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  • richardmitnick 3:56 PM on August 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Innova Recordings, NOTUS - Of Radiance & Refraction   

    From Innova: ” NOTUS – Of Radiance & Refraction” 

    From Innova the home for New Music in America

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    Composers: Claude Baker, Sven-David Sandström, Aaron Travers, John Gibson, Igor Stravinsky, Dominick DiOrio
    Performers: NOTUS, Zora String Quartet, Dominick DiOrio

    Catalog Number: #1 002
    Genre: new classical

    Release Date:
    Sep 28, 2018

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  • richardmitnick 3:04 PM on August 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Innova Recordings, Nirmala Rajasekar - Maithree   

    From Innova: ” Nirmala Rajasekar – Maithree” 

    From Innova the home for New Music in America

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    Nirmala Rajasekar
    Maithree

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    Composers: Turlough O’ Carolan, Nirmala Rajasekar, Thanjavur K. Murugaboopathi, Pat O’ Keefe, Vasant Desai, Haydar Tatlıyay, Sri Annamacharya, Michelle Kinney, Peter Linman

    Performers: Nirmala Rajasekar, Thanjavur K. Murugaboopathi, Michelle Kinney, Pat O’Keefe, Tim O’Keefe

    Catalog Number: #987
    Genre: world

    Release Date:
    Oct 26, 2018

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  • richardmitnick 2:49 PM on August 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Innova Recordings, ROCO - Visions Take Flight   

    From Innova: “ROCO – Visions Take Flight” 

    From Innova the home for New Music in America

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    ROCO
    Visions Take Flight

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    Composers: Karim Al-Zand, Reena Esmail, Derek Bermel, Anthony DiLorenzo, Marcus Maroney
    Performers: ROCO

    Catalog Number: #1 016
    Genre: new classical

    Release Date:
    Nov 16, 2018

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  • richardmitnick 2:32 PM on August 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Innova: ” Zack Browning — Soul Doctrine” 

    From Innova the home for New Music in America

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    Zack Browning
    Soul Doctrine

    1

    Composers: Zack Browning
    Performers: Sonata Island Quartet, Emilio Galante, Walter Zanetti, Andrea Dindo, Pepito Ros

    Catalog Number: #1 009
    Genre: new classical, new music

    Release Date:
    Nov 16, 2018

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  • richardmitnick 3:15 PM on July 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Innova Recordings, , The Compassion Project   

    From Innova: ” Edna Michell – The Compassion Project” 

    From Innova the home for New Music in America

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

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    Catalog Number: #971
    Genre: new classical

    Release Date:
    Nov 16, 2018

    Edna Michell, Yehudi Menuhin, and friends around the world dedicate their work to universal compassion through music

    Composers: John Tavener, Shulamit Ran, Chen Yi, Hans Werner Henze, Yinam Leef, Poul Ruders, Somei Satoh, Wolfgang Rihm, Iannis Xenakis, Lukas Foss, Karel Husa, Betty Olivero, Gyorgy Kurtag, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho, Petr Eben, Oldrich F. Korte, Viktor Kalabis, Luciano Berio, Boris Tishchenko, Sean Hickey, Josef Tal, Gennady Banshchikov

    Performers: Edna Michell, Yehudi Menuhin, Cantilena Piano Quartet, Ulf Hoelscher, Susan Narucki, Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Lukas Foss, Michal Kaňka, Nachum Erlich,
    Karlsruhe Ensemble, Andreas Weiss, Igor Ardašev, Shlomo Mintz, Ludmila Peterková, Patricia Rozario, Bohuslav Matoušek, Allen Ginsberg, Luyba Petrova, Frank Glazer, David Shifrin, Ettore Causa,
    Tara Helen O’Connor, Claire Brazeau, Elaine Bonazzi, Ole Akahoshi, Orson Welles

    At the invitation of Edna Michell and Yehudi Menuhin, distinguished composers and performers – friends around the world – dedicated their artistry to the theme of universal compassion through music. This is their tribute; a gift to the world in troubled times.

