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VOX NOVUS NEWSLETTER - New Music for the 21st Century
> REVIEW: Composer's Voice - Virtual Vacation
> POSTCARD: At Carnegie
Vox Novus Calendar
> PERFORMANCE: 60x60 International Mix
> PERFORMANCE: Electronic Music Midwest Festival
> PERFORMANCE: Composer's Voice
An International Performing Cast Comes Together
in Memorial Concert for Composer Liana Alexandra
> RESULTS: 60x60 Tenth Annual International Mix
> Fifteen Minutes of Fame - call for works for flute, viola, and piano trio
> Fifteen Minutes of Fame - call for works for tenor and piano
> Composer's Site - new opportunities
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Stephen Porter

Composer’s Voice: Virtual Vacation

- by Erin Bomboy

Composer’s Voice transitions from the haze of summer into the crisp, colorful ambiance of autumn with its October 13th program. Highlighting inspirations from Debussy to South America, this show comforts spirits disappointed by the loss of light and warmth. It takes us on a sonic vacation with works featuring an abundance of these diminishing elements.

Inspired by the plush harmonies and sensuous tonalities of the eminent Impressionist composer, the program opens with a themed 15-Minutes-of Fame: Reimagining Debussy. Pianist Stephen Porter offers nuanced phrasing and visceral sensitivity to enhance the sumptuous consistencies of these compositions.

Erik Branch’s “Fuyuyamaji (Mountain Path in Winter)” is snow-soaked sporting finely etched corners, a sonic portrait of Sesshu’s “Winter Landscape.” In “Le Tombeau de Piano,” Giuseppe Lupis fashions a burgundy-hued piece laced with fragile scrolls of frost; it swirls gently before escalating into a purring confection topped with sophistication. Steven H. Markowitz’s “Wasabi,” as the title suggests, operates as a skippy, syncopated pungency that tickles in its burning playfulness. “Golliwogg’s Leaf Rag,” composed by Remigio Coco, acts as a toe-tapping, tartly smart amalgam of Joplin’s rags and Debussy’s cakewalk. Cindi Hsu, with “Prelude in A-flat Major,"winds tender tissues — whisper-thin their fragility — into a flaky skein that oozes into ephemera. Ann-Marie Turcotte, Anna Aidinian, Aurelio Scotto, Dustin Peters, Juan Maria Solare, Peter Reilich, Serban Nichifor, James SoeNyun, Jose Jesus de Acevedo Souza, and Darren Wirth contribute enticing selections to Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Reimaging Debussy.

Susan Davita Mandel Kenji Haba

Marisol Gentile’s two-part composition, “DOS CUADROS CAMPESTRES,” is renderedwith verve by Duo Anova (cellist Susan Davita Mandel and guitarist Kenji Haba). Studded with moments of repose, the two pluck, strum, prick, and tap their instruments to fashion a porous composition;the guitar’s brief, wiry episodes salt the virile weep of the cello. “DOS CUADROS CAMPESTRES” operates like childhood memory, patched and poignant against time’s endless sweep.

Stephen Porter returns to play CaioSenna’scunning and challenging “Three Etudes.”Dense, assertive, with temperatures ranging from volatile posturing to swaggering finesse, Porter’s shimmering dexterity jockeys the uninterrupted tumble.

Agueda Fernández-Abad

Six works performed by soprano Agueda Fernández-Abad and pianist YumiSuehiro highlight compositions set to Spanish poetry. Fernández-Abad’s handsomely bronzed voicesurges under Suehiro’s exact, clever playing. Robert Voisey’s “Soy” offers a pliantly velvet piece braided with tricky, needle-sharp coils while Claudia Montero’s “Esta Grave Daño” is dark and intense, immersed in tender capitulation. “El Sueño,” by Juan Maria Solare, populates a surreal landscape, colored by metaphor and the sticky sweet seduction of dreams.

