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VOX NOVUS NEWSLETTER - New Music for the 21st Century
> REVIEW: New York Women Composers: Hear Them Roar
> PERFORMANCE: 60x60 (2008) International Mix - Grand Forks, North Dakota
> PERFORMANCE: 60x60 Presenters Mix - Creshire, UK
> PERFORMANCE: Composer's Voice - New York City
> Fifteen Minutes of Fame - call for organ works
> Composer's Site - expiring opportunities
New York Women Composers

Composer’s Voice:
New York Women Composers - Hear Them Roar

New York Women Composers

Question: How many contemporary female composers can you name?

Answer: There are many women composers, and they are fabulous!

Composer's Voice celebrates their musical contributions during the month of March.

Anne Goldberg

The varied and exhilarating program emphasizing New York based, female composers of all stripes opens with Anne Goldberg's Esplorazione Spettrale. Featuring the artful gymnastics of oboist Stuart Breczinski, Goldberg's composition upends the traditional sonic expression of the oboe. Squawking and soaring, brightly lit tones layer one top of another with lingering acoustics. The echoing strata underpin and amplify the overlaying tones like aural sand in a bottle.

Yumi Suehiro

Chen Yi presents Duo Ye rendered with sensitive panache by pianist Yumi Suehiro. Opening with a handful of solitary notes, a bold melody gives chase; these two musical ideas riposte before joining into a complex thesis stressing a skittering urgency. Sprinkled liberally with dissonance, Duo Ye is jam-packed with quicksilver notes that thrust and parry. Intellectually stimulating, your ear is privy to the sonic fizz of a mad genius.

Yumi Suehiro and Josh Henderson

Two tangos appear back to back. The first, Beth Anderson's Belgian Tango operates as a more traditional interpretation highlighting a sepia-hued ambiance. Played by Yumi Suehiro on piano and Josh Henderson on violin, these two performers display a delightful connection. Her ardent perfectionism grounds his airy dreaminess, which enables Anderson's composition to effectively traverse the emotional freeway between head and heart. Jilted Tango by composer Rain Worthington (also featuring Suehiro on piano and Henderson on violin) drains tango of its conventions and evokes a complicated romance. Notes flick and kick, like dancers' feet swiveling and sliding across the floor.

Jenny Ribeiro

A perennial favorite, this performance's Fifteen Minutes of Fame spotlights soprano Jenny Ribeiro with Lloyd Arriola accompanying on piano. Ribeiro's voice shines with a lucid purity, and Arriola proves to be an adroit accompanist, offering generous but never distracting support. The narrative selections provide the greatest vehicle for Ribeiro's gifts. Goldi's Wish by Judith Zaimont acts as a delightful bagatelle rationalizing Goldilocks reasoning for absconding her parents. "Just Let Me Be Me!" Ribeiropertly exclaims. Spring Came Early, crafted by Judi Silvano, is a mild and fragrant breeze, ripe with the promise of impending spring.Julie Mandel’s A Fine Head of Lettuce is a quirkily charming take on a vegetable’s inability to mix well with others. Anna Imaykina proffers The Wind of Glory, an ecstatic hymn that articulates the victor’s emotions after a battle.

Faye-Ellen SilvermanNailah Nombeko

Faye-Ellen Silverman’s pungent Layered Lament and Nailah Nombeko’s ambrosial Piece for Solo Violin round out the New York Women Composers section of the concert.

Kala Peirson, Beth Anderson, Jose Jesus de Azevedo Souza, Inna Buganina, Evgenia Marchuk, Erol Burga Balci, Dmitry Kitsenko, Daniel Mihai, Richard Nye, Andrei Bogdanov, and Vitaly Manyk provide scintillating compositions to show off Jenny Ribeiro’s soprano voice.

Erin Bomboy

Erin Bomboy



According to conventional Roman mythology, Saturn and Ops were the perfect couple. He was the god of agriculture, virile and handsome; she was a fertility deity, the patroness of abundance and prosperity. It was synergy, Ancient Rome style, at its best. However, a recently discovered broadsheet from the Mythological Era suggests that the marriage was stage-managed for the sake of appearance. In truth (i.e., according to gossip), Saturn was downright ga-ga over a mortal hussy named Fedge. We may never know what Saturn saw in her. Unlike Ops, Fedge had no prosperity to speak of, and fertility was not a condition with which she was conversant. But who can say what drives the unique urges of the gods? Although the broadsheet was only just unearthed, it’s clear that some people long ago knew of her. English composer Gustav Holst, for example, repeatedly referenced her in “Saturn,” the fifth movement of his orchestral suite, “The Planets.” The sequence of notes F, E, D, G, and E appears throughout the movement, but especially in the bass flute line in the Andante section. You can look it up.

