Music and performances by:
15 Minutes-of-Fame: Jenny Greene, soprano
with David Friend piano
15 pieces by
in 15 Minutes
Marie Incontrera, curator
15-Minutes-of-Fame: Jenny Greene
1. If Music Be the Food of Love
3. Don't Let Me Sleep
4. Broader Ripples
5. The Inferno of Dante
7. Unsex Me Here
8. A Drinking Song
10. no msg
11. Fifth Blackbird
12. Spit Out Your Gum
13. How Doth the Little Crocodile
Jenny Greene, soprano
David Friend, piano
Ebb, The Future is Space
Julie Hall, voice
Alex Weiser, piano
Julie Hall, voice
Alex Weiser, piano
My Eyes are Dry
Jasmine Presson, soprano
Melissa Castelvetre, alto
Marie Incontrera, piano
It's Not You, It's Me
Lindsey Kowalik, soprano
Suzanne McGuire-Oberdorfer, alto
Marie Incontrera, piano
Samantha K Enriquez, flute
Sam Teuring, flute
Ashley Williams, flute
Yoobin Whang, flute
Samantha K Enriquez
Samantha K Enriquez, NY, NY, BM & MM - NYU. Member of W4
New Music Collective, Brooklyn Wind Symphony, ensemble mise-en.
Performances with One World Symphony, New York Youth
Symphony (under Ryan McAdams and Paul Haas), the NYU
Orchestras and the Queens College Orchestra. Heard at Alice Tully,
Carnegie Hall, United Nations, NPR's "From the Top" and various
WQXR and UN Radio broadcasts. Collaborations with Charles
Neidich, Shanghai Quartet, Mindy Kaufman, Carter Brey, Alan
Gilbert. Studied with Keith Underwood, Mindy Kaufman, Robert
Langevin, Michael Parloff; master classes with James Galway, Davide
Formisano, Maxence Larrieu, Leone Buyse, Robert Dick.
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
Lindsey Marie Kowalik
Lindsey Marie Kowalik is a graduate of Old Dominion University and
Texas State University, where she obtained her Masters Degree in
Vocal Performance. She frequented the stages of both institutions,
most notably as The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Marenka
in The Bartered Bride, and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte.
She recently had the honor of performing a concert with Alphabet
Soup Productions for contemporary New York Women composers in
New York City. She is currently studying with Tyson Deaton.
Suzanne Oberdorfer is a mezzo soprano performer and teacher in
the Hampton Roads, Virginia region. She graduated magna cum laud
from Old Dominion University with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal
Performance. While there on vocal scholarship, she performed as a
regular soloist for all vocal ensembles. She has performed as both a
soloist and chorus member in the Todi Festival and Operafestival di
Roma summer programs as well as performing as a soloist for the
Virginia Arts Festival Duffy Composer's Institute. Currently Suzanne is
a soloist of St. Pauls Episcopal Church and Ohef Sholom Temple,
both in Norfolk. She also performs with Virginia Opera as a cover
artist and in their chorus and teaches voice privately.
Jasmine Presson (soprano) recently completed her MM at
Northwestern University, where she performed in Street Scene (Greta
Fiorentino), The Ghosts of Versailles (Opera Box Soprano), and in
scenes as Donna Anna and Fiordiligi. She originated the role of the
Barista in the Too Much Coffee Man Opera by Daniel Steven Crafts
and the role of Michelle in Rain by Hae Kyoung Park. Jasmine toured
Oregon in Hansel & Gretel (Gertrude) as part of Portland Opera's
outreach ensemble. Before receiving a bite from the opera bug,
Jasmine spent half a decade acting and directing in NYC in venues
including WOW Cafe Theatre, Dixon Place and The Looking Glass
Theatre. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Kalamazoo College and
studied music at Brooklyn College.
Flutist Sam Theuring is currently earning her Master's degree in flute
performance at NYU with Robert Dick. She holds a Bachelor's degree
in flute performance from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
where she studied with Paul Doebler, Jessica Dunnavant and Julie
Hobbs, and substituted with the Central Wisconsin Symphony
Orchestra. Sam has participated in masterclasses with Trevor Wye,
Chris Norman, Jill Felber, Eva Amsler, Gro Sandvik and Bud Beyer.
Ashley Williams, flutist, earned her Bachelor of Science in Music
Education, Magna Cum Laude, from Western Connecticut State
University where she attended on full scholarship and studied flute
with Dr. Kerry Walker. She is currently attending New York University
to obtain her Master of Music in Flute Performance. She has
performed as principal flute in many Connecticut orchestras, and has
also performed on various woodwinds in pit orchestras all over
Connecticut. She has performed in masterclasses for many notable
artists, including Juilius Baker, Jeffrey Khaner, Sandra Church, Gary
Schocker, Jeanne Baxtresser, Keith Underwood, and others. She has
also studied flute privately with Susan Hoeppner and Nobutaka
Shimizu. She has performed as soloist with the Western Connecticut
State University Wind Ensemble.
