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"To encourage the inclusion of American works in the programs of performers and performing organizations.”
-- "Aims of the Alliance," from ACA Bulletin, Vol 1, No. 1, April 1938


Music for percussion and tuba, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Aug. 30th


Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 7:30pm

Darleen Mitchell's "Antiphonal Dreams" for euphonium and marimba will be performed by director of percussion studies, Dr. Joseph Van Hassel, marimba, and Dr. Joanna Ross Hersey, euphonium.

Dr. Joanna Ross Hersey, faculty tuba / euphonium recital; with Dr. Joseph Van Hassel, marimba

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2016 - 7:30 PM

University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Moore Hall Auditorium
Pembroke, NC


NYCEMF June 5-19 with music of Hubert Howe, Alice Shields, Joel Gressel, and much more


Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 3:00pm

Join the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2016 for a series of 35 concerts, seven of which will take place June 5-7 at National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn, in association with the New York Philharmonic's 2016 Biennial, and the remaining 28 concerts will be June 13-19 at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, Manhattan.  Information on and tickets to these concerts is available on this and also this web sites.

Hubert Howe  twill have two works on the series: music with video by Sylvia Pengilly featuring Inharmonic Fantasy No. 4 on Monday, June 6 at National Sawdust, and Harmonic Fantasy No. 2 for piano and electronic sounds on Saturday, June 18, with pianist Jonathan Howe.  Joel Gressel's Deconstructing Maria, and Alice Shields' The Mud Oratorio will be performed on June 14th at Abrons Arts Center.  Additional works throughout this series by Madelyn Byrne, Joel Chadabe, Tania Leon, Eric Lyon, and many others will be featured.



NYCEMF concert listings, all:

National Sawdust Concert Schedule
(Concerts 1-7)

Concert 1
Sunday, June 5, 3-5 PM
Thomas Dempster, melt
Gerald Eckert, Klangräume II
Damon Lee, Stumm
Fernando Laub, Consumation
Andrew Babcock, Ventriloquy
Tania León, Axon

ACA Presents Firehouse New Music Series hosted by Iktus Percussion, Sat. June 4th


Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 8:00pm

Iktus Ensemble - Firehouse Space Series - June 4th, 2016

The final concert of the season for the Firehouse New Music Series that is hosted by Iktus Percussion, ACA Presents music from American Composers Edition, including works by Robert Carl, Alice Shields, Scott L. Miller, Lewis Nielson,  Christopher Shultis, Richard McCandless, and Daniel Tacke.  The Firehouse Space, at 246 Frost Street in Brooklyn, is close to the Graham Avenue subway stop on the L line.

Based in New York City, Iktus Percussion is an ambitious, dynamic young ensemble committed to expanding the boundaries of the percussion genre. Iktus is a collective-based operation, featuring an array of industrious and multi-talented percussionists with Chris Graham, Justin Wolf, Josh Perry, Sean Statser, and Piero Guimaraes at the core. Pianist Julia Den Boer will join the ensemble for this concert. As a group with strong ties to the local artistic community, Iktus is dedicated to collaboration with emerging composers,

Richard Cameron-Wolfe - Ukraine tour begins June 2nd, Kiev performance June 6th


Monday, June 6, 2016 - 5:00pm

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.

Matthew Welch awarded Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to Philippines

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

Jazz Loft = Music of Hall Overton = Essay and upcoming performance by Ethan Iverson, May 26th

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.

Giant Half Steps - ACA Founders Concert, with Jazz Artists Ethan Iverson and Jeremy Siskind, May 26th


Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 7:30pm

L to R: Miriam Gideon, Ethan Iverson, Jeremy Siskind, Hall Overton


"Giant Half Steps"

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. 

Review: David Froom's Amichai Songs - The Contemporary Hornist

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.


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