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Beulah Pavarotti

Beulah Pavarotti

The biggest voice in the Pavarotti house on the outskirts of Modena, Italy, in the early 1940s did not belong to little Luciano but rather to his sister, Beulah. It was she who could shatter glass with her high Gs and make all of the neighborhood dogs and ducks howl in confusion, not Luke. It was Beulah whose temper tantrum-instigated vocal outburst on June 20, 1943, caused the Adapazarı-Hendek earthquake. And the handkerchief that her bro traditionally clutched during his solo recitals? Luciano originally used it to shield his ears from the 110-dB ululations little sis regularly belted out, and the great tenor simply decided to always keep it handy. So what happened to Beulah Pavarotti? Ahh, it is a tale of intrigue and bizarre convolutions that must, due to space limitations today, be left for another time.

David Gunn

David Gunn

New Nodes

New Nodes at Lewis University

Friday November 21st - 12:00pm

Vox Novus and the Department of Music at Lewis University are pleased to present Circuit Bridges: New Nodes, a concert of new electroacoustic music representing a cross-section of the diversity of music being composed today. New Nodes is a travelling program that creates bridges on a growing network of electronic music communities around the world.

Circuit Bridges is dedicated to highlighting the community of electroacoustic music creators. Founded in 2014 by Robert Voisey and under the artistic direction of David Morneau and Melissa Grey, Circuit Bridges strives to explore all music under the electroacoustic umbrella. This includes sonic art, radio art, glitch, circuit bending, electronica, real-time improvisation, network performance, audiovisual composition, mash-up, and data sonification. Its mission is to connect with artists from around the globe to present the wealth of electroacoustic music being written today.

New Nodes is a specially curated program that presents a cross section of electroacoustic being made today. Circuit Bridges is building a network of electroacoustic artists and communities. We’re using New Nodes to establish new connections that will enable future collaboration, sharing, and growth. A healthy network of electroacoustic communities allows this music to thrive.

This concert features music by Dan Abatemarco (Speak Onion), Daniel Blinkhorn, Chris Cresswell, Melissa Grey, Elainie Lillios, Mike McFerron, David Morneau, Milica Paranosic, and Robert Voisey.

Friday, November 21st - 12:00pm
Lewis University
1 University Pkwy
Romeoville, Illinois 60446

Composer's Voice

Composer’s Voice features

Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Art Songs — A concert of new art songs featuring NYC singers is curated by David Morneau. This concert will also feature Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame inspired by the Belle Époque and performed by Aurae (Mary Hubbell, soprano, and Alice Jones, flute), 15 one-minute works by 15 composers: Andrew Hale, Rodrigo Baggio, Jean-Patrick Besinrand, David Bohn, Paul Cowell, Damon Lee, Carrie Magin, Traci Mendel, Hinse Mutter, Gary Powell Nash, Angelina Panozzo, Dana Richardson, Louis Sauter, Christopher M. Wicks. Music, poetry and performances by Christina Hourihan, Tamora Petitt, Jenny Ribeiro, Ruth Tzu-En Lee , Emily Emily Mills Woodruff, Kenji Haba, Lynn Bechtold, Jeremy S. Ribando, Robert Voisey, David Morneau, Inés Thiebaut, Deidre Price, and George Held

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.

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.

Fifteen-Minutes of Fame

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame with
Katarzyna Bryla, violin & Hui-Chuan Chen, Piano

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The music composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame with Aurae is inspired by the Belle Époque period.

The Belle Époque was a period in French and Belgian history that is conventionally dated as starting in 1871 and ending when World War I began in 1914. Occurring during the era of the Third French Republic (beginning 1870), it was a period characterized by optimism, peace at home and in Europe, new technology and scientific discoveries. The peace and prosperity in Paris allowed the arts to flourish, and many masterpieces of literature, music, theater, and visual art gained recognition. The Belle Époque was named, in retrospect, when it began to be considered a "golden age" in contrast to the horrors of World War I. In the newly rich United States, emerging from the Panic of 1873, the comparable epoch was dubbed the Gilded Age. In the United Kingdom, the Belle Époque overlapped with the late Victorian era and the Edwardian era. In Germany, the Belle Époque coincided with the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II and in Russia with the reigns of Alexander III and Nicholas II.