David Gunn

David Gunn

Upcomming Performances

60x60 (2008) International mix

60x60 (2008) International Mix

Saturday April 22, 2013 - 4:00 PM

60x60 2008 International Mix is being presented on Monday, 22nd April at Music Department of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Digital Lightning, eleven 5-minute lectures in a row, featuring the 60x60 2008 International Mix.

Join the Working Group in the Gransberg Community Room in the Gorecki Alumni Center and experience Digital Lightning. Over the course of an hour, you’ll see 11 presentations asking questions about the power of digital technology, the provocations of digital life, and the multidisciplanary possibilities of digital scholarship. Because the presentations are aimed at asking as opposed to answering questions, provoking as opposed to resolving tensions, the event will be followed by a thunderous meet-up at Rhombus Guys Pizza to discuss the new digital connections sparked by the presentations.

Our digital life has come to be understood as life in The Cloud, a metaphor for the ethereal presence of data. But we can also think of the cloud as a powerful force of possible connections waiting to electrify our fields of vision. The presence of digital technologies in our world occurs so quickly and across so many different areas of expertise and interest that our world is increasingly shaped by multiple and unexpected points of connection and output. When we discover these connections, we discover something that burns fast and bright. We witness digital lightning.

On April 22nd, the Working Group in Digital and New Media will ask questions about these bursts of digital possibility. Like lightning, the presentations will be quick and in rapid succession. Like lightning, the topics seek to illuminate a subject and to find points of connection to our world. Like lightning, the speakers aim to electrify.


  • Bill Caraher "What's Next in Archaeology?"
  • Kyle Conway "How Media Translate, or, Why do I Like Chase Scenes?"
  • Travis Dressel "Crowd Sourcing Big Data?"
  • Paul Worley " What Matter Who’s Speaking? Performance, Shapes, Knowledge"
  • Michael Wittgraf "Is it Music?"
  • Richard Van Eck "Does Tech Make You Smarter?"
  • Crystal Alberts "The Writers Conference, So What? Who Cares?
  • Brett Ommen "Who is Talking on Twitter?"
  • Tim Pasch "Do I own my digital content that I paid for, created, or uploaded? Well…"
  • Joel Jonientz "Art in the Age of Digital Authenticity. Should we Abandon the Concept of Originality?”

Joel Jonientz, the chair of the Working Group and Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Design observed, “The talks and events this April are the culmination of a extraordinarily busy month in the digital humanities, arts, and media on campus and give us the opportunity to bring together the most innovative and dynamic work on campus and place it in a national and international context.”

The Working Group in Digital and New Media is a collective of scholars working in the digital humanities, time-based media, digital history, communication, archaeology, music, and web technologies. Spanning departments, media, colleges, and technologies, the Working Group is the center of digital innovation on the University of North Dakota’s campus.

Composers included in the 60x60 (2008) International Mix:
Christian Alequin, Robert Allaire, Nathan Asman, Gilberto Assis Rosa, Benjamin Boone, Adrian Borza, Courtney Brown, Paul Burnell, Russell Cannon, Nicholas Chase, David Claman, Jesse S. Clark, Adam Di Angela, Massimo Fragala, William Francis, funf, Marji Gere , Josh Goldman, Alejandro Guerro, David Hahn, Cheyenne Henderson, Joel Hickman, Tilman Kuntzel, HyeKyung Lee, Cyprian Li, Sean Luciw, Gilles Maillet, Mike McFerron, Jordan McLean, Leslie de Melcher, Todd Merrell, Justin Merritt, Jeff Morris, David Morneau, Tim Mukherjee, Julia Norton, Junya Oikawa, Milica Paranosic, Maggi Payne, Jeff Pfaumbaum, Bob Pollio, Schahram Poursoudmand (Lichtschrei), Gene Pritsker, Jeffrey Raheb, Reconsiderate, Prent Rodgers, Paul Russell, Mark Scarpelli, Thorsten Scheerer ("Lilienweiss"), Dan Sedgwick, Louis Sellers, David Ben Shannon, Alex Shapiro, Nivedita ShivRaj, Alan Shockley, Patrick Smith, Mingzhu Song, Laurie Spiegel, Anthony St. Pierre, Robert Voisey, and Michael Wittgraf

