Composer's Voice Concert
featuring Access Contemporary Music (ACM)
October 14, 2012
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street
Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Beth Griffith
1. Daniel Goode
2. Koka Nikoladze
3. Justin Henry Rubin
4. Naftali Schindler
5. William Vollinger
6. Andrew Walters
7. Paolo Longo
8. Pamela Madsen
9. David Drexler
10. Brandon J Rolle
11. Christopher Danforth
12. Luis Menacho
13. Abraham Fabella
14. Pamela J. Marshall
15. Dennis Bathory-Kitsz
Beth Griffith, soprano
Shiau-uen Ding, piano
Sarah Carrier, flute
Josh Henderson, violin
Yumi Suehiro, piano
“Ms. Carrier combined thoughtful musicality with virtuosity in her alternately energetic and delicate account of a flute line laden with light multiphonics and unusual timbres.”-Allan Kozinn, New York Times.
Sarah Carrier, flutist, performs regularly in New York City as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed in venues as varied as Walt Disney Hall, Sydney Opera House, Merkin Hall, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Le Poisson Rouge, the Tank, and Issue Project Room. Ms. Carrier is a winner of numerous competitions such as the National Flute Association Masterclass Competition, Bob Cole Conservatory Scholarship Competition, La Primavera Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and is a recipient of the CSULB Dean’s List Award, University of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellowship, and New York University Graduate Scholarship. A specialist in contemporary flute performance, Sarah Carrier is a frequent contributor to New York City’s vibrant new music scene. Ms. Carrier is a founding member of Syzygy New Music Collective, hailed as “one of 2009 most promising groups” by Sequenza21. As a member of Syzygy she has made numerous appearances on television and radio. While a graduate student at NYU Steinhardt, she commissioned the work Kill Switch for flute, cello, percussion, and laptop by Izzi Ramkissoon, which was premiered at her Masters Recital and has since been performed in venues throughout New York City. Also during her studies at NYU, she performed Luminosity for C Flute, Alto Flute, and Electronics by David Taddie as a Featured Soloist of the NYU New Music Soloists Concert, resulting in an invitation to perform at the “Cross Currents” Electro-Acoustic Music Festival at Penn State University, as well as the NYU Music Technology Open House. In the summer of 2010, she was a participant of the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes. Sarah Carrier completed her M.M. in Flute Performance at New York University under the tutelage of Robert Dick. She earned her B.M. in Flute Performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach studying with John Barcellona. Sarah is currently a doctoral candidate at CUNY Graduate Center, where she continues her studies with Robert Dick. She performed for Jill Felber, William Bennett, Denis Bouriakov, Louise di Tullio, Rena Urso, Paula Robison, Ransom Wilson, Keith Underwood, and Bart Feller. Ms. Carrier has taught throughout Southern California, Oregon, and New York City, and has presented masterclasses to flute students in rural areas of Hokkaido, Japan.
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 lives in New York City.
She has performed in France, Germany, Belgium, China, and throughout the US and Taiwan. Her virtuosic and sensitive interpretations have won standing ovations. She was 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 Minneapolis. She has collaborated with internationally renowned performers and composers, including Steve Reich, Michael Kugel, George Tsontakis, who refers to her performance of his Ghost Variations as a "monster performance," and Moritz Eggert, who dedicated his Hämmerklavier XIX: Hymnen der Welt (Afghanistan bis Zimbabwe) to her. She has recorded for Capstone, Centaur, Innova and Electric Music Collective.
"An extraordinary American soprano, Beth Griffith sang with a focus and presence (as she did everything) that held a listener at rapt attention. Griffith, a Texan, recently returned to the United States after a 20-year career in Germany. It is our good fortune" --Mark Swed Los Angeles Times
"A real highlight of the festival was the exceptional singer Beth Griffith... Her vocal artistry surpasses the conventional with an incredibly wide gamut of tonal and expressive articulation... All this seems to happen in a kind of mystical atmosphere brought about by the unique performance of Beth Griffith, as singer and as human being." --Suzana Martinakova Literarny Tyzdennik Bratislava:
"The piece that turned me to jelly, though, was A cappella, by John McGuire, recently resident in New York after decades in Cologne. With impassioned expressiveness, soprano Beth Griffith sang syncopated vowel sounds over a sparkling electronic background, medieval but vibrant in its contrapuntal austerity." --Kyle Gann The Village Voice
Beth Griffith (soprano) has appeared with Sequentia, Musikfabrik, Ensemble13, L'Art pour L'Art, Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Paris Nouvel Orchestra Philharmonique and has worked with composers John Cage, Morton Feldman, Mauricio Kagel and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Her one-hour, solo recording of Feldman's "Three Voices" was awarded the German Record Critics Prize.
