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"To encourage the inclusion of American works in the programs of performers and performing organizations.”
-- "Aims of the Alliance," from ACA Bulletin, Vol 1, No. 1, April 1938

 

Pentatonic Music by Halsey Stevens, Morton Gould, and others, by Akiko Dohi, pianist

Akiko Dohi"East Meets West" Pentatonic Music for Piano, with Akiko Dohi, pianist, has been released on CD Baby. It is a collection of piano pieces written by classical composers using a variety of pentatonic modes & harmonies. Eight different kinds of pentatonic modes are introduced in this CD & each of them are well explained by the pianist. Works in this album include Halsey Stevens (From Faraway Islands: Improvisations on Javanese Themes); and Morton Gould (Fable from "Pieces of China"); Alberto Ginastera (12 American Preludes); Debusy (Cathedral Engloutie); Bartok (Evening in the Country), and Nick Ariondo (Matsuri Festival), and more.

New album released by Jai Jeffryes includes Mark Zuckerman's Coming in Thirds for solo piano

Date: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 12:00pm

CD cover painting by Sally NovakThe mission of the Tangent Shores project is to connect new piano music and new music lovers. Curator - Performer - Producer Jai Jeffryes programs new works along with traditional repertory. He recently recorded and released Tangent Shores  under his independent label, Steel Wig Records, Inc. News about the project can be found in the Tangent Shores newsletter, Message in a Bottle.

The Leopard, by Michael Dellaira with J.D. McClatchy, performances March 13, 17, 18

Date: 
Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 2:30pm

THE LEOPARD: Scenes from the new opera

The Manhattan School of Music, in collaboration with American Opera Projects, presents scenes from the new opera The Leopard, with a post-show discussion with the composer Michael Dellaira, and librettist J. D. McClatchy.

Based on the internationally acclaimed 1958 novel Il Gattopardo by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard will be Michael Dellaira's third opera with J. D. McClatchy.
 
Sunday, March 13 | 2:30 PM 
Thursday, March 17 | 7:30 PM
Manhattan School of Music - Greenfield Hall
122nd Street and Broadway, New York, NY 10027
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Elliott Schwartz - 80th Birthday Concert (#1) at Bowdoin Feb. 19th

Date: 
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 7:15pm

Elliott SchwartzThe Bowdoin 80th Birthday Concert Celebration for composer Elliott Schwartz (b.1936) will take place on Friday, February 19th at 7:30pm in Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin campus. The nationally renowed Bowdoin College, where the composer has taught since1964, will present musical works of Elliott Schwartz, including Suite for Viola & Piano, Four Maine Haiku, Blossoms and Cannons, Memorabilia, Hearing David (in Memoriam David Gamper), and Souvenir for clarinet and piano. Artists scheduled to perform include violist Kimberly Lehmann, clarinetist Maria Wagner, and pianists John McDonald, George Lopez, Chiharu Naruse, and Elliott Schwartz.  As part of the program, George Lopez will interview the composer on stage.  Another birthday concert for Elliott will take place in September at Symphony Space in New York City.

Tom Flaherty's Airdancing nominated for Grammy, Best Chamber Music Performance Category

Date: 
Monday, February 15, 2016 - 3:00pm

American Composers Alliance congratulates Grammy-nominee Tom Flaherty for his composition Airdancing For Toy Piano, Piano & Electronics.

The album “Woman At The New Piano” has received a nomination in the Best Classical Compendium category. In addition, the piece, Flaherty: Airdancing for Toy Piano & Electronics, performed by Nadia Shpachenko (piano) and Genevieve Feiwen Lee (toy piano) and composed by Tom Flaherty was nominated in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category.

Christopher Shultis upcoming concerts, and premiere of solo percussion piece, "Glock"

Date: 
Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 8:00pm

Chris ShultisNews from Christopher Shultis:  Premiere of GLOCK, by percussionist Aaron Butler, for whom it was composed, will be on February 12 at Hart Recital Hall, Michigan State University as part of a residency and lecture by the composer, "Radical Simplicity" at 2:30 PM and a concert of Shultis works including Glock, at 7:00 PM.

An all-Shultis concert will also take place at John Jay College on Saturday March 19 at 8:00 PM at the John Jay College Art Gallery, and will include music from his new CD: "An Illusion of Desire: Experimental Music by Christopher Shultis."  The concert will include the world premiere of "Metaphysics," (with video by Hee Sook Kim) of "4-7-3" for two percussion and electronics; "motion/less" for solo percussion; "Gesturing Hands" for solo theremin; and "Friends" for spoken word, crotales and piano. Performers will be Doug Nottingham, Brett Reed, and the composer.  CDs will also be available (pre-released copies) for purchase at the show. 

A new solo piece ("Paradise Between") written for clarinetist Keith Lemmons

Region III SCI Festival includes performance of Resonant Images by Brian Bevelander

Date: 
Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 4:00pm

Renee Clair, SopranoResonant images (for Mezzo soprano and piano) by Ohio composer Brian Bevelander will be performed at the Region III SCI Festival at Marshall University in Huntington, W Va.   Performers will include Brian Bevelander, piano, and Soprano Renee Clair.   The festival runs from  February 25-27, 2016.

Bevelander's song cycle, Resonant Images:

I    A Deep - Sworn Vow
II   Wild Swans
III Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop
 
The text of "Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop"  is set to music by permission of AP Watt Ltd, on behalf of Caitriona Yeats.  The performance will take place at the Jomie Jazz Center Forum.

Brian Bevelander, Renée Clair, Matthew James, Toledo Symphony Orchestra released a recording of the composer's music in 2011, on the Equilibrium label.

Brian Bevelander is a composer/pianist, born in Boston Massachusetts and educated at the New England Conservatory of Music, Hartt College of Music, Boston University, and West Virginia University. His principal composition teachers include Thomas Canning at West Virginia University and Hugo Norden at Boston University. Besides teaching composition and piano at Heidelberg College in Ohio, he has been the recipient of several composition awards, residencies and fellowships. Many of his electroacoustic compositions

Richard Cameron-Wolfe featured at Cal Arts forum "Flute, Piano, and Voice" Jan. 11

Rachel RudichOn January 11, the California Institute of the Arts School of Music presented a Forum titled "Flute, Piano, and Voice", led by CalArts faculty member Rachel Rudich and featuring the music of composer Richard Cameron-Wolfe. Flutist Rachel Rudich, pianist Gayle Blankenburg, and soprano Stephanie Aston performed three works of Cameron-Wolfe featuring extended techniques and unconventional sonic vocabularies:

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