Robert Voisey’s “Queja” and Claudia Montero’s “Dolor” and “Ven” also appear on the program. These three, penned by Argentinian poet Alfonsina Storni, complete the set of six, which were all written specifically for Agueda.

Erin Bomboy

Erin Bomboy

At Carnegie

At Carnegie

“A-one, a-two, a-one two three fo!” chanted Neil as he launched into a stripped-down version of Franz Schubert’s Symphony #9, “the Great.” It was his one chance to impress the Carnegie Hall critics and he meant to make the most of it. True, he was technically on the street outside of the famous concert hall, but he wasn’t about to let a little technicality ruin his chance for stardom. It was also true that, at the moment, the only person watching him was Dan, the itinerant kung fu apprentice whose family had been whacked by ninjas. Still, Neil was grateful for any audi-ence, and he tried hard to nail the high B flat that capped the first ritornello. He missed, as usual, but, undeterred, he played on. The second movement featured an extended panpipe cadenza, and he attacked it with gusto. Unfor-tunately, for the, like, umpteenth time, he’d forgotten to rinse off the mouthpiece after he last played it, and it reeked of last weekend’s tandouri chicken take-out. Or was it from the week before? He wanted to stop long enough to wipe off the vestiges of gizzard, but Dan was watching him closely, and Neil knew that the show, at all costs, must go on. Somehow, he found the resolve to disregard the vile taste and soldier on. But then an earwig crawled out of the instrument’s middle pipe. Neil recoiled in disgust. The recoiling action triggered a sudden intake of breath. And accompanying the breath into his lungs was, regrettably, the earwig. The horrid little insect instinctively began to swim the wrong way through Neil’s respiratory system towards his ear, where, according to a graphic Discovery Channel program, it would burrow into and commence eating his brain. Neil coughed, hard, and was rewarded with a tiny sliver of insectival wing on his tongue. A subsequent cough was so forceful that he had to set down his guitar to keep his balance. This action signified to Dan that the concert was over. And Dan was not pleased. The music helped him forget about the ninjas. The earwig, meanwhile, having lost both wings, half a mandible and an antenna, still struggled onward, until at last it reached its goal. Moments later, his forehead suddenly itching like crazy, Neil thought how much ol’ Franz Schubert had resembled a bug. And that, alas, was his last thought. David Gunn

David Gunn

Upcoming Performances


Electronic Music Midwest Festival - Kanasas City


Thursday, October, 24 2013 (KANSAS CITY, KANSAS) Electronic Music Midwest (EMM) Festival

It will open with world premiere of the 60x60 International Mix, a project containing 60 one-minute electronic miniatures each by a different composer. The minute works are played back to back for one hour synchronized to an analog clock.

Electronic Music Midwest Festival Thursday October 24, 2012 – Saturday October 26, 2012 Kansas City Kansas Community College 7250 State Ave, Kansas City, Kansas 66112

A concert schedule of the festival can be found here:

Electronic Music Midwest Kari Johnson

Electronic Music Midwest Festival - Kanasas City

EMM features pianist Kari Johnson for its 2013 Festival

Thursday, October, 24 2012 – Saturday October 26, 2012 (KANSAS CITY, KANSAS) Electronic Music Midwest (EMM) features the highly acclaimed pianist Kari Johnson as their guest performer for this year’s festival.

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. "…Johnson played beautifully, displaying a firm musicality and a flair for drama."- Kansas City Star "…her sensitivities rather extraordinary, baroque while futuristic." - EMM brings a wide variety of electroacoustic music to the Midwest. The festival consists of nine short concerts about 1 hour in length from Thursday to Saturday containing a host of International composers and musicians presenting and performing new works.

It will open with world premiere of the 60x60 International Mix, a project containing 60 one-minute electronic miniatures each by a different composer. The minute works are played back to back for one hour synchronized to an analog clock.

