[ Composer's Voice ]
January 27, 2008
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street
New York, New York 10021
Vox Novus joins with Remarkable Theater Brigade and Jan hus Church to present Composer's Voice, a monthly concert series championing the work of living composers.
Title Composer Performer
Constellations (Composer's Voice Mix) Robert Voisey Robert bVoisey - voice
Pied-a-terre Sean Hickey Koren McCaffrey - flute
Erin Wight - viola
Allegra Lilly - harp
Naren Rauche Family Suite- Sarad, Dhira, Doug, Mikele Naren Rauche Naren Rauche - guitar
Carnival Christian McLeer Christian McLeer - piano
Pianist and harpsichordist Michael Eisenberg has been presented by Carnegie Hall in New York City as a recitalist and chamber musician in an on-going series of 17th century Italian repertoire. Mr. Eisenberg has appeared with the New York Virtuosi Symphony, Queens Orchestra, and the Convent Cathedral Choir. He has also toured internationally with The Harlem Theater and been featured on National Public Radio in the United States. He is the pianist for the CD Patricia Sonego A Simple Pleasure. Mr. Eisenberg is a recipient of the Sylvia Marlowe Fellowship for Harpsichord. He is the harpsichordist for the Ensemble for the Seicento and appears on the group's debut CD Forbidden Dances (Dorian/EMA), which received an outstanding review in Early Music Magazine.
Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1970, Sean Hickey’s earliest music education began at age 12 with an electric guitar, a Peavey amp, and a stack of Van Halen records. He studied jazz guitar at Oakland University, later graduating with a degree in composition and theory from Wayne State University. His primary instructors were James Hartway and James Lentini. Since moving to New York, he has pursued further studies with Justin Dello Joio and Gloria Coates. His works include two string trios, a string quartet, a flute sonata, a woodwind quintet and trio, several pieces for solo instruments, church as well as orchestral music. He has also worked on a film score, and composed the music for a children’s play. He is also an arranger, contributing arrangements for various artists and ensembles in the pop and jazz music spheres, most recently scoring The Winemaker for performances in Philadelphia. His music has been featured at Weill Hall and CAMI Hall in NYC. Recent grants include New York Department of Cultural Affairs as well as a Composer Assistance Grant from the American Music Center to mount concerts of his work. He has recently fulfilled commissions for New York’s One World Symphony, the Adesso Choral Society in Connecticut, the Spain-based piano/accordion duo An-Tifon, and the Gringolts-Weiss-Fiterstein Trio. He has also recorded a disc of his chamber works for Naxos American Classics, Left at the Fork in the Road, released in November 2005, which broke the Billboard Top 100 Classical Chart. Other commissions include works for violinist Ilya Gringolts, flutist Stefan Hoskuldsson, and for Philadelphia-based ensemble Ars Futura. He is a recipient of 2003, 2004 and 2005 ASCAP awards and was named a semi-finalist in the Auros 2001-2002 Composition Competition, also winning second prize in the 1990 State Awards in the former Yugoslavia. The past year has seen numerous performances in New York, Washington DC, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Turkey. He is an ASCAP member and was recently named composer-in-residence with the Metro Chamber Orchestra in New York. Program Notes for the Composer’s Voice Concert Series January 2008
Christian McLeer is currently in his 5th season as Artistic Director of Remarkable Theater Brigade, which he cofounded with Monica Harte and Dan Jeselsohn. They are producing their 6th major production, Glory Denied, an opera by Tom Cipullo, at Jan Hus Church in New York City June 5th & 7th. Christian is the artist-in-residence for the National Chorale at PS70, IS71, Brooklyn Tech HS and Fort Hamilton HS where he teaches chorus. He is also in his second year as the musical director for Jan Hus Church. He is the sound engineer for the TV show Nova Rock, currently being filmed and has just completed the original score for the short independent film in between written and produced by Gail Bell. Christian will be musical director for the Natchez Opera Festival’s educational outreach tour in April, which will perform his opera SHOT.
Naren Rauch has done multiple tours of Europe, Asia, United States, as well as performed at Lincoln Center NY, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Strawberry Music Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, WFPK Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series (Louisville, KY). Naren has recorded with Laptop (Universal/Island records), The Navigators (Velour Records), Sony Music and appeared on GLR (UK), BBC Radio 1 (UK), NBC (USA). WFPK (USA), Woodsongs Radio Hour (USA). As an audio engineer, he has credits for Les Sans Culotte (Vibratone Records), Leftover Crack (Fat Wreck Chords). As a composer Naren has written music for numerous TV commercials (Saturn, Wendy's, Fanta, AT&T, Black & Decker, NASCAR, AT&T, Adidas) as well as for short films. He has had his pieces performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Naren Rauch graduated from Manhattan School of Music in 1999 with a degree in Jazz Guitar Performance. Naren's website is www.narenrauch.com.
Robert Voisey is a composer and impresario of new works primarily in New York City. He seeks innovative and creative approaches to promote the music of today's composers. In 2007, Voisey participated in the Tempest Project with his work by the same name and will be featured on an upcoming CD release. His work, tongues, on the 60x60 2004-2005 CD release of the project and India Songs, a collaboration with Anne Cammon will appear on a poetry compilation released by LOGOchrysalis Productions. His work Constellations (TRANSreveLATION Mix) was performed at the TRANSreveLATION concert in New York City; and Constellations (EMM MIX) was performed at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival in Kansas City, his solo piano work, stark received its German debut in Munich, Germany at the A*DEvantgarde festival; Most recently his work has been performed at Fine and Dandy, a east village variety show. This includes "hunger" and "lust" in a collaboration with the choreographer Jeramy Zimmerman and India Songs, a collaboration with poet Anne Cammon. India Songs was also performed at the Bowery Poetry Club.

Robert Voisey, Constellations (Composer's Voice Mix)

This is the Composer's Voice Mix of Constellations. This work has several movements representing star clusters; they can be used in any order, performed singularly, with any subset, repeated movements, or in parts separated from each other by other compositions. These movements can even be layered on top of each other or with other works much like a mobile. This mobile of movements is inspired by the night sky and the images created from the human inclination to define our environment as well as ourselves. Cultures have described the patterns of stars in terms of themselves from Sumerian times to modern day. In the past, constellations have depicted a myriad of objects and characters. Today our technology sparks imagination by photographing these same stars, displaying them as photographic art. This work is homage to both the past and present, staring not only into the heavens, but also into ourselves.

Sean Hickey, Pied-a-terre

Notes on Pied-a-terre Pied-a-terre was composed in 2007 for the instrumentation of flute, viola and harp, often called the Debussy trio because of that composer’s famous work. The piece is in one short movement marked “enigmatically”. Gradually, the enigma lessens and a more direct, melodic nature predominates, marked by warmth. The piece is dedicated to the memory of Peggy Longo, a well-known singer and teacher and a very close friend to our family who passed away in 2007. We have the pleasure of taking care of and enjoying her pied-a-terre – a second home – for several years on the Long Island North Fork. For us, Peggy will always have a “foot on earth”, a literal translation of the work’s title.

Naren Rauche Family Suite- Sarad, Dhira, Doug, Mikele

Naren’s piece, Family Suite- Sarad, Dhira, Doug, Mikele was written for his family.

Christian McLeer, Carnival

Carnival is one of Christian McLeer's earliest works and was premiered on his first solo piano concert in 1993. Carnival is the battle between good and bad clowns to gain control of the Carnival tent. Listen closely to see who wins!
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