Music and performances by:
West Point Woodwind Ensemble
Douglas DaSilva,Domenica Fossati, Matt Frey,
Josh Henderson, Susan Davita Mandel
Liza Sobel, David Wolfson,
Sooyun Kim, Conway Kuo, Satoshi Okamoto,
15 Minutes-of-Fame: Bateira Trio
15 pieces by
in 15 Minutes
15-Minutes-of-Fame: Trio Bateira
1. 3.6 Miles Per Hour
2. Just a Minute
4. On The Aerodynamic Instability of Bees
6. Spirit Smoothie
7. Batteira di pentole 3 pz con termostato
9. To Slow My Exhale
10. I Can't Quite Remember
12. Petite Trio
15. Phat Pi
Sooyun Kim, flute
Conway Kuo, viola
Satoshi Okamoto, double bass
Domenica Fossati, flute Matt Frey, clarinet
JoshHenderson, violin Susan Davita Mandel, cello
West Point Woodwind Quintet
West Point Woodwind Quintet
Sums of Parts
West Point Woodwind Quintet
The versatile violinist, Josh Henderson is gaining recognition as
a musician for all seasons. He has performed classical music in
venues all over the world including prestigious European concert
halls such as The Gasteig in Munich, the Kennedy Center,
Beijing's Forbidden City, as well as high energy electric violin
performances in iconic venues of popular music such as
Manhattan's Highline and Hammerstein Ballrooms. As a soloist,
he has performed with the Starling Chamber orchestra, Accent X
Orchestra, CCM Showcase Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber
He has studied with Kurt Sassmannshaus in Cincinnati and
studies with Naoko Tanaka at New York University.
Sergeant First Class Sam Kaestner has been a member of the
West Point Band since 2002. Since joining the band, he has
performed with the New York Philharmonic in Lincoln Center's
Avery Fisher Hall, at the Dallas Symphony's Meyerson
Symphony Hall, as well as at other venues throughout the
country. He has participated in recitals at the Juilliard School, the
University of Southern California, the Oklahoma Clarinet
Symposium, the Potsdam Clarinet Summit, and at West Point. In
2009, he performed a recital with Toronto Symphony bassoonist
Sam Banks at Butler University that commemorated the 200th
anniversary of Felix Mendelssohn's birth. Prior to joining the
band, he attended the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns
Winner of a Georg Solti Foundation Career Grant, flutist Sooyun
Kim made her prize-winning debut at age ten with the Seoul
Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared with the Munich
Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the
Seoul National Philharmonic, the New Amsterdam Symphony,
the Boston Pops, and the New Jersey Symphony orchestras. In
2010 she became the first American since 1964 to win a top
prize at the ARD International Music Competition. Ms. Kim
completed her studies at the New England Conservatory with
flutist Paula Robison. In 2007, she was named one of Korea's
Young Leaders of Tomorrow by the Korean Central Daily News
in recognition of her achievement and contributions to the arts.
Ms. Kim is a member of Chamber Music Society Two.
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 theAspen, 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
Susan Davita Mandel
Cellist, Susan Davita Mandel performed the American debut of
Robert Delanoff's Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano at Weill
Recital Hall as finalists of the AMTL Young Musicians concert
series.Susan also collaborates with hip-hop, pop, rock, and jazz
artists and has performed and recorded with Joey Contreras
Music, Mason Jar Music, the Robbers on High Street, the Silent
League, Vespertina, Capillary Action, and Danny Rivera Jazz
Orchestra. She has performed at Webster Hall, (le) Poisson
Rouge, American Folk Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art,
Glasslands Gallery, and Mercury Lounge. Recently, Susan was
the featured cellist in Jihae and John Patrick Shanley's opera
"Fire Burning Rain" at the Highline Ballroom in NYC and the Not
For Sale campaign event in San Francisco Bay Area.
Satoshi Okamoto was an assistant principal double bassist in
the San Antonio Symphony for eight years and a member of the
New York City Ballet Orchestra for a year before joining the New
York Philharmonic in September 2003. He received his master's
degree from The Juilliard School, and a bachelor's degree from
Tokyo University of Fine Arts. An eight-time Aspen Music
Festival participant, he won the festival's bass competition twice,
in 1993 and 1997. He also became a finalist of the International
Society of Bassist Solo Competition in 1997, and the
Izuminomori International Double Bass Competition in 2001. His
teachers include Philharmonic Principal Bass Eugene Levinson,
Paul Ellison, Al Laszlo, Bruce Bransby, Yoshio Nagashima, and
Staff Sergeant Anna Pennington, oboe/English horn, joined the
West Point Band in 2011. She was Assistant Professor of Oboe
at University of Southern Mississippi School of Music. She
performed as a member of the Mobile, Pensacola, and Gulf
Coast Symphonies and toured extensively with Category 5, the
faculty wind quintet. In addition to being a former member of the
Planets, a classical fusion ensemble, Anna has performed with
the New York Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, Florida
Orchestra, Florida West Coast Symphony, Aspen Music Festival,
Victoria Bach Festival, and Salzburger Festspiele. A Texas
native, Anna holds a Doctor of Music from the Florida State
University, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of
Music, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas.
