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 featuring Fifteen Minutes of Fame with Conway Kuo.
Leonard Mark Lewis
Eun Young Lee
Greg A. Steinke
Christopher M. Wicks
John L. Baker
Conway Kuo, violin
Maria Johnson flute
Jing Yang, piano
Sonata for soprano saxophone and piano
Mvt 1 & 3
Riko Higuma, piano
Wonki Lee, saxophone
The Secret Garden
(dedicated to Jasmin Bey Cowin)
Jasmin Bey Cowin, harp
The Golden Light
Jasmin Bey Cowin, harp
(from: Two Whitman Songs)
Marie Incontrera, piano
Jenny Greene, voice
Jasmin Bey Cowin
Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin, harpist, educator and lecturer,
graduated from at the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik in
Karlsruhe in 1986 with a Diploma for Education and Orchestral
Harpist. From 1985-1986 she studied at the University of
Houston American harp music through a Fulbright scholarship. A
subsequent scholarship in Graduate Studies at Rice University in
Houston, Texas enabled her to further explore harp repertoire of
all periods and musical styles. Eventually she left for New York
where she received her Masters (1989) and her Doctorate in
Education (1992) from Columbia University. Dr. Cowin currently
teaches at the Center for Living & Learning and is enrolled for a
Certificate Program at the Center for Modern Psychoanalysitc
Studies, NY. www.operalectures.com
Soprano Jenny Greene has made a name for
herself specializing in new works on both coasts, creating the
roles of Amy (The North Arcade) and the Cat (Jack Prelutsky's
Something Big Has Been Here) in Seattle before moving to NYC.
She created the role of The Composer (Elodie Lauten's The Two
Cents Opera) and participated in Remarkable Theatre Brigade's
Summer Young Artist Program. In 2010, Jenny made her debut
with Village Light Opera, Opera Manhattan and Regina Opera
and the production team of Alphabet Soup Productions as
Director of Opera & Artist in Residence. This season, Jenny
made a well-received debut as Pamina (Die Zauberflote) for
Opera Manhattan and is Resident Artist at Dicapo Opera
Theater. She is joining Regina Opera as Peep-Bo (The Mikado).
Pianist Riko Higuma has performed and collaborated with
legendary artists such as Albert Markov, Neil Rosenshein, Aaron
Rosand, Cho-Liang Lin, Alan Gilbert, Steven Tanenbom, Dora
Schwarzberg, and Timothy Eddy. She was a top-prize winner at
the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition and was one of
the Young Artists at the Van Cliburn Piano Institute, where she
appeared with the Fort Worth Symphony. Individually and as the
pianist of the acclaimed Zodiac Trio, Ms. Higuma has performed
around the globe, including the LaJolla Music Society
Summerfest, Summit Music Festival, Russian River Chamber
Music, Festival c'est pas classique, and most recently at the
Festival Radio-France Montpellier. Ms.Higuma studied with
Phillip Kawin at the Manhattan School of Music and with the
Ysaye String Quartet at the Paris Conservatory.
Maria Johnson is a Brooklyn-based flutist and teacher who has
appeared at venues such as Carnegie Hall (Weill), Lincoln
Center (Fordham), Symphony Space, and Le Poisson Rouge, as
well as in Italy and China. Her recent performances have been
with Opera Mission, Bleecker Street Opera, After Dinner
Opera, Opera for Humanity, and Circles and Lines. She is also
substitute for One World Symphony and Brooklyn Symphony.
Maria holds a M.A. from New York University (2007), where she
studied with Gary Schocker.
Conway Kuo, violist and violinist, is a native of Cherry Hill, New
Jersey. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from
the Juilliard School. He is currently the Associate Principal
Second Violin of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and also a
Section First Violinist with the New York City Opera Orchestra.
