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Flute/Percussion Music by members of the Long Island Composers Alliance performed by the (Just) Music Duo

Date: 
Nov 16 2010 - 7:00pm

Cesare Papetti, percussionistCesare Papetti, percussionistTuesday, November 16, 2010, 7:00 PM

Music by Members of The Long Island Composers Alliance
The Tank, 354 West 54th St, (between 8th and 9th Avenues) New York City

The (just) music duo, Alice Jones (flute) and Cesare Papetti (percussion) will play Eleanor Cory's Epithalamium for Solo Flute, and other works by Richard Brooks, Herbert Deutsch, Paul Hefner, George Cork Maul, Leo Kraft and Dana Dimitri Richardson.

Admission $10. For more information call 212-563-6269. Advance tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets, 1-800-838-3006.

Continuing its history of performing multicultural offerings from the flute and percussion repertoire, the (just) music duo will present a program of works from distinguished members of the Long Island Composers Alliance. Paul Hefner, who has been a bandleader in the private party industry servicing New York City's finest hotels and private clubs, is represented by the jazz-influenced Chick and McCoy, which delivers the flavor of Chick Corea’s Afro-Cuban melodies and the multi-voice quartal harmonies of McCoy Tyner. In Passageways, Herbert Deutsch explores the interplay of rhythmic and melodic phrases and motifs between the flute and marimba. A co-founder of the Long Island Composers Alliance and collaborator with Robert Moog in the development of the first Moog synthesizer, he is also an author of a large body of distinguished concert music.

 

Eleanor Cory originally wrote Epithalamium for her own wedding. It exploits the advanced technical capability of the flute and, in retrospect, “reflects the depths and surprises in many years of marriage” while retaining its celebratory spirit. Eleanor Cory’s work has been recognized by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Fromm Foundation of Harvard University, the Aaron Copland Fund, and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, among many others. In Bachatelles for solo percussionist, Richard Brooks uses some of Bach’s favorite contrapuntal techniques to develop a theme based on Bach’s name in a modern style. Richard Brooks was on the music faculty of Nassau Community College from 1975-2004 where he was Professor and Department Chair for 22 years. He has received a Composer Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, an American Music Center grant, and numerous commissions including one from the Kent Philharmonia Orchestra that resulted in Concerto for Trumpet/Flugelhorn and Orchestra which was premiered in May 2006.George Cork Maul’s Human Race is a story about how the rhythm of our lives sometimes traps us in a repeating cycle that we can end only by realizing our humanity. He is an East End composer, pianist and performance art specialist. His credits include modern songs, suites and dance pieces, contemporary operas, musicals, music for software and recently, pieces for string orchestra.

 

In his Line Drawings for flute and percussion, Leo Kraft aims to make the percussion part as melodic as possible, creating a partnership of the two instruments. He is past President of the American Music Center and is Professor Emeritus of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College as well as Distinguished-Composer-in-Residence from 1989 to 1992, at NYU. The Reverie and Dance by Dana Dimitri Richardson is in two parts that express the contrasting moods of the title, dreamy contemplation followed by a call to action whose irregular meters owe a debt to Balkan folksong. His music has been broadcast over more than 70 radio stations in the U.S. and Greece including WNYC and ERT, Athens, where he spent three years teaching music theory. During that period he became a member of the Greek Composer’s Union. In 2009, his article Syntonality: A new System of Harmony was published in the first issue of the SCI online theory journal.

 

(just) music is a flute and percussion duo that was formed by two graduates of SUNY Purchase in a Brooklyn basement in 2009. Alice Jones (flute) and Cesare Papetti (percussion) have performed in New York City at Symphony Space, the Look and Listen Festival, the Composers Now! Festival, and the Tank as well as across Europe and China. As a founding member of Spindrift Percussion Group, Barrett Hipes continues to commission chamber and solo works from composers around the world including Lukas Ligeti and Martin Bresnick, among others.

 

The concert, which is produced by the Long Island Composers Alliance, is one of 15-20 concerts a year that are mounted on Long Island and in New York City showcasing the talent of Long Island chamber music composers and the virtuosity of the top flight musicians who perform their compositions.

 

The Long Island Composers Alliance was founded in 1972 by Marga Richter & Herbert Deutsch. Since that time, over 300 concerts have presented some 1500 new works by more than 100 composers. LICA remains the only organization devoted exclusively to the presentation, preservation and promotion of performances of original serious music by composers living and working on Long Island. Our annual Music By and For Students concert has become the model for two student composition competitions now offered to students throughout the state by the NY State School Music Association. Incorporated in 1975, LICA has been funded by various organizations and foundations including The Nassau County Office of Cultural Affairs, The Suffolk County Office of Cultural Arts, Huntington Arts Council, Hempstead Cultural Arts Center, Wantagh Arts Council, Nassau County Re-Grant Programs for the Arts, NY State Council on the Arts, Maldeb Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Prof. Edgar H. Lehrman Memorial Foundation, Key Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank, Independence Savings Bank, Citibank, and the Brooklyn Borough President's Office.

 

CONTACT: Dana Dimitri Richardson, Publicity Director, 516-599-3472, richardson_dana@hotmail.com  (underscore between richardson and dana)