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VOX NOVUS NEWSLETTER - New Music for the 21st Century
> POSTCARD: Doris's Piano
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> PERFORMANCE: Fifteen Minutes of Fame - Washington D.C.
> PERFORMANCE: Composer's Voice - New York City
> PERFORMANCE: 60x60 Video - EMM Mix Premiere - St Louis, Missouri
> PERFORMANCE: 60x60 Video - Presenters Mix Premiere - Kentucky
> RESULTS: Fifteen Minutes of Fame for Eugène Van Itterbeek
> Fifteen Minutes of Fame - call for harp choir
> Composer's Voice - call for electric-jazz guitar and piano
> Composer's Site - expiring opportunities

Doris's Piano

Doris Piano

Oh no, not again! groaned Doris. It seemed like every time she played Manual de Falla’s “Ritual Fire Dance” these days, the darned piano burst into flames! Trying to ignore the fire, she bowed to the audience, but her left hand brushed against the piano. Yeow!, it was hot, she thought, as she recoiled and accidentally knocked over the piano bench. An annoying whine from the theater’s smoke detector interrupted the applause, prompting several spectators to look around in apprehension. Doris worried that they might leave before she got to the last piece on her recital, and a weird clause in her performance contract stipulated that “payment for services rendered is contingent on audience members staying to the very last note.” She righted the bench, sat down, cracked her knuckles, and began her final piece, Jerome Kern’s “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” But the keys were hot and getting hotter, and she found she had to play it a lot more staccato than normal, which seriously compromised the tune’s usually soothing quality. Out of the corner of her eye, she spotted several people in the theater stand up and put on their coats. She upped the tempo, turning the ballad into a quickstep. With corresponding speed, the fire jumped from the piano to the stage and from the stage to the orchestra. Two women shrieked in parallel fifths, their palpable fear seeming to fan the flames. The fire moved quickly, engulfing the rest of the downstairs and heading for the balcony. By now, the black keys were smoking and too hot to touch – a real problem for a piece rooted in B major. So Doris modulated up a half-step, then stepped on the piano’s middle pedal: the accelerator. The resulting prestissimo got the piece to the final chord just before the ceiling collapsed – and, presumably, before anyone made it out of the theater. Her part of the contract satisfied, Doris staggered off-stage, with smoke not only in her eyes but also in her nose and throat. Next time, she vowed, she’d stick to Handel’s “Water Music.”

David Gunn

David Gunn

Upcoming Performances

Fiftee Minutes of Fame Composer's Voice

Fifteen Minutes of Fame with Liana Valente

Saturday April 27, 2013 2:00 pm

The recital is set for April 27, 2013 at 2pm in John Paul Hall. The full address is: John Paul Hall The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music The Catholic University of America 620 Michigan Ave., NE Washington, DC 20064 Fifteen Minute of Fame with Liana Valente Liana Valente Admired for her work singing traditional soubrette/lyric opera, oratorio and song literature, Dr. Valente is praised as an exciting performer of new music. She regularly commissions and premieres works written by emerging and established composers, appearing in concert and as a presenter throughout the US and abroad. Some of the composers with whom she has collaborated include Violet Archer, Derek Healey, Timothy J. Brown, William Vollinger, Christine Arens, Judy Ross, Marty Regan and Jason Lovelace. She is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences hosted by the College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association and Sigma Alpha Iota and was a presenter at The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium VII held at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada in 2011.

Composer's featured in Fifteen Minutes of Fame with Liana Valente inlcude:
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 Christopher M. Wicks

Saturday April 27, 2013 2:00 pm
John Paul Hall
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
620 Michigan Ave., NE
Washington, D.C. 20064

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Composer's Voice 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

60x60 Video - EMM Mix

60x60 Video (2012) EMM Mix Premiere in St Louis

Wednesday May 1, 2013 - 7:00 PM

60x60 Video EMM (Electronic Music Midwest) Mix, a collection of one-minute Videos created by students from Digital Studio, Washington University, St. Louis will have a premiere screening on May 1, Wednesday, 7:00 pm, at Brown 100 Theater, Brown Hall Washington University, St. Louis

60x60 is a project containing 60 compositions each 60 seconds in length presented continuously in an hour performance with 60 experimental videos for each composition. The EMM mix is comprised from music by composers and artists who have participated in both the Electronic Music Midwest festival and the 60x60 project.

