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Circuit Bridges

Circuit Bridges concert 009: The Brooklyn Bridge

Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:30PM

October 23, 2014 (NEW YORK, NEW YORK) Circuit Bridges is collaborating with Brooklyn College on a concert that spans the East River and presents a diverse array of electroacoustic music by composers in and around New York City.

Brooklyn College is one of New York City's leading institutions in the training of musicians, with a distinguished faculty of prominent performers, composers, musicologists, theorists and music-education specialists. Students and faculty participate in more than 150 public concerts on campus every year, with a broad range of offerings, from jazz, chamber, choral and contemporary music to operas and symphonies. The ranks of Brooklyn College’s many illustrious alumni include major contributors to music — from Broadway pit musicians and music teachers in local schools, to studio-recording musicians, music librarians, performers and composers for the New York City Opera and the New York Philharmonic, musicologists, musicians for Jazz at Lincoln Center, and McArthur Scholars.

George Brunner

George Brunner is a composer and performer, researcher/writer, recording engineer/producer and teacher. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Brunner has been composer-in-residence in 1996, 1998, and 2001 at both EMS (Electroacoustic Music Studios) and Kungliga Musikhögskolan (Royal College of Music) in Stockholm. A recent recipient of research grants from the American Scandinavian Foundation and the Svenska Institutet of Sweden, he is at present writing a book on text sound composition and is considered an authority on the subject.

Douglas Cohen

Douglas Cohen is undergraduate deputy director, Conservatory of Music; associate director, Center for Computer Music; coordinator, Core Curriculum 1130; and director, Brooklyn College Composers' Forum. He is an intermedia composer and often collaborator with film, performance and folk artists. Cohen was an early advocate for digital media on the Internet. He organized the NewMusNet Conference of Arts Wire with Pauline Oliveros and later served as Arts Wire Systems coordinator. Cohen is a specialist in American experimental music with particular attention to the work of John Cage, Morton Feldman and Pauline Oliveros. He co-created and produced the evening-length intermedia work "imusicircus" at Experimental Intermedia in New York and LACE Gallery in Los Angeles (later with the California EAR Unit at the L.A. County Museum of Art) as "City Circus" events for the John Cage exhibition "Rolywholyover a Circus."

Doug Geers

Doug Geers began composing music with computers shortly after his Dad brought home an Atari 800 in 1983. Since then, he has used technology in nearly all of his works, whether in the compositional process, as part of their sonic realization, or both. He has created concert music, installations, and large multimedia theater works. Reviewers have described his music as "...glitchy... keening... scrabbling... contemplative" (New York Times), "kaleidoscopic" (Washington Post), and "...Powerful..." (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). Geers is an Associate Professor of Music at Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

Maja Cerar

Maja Cerar, violin. Solo performances at the Davos “Young Artists in Concert” Festival, Gidon Kremer’s Lockenhaus Festival, ISCM World Music Days (soloist in European premiere of John Zorn’s concerto Contes de Fées), and "American Mavericks" recital in Miller Theatre. Repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the present and includes performances with dance (Merce Cunningham Studio, Joyce SoHo), theater (Theater an der Sihl), and laptop orchestra (Princeton). Multimedia works in collaboration with Liubo Borissov featured at the 250th anniversary of Columbia University, the ICMC in Barcelona and the opening of SIGGRAPH 2007. M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. in Historical Musicology at Columbia University.

Nicholas R. Nelson, has been composing vocal, choral, orchestral and experimental music since his early years, receiving his international premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 1998. After moving to Brooklyn to study at Brooklyn College and with Morton Subotnick and George Brunner, Nick then joined the City University of New York Graduate Center as a doctoral student, studying with Douglas Geers and Jason Eckardt, and remains engaged as a lecturer in Music Technology at Brooklyn College.

American composer Barry Sharp received his B.M. in Composition from Murray State University, and is currently pursuing his M.A. at the University of Iowa. His compositions exploit the gravity of a single note or notes to bring about a variety of textures and atmospheres from which narrativity and thematic materials arise.

Dan Henry Bøhler is a Norwegian composer, producer, performer and multimedia designer. In addition to designing and composing for video games, Dan recently produced, narrated and composed the music for an audiobook called "The Easter-eggs" by Gabriel Scott. He created, directed and produced "The Witness", an educational music video about the Holocaust featuring a survivor of the concentration camps - used as important educational material in Norway.