Mr. Kuo performs regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra and
participated in the Aspen, Schleswig-Holstein, and Pacific Music
Festivals. Mr. Kuo was the violist for the Four Seasons String
Quartet, which gave performances in Merkin Concert Hall and
the John Harms Center. His major teachers include Jascha
Brodsky, Masao Kawasaki, Glenn Dicterow, and Arnold
Korean saxophonist Wonki Lee was born in Tokyo and began
playing the saxophone at the age of thirteen. He has
distinguished himself as a remarkable saxophonist with his
instrumental prowess and keen artistic grasp. He was the first
Korean selected as a semi-finalist in the Adolphe Sax
International Competition. As an active concert saxophonist, he
performs a wide range of music, including solo premieres and
chamber music. Wonki made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in
2008 and has performed at the Metropolitan Museum, Merkin
Concert Hall, Time Warner Building, and Macys. His concerto
recording was broadcasted on a WQXR. He won 1st prize for
MTNA Young Artist NY State Competition, and 3rd prize for the
LISMA International Music Competition. Wonki exclusively uses
YAMAHA Custom EX saxophones.
Chinese-born pianist Jing Yang has been recognized as a
soloist, chamber musician and ensemble player and has given
solo recitals in many countries including China, US, Germany,
Russia, France, Spain, Japan and Taiwan. After her debut
at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in 2006, Ms.Yang was
invited to give a solo recital tour in Europe. She has
appeared as the soloist with Saint Petersburg Phiharmonic
Symphony. Ms.Yang was invited to perform at the Embassy
of Poland in Beijing for 150th Anniversary of Chopin's
Death, followed with a recital in the Embassy of Russia.
Ms. Yang has also been a frequent advocate of new music,
working collaboratively with composers throughout New York.
Steve Cohen received his training at the Manhattan, Eastman
and Juilliard Schools of Music. Mr. Cohen's choral music has
been performed by the Zamir Chorale, Kol Zimrah (Chicago), the
Zemel Choir of London and is heard regularly at Congregation
Emanu-El and the North American Jewish Choral Festival.
Honors for Mr. Cohen include the Composer's Award given
jointly by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the
Museum in the Community (for the orchestral piece Juggernaut),
prizes in the Susan Galloway Sacred Song Award contest (for
Psalm 84 and Psalm 121), the New York Treble Singers
Composition (for Hashkiveinu), and Shalshelet Festival (for
Hashkiveinu and Y'did Nefesh) and Aeros Prize (Wind Quintet).
Artistic Director of the Composer's Voice concert series,
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, Romania, Brazil & throughout the USA.
Pianist/composer Marie Incontrera has been a recipient of the
Miriam Gideon Composition Award for women composers, a
winner of the Remarkable Theater Brigade Art Song
Competition, a 2010 recipient of the ASCAPlus award, a winner
of the 2011 Vocalessence/American Composers Forum
"Essentially Choral" readings, and was a finalist in the Iron
Composer 2010 competition. She was awarded a Meet the
Composer Metlife Creative Connections award , and a New York
Women Composers Seed Money Grant. Commissions have
come from Remarkable Theater Brigade, ANALOG arts, the
Virginia Arts Festival, and The Atlanta Opera. Marie has been a
participant of the New York Youth Symphony's Making Score
program and the John Duffy Composer's Institute.
Composer and Violist Eric Lemmon received his Bachelors in
Music at New York University's Music and Performing Arts
Program and recently, his Masters in Viola Performance at the
Mannes Conservatory. He is also the founder and editor of the
music criticism and review site OpenSourceMusic.org. As a
violist, Eric has performed throughout the New York City
metropolitan area with groups such as new music ensemble The
Manhattan Camerata, and the composers group Detour and a
regular member of Brooklyn's One World Symphony; The
Chelsea Symphony Orchestra; and the Sheep Island Ensemble,
all as principal. As a composer, Eric has recently premiered
several new works at Le Poisson Rouge and Brooklyn gallery
space, Vaudeville Park, with the composer consortium he help
found, Circles and Lines.
