[ Composer's Voice ]
Composer's Voice Concert
Spring Strings
April 24, 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 is Composer's Voice Spring String Celebration.



Lynn Bechtold

Violinist Lynn Bechtold has appeared in recital throughout the U.S., Canada, Holland, and Switzerland. An advocate of contemporary music, she has worked with composers Gloria Coates, George Crumb, John Harbison, and Morton Subotnick, and has premiered works on the Princeton Composers' Series and Composers Concordance. In 2001, she gave the premiere of "Violynn," a work for violin and electronics written for her by Alvin Lucier. As a member of the Lumina String Quartet, the East Village Opera Company (rock/opera band), the SEM Ensemble, and the New York Symphonic Ensemble, among others, Ms. Bechtold has performed around the world. Other programs have been with the Absolute Ensemble, North/South Consonance, Parsons Dance, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Vermont Symphony, and the VOX Opera Readings.

Chris Bonner

Chris Bonner came to New York City in 2001 to attend NYU's jazz performance program. While there he studied with a group of outstanding musicians and teachers including Mike Richmond, Ron McClure, John Scofield, Billy Hart, and Don Friedman.Since his time at NYU, Chris has been extremely active in the New York City music scene, playing with dozens of artists in all different styles. You can currently find him supplying low end for artists such as Dusty Brown, Melanie Penn, and even the Polka Brothers.

Javier Diaz

Javier Diaz, a native of Cuba, is a percussionist with the American Symphony Orchestra and with several chamber music groups and Latin Jazz Bands in the New York Area. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, New York Perspectives Ensemble, Zankel Hall New Music Band, Hilliard Ensemble, Broadway's productions of Man of La Mancha, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Brooklyn, Tarzan, Guys and Dolls, The Wiz, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and The Lion King. His studio credits include ECM's Tituli by Stephen Hartke with the Hilliard Ensemble, awardwinning films such as Tango Flush and Jesus Camp and many TV and radio commercials.

Jennifer DeVore

Cellist Jennifer DeVore received her BA in Art History from Harvard University before earning her Masters from the New England Conservatory. An active chamber musician, she has appeared at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Zankel Hall, Weill Hall and the Musicorda, Yellow Barn and Spoleto festivals. She has played with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Pi, the Jose Limon Dance Company, and the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the Lumina String Quartet, Ms. DeVore has toured Russia and the Ukraine. A champion of contemporary music, Ms. DeVore has worked closely with composers John Cage, Ornette Coleman, and John Zorn, has premiered many solo and chamber works, played in the Bang- On-A-Can Marathon and on WNYC's "New Sounds."

Gregory Durozel

A native of south Florida, Gregory Durozel began his violin studies at the age of ten under Dr.Lee Stone and Guan Shu Song. From 2004-2006, his studies continued with Professor Thomas Moore. During this time, he was a prize winner at the New World School of the Arts, Sewanee and Ars Flores concerto competitions. In 2006, he performed as one of the featured soloists in the American Ideal which was broadcast by WLRN. At the 2nd Annual Haiti Tourism Development Summit, He had the honor of playing for the President of Haiti ,Rene Preval . Gregory received his Bachelors of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 2010 under Peter Winograd. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree at The Juilliard School under Ronald Copes.

Kenji Haba

Kenji Haba is a guitarist who is exclusively sensitive to timbres in appreciating and expressing the beauty of guitar. Haba believes that the guitar is the perfect instrument to express his musical ideas because of its beautiful tones and its countless timbres. Recently, he has been focusing on impressionistic music, especially that of Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Toru Takemitsu. In 2006 Haba began studying classical guitar under renowned guitarist, Kevin R. Gallagher and Oren Fader. With his passion driving his learning ability, after one year of studying, he was accepted into the Manhattan School of Music in Master of Music, and there worked with Mark Delpriora.

Hayne Kim

Korean-American violinist Hayne Kim, a native of Lansing, Michigan, began her studies on the violin at the age of ten. She made her Carnegie Hall debut six years later performing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto no. 1 with the American Fine Arts Festival. As an avid participant in the summer music festival scene, Ms. Kim has attended the Meadowmount School of Music, Summit Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, and the Texas Music Festival, among others. Trained under both the Galamian and Russian traditions of violin pedagogy by her teachers Lyman Bodman, Dmitri Berlinsky, and currently Grigory Kalinovsky, she is now pursuing a Bachelor's degree in violin performance at the Manhattan School of Music.

Jae Kyung Oh

Jae Kyung Oh, cellist, comes from Seoul Korea where she began her musical studies at the age of five on piano, and eight on cello. At the early age of eight years old, Jae won the Dong- Ah Youth competition and held a recital debut in Seoul. She went on to winning awards and prizes from the Seoul Baroque Ensemble, Segye Ilbo, Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Kyung Hee University, Arts pool competition, and Lilian Fuchs Competition. Now in New York City, Jae has been playing co-principal with The New York Chamber Virtuosi and is a member of the Manhattan Symphony, and SIA Ensemble in the United States. She has worked chamber music with American String Quartet, Mr. Clive Greensmith from Tokyo String Quartet, Ms. Sylvia Rosenberg, Mr. Nicholas Mann.

