Richard Cameron-Wolfe’s “Breathless” band (cantata ensemble) Ukraine tour begins Thursday, performing June 2 in the Hall of the Kharkov Philharmonic (in an Eastern Orthodox cathedral), June 4 in the Zhitomir National Cosmonautics Museum (a Sputnik suspended high above the performers), and June 6 in the Hall of the Kiev Union of Composers.
Composer Matthew Welch has been awarded a grant and fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council to research in the Philippines. Welch's family, maternal side, were located in the Philippines 1905-1945, including the Santo Tomas internment during WWII. Research on this history and stories related has fueled the composition of Welch's opera-in-progress "And Here We Are," which was presented as part of the composer's residency at The Stone in December, 2015.
Review: "Welch’s And Here We Are followed, a more overtly sentimental path based on the memoirs of the composer’s great uncle, an opera singer imprisoned in the wartime Philippines. The piece circled with a jazzy flair provided by the small ensemble (trumpet, piano, vibraphone, bass guitar and drums, conducted by the composer). Baritone and librettist Daniel Neer intoned reminiscences of Welch’s elder in a half-spoken vibrato. Reflections of a life’s hardships, joys and yearning were pushed by an ever-modulating piano and round-robin repetitions moving across the band. The music ascended and descended, always moving while refusing to mold to the emotional impulses of the fragmented story.” – Kurt Gottschalk, New York Classical Review
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.
L to R: Miriam Gideon, Ethan Iverson, Jeremy Siskind, Hall Overton
ACA FOUNDERS CONCERT "GiantHalfSteps" 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.
“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.
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, (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,
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