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VOX NOVUS NEWSLETTER - New Music for the 21st Century
> POSTCARD: Jascha’s Revenge
> Fifteen Minutes of Fame at the Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale, California
> RESULTS: Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Viola Yip
> Fifteen Minutes of Fame - Pamela Sklar, bass flute & Suzanne Mueller, cello
> Composer's Site - new opportunities
> Composer's Site - expiring opportunities

Jascha’s Revenge

Jascha’s Revenge

At the beginning of his career, Jascha Heifetz had to play his violin in the shadow of his cellist sister, Hedda, who his parents considered to be the superior musician. For years, it was Hedda this and bloody Hedda that, until a secretly fuming Jascha hatched a plan of revenge. It began with extensive training of his canine companion, Bowser, and ended one Sunday afternoon in May when Hedda was performing Dinklaker’s Etude Bruté for Solo Cello at Carnegie Hall. She was so engrossed in the piece’s thorny intricacies that she didn’t hear the horrified screams from the audience as Bowser made off with her left leg. No longer able to bow properly, a crestfallen Hedda soon thereafter retired from the performance stage, finally allowing her younger brother to grab the limelight he so desperately sought.

David Gunn

David Gunn

Upcoming Performances

Fifteen Minutes of Fame Maksim Velichkin

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: with Maksim Velichkin
Homage to Bach
at the Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale, California

Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale California will be hosting Fifteen Minutes of Fame with cellist Maksim Valichkin on Sunday May 4 at 2pm. This set of 15 one-minute works by 15 different composers will be part of their full length solo recital on the Brand Library Music Series. The concerts will be held in the Brand Library Recital Hall and admission is free. Receptions for the artists will be held in the courtyard after each concert.

The Brand Library, located in the City of Glendale’s verdant Brand park, is the art and music section of the Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department. In 1956 it opened to the public in El Miradero, the beautiful home of Leslie C. Brand, a prominent early 20th century citizen and businessman. In 1969 an art gallery and recital hall were added to serve music and art lovers from across Southern California.

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Fifteen Minutes of Fame is 15 one-minute acoustic works by different composers. Fifteen Minutes of Fame gives a variety of new music by living composers to audiences hungry to hear what is being created in today's music scene.

"…the pieces are performed in quick succession and each has a character of its own, the audience is treated to a kaleidoscope of styles; in turn textural and tonal, avant-garde and neo-romantic... the entire smorgasbord of contemporary idioms was playing a game of musical chairs, so to speak, and the effect was thrilling. " - Damjan Rakonjac, Artificialist

Maksim Velichkin will be performing the one-minute works from composers:

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Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Homage to Bach with Maksim Velichkin
Sunday May 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Brand Library & Art Center
1601 W. Mountain Street
Glendale, California 91201
(818) 548-2051


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Announcing results for Fifteen Minutes of Fame with Viola Yip

Vox Novus called for one-minute pieces for solo speaking voice dedicated to Viola Yip for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame to be performed May 11, 2014 for the Composer's Voice concert series at the Jan Hus Church in New York City.

The one-minute pieces are to be written specifically for this project, which will be performed by Viola Yip.

The works embody creative and adventurous aesthetics for solo speaking voice for the concert. As the speaking voice is the natural instrument of human beings, composers are encouraged to explore what that instrument allows us to express. The theme for these works is"Dedication."

Viola Yip, a native of Hong Kong, is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer, who tries to find the boundaries and push the boundaries in her imaginary sound world. As a composer, her compositions are not limited to acoustic music, electronic music, graphic scores and structured improvisation. Recent works appeared in ArtX at Bowling Green State University, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Ravinia Festival, Fresh Inc Festival, soundSCAPE Festival, TEDXSMU, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, NASA saxophone conference, ThingNY spam v3.0 concert, Quiet City concert, Vox Novus Concert, Musicarama 2012 (Hong Kong) and PAUSA Art House in Buffalo. As a new music advocate, she also performs contemporary works regularly as a pianist and an improviser. Her recent interest falls on using human natural voice as an instrument and explore its expressivity and musicality.

Selected composers for Fifteen Minutes of Fame include:
Alfie Cooke's A Lecture on the Meaning of Dedication,
Christopher Culp's Swan Song : To Life,
Jeffrey Edenberg's [ʃ m a],
Fermino Gomes's The Children of God Shall Be Numbered,
Krystal Grant's idk,
Joshua Hahn's Fry,
Norbert Hoffmann's Limonion,
Emma-Ruth Richards's Hora Spoitorilor,
Liburn Jupolli's Sleep Circle,
Shigeru Kan-no's Etude for Viola,
Wesley Levers's To All The,
David Jason Snow's Petite Liturgie Situationniste,
Juan Maria Solare's Dedication,
JJ de Azevedo Souza's Time Keeper,
Samuel Stokes's The Gospel According to Mammon: A Dedication to the Lord of Material Possessions

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Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Pamela Sklar, bass flute & Suzanne Mueller, cello

Deadline: May 9, 2014

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute duets composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Pamela Sklar, bass flute, & Suzanne Mueller, cello to be premiered on November 9, 2014 for the Composer’s Voice concert Series at the Jan Hus Church in New York City. Pieces should be for bass flute & cello duet only. No solos. The call 'theme' is meditative, peaceful, soulful and magical music inspired by Native American cultures. Some ideas: vision quest, peace meeting, animal souls, the glory and majesty of open outdoor natural spaces- mountains, forests, plains, etc.

A published composer of chamber music, Pamela Sklar plays many styles of music and enjoys collaborating as a flutist and composer. Her duo for violin/bongos and cello was co-featured at Composers Concordance's Festival II, and her Spell 166 for five flutes & organ is included in Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts's special collection. Her performance credits include numerous tours as soloist with Claude Bolling, concerts with Dave Brubeck, TV performances with tenor Andrea Bocelli, orchestras for the GRAMMY Awards, recordings for jingles, major films and many artists including Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Paul Simon, and Aretha Franklin.

Cellist Suzanne Mueller has been Summer Concert Artist-in-Residence at Old Westbury Gardens in New York since 2003, presenting an eclectic series of concerts with various partners. She 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 pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas. She also performs with \flutist Pamela Sklar as Cambiata Flute & Cello Duo. She enjoys collaboration with composers, which has led to her being a frequent performer on the Composer’s Voice concert series, presenting new music by living composers.

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