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> PERFORMANCE: Composer's Voice - New York City
> PERFORMANCE: Sign of our 60 Times 60 II
> Fifteen Minutes of Fame with CROSSISLAND and Tom Piercy
> RESULTS: 3 minute cello works for Suzanne Mueller
> Electronic Music Midwest - call for works
> Fifteen Minutes of Fame - call for scores - piano solo
> Composer's Voice - call for electric-jazz guitar and piano
> Composer's Site - composer opportunities

Better sans Baton

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When Maestro Pierre Pringler finally hung up his baton after leading the Steubenville Symphony for 58 years, orchestra members took up a collection to celebrate his long – and, sure, some grumps said way too long – tenure. They wanted to commission a colossal sculpture of the great man to grace Symphony Hall Plaza. Unfortunately, their fundraising efforts fell short of their goal – by rather a lot, actually – and they could only afford to pay for a conducting arm and baton made out of Homasote™ by the East Steubenville Reform School’s shop class. But the day before the objet d’art was to be dedicated, the baton was prized off and pinched. The police began rounding up the usual suspects until the orchestra overwhelmingly decided that the sculpture looked better sans baton.

David Gunn

David Gunn

Upcoming Performances

Signs Of Our 60 Times 60 II

Signs Of Our 60 Times 60 II

Saturday June 8, 2013 - 8:00 pm

Signs Of Our 60 Times 60 II vox novus and mobius present Signs Of Our 60 Times 60 II an evening of sound and video The 60x60 2010 UnTwelve Mix 60 one-minute microtonal compositions by 60 composers plus the premiere of The Signs Of Our 60 Times 60 II Video Slideshow which features images by over 100 visual artists mashed with one-minute sound pieces by over 20 composers

60x60 (2010 / UnTwelve Mix)

Vox Novus in collaboration with UnTwelve created a special microtonal mix of the 60x60 project. In this particular instance, the 60 works will have an "UnTwelve" slant, as the emphasis will be on music which explores tuning or microtones. The miniatures we will present will all be part of what we call the UnTwelve Mix--short works with a focus of the novel beauty of tuning which escapes the rigid boundaries of 12-tone equal temperament, and the use of microtones. All of these works are compelling and worth hearing, including pulse pounding music, gorgeous harmonies, dark and moody soundscapes, humorous vignettes, and ecstatic dreamworlds.

Composers in the 60x60 (2010 / UnTwelve Mix) include:
Monty Adkins, Sean Archibald, Christopher Bailey, Alexander Baker, Mark Ballora, Cameron Bobro, Warren Burt, Ann Cantelow, Thomas Ciufo, Elise Cumberland, Thomas Dempster, Phil Edelstein, Mark Eden, Robert Fanelli, Enrico Francioni, Michael Gaiuranos, Douglas Geers, Monroe Golden, Kraig Grady, Andy Hasenpflug, Joel Hickman, Anthony Hood, Chuckk Hubbard, Aaron Krister Johnson, Ioannis Kalantzis, Tova Kardonne, Christopher Keyes, Kevin Kissinger, Mike Leghorn, Robert Lepre, Patrick Liddell, Mike McFerron, Joseph Pehrson, Samuel Pellman, Andrian Pertout, Scott Peterson, Momilani Ramstrum, Prent Rodgers, Gilberto Rosa, Jose Ivan Sanchez, Tommy Scheurich, Ethan Schwartz, Les Scott, George Secor, Daniel Sedgwick, Carlo Serafini, Bob Siebert, Anthony St.Pierre, Penko Stoitschev, Agnes Szelag, Chris Vaisvil, Victor Valentim, Rob Voisey, Randall West, Danny Wier, Brent Wilcox, Ozan Yarman, Zachary Young, and Mark Zaki

Click here for the Concert Program of the 60x60 (UnTwelve Mix)

Signs Of Our 60 Times 60 II
60x60 (2010 / UnTwelve Mix)
Saturday June 8, 2013 - 8:00 pm
55 Norfolk Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
suggested donation $10

Composer's Voice

Composer's Voice

Sunday June 09, 2013 - 1:00 PM

Sunday June 09, 2013 at 1:00 Pm at Jan Hus church in New York City Composer's Voice concert will be curated by Andy Cohen with music and performances by Alex Sramek,contrabass clarinet; Alec A. Head,guitar & electronics; Andy Evan Cohen, piano; Janet Bentley,performer; Melinda Smart, voice, guitar, performer; Andy Smart, keyboard; Tami Jaton, violin; Alec Head, guitar; Dani Vialpando, dancer; and Jacline Henrichs, dancer;

Though Janet Bentley holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from the University of Iowa, much of her early training is in piano and voice. In addition to acting, sound design, playwriting, and directing, Janet has composed and arranged incidental music for a number of plays, including "Time on Fire", "Taming of the Shrew", and "As You Like It". Janet Bentley and Andy Evan Cohen perform together as The Roly Polys, a comic cabaret act.

