February 10, 2013
3rd Annual Trajetória Brasileira
Specializing in chamber music, flutist Maria Carolina Cavalcanti integrates the groups GNU (Modern and Contemporary Music), Ventos do Rio (Flute trio), Impressons Quartet (Instrumental Popular Music), Duo Americas (Flute and Guitar) and Ensemble Jocy de Oliveira (“Revisitando Stravinsky” – 2010 and its DVD – 2011). Performed at Brazilian Biennial of Contemporary Music, at Preludio 21 series, etc. Premiered several pieces of today’s music, some of them dedicated to herself. Recorded and preformed in the release concerts of CD “Sem Espera”, by composer Sergio Roberto de Oliveira at Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, London and Manchester. Has a BA in Flute and is Master in Music at UNIRIO, both courses under the orientation of flutist Laura Rónai.
Bella Winds, made up of flute, clarinet and bassoon blends each members extensive careers as professional musicians into a collaboration of full-bodied tones and musical artistry to present a varied and colorful repertoire of chamber music.
Originally formed as a woodwind trio performing from a classical music library tallying over 100 compositions that include styles from 1650 to the present, Bella Winds evolved their musical concept to include crossover music by performing jazz fusion compositions on classical instrumentation. Bella Winds also performs world music that includes Traditional Irish, Traditional Jewish, Ragtime and Broadway. More soon will follow to culminate with the group bringing more enchanting and multifaceted music for woodwind trio to todays audience.
Kirsten Economy, our elegant flutist is a freelancer in the Hudson Valley. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM) and the New England Conservatory (MM). She pursued further studies at the Holland Music Sessions in the Netherlands and at West Dean College in Chichester, England. From 2005-06 she was the piccolo player for the Golden State Pops Orchestra in Los Angeles. She has also performed with the New World Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic, and the Heidelberg Castle Festival Orchestra in Germany, among others. She has received fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center and the National Orchestral Institute and a scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival. Her principal teachers include Bonita Boyd, Jacques Zoon, Paula Robison, and Geralyn Coticone.
Rachel Grasso, our mesmerizing clarinetist, is a freelance clarinetist, chamber artist and clinician in the Hudson Valley area. Originally from the Houston Texas area, she moved to New York after winning an opening as a clarinetist in the prestigious US Military Academy Concert Band at West Point. Rachel served as principal Eb clarinetist, active in several chamber ensembles, a recitalist, and a frequent soloist with the band during her twenty years of service before retiring in 2009. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in music education from University of Houston and a Master’s degree in performance from Indiana University. Rachel has performed with the Texas Chamber Opera Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Pone’ Ensemble and numerous local chorale orchestras.
Elisabeth Romano, our groovin' bassoonist, has played as a member with Rochester Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Toledo Symphony Orchestra and Toledo Opera. Since moving to the Hudson Valley region of New York, she has performed with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Jupiter Symphony and many other freelance ensembles in New York and New Jersey. Elisabeth is a graduate of Eastman School of Music (BM) and SUNY College of New Paltz (BS in Music Therapy). Her reed making company, Reed Expertise, is a leading manufacturer of hand crafted bassoon reeds. Elisabeth is on the faculty of Bard College, Vassar College and the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School. Contact Elisabeth for Bassoon Lessons
Prelúdio 21’s J. Orlando Alves (Lavras, MG, Brazil) earned his Bachelor and Másters degrees in Music Composition from UFRJ and Doctorate in Creative Processes from UNICAMP. Participated in the Panoramas da Música Brasileira Atual from 1994 to 2010 and in the Bienais da Música Brasileira Contemporânea from 1997 to 2009. Alves has received awards in national competitions including: Primeiro Concurso FUNARTE de Composição Musical (1st Place, Duos), VII Concurso Nacional de Composição de Música do IBEU (1st Place for his work Quantum, for Wind Quintet; and honorable mention at the Concurso Nacional de Composição Camargo Guarnier for his orchestral work Circinus. He became assistant professor of music composition at the Federal University of Paraíba in 2005. He lives in João Pessoa.
