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  • richardmitnick 4:10 PM on October 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Jeffrey Milarsky, John Corigliano, , , NEWMUSICUSA,   

    From NEWMUSICUSA: “AXIOM | Muhly and Corigliano” 

    From NEWMUSICUSA

    1
    Friday, October 26, 2018
    at 7:30 PM

    Alice Tully Hall
    1941 Broadway
    New York, NY 10023

    Free Event
    Tickets

    Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor

    Jeffrey Milarsky music.columbia.edu

    Nadia Sirota, viola

    Nadia Sirota in Performance 2014 by Steven Pisano


    Matthew Pearce, tenor

    MUHLY No Uncertain Times (2017)
    CORIGLIANO Chiaroscuro (1997)
    MUHLY Keep in Touch
    CORIGLIANO Poem in October

    Nico Muhly by Samantha West

    John Corigliano by J. Henry Fair

    See the full article here .

    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    At NEWMUSICUSA we see ourselves first and foremost as advocates. Our mission is to support and promote new music created in the United States. We do that in many ways, fostering connections, deepening knowledge, encouraging appreciation, and providing financial support. In recognition of the possibility and power inherent in the virtual world, we’ve worked to build a strong internet platform to serve our constituency. And that constituency is broad and diverse, from composers and performers to presenters and producers, casual listeners to die-hard fans. We’re truly committed to serving the WHOLE new music community.

    As we go about our work, we make a point of not defining too precisely what we mean by new music. To define is to limit. It’s a spectacular time for musical creativity in part because so much music is being made that isn’t bound by conventional limitations of style or genre or background. The music that we hear being created in such abundance all around us is definition enough. We simply want it to flourish.

    We’re fortunate to have as our legacy the history of previous decades of good works done by the American Music Center and Meet The Composer, the two great organizations that merged to form us in 2011. Their legacies have also brought a small financial endowment that mostly helps support our grantmaking. But we’re not a foundation. We depend decisively each year on the generosity of so many institutions and individuals around the country who are dedicated as we are to the advancement of new music and are devoted to supporting our work.

    New Music USA is part of an international community of advocates for the arts. We’re members of the Performing Arts Alliance, the International Association of Music Information Centres, and the International Society for Contemporary Music. Those partnerships help us represent the interests of our constituents at every level.

    No matter how far ranging our networks, our focus is always solidly on what brings these many constituents and communities together in the first place: the music. When someone uses our platform to listen to something new, recommend a favorite to a friend, or to seek financial assistance or information to support the creation or performance of new work, the whole community is strengthened. Together we’re helping new music reach new ears every day.
    Our Vision

    We envision in the United States a thriving, interconnected new music community that is available to and impactful for a broad constituency of people.
    Our Mission

    New Music USA supports and promotes new music created in the United States. We use the power of virtual networks and people to foster connection, deepen knowledge, encourage appreciation, and provide financial support for a diverse constituency of practitioners and appreciators, both within the United States and beyond.

    Our Values
    We believe in the fundamental importance of creative artists and their work.
    We espouse a broad, inclusive understanding of the term “new music.”
    We uphold and embrace principles of inclusivity and equitable treatment in all of our activity and across our nation’s broadly diverse population in terms of gender, race, age, location, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status and artistic practice.

    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


    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 8:34 PM on October 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , NEWMUSICUSA,   

    From NEWMUSICUSA: “Sō at the Howland Chamber Music Circle (Beacon, NY)” 

    From NEWMUSICUSA

    1
    Sunday, October 21, 2018
    at 4:00 PM

    Howland Cultural Center
    477 Main St.
    Beacon, NY 12508

    $10—30
    Tickets

    Living Room Music Show

    Water, Wine, Brandy, Brine Viet Cuong (1990-)

    Living Room Music John Cage (1912-1992)

    Taxidermy Caroline Shaw (1982-)

    Four + Nine Eric Cha-Beach (member of Sō since ‘07)

    Tuning Meditation Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)

    Selections from Amid the Noise Jason Treuting (founding member of Sō)

    Credo in US John Cage (1912-1992)

    The “artist”

    Adam Sliwinski has been a member of Sō Percussion since 2002. Adam is particularly interested in keyboard instruments, especially marimba and piano.

    Eric Cha-Beach has been a member of Sō Percussion since 2007-A consummate percussionist he loves to learn new instruments like the musical saw integrating them into diverse setups

    Jason Treuting is a founding member of Sō Percussion- Jason has pioneered an innovative drum set practice within the new music sphere. He is also a composer.

    Josh Quillen has been a member of Sō Percussion since 2006- Josh is an expert Steel Drum artist having studied in Trinidad and immersed himself in Steel Band culture.

    Our Mission:

    Sō Percussion is a percussion-based music organization that creates and presents new collaborative works to adventurous and curious audiences and educational initiatives to engaged students, while providing meaningful service to its communities, in order to exemplify the power of music to unite people and forge deep social bonds.
    Our Vision:

    To create a new model of egalitarian artistic collaboration that respects history, champions innovation and curiosity, and creates an essential social bond through service to our audiences and our communities.
    Ensemble Bio:

    Sō is: Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting

    With innovative multi-genre original productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble.

    Sō’s repertoire ranges from “classics” of the 20th century, by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Iannis Xenakis, et al, to commissioning and advocating works by contemporary composers such as Caroline Shaw, David Lang, Steve Mackey, and Paul Lansky, to distinctively modern collaborations with artists who work outside the classical concert hall, including vocalist Shara Nova, electronic duo Matmos, the groundbreaking Dan Deacon, legendary drummer Bobby Previte, jam band kings Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, choreographer Shen Wei, and composer and leader of The National, Bryce Dessner, among many others.

    Sō Percussion also composes and performs their own works, ranging from standard concert pieces to immersive multi-genre programs – including Imaginary City, Where (we) Live, and A Gun Show, which was presented in a multi-performance presentation as part of BAM’s 2016 Next Wave Festival. In these concert-length programs, Sō Percussion employs a distinctively 21st century synthesis of original music, artistic collaboration, theatrical production values and visual art, into a powerful exploration of their own unique and personal creative experiences.