Richard Ford is Houston Heights Orchestra's first Composer in
Residence. His latest works for piano, string quartet, and solo horn
recently premiered at the Highscore Music Festival in Pavia, Italy.
Performances of new works are scheduled in Houston and New York
this year. With a degree in Composition from the University of
Oklahoma, Ford has studied with Michael Hennagin, David Diamond,
Dan Welcher, and is an alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Music
Theatre Workshop and Aspen Music Festival.Ford has written five
musicals, incidental music for six plays, and scored the feature film
iCrime and twelve short films. He is an accomplished theater and film
producer. His first ballet for choreographer Kate Buck Jr. is available
on iTunes and iCrime is available on DVD
Matt Frey is a Brooklyn-based composer of contemporary concert
music, both for vocal and instrumental ensembles. Recent projects
have included residencies, commissions, and/or premieres with the
JACK String Quartet, the NYU Symphony Orchestra, the Manhattan
Wind Ensemble, and the BACK Vocal + Percussion Duo. Currently
studying with composers Joan La Barbara and Julia Wolfe while
pursuing his Master's degree in composition at New York University,
Frey is a co-founder/artistic director of the West 4th New Music
Collective, a cooperative of NYC-based composers and performers.
Combining inspiration from modern concert composers with a love for
the bold gestures of electronic and popular music has become Frey's
trademark, creating a sound uniquely recognizable and popular.
Julie Hill is a composer/ vocalist from Hollywood, Florida. She
currently studies with Dr. Nils Vigeland and Dr. Reiko Fueting from
Manhattan School of Music. Her music incorporates evocative
sonorities into a form that is accessible and stimulating to both the
well-rounded listener and the individual listening to classical music for
first time. Jazz, rock, and sounds of the street are among her many
influences, and she strives to create music that spans across multiple
genres. She believes that rigorous development and a clear
presentation of musical ideas are paramount in guiding one's listener
to a place of reflection as a result of musical interaction. Through this
language, she communicates innovative ideas that awaken and
reaffirm those old adages we have heard over and over again.
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 2011Vocalessence/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 participated in the New
York Youth Symphony's Making Score program and the John Duffy
Alex Weiser is a composer of patient and thought provoking, yet
visceral and dramatic chamber, orchestral, and vocal music. Alex
recently graduated from Yale University where his teachers included
Michael Klingbeil, Kathryn Alexander, Martin Bresnick, David Lang,
Ingram Marshall, and Chris Theofanidis. Alex's music has been
performed by groups such as the JACK quartet, Argento New Music
Project, Fifth House Ensemble, and New Triad. At Yale Alex's works
were commissioned and performed by many of the school's premier
ensembles including the Jonathan Edwards College Philharmonic,
Berkeley College Orchestra, Resonance Chamber Ensemble, Opera
Theater Yale College, Yale Percussion Group. Alex was also the
president of Yale's undergraduate composer's organization "IGIGI"
which hosts numerous concerts of new music each year.
15 Minutes of Fame Composers
15 one-minute selections for Jenny Greene
Danielle Barry is a young Australian composer currently searching through the musical world to find the intriguing and bizarre. She seeks to create blends of musical styles and genres, music that draws on all manner of experiences and cultures in an effort to represent the muddled world from which we all come.
Precipice explores the gradual breakdown of order and destruction of the world, and our feeble attempts to hold it together as it crumbles away.
A Drinking Song
Jeremy Beck is "an original voice celebrating music. Without self-consciousness, without paralyzing abstraction, [he] reminds us that music is movement, physically and emotionally." A graduate of the Yale School of Music, Duke University and the Mannes College, Beck also holds a law degree from the University of Louisville. www.BeckMusic.org
A Drinking Song by the Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), was first published in his collection Green Helmet and Other Poems (1910). The music reflects the text, which is both amusing and wistful. And while the title may suggest merriment, there is a sense here of unrequited longing.
Scott Brickman (b. Dec. 28, 1963, Oak Park, Illinois) was educated in the Chicago Public school system and holds music degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Brandeis University. Since 1997 he has taught at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where he is Professor of Music and Education. In the fall of 2009, Scott helped initiate intercollegiate club baseball at UMFK; he coaches their team and also plays on their squad.
Figureheads is part of my song cycle "Dear Darwin", written to texts of poet Kathleen Ellis.
Andy Cohen did the classical-music-studies thing at Oberlin and Manhattan School of Music, and enjoys revisiting that universe from time-to-time. For the most part, he is keeping busy doing sound, original music, and keyboard programming for theater shows. For more information, visit him at www.andycomusic.com.
no msg is a setting of a spam email I received a few years ago: the text is almost certainly machine-generated, and nonsensically conflates its sources (the U.S. Constitution and "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea") into a wonderful piece of happenstance poetry which I thought would make for a nice short song.
