Alise Anna Alksne is a flutist from Latvia, who currently studies in The Royal Conservatory The Hague in Netherlands. She is an orchestra and chamber ensemble enthusiast who has a passion for competitions (since being 9), playing piccolo flute and collaborating with different musicians and composers. Most recent competition success was the Sound Espressivo Online Competition which granted her 2nd prize and a possibility to premiere 15 new pieces written for her via Vox Novus.
Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is 15 one-minute works written by different composers specifically for a musician or ensemble. Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame gives a variety of new music by living composers to audiences hungry to hear what is being created in today's music scene. The Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame project has featured more than 75 musician/ensembles premiering the works of over 1000 composers in New York City. The project has presented works across the United States and 10 other countries.
Erik Branch is a native of New York City, and received a BA and MA in Music (Composition) from Hinter College. He lives near Orlando, Florida, where he is active as a pianist, musical director, composer/arranger, operatic tenor, and actor on stage and screen.
The title is a quotation from John Keats’ “On The Grasshopper and the Cricket,” and it seemed to be an apt encapsulation of the summery, pastoral, dancelike atmosphere of the music, and the use of fluttertongue, trills, and mordents strongly suggested an insect’s capering about and chirping to me.
Philip Czaplowski is an Australian composer of Polish/English origin.
daina for solo flute was written for Latvian flautist Alise Anna Alksne and completed in May 2021. A daina is a traditional form of music or poetry from Latvia. Accidentals apply throughout the bar unless cancelled by another accidental, and only in the octave in which they occur.
Described as “beautiful, lyrical” and brimming with “unexpected harmonic shifts” (International Trumpet Guild), the music of Macedonian-American composer Zach Gulaboff Davis centers on the expressive and dramatic possibilities of compositional narrative. Zach maintains an active schedule as a composer and collaborator across the globe.
Whirlwind is based upon an unrelenting cascade of triadic harmonies. This one-minute work constitutes an (almost unbroken) crescendo from start to finish, ending in a wall of sound. All accidentals are active for the full measure in which they are given.
Prize winner classical guitarist, composer and researcher (Doctor in Arts). Normally address social issues: ex. “Indian Requiem” and “Forest Scenes” (Stuttgarter Blockflötenorchester commissioned). Was performed in Brazil, US, Portugal, Finland, Japan and France. 2020: orchestral “Folk Suite” commissioned/premiered by conductor Neil Thomson. 2021: opera “The Plague” was on-line streamed.
: “A very short ride in small wheels” is an experiment of attaching a bike bell to a flute. The name mocks the admirable orchestral piece “Short ride in a fast machine” by Adams, and play with a ride thought most of the flute register, from low to high. The piece requires a bike bell attached to the flute.
Despite being mainly part of the STEM field as an engineering student, Gonçalo Félix has also graduated in Flute Performance at Academia de Música de Espinho (AME) during high school, and keeps music very present in his life, mainly by composing.
'Tina' is a final letter to the composer's deceased grandmother. During his mourning days, he felt prompted to write this small piece aimed for his own instrument, the transversal flute. Still amidst his family’s mourning, he tries to make peace with his grief and her departure through this bittersweet goodbye.
who I am and how I became this composer are not important when judging the music - only listening is.
if the listener can discern the process behind this piece, that's nice.
Pat has a degree in music and a diploma in education and is an active member of music societies, as a composer, performer and administrator. She once made early wind instruments, and toured Europe playing early winds and strings. Her music has been performed in many countries.
The Japanese like to wander amongst the cherry trees in the blossom season to celebrate their ephemeral beauty, before the wind scatters the petals like snow. The tune of the 'Sakura' (Cherry Blossom) song is hidden here and its original mode/scale has been strictly maintained.
Connor Johnson is a trumpet player and composer studying at Michigan State University. Several of his compositions have been recognized in competitions by the Sinta Quartet, Tribeca New Music, and other ensembles. Connor is also an accomplished performer, recently being named a semifinalist in the 2021 National Trumpet Competition.
SAPPHIRE is a short excursion written exclusively in the double harmonic scale. The title is inspired both by the sharp, spiky textures in the middle of the piece, reminiscent of the edges of gemstones, and the pitch collection used, which to me evokes a deep blue.
Michael Kimber, violist and award-winning composer-in-residence for Red Cedar Chamber Music, has performed with ensembles as musically diverse as the Kronos Quartet, the Atlanta Virtuosi, and the Oread Baroque Ensemble. His music has been performed in international festivals. Emminent Polish violist Marcin Murawski has recorded seven CDs of his music.
