Composer's Voice Concert [ Vox Novus - the new voice for contemporary music ]
November 30, 2002
A.R.T South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, New York 11217
In another joint effort with the Living Music Foundation, Vox Novus hosted a Composer's Voice concert in the A.R.T. South Oxford Space in Brooklyn, New York.
This concert consisted of world debuts of Frigid Piggy by Robert Voisey performed by Hiromi Abe, Christine Perea, Marco Oppedisano, and the composer himself; Episoidic Rumination performed by Hiromi Abe composed by Micahel Hoffman and New York Debuts of Conversations for Flute and Piano by Michael Kinney performed by Rene Dennis and Christine Perea.
Title ComposerInstrumentPerformer
Monks in Dazzling Lead Cloaks Marco Oppedisano tape
Frozen Tears Marco Oppedisano tape
The Signs of the Zodiac Donna Kelly Eastman flute Christine Perea
Conversations for flute and Piano Michael Kinney flute Christine Perea
and piano Rene Dennis
Some Assembly Required Michael Kinney tape
Medium Serban Nichifor flute Chrisitne Perea
Episodic Ruminations Michael Hoffman piano Hiromi Abe
Trembling Dorothy Hindman flute Christine Perea
hunger Robert Voisey voice Robert Voisey
and tape
Stark Robert Voisey piano Hiromi Abe
Fishing Through an Open Door Charles Norman Mason flute Christine Perea
and tape
Frigid Piggy Robert Voisey piano Hiromi Abe
guitar Marco Oppedisano
flute Christine Perea
and voice Robert Voisey
Hiromi Abe is an active free-lance pianist/keyboardist and an accomplished composer whose works have been performed throughout New York and Philadelphia. Her formal musical training started at age four in Japan where she attended the Yamaha School of Music, and later served as a piano instructor. Hiromi then went on to earn several degrees in music. She holds two bachelors degrees, one in Piano Performance from the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, and one in Jazz Composition from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, where her teachers included John Hodian, Trudy Pitts, and George Arkerly. At the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, she received the Jacobs Music Company Steinway Award for her piano performance. She earned her Masters in Music Composition from Queens College, where she was the recipient of the Aaron Copland School of Music Graduation Masters Award, and studied with Thea Musgrave, Sir Roland Hanna, and Henry Weinberg.
René Dennis has been playing the piano since the age of 7. Raised in various parts of the country, she has studied with such teachers as Eric Larsen from the North Carolina School of the Arts, Fiorella Canin at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and Irina Morozova. Dennis has played in several venues throughout the United States and abroad. In Japan she performed for a UNICEF charity benefit. She is currently studying her Masters at New York University with Dierdre O’ Donohue.
Christine Perea flute, has performed as a soloist throughout the NYC area, as well as with the Vox Novus Ensemble, Brooklyn Heights Philharmonic, New York University New Music and Dance Ensemble, and Forecast. She specializes in New Music, particularly electro-acoustic repertoire, and her performances on the piccolo, alto, bass, and concert flutes have taken her to Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Washington D.C., and Pisa, Italy. Ms. Perea is the former music director for the Vox Novus Ensemble, and is a member of the adjunct faculty at NYU, where she is also a Ph.D. candidate. Christine holds a Masters degree in Flute Performance from New York University and a Bachelor's from DePaul University in Chicago. While in Chicago, Ms. Perea also served as principal flutist and piccolo player for two years with the Chicago Classical Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Joseph Glymph. Christine's teachers have included Robert Dick, Keith Underwood, Linda Chesis, Mary Stolper, Clem Barone, and Shaul Ben-Meir. She is a member of the National Flute Association and has performed as a soloist at both the 2001 and 2002 conventions. Her research goals include writing a dissertation pertaining to the history of electro-acoustic music for the flute with emphasis on the use of timbre in this repertoire and a pedagogical guide to playing the alto and bass flutes, of which she is an avid performer. An active supporter of new music, she has performed New York premieres of works by Rodrigo Sigal, Lawrence Moss, Rene Mogensen, Will Redmond , Jin Hi Kim, and Robert Voisey.
Dorothy Hindman
Dorothy Hindman (b. 1966) is a professional composer whose works are regularly performed throughout the United States and Europe. Her commissions include works for soloists, small and large ensembles, and commercial productions. Critics have hailed Hindman’s music as ‘intense, gripping, and frenetic’, ‘sonorous and affirmative’ and ‘music of terrific romantic gesture’. Each of her unique pieces explores her ongoing interest in issues of musical perception, beauty, timbre, contextual meaning, and profundity.
Michael Kinney
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota in August of 1969, Michael Kinney began studying the piano at an early age. As a recipient of The Vittorio Giannini Award for Composition, he received a Bachelor of Music in Composition from The North Carolina School of Arts (NCSA) in 1994. In 2001 Kinney moved to France to study computer music at The Centre de Création Musicale Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) where he continues to work as assistant musical during the summer sessions. Kinney currently resides in Paris and is on the faculty of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris where he creates music for dance and teaches a course in accompagnement de danse.
Charles Mason
Dr. Charles Norman Mason is a recipient of a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and of many commissions of his work, Mason was awarded the much sought-after Samuel Barber Rome Prize in Musical Composition April 14 in New York City.
Marco Oppedisano
Marco Oppedisano is an American guitarist and composer whose compositions focus on the innovative use of electric guitar in the genre of electroacoustic music. Since 1999, his musique concrète/acousmatic music compositions have utilized multitrack recording and extended performance techniques for electric guitar and bass. His electroacoustic music has been described as “...mindbending music for guitar and electronics... hear Oppedisano’s intricate roar.” -Time Out New York
Robert Voisey
“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.
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