    In 1993, following recording sessions in the Czech Republic, Yehudi Menuhin and I were on the way to Vienna to catch flights to different destinations. Menuhin was despairing about the atrocities of the world. To change the mood, I came up with the idea of composers from around the world writing short works inspired by the theme of compassion. It struck a chord with Menuhin, and he remained immersed in the project for the rest of his life. — Edna Michell

    The Compassion Project is comprised of two albums. The first, entitled Compassion: A Journey of the Spirit, features 15 of the Compassion compositions and was released by EMI/Angel in 2001 to critical acclaim. This disc (available digitally under its original title) is packaged together with Innova’s release of the new second album that includes world premiere recordings of additional Compassion works and a piece written by Lukas Foss for the opening of the 1980 Winter Olympics performed by Yehudi Menuhin (among others) with Orson Welles narrating a poem by W. H. Auden.

    The 24 Compassion works were written for and dedicated to Menuhin and Michell. It comes as no surprise that the violin is central to almost all of the works. In their individual program notes, the composers mention such ideals as international understanding, or the power of music to bring spiritual strength, or elements of simplicity and innocence. All reflect different responses to the life and humanistic work of a single great man: “Twenty-four styles with a noble theme behind them,” as Michell puts it.

    Menuhin took great pleasure in this collaborative project, and had plans to record it and to continue performing it with Edna Michell in many parts of the world. She recalls that during a concert when they performed some of these pieces in London, only a month before he died, he turned to her as they walked off stage and said, “Edna, we must record these pieces now!” He believed the works should be performed together in one program because, as Michell says, “they create a very special ambiance.”

    Edna Michell began her distinguished career as a young protege – then colleague – of Yehudi Menuhin. As founder of the Cantilena Chamber Players, Cantilena Piano Quartet, and Cantilena Productions, Inc., she has championed the works of living composers and continues with numerous musical activities around the world.

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  • richardmitnick 12:03 PM on July 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Innova Recordings, , , Yuko Fujiyama: Night Wave   

    From Innova: ” Yuko Fujiyama: Night Wave” 

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    Composers: Yuko Fujiyama
    Performers: Jennifer Choi, Susie Ibarra, Graham Haynes, Yuko Fujiyama

    Catalog Number: #995
    Genre: Jazz

    Release Date:
    Mar 23, 2018

    Yuko Fujiyama

    Night Wave

    Innova 995

    1. Woven Colors 3:18

    2. Up Tempo 9:38

    3. Romance 1:50

    4. Clash 1:00

    5. Premonition 3:09

    6. Indignation 3:02

    7. Fireworks 1:18

    8. Beyond the Sound 6:41

    9. Waltz of the Shadows 1:11

    10. Autumn Whispers 2:53

    11. Floating on a Breeze 2:19

    12. Leap 2:00

    13. Starlight 1:14

    14. Night Wave 7:58

    15. Tale of the Old Tree 2:55

    —50:29

    Yuko Fujiyama, piano
    Jennifer Choi, violin
    Graham Haynes, cornet and flugelhorn
    Susie Ibarra, drums and percussion

    Dear Listeners,

    Thank you very much for listening to our music.

    Please let me introduce myself briefly:

    I was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1954 and started to play piano when I was four. After encountering the music of pianist Cecil Taylor, I moved to New York City in 1987 and started to perform in the early 1990’s. Since then, I have been looking for the structure of music.
    It was a joy to play with these beautiful musicians. I appreciate Susie for her earthy but sensitive sound, Jennifer for her beautiful melodies, and Graham for his simple and rich expressions. Every moment we shared was precious…

    I want to dedicate this album to my parents, Masayoshi and Michiko Fujiyama.