Since her European debut in Mauricio Kagel's solo theater piece Phonophonie in 1978, the demand for Beth Griffth as soloist has taken her to such important music festivals as the Warsaw Autumn, Cologne Triennale, Wien Modern, Numus Festival, RIAC, Donaueschingen Musiktage, Darmstadt Summer Courses,Wittener Tage fur Neue Kammermusik, ISCM and New Music America. In addition, her acclaimed performance of Morton Feldman's Three Voices has been heard on numerous stages from Prague, Berlin, London, New York and in between. Recent invitations led her to Grahamstown, South Africa, Gent, s-Hertogenbosch, Cologne, Wiesbaden, Raleigh, North Carolina and here in New York with repertoire ranging from chamber works by Sorrell Hays, Dieter Schnebel, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Manos Tsangaris, solo works by John Cage, Alvin Curran, Morton Feldman, Noah Creshevsky, John McGuire, Mattricio Kagel and Rodney Waschka.
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 Orchestra, China-Performing-Arts-Broadcasting-Troupe-Orch. He has studied with Kurt Sassmannshaus in Cincinnati and studies with Naoko Tanaka at New York University.
Born in Osaka, Japan, Pianist Yumi Suehiro started piano at age 6, and started marimba a year later. Ms. Suehiro has won numerous national and international competitions, including the top prize at the KOBE International Competition in Japan as the youngest winner. In 2007 and 2008, she was invited to perform her debut at the Carnegie Weill recital hall as a winner of AMTL audition.
In 2008, she performed at Steinway hall as an honorable student at Amati music festival, and was featured as a guest marimba player in Latin percussionist, Victor Rendon's recoding “Fiesta Percussiva. In 2010, Ms. Suehiro won the second prize at Dora Zaslavsky Koch piano concerto competition in Manhattan School of Music. In the following year, she was chosen to perform for the world famous pianist Pirre-Laurent Aimard.
Ms. Suehiro graduated from Lehman College, received B.S. majoring music with honor Magma cum Laude, where she studied percussion with Mr. Morris Lang, who was the associated principal timpanist and percussionist in New York Philharmonic, and composition with Mr. John Corigliano, and had featured as a soloist as both pianist and marimba player (playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Nesauro's Marimba Concerto) in Lehman community band. Ms. Suehiro later received M.M. in classical piano performance where she studied with Mr. Zenon Fishbein and Dr. Peter Vinograde.
Seth Boustead received his Master of Music Composition degree from the Chicago College for the Performing Arts where he studied with Stacy Garrop, Patricia Morehead and Robert Lombardo. His music is regularly performed across the United States and in Europe and has been heard on radio and television stations in Chicago, San Francisco, New York and Paris among others. Recent commissions include music for Chicago Opera Vanguard, Bruce Mau Design and the Moving Architects.
Seth is the co-founder and Executive Director of Access Contemporary Music, a Chicago based organization dedicated to the promotion of music by living composers. While under his leadership ACM started many of its signature programs such as Weekly Readings, Composer Alive, the ACM School of Music, and the High School Composer's Workshop, and he has been instrumental in growing the audience for ACM's live events.
Seth has been interviewed by or had writings appear in a wide variety of publications including Chicago Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Composition Today, New Music Box of the American Music Center and Chamber Music Magazine. He currently lives with his wife in Chicago's uptown neighborhood and, when not playing, writing or thinking about music, he enjoys reading, doing the NY Times crossword puzzle, biking, and pretending that he actually knows something about wine.
Born in London in 1948, Malcolm Dedman was initially self-taught, having started to compose when he was 12. Although he later had formal violin and singing lessons, it was composition, arising out of improvising at the piano, that he was most interested in pursuing.
His first formal lessons in composition were with Patric Standford at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1973-74, but he did not receive a formal musical qualification until 2005, when he passed with distinction his Masters Degree in Composing Concert Music at Thames Valley University.