Prelúdio 21’s Marcos Lucas received a PhD in Composition at the University of Manchester. His works have been performed in Brazil and abroad at festivals such as ISCM World Music Days (Ljubliana), State of the Nation (London), Três Cantos (Madrid), Spazio 900 (Cremona), Biannual Festivals of Brazilian Contemporary Music and Panorama of Modern Brazilian Music (Rio) and has been awarded various prizes. His opera “O Pescador e Sua Alma” was premièred in 2006 in Brasília and Rio, with 32 performances. He teaches composition at UNIRIO, where he runs the ensemble GNU. He has lectured on contemporary Brazilian music in Brazil and abroad and is a member of Prelúdio 21. He currently lives in Britain developing a new opera which will be premièred there in April 2012.
Prelúdio 21’s Sergio Roberto de Oliveira studied with composer Guerra-Peixe and got his degree at UNIRIO. Musicians have been commissioned and performed his pieces worldwide in concerts promoted by Prelúdio 21, Handel and Haydn Society, The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, Composer’s Voice, etc. Sergio has been lecturing in dozens of institutions in US, Netherlands, England and Brazil. He was Artist-in-residence at Duke University in 2009 and nominee for the 12th Latin Grammy (“Best Classical Contemporary Composition”). His discography as a composer has 6 CDs. In 2012 he released 4 new CDs and presented a series celebrating his 15th anniversary as a composer, with 13 concerts in Rio de Janeiro. www.sergiodeoliveira.com
Prelúdio 21’s Neder Nassaro (Rio de Janeiro) Bachelor of composition, University of Rio de Janeiro. Studies of composition with Guerra Peixe, David Korenchendler, Ricardo Tacuchian, Vânia Dantas Leite, Rodrigo Cicchelli Velloso and Elaine Thomazi Freitas. - Music PhD, (UNIRIO). His thesis discusses experimentation in music and notations. - He has been working as a composer of contemporary instrumental and vocal music, electroacoustic music, and music video.- Performances of works in: IV Meeting of Latin-Americans Composers and Performers; Contemporary Brazilian Music Biennials; Contemporary Brazilian Music Panoramas; The Preludio 21's season; amongst others.- Nassaro received the first price for "Gestos Elípticos", a work for quartet with piano, at the VI Competition for Composition IBEU (2002).
Prelúdio 21’s Alexandre Schubert (Manhumirim, MG, Brazil). Earned his Master’s and Baccalaureate in Composition at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He has won twelve important prizes in Composition Competitions in Brazil.In 2010, Schubert won the FUNARTE Composition Prize with his work “Variantes” for piano and chamber orchestra.His works have been performed in Paris, Rome, Berlin, St. Petersburg, New York, Chicago as well as within Brazil: Rio de Janeiro; São Paulo; Manaus; Salvador; Curitiba, etc..He has more than 90 works in his catalogue in various styles: chamber, sympohonic, choral, vocal, opera, and scenic.He teaches Composition, Harmony/ Analysis at UFRJ.
Prelúdio 21’s Caio Senna (São Paulo) holds a Ph.D. in Music at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is currently with Cité Internationale des Arts" in Paris His catalog of compositions containing two hundred works for the most varied instrumentations, with emphasis on vocal music and chamber music in unconventional formations. His piece for solo harpsichord, Delicate Convulsions, recorded by Rosana Lanzelotte, received special mention in the journal Veredas in 1999. In April 2000, the composer released his first CD, First Dialogue. In 2001, his work Pulsar, was ranked first in the National Competition Funarte Composition in String Orchestra. Since 2003 Caio Senna is a member of the group Preludio 21.
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.
Brian Belet lives in Campbell, California (USA), with his partner and wife Marianne Bickett. Here he composes, hikes, and tends to his fruit trees and roses. He performs with the SoundProof ensemble. To finance this real world he works as Professor of Music at San Jose State University. www.societyofcomposers.org/members/BrianBelet/
I dreamed of hiking among the plateaus, cliffs, valleys, and caves of the Chapada Diamantina region (even if for only 60 seconds). Formed by the patient powers of uplifting and erosion, this land reminded me of my early years in western South Dakota and Wyoming in the United States.