Myriam Bleau

This concert includes an exciting performance by Myriam Bleau, presenting her Soft Revolvers, a music performance for 4 spinning tops built with clear acrylic. The motion data collected by sensors – placed inside the tops – informs musical algorithms. Joel Gressel, presenting the sounds of classic audio synthesis in More Serious, with a dance performance by Linda Pehrson. Elevator Machine Room will perform Monkey Lab, an electroacoustic, spoken-word opera about the folly of youth. New music by Barry Sharp and Ana Paola Santillan Alcocer will also be heard.

Ana Paola has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the Fulbright Scholarship; the UNESCO-­‐Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme; resident composer at the VCCA. Her piece NEMESIS, was selected to represent Mexico at the UNESCO 57th International Rostrum of Composers. She holds the LTCL Licentiate in composition, with distinction, from TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON and her Master of Music degree from Rice University. She is pursuing a doctorate degree at McGill University. She has been performed by such ensembles as th Duo Harpverk, The Het Trio, the Enso String Quartet, Speculuum Musicae, the New York New Music Ensemble and Mexico’s National Symphony Orchestra.

Joel Gressel received a B.A. from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in music composition from Princeton University. He studied composition with Martin Boykan and Milton Babbitt, and computer music with Godfrey Winham and J.K. Randall. His computer music has been recorded on the Odyssey and CRI labels. He currently lives in New York, working as a computer programmer, maintaining and extending software that models tax-exempt housing-bond cash flows.

Elevator Machine Room (EMR)

Elevator Machine Room is an idea born in a late night stale-whiskey-and-cold-french-fry induced haze. It is manifested in the performances of Robert Voisey and David Morneau. These composers work together to create epic stories and soundscapes using little more than their wits and computer savvy. Elevator Machine Room is unlike anything else you've ever heard. There are no happy endings or intellectual ennui, only cold-hard truth and sloppy electronic soundscapes.

Founded in 2014 by Robert Voisey and under the artistic direction of David Morneau and Melissa Grey, Circuit Bridges is dedicated to creating a community for creators of electroacoustic music and strives to explore all that is included, and currently being innovated, under the electroacoustic umbrella, such as sonic art, radio art, glitch, circuit bending, electronica, real-time improvisation, network performance, audiovisual composition, mash-up, and data sonification. It’s mission is to connect with similar organizations from around the globe that foster and promote innovative electroacoustic music and sound. Concerts feature local composers and sound artists and those from visiting communities and immerse audiences in the vast wealth of electroacoustic music being created today.

Circuit Bridges: The Brooklyn Bridge
Thursday, October 23, 2014. 7:30pm
Gallery MC
549 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
(ride the freight elevator to the 8th floor)
Admission $15 / $7 (students)

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Composer's Voice Quartet: This Side Up

Composer’s Voice presents Face the Music

Sunday, October 262th, 2014 at 1:00 PM

This Sunday Composer's Voice presents Face the Music's Quartet: This side UP

Quartet: This Side Up is a string quartet consisting of four Face the Music string players, mentored by the Kronos Quartet as part of the Kronos at Kaufman program. Formed in September 2013, the quartet has played repertoire such as Ljova's Ori's Fearful Symmetry at the National Opera Center, for the release of the composer’s album No Refund on Flowers, Philip Glass' String Quartet No. 2 at Spectrum, Gregor Hübner's String Quartet No. 3 at Drom, Paris Lavidis' Swan Boulevard in a quartet masterclass with David Harrington, Elena Kats Chernin's Fast Blue Village at St. Barnabas Church, Francis Schwartz's Cannibal Caliban at Queens Museum, and Salvado Briseño's El Sinaloense at Carnegie Hall, which they performed alongside the Kronos quartet. FACE THE MUSIC

Face the Music is the only teen ensemble in the U.S. dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers. In residence at Kaufman Music Center, the 170+-member Face the Music has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City’s vibrant contemporary classical scene, rapidly becoming what Allan Kozinn of the New York Times has called “a force in the New York new-music world.” Highlights of the 2013-14 season included a performance with Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall, a four-concert series at the Queens Museum of Art and participation in the 2014 New York Philharmonic Biennial as well as collaborations with the avant-garde composer-performer collective thingNY, chamber-punk-jazz ensemble Gutbucket and the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble. In honor of Black History Month, they performed Haitian-American violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain’s immersive, multi-media piece Human Songs and Stories at Bronx Museum of the Arts.

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.

Composer's Voice concert with Face the Music
Sunday, October 26th at 1:00 PM
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
New York, New York 10021


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2014 AGBU Sayat Nova International
Composition Competition

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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