Electronic Music Midwest (EMM) is dedicated to programming of a wide variety of electroacoustic music and providing the highest quality performance of electronic media. Since its beginning, EMM has programmed over 500 new electroacoustic compositions. The Festival brings together vibrant and interesting artists of all forms, giving them a vehicle for their expressions, and a place for them to share ideas with others. Composers travel from around the world to share their music with audiences in the Midwest. EMM creates a pleasant experience for audiences to listen to new works and speak with their creators in person. It is a unique opportunity to meet an international community of composers and musicians creating the music of tomorrow, today.

Electronic Music Midwest Festival Thursday October 24, 2012 – Saturday October 26, 2012 Kansas City Kansas Community College 7250 State Ave, Kansas City, Kansas 66112

A concert schedule of the festival can be found here:

Liana Alexandra

Composer's Voice

An International Performing Cast Comes Together in Memorial Concert for Composer Liana Alexandra

In an exciting collaboration performance between an international cast of performers, the Romanian Cultural Institution in New York City, Serban Nichifor, and Vox Novus, Composer’s Voice presents works written or inspired by the late Romanian composer, professor, and musicologist, Liana Alexandra, with performances by Pauline Kim Harris, Riko Higuma, Wonki Lee, and Jennifer Shaw.

Liana Alexandra was an internationally award winning composer, professor, and musicologist from Bucharest, Romania. She also performed as a member of Duo Intermedia and was co-director of the Nuova Musica Consonante-Living Music Foundation Festival with Serban Nichifor.

The concert will feature three of Alexandra’s own works as well as works dedicated to her memory, including works by Vox Novus directors Robert Voisey and Douglas DaSilva. It also features the world premiere of fifteen one-minute works, written specifically for this performance by composers Wade Meyers, Georgiana Trandafir, Ching-Chu Hu, Kala Pierson, David Heuser, Mike Perdue, Serban Nichifor, Gordon Francis Blaney Jr., Daniel Mihai, Scott Brickman, Jose Mora-Jimenez, Joshua Ransom, Andy Cohen, Guido Bisocoli, and Corina Alexandra Tirziman.

Pauline Kim Harris

Hailed by the New York Times for her "lightning-fast reflexes" and "breathtaking" performances, Pauline Kim Harris has been notably described as "a sorceress of the violin." A Grammynominated artist (Universal/Decca), she engages her audiences world-wide in ground-breaking classical and genre-bending crossover, to the envelope-pushing experimental/ avant-garde.

Riko Higuma

Riko Higuma (piano) has performed and collaborated with legendary artists such as Albert Markov, Neil Rosenshein, Aaron Rosand, Cho-Liang Li, Alan Gilbert, Steven Tanenbom, Dora Schwarzberg, and Timothy Eddy. She has performed around the globe in such contries as the United States, Russia, and France. She has studied both in the United States and France.

Wonki Lee

Wonki Lee (saxophones), distinguishing himself as a “remarkable saxophonist with his instrumental prowess and keen artistic grasp,” was the first Korean selected as a semi-finalist in the Adolphe Sax International Competition. He is an active concert saxophonist, performing a wide range of music, including solo premieres and chamber music. He won first prize for MTNA Young Artist NY State Competition. Jennifer Shaw

Jennifer Shaw (cello) began playing at the age of nine. She has performed with ensembles such as the Brubeck Quartet and the Eagles, in locations such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and the Beacon Theater.

Composer's Voice

Composer’s Voice Concert
Sunday October 27, 2013
1:00 PM
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street
New York, New York


Calendar of Vox Novus Events

Announcing results for 60x60 10th Annual International Mix

60x60 is culminating its 10th project celebrating a decade worth of one-minute works submitted to the project. 60x60 has created over 10 different one-hour mixes to commemorate the decade milestone including its 10th annual International Mix. These 60 composers selected from a pool of 850 works submitted to the project from its latest call for works. The project Director, Robert Voisey is the curator for the tenth 60x60 International Mix.