ERIK BRANCH (b. 1966) is a native of New York City, and received a BA and MA in Music (Composition) from Hunter College. He lives near Orlando, Florida, where he is active as a pianist, musical director, composer/arranger, opera chorister, and actor on stage and screen.
I am deeply inspired by language. When I sought inspiration for this piece, a Brazilian friend suggested Iracema as a source, and recited Alencar’s beautiful opening lines. The phrase “Serenai, verdes mares” stuck in my mind instantly as a title and its images suggested an immediate musical idea
Dominic Blake is an Australian composer currently studying at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music. His experience in composition is closely linked to his singing in the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and playing the piano, organ and harpsichord.
"Nocturne" makes use of the warm lower register of the alto flute. The melody progresses from playful chromatic movement to expressive descending passages. There is an almost constant exchange between major and minor, which gives this work a particular romantic sound.
Roger Blanc, M.M., studied with David Diamond and taught Ear Training at Juilliard for three years. His music has been performed at Alice Tully Hall, The Whitney Sculpture Court, and overseas. He has worked in music for television (Tonight Show), film (Frida), recording (Barbra Streisand), and live performance (Miles Davis).
“Pensativo” for solo flute is a brief rumination that utilizes melodic material reflective of the Moorish influence in music stemming from the Iberian Peninsula, including that impacting Brazil. In mood as well as technical material, it portrays the darkness and longing that is a part of Middle Eastern musical tradition.
Australian composer Oliver Cameron is a violist and pianist currently studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Recently, Oliver had his piece, Giverny Revisited, debuted as part of Vox Novus' 15 minutes of fame series in New York.
In "Macaco Atrevido" I have tried to capture a cheeky monkey's antics. Fast quaver passages, chromatic runs and metre changes all add to the momentum of the piece, creating quite a gymnastic flute solo with an emphasis on pulse, reminiscent of traditional Brazilian music.
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.
Brazil is more than rainforests, beaches, futbol, and samba. Avoiding any stereotype, I composed a melodic figure representative of the sounds one may hear at night in the caatinga. Is it the call of an animal or the cry of a spirit lost among the thorny branches of this harsh landscape?
David Drexler has composed miniature works for many groups, including the New York Miniaturist Ensemble, the Chicago Miniaturist Ensemble, a very small consortium, and ThingNY.
The Uirapuru, also known as the Musician Wren, is a bird native to Amazon rainforests. "Ecoando do uirapuru" borrows bits of its very melodic song, and adds a rhythmic accompaniment meant to suggest the whispered ghost of a bossa nova.
I am a student at the University of South Florida studying music composition. My interests include writing and studying compositions from around the world. I live in Tampa Florida and aside from studying classical composition at school I enjoy studying Latin music culture in Tampa.
Researching Brasil and its contributions to the world was fascinating. Rousseff's Dream is centered around one tetrachord. The melodic contour captures the rich culture and folk traditions of Brasil. The diversity and evolution of the country's history is reflected in the piece through transposition and inversion of the one tetrachord.
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.
Mulher Solitária (Lonely Woman) is a reflective, wistful piece – a brief nostalgic interlude ideally suited to the expressive qualities of the alto flute. We hear fleeting allusions to a Brazilian song, Pirulito (lollipop), but this children’s tune is completely overshadowed by other thoughts and memories in this evocative meditation.
Richard Pressley lives in Columbia, South Carolina and has enjoyed performances in the U.S. and Europe. He attended Butler University, Cambridge, and the University of Minnesota, with post-doctoral study in Germany. His instructors include Wolfgang Rihm, Sandeep Bhagwati, Dominick Argento, Judith Zaimont, Alex Lubet, Daniel Chua, Michael Schelle.
"Aspiration" is a short meditation on the poem of the same name by Brazilian poet, Mario de Andrade (1893-1945), about (literally) ‘dissolving’ oneself into a shared existence within a single human family of equals. In this work, pitches emerge, dissipate, and blend in a constantly dissolving and elusive melody.
