Last weekend, My Life with Pablo Neruda, a Pocket Opera-Cabaret that is "compelling, intense, and seductive," was celebrated by an evening of Chilean wine and performances. Performed at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center and presented by Voice Afire, the event celebrated Pablo Neruda, a Chilean social activist and poet. The chamber opera, composed by Ray Luedeke can be seen as portraying one of the greatest love stories of the past century, with a special live performance showcasing scenes from My Life with Pablo Neruda, which is based on and inspired by the poetry collection, 100 Love Sonnets. The evening served as a fundraiser for the production of the show.
ACA News and Events
-- "Aims of the Alliance," from ACA Bulletin, Vol 1, No. 1, April 1938
Following last October's fantastic collaboration with Portland Chamber Music Festival, SPACE Gallery and PCMF are teaming up again to co-present another adventurous program of contemporary chamber music. The spring concert features a world premiere by Maine composer Beth Wiemann, titled Minor blasts, some flurries, for string quartet and video; as well as two iconic late 20th century works: John Zorn's Cat O' Nine Tails (Tex Avery directs the Marquis de Sade) and Steve Reich's Different Trains.
Performers include violinists Jennifer Elowitch and Gabriela Diaz, violist Jonathan Bagg and cellist Joshua Gordon.
Made possible in part through support from A Fine Thing: Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts.
ACA composer Scott L. Miller has been named a McKnight Composer Fellow for 2013. One of the biggest and most competitive awards for composers in Minnesota, this year's winners are: Randy Bauer, Scott Miller, Joshua Musikantow and David Evan Thomas. The unrestricted cash award ($25,000) is granted to composer winners who live and work in Minnesota, have made a significant artistic contribution to their community and who plan to continue their artistic growth in Minnesota.
Miller's new work, Consortia received its premiere last weekend at Studio Z in St. Paul. Composed for
interactive-electronics and unspecified ensemble, it was performed
by the combined forces of the Flying Forms Baroque Ensemble and
Zeitgeist, as part of the concert
series Early Inspirations, featuring performances of current music inspired by music of the distant past.
Scott Miller is a composer of electroacoustic, orchestral, chamber, choral and multimedia works frequently performed at venues and in exhibitions throughout North America and Europe. His music has been described as 'not for the faint-hearted listener' (Juliet Patterson, mnartists.org) and 'inspir[ing] real hope & optimism for the future of electroacoustic music.' (Simon Cummings, 5against4.com). Known for his interactive electroacoustic chamber music and
The_Bibiena Art Festival 2013, in Piacenza Italy, will feature music by Christopher Shultis on June 1st, including Songs of Love and Longing for Soprano and Piano; and Devisadero, for solo piano, as well as a lecture by the composer, called "The Dialectics of Experimentalism" on June 2nd.
Shultis’ publications include "'A Living Oxymoron': Norman O. Brown's Criticism of John Cage," for Perspectives of New Music (2006); "Saying Nothing: John Cage and Henry David Thoreau’s Aesthetics of Co-Existence," Tijdschrift voor Musiektheorie (1998), which was translated into German and published in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (2007), "Cage and Europe," for the Cambridge Companion to John Cage (2002); “Silencing the Sounded Self: John Cage and the Intentionality of Non-Intention” for The Musical Quarterly (1995), and “Cage in Retrospect: A Review Essay,” The Journal of Musicology (1996) which won a 1997 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award.
Talujon plays four new works for percussion quartet:
Echometry - Ross Bauer
Gravity - Mark Mellits
New Work - Steve Ricks
Dream Landscape - Amy Williams
May 28, 2013; 8 PM at the beautiful DiMenna Center for Classical Music. 450 W 37th Street New York, NY.
Described by the New York Times as an ensemble possessing an "edgy, unflagging energy", Talujon has been mesmerizing audiences since 1990. Talujon is thoroughly committed to the expansion of the contemporary percussion repertoire as well as the education and diversification of its worldwide audience. Over the past 20 years, Talujon has commissioned dozens of new works for percussion quartet.
Recent Talujon commissions include quartets by Alvin Lucier, Henry Threadgill, Ralph Shapey, Wayne Peterson, Julia Wolfe, Ushio Torikai, Louis Karchin, Eric Moe, Steve Ricks and Chien Yin Chen. Based in New York, the group’s performances have included collaborations with Steve Reich, James Tenney, Chou Wen Chung, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, Meredith Monk and Tan Dun at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony
Cleveland Orchestra’s Gordon Square Residency this year from May 11 through May 17. Friday, May 17, at 9 p.m. – Survival Kit at 78th Street Studios, 1300 W. 78th St. – Suite 303. Cleveland Orchestra musicians Scott Dixon, bass, Jack Sutte, trumpet, Joshua Smih, flute & Jacob Nissly, percussion. Solos and duos - including the latest work by BRIAN FENNELLY, "Distant Call" for solo muted trumpet or flugelhorn.
The concert is part of the inaugural neighborhood residency of The Cleveland Orchestra, which will find the Orchestra and members of Severance Hall ensembles engaging the community in numerous activities ranging from performances to a soccer match in the Gordon Square Arts District on Cleveland’s West Side from May 11 through May 17.
VOX n PLUX ensemble, with Elizabeth Farnum and the Anderson-Fader Duo, will be presenting a concert of great variety and insterest on the Amphbian series.
THE HIART STUDIO 227 W 29 street, 4th Floor (bet. 7 and 8 Aves)
un greu cosserier
Ab Nou Cor
Denk Es, O Seele!
Manuel DeFalla: Selections from Seven Popular Songs
Bill Anderson: Provencal
My Morphine (Gillian Welch, arr. Anderson)
In a conference on Turkish master artists living/who lived in the U.S., Kadir Has University in Istanbul, with the cooperation of Cultural Studies Foundation will be presenting a conference on Ilhan Mimaroglu and Bulent Arel as the two prominent pioneers of electronic music, who played a remarkable role in the contemporary music community in the United States. Pianist/composer/musicologist Alper Maral will perform works by Arel, Mimaroglu and Usmanbas--another Turkish composer who lived in the US.
The World Premiere of Lawrence Dillon’s Broomstick for violin and piano will be performed on Monday, May 6 at 8:00 PM by violinist Piotr Szewczyk and pianist John Callahan at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. This will be part of Violin Futura – 21st Century Music for Violin, presented by The Florida State University College of Music.
Dillon writes about the new piece, “To illustrate the first of his six artistic principles – Lightness – Italo Calvino recalls the weight of the domestic life borne by women through the centuries. In a leap that conveys the power of the imagination, these women took the tool of their servitude – the broom – and transformed it into an extraordinary symbol of lightness and power, donning their steep-peaked hats and soaring off to the moon.”
Other composers on the program are Kari Henrik Juusela, John Kennedy, Marc Mellits, Gary Smart, Adam Schoenberg, Richard Belcastro, Sydney Hodkinson, Clifton Callender (World Premiere), Moritz Eggert, Piotr Szewczyk and Ethan Wickman.
Tickets link here.