Claudia Montero started her musical education in Alberto
Ginastera Conservatory, Buenos Aires, graduating in Musical
Pedagogy/Composition. She has worked with the most
prestigious orchestras in Argentina, Spain and the rest of
Europe. Founder of "Women in Art" Association in Valencia, her
aim is the promotion and diffusion of works carried out by
women, giving concerts and conferences in the Music Palau in
Valencia. Her latest project, a Tribute to Alfonsina Storni, has
had a great response internationally, in New York, Buenos Aires,
Valencia and Bremen. She works with violinist Yi-Fang Huang
creating the O2 Platform of Cultural Exchanges, with
performances at "From the End of the World" in Taiwan,
Argentina and South Africa.
Composers for Fifteen Minutes of Fame
"Liana Alexandra is regarded as the leading Romanian composer of her generation. Her compositional vocabulary is wide, ranging from cluster and aleatoric technique to broad lyric melody based on folk elements from her native culture." (Grey Youtz . The Michigan University, U.S.A.) http://www.voxnovus.com/composer/Liana_Alexandra.htm
"Incantation for Violin" is dedicated to Conway Kuo.
John L. Baker
John L. Baker studied math and computers at university and graduate school in the 1950s and '60s, musical theory and composition in the 1990s as a non-degree student at Washington State University. Most of his compositions follow harmonically his own 12-tone system with progression, PSTP. For details, see polytrope.ca .
This string of five related 12-second beads forms a frieze in time with three-dimensional panels, the dimensions being time, pitch, and loudness. Each bead takes its pitches from an inversion of the dynamics contour of the preceding bead, time-reversed, and takes its dynamics from the preceding pitch contour, also time-reversed.
Roger Blanc, M.M., studied with David Diamond and taught Ear Training at Juilliard for three years. His music has been performed at Alice Tully Hall, The Whitney Sculpture Court, and overseas. He has worked in music for television (Tonight Show), film (Frida), recording (Barbra Streisand), and live performance (Miles Davis).
"Vignette" attempts to encapsulate a broad range of human experience in a single one-minute work for solo violin; it is secondarily a brief musical advertisement for speed dating. The work consists of three continuous sections in an A-B-A configuration, and is both jocular and slightly manic in mood.
Etudes in Glissandi
Tom Coult is a Manchester-based composer whose works have been performed by ensembles including Manchester Camerata, Trio Atem, Vaganza, the University of Manchester Chamber Orchestra, Chimera Ensemble and Raise Your Voice Collective. He is currently working on a collaborative theatrical work for the U.K.'s Secret Garden Party festival.
This short study deals with glissandi - upwards, downwards and in contrary motion - and evokes the sounds of jet engines, formula one cars and Jimi Hendrix's performance of 'Star Spangled Banner'.
Douglas DaSilva is a composer, guitarist, educator and Artistic Director of the Composer's Voice Concert Series and Premiere Salon Concerts 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.
"Katzbalger" is a short sword used by Landsknecht, German mercenaries of the European Renaissance. Katzbalger is commonly translated as "cat-gutter," an image endearing only to foot soldiers! My piece is a sword fight, weapons swinging until a fatal blow strikes! Echoes of the battlefield ring in the dying soldier's ears.
Ulf Grahn a Swedish American composer living and working in the Washington, DC area. He has composed work for various ensembles, orchestras, choirs including ballet and theatre. He has numerous works for piano solo including three works for piano and Orchestra. The piano works are available on Orion and Opus One records.
"Who's knocking" for solo Violin was worked out on a trip to work. The opening gesture gives the germ to the work which is then worked out. The character should be humerus in it's rapid forward moving
Iman Habibi, MMUS (UBC 2010), BMUS (UBC 2008), is an award-winning composer and pianist, residing in Vancouver.
Hailed as a "giant in talent," his music has been programmed by prestigious concert organizations such as The Marilyn Horne Foundation (New York), The Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), Tapestry New Opera (Toronto).
Se-eun Kim who is a composer, editor and orchestrator was born in Seoul, Korea. She began playing piano at 8 and winning piano contests in elementary school. Kim earned a bachelor of arts in piano performance from Bethesda University in California, and a diploma in piano performance from the Konservatorium Wien in Austria. In college, she became interested in jazz, and studied at the Seoul Jazz Academy. At Berklee, Kim is busy performing as a soloist, with vocal ensembles, for auditions and proficiencies, and with bands.