    Rooted in the belief that music is an essential facet of human life, a social bond, and an effective tool in creating agency and citizenship, Sō Percussion enthusiastically pursues a growing range of social and community outreach. Examples include their Brooklyn Bound presentations of younger composers; commitments to purchasing offsets to compensate for carbon-heavy activities such as touring travel; and leading their SōSI students in an annual food-packing drive, yielding up to 25,000 meals, for the Crisis Center of Mercer County through the organization EndHungerNE.

    Sō Percussion is the Edward T. Cone Ensemble-in-Residence at Princeton University, where they offer educational work and present an annual series of concerts. They are also Co-Directors of the percussion department at the Bard College-Conservatory of Music, and run the annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute (SōSI, now in its ninth year), providing college-age composers and percussionists an immersive exposure to collaboration and project development.

    One of the first things any group needs is a name. When our group was founded in 1999, we cast far and wide among our friends and family for suggestions. The winner was this simple, short word offered by Jenise Treuting, Jason’s sister.

    Jenise has been living and working in Japan as an English-Japanese translator for 20 years. The word “Sō” was punchy, enigmatic, and memorable.

    “The Sō in Sō Percussion comes from 奏, the second character in the compound Japanese word 演奏 (ensou), to perform music. By itself, so means “to play an instrument.” But it can also mean “to be successful,” “to determine a direction and move forward,” and “to present to the gods or ruler.” Scholars have suggested that the latter comes from the character’s etymology, which included the element “to offer with both hands.” 奏 is a bold, straightforward character, but lends itself to calligraphy with a certain energy that gives so a springy, delicate look.”

    – Jenise Treuting

    In the current season, Sō performs the New York premiere of David Lang’s man made with Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra; tours a new work by Caroline Shaw with Dawn Upshaw and Gil Kalish to the Kennedy Center, San Francisco Performances, UCLA, Penn State, and elsewhere; returns to Carnegie Hall with the JACK Quartet in a program of new works by Donnacha Dennehy and Dan Trueman; tours the United Kingdon with its original production exploring the community and culture of English coal mining country, From Out a Darker Sea; and more.

    Recent highlights include an acclaimed Trilogy portrait at the Lincoln Center Festival; appearances at Bonnaroo, the Eaux Claires Festival, MassMoCA, and TED 2016; international tours to Poland and Ireland; performances of man made with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil; Bryce Dessner’s Music for Wood and Strings at the Barbican in London; and an original score for a live performance and broadcast of WNYC’s Radiolab with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich at BAM.

    See the full article here .

    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    At NEWMUSICUSA we see ourselves first and foremost as advocates. Our mission is to support and promote new music created in the United States. We do that in many ways, fostering connections, deepening knowledge, encouraging appreciation, and providing financial support. In recognition of the possibility and power inherent in the virtual world, we’ve worked to build a strong internet platform to serve our constituency. And that constituency is broad and diverse, from composers and performers to presenters and producers, casual listeners to die-hard fans. We’re truly committed to serving the WHOLE new music community.

    As we go about our work, we make a point of not defining too precisely what we mean by new music. To define is to limit. It’s a spectacular time for musical creativity in part because so much music is being made that isn’t bound by conventional limitations of style or genre or background. The music that we hear being created in such abundance all around us is definition enough. We simply want it to flourish.

    We’re fortunate to have as our legacy the history of previous decades of good works done by the American Music Center and Meet The Composer, the two great organizations that merged to form us in 2011. Their legacies have also brought a small financial endowment that mostly helps support our grantmaking. But we’re not a foundation. We depend decisively each year on the generosity of so many institutions and individuals around the country who are dedicated as we are to the advancement of new music and are devoted to supporting our work.

    New Music USA is part of an international community of advocates for the arts. We’re members of the Performing Arts Alliance, the International Association of Music Information Centres, and the International Society for Contemporary Music. Those partnerships help us represent the interests of our constituents at every level.

    No matter how far ranging our networks, our focus is always solidly on what brings these many constituents and communities together in the first place: the music. When someone uses our platform to listen to something new, recommend a favorite to a friend, or to seek financial assistance or information to support the creation or performance of new work, the whole community is strengthened. Together we’re helping new music reach new ears every day.
    Our Vision

    We envision in the United States a thriving, interconnected new music community that is available to and impactful for a broad constituency of people.
    Our Mission

    New Music USA supports and promotes new music created in the United States. We use the power of virtual networks and people to foster connection, deepen knowledge, encourage appreciation, and provide financial support for a diverse constituency of practitioners and appreciators, both within the United States and beyond.

    Our Values
    We believe in the fundamental importance of creative artists and their work.
    We espouse a broad, inclusive understanding of the term “new music.”
    We uphold and embrace principles of inclusivity and equitable treatment in all of our activity and across our nation’s broadly diverse population in terms of gender, race, age, location, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status and artistic practice.

    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


    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 5:09 PM on October 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , In Gardens: K.J. Holmes / Ramsey Ameen, Jackson Krall, , NEWMUSICUSA, , Young Artists Orchestra   

    From NEWMUSICUSA: “In Gardens: K.J. Holmes / Ramsey Ameen, Jackson Krall, Young Artists Orchestra” 

    From NEWMUSICUSA

    1
    Sunday, September 23, 2018
    at 1:30 PM

    First Street Green Cultural Park
    33 E 1st St
    New York, NY 10003

    Free Event

    1:30pm K.J. Holmes / Ramsey Ameen

    2:30pm Jackson Krall / John Blum / Larry Roland / Elliott Levin

    3:30pm Open Discussion on Art and Justice

    4:30pm Young Artists Orchestra led by James Brandon Lewis & Luke Stewart

    See the full article here .

