The Composer's Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for
contemporary composers to express their musical aesthetic and
personal "voice" created in their compositions.
The Composer's Voice Concert Series presents Our 1st
Children's Month Concert
Compositions by children & about children
But NOT children's music!
Sunday, September 18, 2011 1:00 PM
Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th St. NYC
Music and performances by:
Greg Bartholomew Steve Cohen Douglas DaSilva
John Falcone Suzanne Mueller Jessie Montgomery
Nick Revel Leah Tehrani Rob Voisey David Wolfson
Fifteen Minutes-of-Fame: <15 Sophia Yan, piano
15 pieces by
15 years or younger
in 15 Minutes also
THE PAINTINGS OF HENRY CORDOBA
1. J.P. Redmond
2. Lucy Kiernan
3. Sasha Voinov
4. Milo Talwani
5. Adam Zolty
6. Nuha Dolby
7. Emma Liddle
8. Jimmy Pigott
9. Jason U. DaSilva
10. Gabe Straus
11. Reesab Pathak
12. Patrick Hayward
13. Julia Pigott
14. Kai Lesser
15. Seth Ewing-Crystal
Sophia Yan, piano
Funeral for a Ball
Suzanne Mueller, cello
Suzanne Mueller, cello, voice
Window 5 & Window 6 from Seventeen Windows
David Wolfson, piano
Jessie Montgomery, violin
Nick Revel, viola
You Cannot Pass the Mother By
Leah Tehrani, soprano
David Wolfson, piano
.Leah Tehrani, soprano
Dos Naye Lid
Leah Tehrani, soprano
Steve Cohen, piano
Born in North Babylon, NY in 1962, John Falcone has earned
degrees in Bassoon from Carnegie Mellon University and The
Juilliard School. As bassoonist, he has performed with many
professional orchestras including the Costa Rica National
Orchestra, the New York City Opera National Company and the
New Jersey Symphony. Since 1991, John has served as Coprincipal
Bassoon with the Symphony Orchestra of the
Principality of Asturias, Spain. Also a proficient saxophonist, he
has recorded two jazz CD's with his quartet "John Falcone
Group." As composer, John has premiered many orchestral and
chamber works, most of which feature the bassoon in a
prominent role. His compositions are published by
EditionsViento and several of their performances can be viewed
on his YouTube channel "JayBassoon."
Jessie Montgomery is a New York native violinist, composer
and music educator. She is a composer and performer of film,
theater and concert music, performing regularly among New
York's classical and new music scenes.
Jessie is a founding member of PUBLIQuartet, an
ensemble made up of composers and arrangers, featuring their
own music as well as that of other New York based composers.
Jessie holds a Bachelor's degree from The Juilliard School in
violin performance and is currently a Master of Music Candidate
for Composition in Film Scoring at NYU. Composition teachers
and mentors include Hollywood film composer Ira Newborn,
Mark Suozzo, Joan Tower and DerekBermel.
Cellist Suzanne Mueller is a graduate of both the Pre-College
and College of The Juilliard School .She is a founding member of
CROSS ISLAND, a cello/piano/clarinet ensemble , and of the
guitar/cello duo Mueller & Russo. She has been Beech Tree
Concerts Artist-in-Residence at Old Westbury Gardens on LI for
8 years, presenting a series of outdoor summer concerts. She
enjoys collaborating with composers and her concerts generally
feature new works written or arranged for her.A proponent of
non-traditional cello performance styles and genres, Suzanne is
a member of the New Directions Cello Association. This marks
her second appearance on this series.For more information, to
hear sound clips of her playing, and for a performance calendar,
visit http://www.myspace.com/cambiatagn or on Facebook.
Nick Revel received his Bachelor's of Music in viola
performance from the Eastman School of music in 2008.. He
has made appearances performing on stages in Berlin Germany,
Tokyo Japan, in the Rochester International Jazz Festival, and in
concerts all over NYC. As violist and founding member of
PUBLIQuartet String Quartet, Revel coached at the Juilliard
Quartet Seminar as well as the Deer Valley Contemporary Music
Festival with Joan Tower and the Muir Quartet. As a budding
composer, he has been commissioned to write original works for
the New York Viola Society, and choral works for the Xoregos
Performing Company. His music has been featured in concerts
with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra; PUBLIQuartet and the
Silver Bay Concert Series in Silver Bay, NY.
