Dennis Bathory-Kitsz (1949) composes and advocates for the presentation of nonpop. He has created more than 1,000 works. He co-hosted the "Kalvos & Damian" nonpop radio show and created the "We Are All Mozart" composition productivity project. His Blood Countess opera "Erzsebet" premieres in October.
"...daar zatten wij..." ("we sat there") sets two verses of Psalm 137 in Dutch. Using expressive and extended techniques, it voices the simple plaintive psalm text as a tribute to the struggling new music community in the Netherlands, whose conservative government has begun dismantling the musical culture.
Christopher Danforth is a composer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied composition under Henry Gwiazda at MSU, Moorhead. He has won awards from the American Composers Forum, the Jerome Foundation, the American Music Center and Meet the Composer. His music has been featured in advertising campaigns, interactive websites, skateboarding videos and at new music festivals around the country including the 2011 MATA Festival in New York City.
The text for "These Sounds" is based on the writings of the fourteenth century Zen master, Bassui. The melodic themes for the text are drawn from various modal scales and are surrounded by a beat-box of sounds. Those vocalizations create a backdrop for Bassui's question "Who is hearing these sounds?"
David Drexler's music has been performed on three continents by groups such as The New York Miniaturist Ensemble, The Dutch Tuba Quartet, the EmergOrchestra, and the May in Miami Festival. He has received grants and commissions from the Oakwood Chamber Players, Music St. Croix, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and others.
"Soaring" is floating on air.
Abraham Fabella is a composer, conductor, pianist, teacher and singer. He has studied composition with Byron Adams (at the University of California) and Conrad Susa (at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music). He lives in the city of Colton in California.
" Easter Mood (Week 1)" is my first conscious attempt of chronicling my own soul's journey out of darkness into a new era of light.
Daniel Goode, composer-clarinetist lives in New York, is founder of the Flexible Orchestra a new concept in orchestral sound, co-director of the DownTown Ensemble member of Gamelan Son Lion. Recent work is the opera, French Arithmetic premiered 2010 by the Flexible Orchestra's concert of new works and revivals for its latest array of seven accordions, three strings.
"For His 6th Birthday" is a "duet" for one voice who is by turns "the parents" and "Danny," the their child. It's a setting of the composer, Daniel Goode's unbelievable gift of a ballerina (a real one from the Ballet Russe) "given to him" by his father for his sixth birthday. This song is the "back-story."
Paolo Longo was born in Trieste (Italy) in 1967, he graduated at the Conservatorio Tartini with highest honors. He won several composition competitions: in Oslo (Edvard Grieg), Tarragona (ANDM), Plovdiv, Tokyo, New Haven (Ren?e B. Fisher Awards), Paris, Miami (ISCM), Taranto, etc. His music has been performed and broadcast in more than 30 countries.
Three pitches are the whole material on which is based this piece titled, "... my name ..." The short text ("My name is Beth") is submitted to continuous permutations, which become something like mishaps - as in a society (the current) where communication is so hard to make difficult even the simple act of introducing himself.
Pamela Madsen's works feature transformation and transcendence in performance through intensive focus on the moment, voice, exhaustive repetition and transfiguration of intentionally simple gestures. Professor at Cal State Fullerton, her mentors include Brian Ferneyhough and Pauline Oliveros with commissions premiered by Zeitgeist, Ethel, Trio Solisti, Verdehr Trio, JACK and Arditti Quartet. Pamela Madsen www.pamelamadsen.com
"The Singing of the Waves: Neried's Lyre"
This work is from a collection of pieces based on images and sounds of imagined seductive Sea Nymphs (Nerieds) inspired by sounds collected during a visit to Luciano Berio's birthplace: Oneglia, Italy--a small fishing village on the sea. Text is from Sunk Lyonnesse by Walter de la Mare.
by Walter de la Mare
In sea-cold Lyonnesse
When the Sabbath eve shafts down
On the roofs, walls and belfries
Of the foundered town
The Nereids pluck their lyers
Where the green translucency beats
And with motionless gaze
Make mintrelsy in the streets.