VIDEO ARTISTS: Celine Bondoc (1, 23, 44), Andrew Catanese (2, 24, 45), Hannah Gould (3, 25, 46), Jimena Gracia (4, 26, 47), Isaac Howell (5, 27, 48), Sarah Hull (6, 28, 49), Julia Kent (7, 29, 50), Leah Kucera (8, 30, 51), Qiyuan Liu (9, 31, 52), Rebecca Lothan (10, 32, 47), Ayesha Mohyuddin (11, 33, 53), Alexandra Neuman (12, 34, 54), Catalina Ouyang (13, 35, 55), Zlatko Cosic (14), Ji Won Park (15, 36, 56), Tucker Pierce (16, 37, 57), Mary Reischmann (17, 38, 58), Martin Schoen, (18, 39, 59), Chang-Hyun Shin (19, 40, 52), Jared Stein (20, 41, 60), Annette Sung (21, 42, 55), and Anna Villanyi (22, 43, 49).

COMPOSERS: Jeremy Baguyos, Jay Batzner, Brian Belet & Stephen Ruppenthal, Kari Besharse, Marita Bolles, Jason Bolte, George Brunner, Jen-Kuang Chang, Da Jeong Choi, Andrew Cole, Christopher Cook, Ian Corbett, Zlatko Cosic, Brad Decker, Greg Dixon, Benjamin Dorfan, Matthew Dotson, Ivan Elezovic, Robert Fleisher, Larry Gaab, Jason Ernest Geistweidt, Peter Gilbert, Jacob Gotlib, Arthur Gottschalk, Guillaume Côté, James Hegarty, Aaron Krister Johnson, Noah Keesecker, Kevin Kissinger, Laura Kramer, HyeKyung Lee, Patrick Liddell, Elainie Lillios, Stan Link, David McIntire, Christian McCleer, Dohi Moon, David Mooney, David Morneau, Mike McFerron, Rick Nance, Paul Oehlers, Michael Olson, Ken Paoli, Christopher Preissing, Michael Pounds, Tim Reed, Anthony Reimer, Marie Incontrera, Philip Schuessler, Steven Snowden, Jorge Sosa, Asha Srinivasan, Samuel Tymorek, Bert Van Herck, Andrew Walters, Tom Williams, Joseph Vogel, and Robert Voisey.

May 1, Wednesday, 7pm-8pm, Brown 100 Theater, Brown Hall, Washington U., St. Louis (building #16 on the Danfort Campus map,

More can be found at:

60x60 Video (2012) EMM Mix
May 1, 2013
7:00 pm
Brown 100 Theater
Brown Hall
Centennial Greenway
Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri 63105

60x60 Video - Presenters Mix

60x60 Video (2012) Presenters Mix Premiere's in Kentucky

Friday May 3, 2013 - 12:00 PM

60x60 Video (2012) Presenters Mix on May 3 at noon in the John Jacob Niles Gallery of the Fine Arts Library on the University of Kentucky campus.

The 60x60 video features the work of Zlatko Cosic, Patric Liddell, and Sabrina Pena Young.

The 60x60 Presenters mix is designed to honor and present those composers who have helped promote the 60x60 cause. This mix of 60x60 includes the works of composers who have presented 60x60 performances in the past, present and future. Robert Ratcliffe is the audio coordinator for the 60x60 (2012) Presenters Mix.

Composers in the 60x60 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

More can be found at:

60x60 Video (2012) Presenters Mix
Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library.
160 Patterson Drive
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0224
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KentuckY


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Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Announcing results for
Fifteen Minutes of Fame honoring
Eugène Van Itterbeek with
Georgeta Stoleriu and Violetta Stefanescu

Georgeta Stoleriu and Violetta Stefanescu have selected 15 works honoring the poet Eugène Van Itterbeek. All the works selcted were insprired by his poem BIENTOT.


Bientôt j'abandonnerai mon corp
S Je te remettrai mon âme
telle que tu me l'as donné
e clair de lune pur, non souillé par la vie,
dont à present je la guéris.
Alors je me précipiterai vers toi
Dans ma première laine,
Blanche ou noire, non portée,
A la première aube,
Dans le silence matinal des sons de cloche,
Lorsque, non sollicité,
J'ai été couché sur la terre embrumée.
(from "Fables, prières et autres poèmes"
Edition Les Sept Dormants, Leuven, 2001)

A very free translation of the poem into English is the following:


Soon I will give up my body
I defer my soul
as thou hast given me
moonlight pure, unsullied by life
which at present I healed.
So I'm down from there to you
In my first wool
White or black, unworn
At the first dawn
In the morning silence bell sounds,
When unsolicited
I was lying on the ground misty.