Leah Tehrani, a native of Toronto, moved to New York City to
pursue her singing career. She attended the American Academy
of Dramatic Arts, has graduated from the Internship Affiliate
Program at Broadway Dance Center, was a student at The
Juilliard School and completed her studies at Mannes College of
Music. Leah has performed on numerous occasions with The
New York Grand Opera, including Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera"
at Central Park's Summer Stage and Verdi's "Requiem" at
Carnegie Hall under the direction of Maestro Vincent La Selva.
Leah also had the honor of playing the role of Cassie in "A
Chorus Line" at the Colleen Dewhurst Theater in upstate New
York. Leah studied opera in Siena, Italy at the Senese Per La
Pianist Sophia Yan performed at age 4 in Carnegie Hall and at 9
at the Kennedy Center. Sophia is a four-time first prizewinner of
the Steinway Society Competition and winner of International
Concert Alliance and International Young Artist Competitions.
Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times writes, "...the music
literally pulls her off the piano bench; she ranges up and down
the keyboard so quickly and with such ferocity that mere sitting
will not do." Yan has appeared in Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall,
CAMI Hall, Chateau de Fontainbleau (France), St. Nicolo's
Auditorium (Italy) and Niagara Courthouse (Canada).
Recognized as an exceptional artist by the National Foundation
for Advancement in the Arts.
The music of award-winning composer Greg Bartholomew is
frequently performed across the United States and in Canada,
Australia and Europe. NPR classical music reviewer Tom
Manoff called him "a fine composer not afraid of
accessibility." Five commercial recordings of his works are
available, with upcoming releases scheduled by the Freudig
Singers of Western New York and trumpeter James Ackley. Born
in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1957, Bartholomew earned degrees
from the College of William & Mary and the University of
Washington. His music is published by Art of Sound Music, Ars
Nova Press, Imagine Music, Orpheus Music and Burke &
Bagley. For further information visit: www.gregbartholomew.com
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.
"The word 'viral,' comes to mind as a trendy but disquietingly
accurate image for Robert Voisey's infectious enthusiasm. He is
always ready to mutate and reinfect the process as indicated to
maintain the highest degree of project fever" -60x60: netsuke for
the musical mind -- Richard Arnest, Sounding Board, Spring
2011. "With few opportunities and much competition, young
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.
David Wolfson is an eclectic, versatile composer of songs,
concert music and music for theatre, as well as other genres. The
New York Times has called his work "musically inventive" and
"theatrically forceful." He has written art songs, theatre songs,
comedy songs, pop songs and songs for big-headed-costumedcharacter
amusement parks shows; he has written music for
bassoon quartet, percussion ensemble, SATB chorus and cello
quartet; he has composed incidental music for plays and done
sound design for Macy's display windows. Please visit
15 one-minute selections for < 15 with Sophia Yan
Brazil, I've Got Rhythm
Jason Ulysses DaSilva
Jason Ulysses DaSilva Brazil, I've Got Rhythm - Brazilian-American composer, pianist, percussionist, and fashion model, Jason Ulysses DaSilva composes in a free-form style reflective of his piano improvisations. A huge fan of Stravinsky, Michael Jackson and Star Wars, he studies piano in New York City with Aya Hamada.
Nuha Dolby Piano Music - Nuha Dolby, 10, of Riverdale, New York, is a graduate of the Credit Suisse Very Young Composers program. In February 2011 her orchestral work "Voices of Darkness" was performed by the New York Philharmonic alongside Beethoven's 6th Symphony as part of the School Day Concerts at Avery Fisher Hall.
Seth Ewing-Crystal Clockwork Mouse - Seth Ewing-Crystal is eleven years old and lives in New York, NY. He studies piano and viola, and plays in his school orchestra. He appeared in seven Metropolitan Opera productions, singing in six, including a solo in The Magic Flute. He will sing with the New York Philharmonic in June.