Mary Hubbell, described in the New York Times as “a soprano with a sweetly focused tone,” holds degrees from Boston College; the University of California, Santa Barbara; and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She is active in a wide range of music, from early music to contemporary repertoire. In the Netherlands, she was a frequent soloist with La Prunelle Ensemble, Praetorius Blokfluit Ensemble, and the Netherland Vocal Laboratory. She also participated in the Steve Reich Festival at the Royal Conservatory, the Young Composer’s Festival in Apeldoorn, the Chamber Opera Festival in Zwolle, and the Gaudeamus Festival in Amsterdam. Orchestral engagements have included Louis Andriessen’s Tao with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Robert Kapilow’s Green Eggs and Ham with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra, Vivaldi’s Beatus vir with the Chorale Society of the Hamptons, and Schubert’s Mass in G with Musica Viva of New York. As a recitalist, she has concertized in Boston, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina, including Piccolo Spoleto’s Spotlight Series in Charleston. In New York, she has appeared as a soloist with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Transfiguration Early Instrument Ensemble, Alphabet Soup Productions, The Remarkable Theatre Brigade, and Dr. Faustus. She is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is a faculty member of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Smith College. Further information can be found at

Raised in Austin, TX, flutist Alice Jones is known for giving performances that are “lively” (New York Times), “delicate and passionate with beautiful articulation and dynamics” (Eleanor Cory, composer). An avid symphonic, chamber, theater, and contemporary musician, with performances ranging from the Brandenburg Concerti to New York City’s Look and Listen Festival, Alice was praised by Mario Davidovsky as “the flute player who could really play.” She has been featured as both a soloist and as a chamber musician at the Composers Now! Festival at Symphony Space (2010 and 2011), the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (2010), and Chamber Music Campania in Italy (2013). She toured China and Hong Kong (2007 and 2008) as a performer and director of chamber music and outreach programs for the Yale-China Music Exchange.

Alice is committed to premiering new chamber music repertoire and has received commissions from the Long Island Composers Alliance with percussionist Cesare Papetti and premiered works by Gregory Brown, Eric Nathan, and Inés Thiebaut with soprano Mary Hubbell.

Demonstrating her equal passion towards performing, research, and teaching, Alice won the baroque concerto competition at SUNY Purchase, was an invited participant in the 2012 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, received the Brookshire award for musicological research and writing at SUNY Purchase, and received the Associated Music Teachers League Award at CUNY Queens.

Alice graduated from Yale University and SUNY Purchase and is currently a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center. She maintains a private studio in New York and joined the faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in 2010.

Composers selected for this Fifteen Minutes of Fame include: Andrew Haile Austin, Rodrigo Baggio, Jean-Patrick Besingrand, David Bohn, Paul Cowell, Damon Lee, Carrie Magin, Traci Mendel, Hinse Mutter, Gary Powell Nash, Angelina Panozzo, Dana Richardson, Fabio Monzù Rosselli, Louis Sauter, and Christopher M. Wicks

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Composer's Voice concert
Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
New York, New York 10021

Circuit Bridges 12 Nights

Circuit Bridges with FETA

Thursday November 29th - 8:00 pm

Circuit Bridges is traveling to Miami for a concert at FETA (Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts). In addition to a performances by SofIA (Sonorities of Interactive Acoustics)—an avant-garde collective of virtuoso performers, composers and computer musicians, including Juraj Kojs, Spencer Topel and Paula Matthusen—there will be music by Daniel Blinkhorn, David Morneau, Chris Cresswell, Melissa Grey, Robert Voisey, Milica Paranosic, Elainie Lillios, Dan Abatemarco, and Mike McFerron.