    Thank you.
    Yuko Fujiyama

    Recorded at Systems Two, Brooklyn, New York. Jan 17 & May 11, 2017
    Music recorded and mixed by Max Ross
    Special thanks to Reggie Nicholson, Michiyo Tanaka,
    Judy Niemack, Velibor Pedevski, and Junko Arita

    innova is supported by an endowment from the McKnight Foundation.
    Philip Blackburn, director, design
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  • richardmitnick 8:35 PM on July 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Innova Recordings, Issam Rafea and Gao Hong: "Life As Is",   

    From Innova: ” ‘Gao Hong’ Issam Rafea and Gao Hong: “Life As Is” 

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    Catalog Number: #997
    Release Date:
    May 25, 2018

    Life As Is

    The Blending of Ancient Souls from Syria and China
    Issam Rafea and Gao Hong
    Issam Rafea, oud
    Gao Hong, pipa

    Walking the Distance 4:11
    Summer Rain 3:41
    Undercurrent 3:23
    Up and Down 3:55
    Hidden Dance 6:42
    Life As Is 5:50
    Homesick 4:04
    Chasing Butterflies 4:26
    Chance Encounter 6:04
    Heavy Heart 4:38
    Childhood 3:22
    Short Film 5:27

    Total: 55:44

    Improvisations by Issam Rafea, Syrian oud, and Gao Hong, Chinese pipa

    Issam Rafea and Gao Hong met in the spring of 2017 at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where Gao Hong teaches and directs the Carleton Global Music Ensemble. Issam was an artist-in-residence during the spring term, and Gao Hong invited him to teach her students about Arabic music. At the end of the term, she suggested they go into a studio to record some improvisations just for fun. To their surprise and delight, they immediately bonded as soon as they started to play. Their improvisations were so cohesive that it seemed as if they had worked together for years. They recorded in one long session that went from early afternoon through late evening. They played without any rehearsal (besides each bringing to the session a lifetime of listening, instrumental mastery, and a passion for communication), and completed each track in a single take. Of the 28 tracks they laid down, 12 were selected for this album.

    Both artists come from lands going through political strife — Issam Rafea living through the recent war in Syria, and Gao Hong growing up during the Cultural Revolution. Now, they continue to pursue their musical visions in the United States. They both are performers and composers and love to improvise, just like they have had to navigate their lives to survive. They both use their hearts to play music, and both believe that music needs to come from their souls and deepest feelings. Hence the title — Life As Is: The Blending of Ancient Souls from Syria and China.

    Life As Is is a reflection of both of their lives. It is their life stories, as reflected in the track titles. Both of them Walking the Distance to America to follow their dreams. They recorded their music on a rainy summer day, and even though they didn’t talk about what Summer Rain should sound like, they shared the exact same feelings. Their lives have not always been easy, and that is expressed in Undercurrent and the uncertainty of their lives in Up and Down. But even in their darkest hours, they still remained optimistic and hopeful, as if there were a Hidden Dance soon to appear in their lives. Sometimes, living so far away, they get Homesick and have a Heavy Heart as they miss their homelands and families, but they keep working hard and chasing their dreams as in Chasing Butterflies. And they are thankful for the music they have made together in their Chance Encounter. They share their happy Childhood stories in their music. So many wonderful stories, but they realize life is so short, just like a Short Film. This is their life, these their tales – Life As Is!

    Music speaks to the heart, across language, across conflict.

    Music unites nations from far and wide!

    Producer: Paul Dice
    Recording/Mixing: Stephen McKinstry at the
    Salmagundi Recording Studio
    Mastering: Greg Reierson at Rare Form Mastering
    Title Chinese Translation: Chen Jiang
    Photo: Eve Li, Peycen Ouyang

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  • richardmitnick 3:55 PM on June 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Constellations, Innova Recordings, Jane Antonia Cornish   

    From Innova: ” Jane Antonia Cornish- Constellations” 

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    Composers:
    Jane Antonia Cornish
    Performers: Vicky Chow, Anna Elashvili, Arthur Moeller, Margaret Dyer Harris, Hamilton Berry

    Catalog Number: #1 006
    Genre: new classical

    Release Date:
    Jul 27, 2018

    1. Constellations I 7:33
    2. Lux 8:34
    3. Beyond the Sky 8:55
    4. Wave Cycles 10:22
    5. Constellations II 8:30

    -—43:55—-

    An earth-bound expression of tone connects us to a cosmic resonance of truth, beauty, and inner stillness in Constellations, the latest album by Jane Antonia Cornish. She accomplishes this transmutation through her unparalleled control of material and striking orchestration. The album’s five works present an overarching narrative that fuses them into a cohesive and musical cosmos. Scored for piano, strings, and electronics, Cornish explores the resonance and sonic individuality of the instruments with lapidary brilliance. This is music of unparalleled precision. However, the listener does not sense that anything has been withheld; quite the opposite, as a masterful balance of space and silence participates equally with tone and resonance in creating the musical alchemy that is the Cornish sound-world.

