Burton Beerman

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Composer, clarinetist, video artist Burton Beerman’s (b. 1943) music spans many media, including interactive real-time electronics, chamber and orchestral music, interactive video art, theatre, dance, and musical score for documentary films. His works have been the subject of international, national and public television and radio broadcasts, including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, NPR and PBS. New York City’s The Village Voice states, “There is a remarkable clarity in the way Burton Beerman carries out the logic of his materials and he has an excellent ear for sound color…the composer displays an acute sensitivity to the differences between live sound and electronic sound and the music contains extraordinary moments when the sound seems to belong to both worlds.”

Amongst some of his prestigious awards and honors are the Barlow Endowment Commission for Music Composition, the 2008 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio, selected as one who is recognized as a “distinguished artist sustaining extraordinary artistic talents and achievements throughout his career”, a 2008 CINE Special Jury Award, the 2007 CINE Golden Eagle Award as composer for the film documentary 203 Days produced by bbarash productions, LLC.,and the Martha K.Cooper Orchestra Prize (First Place) for Moments. Beerman’s music has been presented at prominent venues and festivals worldwide, such as the Edinburgh International Art Festival in Scotland, The Chicago Sinai, Martin Luther King International Center in Atlanta, Rudolfinum Performing Center, Prague, the Haag, Amsterdam, OrfRadioFunkhaus, Vienna and Chopin Hall, Mexico City, as well as throughout Australia, Canada , Europe and Asia.

His works have been featured on CNN and CNN International, FutureWatch, and The World Today, broadcasting Beerman’s Virtual Video Opera, Jesus’ Daughter to a viewing audience of 50 million plus. The opera addressed a critical social issue of Violence against Women~Children-at-Risk and was chosen as a Video Installation ArtWork exhibited in Switzerland and Italy, endorsed by UNESCO-CIRET, sponsored by the United Nations, at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art (MOMA), Lincoln Center Gallery, and Dance on Camera Festival.

CNN maintains a webpage as a source of information on the story and Beerman's opera. The Warsaw National Philharmonic performed and recorded Beerman’s Morning Calls for B-flat clarinet and orchestra featuring Richard Stoltzman as clarinetist under the baton of George Manahan, present music director of the New York City Opera. Morning Calls received a performance by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra with Beerman as soloist. Beerman has been hailed by audiences as one of the leading clarinetists of contemporary and avant-garde music whose virtuosity and technical control of the instrument establish him as a remarkable and compelling performer.

-Distinguished Professor of the Arts (Music) Emeritus at Bowling Green State University.

ACA List for Burton Beerman

5-B (1974)
brass quintet :2-1-1-btbn
ANCIENT CASTLES (1997)
ELECTRIC CLARINET, DANCER, INTERACTIVE LASER BEAM
ANCIENT VOICES II (1998)
alto sax, violin, piano
BEGINNINGS (2008)
alt sax, pf
CALIFORNIA MOODS (1983)
a sax, cl, pf, dancer
CHAMBER MUSIC 1 (1983)
cl, vln, vc
CHAMBER MUSIC 2 (1986)
b cl, perc
CIRCLE DANCE (1992)
string quartet

beerman_circle_dance.mp3

The Nevsky String Quartet; Capstone Records (excerpt)
COLLECTION (2011)
pf
COLORS (1968)
cl, hp, perc, pf, vln, cb
CONCERTO ONE (1981)
al sax, tape
CONSORT & SONG (1969)
sop, cl, perc, pf, vcl
CONVERSATIONS (2004)
pf, Kyma computer music system from Symbolic Sound

beerman_conversations.mp3

Shiau-uen Ding, piano; Capybara320 interactive music computer;
CRYSTALS 2 (1981)
tb, tape
CYCLE (1989)
sop, org, (or tape)
DANCE FIGURES (1985)
cl, pf, tape
DAYSCAPES (2002)
cl, Kyma computer music system from Symbolic Sounds
DETAILS (1968)
cl, hp ,vln, vla
DIALOGUE (2008)
soprano, piano

Beerman_DialogueExcerpt.mp3

Dialogue by B. Beerman, Excerpt
ELEGY FOR DANIEL PEARL (2011)
Soprano Voice, Eb Alto Saxophone, narrator and dance
EMISSIONS 1 (1973)
pf, tape (2 chan)
ENSEMBLE 1 (1975)
ww quint
ENSEMBLE 2 (1976)
cl, wind ens: 1-1-1-1; 3 sax(atb); 4-2-2-1; 3 perc
ENSEMBLE 3 (1979)
perc ensemble (5)
ENTRANCE MUSIC (2001)
cl, pf
EVENING SONGS (1989)
cl