    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    At NEWMUSICUSA we see ourselves first and foremost as advocates. Our mission is to support and promote new music created in the United States. We do that in many ways, fostering connections, deepening knowledge, encouraging appreciation, and providing financial support. In recognition of the possibility and power inherent in the virtual world, we’ve worked to build a strong internet platform to serve our constituency. And that constituency is broad and diverse, from composers and performers to presenters and producers, casual listeners to die-hard fans. We’re truly committed to serving the WHOLE new music community.

    As we go about our work, we make a point of not defining too precisely what we mean by new music. To define is to limit. It’s a spectacular time for musical creativity in part because so much music is being made that isn’t bound by conventional limitations of style or genre or background. The music that we hear being created in such abundance all around us is definition enough. We simply want it to flourish.

    We’re fortunate to have as our legacy the history of previous decades of good works done by the American Music Center and Meet The Composer, the two great organizations that merged to form us in 2011. Their legacies have also brought a small financial endowment that mostly helps support our grantmaking. But we’re not a foundation. We depend decisively each year on the generosity of so many institutions and individuals around the country who are dedicated as we are to the advancement of new music and are devoted to supporting our work.

    New Music USA is part of an international community of advocates for the arts. We’re members of the Performing Arts Alliance, the International Association of Music Information Centres, and the International Society for Contemporary Music. Those partnerships help us represent the interests of our constituents at every level.

    No matter how far ranging our networks, our focus is always solidly on what brings these many constituents and communities together in the first place: the music. When someone uses our platform to listen to something new, recommend a favorite to a friend, or to seek financial assistance or information to support the creation or performance of new work, the whole community is strengthened. Together we’re helping new music reach new ears every day.
    Our Vision

    We envision in the United States a thriving, interconnected new music community that is available to and impactful for a broad constituency of people.
    Our Mission

    New Music USA supports and promotes new music created in the United States. We use the power of virtual networks and people to foster connection, deepen knowledge, encourage appreciation, and provide financial support for a diverse constituency of practitioners and appreciators, both within the United States and beyond.

    Our Values
    We believe in the fundamental importance of creative artists and their work.
    We espouse a broad, inclusive understanding of the term “new music.”
    We uphold and embrace principles of inclusivity and equitable treatment in all of our activity and across our nation’s broadly diverse population in terms of gender, race, age, location, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status and artistic practice.

    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


    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 9:46 PM on October 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bryce Dessner, , , NEWMUSICUSA, ,   

    From NEWMUSICUSA and yMusic: “Bryce Dessner Premiere” 

    From NEWMUSICUSA

    and

    yMusic

    yMusic Photograph by Allan Amato

    yMusic presents a recital of commissioned work including new pieces by Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Gabriel Kahane.

    “One of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music.” – NPR on yMusic

    “Bryce Dessner is a man who slips in and out of musical guises with disarming ease…this is gorgeous and full-hearted music.” – NPR

    yMusic applies its virtuosic execution and unique ensemble configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) to its largest commissioned work to date: the N.Y. Premiere of a composition by Bryce Dessner, one of today’s foremost composers. Also receiving its N.Y. Premiere is Nico Muhly’s highly kinetic and agitated Clip. The two premiering works are presented alongside compositions by Gabriel Kahane, Andrew Norman, and Gabriella Smith.

    The new album-length work by Bryce Dessner was commissioned in 2016 through BAC’s inaugural Cage Cunningham Fellowship, established to support artists who embody John Cage and Merce Cunningham’s commitment to artistic innovation. The 2016-17 Fellow, celebrated Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov, generously applied his entire $50,000 award to commission five composers he identified at the forefront of music innovation—including Dessner.

    Program
    Bryce Dessner, N.Y. Premiere, 2018
    Nico Muhly: Clip, N.Y. Premiere, 2017
    Gabriel Kahane: Bluets, 2017
    Gabriella Smith: Tessellations, 2018
    Andrew Norman: Caught, 2017

    Bryce Dessner by Charlotte de Mezamat

    Nico Muhly by Samantha West

    Gabriel Kahane credit Josh Goleman

    Monday, October 15, 2018
    at 8:00 PM

    450 west 37th street
    New York, NY 10018

    $25

    Tickets

    See the full article here .

    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    At NEWMUSICUSA we see ourselves first and foremost as advocates. Our mission is to support and promote new music created in the United States. We do that in many ways, fostering connections, deepening knowledge, encouraging appreciation, and providing financial support. In recognition of the possibility and power inherent in the virtual world, we’ve worked to build a strong internet platform to serve our constituency. And that constituency is broad and diverse, from composers and performers to presenters and producers, casual listeners to die-hard fans. We’re truly committed to serving the WHOLE new music community.

    As we go about our work, we make a point of not defining too precisely what we mean by new music. To define is to limit. It’s a spectacular time for musical creativity in part because so much music is being made that isn’t bound by conventional limitations of style or genre or background. The music that we hear being created in such abundance all around us is definition enough. We simply want it to flourish.

    We’re fortunate to have as our legacy the history of previous decades of good works done by the American Music Center and Meet The Composer, the two great organizations that merged to form us in 2011. Their legacies have also brought a small financial endowment that mostly helps support our grantmaking. But we’re not a foundation. We depend decisively each year on the generosity of so many institutions and individuals around the country who are dedicated as we are to the advancement of new music and are devoted to supporting our work.

    New Music USA is part of an international community of advocates for the arts. We’re members of the Performing Arts Alliance, the International Association of Music Information Centres, and the International Society for Contemporary Music. Those partnerships help us represent the interests of our constituents at every level.

    No matter how far ranging our networks, our focus is always solidly on what brings these many constituents and communities together in the first place: the music. When someone uses our platform to listen to something new, recommend a favorite to a friend, or to seek financial assistance or information to support the creation or performance of new work, the whole community is strengthened. Together we’re helping new music reach new ears every day.
    Our Vision

    We envision in the United States a thriving, interconnected new music community that is available to and impactful for a broad constituency of people.
    Our Mission

    New Music USA supports and promotes new music created in the United States. We use the power of virtual networks and people to foster connection, deepen knowledge, encourage appreciation, and provide financial support for a diverse constituency of practitioners and appreciators, both within the United States and beyond.