Se-Eun Kim was accused of "strange ideas" when she presented her "1 minute tango" blending elements of classical music and tango with very markedly and energetically the player with technical challenges pertaining to given aspect of violin playing, yet are effective concert works. This tangos were no longer mere dance music, but works of art for the concert hall. Although the tango rhythm is never very far away in this set, much of the interest of the music lies in how finds new textures and playing techniques for the solo violin.
Eun Young Lee
Eun Young Lee received awards including the first prize at Tsang-Houei Hsu International Music Composition Award; a recipient of fellowships including the MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Her music is chosen for broadcasts and is featured in festivals/concerts in many countries. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago.
"Ta-Ryung I" is based on Korean folk tune, Sae-Ta-Ryung. It is a part of my current project, a series of solo works and electronics. This version, Ta-Ryung I, is for solely solo violin work for violinist Conway Kuo.
Leonard Mark Lewis
Composer Leonard Mark Lewis specializes in new music. Lewis is the recipient of awards from ASCAP, B.M.I., Columbia University, Voices of Change and MACRO. He has been commissioned and performed by an array of ensembles and soloists. He is an Assistant Professor of Music at Winthrop University.
The formal scheme of "Arioso" is based on an extremely truncated Da Capo Aria form. The rhythmically flexible material is meant to evoke a mix of recitative and aria while remaining free of confinements of register.
Composer Justin Merritt (bn. 1975) is Associate Professor at St. Olaf College. He was the youngest-ever winner of the ASCAP/Rudolph Nissim award and the winner of many other awards including the Copland Award and the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Award. Hear more music by Justin Merritt at www.mooneast.com.
"Small Deviation" is a hard-charging allegro centered on the repeated low g.
Claudia Montero Was born in Buenos Aires, and started her musical education in Alberto Ginastera Conservatory in Buenos Aires, graduating in Musical Pedagogy and Composition. From 1993 to the present, she has had an opening for all her works, She has received requests from Soloists in the most pretisgious Orchestras in Buenos Aires, and Chamber Orchestras from the Chambers in Argentina, Spain and the rest of Europe. She has participated in International Musical Festivals like Cagliari (Italy), "A Orillas del Guadalquivir"("At the Banks of the Guadalquivir") (Spain), Ayamonte Musical Festival (Spain), " From the End of the World"( Taiwan) 2008, and At the End of the World 2nd Edition bahia Blanca. Argentina 2009, Gitarreland Festival 2010 ( Germany and France) she has been living in Valencia, where she has attended the Master in Musical Aesthetics and Creativity ( Valencia University). At present she teachs Composition in Joaquin Rodrigo Superior Conservatory of Music of Valencia.Spain. www.claudiamontero.net
"Visions" Is a work written especially for the Fifteen Minutes of Fame call, it explores the sonority some harmonies, in a tone relexivo, divided in 2 small parts looks for in each one of them a reflection on some twists, a reason of three notes promotes the general idea, showing that impulse in different planes and intensities.
Greg A. Steinke
Dr. Greg A Steinke is a composer of chamber and symphonic music and author with published/recorded works and performances across the U. S. and internationally; speaker on interdisciplinary arts, and oboist specializing in contemporary music.
These two microcosms are based on an early piece originally done for piano.
Pieces of a Jungle
Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn is a Bay Area native and composer of acoustic and electronic music. His music has been performed throughout the country as well as internationally. He serves on the faculty of Washington State University where he teaches composition and music theory.
"Pieces of a Jungle" is derived from a larger work Urban Jungle for chamber ensemble. The music explores dichotomies between more dissonant and aggressive melodic shapes and sonorous melodies.
Summer Morning by a Stream
Christopher M. Wicks
Christopher M. Wicks holds a MM in Composition from the University of Montreal, and is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists. His music has been performed in fifteen American states, Canada, Korea and four European countries.
"Summer Morning by a Stream" was written indeed on a summer morning by the Spokane River, where I was visiting for a beloved grandmother's funeral. It is a song of hope
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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.
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Vox Novus promotes contemporary music and its creators through concerts,
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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.
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