Current New England Conservatory student Jason Belcher rediscovered the music of Burr Van Nostrand (b.1945), a composer of adventurous music and visually striking scores, who was thought by many to have “disappeared.” Belcher currently leads the Burr Van Nostrand Project, which begins with a concert to re-introduce his work to a new generation of musicians.
Burr Van Nostrand’s scores combine highly graphic visual elements with conventional notation, and his music emphasizes extreme sonic contrasts, often using amplification. His technique shows near-predictions of what would emerge in the later 70's, and 80's from composers in and outside of the academic world. His work has not been heard publicly since the 1980's.
The concert will take place Sunday, April 22, 2012, at 4:00 PM in Brown Hall at the New England Conservatory; 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston. Performers for whom these works were written have come out to work with the students to help re-create the original ambience. The composer gives particular credit to performers Robert Stallman (flute), Paul Severtson (violin), and Herman Weiss, (pianist/ composer), whose premiere performances/recordings of Phaedra Antomines and Fantasy Manual for Urban Survival were original and groundbreaking in their time. A new recording release of these early recordings, with other archival material tbd is planned by New World Records for 2013. The April 22 NEC concert Repertoire program:
Phaedra Antomines (1969)
Tara Mueller, Violin
Fantasy Manual for Urban Survival (1972)
Lisa Husseini - Alto Flute
Jason Coleman - Cello
Alex Zhu - Piano
Beth McDonald - Tubas
Voyage in a White Building I (1969)
Chamber ensemble piece, with Hart Crane poetry, with Lautaro Mantilla, Narrator