Composer, drummer and programmer from La Plata, Argentina, Guido Bisocoli (born 1982) studied composition 5 years with a private teacher covering counterpoint, classical harmony and XX century trends. He creates musical works ranging from Electroacoustic through contemporary, to Progressive Rock. He's always searching for innovation and looking for new sounds on every composition.
"La necesidad de crear" is a piece for Soprano Sax and Piano, it starts with a sustained note by the sax, then imitated by the Piano followed by a sudden agitation to return again to the, now, uneasy calm. Chaos again takes control until gradually all stabilizes again.
Gordon Francis Blaney Jr. (b. 29 November 1982) is an American writer, performer, educator, and theorist with an extensive background in classical and jazz. He studied at Berklee College of Music where he received a BM in Composition. He studies composition with Berklee College of Music composition department professor Dennis LeClaire.
"1947" is dedicated to Liana Alexandra, a colleague in composition. She chose the profession of composer, because she loved it. It didn't matter that her passion became her job, for what's work when it's love? It didn't matter that her job became her career, for what amount of time, space, and resources can compare to living the dreams one dreams?
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.
He couldn't Boogie Woogie Worth a Damn (2012) takes its title from a short story of my favorite author, Nelson Algren. The piece is in a simple ternary form. Written using the 12-tone technique, the initial idea is based on the octatonic scale.
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 musical direction for theater shows. For more information, visit him at www.andycomusic.com.
The musical materials for Consonances (for Liana) are derived and developed from a short section of the third movement of Liana Alexandra's Fourth Symphony. Liana wrote many pieces of chamber music with the title "Consonances"; here is one dedicated to her in return.
David Heuser's music has be hailed as "all-American music at its most dynamic and visceral," "thoughtful, beautiful and wonderfully made," and "just the sort of music classical music needs more of." A native of New Jersey, Heuser now lives in Potsdam, New York.
"crashing into the sun" uses the jarring loud clusters which begin the third movement of her Symphony No. 4 as an ending point, with the piece an exercise in figuring out how to get there.
Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Ching-chu Hu earned his DMA from the University of Michigan. His music has been performed around the world at various festivals and venues and recorded on Albany Records, ERM Media, and Capstone Records. He is Associate Professor of Music at Denison University at Granville, Ohio.
Shadowthoughts was inspired by Liana Alexana's Cadenza for piano. The soprano saxophone melody is "protected" by the piano, as if its lines are a shadow of Alexana's work. Shadowthoughts is dedicated to Wonki Lee and Riko Higuma as part of the Vox Novus 2012 Fifteen Minutes of Fame project.
Jose Mora-Jimenez was born in Costa Rica. He studied the majors Classical Guitar and Music Composition at the University of Costa Rica. He completed his composition studies at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague under the guidance of Gilius van Bergeijk and Cornelis de Bondt. He is currently living in the Netherlands where he is active as a composer of modern music as well as composer of music for the media.
While listening to music by composer Liana Alexandra I came across a short work called "Melody", a melodic and slow piece for cello and piano. Thus, I decided to make a slow melodic piece as well. For this piece I used the concept of how circular waves are formed after dropping a single drop of water into a liquid surface. In my piece, the notes of the melody played by the sax are like drops producing "waves" of sound in the piano.
Wade Meyers is an active pianist and composer currently in the Washington - Baltimore metropolitan area. He holds degrees in piano performance from Stetson and George Mason Universities, where he studied piano with Michael Rickman and Anna Balakerskaia; improvisation with Harold Blanchard; and, composition with Manuel de Murga.
"Meditation on Liana Alexandra" is written as a pensive, somewhat impressionistic reflection on Liana Alexandra's life, work, and legacy. Though the piano sets the tone for the tenor saxophone's entrance, it is also the piano's descending bass line that provides the structure of the piece.
Daniel Mihai studied with the Maestro and teachers like Serban Nichifor, Stefan Gheorghiu and a lot of great teachers of Romanian School of Music! He has attended MBA courses in the Faculty of Performing Art, with the objective of improvement and assimilation of all knowledge related to contemporary music.I am teacher of violine in Constanta and also i play with pleasure this kind of music wherever! Also, I want to finish my final thesis soon as possible! For this composition iI reach one of the meaning of the soul of Liana A;exandra a powerfull romanian composer. I choose one of the feelings of she in 60 seconds . My personal advice to the soloist is to be more relaxing.
For this composition iI reach the Waltz FROM THE BALLET "THE LITTLE MERMAID" BY LIANA ALEXANDRA like an hommage!
Serban Nichifor, composer. Married to Liana Alexandra, composer.
This miniature is trying to express the contrast between the purity of Liana's Spirit and the deadly blows received from her so jealous Romanian colleagues... The melody is a quote from Barcarola by Liana Alexandra Serban, Liana's husband.