1 Minute Composition
Patrick Hayward 1 Minute Composition - Hello my name is Patrick Hayward and I am 13 years old. Currently, I attend the British School of Chicago and also take compositional tutoring from Aaron Krister Johnson. As far as my piece goes it is the first official piano piece I've ever composed.
Lucy Kiernan Lucy's Piece - 9-year-old composer Lucy Kiernan studies piano in New York City. She also enjoys drawing, fashion design and playing soccer. She's pleased to have her composition played in concert for the first time today.
Indians and Pirates
Kai Lesser Indians & Pirates - Kai has had an appreciation of music since infancy. At the age of 4, Kai composed his first piece of music which he is so excited to share with your today. In addition to music, Kai loves sports, particularly ocean sports including swimming, skim boarding, surfing and boogie boarding.
Boat on a Stormy Sea
Emma Liddle Boat on a Stormy Sea - My name is Emma Liddle. I am thirteen. I live with my family in Bloomington, Minnesota, and attend Olson Middle School. I began singing in a community youth choir at age 7, playing piano at age 9, and composing at 10. I am currently writing my thirty-ninth piece for piano.
Reesab Pathak Conflicting Thoughts - Reesab Pathak is 13-years-old, an lives in Camas, Washington. His piano teacher is Barbara Roberts, and his composition teacher is Michael Johanson. He also plays the saxophone and enjoys jazz. In the past, he has participated in the Young Composers Project in Portland, Oregon; This is Reesab's fourth year composing.
Jimmy Pigott Crossing Bridges - Jimmy Pigott studies viola and piano in New York City. His compositional style is usually classically structured; and although he occasionally experiments in this capacity, his focus is on the exploration of the oftneglected consonants. Jimmy is Assistant Stage Director for the Composer's Voice concert series.
Julia Pigott Summer Toil - Young composer Julia Pigott is a student in New York City. In addition to composing, Julia studies piano and loves to sing. Her other interests include dogs and writing screenplays. Her wit, which is cleverly displayed in her sense-of-humor, comes out in her compositions. Julia's piece "Books Books Books" was premiered by the New York Miniaturist Ensemble. Her favorite color is purple.
J. P. Redmonds
J.P. Redmond Peregrine II - J. P. Redmond was born in 1999 and is a resident of Hastings on Hudson, NY. He studies piano and composition and theory at Concordia Conservatory. J.P. has received awards from the National Federation of Music Clubs and Composers Concordance, and was a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Competition.
Gabriel Straus #3 - Gabriel Straus is a student of music in New York City. He currently studies piano, double bass, voice and composition. He loves to sing. Gabe considers all of his work to be experimental. He also has fun creating unique and personal arrangements of folk tunes.
The Prevailing Wisdom
Milo Talwani The Prevailing Wisdom - Milo Talwani is a fourteen-year-old pianist, violist and composer from Los Angeles, California. He studies piano and composition at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and plays in three jazz bands at Eagle Rock High School. He is currently working on a piece for vibraphone, cello and clarinet.
The Storm Etude
Sasha Voinov The Storm Etude - Sasha Voinov, who is thirteen, lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and is currently in eighth grade at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. He likes improvising and composing music in different styles - on violin, piano and keyboard-, and writing songs. To date, Sasha composed over two dozen original compositions and songs.
Adam Zolty Textures - Adam is 14 years old,he studies with his mentor, pianist/composer, Iman Habibi. Adam was the 2009 winner of the Vancouver Chamber Choirs young composers' competition Elementary Category. His string Quartet was selected and performed in both The Sonic Boom music festival and at a UBC concert in 2010.
Artist Henry Cordoba, a native of Cali, Columbia started to paint
when he was working a nightshift job in Florida soon after
coming to the United States. His roommates were on a different
sleeping schedule and he found the need to express himself at
first by painting on small pieces of paper and as he grew as an
artist, expanding into larger works on canvas.
His "rich, colorful and mature works" (The Scribbler) are
influenced by his life experiences: past and present and his
vision for his future. As an artist, he is entirely self taught.
Henry is well known in the international community of New York
City for his other passion as a chef. Henry is the first painter to
be featured on a Composer's Voice concert.
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
This is the place you were welcome,
long before you arrived!
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 also provided by the Puffin Foundation, "...continuing the dialogue between art and lives of ordinary people."