    Our Values
    We believe in the fundamental importance of creative artists and their work.
    We espouse a broad, inclusive understanding of the term “new music.”
    We uphold and embrace principles of inclusivity and equitable treatment in all of our activity and across our nation’s broadly diverse population in terms of gender, race, age, location, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status and artistic practice.

    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


    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 12:06 PM on September 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: DACA, , NEWMUSICUSA, OneBeat, OneBeat at Bronx Museum presented by Bronx Speaks   

    From NEWMUSICUSA: “OneBeat at Bronx Museum presented by Bronx Speaks” 

    From NEWMUSICUSA

    1
    Thursday, October 11, 2018
    at 7:00 PM

    Bronx Museum of the Arts
    1040 Grand Concourse
    Bronx, NY 10456

    Free Event

    This October, a group of musicians from around the globe will spend one week in the Bronx, NY, to work with local residents and businesses owners to create original music. A partnership with Bronx Speaks, a project aimed at giving voice to DACA recipients and immigrant-owned cultural anchors through art, an ensemble of OneBeat musicians will co-create and perform original musical works inspired by stories from the Bronx-based immigrant community.

    These stories will be gathered with and by our Bronx Speaks team, comprised of local DACA recipients and the owner of a Bronx-based African market – Eddie’s Place African Market. A celebration of the incredibly diverse and vibrant borough of the Bronx and its people, this special evening of poetry, storytelling and live performance takes place at the Bronx Museum on Thursday, October 11 at 7pm.

    See the full article here .

    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    At NEWMUSICUSA we see ourselves first and foremost as advocates. Our mission is to support and promote new music created in the United States. We do that in many ways, fostering connections, deepening knowledge, encouraging appreciation, and providing financial support. In recognition of the possibility and power inherent in the virtual world, we’ve worked to build a strong internet platform to serve our constituency. And that constituency is broad and diverse, from composers and performers to presenters and producers, casual listeners to die-hard fans. We’re truly committed to serving the WHOLE new music community.

    As we go about our work, we make a point of not defining too precisely what we mean by new music. To define is to limit. It’s a spectacular time for musical creativity in part because so much music is being made that isn’t bound by conventional limitations of style or genre or background. The music that we hear being created in such abundance all around us is definition enough. We simply want it to flourish.

    We’re fortunate to have as our legacy the history of previous decades of good works done by the American Music Center and Meet The Composer, the two great organizations that merged to form us in 2011. Their legacies have also brought a small financial endowment that mostly helps support our grantmaking. But we’re not a foundation. We depend decisively each year on the generosity of so many institutions and individuals around the country who are dedicated as we are to the advancement of new music and are devoted to supporting our work.

    New Music USA is part of an international community of advocates for the arts. We’re members of the Performing Arts Alliance, the International Association of Music Information Centres, and the International Society for Contemporary Music. Those partnerships help us represent the interests of our constituents at every level.

    No matter how far ranging our networks, our focus is always solidly on what brings these many constituents and communities together in the first place: the music. When someone uses our platform to listen to something new, recommend a favorite to a friend, or to seek financial assistance or information to support the creation or performance of new work, the whole community is strengthened. Together we’re helping new music reach new ears every day.
    Our Vision

    We envision in the United States a thriving, interconnected new music community that is available to and impactful for a broad constituency of people.
    Our Mission

    New Music USA supports and promotes new music created in the United States. We use the power of virtual networks and people to foster connection, deepen knowledge, encourage appreciation, and provide financial support for a diverse constituency of practitioners and appreciators, both within the United States and beyond.

    Our Values
    We believe in the fundamental importance of creative artists and their work.
    We espouse a broad, inclusive understanding of the term “new music.”
    We uphold and embrace principles of inclusivity and equitable treatment in all of our activity and across our nation’s broadly diverse population in terms of gender, race, age, location, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status and artistic practice.

    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 3:24 PM on September 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: “Fantasy Creatures”, Benjamin Britten, , Nesin Cultural Arts Inc., , New Work Celebrates Seasons of the Catskill Mountains, NEWMUSICUSA, Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra   

    From NEWMUSICUSA: “New Work Celebrates Seasons of the Catskill Mountains” 

    From NEWMUSICUSA

    1
    Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra commissions new work, “Four Seasons of Sullivan County,” joining music and visual arts.

    __________________________________________
    Collaborative Visual Artist Laurie Kilgore is selected for the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival
    Posted on September 20, 2018 by Andrew Trombley

    Fantastic news for our Visual Artist Laurie Kilgore for being selected for the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival.

    This festival has been acclaimed by Hudson Valley Magazine & the Times Herald Record for it’s efforts to attract cultural tourism through the support professional artists and offering classes and apprenticeships to develop adult & child budding artists. The exhibit will be held October 14th at 3 PM in SUNY Orange at 24 Grandview Ave, Middletown, NY.

    The sketches have started and Nancy (our composer) and Laurie will be traveling around the county to find inspiration at the source. Can’t wait to see the results!

    For more information and Laurie and all of the artists selected for this exhibit go to.

    https://wallkillriverschool.com/events/hudson-valley-plein-air-festival/

    __________________________________________

    Overview

    Nesin Cultural Arts Inc. (NCA) requests $5260 from New Music USA for the commission of a new work by composer, Nancy Wegrzyn, titled “Four Seasons of Sullivan County.” The work will be premiered by our professional Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra (SCCO) in June 2019.