Andy Cohen has written music in a wide variety of styles for a wide variety of media. He has composed classical instrumental works for orchestra and chamber groups, jazz pieces for radio airplay, music and sound design for dance and theatrical performances, and songs for rock and pop bands. His compositions have been performed by such groups as the Minnesota Orchestra and he has written music for PBS TV and United Nations Radio.

A native Californian, Alec A. Head is an actor/musician currently playing his trade in New York. He has contributed music to The Shelter Presents: Night Windows, T. Schreiber Studios' production of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard (in which he also played the part of Yepikhodov), and Snorks and Pins' By The Light of the Match (in which he also acted). As a session musician, he recently contributed lead guitar to Greg Mattern's first solo effort. He is also the guitarist and frontman of Brooklyn-based atmospheric metal band Ghostbound.

Jacline Camille Henrichs is a native of Victoria, Texas where she received her training with Debbe Busby. Ms. Henrichs holds a BS in Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy with a minor in science and dance from Texas Woman’s University. Ms. Henrichs has performed with The Festival Ballet of North Central Texas, under the direction of Hugh Nini, Lá Hunter In Flight Dance Theatre, with Lawonda Hunter, and Lake Cities Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Kelly Lannin. Ms. Henrichs furthered her training through summer intensives with Ballet Austin and Craft of Choreography Conference in which she received a full scholarship to the southwest region Craft of Choreography Conference in Carlisle Pennsylvania.

Tami Jaton regularly teaches private music lessons for violin and ukulele students. She has performed on the violin and ukulele in a variety of genres -- rock, jazz, classical, folk, improvised, etc -- at many venues: bars, weddings, musical theatre orchestra pits, devised theatre performances, contests,and others.

Andy Smart picked up the trumpet at the age of 11 and has been playing ever since. He was a member of the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps for 6 years, and attended the University of Colorado as a trumpet performance major from 1995-99. Andy was also a charter member of the original Broadway hit musical Blast!

After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Musical Theater, Melinda Smart began writing and performing her unique brand of musical performance pieces. Her productions have been featured at festivals, variety shows, and venues nationally. Original musical productions include black-light electronica operetta: Dance of the Spider, The Pretty Dreams Tour, Robot Romance, Her American Dream, Detour: A Film Noir Tribute, and Salvadora Dolly. Melinda is an artist in residence with New York based theater company The Shelter as a featured playwright and actress with the company. She is on staff with Colorado based opera company Luminous Thread, and is a performing poet with the New York Poetry Brothel under the alias Cybele leHue.

Composer's Voice Composer's Voice

Composer’s Voice Presents it’s Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Alex Sramek, contrabass clarinet: 15 one-minute pieces by 15 composers from around the world, writing specifically for this project and performer to be premiered on this concert! Alex Sramek is a Los Angeles-based clarinetist, composer, and purveyor of shenanigans. MFA from CalArts in hand, this refugee from software engineering has recently made a playful nuisance of himself playing in a klezmer/rock band, guesting with a drone/doom tuba duo, leading improv sessions across Europe, teaching a room full of Clarinetfest attendees grotesque extended techniques, writing minimalist songs for obsessive-compulsive children, and thrilling unsuspecting guests with impromptu restroom concerts.

“Is he a beginner?” — Woman in Central Park, 4/2012, in response to multiphonic improvisation

Composers performed for this Fifteen Minutes of Fame are:
Rodrigo Baggio, Joseph Bourdeau, Michael Boyd, Andy Evan Cohen, Marissa DePronio Dike, Jon Fielder, Ari Frankel, Fermino Gomes, Roger May, Berk Özdemir, Bettie Ross, Daniel Schnee, Juan Maria Solare, Lori Archer Sutherland, and Ron Wray

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, May 19, 2013.

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Composer’s Voice concert
Sunday June 9, 2013 1:00PM
Jan Hus Presbyterian Church
351 E 74th St,
New York, NY 10021-3798


Calendar of Vox Novus Events

One Minute Waltzes

Vox Novus is called for one-minute waltzes composed for Fifteen Minutes of Fame: CROSS ISLAND - Cellist Suzanne Mueller and pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas, pianist - and clarinetist Thomas Piercy. Works were written for clarinet/cello/piano trio (or any subset). Creative takes on the theme were welcomed (and one colloquial definition is "a breeze: something that presents no difficulties and can be accomplished with little effort").