    — Brett Banducci

    Jane Antonia Cornish is an award-winning composer who grew up in England and lives in New York City. Her three solo albums have been met with wide acclaim, and were described as “a font of wistfulness and melancholic beauty” by WQXR, “transcendent” by World Music Report, and “a virtual blessing in a world gone mad” by ICON Magazine.

    Her most recent album, Into Silence, explores time, silence, light, reflection and transcendence through six over-arching linear works. She collaborated with New York City Ballet principal Ask la Cour on the title track for the album. It was performed as part of the Stars of American Ballet tour in 2017 and a film of the pas de deux was released with the album. Continuum, her second studio album, was performed by Decoda, the first ever Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Continuum was named WQXR Q2 Music’s Album of the Week. The release followed Cornish’s album Duende, described by the American Record Guide as “a program of bold, thoughtful, mesmerizing chamber music.”

    In the world of film scoring, Jane Antonia was the first female in history to win a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for music and the UK Film Council honored her with a Breakthrough Brit in Hollywood award. Film credits include Fireflies in the Garden, starring Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe and Ryan Reynolds and directed by Dennis Lee, and most recently Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, directed by Matt Tyrnauer.

    She has received a Special Distinction from the ASCAP Foundation’s Rudolf Nissim Prize jury for her orchestral tone poem, Symphony, and was Composer-In-Residence for the inaugural Chelsea Music Festival, where Duende received its world premiere.

    Jane Antonia Cornish studied composition at The Royal Northern College of Music with Anthony Gilbert, where she was made a Major Scholar. She received the Royal Northern College of Music Composition Prize and was a recipient of the Associated Board’s Most Outstanding Scholar of the Year award. She went on to complete her postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Music, London.

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  • richardmitnick 4:13 PM on June 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Esther Lamneck - Tarogato Constructions, Innova Recordings,   

    From Innova: ” Esther Lamneck – Tarogato Constructions” 

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    Composers: Esther Lamneck, Cort Lippe, Mara Helmuth, Paola Lopreiato, Sergio Kafejian, Jorge Sosa, Alfonso Belfiore
    Performers: Esther Lamneck
    Live electronics

    Catalog Number: #994
    Genre: experimental new classical electronic
    Collection: improvisation

    Release Date:
    Jun 22, 2018

    Prelude 5:56
    Duo 5:43
    Concerto 9:23
    Cort Lippe /Esther Lamneck

    Irresistibile Flux 10:43
    Mara Helmuth /Esther Lamneck

    Con forze che si svolgono sferiche 10:31
    Paola Lopreiato/Esther Lamneck

    Construção 7:09
    Sergio Kafejian/Esther Lamneck

    Enchantment 9:48
    Jorge Sosa/Esther Lamneck

    Quanti di luce e suono 12:01
    Alfonso Belfiore/Esther Lamneck

    Total: 71:16

    TÁROGATÓ CONSTRUCTIONS in Live Electronics
    ESTHER LAMNECK
    The music for tárogató and electronic music presented in this recording project is a result of my collaborations with composers who have worked in computer music composition throughout their careers. The most fruitful and rewarding experiences for me during my career have been my collaborations with composers. All of the tárogató music has been originally generated by me. The works have evolved over several seasons and numerous performances which have provided me with an intricate knowledge of the sonic possibilities of the pieces.

    In this album, each composer has designed a musical world which reacts to what I play by triggering electronic sounds which then influence the direction of my improvisational composition. In the works which are exclusively designed in live real time, I have the freedom to explore an undetermined musical space and time. All of these musical environments have propelled me to use the extreme sonic possibilities of the tárogató.