Nicole Caluori, a native of Coral Springs, Florida, began her
undergraduate studies at Florida State University and completed
her Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance at Southern
Methodist University as a student of Gregory Hustis. She has
spent summers at the National Repertory Orchestra, the
Tanglewood Music Center and the Sarasota Music Festival. As
an orchestral player, Nicole has performed with the New World
Symphony in Miami, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and
currently plays 3rd horn with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.
Nicole was a semi-finalist at the 2005 International Horn
Competition of America and won the Eastern Music Festival
Concerto Competition the same year. Nicole joined the West
Point Band in 2009 and was named Principal horn in March
Brooklyn based flutist Domenica Fossati has performed
internationally as both soloist and chamber musician, and is an
active freelance musician and teacher. A versatile musician
influenced by a wide range of musical styles, she performs with
several ensembles from classical to contemporary and folk;
frequently collaborating with different artists including poets,
dancers, and painters. Ms. Fossati recently graduated from New
York University with an M.A. in Music where studied with flutist
and composer Robert Dick, and also served as an adjunct faculty
Staff Sergeant Megan Szymanski joined the West Point Band
in March of 2011. She lived in New York City as a Kenan Fellow
at the Lincoln Center Institute. While in New York, she won
second prize in the Alexander and Buono International Flute
Competition. Staff Sgt. Szymanski earned her Bachelor of Music,
magna cum laude, from The University of Central Florida as a
Presser Scholar. She was also the 2008 winner of the Florida
Flute Association Young Artist Competition. She graduated in
2010 with a Master of Music from UNC School of the Arts, where
she won the concerto competition in 2009, as well as an award
for excellence as a studio teaching assistant. Staff Sgt.
Szymanski currently teaches flute lessons at SUNY Dutchess.
Master Sergeant Glenn West, of Spokane, WA, joined the West
Point Band in September of 2004 with previous military service
with the 323rd Army Band in San Antonio, TX, the USARUER
Band & Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany and the Air National
Guard Band of the Northwest. A graduate of the University of
Minnesota with a Master of Music degree, Glenn studied
bassoon with Dr. Wendal Jones, Charles Ullery, and Sharon
Kuster. He has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, La
Orquesta Sinfonica De La Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico,
the Spokane Symphony, the Winter's Chamber Orchestra, the
Mozart Octet, and the Faculty Woodwind Quintets at the
University of Texas, and Washington State University. Glenn
also performs in the West Point Concert Band.
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.
Liza Sobel is a senior at Cornell University, College of Arts &
Sciences, majoring in music, economics, and College Scholar,
honors program. She studies composition with Steven Stucky
and Kevin Ernste and voice with Judith Kellock. Spring 2011
Liza studied composition with Richard Danielpour as an
exchange student at Manhattan School of Music. Liza received
a fellowship to Chamber Music Institute, University of Nebraska,
Lincoln. In 2010 she participated in a yearlong Bach inspired
concert series and master classes led by Joseph Lin (currently in
the Juilliard String Quartet), and her composition, "Duo for Violin
and Cello" was premiered. Liza was a Fulbright Scholar at
Newcastle University, England, summer of 2010. Liza is
Cornell's endorsed candidate for the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright,
and Keasbey scholarships.
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 and
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 with both audiences and performers
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-headedcostumed-
character 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
Composers for Fifteen Minutes of Fame
Batteria di pentole 3 pz con termostato
Matteo Bertolina was born in 1988; he's studying composition and electronic music with Paolo Ferrara and Javier Torres Maldonado.
He took part in 3 editions of "Festival 5 Giornate" (Milan) and in "2011 Shanghai Electronic Music Week".
He won the First International Plathner's Eleven Composers Competition (Hannover).
Three pans fall to the ground.
And, they're resonating...
Just a Minute
David Berlin is a composer, music educator and arts education consultant.
He took his degrees at Carnegie Mellon University and West Virginia
University. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors
and Publishers, the Society of Composers and other organizations. His
music has been performed nationally and internationally.
"Just a Minute" for Flute, Viola and Double Bass
This short piece begins quietly with plucked notes on the bass. The
tension builds to a climax point about half way through, then relaxes the
tension leading into a brief double bass solo before the music builds
again and comes to closure.
Douglas DaSilva is a composer, guitarist, educator, filmmaker ,and Artistic Director of the Composer's Voice 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.
In "Rondellhund" I explore the Brazilian Baiao rhythm in its most basic form. Like the eponymous dog, this rhythm has spread throughout my music & hopefully will spread throughout the world without incurring any violent repercussions. Rondellhund (or roundabout dog) is a Swedish artistic phenomenon which has gone viral.
I can't quite remember...
An award-winning composer and conductor, Murray Gross studied at New England Conservatory, Oberlin College, and Michigan State University. Currently on the faculty at Alma College (Michigan), his compositions have been performed by the New York New Music Ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and numerous professional and collegiate ensembles.