Click here for the Concert Program of the 60x60 (2008 / International Mix)

60x60 (2008) International Mix
Sunday April 22, 2013 - 4:00 PM
Music Department
University of North Dakota
3350 Campus Road
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202
Free Admission

60x60 Presenters mix

60x60 (2012) Presenters Mix

Saturday April 26, 2013 - 7:00 PM

60x60 Presenters Mix is being presented on Friday, 26th April at Axis Arts Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe Campus, Crewe, Cheshire, United Kingdom.

Composers in the 60x60 (2012) Presenters Mix include:
Liana Alexandra, Ricardo Arias, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Rich Bitting, Benjamin Boone, Scott Brickman, George Brunner, Paul Clouvel, Zlatko Cosic, Douglas DaSilva, Brad Decker, Paul Dibley, Erin Dougherty, Leonardo Duerto, Chris Flores, Douglas Geers, Josh Goldman, Melissa Grey, David Gunn, Bruce Hamilton, Dorothy Hindman, Yoko Honda, Lynn Job, Aaron Krister Johnson, Tova Kardonne, Juraj Kojis, Patrick Liddell, Elainie Lillios, Moises Linares, John Link, Blake Martin, Charles Norman Mason, Mike McFerron, Jeff Morris, Serban Nichifor, Rich O'Donnel, Michael James Olson, David R Peoples, Kala Pierson, Christopher Preissing, William Price, Gene Pritsker, Robert Ratcliffe, Robert Sazdov, Jacky Schreiber, Nivedita ShivRaj, Alan Shockley, Juan Maria Solare, Adam Sovkoplas, Adam Stansbie, Allan Strange, Eldad Tsabary, Katerina Tzedaki, Jeremy Van Buskirk, Robert Voisey, Patricia Walsh, Andrew Walters, Rodney Waschka, Aaron Word, and Sabrina Pena Young Click here for the Concert Program of the 60x60 (2012) Presenters Mix

60x60 (2012) Presenters Mix
Sunday April 26, 2013
Axis Arts Centre
Manchester Metropolitan University
Crewe Campus, Crewe
Cheshire, United Kingdom

Composer's Voice

Composer's Voice curated by Suzanne Mueller

Sunday April 28, 2013 - 1:00 PM

Composer’s Voice Presents Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame with Clarinet Thomas Piercy and cellist Suzanne Mueller. Also music and performances by Lera Auerbach Steve Holtje Christopher James Lynelle James Paul Joseph Barry Kornhauser Susan Mitchell Nikolett Pankovits Tomas Rodriguez Pamela Sklar Rick Sowash Antonia Szilagi David Wolfson.

Guest Curator: Cellist Suzanne Mueller made her New York recital debut under the auspices of Artists International, as a member of the piano/cello Elysian Duo, and went on to perform as half of its successor, Elysian II, for ten years, before forming CROSS ISLAND with Ms. Zayas. She also performed for a decade as half of McCarron & Mueller, with guitarist/composer/arranger Mark McCarron. Currently, she is Beech Tree Concerts Artist-in-Residence at Old Westbury Gardens, where she presents a series of outdoor summer concerts with various partners She is also a frequent performer on the Composer’s Voice concert series.

Composer's Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their musical aesthetic and personal "voice" created in their compositions. Started in 2001, the “Composer’s Voice” concert series is presenting its 11th of 31 concerts scheduled in throughout the world for 2013, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Information on the Composer's Voice, and more projects of Vox Novus, access:

Click here to see the concert program

Composer’s Voice concert
Sunday April 28, 2013 1:00PM
Jan Hus Presbyterian Church
351 E 74th St,
New York, NY 10021-3798


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Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Fifteen Minutes of Fame


Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: with organist David Bohn

Deadline April 30, 2013

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces for organ composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: David Bohn to be performed Wednesday, June 12, 2013 as part of the Lunchtime Organ Recital Series - 2013. The one-minute pieces are to be written specifically for this project, which will be performed by organist David Bohn.

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