Pamela J. Marshall's commissions include South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Master Singers of Lexington, MA, Green Mountain Youth Symphony, Assabet Valley Mastersingers. Recent projects: Poetry-Inspired Solos for various instruments; and the Art-Poem-Music collaboration. She plays freestyle improv with the Vortex Series in Boston and leads improvisation workshops. www.spindrift.com
"Double" for soprano includes whistling, unvoiced syllables, brass-style double-tonguing, and optional percussion. The soprano might choose castanets, drumming with fingernails, or even a handclap with reverb. The challenge is to blend the disparate sounds into a coherent texture, pushing forward urgently to the final note.
Born in La Plata, Argentina (1973), Luis Menacho graduated in composition at the College of Fine Arts from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP). He founded the ensambles klang and alla[breve]. He is lecturer in Composition. Some of his works were published by Stark Musikverlag, Ediciones GCC and Melos.
"Poem (2011) " Was composed with fragments of a Emily Dickinson?s poem, "I hide myself within my flower" (1854-59). The reminiscences of my memory at the moment of the composition have a relation with the musical materials used: residual sounds ?percussive, tuned air- sing, reminiscences of words? for a fragile experience beetwen poetry and music.
Koka Nikoladze, born in 1989, entered Tbilisi State Conservatoire in 2006 with a specialty in violin and in 2008 continued with a specialty in composition. In 2010 graduated Tbilisi State Conservatoire as a violinist and entered MH Stuttgart with a specialty composition. Nikoladze has composed "new music" for chamber ensembles as well as postproduction music. One of the major directions is also theatre music. Nikoladze received Best theatre composer award on "Ardifest" theater festival, 2010.
The piece is called "pakSizaala" (translation from Sanskrit: bird sanctuary). The structure is almost perfect symmetric. The first half of the piece is reversed afterwords, (except last two bars). The aesthetic point of the piece is to turn a performer into a "hybrid" bird, that's song begins nowhere and and ends in the same way. The piece applies extended vocal techniques.
Brandon J Rolle is a composer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, whose work is focused on music as an interdisciplinary art, and a portrait of modern American culture. Rolle has degrees in Music and Political Science, and currently studies composition at the Mills College Graduate Music Department in Oakland, California.
"Beautiful Noise: " is an exploration of methods by which solo voice can imbue a melody with context, dissonance, and resolution. Levels of voiced and un-voiced articulation techniques highlight the incredible harmonic content of the voice, often overlooked and taken for granted.
Dr. Justin Rubin is Professor of Composition at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His renewed interest in traditional tonal structures through a prism of modern techniques has led to his present approach to writing. He has released two solo CDs: Nostalgia (Innova 738) and Constellations (MSR 1398).
"Still south I went..." crawls around a synthetic scale centered on 'A' leading to some quite distracting chromatic nuances that seemed to fit the character of Synge's text. Two 'hummed' sections separate the off-putting accents and mirrored rhyme-schemes that shaped much of the musical form.
Naftali Schindler got a MMA degree at Yale. In his music, he likes to synthesize musical traditions from around the world. He lives in the Judean Hills in Israel, among goats and vineyards. His music has been played by various entities in many places, and he won some prizes.
The title doesn't lie. The piece is in sonata form, the consonants "Sh, T" and "Ch, K" forming the first and second theme, respectively. These consonants are developed and recapitulated. The piece is for vocal chords (STRINGS), WIND pipe, and percussion, I think that combination is called a symphony orchestra.
William Vollinger's music's been performed by Gregg Smith Singers and NY Vocal Arts Ensemble, whose performance of "Three Songs About the Resurrection" won first prize at Geneva International Competition. "Violinist in the Mall" won 2005 Friends and Enemies of New Music competition. Published by Abingdon, API, Heritage, Kjos, Lawson-Gould, and Laurendale.
"Who Are You Waving At?" was written by William Vollinger for Beth Griffith and 15-Minutes-of-Fame for unaccompanied soprano voice. It describes a familiar experience of mistaken identity. It explores new (as opposed to current) musical territory, isolating words into spoken and sung components, generating musical figures for repeated words.
Andrew Walters is Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Music Technology at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. Walters' music has been performed at variousconferences throughout the United States and Canada and appears on volume nine and sixteen of the "Music from SEAMUS" compact discs.
"Sardoodledom" is a fractured, melodramatic, but trivial waltz. The word apparently can cause giggles in children (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8jwp5ou5hE).
Ian Assersohn is an English composer, choral director and piano teacher. He studied piano and composition at the Royal College of Music and the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag. He is musical director of Leatherhead Choral Society and Concordia Singers of Crawley.
