This is the kick-off for a series of promotional concerts for the Vox Novus festival in 2015. The event will present highlights of Vox Novus original and innovative performance series: including 60x60, Composer's Voice, Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame, Circuit Bridges and ONE.
Beginning with ONE presents world premieres by NYC based composers Margaret Schedel, JP Redmond, and Douglas DaSilva. It showcases Lyra dancer Megan Hornaday, violinist Eva Ingolf, composer/vocalist Robert Voisey, guitar & cello of Duo Anova, violist Conway Kuo, guitarist Oren Fader, and special performances by flautist Melanie Chirignan performing works by Atanas Ourkouzounov, Jason Ulysses, Rain Worthington, Masatora Goya, Benjamin Boone, and Joe Gianono.
You will have the opportunity to experience exciting works from the Vox Novus archive including acoustic & electronic music and dance. Meet and chat with performers, composers, and directors. Snack and drink will be served. Kids are welcome and FREE!
There will be raffles during intermission. Thanks to the generous donations from our sponsors. The prizes include video editing software and a special music gift certificate.
For the last 14 years, Vox Novus has presented over 5000 works by living composers at venues and festivals, including London's Open Weekend for 2012 Olympics at Stratford Circus, the Montreal Fringe Festivals, Carnegie Hall and venues in more than 30 countries. Its mission is to make the cultural world go around by presenting the wealth of new music to the masses everywhere.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Basha Studio 34
45 East 34th Street Suite 3
New York, NY 10016
Ticket: $10 at the door
For any questions please contact Artistic Director Kenji Haba at:
Megan has background in classical ballet and trained in aerial arts with Rachel Bowman (Cirque du Soleil), and in contortion with Jonathan Nosan (SF Circus School). She specializes in silks, lyra, cloudswing, and dance. She performs regularly at venues such as The Box, Webster Hall, House of Yes, Soho House, and Lavo (including events for Beyonce, Paris Hilton, and Lorraine Schwartz) as well as corporate and private events across the country. She has done concerts/touring work for Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney, and Ultra Music Festivals, national commercials and print work for Target and Kohls, as well as performing in and conceiving/choreographing the entertainment for Lady Gaga’s ArtRave.
An award winning ensemble, Duo Anova is a cello and guitar duo based in New York City. Members Susan Mandel (cello) and Kenji Haba (guitar) met in 2012 and immediately bonded over their passion for contemporary music and their animated sense of humor. Duo Anova won honorable mention award in 2014 SMIA chamber music competition. In 2014, Duo Anova made its debut at prestigious Carnegie Hall presented by Composer’s Voice, and praised as “striking compatibility” by New Music for 21st Century. Visit www.duoanova.com
Douglas DaSilva is a composer, guitarist, educator and music curator in New York City. As Artistic Director of the Composer's Voice Concert Series and Premiere Salon Concerts he is dedicated to promoting new music and living composers. He has been curator for concerts in New York, Rio de Janeiro and Valencia. As a guitarist he has performed at places as diverse as Lincoln Center’s Rose Ballroom, the Jan Hus Church, The Bitter-End, and The Cutting Room. As a composer of chamber music with a background in jazz, rock and blues, Douglas composes in variety of styles from the hummable to highly experimental.
Lukasz Bujarski, the newest member of Animal Mechanical, holds a masters in urban design from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His approach to performing arts stems from his background in improvisational acting, design, photography, and electronica. A polyglot, Lukasz speaks fluent Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish and travels regularly to Latin America working for events companies as master of ceremonies at conferences and industry congresses. He is excited to be a part of this work exploring impulsive gestural movement theory.
Christopher Howard is a percussionist from St. Louis, MO who is currently based in Long Island. He enjoys exploring a wide range of musical styles with many different groups. He has performed in New York City with Iktus Percussion Group and the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, with a focus on electro-acoustic works which include performances at conferences such as the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, Machine Fantasies, and the New York City Electronic Music Festival. He has played jazz and explored free improvisation with world-renowned trombonist Ray Anderson and others around the Long Island area. He has also performed, toured, and recorded with the award-winning Fountain City Brass Band multiple times in Europe. This varied background has made him a versatile musician interested in crossing the boundaries between these many different genres. Chris has a BM in Percussion Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he studied with Nick Petrella, and is currently working on his DMA at SUNY Stony Brook under Eduardo Leandro, where he also received his Masters Degree.
Margaret Anne Schedel is a composer and cellist specializing in the creation and performance of ferociously interactive media whose works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. She is a joint author of Cambridge Press’s Electronic Music and recently edited on an issue of Organised Sound on sonification. Her research focuses on gesture in music, and the sustainability of technology in art. As an Associate Professor of Music at Stony Brook University, she serves as Co-Director of Computer Music and is a core faculty member of cDACT, the consortium for digital art, culture and technology.
Masatora Goya is a composer extensively writing a new kind of chamber music for everyone. Trained as a vocal performer first, he explores the musical landscape of drama, space, and emotion. His unique eclecticism has attracted many musicians performing in nontraditional chamber ensembles, such as Alturas Duo, Duo Anova, Bateira Trio, Cross Island, Liberté Mandolin Orchestra, Melanie Chirignan, Tomoko Sugawara, and Thomas Piercy.
“With few opportunities and much competition,...composers show creativity in just getting heard.” And in Chris Pasles’s article in the Los Angeles Times, Robert Voisey is highlighted as one of those composers. Composing electroacoustic and chamber music, his aesthetic oscillates from the Romantic to the Post Modern Mash-Up. His work has been performed in venues throughout the world including: Carnegie Hall, World Financial Center Winter Garden Atrium, and Stratford Circus in London. Voisey has been profiled and music broadcasted on HEC-TV public television in St Louis, Elektramusik in France, as well as radio stations all around the world.
Atanas Ourkouzounov is one of most interesting personalities in the Bulgarian contemporary music. Guitar player and composer with a rich musical background, he is considered one of the main authors in the domain of the new generation’s music for guitar. The wide inspiration of his musical language is the result of a subtle use of the forms, an endless and original rhythmical search and a colour work which leads the guitar to explore new territories and sonorities. In his compositions we can find charm and vitality of the Balkan’s music at the same time bright and ‘stormy’, dreamy and rhythmic, tender and tenacious.
Educator, Scholar, Composer, and saxophonist Benjamin Boone was born in the small textile town of Statesville, NC in 1963. Boone’s compositions have been performed in over twenty-four countries -- from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to China, Japan, Australia, Africa, South American and Eastern/Western Europe -- and appear on over twenty CDs of performers/groups such as the Electronic Music Foundation, Vox Novus, the National Flute Choir and the New Century Saxophone Quartet.