    The tárogató is a single reed woodwind instrument with a hauntingly beautiful sound. It is originally a folk instrument from the regions of Hungary and Romania whose music has been handed down aurally. Folk music has greatly influenced my style of improvisation as have other improvisation genres and many contemporary music composers. This album contains references to more primitive folk music, along with folk art and gypsy melodies which are woven throughout. The instrument provides a rich sound, full of harmonics and has allowed me to broaden the range of the instrument including another octave of high harmonic material above its standard range. Because of the key structure it is possible to explore glissandi throughout much of the body of the instrument. The structure allows for the exploration of “new techniques” which are not possible to such an extent on the clarinet nor on other woodwind instruments with extensive key mechanisms.

    From the provocative works created with Cort Lippe, to the mesmerizing journey I explored with Belfiore, each composer provides a different and unique electronic music environment.

    Esther Lamneck Clarinet and Tárogató

    The New York Times calls Esther Lamneck “an astonishing virtuoso”. She has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras, with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, with renowned chamber music artists and an international roster of musicians from the new music improvisation scene. A versatile performer and an advocate of contemporary music, she is known for her work with electronic media including interactive arts, movement, dance and improvisation. Ms. Lamneck makes frequent solo appearances on clarinet and the tárogató at music festivals worldwide. She is recognized for her collaborative work with composers on both the clarinet and the tárogató in creating electronic music environments for improvisation. Many of her solo and Duo CDs feature improvisation and electronic music and include Cigar Smoke; Tárogató; Winds Of The Heart; Genoa Sound Cards; Intentions; Tornado Project ; Stato Liquido etc. Computer Music Journal calls her “The consummate improvisor.” Musica Jazz, [“the microtonal richness of the sound of the tárogató is exceptional’] ALIAS, [“…gift of pure poetry, of incantation, of true dialogue.”] Dr. Lamneck is a full professor at New York University’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and is artistic director of the NYU New Music Ensemble, an improvising flexible group which works in electronic settings using both fixed media and real time sound and video processing. http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/faculty/Esther_Lamneck

    Cort Lippe studied composition and computer music with Larry Austin, and followed composition and analysis seminars with various composers, including Boulez, Donatoni, K. Huber, Koenig, Messiaen, Penderecki, Stockhausen, and Xenakis. He spent three years at the Instituut voor Sonologie working with G.M. Koenig and Paul Berg, three years at Xenakis’ studio CEMAMu, and nine years at IRCAM. His compositions have received numerous international prizes, been performed at major festivals worldwide, and are recorded on more than 30 CDs. His research includes more than 35 peer-reviewed publications on interactive music, granular sampling, score following, spectral processing, FFT-based spatial distribution/delay, acoustic instrument parameter mapping, and instrument design. He has been a long-term visiting professor at universities/conservatories in Japan, Denmark, Austria, Greece, and the USA, and since 1994 he has taught in the Department of Music of the University at Buffalo, where he is an associate professor of composition and director of the Lejaren Hiller Computer Music Studios.

    The compositions Prelude, Duo, and Concerto (2014) comprise a trilogy of collaborative, improvisational pieces for tárogató and interactive computer system. These pieces evolved over the course of concerts and recording/editing sessions, in a variety of locales, including Corfu, Potenza, and Montreal, between the years 2009 and 2014. Esther’s imaginative and masterful approach to the tárogató, with its unusual tuning and unique timbral possibilities, offered us a practically unlimited source of rich musical and sound material for development. As the computer tracked parameters of the tárogató, such as pitch, amplitude, spectrum, density, rests, articulation, tempi, etc., the information was used to trigger specific electronic events and continuously control the computer sound output by directly controlling digital synthesis and compositional algorithms in real-time. Thus, Esther was able to interact with the computer, not simply triggering, but continuously shaping the computer output, while I performed on the computer, musically reacting to Esther’s playing and the computer responses to her playing. Some of the sounds in the electronic part come directly from the tárogató, so that certain aspects of the musical and sound material for the instrumental and electronic parts are one and the same. Stored sound material, other than the tárogató, is also manipulated via a variety of techniques. The digital synthesis algorithms focus on frequency domain processing, as well as more standard time-based processing such as harmonizing, delay, frequency shifting, phasing, reverberation, spatialization, etc. In Prelude the computer accompanies the tárogató as it “tunes up”, not unlike the first section of a Baroque French overture. In Duo the tárogató develops a melodic figure in more and more detailed fashion in a duet with the computer, while in Concerto the relationship between the tárogató and computer is more akin to a Concerto with the computer serving an orchestral function, and Esther as virtuoso soloist. These pieces are dedicated to Robert Rowe, whose work in interactive music continues to inspire us. CL