Spit Out Your Gum!
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.
The oft-heard cry Spit Out Your Gum! explores the frustration of the gum-control faction versus the rebellious self-assertion of gum-chewers who feel that it their right to keep and chew gum. I have no issue with gum, only with what is done with it when it is no longer being masticated. (Illegal in Singapore)
Don't Let Me Sleep
Wolfgang Devine, nee Maas, was born in 1954 into a German family with 300 years of musical history. He migrated to Australia in 2002. In the 1990s he started composing sacred music. Art-compositions followed since 2004 in Melbourne. He lives in Sydney and works as a nurse in Palliative Care.
For Don't let me sleep an art song for Jenny Greene, composed July 2011 In Palliative Care many patients get drugged for fear of pain. The song expresses the desire to stay awake for departing consciously and consoling each other with the hope of some different connection. Its mood is drawn between the 'breaking shell' and the 'lifting soul'.
David Drexler has written dozens of miniature works, including "Y2K Bugs," a set of ten-second pieces for l'ensemble Decadanse's concert "2000 miniatures pour l'an 2000," and a series of pieces of 100 notes or less called "Tiny Cheesehead Music" for the New York Miniaturist Ensemble and other groups.
Everyone has their favorite blackbird.
Matt Frey is a Brooklyn-based composer of contemporary concert music, both for vocal and instrumental ensembles. Currently studying with composers Joan La Barbara and Julia Wolfe while pursuing his Master's degree in composition at New York University, Frey is a co-founder and artistic director of the West 4th New Music Collective.
Sorry, based on the poem Self-Pity of D. H. Lawrence, is a short study in three-dimensial writing. The soprano's meandering figures are echoed as pianistic sound objects, swirling amongst each other and interacting in various shades of colors and tempos.
If Music Be the Food of Love
Marie Incontrera is a wayward ballerina and heavy metal pianist who writes music in Brooklyn, NY. Her music has been performed throughout the United States and internationally at respected venues and festivals such as Weill Recital Hall, the Kaufman Center, the highSCORE New Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, the Virginia Arts Festival, and others.
If Music Be the Food of Love is a miniature intended to blur the presence of meter. I was inspired by the honesty and clarity of Shakespeare's text.
Paul Lombardi (b. 1973) holds a Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Oregon. His music has been performed in more than 20 states across the US, as well as in other areas in North America, South America, and Europe. Dr. Lombardi's published theoretical work focuses on mathematics and music. He has been a member of the theory and composition faculty at the University of New Mexico since 2003.
Antiprism (2011) is a setting of the one-line poem "Einstein" by Florentin Smarandach (b. 1954). An antiprism is a type of polyhedron, and this song is based on an antiprism comprised of 30 pitch classes. The song conveys the text, as the music is refracted through the antiprism.
Unsex Me Here
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
Unsex Me Here uses text from Lady Macbeth's soliloquy in Act I, scene 5 of Macbeth, in which she is preparing to help here husband murder Duncan, the king. Come, you spirits/That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,/And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full/Of direst cruelty!
Russell Phillips is a Sydney-based composer currently studying at the Conservatorium of Music where he was awarded the Sydney Gordon Vicars Scholarship for composition. He was one of the original composers in the Volta Collective and continues to write for the group.
Spray is a piece concerned with movement. Energy is drawn out through fast repetition of a single note, or by mordent and acciaccatura figures that exist in both the piano and vocal part. The gestures resemble something akin to a recitative passage and are light, spontaneous and fleeting.
Kala Pierson is a composer and sound artist who focuses on multi-country projects and collaborations. Trained at Eastman School of Music and Bard College at Simon's Rock, she's seen her works performed in 16 countries on five continents. More at unfurl.org. She welcomes contact at email@example.com.
Broader Ripples combines bright, fluid clusters of piano notes with very flexible vocal lines. The clusters slow and expand outward, like circles expanding on a pond's surface or eddies forming in a river.
The Inferno of Dante
Malcolm Rector is a composer, a writer, and a director. Having earned a doctoral degree in composition from Rice University, he divides his time between the previous occupations and teaching at the university level. Rector recently performed his piano piece - Blitzkrieg - in South Korea at the College Music Society Conference.
The Inferno of Dante shows the dark and sadness of one's soul.
How Doth the Little Crocodile
Since he first started composing Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn has always been concerned with the composer-performer-audience relationship. He has strived to write music that is memorable, interesting, and ranges from the humorous to the provocative. His music has been played throughout the United States and Europe. He is an Assistant Professor at Wichita State University where he teaches composition, electronic music and music theory.
"How Doth the Little Crocodile" is a setting of Lewis Carroll's parody on the famous moralistic poem Against Idleness and Mischief by Isaac Watts. The poem describes a crocodile who lures fish into his mouth with a crafty smile.
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