    NCA was founded in 2011 in Sullivan County, an underserved community. NCA believes the arts bring all facets of the community together and contribute to a viable renaissance. The SCCO, a NCA supported project, commissioned Nancy Wegrzyn to compose the four-movement work to be premiered by the 11-piece orchestra. The work will reflect the beauty of the seasonal landscape of Sullivan County. The project will include a collaboration with visual artist Laurie Kilgore who will create four paintings based on the new work. Nancy Wegrzyn and Laurie Kilgore are award-winning artists who live and work in our community. The composition and paintings will be premiered in two locations: June 8, 2019 at Nesin Theatre, Monticello and June 9, 2019 at Tusten Theater, Narrowsburg, NY. Locations will serve a diverse audience and increase accessibility. Performances are open to the public and expected to reach an audience of 300, inclusive of students who receive free tickets. The premiere performance will be recorded with a subsequent patch session by recording engineer, Peter Weitzner. The recording and paintings will be available for purchase and on loan to local venues.

    NCA & SCCO share the philosophy that all music should be performed, including standard repertoire by the early masters; works of the 20th & 21st century; and new compositions. SCCO Artistic Director, Andrew Trombley chose his former teacher, Nancy Wegrzyn for this commission because of her 35-year impact on the community as an educator and composer. Historically, seasonal changes and landscapes have inspired artists of all disciplines. The project will draw on this inspiration to execute the shared mission of NCA and the SCCO. The project will:

    Foster cultural awareness using the beauty of our community’s natural landscape.
    Develop partnerships with professional artists, Nancy Wegrzyn, composer and violist of Newburgh Symphony, Andrew Trombley (Artistic Director/bassist of SCCO) and Laurie Kilgore visual artist and community organizations (Tusten Theater)
    Inspire a renaissance through employment opportunities for professional artists and develop community pride through a focus on Sullivan County landscape.
    Elevate the quality of life by providing a high quality artistic experience that integrates music and visual arts.
    Make the arts accessible by providing multiple performances and a multi-media presentation.

    We need your financial assistance to fund our composer, Nancy Wegrzyn to compose “Four Seasons of Sullivan County” and recording engineer, Peter Weitzner. Our secured support from NYSCA, Sullivan County Legislators and the community will allow this work to be performed and available throughout our county and beyond.

    Project Media
    Fantasy Creatures, Movement III (SCORE) by Nancy Wegrzyn
    28598-Fantasy-Creatures-Mvt-3-by-Nancy-Wegrzyn.pdf
    Features: Nancy Wegrzyn

    Nancy Wegrzyn’s “Fantasy Creatures”a 3 movement work was commissioned by The Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) for student interns & subsequently performed by WCM artists. A graduate of SUNY Fredonia, she studied music composition with Drs. Walter S. Hartley and Donald Bohlen. Past commissions include the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Delaware Valley Opera, Monticello Central School District, Fallsburg Central School District & American Virtuosi. These commissions have included several “Meet the Composer” Grants from the NYS Council on the Arts.


    19 minutes

    Features: Marina Lombardi

    Benjamin Britten’s simple symphony is an early composition by one of the 20th century’s most influential composers. His infusion of styles and techniques from the old masters with his innovative voice parallels SCCO’s belief in pairing old master works with original compositions. This recording is from a live performance of the SCCO from January 2017 performed in Monticello and Callicoon, NY.

    Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra with soloist JP Jofre premiering his work, “Tangodromo”

    Features: Nesin Cultural Arts, Peter Weitzner, Andrew Trombley, Kathleen Lara, Marina Lombardi

    SCCO premiered “Tangodromo” by JP Jofre in June 2017. Jofre is an award winning bandoneon player and composer who has been repeatedly highlighted by the New York Times and praised as one of today’s leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center. He expressed, “The SCCO is a top world class orchestra that features some of today’s leading performers and it was a pleasure collaborating with them on this world premiere.” This recording is from a live performance in Monticello, NY and a second performance followed in Narrowsburg, NY.

    See the full article here .

    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    At NEWMUSICUSA we see ourselves first and foremost as advocates. Our mission is to support and promote new music created in the United States. We do that in many ways, fostering connections, deepening knowledge, encouraging appreciation, and providing financial support. In recognition of the possibility and power inherent in the virtual world, we’ve worked to build a strong internet platform to serve our constituency. And that constituency is broad and diverse, from composers and performers to presenters and producers, casual listeners to die-hard fans. We’re truly committed to serving the WHOLE new music community.

    As we go about our work, we make a point of not defining too precisely what we mean by new music. To define is to limit. It’s a spectacular time for musical creativity in part because so much music is being made that isn’t bound by conventional limitations of style or genre or background. The music that we hear being created in such abundance all around us is definition enough. We simply want it to flourish.

    We’re fortunate to have as our legacy the history of previous decades of good works done by the American Music Center and Meet The Composer, the two great organizations that merged to form us in 2011. Their legacies have also brought a small financial endowment that mostly helps support our grantmaking. But we’re not a foundation. We depend decisively each year on the generosity of so many institutions and individuals around the country who are dedicated as we are to the advancement of new music and are devoted to supporting our work.

    New Music USA is part of an international community of advocates for the arts. We’re members of the Performing Arts Alliance, the International Association of Music Information Centres, and the International Society for Contemporary Music. Those partnerships help us represent the interests of our constituents at every level.

    No matter how far ranging our networks, our focus is always solidly on what brings these many constituents and communities together in the first place: the music. When someone uses our platform to listen to something new, recommend a favorite to a friend, or to seek financial assistance or information to support the creation or performance of new work, the whole community is strengthened. Together we’re helping new music reach new ears every day.
    Our Vision

    We envision in the United States a thriving, interconnected new music community that is available to and impactful for a broad constituency of people.
    Our Mission

    New Music USA supports and promotes new music created in the United States. We use the power of virtual networks and people to foster connection, deepen knowledge, encourage appreciation, and provide financial support for a diverse constituency of practitioners and appreciators, both within the United States and beyond.

    Our Values
    We believe in the fundamental importance of creative artists and their work.
    We espouse a broad, inclusive understanding of the term “new music.”
    We uphold and embrace principles of inclusivity and equitable treatment in all of our activity and across our nation’s broadly diverse population in terms of gender, race, age, location, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status and artistic practice.