    Mara Helmuth composes music often involving the computer, and creates multimedia and software for composition and improvisation. Her recordings include Lifting the Mask on Sounding Out! (Everglade), Sound Collaborations, (CDCM v.36, Centaur CRC 2903), Implements of Actuation (Electronic Music Foundation EMF 023), and works included on Open Space CD 16 and the 50th Anniversary University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios commemorative collection. Her music has been performed internationally at conferences, festivals and arts spaces. She is Professor of Composition at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati and Director of the CCM Center for Computer Music. She holds a D.M.A. from Columbia University, and earlier degrees (M.M., B.A.) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her software for composition and improvisation has involved granular synthesis, wireless sensor networks, user interfaces, performance over Internet2, and contributions to the RTcmix music programming language. MH

    Irresistible Flux (2014) was inspired by Hungarian folk music as played by the rich-sounding tárogató which digitally manipulates the source material to create an expanded environment. Mara Helmuth and Esther Lamneck collaboratively created the work as it evolved over several years. The composer used granular synthesis software and MaxMSP patches with RTcmix scripts to create diverse transformations of the source sounds in real time. Delays, reverberation, granulation and complex windowing expand the already powerful and expansive tárogató’s sound into dynamic and timbrally-defined environments. This work has been performed in Athens (the International Computer Music /Sound and Music Computing Conferences 2015), New York (the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2014) and at the Electroacoustic Barn Dance in Fredericksburg, VA. The recording was done at Mary Washington University in November 2014.

    Paola Lopreiato is a part time PhD student in New Media Art at the University of Plymouth.
    She received an MPhil in composition from the University of Sheffield. Her work has been performed in the UK at the University of Chester and of Bournemouth, Sheffield Drama Studio, Belfast SARC, University of Plymouth; in the U.S.A . at SEAMUS, New York City Electro acoustic Music Festival, NYU, Stedman Art Gallery NJ; in Greece at the Corfu Academia Yonica, Cephalonia ICAC gallery, Athens the Athenian I-Club and ICMC; in Mexico at Fonoteca National; in Slovenia Ljubljana ICMC; in Australia Perth ICMC; in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro CAC4; in Turkey Istanbul, the Halka project; in South Africa Johannesburg Fak’ugesi conference; ISEA conference-HONG KONG; and CAIROTRONICA-CAIRO, Obras foundation Portugal. Her research interests include multisensoriality, acoustics, new technology and virtual reality. She is production manager of the Multimedia festival “Diffrazioni” in collaboration with the Cherubini Conservatory of Florence. (www.paolalopreiato.com)

    Con Forze Che Si Svolgono Sferiche

    with forces that evolve spherically is a composition that emphasizes the awareness of the importance of a soul launched in the adventure of life. The sounds are processed and altered using unexpected effects, broken, complicated by particular resonance, forced breaks; in an attempt to bridle the energy in music. The vital impulse that filters through the musical structure is fragmented by the explosion of unquenchable energy. PL

