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-- "Aims of the Alliance," from ACA Bulletin, Vol 1, No. 1, April 1938


The Mud Oratorio by Alice Shields, at NYEMF June 14th


Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 12:30pm
June 14th, 2016 at 12:30pm: concert presentation of The Mud Oratorio, a 51-minute computer piece for dance theater, with music and libretto by Alice Shields, presented by the 2016 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival at The Playhouse of the Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street), on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The Mud Oratorio was originally commissioned by Dance Alloy of Pittsburgh and Frostburg State University in Maryland.

Jazz Loft = Music of Hall Overton = Essay and upcoming performance by Ethan Iverson, May 26th

Panel discussion - Hall Overton: Out of the Shadows


In reference to our upcoming Giant Half Steps concert at Spectrum on Thursday, May 26th, jazz pianist-composer-music writer Ethan Iverson has completed his essay on ACA composer Hall Overton. I contacted Ethan after seeing the Hall Overton:Out of the Shadows symposium online, in which much of the oeuvre of Hall Overton was being discussed by a panel including Iverson, Joel Sachs, Steve Reich, and Carman Moore.

Giant Half Steps - ACA Founders Concert, with Jazz Artists Ethan Iverson and Jeremy Siskind, May 26th


Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 7:30pm

L to R: Miriam Gideon, Ethan Iverson, Jeremy Siskind, Hall Overton


"Giant Half Steps"

Rare performances of works by Hall Overton and Miriam Gideon, performed by internationally-known jazz artists Ethan Iverson and Jeremy Siskind. Additional works will be performed by acclaimed new-music specialists David Oei, Jai Jeffryes, Yael Manor, Sara Schoenbeck, and Steven Beck. Composers on this concert: Miriam Gideon, Ethan Iverson, Barbara Jazwinski, Ray Luedeke, Hall Overton, Steven Sacco, Jeremy Siskind, Mark Zuckerman. 

Review: David Froom's Amichai Songs - The Contemporary Hornist

Amichai Songs was commissioned by the Fromm Foundation for baritone William Sharp and scored for flute, clarinet, horn, piano, violin, viola, and cello. (Froom has also arranged a subsequent version for orchestra.) The horn adds an element of heroism to this otherwise typical contemporary ensemble." Read Robert G. Patterson's review on The Contemporary Hornist and hear the recording made by Bridge Records, with William Sharp, Baritone, and the 21st Century Consort, here.

Music of Richard Cameron-Wolfe, Ukraine concerts June 2-6


Monday, June 6, 2016 - 6:30pm

In early June, Richard Cameron-Wolfe will have a three-city Ukraine concert and lecture tour. Beginning in Kharkov, during the "Kharkov Contemporary - 2016" festival, a  "composer's profile" concert will take place in the Organ Hall of the Kharkov Philharmonic on June 2, featuring the premiere of Richard Cameron-Wolfe's 30-minute cantata "Breathless" - setting ancient mystical texts by Fahruddin Iraqi, Sisupacala, Lao Tsu, Mechtild of Magdeburg, Quasmuna, Teresa of Avila, and Kabir (performed by mezzo soprano Anna Bychkova, cellist Viktor Rekalo, and the Kharkov Guitar Quartet).

Transient Canvas will perform music of Matthew Welch and more, ShapeShifter Lab, May 9th


Monday, May 9, 2016 - 8:00pm

Transient Canvas, (Amy Advocat, bass clarinet; Matt Sharrock, marimba) and CHRIS WATFORD (bassoon) perform works exploring radical new sonic identities of the bassoon, bass clarinet and marimba. With raw, primordial, and human tapestries, the works transform the instruments in strange and startling ways. The program features the NY premiere of Scott Wollschleger’s trio “DENSITY IS A KIND OF LOVE”—an erotic soup of structured sound—along with Timothy McCormack’s monumental BODY MATTER for solo amplified bassoon, and NY premieres of works by David Coll and Matthew Welch for bass clarinet and marimba. ShapeShifter Lab,

ACA Presents Firehouse New Music Series hosted by Iktus Percussion, June 4th


Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 8:00pm

Iktus Ensemble - Firehouse Space Series - June 4th, 2016

The final concert of the season for the Firehouse New Music Series that is hosted by Iktus Percussion, ACA Presents music from American Composers Edition, including works by Robert Carl, Alice Shields, Scott L. Miller, Lewis Nielson,  Christopher Shultis, Richard McCandless, and Daniel Tacke.  The Firehouse Space, at 246 Frost Street in Brooklyn, is close to the Graham Avenue subway stop on the L line.

Based in New York City, Iktus Percussion is an ambitious, dynamic young ensemble committed to expanding the boundaries of the percussion genre. Iktus is a collective-based operation, featuring an array of industrious and multi-talented percussionists with Chris Graham, Justin Wolf, Josh Perry, Sean Statser, and Piero Guimaraes at the core. Pianist Julia Den Boer will join the ensemble for this concert. As a group with strong ties to the local artistic community, Iktus is dedicated to collaboration with emerging composers,


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