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Mesocyclone in C Minor

The Bartered Bride

The wind machine, or aeoliphone, has been used by composers ever since Pharaoh Sneferu invented wind in 2590 BC (or so they say). Rossini, Wagner, Vaughan Williams, Dinklaker, Ravel—all have used the instrument in their compositions to evoke the sound of wind. But it took avant-garde tunesmith Pagnol Pringler to demonstrate the device’s star power as a solo instrument (“Etude Bruté for Aeoliphone in A”). On the other hand, the premiere of his “Mesocyclone in C Minor” (2012) proved disastrous when the combined force of the eight modified devices blew out the west wall of the concert hall and scattered all of the spectators in rows A through G into the surrounding streets, some of whom (i.e., the spectators, not the streets) forever lost their appetite for contemporary music.

David Gunn

David Gunn

Upcoming Performances

Circuit Bridges Electronic Music Midwest

NYC to EMM: Building Global Bridges

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Vox Novus will be embarking on their second concert of the exciting new Circuit Bridges Series! From the Midwest to New York and from Europe to Australia, this concert brings a wide array of composers from across the globe. Some say a composer’s music travels more than they do, and for this series, it may be true! This unique electroacoustic series, based at the Gallery MC in New York City, seeks to meld the contemporary works of local composers and musicians with the electroacoustic works from visiting electroacoustic composers and sound artists, blending the work of two uniquely different groups of composers on each concert.

Circuit Bridges is an electroacoustic series providing audiences with half a concert of performance of local composers and musicians and the other half with electroacoustic works from visiting electroacoustic composers and sound artists.

Titled “NYC to EMM,” features a bridge between both composers selected from the New York area as well as composers from Electronic Music Midwest (EMM), recently released on a CD with Irritable Hedgehog Records.

New York based composers include Melissa Grey, Angela Grauerholz, Daniel Blinkhorn, James Mercer (aka Mysterious House), Julius Bucsis, and Nicholas Nelson with performances by Margaret Lancaster and Lynn Bechtold

Margaret Lancaster

“New-music luminary” (The New York Times) and “leading exponent of the avant-garde flute” (Village Voice), Margaret Lancaster has built a large repertoire of new works composed for her that employ extended techniques, multi-media, and electronics fusing music, theater and movement. Performance highlights include Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Ibsen Festival, Santa Fe New Music, Edinburgh Festival, Tap City, New Music Miami, and Festival D’Automne.

Lynn Bechtold

Violinist Lynn Bechtold has appeared in recital throughout NA and Europe, and has premiered solo/chamber works by composers such as Gloria Coates, George Crumb, John Harbison, Alvin Lucier, and Morton Subotnick. She is a member of groups including Zentripetal Duo, Bleecker StQ, Miolina, SEM, and the NY Symphonic Ensemble, and her performances have been broadcast on various TV and radio, including WNYC, 30 Rock, The CBS Morning Show, and Good Day NY. An active performer of all genres of music, she has appeared at diverse venues, from Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to LPR and Joe’s Pub.

EMM composers include Mike McFerron, Jackie K. White, Jason Bolte, Michael Pounds, George Brunner, David McIntire, Elainie Lillios, Jay C Batzner, and M. Anthony Reimer with a performance by Christina Hourihan

Christina Hourihan

Soprano Christina Hourihan, will perform Mike McFerron’s “X Marks the Sirens” A budding ingénue, she has already performed the roles of Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), The Bat (L'enfant et les Sortileges), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte).

Mike McFerron

One of the award-winning composers featured on both EMM’s CD, as well as this concert, is founder and co-director of EMM, Mike McFerron. Mike is also professor of music and composer-in-residence at Lewis University. With compositions ranging from orchestra to electroacoustic music, his work has been performed throughout North America and Europe.

Electronic Music Midwest is dedicated to programming of a wide variety of electroacoustic music and provides the highest quality performance of electronic media. The festival consists of nine concerts about 1 hour in length over the course of 3 days. EMM creates an atmosphere conducive to meeting vibrant and interesting artists of all forms, gives them a vehicle for their expressions, and a place for them to share ideas with others.