    Sergio Kafejian earned his Masters from the Brunel University (London), PhD from UNESP and is currently conducting Postdoctoral Research at NYU Steinhardt as a Composer in Residence with the NYU New Music Ensemble under the artistic direction of Esther Lamneck. Sergio Kafejian has won numerous composition prizes including Concurso Ritmo e Som (1994 and 1998) and the Bourges International Electroacoustical Music Contest (1998 and 2008). In 2008 his piece …Gritei, e o pássaro do equilíbrio perfeito apenas mexeu o rabo… won first prize at the Gilberto Mendes Contest for Orchestra. In 2009 he received support from FUNARTE for two important projects related to Brazilian soundscapes and in 2015 he was awarded the Classical Composition Prize from FUNARTE. Since 2001 Kafejian, has been a faculty member at Santa Marcelina College, teaching composition, electroacoustic music and contemporary music. Sergio Kafejian has served as artistic director of the Brazilian Contemporary ensemble Camerata Aberta from 2010 to 2015. During this period the ensemble has performed more than 40 concerts in Brasil and has performed in EUA (2010, 2011 and 2014), Belgium (2012), Holland (2012) and Portugal (2015).

    Construção is a collaborative work involving the composer’s research into machine interactive systems and Esther’s work in compositional improvisation. The interactive system built by Sergio Kafejian was modeled for Esther Lamneck’s performance on the tárogató. One of the main ideas underlying this research is that a composition can occur simultaneously in the system’s routines and in the musician’s architectural propositions. The machine changes its behavior according to what and how the player performs and at the same time coordinates the recording of live material, with playing live-recorded and pre-recorded material. Esther’s performance determines the form and content of the composition based on exchanges with the parameters and routines of the patch. The result is a collaborative composition in which the conditions established by Sergio Kafejian during the system development are molded by the sounds and time structural thinking of Esther while performing. Sergio’s research has been made possible through the support of Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo/FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation), proc. No 2016/15484-1.

    Jorge Sosa is a Mexican-born composer currently residing in New York. Dr. Sosa’s first full- length opera, La Reina, commissioned by the American Lyric Theater (ALT), was selected for the Fort Worth Opera 2015 Frontiers Festival. In 2014 Jorge’s operatic setting of Man Ray’s film L’Etoile de Mer was premiered in Kansas City by the Black House Collective, receiving critical acclaim. In 2012, Jorge was commissioned to write Song of the Last Crossing, which was included in the Opera America Songbook. His Trés Sonetos de Quevedo for soprano and guitar quartet were recently released by the Cuarteto de Guitarras de la Ciudad de México in their CD “A 5”. Jorge’s Refraction I was included in the CD Quirk by clarinetist Mauricio Salguero. Jorge’s CDs Plastic Time and Enceladus are available on all the major music download sites and through the website http://www.jorgesosa.com.

    Dr. Sosa has served as composer in residence with the NYU New Music Ensemble for several seasons. He is currently Assistant Professor of music at Molloy College in Long Island.

    Enchantment is a collaborative composition for tárogató and computer by Esther Lamneck and Jorge Sosa. The work uses a Max/Msp patch, which contains a fixed back track and a suite of effects that are applied to the tárogató in real time. The piece is improvisatory in nature and allows Esther to draw on her knowledge of Hungarian folk material, while Dr. Sosa adds effects in real time. There is a musical dialogue between the performers as they react to each other. Enchantment was premiered and recorded during the “Diffrazioni Festival” in 2014 in Florence, Italy.

    Alfonso Belfiore is chair of electronic music and coordinator of the department of music and new technology at the Conservatory “Luigi Cherubini” in Florence. He was the president of the “Institute of International Art and Technology” and Artistic Director of “Progetto Fortissimo”. For several years, he actively took part in research, as employer of the National Council of Research, in the Department of musical information technology. In this context he realized his first work of computer music with the system “TAU2” (1977-1982), a special prototype designed and constructed especially for the research in the domain of sound synthesis by the institutes of the C.N.R. His musical works are regularly performed at international music festivals and music conferences.

    Quanti di luce e suono is the result of the long standing artistic collaboration which Esther Lamneck and Alfonso Belfiore have enjoyed throughout the years. It is written for the tárogató and for both interactive sound and video. Every performance is unique as a result of the realtime interaction of the performer to the live audio and visual processing. The principal focus of this multimedia work is to reveal the distribution of energy generated by the acoustic spectrum of the tárogató. The sound is captured digitally and broken into fragments which are repositioned in different times and spaces as are quanti di energia, which has inspired the title of the work. The performer is free to create the sonic material which is then processed via algorithms designed using the software, Max/Msp and Jitter. The result is an enticing production of delicate colors, hues and varying shades of sound possibilities.

