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VOX NOVUS NEWSLETTER - New Music for the 21st Century
> Composer's Voice: One Enchanted Afternoon - January 13, 2013
> LISTEN: An inteview about 60x60 on Around and About Chattanooga at WUTC
> RESULTS: Selections for Fifteen Minutes of Fame with Stephen Porter - Re-Imagining Debussy
> POSTCARD: OOO to the Rescue
> Fifteen Minutes of Fame - call for scores
> Composer's Voice - call for scores
> Composer's Site - composer opportunities

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- January 19, 2013
- January 12, 2013
- January 05, 2013
- December 29, 2012
- December 22, 2012
- December 15, 2012
- December 08, 2012
- December 01, 2012
- November 24, 2012
- November 17, 2012
- November 10, 2012

Composer’s Voice: One Enchanted Afternoon

It's always a pleasure to spend an hour or so at Composer's Voice, a biweekly concertheld at Jan Hus Church. With life as frenetic and inescapable as ever, devoting an hourto drinking in the talents of live musicians playing innovative works by living composersoperates as a much-needed elixir for the human spirit.

Sometimes, you even get to witness magic.

That's what happened on Sunday, January 13th.

Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin, a German born harpist, curated an enchanting 15 Minutes of Fame. Usually acting as a musical grab bag showcasing the player'staste and dexterity, Cowin takes her program a step further. Inspired by JuanMaria Solare'sdarkly pensive White Horse Falling Asleep, she structures her fifteen minutes to invoke G.K.Chesterton's “The Ballad of the White Horse,” one of the last epic poems. Written in 1911,the stanzas relate the legend of the Saxon King, Alfred the Great. Cowin takes portionsof the poem and knits each of the musical selections into the text.

Cowin's thoughtful approach proves to be transcendent. Many of the pieces are spare and meditative, the silences just as instructive as the notes played. Cowin's playing—deliberate but never pedantic—results in an Elysian experience; the pieces cast aspell, lifting you to the White Horse Vale where King Alfred plucks his harp.

Certain selections conjure the exterior environment from Chesterton's poem. Aaron Fryklund's Frost, second on the program, ripples with aural shards that sparkle momentarily, and then disappear into the ether. The First Snowflake, composed by Ehsan Saboohi, flurries gently before a surprise midsection of dramatic abrasion. Others bewitch with their invocation of the text. Jashiin’s L’instableregne highlights the line “Tales that tumble and tales that trick….the world is not stable around the White Horse” with splashes of crystalline brightness tempered by somber admonitions. The last piece, the luminously enchanting Instrument de Paix by Anthony W. Randolph marries the symbolism of White Horse with that of the harp: they are both mechanisms of peace and accord.

If Cowin’s 15 Minutes of Fame is an exercise in thoughtful introspection, then Yuri Boguinia’s two pieces—Nox Aeterna and A Minor Prayer—travail in the realm of volatileand grandiose externality. Acting as a physical force, Boguinia’s music assaults and pummels you, bruising your spirit into submission.

Constructed for piano, French horn, and violin, Nox Aeterna — performed by the impossibly young and composed trio of Vladislav Boguinia, Trevor Nuckels, and Mariam Machaidze — highlights a pervasive antagonistic insistence, which heaps smacking and clawing strata, one on top of another. When the pounding intensity, created masterfully through swellings of dynamics and tempo, finally erupts into splinters of melancholia, Boguinia begins the process again. While only half a dozen minutes, Nox Aeterna feels like an epic peregrination through Dante’s layers of hell.

A Minor Prayer, played by pianist Vladislav Boguinia, is another piece that refuses to beignored. While less contentious than Nox Aeterna, it blows like a tempest, traversingin vertiginous highs and lachrymose lows. A solitary note whispering becomes a torrent; stridency thumps and streams, refusing to be ignored.

15 Minutes of Fame also features beguiling compositions by Seth Custer, Salim Dada, Marissa DiPronio, Pat Duke, Stanley Hoffman, Pamela J. Marshall, Alyssa Reit, James Sebring, Cardamom Stern, and Kezia Yap.

Bill Douglas’ sprightly Trio for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon played by the appealing Bella Winds; ABEL—chocolate hued with jazzy asides—composed and performed Fima Chupakhin; and Claudio Montero‘s Evocaciones, a parting benediction, rendered by Cowin round out this uniquely moving Composer’s Voice program.

OOO to the Rescue

The OOO to the Rescue

In August of 1970, the Keyboard Division of the North American Minimalist Society published a manifesto that declared war on pipe organs, claiming they were “disproportionately large for the amount of musical gratification [they] produced.” Its militant members immediately began to “downsize” organs by stealing their pipes. From Philadelphia (Wanamaker’s) to London (Royal Albert Hall), from Australia (Sydney Town Hall), to New York (St. Bartholomew’s), pipe organs suffered losses ranging from a single vox humana pipe to entire ranks of diapasons. Eventually, the Oregon Organ Organization, an elite anti-keyboard terrorist guild, infiltrated the NAMS/KD and brought them to justice, no matter the swiped pipes were not in their possession at the time. But that little legal lapse was soon rectified when a Pringler Water Ski Company buyer visited Society headquarters – now covertly staffed by the OOO – and requested a re-supply of its increasingly in-demand product. Faced with a lengthy fine for trafficking in stolen goods, Pringler coughed up a robust customer list. Eventually, the organs got their pipes back. All except for two. So if you recognize the young skier in the photo (Pringler thinks her name was Dinklaker), please contact your local chapter of the OOO. Reward.
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Selections for the
Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Stephen Porter
Re-Imagining Debussy

After receiving many submissions from around the globe, we are proud to announce the composers selected for Fifteen Minutes of Fame with Stephen Porter.