"Consolation II" is an evocation of the Liszt of the Consolations s.172 - the meditative, intimate and gentle poet rather than the flamboyant virtuoso. It is tonal, using the key of E major, the key of several of the Consolations. However it has a pared-down austerity that also evokes the older Abbe Liszt
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 (Fargo), recording (Barbra Streisand) and live performance (Miles Davis).
"Sixty Second Man" repeats a single left hand figure throughout; the right hand counterposes variants of it, culminating in a final harmonic agglomeration. The title "Sixty Second Man" recalls a similarly named R&B tune, and the work is dedicated to Liszt's prolific virtuosity as both a pianist and a paramour.
Scott Brickman (b. 1963) was educated at the University of Wisconsin and Brandeis University. He is Professor of Music and Education at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. In 2009 Scott initiated intercollegiate club baseball at UMFK, becoming the team's coach as well as one of its players.
"My Bagatelle sans tonalite" is obviously inspired by Liszt's Fourth Mephisto Waltz. I sought to interpret his motivic and harmonic material through the lens of a modernist composer of the 21st century. Additionally, the form of my piece and the figuration of the arpeggio runs reference Liszt's Waltz.
Carson Cooman (b. 1982) is an American composer with a catalog of works in many forms; his music has been performed on all six inhabited continents. Cooman's music appears on over thirty recordings, including twelve complete CDs on the Naxos, Albany, Artek, Altarus, and Zimbel labels. He serves as an active consultant on music business matters to composers and performing organizations.
"Nous voyons" is based upon one of Franz Liszt's simplest piano compositions, "Chanson d'Arcadelt" (1862), a reworking of an "Ave Maria" by the Renaissance composer Jacques Arcadelt (c. 1507-68). In this brief new transformation, fragments of the Arcadelt and Liszt emerge through tempestuous, pianistic textures.
Emma Lou Diemer has given numerous concerts of her music and that of other contemporary composers with an emphasis on keyboard works by women. She has written many collections for organ, many based on hymntunes, and a number of concert works (Toccata, Fantasie, Toccata and Fugue) for organ. She has written music in almost all genres and has been published since 1957, with a number of works recorded and found on amazon.
"A Little Imagination" is in the collection Seven Pieces for Klavier (Diemer) and published in Germany by Certosa Verlag.
Moritz Eggert has covered all genres in his work - his oeuvre includes 9 operas as well as ballets and works for dance and music theatre, often with unusual performance elements. He works as a performer (pianist, actor and singer) and conductor. His New Music Blog "Bad Blog Of Musick" is the most-visited German New Music Blog and has incited many controversial discussions about the state of Contemporary Music today. He also writes regularly for various print publications, is an avid boardgaming-podcaster and will be professor for composition at the University of Munich from winter semester 2010 on. His music is published by Sikorski, Hamburg. He lives with his wife and son in Munich.
Because of the way that the perception of time has sped up continuously in the last years it only makes sense to think one step further than the 1 minute concept. 1 second pieces should be the way to go in the 21st century.
Eberhard Eyser was born 1932 in Germany. He studied from 1952-57 in Music Akademie Hannover/Germany and 1964-1967 in Mozarteum Salzburg/Austria, Accademia Chigiana Siena/Italy. He has written about 400 titles including chamber, wind, orchestral. vocal, electronic music, chamber operas, and ballet music.
"Valsettinella Franz Liszt honoris causa" speaks for itself by its gesture provoking the memory of Franz Liszt's powerful personality.
Arthur Gottschalk attended the University of Michigan, and teaches at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Honored by the Charles Ives Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he has won many other awards in music. He was a film and television composer, and a producer for PolyGram and Capitol.
"Liszt Connections" is a 58-second work for solo piano written specifically for Shiau-uen Ding's "Liszt Bicentennial Bash". The connections referred to in the title have to do with Liszt's hipness, his Nineteenth Century rock-star status, as best exemplified by the films of Ken Russell.
Eugene Marlow, Ph.D.--an award-winning composer/arranger, performer (piano), producer, presenter, and educator--has composed and arranged over 200 jazz and classical pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and jazz big band. His latest album is "Celebrations" (MEII Enterprises 2010). He is a 2010 recipient of a Meet The Composer grant.
"La Nageuse Incessante" was written with Franz Liszt in mind. Not only a composer of note, Liszt was also a virtuoso solo pianist. "La Nageuse Incessante" is a bright, driving solo piano piece that demands both articulation and dexterity from the performer.