Circuit Bridges will present this exciting collaboration concert on April 24th, 2014 at 8:00 pm at the Gallery MC in New York, NY.

The Electronic Music Midwest festival will be presenting Circuit Bridges this year on their Thursday concert on October 16th, 2014.

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Circuit Bridges: NYC to EMM
April 24th, 2014 – 8:00 pm
Gallery MC
549 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Tickets $10


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Announcing Fifteen Minutes of Fame with Kenyon Wilson

This set of one-minute pieces composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame with tuba player Kenyon Wilson is to be premiered during the 2014 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference on May 23. 2014 in Bloomington, Indiana, Ford Hall, Indiana University

Kenyon Wilson holds positions as principal tubist with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra in Alabama and the Augusta Symphony Orchestra in Georgia. He has performed solo recitals in Canada, Japan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia in addition to presenting recitals in thirty-six states in the USA. He has soloed with the Augusta Symphony, Waco Symphony, Queen City Brass Band, Clinch River Brass Band, Blasmusik Texas Brass Band, and the Asahikawa Symphonic Band in Japan.

Selected composers for Fifteen Minutes of Fame include:
Night Dance by Joe L. Alexander
Petite Valse Romantique by David Avshalomov,
The Urban Sculpture by Rodrigo Baggio,
Mangle by David Bohn,
Tubalosity by Kay Charlton,
Affinity by Nicole DeMaio,
Rumble in the Jungle by Gary A. Edwards,
Frogs by Matthew Hetz,
Minute 'til Midnight by Katie Lyphout,
Don't Be Seen by Joshua Mattison,
Signals I by Serban Nichifor,
Frog by Elizaveta Sanicheva,
Lullaby for the Offspring by ohnathan Segovia,
Quick Down Low by Ray Strobel, and
Up an Down by Angelo Ursini

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Electronic Music Midwest

Electronic Music Midwest
2014 Call for Submissions

Lewis University and Kansas City Kansas Community College are pleased to announce an international call for submissions for the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, featuring guest performer Craig Hultgren, to be held October 16-18, 2014 at Lewis University.

Each concert will feature an 8.1 speaker diffusion system. Acclaimed cellist Craig Hultgren will be the featured performer and composers are encouraged to submit works for his 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 cello 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

Deadline: June 1, 2014

Entry Fee: none

Submission Guidelines:
1) For consideration, applicants must register and complete an online submission form available at Complete submission information and guidelines are available on the EMM website.
2) For adjudication purposes, multi-channel works (up to 8 channels) must be submitted as a stereo mix and uploaded at The EMM 8-channel speaker array uses a front and rear center.
3) "Works in progress" will be considered if a substantial portion of the work is submitted.

Composers whose works are selected for this festival are required to submit a $60 registration fee at the festival and must agree to attend the festival. Regrettably, EMM is not able to offer travel stipends or honorariums to festival participants at this time.

EMM is not able to consider works that do not conform to the guidelines outlined above.

Information on the Electronic Music Midwest
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Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Homage to Bach with Maksim Velichkin

Deadline: April 19, 2014

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Homage to Bach is to be premiered by Maksim Velichkin on the Music@Mimoda series in Los Angeles. The one-minute works for this call are to be written for solo cello. The theme of this Fifteen Minutes of Fame is an Homage to Bach; works submitted should be based on, developed from, and otherwise related to the pitches BACH. This shall serve as a uniting factor for all the compositions. The pieces should employ traditional means of extracting sound from the cello.

Maksim Velichkin has been active as a solo performer, chamber and orchestra musician, both locally and throughout the world. Mr.Velichkin has appeared as a soloist with Uzbekistan National Symphony, Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble, American Youth Symphony, as well as Torrance, Westchester, Southeast and Bellflower orchestras. He has toured extensively to Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia with the prestigious Verbier Chamber and Verbier Festival Symphony Orchestras.

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