Composers selected for Fifteen Minutes of Fame honoring Eugène Van Itterbeek include:
Rodrigo Baggio, David Brooks, Sheila Forrester, Paul Gelsing, Fermino Gomes, Collin Gosper, Anna Imaykina, Francis Kayali, Alexander Kusztyk, Akmal Parwez, Adrian Pop, David Ramsey Jr., Jana Skarecky, Pasquale Tassone, and Christopher M. Wicks

You can find more information here


Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Fifteen Minutes of Fame


Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: The Crane Harp Ensemble

Deadline May 10, 2013

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute harp ensemble works. The one-minute works are to be written specifically for the Crane Harp Ensemble. The selected pieces will be performed in New York City on the Composer's Voice concert on November 10th, 2013 Submission guidelines:

The Crane Harp Ensemble performs harp duos, trios, quartets, etc. and gives at least one formal concert each semester. The ensemble includes students as well as members of the surrounding community. The Crane Harp Ensemble is directed by Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis, professor of harp and music theory.

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Composer's Voice

Composer's Voice

Calling for works (3-5 minutes) composed for electric-jazz guitar and piano

Deadline September 9, 2013

Vox Novus is calling for short pieces (3-5 minutes) minute pieces composed for electric-jazz guitar and piano to be premiered by Rodrigo Baggio, guitar and Lis de Carvalho,piano)at the EMESP College of Music in collaboration with Composer’s Voice concert Series October 20, 2013 in São Paolo, Brazil

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Rodrigo Baggio

Rodrigo Baggio has excelled internationally in 2012, playing concerts and having his music played in various countries around the globe. He was the guest guitarist of Université Laval (Quebec) in their 2012 winter semester, premiering four compositions (“Serra Verde” – for guitar, “Suíte Américas” – for guitar and trombone, “Lâmpada do Operário” – for tenor, guitar and trombone and “Ciclo de Improvisações Sobre Memórias Regionais” – for guitar and tenor saxophone) commissioned by the great trombone player Dr. James C. Lebens for that special occasion. Alongside the concerts, Mr. Baggio has composed music for different ensembles and projects such as “Fantasia Brasileira I” (for guitar) specially written for Prof. Brian Katz (University Of Toronto). His piece “Three Insights Of The Brazilian Landscape” (for Percussion) was one of the winner pieces of “Carl von Ossietzky Composition Prize” at Oldenburg University (Germany). A former pupil of Jaime Barbosa (Composition/University of Ribeirão Preto), Dr. Marcos Cavalcante (Improvisation/University of Campinas) and Arrigo Barnabé (Composition/ULM), Baggio is currently developing his own project called "Guitar Solo" in which Composition and Improvisation are combined on a particular way of instrumental performance.

Lis de Carvalho

Pianist, arranger and composer Lis de Carvalho started her Music education with her mother, Dinéa de Carvalho Ferrete when she was 6 years old and later studied with piano jazz with Hilton Jorge Valente (Gogô); composition with Prof. H. J. Koellroeuter; harmony, arrangement and Orquestration with Prof. Cláudio Leal Ferreira; Electronic Music and Synthesizer Programming at Escola Síntesis; Advanced Piano with Prof. Maria José Carrasqueira. Lis obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy -at FFCHL ( Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências Humanas e Letras) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Piano at FASM (Faculdade Santa Marcelina). Lis de Carvalho teaches piano and harmony, as well as the coordinator of the Jazz Piano Program at Tom Jobim EMESP - ( Estado de São Paulo Music School). She has performed with the following musicians: Paulo Moura, Raul de Souza, Lula Galvão, Roberto Sion, Altamiro Carrilho, Edu Lobo e Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica, Quarteto em Cy, Vânia Bastos, Tetê Spindola, Eliete Negreiros, Zezé Mota, Paula Lima, Margareth Menezes, Walter Franco, among others. Lis de Carvalho has recorded a Bossa Nova piano solo CD, for the MPBaby Series, MCD record. She has launched a digital video class by HMP Publishing Company and recorded many of her compositions in several CDs and DVDs with Celso Pixinga and other mainstream musicians of vocal and instrumental music. Lis has recently (2012) released her own CD Caminho de Dentro at the live TV Program Ses.

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