Composers selected for the 60x60 10th annual international mix include:
Anita Andreis, Ieva Berberian, Steve Betts, Valentino Bosi, Ben Bridges, Warren A Burt, Elliott Butt, Luis Martin Capella, Joel Chadabe, Juan Chattah, Meat Cove Choir, "Dofi", Angel Faraldo, Thomas Gerwin, Murray Gordon Gross, Will Hickl, Lisa Hogan, Yoko Honda, Adam Scott Johnson, Brad Kemp, Mari Kimura, Michael Kinney, Gerard Lebik, HyeKyung Lee, Cyprian Li, John Link, Stan Link, Derck Littel, Mika Martini, Mike McFerron, Angela McGary, Shaahin Mohajeri, Peter Mottram, KO. DO. NA, Julia Norton, Emma O'Halloran, Cezary Maciej Ostrowski, Maggi Payne, Rotem Perach, Michael Peters, Kala Pierson, Diego Felipe Pinzon Garcia, Juan Ramirez, Robert Ratcliffe, Gilberto Assis Rosa, Ronan Rubline, Paul Russell, Paul Scea, Alan Shockley, Nigel Lorimer Simpson, Cris Sirc, SKULFUK, Laurie Spiegel, Captain Thomas Taglienti, Shinichiro Toyoda, Dixie Treichel, Jeremy Van Buskirk, Jane Wang, Greg Winston, and Kristina Wolfe

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Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Fifteen Minutes of Fame


Surrealist Art Music

Deadline: October 21, 2013

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for flute, viola, and piano trio for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Surrealist Art Music. This Fifteen Minutes of Fame will feature performance from Sophia Yan, William Lane, and a flutist to be determined. The works will be premiered in November 2013 as part of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble’s Salon Series at Southsite, Hong Kong. The theme of this call is Surrealist Art Music. Works should be inspired by surreal art in some fashion. This can be freely interpreted.

Sophia Yan

Sophia has dedicated herself to new music, premiering and performing pieces by living composers including Emily Koh, Ryan Pratt, Emily Doolittle and Faye-Ellen Silverman, and appearing frequently on the “Composer’s Voice” series in New York, sponsored by contemporary music group Vox Novus. She has further collaborated with Vox Novus to commission and premiere works, including a project for 15 one-minute pieces by composers age 15 and under. In 2006, Sophia performed Erik Satie’s Vexations in a 16-hour concert with a team of about 20 pianists.

She has been praised by the New York Times as a performer whose “music literally pulls her off the piano bench; she ranges up and down the keyboard so quickly and with such ferocity that mere sitting will not do." Recognized with an “Exceptional Artist” award by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in the U.S.

Australian violist William Lane is Artistic Director of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Recipient of a number of large scholarships and prize-winner at various international competitions, he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician all over Australasia, Asia, Europe and North America. As a new music advocate, William is Artistic Director of the Grenzenlos Foundation. He has also appeared as a guest lecturer and performer at University College Cork (Ireland), University of Newcastle (UK), Australian Institute of Music (Sydney), Princeton University (USA) and Kings College (London).

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Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: David Souza, tenor & Anoush Moazzeni, piano

Deadline: October 23, 2013

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Anoush Moazzeni, piano & David Souza, tenor to be premiered on February 23, 2014 for the Composer’s Voice concert series at the Jan Hus Church in New York City.

Sophia Yan

Tenor David Souza began his music studies at the Beethoven Music Conservatory in São Paulo (Brazil) and at the Municipal School of Music of São Paulo. He holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Music Faculty at the Laval University in Quebec City, Canada in the class of the canadian basse-baritone Michel Ducharme and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the State of São Paulo University (UNESP) in Brazil.

Sophia Yan

Persian born Anoush Moazzeni enjoys a performing career that has frequently taken her around the world. Highlights of recent seasons have included visits to Canada - where she collaborates with the Orchestre OSP de Québec under Jean Picard- Europe, and the Middle East. she has performed at several venues including Roudaki and Avini Hall at home in Tehran; in France at Salle Varèse, Rotonde de l'insa, Musée d'art contemporain de vielleurbanne;and salle Henri Gagnon in Canada.

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