Composers selected for Fifteen Minutes of Fame with CROSSISLAND Trio include: Helga Beier - w(IENER) w(ALZER) w(ELCOME), Scott Brickman-Cross Lake, Dominic Dousa - Riding the Wave, Alan Elkins – Overclocked, Adam Giese- Hurricane Waltz, Masatora Goya - Floating Above the Clouds, David Heuser - A Sentimental Song, Kevin Holland - Rush Hour Waltz, Steven Kreamer - Monet's Garden, Tim Labor – Spindrift, Libby Moyer & John Spartan - I'm So Happy, Steven Serpa - à la valse, Bob Siebert- Contemplation/In Memoriam, Ruben Toledo - The Fairy Dance, and Benjamin Williams - A Jaunt in the Rain

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Fifteen Minutes of Fame: One Minute Waltzes
Suzanne Mueller

Announcing results for Decade Selections with Suzanne Mueller

Vox Novus called for three-minute solo cello pieces to be premiered by Suzanne Mueller 3:00 PM on 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 selected 6 pieces to be premiered on this concert.

The composers selected include:
Masatora Goya - Red
Michael Wiener - De-cadenced
Bettie Ross - Milestones
Kit Mills - Reflections
Guy Shaked - The Sparrow
Alexander Scheetz- Decayed

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Electronic Music Midwest

Electronic Music Midwest

Deadline: June 1, 2013

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. Our 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.

Since its beginning, EMM has programmed over 500 new electroacoustic compositions. Composers have traveled from around the world to graciously share their music with audiences in the Midwest. However, EMM is about more than just playing new music. We strive to create an environment conducive to building community interaction. Most concerts are approximately one hour long, and composers have plenty of time to "talk shop" with each other as well as interact socially with students and audience member

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Kari Johnson

2013 EMM Guest Artist:
Kari Johnson

"…Johnson played beautifully, displaying a firm musicality and a flair for drama." - Kansas City Star

"…her sensitivities rather extraordinary, baroque while futuristic." -

Kari Johnson is a pianist who specializes in new music and electronic music performance. Praised by critics for her "amazing musicality" and "flair for drama," Ms. Johnson works to create a dynamic, captivating experience for her audience. Like most pianists, Johnson began her training in traditional classical repertoire. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies, she developed an interest in playing rarely performed and highly stylized works, particularly music of the early baroque and late twentieth century.

Call for Submissions

Kansas City Kansas Community College and Lewis University are pleased to announce an international call for submissions for the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, to be held October 24-26, 2013 at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Each concert will feature an 8.1 speaker diffusion system. Acclaimed pianist Kari Johnson will be the featured performer and composers are encouraged to submit works for her consideration. Any composer regardless of region, age or nationality may submit one work.

EMM accepts all electroacoustic works, but we especially seek music that falls within one of the following categories:
1) Composition for piano and fixed media and/or live electronics
2) Two channel works for fixed media
3) Up to eight channel works for fixed media
4) Instrument(s)/Voice(s) and fixed media or live electronics (composer to provide performers)
5) Works for video
6) Sound Installations and Interactive Media (composer to provide all non-standard equipment)
7) Live Laptop works
8) Live Interactive works

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Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Fifteen Minutes of Fame


Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Happy Birthday
Maestro Verdi
with pianist Giuseppe Lupis

Deadline June 10, 2013

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Giuseppe Lupis, piano to be premiered October 10, 2013, 8.00 p.m. Sherman Van Solkema Concert Hall, at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI. This call is open to all composers. All works must be 60 seconds or less. Theme: “Happy Birthday Maestro Verdi” Notable composer Giuseppe Verdi was born on October 10, 1813. To celebrate his bicentennial, composers are encouraged to submit works for solo piano inspired by the music or life of Giuseppe Verdi and the theme "Happy Birthday Maestro Verdi." Compositions do not necessarily have to include themes by Verdi or be imitative of Verdi's music; but should have some connection. The composers can interpret this creatively. Submitted works can be written in any style and use any technique. Works that feature the peculiar characteristics of the piano are welcome.

Giuseppe Lupis

Pianist and composer Giuseppe Lupis enjoys more than twenty years of experience in the musical field, with frequent appearances in the United States, South America, and Europe. As composer, Lupis aims at restoring the prominence piano enjoyed in the 19th Century by featuring the peculiar characteristics of the instrument. In crafting his works, Lupis gives great consideration to the performer, the audience, and the musical language. Lupis’ works have been broadcast by Sky Classica TV, TV2000, Rai3 Lazio, Vatican Radio, and presented at the Berlin Philharmonic, Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, Opera House in Copenhagen, Martha Argerich Presents Project in Buenos Aires, Argentina; in Rome, London, New York, Dallas, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, and across the United States, Canada, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, and South Korea. A former pupil of Aldo Ciccolini, Lupis holds a Doctoral degree from the University of Georgia and serves on the piano faculty at Grand Valley State University.

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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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