    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 1:45 PM on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Clara Duo, , , NEWMUSICUSA   

    From NEWMUSICUSA: “Clara Duo: All that America! Celebration of American Composers” 

    From NEWMUSICUSA

    1

    Saturday, November 10, 2018
    at 3:00 PM

    Areté Venue and Gallery
    67 West St
    Brooklyn, NY 11222

    $15—20

    The duo of clarinet and piano can be simple and small, but the possibilities created by their unity and trusts from the strong bond of friendship are beyond the size of ensemble. Clara duo celebrates its 12th anniversary featured by American composers, Copland, Bernstein, Muczynski and D’Rivera.

    Advance tickets at claraduo.nyc@gmail.com

    See the full article here .

    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    At NEWMUSICUSA we see ourselves first and foremost as advocates. Our mission is to support and promote new music created in the United States. We do that in many ways, fostering connections, deepening knowledge, encouraging appreciation, and providing financial support. In recognition of the possibility and power inherent in the virtual world, we’ve worked to build a strong internet platform to serve our constituency. And that constituency is broad and diverse, from composers and performers to presenters and producers, casual listeners to die-hard fans. We’re truly committed to serving the WHOLE new music community.

    As we go about our work, we make a point of not defining too precisely what we mean by new music. To define is to limit. It’s a spectacular time for musical creativity in part because so much music is being made that isn’t bound by conventional limitations of style or genre or background. The music that we hear being created in such abundance all around us is definition enough. We simply want it to flourish.

    We’re fortunate to have as our legacy the history of previous decades of good works done by the American Music Center and Meet The Composer, the two great organizations that merged to form us in 2011. Their legacies have also brought a small financial endowment that mostly helps support our grantmaking. But we’re not a foundation. We depend decisively each year on the generosity of so many institutions and individuals around the country who are dedicated as we are to the advancement of new music and are devoted to supporting our work.

    New Music USA is part of an international community of advocates for the arts. We’re members of the Performing Arts Alliance, the International Association of Music Information Centres, and the International Society for Contemporary Music. Those partnerships help us represent the interests of our constituents at every level.

    No matter how far ranging our networks, our focus is always solidly on what brings these many constituents and communities together in the first place: the music. When someone uses our platform to listen to something new, recommend a favorite to a friend, or to seek financial assistance or information to support the creation or performance of new work, the whole community is strengthened. Together we’re helping new music reach new ears every day.
    Our Vision

    We envision in the United States a thriving, interconnected new music community that is available to and impactful for a broad constituency of people.
    Our Mission

    New Music USA supports and promotes new music created in the United States. We use the power of virtual networks and people to foster connection, deepen knowledge, encourage appreciation, and provide financial support for a diverse constituency of practitioners and appreciators, both within the United States and beyond.

    Our Values
    We believe in the fundamental importance of creative artists and their work.
    We espouse a broad, inclusive understanding of the term “new music.”
    We uphold and embrace principles of inclusivity and equitable treatment in all of our activity and across our nation’s broadly diverse population in terms of gender, race, age, location, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status and artistic practice.

    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 1:33 PM on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , New Music by Latin American Composers, NEWMUSICUSA   

    From NEWMUSICUSA: “New Music by Latin American Composers” 

    From NEWMUSICUSA

    1

    Friday, October 26, 2018
    at 6:30 PM

    Areté Venue and Gallery
    67 West St
    Brooklyn, NY 11222

    $15

    Pianists Manuel Laufer and Walter Aparicio perform the works of Latin American Composers.

    Manuel Laufer

    Traversing landscapes of lush romanticism, thorny abstraction, and playful irony, this recital explores the piano works of Diógenes Rivas, the preeminent Venezuelan exponent of high-modernist composition. The program comprises all of Rivas’ piano pieces of the last twenty-five years, including the world premiere of his most recent creation, Estrucutra áurea (2016).

    An enthusiastic proponent of new music, Manuel Laufer has presented world premieres at Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, Bang on a Can, June in Buffalo, and Festival Atempo (Caracas and Paris). As a core member of the Hayley-Laufer Duo and Ensemble Atempo, he has concertized extensively, playing contemporary chamber music, performing canonic works by composers including Babbitt, Cage, Crumb, Lachenmann, and Xenakis, in addition to newly commissioned repertoire. His solo work has championed modernist voices from his native Venezuela, placing particular emphasis on composer Diógenes Rivas.

    A versatile musician, he is also passionate about traditional repertoire. He has performed with orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic, and appears yearly at the Blueridge International Chamber Music Festival (Vancouver). Highlights of collaborative engagements featuring traditional repertoire in recent and upcoming seasons include a tour of China with clarinetist Mingzhe Wang and performances of Hugo Wolf’s complete Italienisches Liederbuch in Canada and Germany.

    He serves on the screening committee of Festival Atempo, co-chairs the 20th/21st Century Music Festival of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York, and recently completed artist residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. Formerly on staff as a collaborative pianist at University of California, Irvine, he is currently a member of the Artist Faculty at NYU Steinhardt’s program in Piano Studies, where he teaches courses in Song Repertoire and Collaborative Piano.

    Walter Aparicio

    This recital explores the unique voices of living Latin American composers, their influences, and their ties to their roots. Featuring composers from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

    Known for the warmth and conviction of his performances, pianist Walter Aparicio explores issues of cultural background and identity through his concerts and workshops. Much of his programming includes music that directly references elements of dance, language and folk traditions.

    Walter’s notable New York credits include Symphony Space, the Cell Theatre, Steinway Hall, and Firehouse Space. Outside of the US, he has presented performances at the International Academy of Music in St. Petersburg (Russia), the Beijing International Music Festival & Academy (China), and Barcelona Piano Academy (Spain).

    See the full article here .