"Apparitions" (Fantomi) for solo flute, composed in April 2021, is dedicated to flutist Alise Anna Alksne. Its fleeting gestures are meant to suggest the appearance of ghostly figures that dance before unbelieving eyes, then disappear, reappear, and finally vanish into the darkness of night.
An award-winning composer.Festivals: the blurred edges contemporary music festival in Hamburg (Germany), Gaudeamus Musicweek (Netherlands), Vox Feminae Festival in Israel, Aldgete Square Festival in London (UK), Connect Festival in Malmo (Sweden), Emil Cossetto, etc. describe the spiritual atmospheres that surround us.
Such a spirit is realized by using different technics like blowing, singing, and playing at the same time. The spiritual feeling that deepen heed (attention) of the listener, through created sounds from notes, encloses you with the atmosphere mood. Ametric. Singing and playing in the same time, blowing
Carlos Ocando (1978) Venezuela. Graduated as Composer at the "José Ángel Lamas" Higher School of Music. He currently works as director of a music school for young people and as a complementary piano, harmony and contra punto teacher. Winner of the Municipal Chamber Music Award (2012) in the city of Caracas with the work "Al Borde" inspired by the poet Silvia Plath. His works have been performed in various venues in Caracas, as well as in London (2021) with the piano work "Prelude IV" performed by the pianist Maria Marchant and in the United States (2021) the work "Three solo clarinet pieces" performed by the clarinetist Carmen Borregales.
Nivelillo is a work inspired by the flight of the dragonfly as a symbol of wisdom for its ability to fly in all directions, representing the ability to change perspective on the way to maturity.
Manos Panayiotakis is a Greek composer and musicologist. His compositions are performed in Europe and internationally, in collaboration with orchestras and renowned artists. His papers on contemporary music are published in peer-reviewed journals and he has co-authored the Music Theory series ‘Learning Music’ published in Greece. Fl. Micrography was composed in May 2021, dedicated to flutist Alice Anna Alksne, for the “Vox Novus” call for scores.
This piece, part of a cycle of miniatures, is structured in a developmental form, employing much of the Flute timbral potential, through the combination of ordinary sound and extended techniques. All performance notes can be found in the score preface.
Ege Sayar is a Turkish composer born in Istanbul/Turkey in 1998. He is currently studying classical music composition (4th-year bachelor) with a talent grant in the Netherlands at Utrecht Conservatorium, studying with Jeroen D'Hoe and Caroline Ansink. Over the past few years, he has also taken part in various masterclasses with composers such as Beat Furrer, Klaus Lang, Oscar Bianchi, Alexander Radvilovich, Agustí Charles Soler, Dré A. Hočevar and among others. In 2021 he will study as an Erasmus exchange student in Germany at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg (HfMT) with Fredrik Schwenk, Gordon Kampe and Xiaoyong Chen.
The concepts he seeks in his music may vary. Rather than following a certain musical style, he tries to draw inspiration from every era and every kind of music we have from the past to the present. He is interested in researching the importance of dealing with rhythm and time perception and working with material on a structural level, timbre, sonority, etc.
Born in New York City, Pamela Sklar collaborates as a flutist and composer with ensembles, presenting award-winning programs and recordings of original works and mixed styles of music. Described as “Engaging…piquant…stimulating…delightful” by the New York Times, she received two grant awards from New York Women Composers for recitals and a recording (New York Tapestries) co-featuring her original music in the ensemble 2Flutes with Laura Falzon. Pam’s other composition highlights include the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago, the International Double Reed Society Conference in New York City, quartets for mandolin and strings performed by members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, interviews, and commissions from other ensembles and schools. In 2018 and ’19 two of her works were selected and presented by Mujeres en Música in Spain; in 2019 Pam’s music was co-featured in programs in Cuba. She can be heard on original albums, and recordings for other artists including Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Paul Simon, and Aretha Franklin for the Grammy Awards. Visit Pamelasklar.com
Some of my most exciting writing has been inspired by themes, places past and present, and specific people. I composed Flavours of Color for Alisa Anna Alksne and have dedicated this flute solo to her because her passion for learning and playing new flute music is inspiring to me.
Edward Strauman is a retired music educator, who taught courses in theory and composition. His music has been published by Willis Music, Hal Leonard, Glory Songs, School Musician, Pedalpoint and A Circle of Fifths Music. He has recorded for MMC, Concert Jazz, Casablanca, Unidisc and Marlin records.
The composition is a brief study on extended techniques for the contemporary flutist.