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Composer's Voice

Composer’s Voice

Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The Composer’s Voice Concert Series is a collaboration between Vox Novus and Jan Hus Church. Performances are short chamber concerts held at Jan Hus Church and are an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their aesthetic and personal voice. The October 12th afternoon concert will provide a sample of the wide stylistic variety of today’s composers. It includes musical explorations of the inner lives of bees by Steven Rosenhaus, and subatomic particles by David Wolfson; deconstruction of a folk song by Kitty Brazelton; “scordatura” keyboard by Robinson McClellan; a piece for flute and lawyer by Joshua Rosenblum; the indescribable sonorism of Elizabeth Adams; and the world premiere of Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Joe Drew, double bell trumpet.

“it’s on the edge of what’s happening” –Brant Lyon, Great Weather for Media

This concert will be guest curated by Composer’s Voice regular David Wolfson. Currently enrolled at the PhD program in composition at Rutgers University, Wolfson’s recent premieres include Alleluia, by Ekmeles at Rutgers University, Escape/Delete/ Space/Enter/Home, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Fairview, Ohio, Ruck, by the Dave Noland Sax Wartet at Marble Collegiate Church in NYC, and Rapture, on the Pocket Opera series at Hunter College. His works have been recorded by pianist Jenny Lin, pop singer Tamra Hayden, soprano Karen Jolicoeur, and cellist Suzanne Mueller.

Founded in 2001 by Robert Voisey, the Composer's Voice Concert Series has had more than 100 concerts in New York City. Works are chosen from a wide range of contemporary composers and performed by dedicated musicians devoted to new music. The series has presented the works of hundreds of living composers from around the world. Concerts are held two times a month in the afternoon on the second and last Sundays of most months. The performances are recorded and archived to further promote the new music, performers, and composers. Audio, video, scores, and programs can be found on the Composer’s Voice website.

The Composer's Voice Concert Series, listed as “One of the premier showcases for promising composers” by Time Out New York, will present works from a unique set of composers: Steven Rosenhaus, Robinson McClellan, David Wolfson, Elizabeth Adams, Kitty Brazelton, and Joshua Rosenblum, which reflect the curator’s aesthetic and experiences. These composers’ works have been performed around the world by such ensembles as the Dresden Sinfonietta, Dave Noland Sax Quartet, String Noise, Albany Symphony, and New York Philharmonic.

The concert will feature performances by Joe Drew, Laura Leon, David Wolfson, Sara Paar, Vita Wallace, Aaron Packard, Kristen McKeon, Jen Baker, Kitty Brazelton, Hui Cox, Elizabeth Mann, and Philip Schatz. They have performed around the world with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, Brooklyn Ballet, Liza Minnelli, The Temptations, Asphalt Orchestra, TILT Brass, and more. They are champions of contemporary music and frequent Composer’s Voice concerts often. Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Joe Drew, double bell trumpet will feature fifteen one-minute works by fifteen composers, written specifically for Drew. The purpose of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is to promote a great variety of contemporary music to audiences hungry to hear what living composers are writing today. Drew is a veteran of the new music and experimental concert scenes and a founding director of Analog Arts and director of the Iron Composer competition. He will perform one-minute works by composers.

Fifteen-Minutes of Fame Joe Drew

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame with Joe Drew for double bell trumpet

Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Joe Drew is a veteran of the new music & experimental concert scene, as well as New York’s downtown rock clubs. He has toured with musikFabrik, Cursive, and an eclectic roster of independent acts. He specializes in the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen.

As a founding director of Analog Arts, Joe created a new music festival where he curated a program of Samuel Beckett’s short plays, arranged a Rameau ballet-opera, and conducted Ballet Mécanique. He projected the US & NY premieres of Stockhausen’s last electronic piece Cosmic Pulses. He is also the director of theIron Composer competition, which he created in 2007.

Joe moved to New York City after receiving his masters degree from the Yale School of Music. He frequently performs as a keyboardist in bands or on his recitals. He has given 9, 12 & 24-hour solo performances of John Cage’s ASLSP, and is currently working on a 48-hour version. His latest performance project is called dung.

Composers selected for this Fifteen Minutes of Fame include:
Guilherme Afonso, Rodrigo Baggio, Joseph Bohigian, David Bohn, Shigero Kan-no, Eric Knechtges, Nuno Moura, Louis Sauter, Bernd Schumann, Alan Shockley, Juan Maria Solare, JJ de Azevedo Souza, Devon Toyotomi, Blair Whittington, David Wolfson

Composer's Voice concert
Sunday, October 12th at 1:00 PM
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
New York, New York 10021

60x60 Dance Toronto

60x60 Dance Toronto comes to Harbourfront

Sunday, October 16th, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Pairing 60 Toronto choreographers with each of 60 Canadian composers' 1-minute miniatures, this 1-hour performance spans the gamut of contemporary electroacoustic music and contemporary, traditional, classical and hybrid movement disciplines.

60x60 Dance links 60 composition/ dance works by 60 different composer/ choreographer pairs, each 60 seconds long, and presents them continuously in a one-hour performance.

