Music and performances by
Welton Barker Andy Cohen Douglas DaSilva
Jason Ulysses DaSilva Paolo Marchettini
Chris Vaisvil Robert Voisey
Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Shiau-uen Ding, piano
15 Compositions in
The End of the World
Prelude #12 for AutoTuned Piano
Seven Deadly Sins
Shelby Yamin, violin
Hayne Kim, violin
Midori Witkoski, Viola
Vivian Chang, cello
Fire Engine Blue
Bunny Music (Musique pour la fin du monde)
Jason U. DaSilva
The Whimpering End of the World
15-Minutes to 12: pieces pour la fin du monde
Black & White
fin du monde (w/electronics)
espacio blanco para toda la nieve
So Long, Seymour (w/electronics)
Degrees of Freedom
After the Rapture--Just Me and the Cat
John G. Bilotta
The End (w/electronics)
Bert Van Herck
Prelude-Fantasy on the so-called Armageddon-Chord
The Final Peace
Francesco Di Fiore
Breaking the Rules
"Get me a rag!" "Just a minute..."
Stanley M. Hoffman
Shiau-uen Ding, piano
Cellist Vivian Chang is a sophomore at the Manhattan School of
Music where she studies with Fred Sherry. She began her
musical education in Portland, Oregon with the piano at the age
of six and cello at age eight. In 2009, Vivian was named principle
cellist of Oregon All-State High School Honor Orchestra, invited
to participate in the All-Northwest Honor Orchestra, and awarded
state champion of the OSAA High School Solo Music
Competition. Vivian has been a member of the Philharmonia,
Symphony, Opera, and the Kurt Masur conducting seminar
orchestras. Additional performances include a tribute concert to
Pablo Casals at the Hispanic Society of America, a concert with
the Cleveland Orchestra the Blossom Center, and recitals at
Pforzheimer Hall, Mikowsky Hall, and the Carnegie Room.
A native of Taiwan, pianist Shiau-uen Ding is a rising presence
on the new and electro-acoustic music scenes; and an original
and energetic performer of traditional solo and chamber
repertoire. She studied piano with Eugene Pridonoff, Elizabeth
Pridonoff, and Lina Yeh; computer music with Mara Helmuth and
Christopher Bailey, and contemporary improvisation with Alan
Bern at National Taiwan Normal University and University of
Cincinnati where she received her doctoral degree.
She has performed in Europe, China, the US and Taiwan. Called
a "daredevil" by the New York Times for her performance at
Bang on a Can Marathon and "a powerful force on the new
music scene" by Array for her performance at Spark Festival in
Korean-American violinist Hayne Kim, a native of Lansing,
Michigan, began her studies on the violin at the age of ten. She
made her Carnegie Hall debut six years later performing
Prokofiev's Violin Concerto no. 1 with the American Fine Arts
Festival. As an avid participant in the summer music festival
scene, Ms. Kim has attended the Meadowmount School of
Music, Summit Music Festival, Heifetz International Music
Institute, and the Texas Music Festival, among others. Trained
under both the Galamian and Russian traditions of violin
pedagogy by her teachers Lyman Bodman, Dmitri Berlinsky, and
currently Grigory Kalinovsky, she is now pursuing a Bachelor's
degree in violin performance at the Manhattan School of Music.
Midori Witkoski, Violist, is a proud advocate of all music, both
new and old. Her passion for playing contemporary works has
led her to premiere many new works in student composer
concerts at the Manhattan School of Music, where she is
expected to graduate in May 2011 with a Bachelors degree in
Viola Performance. She has worked with and been coached by
world renowned chamber musicians such as Lawrence Dutton of
the Emerson String quartet, and members of the American String
Quartet including Daniel Avshalomov (viola), Peter Winograd
(violin), and Wolfram Koessel (cello). She currently coaches with
contemporary violinist Curtis Macomber, on works such as the
Prokofiev wind quintet and Schoenberg's Transfigured Night.
As a soloist, violinist Shelby Yamin has performed with the
Rockland Symphony and Tappan Zee High School Chamber
Orchestras. She has won competitions sponsored by Rockland
County Music Teachers Guild, NY State and Eastern Division
MTNA, Arts Council of Rockland and Morning Music Club. She
held concertmaster/principal positions in orchestras at Manhattan
School of Music (MSM), Boston University Tanglewood Institute,
and Heifetz International Music Institute. Shelby participated in
the New York Youth Symphony, MSM's Kurt Masur conducting
seminar. She has had performances in Weill Recital hall of
Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony's Chamber
Music Program.. She performs with the Cicada Chamber
Players, collaborating with professional
Saugus (Massachusetts)-based composer Welton Barker has
studied music at Boston University and Berklee School of Music.
His approach frequently fluctuates between jazz and classical,
blurring the distinction between the two. He believes that life is
merely the irritation between meals.
...you might want to crop out my Patriots T-shirt for a NY
Andy Cohen has written music in a wide variety of styles for a
wide variety of media. He has composed classical instrumental
works for orchestra and chamber groups, jazz pieces for radio
airplay, music and sound design for dance and theatrical
performances, and songs for rock and pop bands. His
compositions have been performed by such groups as the
Minnesota Orchestra and he has written music for PBS TV and
United Nations Radio. He has also written music for symphonic
band and Jewish-themed works for performances in
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.
Jason Ulysses DaSilva
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 Bizet,
Brahms, Bach, Stravinsky, John Williams, Taio Cruz, the
soundtrack to Ice Age-Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and Star Wars.
He studies piano in New York City with Aya Hamada.
In 2011, his piece The Roman was premiered by ThingNY at
LaGuardia College, and Brazil, I Got Rhythm was featured in
Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame:<15 performed by pianist Sophia Yan.
Jason frequently volunteers for Composer's Voice as Program
Distributor and photo editor.
Discussing the satisfaction he gets as a composer Jason says "I
like making cool songs" and "I like other people playing my music
Paolo Marchettini is an Italian composer and clarinetist, born in
Rome. He studied at the "Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia" in
Rome Composition (with Ivan Vandor), Choral Music and Choral
Conducting (with Claudio Dall'Albero), clarinet (with Gaetano
Russo). He specialised in composition at the "Accademia
Nazionale di Santa Cecilia" with Azio Corghi. His compositions
have been played several times in the course of important
musical reviews and in prestigious concert halls as: "Biennale di
Venezia"; "The Italian Experience" at the Hofstra University (New
York), Villecroze (France), the " Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia"
Academic Hall in Rome (Easter Wings for baritone and
orchestra) the Conservatorio "G. Verdi" in Como, the Auditorium
Parco della Musica (Rome), the Teatro Savoia (Campobasso),
the Chigi Saracini Palace (Siena).
Chris Vaisvil is a 12 tet and microtonal composer who works
with acoustic and electronic instruments.
Chris says "My art is about now and is a response to the
inspiration I feel from the visual, musical, poetic, and literary art
of 20th and 21st centuries as well as world events.
The art of our period has so much to say about who we are,
where we have been, and what we will, or will not be as a world
village - a unity of souls divided by the gulf of physical being and
monetary inequity but united in spirit, desires, hopes and
dreams. My goal is to communicate with you and if what I
compose speaks to you then I as an artist have succeeded."
"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 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.
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."