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60x60 Dance

60x60 Dance Toronto
March 11, 2013

Take a quick 20 second look of 60x60 Dance in Toronto last Sunday thanks to Marvan Kwan who posted this on Vimeo:

60x60 Dance links 60 composition/ dance works by 60 different composer/ choreographer pairs, each 60 seconds long, and presents them continuously in a one-hour performance.

In this one-of-a-kind performance, each minute of the hour features a new composer and a new choreographer. The 60x60 Dance collaboration has been performed in more than 7 different cities in 3 different countries, featuring more than 500 choreographers and thousands of dancers. 60x60 Dance Toronto 2013 features all Canadian composers of every genre (from classical to spoken word and everything in between) and choreographers from every imaginable movement discipline (including mime, aerial dance, breakdancing, Kurdish Folk dancing, Flamenco, Ballet, circus, stiltwalking, modern dance, tap, and many more) Directed by the award-winning Viv Moore, and including pieces by Toronto glitterati such as the Kaejas, Malgorzata Nowacka, and Dave Wilson, this mind-expanding mix of concentrated, haiku-like musical and dance statements span the ridiculous and the sublime in one continuous hour of pure inspiration.

Monroe Golden - Alabama Places

CD Review
Alabama Places
Monroe Golden

innova Recordings

Ellen Tweiten, piano;
Kurt Carpenter, microtonal keyboard

Microtonal compositions can have a bewildering effect on listeners steeped in the ubiquitous equal temperment. While I don't possess enough facility with this technique to understand all the ratios fluently, I have always been impressed with Monroe Golden's ability to merge and juxtapose various tuning systems.

Monroe Golden

Golden has an uncanny ability to make equal temperment seem instantly “wrong” when put against his own homebrewed scales. Alabama Places, a collection of a dozen of keyboard duets, pits the conventional piano against a microtonal keyboard. Inspired by Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Golden crafts twelve different 24-note scales for each work. In these pieces, neither the piano nor the keyboard sound in or out of tune. Instead, Golden merges his created system with legacy tuning to create more complex and nuanced polyphony. Where the disc excels is in tracks such as “Iron Road” and the five movements of “In Pell City” where the music contains a lot of rhythmic and timbral space allowing each instrument to contribute to a captivating chamber music/hyperinstrument texture. Golden changes the timbre of the keyboard for each movement and tends to emphasize brighter and piano-esque sounds over mellower bass and organ sounds. Overall the choices and the variety of his synth are well managed and balanced. In some tracks, the activity level becomes a bit too muddled to my ears and leaves me feeling that the instruments were just nattering. When the keyboards are allowed some space to breathe, Golden's strengths in balancing and juxtaposing the instruments really shine. The CD contains a bonus track accessible via computer of all five movements of “In Pell City” played without pause and including Linda Frost speaking her poetry.


Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Selections for the
with Satoshi Okamoto and Pascual Martinez-Forteza

Satoshi_Okamoto Pascual Martinez-Forteza

This Fifteen Minutes of Fame includes pieces inspired by Japan and will be featured on the annual Japanese concert Compsoer's Voice presents in New York City. The Japanese theme could include pieces inspired by Japanese musical or visual art works (either traditional or contemporary), short arrangements of Japanese pieces, or pieces using technical elements found in Japanese music. After receiving many submissions from around the globe, we are proud to announce the composers selected for Fifteen Minutes of Fame with Satoshi Okamoto and Pascual Martinez-Forteza.

The composers selected include:
Javier Martinez Campos, Fermino Gomes, Naifeh Harmon, Olga Harris, Steven Kreamer, Peter Lam, Maureen Reyes Lavastida, John Mackay, Steven H. Markowitz, Kevin McCarter, Kaori Nakano, Kala Pierson, Jamal Sameri, Leo Soeda, and Christopher Wicks

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The Sunken Cathedral

The Sunken Cathedral

Claude Debussy initially wanted his tenth piano prelude, La cathédrale engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral), to be performed in a church at the bottom of a lake or large pond. To prove that it could be done, Claude spent hours practicing the piece underwater in a diving suit. Although he was able to hit all of the right notes, the sheet music tended to drift away from him. So he hired Mimi Dinklaker, a professional page-turner who owned a Rouquayrol regulator, to ride herd on his music. But then he discovered his piano was naturally buoyant; it wouldn’t stay put underwater. And when he lined the piano with cement blocks to keep it from floating to the surface, it went sharply out of tune. “Estoy harto!” cried Debussy in Catalonian, finally giving up on an in situ premiere. He did, however, pretend to play it during the summer of 1912 when he was Sea World of Paris’s Guest Artist.
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Electronic Music Midwest

New Sounds Festival 2013

March 17, 2013
2:00pm, 5:00pm, and 8:00pm

Western Michigan University in collaboration with Fontana Chamber Arts is presenting the New Sounds Festival 2013 . The festival, originally an annual showcase concert for WMU composition students, continues to expand and highlight some of the best contemporary music in the world.

