[ Composer's Voice ]
Composer's Voice Concert
Featuring Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Shiau-uen Ding
March 27, 2011
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street
New York
New York
The Composer's Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their musical aesthetic and personal "voice" created in their compositions. This concert features Fifteen Minutes of Fame with Shiau-uen Ding



Shiau-uen Ding

A native of Taiwan, pianist Shiau-uen Ding is a rising presence on the new and electro-acoustic music scenes; and an original and energetic performer of traditional solo and chamber repertoire. She studied piano with Eugene Pridonoff, Elizabeth Pridonoff, and Lina Yeh; computer music with Mara Helmuth and Christopher Bailey, and contemporary improvisation with Alan Bern at National Taiwan Normal University and University of Cincinnati where she received her doctoral degree. She has performed in Europe, China, the US and Taiwan. Called a "daredevil" by the New York Times for her performance at Bang on a Can Marathon and "a powerful force on the new music scene" by Array for her performance at Spark Festival in Minneapolis. http://shiauuending.com/

Aysegul Durakoglu

Pianist Aysegul Durakoglu is a performer with a versatile repertoire. She was featured as soloist in the International Istanbul Music Festival with James Galway; Musical Intersections and International Niagara Chamber Music Festival in Canada; new music festivals in Russia, and Europe andhas appeared with major orchestras in her home country Turkey. Ms. Durakoglu has a Bachelor's degree from Istanbul Conservatory, a Master's from the Juilliard School and a Ph.D. As a member of the NYU Chamber Music Ensemble, she won the NYU's Chamber Music Special Award for her contribution and leadership. She is currently a full-time music faculty at the Stevens Institute of Technology. She also concertizes with her ensemble, Musica Mundana, and maintains her private teaching studio, Studio di Musica, in Hoboken, New Jersey: http://www.ayseguldurakoglu.com/

Laura Falzon

Flutist Laura Falzon has performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Praised by the Musical Times for her "versatile technique," and hailed by the Music & Musicians as "an excellent instrumentalist," Ms. Falzon, has premiered numerous works written for her ranging from the conventional flute solo to works with non-western instruments like the zheng or African drums. Amongst works premiered are compositions by composers like Shirish Korde, Alvin Singleton, Mohammed Fairouz, Eric Moe, Charles Camilleri, Akin Euba and Geoff Poole. The recipient of numerous grants, and a graduate of Columbia University, she studied in England with Royal Academy professor and London Sinfonietta principal flutist Sebastian Bell, with Susan Milan, Julius Baker and Kim McCormick. See http://www.laurafalzon.com


Munir Nurettin Beken

Composer and Ud performer Munir Nurettin Beken is a professor of theory and composition in the Ethnomusicology Department at UCLA. His career spans composition, ethnomusicology, and performance. His compositions range from a state-commissioned ballet suite for orchestra, to music for film and television, for which he has won various awards. He is one of the founding members of the State Turkish Music Ensemble. POTTERY SHARDS, for flute and piano is based on Beken's own work with the same name for orchestra. Beken's music fuses elements of Turkish music with those of Western music. Very lyrical in nature, Pottery Shards's is written in quintuple meter and uses rhythmic elements based upon Turkish music patterns.

Nickos Harizanos

Composer Nickos Harizanos was born in Athens. He studied composition, orchestration, harmony and counterpoint in Athens and continued his studies in the UK at Manchester University. His music is widely performed with performances in the U.S., across Europe, Russia and Japan. Nickos Harizanos is the recipient of numerous awards and winner of first prizes and distinctions in International and National Composers Competitions. His works are published by Da Capo Music Ltd (U.K.), Gold Branch Music Inc. (U.S.A.) and the Contemporary Music Research Centre (KSYME - CMRC) (Greece). STASIMA I for solo flute is based on a five-note motive with which the work begins. This motive is an archetype gesture from ancient times and in Stasima I, its transformation and development gives shape to the whole piece.

Kevin Kissinger

Kevin Kissinger is a classically-trained composer, performer, multiinstrumentalist from Kansas City, Mo. Kevin started out as an electronics hobbiest in the 1960s and since then has assembled a studio that includes home-built and commercial equipment. In 2005 Kevin discovered the theremin and acquired a Moog Theremin. Kevin's recorded music is often heard on the weekly "Spellbound" program: the only program devoted entirely to theremin music. Kevin has received recognition for Spellbound's "Best performance of the year" in 2006 and 2007 in the neo-classical and avante-garde categories. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. He earned an AAGO (Professional organist) certificate and has played classical organ recitals across the United States. Composer Shirish Korde is celebrated for "integrating and synthesizing music of diverse cultures into breathtaking works of complex expressive layers." Musical America. His distinctive music is performed worldwide by ensembles such as the Da Capo Chamber Players, New York Virtuoso Singers, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Ensemble Modern. Grants received include ones from the National Flute Association, Composer's Inc., Fromm Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts Meet the Composer. His works are recorded on Spectrum, Centaur, and Neuma

Composers for Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Program Notes

Except for a one-measure piano cue, Three-Legged Race is an entirely live work with no pre-recorded elements. A technique, "Live Looping" allows the musician to play phrases and, in turn, the looping hardware/software plays back the phrases in a continuous, looping fashion. While the loops are playing back, the musician can add additional material. Thus, an entire ensemble texture can be built up from a one-note-at-a-time instrument, such as the Theremin. Three- Legged Race uses four sets of synchronized loops under computer control. Since the computer turns the loops on and off and varies the loops' parameters, the musician must play with high precision to stay "in sync" with the computer.

Support from the Puffin Foundation "...continuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people."

Vox Novus is a collective of composers, musicians, and music enthusiasts collaborating together to create, produce, promote, and enjoy the new music of today. Our members are from a variety of composers committed to the creation and dissemination of new music. Their music is of a variety of styles, aesthetics, and ideologies. Vox Novus produces and promotes new music. They are dedicated to contemporary music, the musicians who perform, and the composers that write the music of today. Their mission is to cultivate a music community and make their work available to the greater public.

Remarkable Theater Brigade founded by Christian McLeer, Dan Jeselsohn and Monica Harte, creates and produces new operas and musicals and takes children's versions out to special-needs and at-risk children free of charge.


Remarkable Theater Brigade

Remarkable Theater Brigade founded by Christian McLeer, Dan Jeselsohn and Monica Harte, creates and produces new operas and musicals and takes children's versions out to special-needs and at-risk children free of charge.

Remarkable Theater Brigade creates and produces new works including operas, orchestral pieces, ballets, musicals, and electro-acoustic works and co-produces the Composer's Voice Concert Series concerts. Remarkable Theater Brigade was founded in 2002 by Christian McLeer, Monica Harte, and Dan Jeselsohn.

Jan Hus Church

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Vox Novus

Vox Novus promotes contemporary music and its creators through concerts, recordings, publications, broadcasts, and online publicity. Vox Novus believes strongly in the intrinsic value of contemporary music, recognizing it as a force in the advancement of culture and art. Our goal is to keep music alive by strengthening the connection between composer and audience, providing greater exposure to new music.

Funding by

Puffin Foundation

Funding also provided by the Puffin Foundation, "...continuing the dialogue between art and lives of ordinary people."