Memories can be elusive, and we often struggle to accurately recall moments from the distant past. Far from a Proustian revelation, "I can't quite remember..." contains a few short bursts of insight, but remains primarily a quiet minute in search of a vague, long-forgotten dream.
Isaac Hayward is a freelance performer, composer and music director. For the last three years he has played in theatres around Australia as the musical director of The Rock Show, and in 2012 will join the music staff on the Australian tour of Disney/CML's Mary Poppins.
A single original melody weaves through the three instruments as they accompany each other with outlines of major chords. The angular melody and distantly related chords collaborate with the instrumentation, metre and length of the piece to affect a charming quirkiness.
To slow My Exhale
Scott Janz studies Music Composition with Drs. Michelle Schelle and Frank Felice at Butler University. He has worked collaboratively across his medium to create works of dance, theatre, and visual art. He also currently works as a social worker with youth in the juvenile correctional system.
Groups of five notes are often slurred together, and when they are, an effort should be made to play all five notes as evenly as possible to produce a hemiolic gesture. This gives the effect of slowing in the exhale.
Francis Kayali is a Franco-American composer currently living in the San Francisco Bay area. Recently performed works include the pocket quartet "That's a New Dog" (Choreodography No. 1) and Astronomies of the Mind, for symphony orchestra.
"Masks" is a study in small forms only invites further compression. Thus the idea of a three act opera with three characters: a perky flute, whose shifting moods never detract from her charm, and her two cohorts (viola and bass), who see her through it all, until the opera's very end.
3.6 Miles Per Hour
Cheryl Krugel-Lee is a composer and orchestrator whose work spans both the commercial and classical worlds. She has composed and orchestrated scores for theatre productions and films, collaborated with choreographers, and created numerous works for a concert setting. She earned her Master of Music degree in 2011 from New York University.
"3.6 Miles Per Hour" chronicles my adventures on public transportation. It is directly inspired by my Thanksgiving vacation, members of my immediate family, and the amount of time it took for me to travel from my apartment in Brooklyn to LaGuardia Airport in Queens?I could have walked.
Born in Hong Kong, Vivian Li is a graduate of Cornell University, and is currently pursuing her graduate studies in composition at Mannes College under the guidance of composer Paul Moravec.
The flute, viola, and double bass each have their own charming voice. "Spirit Smoothie" is inspired by the wonderful sound of this ensemble and the possibilities that this combination offers. These fresh sounds are pureed with honey in a smoothie blender and it makes a wholesome drink for your spirit.
Stan Link teaches composition at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he lives with his wife, Melanie Lowe, daughter, Wednesday, and assorted mammals and fish. Although hoping to write its obituary in his middle years, Stan's ego was at one time supported by composition degrees from Oberlin and Princeton.
"Phat Pi" is an imaginary curve in which extreme precision meets irrationality. Politically, that particular combination is typically a prelude to some kind of brutality. Here, however, it aims at the whimsy of, say, a well built and perfectly functioning machine whose purpose is to sort driftwood from orange socks.
Ted Mann is a multi-instrumentalist and award-winning composer on the music faculty at Keene State College. His specialties include music history, counterpoint and guitar. He has performed across the country as a soloist and with a variety of chamber groups. Joseph Maneri and Tamar Diesendruck are his main teachers in composition.
This "Fantasy" is composed for the exciting instrumentation of the Bateria Trio. The five-note set found in the first measure was the impetus of the piece. It ends as it began only in retrograde, emphasizing and then de-emphasizing the c# along the way.
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.
Aurelio Scotto is a young Italian composer, his music has been performed in Italy, Russia, Usa, Malta, Japan, Swizterland, and published by Wicky Edition Milano, Taukay Edition Udine, IMG Edition, Premiere Store Lugano, Universal Music Publishing Ricordi Edition. Winner of many National and International Composition Competition.
"Ragtime" is a funny composition written for the Bateira Trio. One of the most typical American rhythms is the background on which imitations and contrapuntal processes create the structure of this little piece. The three instruments talk to each other in a lovely ensemble. Nice to play and to hear.
Composer and pianist Nina Siniakova (b.1974) received her education at St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov conservatory and Hochschule fuer Musik Cologne. She has written pieces for orchestra, chamber ensembles, choir and theater. Her music has been performed in Europe and published at the publishing houses Compozitor in Russia and Four Forth in Belarus.
"Stay... Don't leave me! Pain, anger, fair... Hope! Last sparkle in a darkened love. Please stay...
On the Aerodynamic Instability of Bees
Douglas Wagoner is a composer and conductor based in Newton, Massachusetts. His formal education was at Berklee College of Music, Boston University and New England Conservatory in composition, film-scoring and conducting.
There is a famous anecdotal story of an aeronautical engineer that calculated that bees shouldn't be able to fly. But clearly they do. Similarly, at first glance, this ensemble of flute, viola and contrabass might look like it can't fly. But it does.
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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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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.
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