David Morneau is a composer of an entirely undecided genre, a provider of exclusive unprecedented experiments. In his work he endeavors to explore ideas about our culture, issues concerning creativity, and even the very nature of music itself. Learn more @ http://5of4.com
One of my favorite movies is still "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" There's that great scene in the burlesque house where Hungarian Rhapsody no.2 is rendered by the dueling pianos of Daffy Duck and Donald Duck, one of many cartoons to pilfer Liszt's classic. "You're Despicable" pays tribute to that heritage.
Alon Nechushtan (pianist/composer) has composed and performed in Carnegie Hall (NYC) , Yokohama Music Festival (Japan), Hebraica Sao Paolo (Brazil), Rex Concert Hall ( canada), Tel Aviv Museum, Weiss Hall (Israel), Hyde Park (London) and many other venues in Europe, his Native Israel and the U.S. More about him at www.musicalon.com
"Notes from the Chapelle of L" is a Liszt tribute in the form of a linear micro variations on a 2 bar theme from Liszt's Annees de pelerinage (Years of Pilgrimage). It is propelled by a harmonic development as well as motivic permutation and rhythmic variations. It is 59 seconds long.
Edward Ruchalski has been commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Helen Boatwright and Syracuse's Society for New Music. His compositions have been performed at Lincoln Center, Mass MOCA, Miller Theatre, the Everson Museum and at the Festival of Miami. Ruchalski has also been the recipient of two Artist Grants from Syracuse's Cultural Resources Council for his compositions using motorized string and percussion sculptures of his own design. To date, he has eight studio recordings available. Ruchalski lives in Syracuse, NY, where he is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Le Moyne College.
The source material used for ...from Consolations,,, is from Liszt's first two Consolations. This short work was composed in November, 2010 and is dedicated to Shiau-uen Ding.
Bob Siebert received his Bachelor and Masters of Music Degrees from Manhattan School of Music. He has been a performer/composer/teacher in the New York area for the past thirty five years. his music runs the gambit from pop influenced electronic realism through reinvented jazz standards to experimental electronic pieces and music for the African thumb piano.
Dig this: My 60 second submission is an updated jazz version of Liszt's "Liebestraum" theme paired with a brief bop tune - a minimalist collage of two diverse musical ideas.
Brazilian clarinetist and composer Alexandre F. Travassos was born in Rio de Janeiro. He studied at the Sao Paulo's Municipal School of Music and the Art and Communication School of Sao Paulo University. His prized works for orchestra, symphonic band and chamber groups has been performed in Brazil, United States, Holland and Portugal.
In 1823 (early 1824), Liszt's wrote his first printed work, a Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli, included in Diabelli's anthology of variations by 50 composers. I tried imagining a new variation by a mature Liszt, using his archetypical unexpected chord progressions, tremolos, augmented chords and a more virtuosistic approach.
Tsen-fang Lin, previously graduate from NTNU, now majors in composition at NSYSU graduate school and studies with Dr. Sz-syan Lee. She is also a free lance and has a studio in KS, working for music industry especially musicals and records. She prefers to be a producer rather than a performer.
"Reminiscence of Liszt" is inspired by Franz Liszt's virtuosic image in the heart of Tsen-fang, tries to describe an uncommon hero and at the same time a man whose mind is hard to grasp. Deeply impressed by the Mephisto Walzer of Liszt, this piece also tries to admire the eternal passages.
Vox Novus launched its first official 15-Minutes-of-Fame at the
March 27, 2011 Composer’s Voice concert in New York City.
Fifteen Minutes of Fame is a collection of one-minute acoustic
works composed specifically for a specific performer or ensemble.
Vox Novus places a call for scores and 15 pieces are chosen from
the works submitted. The works are then premiered on the Composer
Voice concert series.
Fifteen Minutes of Fame has received 557 submissions from 6 continents for our 2011 calls alone.
Fifteen Minutes of Fame is rapidly becoming one of the most stimulating vehicles for offering new opportunities to composers. Today’s concert presents the amazing soprano Beth Griffith premiering her very own Fifteen Minutes of Fame!
Only a performer as talented and daring as pianist Shiau-uen DIng could be paired with Beth. Shiau-uen will be performing an encore presentation of the March 27, 2011 concert.
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.