Call for scores for the Tom do Brasil Band - Bb clarinet or bass clarinet; guitar (electric jazz); double bass; and percussion
Deadline: April 18, 2014Vox Novus is calling for 3-5 minute pieces composed for Tom do Brasil: Kristen Mather de Andrade, clarinet; Rob Helsel, guitar (electric jazz); Phillip Helm, double bass; & Craig Bitterman, percussion to be recorded 2014 for the their upcoming CD. The theme of this call is Brazil. The Brazilian theme could include pieces inspired by Brazilian musical or visual art works (either traditional or contemporary), Brazilian culture or pieces using technical elements found in Brazilian music
Pieces should be for quartet: Bb clarinet or bass clarinet; guitar (electric jazz); double bass; and percussion. Guitar is for electric jazz guitar. However, this is not a jazz call: In the instances where the guitar is not playing a written melody, standard chord symbols (eg: Ebm7b5) should be written on score & parts. Percussion includes Cajon, Pandeiro, Riq, Bodhran, Tar, Djembe, Shakers (caxixi, maracas, eggs shakers, etc..), small concert percussion accessories (Tambourine, Triangle, Castanets, Wood Blocks, Finger Cymbals, Guiro, etc..) Lead Steeldrum/Tenor Pan (Range middle C to D above treble clef). Steel pan is available on pieces that do not have rhythm percussion. Quartets only: No solos, duos, or trios considered.
-Submission Deadline April 18, 2014
-All works must be 3-5 minutes in length
-This call is open to all composers.
-There is no fee to submit.
-Bb clarinet or bass clarinet; jazz guitar; double bass; and hand percussion or steel pan
-Extended techniques are welcome.
-Works should be composed specifically for this project and performers.
-All pieces must be premieres and not previously written or performed.
-No works over 5 minutes will be reviewed.
-Multiple submissions are not accepted. Send your best work!
-Works need to be submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
-The subject line should read: Tom do Brasil– Composer’s Name - Title
-The email must include the composer's picture as an attached jpg file.
-The score must be submitted as an attached PDF file. Send score and parts together as one file. (Performance notes should be included with the score.)
-Include the dedication to Tom do Brasil on the score -Include a 50-word biography and 50 word program note as text in the body of the email. Do NOT send these as attachments.
The selected composers will be emailed and the results announced via the Vox Novus website and Newsletter: NM421
Kristen Mather de Andrade is principal clarinetist with the West Point Band and clarinetist with Quintette 7. She frequently performs with the West Point Band and local community and college organizations as soloist. In 2010 she recorded a CD of the music of Raymond Scott with Quintette 7. Kristen frequently tours with chamber ensembles to perform and give master classes in colleges across the country. In 2005 Kristen earned a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from The Dana School of Music, where she studied with Robert Fitzer. In 2006, she attended DePaul University in Chicago and studied with Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal clarinetist Larry Combs. Inspired by working with the El Sistema-inspired Harmony Program in New York City, Kristen has begun studies at Columbia University Teachers College. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Education, and aspires to break down the walls between performance and education by putting the arts and artists at the service of communities. Kristen has a varied musical background. Prior to obtaining her position in the West Point Band she performed with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra (with which she was soloist), the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, with renowned jazz ensemble The Dave Holland Quintet, singer Maureen McGovern, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra pianist Jim McNeely, and theater star Tommy Tune, among others.
Guitarist Rob Helsel is from Newburgh, NY, and has been playing and teaching professionally in the Hudson Valley area for 25 years. He was a member of the West Point’s Jazz Knights for 18 years and has performed with such artists as Cab Calloway, James Williams, The Harper Brothers, Byron Stripling, Bill Watrous, David Liebman, John Riley, Eddie Daniels, and Dennis Mackrel. Recent projects include working with “E of 3,” al 11-piece 70’s and 80’s funk/soul band performing at such venues as the Iridium Jazz Club, NYC. His resume also includes performing and teaching at both High School and College jazz clinics and performing Broadway musicals. He has studied with Steve Freeman (Guitar Institute of Technology) and ECM jazz recording artist John Abercrombie.
Bassist Phillip Helm is an active freelance musician and educator in the Hudson Valley. He is the principal bassist of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, assistant principal bassist of the Albany Symphony, bassist with the West Point Band, and performs frequently with the Binghamton, Buffalo, Ridgefield and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras. He is the double bass instructor at Bard College, Dutchess Community College and SUNY New Paltz. Phil earned his Bachelor of Music from West Texas A&M University, where he studied with David Murray. He also attended the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Linda McKnight. Phil can be heard around the Hudson Valley performing with his bluegrass band “Uncommon Ground” and has recorded on Albany Records and performed on NPR.
Percussionist Craig Bitterman is from Buffalo, NY. He earned his Bachelor of Music in performance from SUNY Buffalo and relocated to Connecticut to pursue a Master of Music in performance from the Hartt School of Music. After completing graduate studies, Bitterman freelanced in the New England area and taught percussion at Holyoke Community College, Wesleyan University and Hartford Conservatory. Performance highlights include appearances with Nebojsa Zivkovic and the Jovan Perkussion Projekt; Maelstrom percussion ensemble; June in Buffalo new music festival; Ankara new music festival; Full Force Dance Theatre; Steelsunrise Steelband and worked with composers Steve Reich, David Felder, James Tenney, Lou Harrison and Amy Williams. Craig has recorded under hat(now)ART, mode, EMF, Yesa, Malletjazz and Whitewater labels.
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