Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is 15 one-minute works by different composers written for a specific performer or ensemble.
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 15 Minutes of Fame project of Vox Novus is a godsend. It organizes competitions whereby ensembles commission worldwide calls for submissions of approximately one-minute pieces, and then select their 15 favorites for premieres. The players, themselves emerging and without the funds for a traditional commission fee, get original works to present, while the likewise emerging composers get a chance for exposure and a premiere..." - Seth Gilman, NY Music Culture Examiner
The presentation of fifteen works in a short amount of time allows for the performance of composers works which would not normally get programmed and premiered.
"The obvious strength of that approach is that it allows many composers to gain exposure in a short time span. But there is also an esthetic benefit... Since 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... like the entire smorgasbord of contemporary idioms was playing a game of musical chairs, so to speak, and the effect was thrilling." - Damjan Rakonjac, Artificialist
Since its inception in 2009, Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame has done over 75 calls for scores for different musicians and ensembles ranging from solo piano to string quartets, brass quintets, harp ensemble, and mandolin orchestra. The variety and quality of the musicians exemplifies Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame's organization and popularity.
Two special selections of works were written specifically for two talented pianists for this Vox Novus festival. Stephen Porter and Yumi Suehiro will premiere their Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame for the first time on the Symphony Space stage at Thalia Hall on Saturday October 24th.
Douglas DaSilva. artistic director, music
Rob Voisey, founder/director