The festival will include 3 concerts for the ELECTRONIC MUSIC MIDWEST MINI-FESTIVAL. Electronic Music Midwest is dedicated to programming of a wide variety of electroacoustic music and providing the highest quality performance of electronic media. This annual festival consists of approximately nine short concerts (about 1 hour in length) over the course of a weekend in Autumn. The goal is to bring together vibrant and interesting artists of all forms, give them a vehicle for their expressions, and a place for them to share ideas with others.

This year’s festival also includes the renowned new music collective International Contemporary Ensemble (I.C.E.); a mini-festival featuring 20 guest artists presenting new multimedia works; guest composer Kyong Mee Choi; New York-based electric guitar quartet Dither; and an exciting collaboration with Fontana Chamber Arts, featuring a WMU faculty ensemble conducted by School of Music director, David Colson. For more information visit and

Sunday March 17, 2013
Three concerts:
2:00pm, 5:00pm, and 8:00pm
Dalton Center Multimedia Room
School of Music
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008


Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Fifteen Minutes of Fame


Eugène Van Itterbeek

Deadline March 22, 2013

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute soprano and piano duets composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame honoring Eugène Van Itterbeek to be performed by Georgeta Stoleriu, soprano and Violetta Stefanescu, piano at the Romanian Athenaeum Bucharest, Romania. The music and lyrics will be based on a poem of Eugène Van Itterbeek, "BIENTOT"

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Composer's Voice

Composer's Voice


Calling for three-minute solo cello works

Vox Novus is calling for three-minute solo cello pieces composed to be premiered by Suzanne Mueller 3:00 Sunday, July 28, 2013 in a collaboration between Composer's Voice and the Summer Sundays Concert Series at Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury, NY. This concert celebrates Suzanne’s 10 years as Summer Artist-in-Residence at the Gardens. The theme of this call is “Decade”. Suzanne will be selecting 5 pieces to be premiered on this concert. The three-minute pieces are to be written specifically for this project, which will be performed by Suzanne Mueller.

Composers are urged to go to to learn more about Suzanne, hear recordings and see videos to give them a sense of her strengths and affinities.

For more information, visit:

Composer's Site

International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition Committee

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 10:31 AM PST

Expiration of Opportunity: 
Fri, 2013-03-29
Entry Fee: 
Euro (EUR)

1st Round

1) Application Deadline: postmarked by March 29, 2013 (Fri)

2) Submissions

a. Application form (1 copy)
- Submit accordingto the form provided by the homepage or steering committee in Seoul, Korea.
b. Composition (1 Work, Free composition)
- Approximately 5-20 min., In accord with the styles and genres recommended Information B above. 6 copies (A4 size)

(1) Vocal Works
- All vocals both religious and secular are acceptable.
- Performance type (solo, duet, choral) is not restricted.

Published date: 
17 Jan 2013

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Sound and Music Computing Conference 2013

Posted: 10 Jan 2013 05:57 AM PST

Expiration of Opportunity: 
Fri, 2013-03-29
Entry Fee: 

Sound Science, Sound Experience
Sound and Music Computing Conference 2013 will be jointly hosted by the
Sound and Music Computing Research Group at the Royal Institute of
Technology (KTH) and The Department of Composition, Conducting and Music
Theory at The Royal College of Music (KMH) in Stockholm. KTH is responsible
for the scientific part and KMH will host the musical parts.
Call for Music
Based on this year's theme Sound Science, Sound Experience three
approaches to the call for music are proposed. The first focuses on the voice,

Published date: 
10 Jan 2013

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The Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 05:46 PM PDT

Expiration of Opportunity: 
Fri, 2013-03-29
Entry Fee: 
U.S. Dollar (USD)

The Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize was founded by Dr. Gary C. Jaquay to honor his life partner Domenic J. Pellicciotti, an ardent fan of opera. The award seeks to encourage and acknowledge the creation of new opera works that explore, within a broad range of possible expressions and representations, themes related to tolerance, inclusion and/or the celebration of diversity within an inclusive community.

The prize will be awarded every four years beginning in 2014 ($20,000.00 in total prize money)
Deadline for submission: March 29, 2013

2013 Call for Scores

Published date: 
7 Jul 2012

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