He considers his compositional style to be an individual one, benefitting from an in-depth understanding of twentieth century trends, ranging from serialism to quasi-aleatoric techniques. He now adopts an individual ‘post-modern’ idiom, based on original modes, that is very personal in approach. Although his music owes much to the music of Messiaen and Bartók, it also integrates music by many other composers as well as music from different cultures. He believes in writing music that speaks directly to the audience, conveying a purposeful message, in a style that is appropriate to this century and without compromising musical quality.
He has received performances in various countries, including England, USA, New Zealand and South Africa. Many of these performances have been received well by audiences and critics, including two excellent reviews by Anthony Payne.
He has also gained several composition awards; and he now self-publishes his music, along with two CDs, under the name Misty Mountain Music.
Major first performances that have been received well by both audiences and critics include: Christmas Cantata– ‘TheWord was Made Flesh’ in 1975; Three Dance Episodes for oboe, guitar and piano at the Wigmore Hall in 1977; String Quartet at the Purcell Room in 1980; Piano Sonata No. 2 – ‘In Search’ at the Purcell Room in 1986 and Two Reflections for piano in 1988, also at the Purcell Room.
Malcolm has also gained several composition awards, including: Brent Music and Dance Festival in 1969 for a movement from a piano sonata; Stroud International Composer’s Competition in 1974 for the song cycle To Lesbia for tenor and guitar; Recontres Internationales de Chant Choral in 1985 for an anthem Come Unto Me… and Thames Valley University composition prize in 2005 for Scherzo for piano quartet.
Troy RAMOS was born in BC, Michigan in 1975 and graduated from Western Michigan University in 2004. He continued his compositional studies at the University of York in England, receiving an MA in Music in 2008. While at York he studied with the distinguished composer and John Cage-scholar William Brooks.
Recently his work "Le Mal" for soprano, violin and cello was premiered at Someday Lounge in Portland, Oregon on June 30, 2012. His piece for two alto flutes, "Shades of Light", had its world premiere in Portland in November 2011. His work "Connections No.2" for solo piano was also recently recorded in Portland. And his "Two Pieces", for bassoon and piano, received its premiere at Lewis and Clark College in June of 2011.
Two of his piano works, "Work in Four Parts" and "Oeuvres pour Piano", were recorded at Portland State University by pianist Matt Grossman. His third song cycle, "Songs Three", was premiered at Curtiss Hall in Chicago on December 6, 2010 by Access Contemporary Music. This concert received fantastic reviews in the Chicago Classical Review. And in summer 2010, "Early-Spring Earth" was recorded at Portland State University by PSU Flute Professor Sydney Carlson and pianist Aliza Brinton
In 2005 his work "Huron", from his Orchestral Set no. 1, was selected by ERM Media to appear on a future volume of its Masterworks of the New Era series, which features a recording by the Kiev Philharmonic under conductor Robert Ian Winstin.
He is a member of Access Contemporary Music of Chicago and of Sound and Music UK. He is also the founder and choral director of Portland City Choir, and also the founder of New Music Michigan, a contemporary ensemble located in Battle Creek, Michigan.
15 one-minute selections for Beth Griffith
...daar zatten wij...
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.
Easter Mood (Week 1)
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.
For His 6th Birthday
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.
The Singing of the Waves: Neried's Lyre
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
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.
Beautiful Noise: 
Brandon J Rolle
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.
Still south I went...
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.
Sonata for Symphony Orchestra
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.
Who Are You Waving At?
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).
Access Contemporary Music
Access Contemporary Music is a non-profit organization based in Chicago, IL. It is our mission to promote the music of living composers through performance, education and advocacy. We seek to create a community of composers, performers, audience members and student centered around the music of our time.
Our performance initiatives include a concert series by our resident ensemble Palomar, our Sound of Silent Film Festival and outreach performances in public schools and community centers. Our education initiatives include our ACM School of Music in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood, our High School Composer's workshop and outreach programs at schools and Boys and Girls Clubs.
We advocate for composers through our Weekly Readings project, in which we read and record a different piece by a living composer every week during our concert season, our annual Composer Alive international commissioning project, our 60-minute documentary Composer Alive: Eastern Expressions, and our composer membership program.
We seek to present contemporary music as a living and important part of the overall Classical music tradition.
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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