20_track_20.mp3

"For Barney" (Barney Childs) Mvmt I. Burton Beerman, clarinet
FOR BRUCE (2008)
large concert band
FOUR DANCES (1982)
vln
FOUR IN SIX (1973)
str 4tet
FRAGMENTS (elec devices) (1988)
wind controller, TX81Z voicing module, digital delay
THE GATHERING (2000)
flute, doubling piccolo, and alto saxophone

beerman_gathering.mp3

The Gathering (excerpt) Bicinia Duo
GHOSTS (2005)
Eb alto saxophone, Bb clarinet, piano and optional electronic sounds
GIFTS (FOR YOU) (2009)
vln, pno, optional dance ensemble
INVISIBLE IMAGES
vln, vc, perc, dance ensemble, electronics
JESUS' DAUGHTER (1995)
Mezzo Sop, Cl, Live interactive audio
JUST DANCES (2016)
marimba, tenor sax
MASS (1972)
Ten,fl, perc, hp, tape
MEDITATIONS (1994)
cl, dancers, computer
For electric clarinet, computer and dancer(s)
MISOGAMY (1969)
str 4tet: 2-1-1, tape
MOMENT-1978 (1978)
a sax, pf
MOMENTS (1975)
S, pf
MOMENTS 1977 (1978)
orch:2-2-2-2, 2-2-2-0,perc,str
MOMENTS 1981 (1981)
2fl, 2cl, pf
MORNING CALLS (1994)
cl, orch: 2-2-2-2; 4-2-2-1; timp, perc; str
NIGHT CALLS (1982)
cl, dancer, taped voices
NIGHT DANCES (1985)
solo cl,solo dancer & orch: 2/PIC-2-2-2,2-1-1-0, perc, str
NIGHT SCENES for solo piano (1985)
pf

02_track_02.mp3

I. Painted Skies (Stanley Yerlow - piano)
PASSAGES (1986)
ssax, pf
PLAYTHINGS (2000)
cl, dancers
solo clarinet and optional dance ensemble
PLAYTHINGS REVISITED (2000)
Clarinet, dancers, interactive computer music system
POINTS (1969)
fl,cl,hn,perc,vln,vla,cb
POLYGRAPH I (1972)
cl, tape
POLYGRAPH II (1973)
pf, real-time elec processing, tape
POLYGRAPH III (1975)
cl, tape (2 or 4 chan)
POLYGRAPH IV (1975)
vla, tape (2 or 4 chan)
POLYGRAPH V (1975)
fl, tape(2 chan)
POLYGRAPH VI (1977)
fl, tape(2 chan)
POLYGRAPH VII (1980)
b fl, tape
QUARTET (1989)
tbn, tape, 3 videos
QUINTET (2016)
cl, vln, vla, vcl, pf
RAPE POEMS OF FRANCES DRISCOLL (2002)
cl, dancer with BodySynth, Kyma computer music system fom Symbolic Sound
REFLECTIONS (1975)
cl, vc, live elec processing & synth sound source, opt laser beam
ROMANCE (1982)
pf, tape
SECRET GARDENS (1982)
asax, 1/pic-1-1-1; hn; perc, tape
SHADOWS & FIGURINES (1977)
fl,cl,cb
SHADOWS CAST (1979)
cl, perc
SKETCHES (1968)
cl,pf
SONNETS (2016)
2222 222+bstbn timp perc(2) SATB chorus with solo quartet, solo soprano, child's voice
orchestra, mixed chorus, mixed vocal quartet, soprano solo , and high female/male child’s voice
A STILL, SMALL VOICE (2005)
Cello, Video, Dancer
THREE BY 3 (1987)
3 trios: fl, cl(2), ob, cl, bsn, asax, tbn(2)
TIKVAH (2004)
Soprano, Saxophone quartet, Narrator, optional chorus
TRILOGY, VIDEO ONE (1999)
VIDEO, COMPUTER MUSIC
TRIO for violin, cello, piano (2012)
vln, vcl, pf
VOICES (1983)
soprano, contrabass

beerman_voicesviii.mp3

Voices VIII. excerpt; Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers, soprano; Steven Gilweski, contrabass
WATER LILIES (1998)
fl, dancers, interactive computer music system
For amplified native american flute, interactive electroacoustic processing,BodySynth Wireless Sensor System,interactive video processing and dance
WEDDING PRAYERS (2012)
mixed chorus SATB, piano
WIND BOUQUET/CELESTIAL CRIES (1987)
multiple cl quartets

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