool Bar. If you use IE, you will have a choice to load them in your chosen RSS feed reader. I cannot recommend my other browser, SeaMonkey, because I only use the browser in the SeaMonkey Suite. When I tried it out for this post, SeaMonkey wanted me to use its Mail and News Group utility which I do not use. I cannot speak about Chrome or Safari browsers.

    But, what I can tell you is that Philip Blackburn is the consummate knowledgeable interviewer. He gets to the root of each individual’s musical passions.

    I have recorded all of these interviews and put them on my Zune .mp3 player for airline trips, waiting in the mall for someone, and, of course, trips to the dentist.

    Please visit the sites. Take a look at some of the names, listen to Philip do his thing. What was that old commerical “Try it, you’ll like it”.

     
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