Mike Perdue is an improvising percussionist and composer of experimental chamber music. Originally from rural south Alabama, Perdue is a product of competitive marching bands, church music, the symphony orchestra, the Internet, and the 20th Century avant-garde. Perdue has been a featured solo improviser at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Festival Internacional de Percusion in Puerto Rico, and with the ensemble Tactus in New York. His extensive list of creative collaborators includes cellist Mariel Roberts, violinist/visual artist Leah Asher, actor/director Tyne Rafaeli, composer Matt Aelmore, and choreographer Jeanne S. Mam-Luft. Perdue holds degrees in percussion from Carnegie Mellon University and Manhattan School of Music.
The thematic material in this short duet is derived from a quote by the late Romanian composer Liana Alexandra, which reads as follows: "I chose the profession of composer because I like that and probably was the vocation of my life. Sure, that becomes a job, but becomes a job after that stage overcome by passion and creative, a desire, the need to create." This quote is taken verbatim from a website dedicated to Alexandra's memory, and does not make perfect grammatical sense in English; this is likely because English was not Alexandra's native language, and was probably dictated from extemporaneous speech. Nevertheless, its message is genuine and clear. The idiosyncratic rhythm and notation in this piece intends to capture the spirit of Liana Alexandra's quote, both in grammar and meaning. Text from the quote is printed inline with the score as a loose guide to articulation and rhythmic interpretation.
Kala Pierson is an American composer and sound artist. Her works have been performed and installed in 22 countries. Her long-term projects include Axis of Beauty (setting texts by Middle Eastern writers since 2004, in an ongoing response to her government's "Axis of Evil" propaganda) and Illuminated (setting texts about sex and sexuality from a broad range of cultures).
"Susura" is Romanian for murmur. The piece is similar in style to a Romanian doina -- a rhythmically free, delicately ornamented mourning song played by a single melody instrument (here, soprano saxophone) and sometimes accompanied by one or more drone instruments (here, piano).
Josh Ransom is an Australian composer and musician residing in his hometown of Sydney. He currently is studying his Bachelor of Music degree majoring in Composition under the guidance of composers Matthew Hindson and Damien Ricketson. Josh has composed symphonic works for both symphony and Wind orchestras which have been performed throughout the state at contest and festival level.
"Mystic Dances" is a brief encounter of effect when one walks through a dimly lit, fog bound park in the dead of night. Presenting both a calm and uncertainty of what lies ahead. This brief dance begins with a music box idea portraying a dreamscape which quickly develops into a raucous festivity of fog bound fret.
My name is Corina Alexandra Tirziman. I am 20 years old, and I have been studying Contemporary Classical Music Composition for two years at the "National University of Music from Bucharest", Romania. By participating in numerous workshops and competitions, I can describe myself as a perseverant, tenacious, and ambitious student.
"Waltz for Alexandra" is a piece for soprano saxophone and piano, written in Neo-Consonant style, which is one of the composing directions approached and promoted by Liana Alexandra. The piece is built from a generating motif, which consists in the succession on the following keys: AEADA. The keys represent Alexandra's melogram: ALEXANDRA.
Born in 1989 in Bucharest (Romania), GEORGIANA TRANDAFIR studied performing arts (violin, chamber music) and composition at the National University of Music Bucharest, and legal sciences at the "Nicolae Titulescu" University.
"DANCE" for Bb Tenor Saxophone and Piano This piece is written In Remembrance of the great composer LIANA ALEXANDRA ! The music is directly inspired by the marvellous "CLARINET QUARTET" by LIANA ALEXANDRA. I dedicate this work to the wonderful Duo WONKI LEE, saxophone and RIKO HIGUMA, piano.
Liana Alexandra was born in Bucharest, Romania in May 27, 1947. From 1965 to 1971, she studied at the University of Music Ciprian Porumbescu, Bucharest. She received the "George Enescu" scholarship and took composition courses in 1974, 1978, 1980 and 1984 in Darmstadt, West Germany. In 1983 she received a USIA stipend to study in the USA and received a Ph.D. in Musicology. In 1978 Liana Alexandra married the Romanian musician and composer Serban Nichifor.
She has received the Prize of the Romanian Composers and Musicologists Union on five occasions in 1975, 1979, 1981, 1982, and 1984. In 1979, she received the first prize in Dresden at the "Carl Maria von Weber Competition." She won the "Gaudeamus" Foundation prize in 1979 and 1980, and in 1980, she also won the prize of the Romanian Academy.
Alexandra took a position as professor at the National University of Music of Bucharest, teaching composition, orchestration and musical analysis. She performed as a member of Duo Intermedia and was codirector of the Nuova Musica Consonante-Living Music Foundation Festival with Serban Nichifor.
Liana Alexana died in her sleep on January 10th, 2011.
Fifteen Minutes of Fame is a collection of 15 one-minute works composed specifically for a performer or ensemble. The purpose of Fifteen Minutes of Fame is to promote a great variety of contemporary music to audiences hungry to hear what living composers are writing today. The project seeks one minute music compositions from composers working in any style and aesthetic. 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 in New York City. The idea grew out of a celebratory concert in 2009 for the birthday of Robert Voisey who is the founder of Vox Novus and known for his 60x60 project.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.