    CREDITS
    Recording engineer: Alfonso Belfiore
    Mastered by Greg Reierson at Rare Form
    A special thank you to each composer for their engineering expertise.
    This album has been funded in part by the NYU Research Development Fund.

    Photos [?]: José Pita Juárez
    Josepitavisuals.com (Lamneck),
    Alfonso Belfiore (instrument images)

    Innova is supported by an endowment from the McKnight Foundation.
    Philip Blackburn, director, design
    Chris Campbell, operations director
    Tim Igel, publicist

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    From Innova: “Rick Baitz – Into Light” 

    From Innova the home for New Music in America

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

    http://www.innova.mu/
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    Rick Baitz – Into Light

    1

    Feel the heat, from Durban and Rio to the Big Apple

    Composers Rick Baitz

    Performers:
    Joyce Hammann
    Mary Rowell
    Beth Meyers
    Ashley Bathgate
    Brian Shank
    Christian Lundqvist
    Jeremy Smith
    Brian Shankar Adler
    Rick Baitz
    Ken Thomson
    Jessica Meyer
    Stephen Gosling

    Catalog Number: #1 012
    Genre: new classical new music
    Collection:
    string quartet
    percussion
    chamber
    music for dance

    Release Date:
    Aug 24, 2018

    Track List:
    1. CHTHONIC DANCES for String Quartet
    21:54
    Joyce Hammann, Mary Rowell, violins; Beth Meyers, viola; Ashley Bathgate, cello

    2. HALL OF MIRRORS for Percussion Quartet & Electronics 14:41
    Brian Shank, Christian Lundqvist, Jeremy Smith, Brian Shankar Adler, percussion; Rick Baitz, laptop computer

    3. INTO LIGHT for Clarinet, Viola & Piano 21:54

    Ken Thomson, Bb clarinet; Jessica Meyer, viola; Stephen Gosling, piano

    Total Time 58:37

    All music © & ? Rick Baitz & 110th Street Music (BMI), 2018. All rights reserved.
    Innova Recordings is the label of the American Composers Forum.
    http://www.innova.mu http://www.rickbaitz.com

    Credits:
    1. Chthonic Dances for String Quartet (2011, revised 2016)
    Recorded June, 2016 at Dubway Studios, New York City; Stephen Kurpis, engineer. Edited and mixed by Rick Baitz.

    Gratitude to New Music USA, which, in its earlier incarnation as the American Music Center, helped fund Chthonic Dances through its Composer Assistance Program.

    2. Hall of Mirrors for Percussion Quartet & Electronics (2015)

    Commissioned by The Juilliard SchoolÕs Center For Integration in the Arts. Includes mbiras, windwands, surdo, nipple gongs, dumbek, temple blocks, caxixi, cowbell, tam-tams, talking drum, triangle and tabla, with live electronic processing and pre-recorded sounds. Recorded April 2015 & Nov. 2016, Rick Baitz Music, New York City; Nathan Prilliman & Rick Baitz, engineers. Edited and mixed by Rick Baitz.

    3. Into Light for Clarinet, Viola & Piano (1984)
    Recorded June 2017 at Oktaven Audio, Mount Vernon, NY. Engineered, edited and mixed by Ryan Streber.

    All music mastered by Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio.

    Album art and design by Matthew Monk.

    Special thanks to Reed Robins, Scott Hampton, Jonathan Duckett, Peter Cressy, Ed Bilous, Mary Rowell and Brian Shankar Adler. Thanks also to Philip Blackburn and Innova Recordings, and to David Cossin, Mick Rossi, Ryan Streber, and Matthew Monk. And thank you to all the extraordinary musicians who played on this album.

    And finally, everlasting thanks to Penny Wang Baitz. This album is dedicated to you.

    Innova Director: Philip Blackburn?Operations Director: Chris Campbell?Publicist: Tim Igel
    Innova is supported by an endowment from the McKnight Foundation.

    See the full article here .

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    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


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    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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