The composers selected include:
Anna Aidinian, Erik Branch, Remigio Coco, Cindi Hsu, Giuseppe Lupis, Steven Markowitz, Serban Nichifor, James Soe Nyun, D. Peters, P. M. Reilich, Juan Maria Solare, Aurelio Scotto, Jose Jesus de Azevedo Souza, Anne-Marie Turcotte, and Darren Wirth

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60x60 at UTC

Take a listen to 60x60 presenter Jonathan McNair being interviewed by Rabbit Zielke on Around and About Chattanooga, WUTC about the upcomming 60x60 video being performed at Roland Hayes Concert Hall in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Monday, January 28, 2013 8:30 pm

You can Listen to the interview here:

Imagine: 60 miniature musical compositions, lasting no more than one minute each, created by musicians from around the world, presented back-to-back in a seamless one-hour event, enhanced with artistic video—this is “60 x 60.” 60 x 60 is an electro-acoustic music event hosted and coordinated by UTC professor and composer Jonathan McNair, on Monday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m., in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall of the UTC Fine Arts Center. This concert is free and open to the public. This event is presented with the support of the Ruth Holmberg Chair in American Music at UTC, and the UTC Department of Music.


Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Fifteen Minutes of Fame


Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Occupy Cello
with Craig Hultgren

Deadline March 1, 2013

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces for cello solo composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame with Craig Hultgren to be performed Sunday, May 19, 2013 for the Composer's Voice concert series at the Jan Hus Church in New York City. Another performance will also be presented in Birmingham, Alabama. The one-minute pieces are to be written specifically for this project, which will be performed by Craig Hultgren. The theme for this Fifteen Minutes of Fame is Occupy Cello - Upsetting the Musical Status Quo For acoustic solo cello Criteria for selection: Playable forward-looking concepts that challenge the traditional role of the instrument Resource for contemporary cello techniques

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CoMA Limerick call for scores 2013

Posted: 02 Jan 2013 12:50 PM PST

Expiration of Opportunity: 
Fri, 2013-02-08

To celebrate their fifth birthday CoMA Limerick invite composers to submit pieces to be considered for performance at the Hunt Museum, Limerick on the 28th April 2013.

Pieces will also be considered for future performances by CoMA Limerick. CoMA Limerick are a contemporary chamber ensemble based in Ireland. Founded in 2008 they are currently ensemble in residence at the Hunt Museum, Limerick. You can hear excerpts from a previous performance on their facebook site.

Published date: 
2 Jan 2013

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Copland House announces CULTIVATE 2013

Posted: 29 Dec 2012 06:15 AM PST

Expiration of Opportunity: 
Fri, 2013-02-08
Entry Fee: 

Copland House announces CULTIVATE 2013, its new, annual, intensive creative workshop and mentoring program for American composers in the initial stages of their professional careers. Six Fellowships are awarded to young American citizens or permanent residents in the earliest stage of their professional careers, to participate in this weeklong emerging composers‚ institute, which takes place June 3-10, 2013 at Aaron Copland‚s National Historic Landmark home and at the historic Merestead estate, near New York City.

Published date: 
29 Dec 2012

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Musical Metacreation Weekend

Posted: 20 Dec 2012 03:55 AM PST

Expiration of Opportunity: 
Fri, 2013-02-08
Entry Fee: 

Call for Participation
Musical Metacreation Weekend (MUME-WE-2013)
Held at the Sydney Design Lab — June 14th-16th, 2013.

Musical Metacreation is a forum for the emerging community of people making software that autonomously generates music. It engages with science, design, technology, philosophy, culture and aesthetics. Following the 1st International Workshop on Musical Metacreation of October 2012 (MUME 2012), we are happy to announce MUME-WE-2013 in Sydney, a weekend of concerts, installations, panels, demos and other music listening.

Published date: 
20 Dec 2012

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Pianist Corey Hamm and Washington Composers Forum announce a call for scores

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 10:23 AM PST

Expiration of Opportunity: 
Fri, 2013-02-08
Entry Fee: 

Pianist Corey Hamm and Washington Composers Forum announce a call for scores for performance on March 30, 2013 in Seattle. Pieces should be under 10 minutes, scored for piano solo. The winning composer will receive a performance of the piece and a recording of the performance.

The call is open to the general public. Composers may submit multiple scores for solo piano. The performer will adjudicate the call, and may choose not to perform any of the submissions. Submissions must be received by February 8, 2013. Results will be announced February 25, 2013.

Published date: 
27 Dec 2012

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