Saturday November 29, 2014 - 8:00 pm
Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts
Harold Golen Gallery
2294 NW 2nd Ave
Wynwood Art District
Miami Florida, 33127
Admissions: $10; free with valid student ID

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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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Call for Works

60x60 11th Annual International Mix

60x60 is calling for works for its 11th performance season!

Vox Novus is inviting composers/sound artists to submit recorded works 60 seconds or less in length to be included in its 11th annual 60x60 project. 60 compositions will be selected to be played continuously in a one-hour concert.

60x60 is a one-hour-long show made by sequencing 60 pre-recorded pieces by 60 different composers, each piece a minute in length or shorter. Highlighting the work of a great many composers, 60x60 testifies to the vibrancy of contemporary composition by present a diverse array of styles, aesthetics, and techniques being used today.

60x60 mixes have received more than 350 performances in more than 30 countries including venues such as the Winter Garden Atrium at the World Financial Center, Stratford Circus for Opening Day Festival for the 2012 London Olympics, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. 60x60 collaborates with multimedia including dance, video, art, and sculpture. 60x60 Dance was described by the New York Times as "...60 new pieces of music, each lasting no more than 60 seconds - is quite mad. But it's this kind of madness that makes the cultural world go round..."

During the concert each of the 60 pieces selected will begin precisely at the beginning of the minute, this will mark the end of one piece and the beginning of another. There will be no pause between the pieces. Works may be less than 60 seconds in length, but may not exceed 60 seconds. Works selected that are less than 60 seconds long will be "padded" with silence either before, after, or surrounding the composition. Please note that the total duration of the work including silence may NOT exceed sixty seconds.

The 60x60 project's definition of a record work is as follows: any work created as a musical composition which is captured on recorded media, which does not require live performers for its production in broadcast at concert halls, radio, multi-media, etc. Its creation can include but not limited to acoustic instruments, voice, environmental sources, and computer (Sampling, MAX MSP, MIDI, C Sound, ProTools, etc.)

All works submitted should be with the understanding that it is their recording that is of prime importance and is what will be used to determine its selection.

60x60 is a project of "signature works" and short works created specifically for the 60x60 project. Excerpts of larger works are strongly discouraged. Works generated from procedures (i.e. mathematical matrices, organizational systems, or computer programs,) remixed works, or themes and motives recomposed from other of the composer's own work are acceptable.

In addition to the 60x60 International Mix, Vox Novus is planning to create several alternate mixes to the 11th call for works. Planned themed mixes include the Wave Farm Mix, BPM Mix, Death Mix, Latin Mix, and more. All works submitted to alternate mixes will be considered for the 60x60 International Mix. (Works need to be submitted to the various alternate mixes directly to be considered for the mix concerned.)

The call is open to composers of any nationality, age, or career stage.

Deadline for 60 second compositions for 60x60 is November 30th, 2014.

There is no admission fee.

Audio submissions must be in either AIFF or WAV file format.

Multiple submissions are accepted from a single composer/sound artist.

All submissions must be uploaded online at: DO NOT EMAIL AUDIO FILES!

All submissions must be uploaded by November 30th, 2014 - 12:00 Midnight (local time)

Works selected for the 11th Annual 60x60 project will be announced on the Vox Novus newsletter NM421:

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60x60 is a one-hour-long show made by sequencing 60 pre-recorded pieces by 60 different artists, each piece a minute in length or shorter. 60x60 has been presented in many performance formats including TV shows, radio shows, multimedia and multidisciplinary events, as well as published several albums of works. Since 2003, 60x60 has received thousands of submissions from over 30 countries. Highlighting the work of a great many artists and composers, 60x60 testifies to the vibrancy of contemporary composition by presenting a diverse array of styles, aesthetics, and techniques being used today

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