Daniel Palkowski

Daniel Palkowski is a composer, performer, sound designer & new media developer. A specialist in electronic music, he has taught composition, theory, electronic music, & audio technology at Columbia University, the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, & the Hoff Barthelson Music School. He has written music for films, orchestras, operas, plays & multimedia works. Commissions include the Westchester Philharmonic, Music from China, the Sydney Alpha Ensemble, CD-ROM's by HarperCollins, MacMillan Digital & the Voyager Company, Disney Online, & Ernst & Young, where he currently holds a full time position as senior producer in audio-video, webcaster, & engineer. Palkowski's CD of electronic compositions, "Electria", is available through all major digital distributors.

Midori Witkoski

Midori Witkoski, Violist, is a proud advocate of all music, both new and old. Her passion for playing contemporary works has led her to premiere many new works in student composer concerts at the Manhattan School of Music, where she is expected to graduate in May 2011 with a Bachelors degree in Viola Performance. She has worked with and been coached by world renowned chamber musicians such as Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String quartet, and members of the American String Quartet including Daniel Avshalomov (viola), Peter Winograd (violin), and Wolfram Koessel (cello). She currently coaches with contemporary violinist Curtis Macomber, on works such as the Prokofiev wind quintet and Schoenberg's Transfigured Night.

Shelby Yamin

As a soloist, violinist Shelby Yamin has performed with the Rockland Symphony and Tappan Zee High School Chamber Orchestras. She has won competitions sponsored by Rockland County Music Teachers Guild, NY State and Eastern Division MTNA, Arts Council of Rockland and Morning Music Club. She held concertmaster/principal positions in orchestras at Manhattan School of Music (MSM), Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and Heifetz International Music Institute. Shelby participated in the New York Youth Symphony, MSM's Kurt Masur conducting seminar. She has had performances in Weill Recital hall of Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony's Chamber Music Program.. She performs with the Cicada Chamber Players, collaborating with professional musicians, including members of the New York Philharmonic.


Ben Allison

Bassist/composer Ben Allison is one of a few band lead- ers working in jazz today who has developed his own in- stantly identifiable sound. Known for his inspired arrange- ments, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to classical and world music, and seamlessly blends them into a cinematic, cohesive whole. With his groups The Ben Allison Band, Man Size Safe, Peace Pipe, and Medicine Wheel, Ben has toured exten- sively throughout North America, Europe, and Brazil, win- ning fans and building new audiences with an adventur- ous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected.

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper has degrees from Columbia, The New England Conservatory, & Princeton. His teachers include John Heiss, Steve Mackey, Paul Lansky, & Otto Luening. As composer: 2000 Aaron Copland composition fellow - Tanglewood; original scores for Shakespeare & Company productions; plus awards, commissions & residencies from Albany Symphony, Artists International, ASCAP, Cary Trust, Empire State Youth Orchestra, Engine 27, Fontainebleau, Imani Winds, International Street Cannibals, NARAS, New York New Music Ensemble, & Palisades Virtuosi. Specializing in 7-string bass guitar & flute with electronics, Cooper has performed most notably as a member of singer Ute Lemper's trio. Cooper endorses Overwater basses of Carlisle, U.K. He is currently a music professor at SUNY/FIT. Artistic Director of the Composer's Voice concert series,

Douglas DaSilva

Douglas DaSilva is a composer, guitarist, educator and curator in New York City. He composes in various styles including jazz, pop, children's music, chamber music and experimental. Much of his writing is influenced by Brazilian music and self-inflicted stress. His compositions have been described as "very individual, and to us has a very clear personality" in Classical Guitar Magazine. His pieces Sarabande; How to Build a Totalitarian State and Contrails have been included in 60x60 projects. His works have been performed in Brazil, England, Italy, Germany, Brazil and throughout the United States. www.myspace.com/douglasdasilva

Paolo Marchettini

Paolo Marchettini is an Italian composer and clarinetist, born in Rome. He studied at the "Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia" in Rome Composition (with Ivan Vandor), Choral Music and Choral Conducting (with Claudio Dall'Albero), clarinet (with Gaetano Russo). He specialised in composition at the "Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia" with Azio Corghi. His compositions have been played several times in the course of important musical reviews and in prestigious concert halls as: "Biennale di Venezia"; "The Italian Experience" at the Hofstra University (New York), Villecroze (France), the " Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia" Academic Hall in Rome (Easter Wings for baritone and orchestra) the Conservatorio "G. Verdi" in Como, the Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome), the Teatro Savoia (Campobasso), the Chigi Saracini Palace (Siena).

Composers for Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Program Notes

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."