    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    At NEWMUSICUSA we see ourselves first and foremost as advocates. Our mission is to support and promote new music created in the United States. We do that in many ways, fostering connections, deepening knowledge, encouraging appreciation, and providing financial support. In recognition of the possibility and power inherent in the virtual world, we’ve worked to build a strong internet platform to serve our constituency. And that constituency is broad and diverse, from composers and performers to presenters and producers, casual listeners to die-hard fans. We’re truly committed to serving the WHOLE new music community.

    As we go about our work, we make a point of not defining too precisely what we mean by new music. To define is to limit. It’s a spectacular time for musical creativity in part because so much music is being made that isn’t bound by conventional limitations of style or genre or background. The music that we hear being created in such abundance all around us is definition enough. We simply want it to flourish.

    We’re fortunate to have as our legacy the history of previous decades of good works done by the American Music Center and Meet The Composer, the two great organizations that merged to form us in 2011. Their legacies have also brought a small financial endowment that mostly helps support our grantmaking. But we’re not a foundation. We depend decisively each year on the generosity of so many institutions and individuals around the country who are dedicated as we are to the advancement of new music and are devoted to supporting our work.

    New Music USA is part of an international community of advocates for the arts. We’re members of the Performing Arts Alliance, the International Association of Music Information Centres, and the International Society for Contemporary Music. Those partnerships help us represent the interests of our constituents at every level.

    No matter how far ranging our networks, our focus is always solidly on what brings these many constituents and communities together in the first place: the music. When someone uses our platform to listen to something new, recommend a favorite to a friend, or to seek financial assistance or information to support the creation or performance of new work, the whole community is strengthened. Together we’re helping new music reach new ears every day.
    Our Vision

    We envision in the United States a thriving, interconnected new music community that is available to and impactful for a broad constituency of people.
    Our Mission

    New Music USA supports and promotes new music created in the United States. We use the power of virtual networks and people to foster connection, deepen knowledge, encourage appreciation, and provide financial support for a diverse constituency of practitioners and appreciators, both within the United States and beyond.

    Our Values
    We believe in the fundamental importance of creative artists and their work.
    We espouse a broad, inclusive understanding of the term “new music.”
    We uphold and embrace principles of inclusivity and equitable treatment in all of our activity and across our nation’s broadly diverse population in terms of gender, race, age, location, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status and artistic practice.

    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 3:58 PM on September 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , NEWMUSICUSA   

    From NEWMUSICUSA: “JACK Quartet: Modern Medieval” 

    From NEWMUSICUSA


    The Jack Quartet Photo by Shervin Lainez

    Monday, September 24, 2018
    at 8:00 PM

    Green-Wood Cemetery
    500 25th St
    Brooklyn, NY 11232

    $75—80
    Tickets

    Part of a new series at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery called The Angel’s Share, JACK Quartet plays an extraordinary program that follows a musical thread from medieval plainsong through to the present day, drawing sonic similarities from wildly divergent works and echoing the timelessness of the space surrounding them. The program includes older works by Thomas Morley, Solage, Rodericus paired with newer works by Chaya Czernowin, Marcos Balter, and John Zorn.

    See the full article here .

    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    At NEWMUSICUSA we see ourselves first and foremost as advocates. Our mission is to support and promote new music created in the United States. We do that in many ways, fostering connections, deepening knowledge, encouraging appreciation, and providing financial support. In recognition of the possibility and power inherent in the virtual world, we’ve worked to build a strong internet platform to serve our constituency. And that constituency is broad and diverse, from composers and performers to presenters and producers, casual listeners to die-hard fans. We’re truly committed to serving the WHOLE new music community.

    As we go about our work, we make a point of not defining too precisely what we mean by new music. To define is to limit. It’s a spectacular time for musical creativity in part because so much music is being made that isn’t bound by conventional limitations of style or genre or background. The music that we hear being created in such abundance all around us is definition enough. We simply want it to flourish.

    We’re fortunate to have as our legacy the history of previous decades of good works done by the American Music Center and Meet The Composer, the two great organizations that merged to form us in 2011. Their legacies have also brought a small financial endowment that mostly helps support our grantmaking. But we’re not a foundation. We depend decisively each year on the generosity of so many institutions and individuals around the country who are dedicated as we are to the advancement of new music and are devoted to supporting our work.

    New Music USA is part of an international community of advocates for the arts. We’re members of the Performing Arts Alliance, the International Association of Music Information Centres, and the International Society for Contemporary Music. Those partnerships help us represent the interests of our constituents at every level.

    No matter how far ranging our networks, our focus is always solidly on what brings these many constituents and communities together in the first place: the music. When someone uses our platform to listen to something new, recommend a favorite to a friend, or to seek financial assistance or information to support the creation or performance of new work, the whole community is strengthened. Together we’re helping new music reach new ears every day.
    Our Vision

    We envision in the United States a thriving, interconnected new music community that is available to and impactful for a broad constituency of people.
    Our Mission

    New Music USA supports and promotes new music created in the United States. We use the power of virtual networks and people to foster connection, deepen knowledge, encourage appreciation, and provide financial support for a diverse constituency of practitioners and appreciators, both within the United States and beyond.

    Our Values
    We believe in the fundamental importance of creative artists and their work.
    We espouse a broad, inclusive understanding of the term “new music.”
    We uphold and embrace principles of inclusivity and equitable treatment in all of our activity and across our nation’s broadly diverse population in terms of gender, race, age, location, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status and artistic practice.

    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 1:20 PM on September 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Lembit Beecher, , NEWMUSICUSA, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra   

    From NEWMUSICUSA: “Lembit Beecher and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra” 

    From NEWMUSICUSA

    1
    Lembit Beecher. Courtesy of the artist.

    Lembit Beecher joins the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as composer-in-residence from 2016-2019.

    2
    [Photo: Lembit and Todd Lawrence interviewing Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter (left) for Lembit’s new piece about the meaning of home.]