Robert Reinhart is a Chicago-based composer whose background includes bassoon and voice performance. Honored by ASCAP, the Julius F. Jezek prize, and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation, he has been performed by Ensemble Dal Niente, trombonist Mike Svoboda, and gambist Mary Springfels. He currently teaches at Northwestern University.
"Conflux" is inspired by one of Brazil's defining features, the Amazon river basin. The diversity of the land and cultures it involves, and more specifically the idea of watery convergence toward a goal that is itself kinetic, are the primary ideas behind this piece.
David holds performer-composer MFA and BFA degrees from the California institute of the Arts where he studied composition with Michael Jon Fink, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, and Ulrich Krieger and piano with Vicki Ray. David lives in Los Angeles where he composes, teaches, and performs. Visit davidrhodesmusic.com for more information.
The title “Shot” comes from the idea of a shot glass. A very small container for something that is usually very strong. I have never visited Brazil, but in my experiences with people from the Brazilian culture, I imagine it to be a place where the smallest places are full of cultural potency.
Young Italian composer. His music has been performed in Italy, Russia, Usa, Malta, Japan, Swizterland, and published by Wicky Music Editions, Taukay Music Editions, Master Symphony Editions, Universal Music Publishing Ricordi Editions. Winner of many National and International Composition Competition.
"Painting I: Rio Amazonas" ...dreaming a walk on the river bank...
“With few opportunities and much competition, ... 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 the 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. As a producer, Robert Voisey is known for his work at Vox Novus producing 60x60, Composer's Voice, and Fifteen Minutes of Fame.
Corcovado is a mountain in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 710-metre peak is located in the Tijuca Forest, a national park. Corcovado hill lies just west of the city center but is wholly within the city limits and visible from great distances. It is known worldwide for the 38-metre statue of Jesus atop its peak, entitled Cristo Redentor or "Christ the Redeemer". The peak and statue can be accessed via a narrow road or by the Corcovado Rack Railway. The railway uses two electrically powered trains. The rail trip takes approximately 20 minutes and departs every half hour. Due to its limited passenger capacity, the wait to board at the entry station can take several hours. From the train terminus and road, the observation deck at the foot of the statue is reached by 223 steps, or by elevators and escalators.
Kezia Yap is a Sydney-based pianist and composer, currently studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of music. She enjoys are large range of music, including that of the 20th century as well as music of today, thus draws influence and inspiration from the different styles of pivotal composers of these eras.
Caipora is a mythological creature, found in Brazilian folklore. As the protector of the forest, Caipora has been described in different ways, possessing great strength and powers to protect flora and fauna, resurrecting slaughtered animals. This piece captures the mystic and prowess of Caipora, as he protects the forest
Composers of the Present
In 1998, seven composers decided to join in a group, in order to promote
their music and Contemporary Music in general. To do that, they
organized concerts and lectures opened to the public with Brazilian and
foreign composers. The group has been working widely, since then,
becoming one of the most important groups of Contemporary Music in
Prelúdio 21 unites composers with different aesthetics, which makes the concerts varied. The members, six presently, are Alexandre Schubert, Caio Senna, J. Orlando Alves, Marcos Lucas, Neder Nassaro and Sergio Roberto de Oliveira. The group has presented its concerts at the most important venues in Rio de Janeiro, such as Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and Sala Cecília Meireles. Since 2008 the group has a monthly series at Centro Cultural Justiça Federal theater, in Rio de Janeiro, from April to December.
In this series, Prelúdio 21 invites a single group of performers and every composer writes for it. The group also invites composers for their concerts, like Maria Resende (Brasil), Alan Willians (England) and Rami Levin (USA).
In 2007, the guitar player Armildo Uzeda recorded a CD dedicated to and composed by Prelúdio 21 (Brazilian Contemporary Music Vol. II – Prelúdio 21, A Casa Discos). Prelúdio 21’s CD Quartetos de Cordas [A Casa Discos] recorded by the string quartet Quarteto Radamés Gnattali was nominated for Best Classical Music CD for the 2012 Latin Grammy Award.
Jan Hus Church - This is the place you were welcome, long before you arrived!
Donations of food &clothing are greatly appreciated for the Homeless Outreach Advocacy Program (HOAP)
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.
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.