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La Mer: The Real Story

La Mer: The Real Story

In the summer of 1905, Claude Debussy was ecstatic that he’d finally finished his three-movement symphonic sketches for orchestra but bummed that he couldn’t think of a name for it. Symphony of Thongs? El Salon Texico? Bee Eater Grimes? Nothing seemed to fit. So, one afternoon, he took time off to visit a Parisian pal whose flat overlooked the Seine. As more friends stopped by, the sedate atmosphere turned rowdy. Entertainment proceeded to the rear balcony where, to impress a young lady, a man did the classic banana peel pratfall. But he slipped too far to the left and plunged into the river, yelling “Merde!” as he fell. Debussy only heard the first part of the curse but that was good enough for what became, of course, his tune’s title.

David Gunn

David Gunn

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Composer's Voice

Composer's Voice 5th Annual Guitar Concert
curated by Dan Cooper

Sunday June 23, 2013 - 1:00 PM

In New York City Composers Voice will hold its 5th Annual Guitar Concert on Sunday, June 23rd at 1pm at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church & Neighborhood House curated by guitarist and composer Dan Cooper.

The Composer's Voice Fifth Annual Guitar contert will feature: Dan Cooper, 'Titania's Lullaby' for three guitars, double bass, and piano Andrew McKenna Lee, 'Arabescata' for guitar solo Molly Joyce, 'Dissolve' for guitar, flute, and electronics William Anderson, 'AYU' for guitar and tiple Alba Potes, 'A Due' for guitar and tiple Dan Cooper, 'Design' for guitar and tiple Masatora Goya, 'Saudade' for guitar, flute, and viola Rubens Salles, 'DUO' for guitar and piano Greg Baker, 'Astor' for electric guitar, 7-string bass guitar, and electronics Angela Babin and Cristian Amigo, 'Two Guitars No. 6' for two electric guitars Dave Soldier, 'The Revolutionary Mr. Jenkins' for two electric guitars

With performances by David Acker, Cristian Amigo, William Anderson, Angela Babin, Greg Baker, Shaun Barlow, Thomas Carlo Bo, Carlos Boltes, Melanie Chirignan, Dan Cooper, Nathaly Corales, Colin Davin, Oren Fader, Masatora Goya, Scott Hill, Molly Joyce, Andrew McKenna Lee, Daniel Reyes Llinas, Alba Potes, David Ricco, Rubens Salles, and Dave Soldier, and Justin Valazquez.

As Andres Segovia wrote, “Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of music should resound in your heart.” On June 23rd at 1pm, Vox Novus / Composers Voice presents its 5th Annual Guitar Concert, featuring the music of Cristian Amigo, William Anderson, Angela Babin, Greg Baker, Dan Cooper, Masatora Goya, Molly Joyce, Andrew McKenna Lee, Alba Potes, Rubens Salles, and Dave Soldier. Additional performers include David Acker, Shaun Barlow, Thomas Carlo Bo, Melanie Chirignan, Nathaly Corales, Colin Davin, Oren Fader, Daniel Reyes Llinas, David Ricco, Justin Valazquez, and Alturas Duo (Carlos Boltes & Scott Hill). The guest host and curator for this concert is NYC composer Dan Cooper.

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 has presented over 100 concerts throughout the world.

Don't miss this fun, FREE event, to be held at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church & Neighborhood House, 351 East 74th St (between 1st and 2nd Ave), NYC. Note: donations of food & clothing towards Jan Hus Homeless Outreach & Advocacy Program are encouraged.

Click here to see the concert program

Composer’s Voice concert
Sunday June 23, 2013 1:00PM
Jan Hus Presbyterian Church
351 East 74th Street,
New York, NY 10021-3798


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Fifteen Minutes of Fame

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Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Daniel Mihai, violin & tape

Deadline: July 4, 2013

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Daniel Mihai, violin & tape to be premiered in September 2013 for Composer’s Voice collaboration concert in Constanţa, Romaniai.

Daniel Mihai

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Composer's Voice

Composer's Voice

Calling for Proposals for HARD EIGHT

Hard Eight

Deadline August 8, 2013

Composer's Voice is calling for performance proposals for its concert scheduled December 8th, 2013. The theme for the concert is "Hard Eight" All proposals must be less than 8 minutes in total; applicants are STRONGLY urged to keep their proposals for performances between 4-8 minutes. The concert is a celebration of Composer's Voice founder and Director Robert Voisey for his 44th birthday.

Performance Proposals should include:
- Title
- Relation to theme – (program notes)
- Instrumentation
- Length of performance
- Biographies of performers and composers
- All proposals should be submitted by August 8, 2013 to
- The email subject should read Hard Eight – your name - Title of Proposal

Chosen applicants will receive a performance slot on Composer's Voice concert December 8th, 2013 at Jan Hus Church in New York City, PR and administrative assistance from Composer's Voice, and the heartfelt appreciation of Robert Voisey. :)

Proposals should indicate if they need Vox Novus and Composer's Voice to help recruit musicians. Any and all questions should be address to with "Hard Eight" in the subject heading.

Hard Eight

Dice (commonly known as craps), is a game often played for money where the player (referred to as the shooter) rolls 2 dice hoping to roll a winning combination. The number 8 can be obtained 3 ways. The "easy way" by rolling a 6 and 2 or a 3 and 5, or the "hard way" by rolling a 4 and 4. "Hard" numbers are any 2 pair combinations: 2 and 2, 3 and 3, 4 and 4, 5 and 5, and 6 and 6. Betting on the "hard" number combination results in a larger return when it is thrown.

Rob Voisey will be turning 44 on this Composer's Voice concert in December; and it will be "hard" as the age suggests. *Crap* :)

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