    “It’s been a wonderful and productive year working as the composer-in-residence of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

    3
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra performing in the inaugural concert at the Ordway’s new Concert Hall on March 5, 2015. Nate Ryan | MPR News file 2015

    The SPCO musicians, staff and patrons are an incredibly warm and welcoming group of people and I was fortunate to be able to make 7 trips to the Twin Cities over the course of the last year for concerts, meetings, and a series of interviews that will become the center of a piece that I am writing for SPCO. A focus of my time over the last year has been working with artistic director Kyu-Young Kim, artistic planning manager Paul Finkelstein, and the artistic vision committee, a group of orchestra players who help shape the artistic direction of the orchestra, to develop a new festival called Tapestry19 that SPCO with launch in February 2019. This inaugural iteration of the festival will focus on the theme of home: how people in the 21st century define home and create a sense of home for themselves.

    The programing for the festival will be a mix of old and new, but we wanted newly commissioned projects to be a cornerstone of the two weeks of concerts. We identified three composers, Kinan Azmeh, PaviElle French and Maya Johnson, we were particularly interested in working with; these were composers whose work we believed in deeply but also composers whom we thought might be able to respond to the theme in personal and varied ways. I’ve had the privilege to work especially closely with PaviElle, an incredibly multi-faceted artist, and Maya Johnson, a talented 16-year-old composer, conductor and violinist, as they have been working on their projects, since neither has extensive experience in working with an orchestra. I’ve offered some musical feedback, but more than that my goal has been to prepare them for the idiosyncrasies working with an orchestra, making connections between them and members of the orchestra and the staff at SPCO, so that whatever artistic avenues or far-out sounds they choose to explore, there will be a level of comfort between everyone in the room at the first rehearsal.

    During the course of this last year I’ve also been laying the groundwork for the large-scale piece that I am writing for SPCO to premiere at the festival. I wanted to write a piece that felt connected to the people of the Twin Cities, not just in a superficial way. I had previously written a number of pieces that used recorded interviews as source material. The challenge of weaving recorded text into the fabric of instrumental music has always felt inspiring to me, but in the past I’ve worked with a single person (my grandmother, for example) or small groups of individuals in the interviewing process. Writing this piece I wanted to involve as many people as possible, to hear from a cross section of people from the Twin Cities what home means to them.

    We have been very fortunate to be joined on this project by Todd Lawrence, a Professor of English at the University of Saint Thomas, who works extensively on ethnographic projects. Todd helped us develop the interviewing framework for the project, made connections with different community groups, conducted many the interviews and helped us think through different ethical questions that arose. Todd, Paul Finkelstein, and I completed about 50 interviews at various locations including the East Side Freedom Library (my new favorite place in Saint Paul!), the American Swedish Institute and Wellstone International High School. I’ve loved the chance to explore the Twin Cities and see glimpses of these different communities and hear from so many fascinating people.

    We asked participants a series of questions about what home means to them but also asked them to read a poem that we had commissioned for this project from the amazing Twin Cities-based poet Chris Santiago, whose poetry often delves into questions of language and identity. One of the movements of the piece will use these recorded readings as its basis, a chorus of 50 people speaking the same words with different inflections, timbres of voice, tempos and expressions.

    While working on this project it’s been a joy to hear the SPCO in venues across the Twin Cities, performing music from Italian baroque concertos to the crazy collaborations the Kate Nordstrum dreams up for the Liquid Music series. I had two works, Stories From My Grandmother and Small Infinities performed on the SPCO chamber series in October and it was fascinating to hear the concerts in three completely different venues with different audiences: Icehouse (a bar/performance space), the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis, and a more traditional concert hall: Sundin Hall at Hamline University. In April, the SPCO performed The Conference of the Birds, a substantial (dare I say epic?) piece of mine for 18 solo strings. This performance was live-streamed and is available in SPCO’s impressive listening library.”

    See the full article here .


    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    At New Music USA, we see ourselves first and foremost as advocates. Our mission is to support and promote new music created in the United States. We do that in many ways, fostering connections, deepening knowledge, encouraging appreciation, and providing financial support. In recognition of the possibility and power inherent in the virtual world, we’ve worked to build a strong internet platform to serve our constituency. And that constituency is broad and diverse, from composers and performers to presenters and producers, casual listeners to die-hard fans. We’re truly committed to serving the WHOLE new music community.

    As we go about our work, we make a point of not defining too precisely what we mean by new music. To define is to limit. It’s a spectacular time for musical creativity in part because so much music is being made that isn’t bound by conventional limitations of style or genre or background. The music that we hear being created in such abundance all around us is definition enough. We simply want it to flourish.

    We’re fortunate to have as our legacy the history of previous decades of good works done by the American Music Center and Meet The Composer, the two great organizations that merged to form us in 2011. Their legacies have also brought a small financial endowment that mostly helps support our grantmaking. But we’re not a foundation. We depend decisively each year on the generosity of so many institutions and individuals around the country who are dedicated as we are to the advancement of new music and are devoted to supporting our work.

    New Music USA is part of an international community of advocates for the arts. We’re members of the Performing Arts Alliance, the International Association of Music Information Centres, and the International Society for Contemporary Music. Those partnerships help us represent the interests of our constituents at every level.

    No matter how far ranging our networks, our focus is always solidly on what brings these many constituents and communities together in the first place: the music. When someone uses our platform to listen to something new, recommend a favorite to a friend, or to seek financial assistance or information to support the creation or performance of new work, the whole community is strengthened. Together we’re helping new music reach new ears every day.
    Our Vision

    We envision in the United States a thriving, interconnected new music community that is available to and impactful for a broad constituency of people.
    Our Mission

    New Music USA supports and promotes new music created in the United States. We use the power of virtual networks and people to foster connection, deepen knowledge, encourage appreciation, and provide financial support for a diverse constituency of practitioners and appreciators, both within the United States and beyond.
    Our Values

    We believe in the fundamental importance of creative artists and their work.
    We espouse a broad, inclusive understanding of the term “new music.”
    We uphold and embrace principles of inclusivity and equitable treatment in all of our activity and across our nation’s broadly diverse population in terms of gender, race, age, location, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status and artistic practice.

    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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