In this one-of-a-kind performance, each minute of the hour features a different composer and choreographer. The 60x60 Dance collaboration has been performed across 3 continents, and its Toronto debut in 2010 filled The Music Gallery and won Paula Citron’s Genre Fusion Award. This year, 60x60 Dance Toronto will be presented in the NextSteps Dance Series at the Harbourfront Theatre, taking its place as an important cross-Canadian arts collaboration, where the traditional contacts the contemporary to challenge, inspire, and invigorate audiences and artists alike. Featuring all Canadian composers of every genre (from classical to spoken word to noise and everything in between) and choreographers from every imaginable movement discipline (including mime, aerial dance, breakdancing, Kurdish, Flamenco, Ballet, circus, stiltwalking, Highland, Kathak and many more), 60x60 Dance Toronto will once again be directed and produced by the award-winning team of Viv Moore and Tova Kardonne, and will include choreography by Toronto dance innovators of long repute as well as emerging voices. With concentrated, haiku-like musical and dance statements, 60x60 Dance creations span the ridiculous and the sublime in one continuous hour of pure inspiration.

60x60 Dance Toronto

Tickets to the 2014/15 NextSteps season are now on sale. With seasoned artists celebrating anniversary performances and budding stars taking to Harboufront stages for the first time, this NextSteps season is full of performances you won't want to miss. The 2014/15 season continues the 40- year legacy of dance at Harbourfront Centre. As a hub of dance, we are proud to offer dance programming throughout the year, from performances to participatory events. And we are thrilled to play host to incredible dance companies from Canada and beyond every year.

60x60 Dance gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

60x60 Dance Toronto

Composers selected for this 60x60 include:
Aaron Acosta, James Andean, James Bailey, John L Baker, Michael Baker, Bob Paul Bauer, Brian Beaudry, Myriam Bleau, Rolf J. Boon, Sarah Boothroyd, Ede Cameron, David Neil Campbell, Maxime Corbeil-Perron, John G Coutanche, Jeremy Peter Curry, Alberick Demontreuille, Jonathan Desjardins, Nicolas Diab, Suzy Easton, Arne Eigenfeldt, Joanna Estelle, Terry Gambarotto, Shaun Gamboa, Helene Garcia, Soressa Gardner, Victor Garibaldi, Mario Gauthier, Sophie Mercedes Genest, Thomas Francois Giros, Christopher Gorman, Lorne F Hammond, Mark Mark J. Hannesson, Todd Harrop, Dry Heeves, David Kettle, Ben Jisoo Kim, Ferdows Laraya, Sebastien Lavoie, Emilie Cecilia LeBel, Hope KW Lee, Marco Liy, Scott Mallory, Jr., Andrew James Noseworthy, James O'Callaghan, Keith Odell, John Oliver, Alex Olsen, Dubravko Pajalic, Robin Parmar, Emilie Payeur, Dimitar G Pentchev, Robert James Pierson, Sylvain Poitras, Ambrose Pottie, Quaternin, Justin Rito, Jana Skarecky, John Sobocan, Gamble Tron, and Jamie Woollard

60x60 Dance Toronto
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 8pm
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
231 Queens Quay West
Price: $22.25
Phone: 416-973-4000
Email: for more information.


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2014 AGBU Sayat Nova International
Composition Competition

The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is deploying efforts to attract the interest of young composers to classical music and the traditional Armenian repertoire. If the encounter between classical musicians, of written tradition, and traditional musicians, of oral tradition, is sometimes difficult, it is all the more richer. Together they create the musical heritage of tomorrow.

Hence, the idea of the Sayat Nova composition competition is born, combining modernism, tradition and Armenian inspiration. It aims to discover talented young composers, help them financially, record their works, and diffuse them.

When it was first introduced in 2006, the Sayat Nova Composition Competition proved to be a laboratory of creativity. Amidst festivities for AGBU’s centennial, a panel of expert judges reviewed an impressive range of submissions. On December 9, 2006, it ultimately granted Artur Akshelyan with the first prize. That night, Akshelyan’s piece was brought to life by the Armenian Diaspora Chamber Orchestra through a memorable performance in the Salon Opéra at the Intercontinental Hotel in Paris.

The 2012 AGBU Sayat Nova International Composition Competition was a great success as evidenced by the 22 candidates participating from around the world. Two young composers were distinguished: Tomas Berreiro, Mexican, was granted the 2nd Prize for his work The Death of the Nightingale and Ernest Dulgaryan, Armenian, the 3rd prize for Whispers. In addition to the Sayat Nova competition prize, Tomas Barreiro was awarded the Special Prize "Carnegie Hall” by the jury. As such, his composition was interpreted during the AGBU - NYSEC Annual Concert in December 2013 in the prestigious New York concert hall.

Contest participation conditions:

The 2014 Sayat Nova competition candidates will have to compose for a chamber ensemble consisting of 3 (three) instrumentalists (piano, cello and duduk) and a woman's voice, mezzo- soprano register (spoken or sung).

The duration of the piece must be within 7-10 minutes.

The piece must include one quotation, in any form, from a text of Daniel Varoujan in Armenian or translated into a Western language (i.e. English, German, French, Italian, Spanish or Russian).

The deadline for submission of works is no later than 28 November 2014.

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