March 10, 2013
Anne Goldberg is the founder/artistic director of the Synthesis Aesthetics Project, a collaborative between musicians, dancers, multimedia and spoken word artists. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a M.M. of Classical Composition at Manhattan School of Music in Marjorie Merryman’s studio. Anne is a freelance pianist and oboist-English hornist, and was a member of the New England Philharmonic and Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. She and three of her friends recently formed the Tempus Continuum Ensemble, a touring mixed quartet that premiers a lot of her music. Anne’s music has also been premiered in Boston and New York by ensembles such as Boston New Music Institute & the Novatrio.
Blake Allen is an active performer of modern repertoire and can be heard across town in musical theatre. Blake was most recently heard in the world premiere of the Broadway bound William Goldman/J. Michael Friedman stage adaptation of Stephen King's MISERY at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. Blake was a student of Dr. Claudine Bigelow, Masao Kawasaki/Dr. Catharine Carroll and is currently a student of Stephanie Baer. Blake is also an orchestration student of Joe Church. Besides being a Rob Fisher music assistant, Blake performs in and orchestrates FOLK WANDERING having most recently played Ars Nova's 2012 ANT Festival and Joe's Pub. As an orchestrator, Blake’s next project is Julian Mesri's CARNIVOROUS for Magic Futurebox in April. Blake plays on a Frirsz 1988 Viola. www.BlakeAllenMusic.net
Violinist Maya Bennardo is pursuing a Master of Music from NYU where she is studying with Gregory Fulkerson, and recently graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied with the same teacher. Maya is passionate about contemporary music and has collaborated with both student and established composers to premiere new works both in Oberlin and NYC. She is a member of young, up-and-coming contemporary ensembles in NYC such as the Mise-en Ensemble and Ensemble Moto Perpetuo. Maya is also an active teacher in the New York City area teaching on the adjunct faculy at NYU and with the Harmony Program. Maya lives in Brooklyn and enjoys baking pies and reading Jane Austen.
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.
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.
Multitalented flutist Renee Pestritto earned her Bachelor's degree in flute performance and music education at Temple University with Loren Lind. She has participated in numerous masterclasses with Adeline Tomasone and Robert Dick to name a few, as well as with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Renee also doubles on classical piano and is active on the accordion scene in Philadelphia, PA and New Jersey. She is a private teacher in her spare time.
Lauded flutist Sam Theuring earned her Master's degree in flute performance at NYU with Robert Dick. She holds a Bachelor's degree in flute performance from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point where she studied with Paul Doebler, Jessica Dunnavant and Julie Hobbs, and substituted with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Sam has participated in masterclasses with Trevor Wye, Chris Norman, Jill Felber, Eva Amsler, Gro Sandvik and Bud Beyer. Samantha also doubles in jazz, rock, and indie flute performance.
Composer/flutist Marsha Bowe (Red Room Productions LLC) earned her Master's degree in Scoring for Film and Multimedia / Music Theory & Technology at NYU with Ira Newborn and Dr. Ron Sadoff. She holds a Bachelor's degree in woodwind jazz performance and music education from Temple University. Marsha is the winner of the Alan Menken Scholarship in Film Music, has participated in selective ASCAP and BMI workshops, and is currently featured in many lauded festival films across the globe. www.marshabowe.com // www.redroomonline.com
GUEST CURATOR: Cheryl Krugel-Lee is a Brooklyn-based composer, arranger, and orchestrator whose work spans both the commercial and classical worlds. She has composed scores for theatre productions and films, orchestrated for musical theatre, collaborated with choreographers, and created numerous works for a concert setting. Recent orchestration credits include the Off-Broadway production of Honestly Abe; Anthropomorphic, written and directed by Timothy Young; and Last Night's Symphonie, written and directed by Adam Grannick. Recent film score credits include “JT vs. the Good Guys”, written and directed by Chris Shimojima and "Two Boroughs”, written and directed by Nick DeSimone. Cheryl earned her Master of Music degree from New York University where she studied primarily with Ira Newborn. www.cherylkrugel.com
Dosia McKay's composition portfolio includes scores for film, dance, and multimedia, works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, choir, symphony orchestra, as well as synthesized sound. A versatile writer, Dosia fluently weaves elements of classical harmony, jazz, pop, avant-garde, ambient soundscapes, and the lyricism of folk melodies of her native Poland.Recent projects include her debut album "Lacrimosa", a post-classical fusion of the Medieval, Renaissance, Electronic Soundscape, and New Age Ambient music, a journey through meditative and sacred spaces, as well as joy and abandonment in highly dynamic dance sequences, available on iTunes and Amazon. Dosia McKay's music has been featured on National Public Radio and in concerts in New York, Washington, D.C., Poland, Spain, and others. www.dosiamckay.com
José Jesus de Azevedo Souza studied in England at the Purcell School with a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Then he studied at the Trinity College of Music and the Univerisity of Sheffield and has since had some of his music performed.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth (Act Five Scene Five) in which the protagonist meditates on Life; a short figure is presented, inverted, developed and broken. Following a brief climax reaching the instrument’s highest note, the meditative mood returns.
Sergey Badalov. I was born in a small town Dyatlovo, in Belarus.In the age of nine I started to take piano lessons. In 2009 I graduated from The Minsk’s State Musical College (musicology), 2009 – 2012 – I was studying composition at The Minsk’s State Academy of Music, prof Galina Gorelova'sclass. 2012+ - The Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz (Poland),prof Zbigniev Bargielski’s class.
The piece's title says for itself - "A Sentimental Reflection" - one minute of memories, its emotional incarnation... The piece was written especially for Anne Goldberg and the ‘15-Minutes-of-Fame’ project.
Julius Bucsis is a composer, guitarist, music technologist, producer, and educator. He has performed extensively in many styles including jazz, rock, and improvisational music. His compositions cover a broad range of categories. His most recent activity involves performing a set of original compositions for electric guitar and live computer processing.
I took a journey into my inner self and it inspired the ideas that formed this piece.
Jack Horowitz is an undergrad composer currently studying under George Brunner, but has also studied at La Schola Cantorum with Narcis Bonet. His musical goal is to find commonalities within all musical cultures through his experience in Classical, Acouto-Electric, Hindustani, Rock, Folk and Jazz musical Genres.
: Samsara is the endless cycle of life, death and suffering of attachment which Buddhists attempt to escape from through meditation. This piece represents the struggle to resist those invasive thoughts.
Renowned composer, with performances of his compositions in many European and North American countries. George Kontogiorgos is an award-winner of several International Composition Competitions, including the 1st Prize of the «Classical Marimba League», USA 2007 and a Honorable Mention from the “In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores” Contest, USA, 2012.
Pelion mountain is the homeland of the legendary Centaurs. The panoramic view from Pelion to the surrounding forest and to the sea offers an ideal ambiance for meditation. The composition is a pastoral-like melody, based on the pentatonic scale and often reminiscent of the freely playing idiom of bucolic aulos (recording) or gaida (bagpipes).
David Lien was born in Seattle and is now getting his Bachelors in music composition from New England Conservatory of Music. He plays in various ensembles on piano, cello, oboe, clarinet, and saxophone. His compositions have been performed by the Seattle Symphony, Bellevue Youth Symphony and many others.
When imaging meditation, I see a solitary tree; imagining the English Horn, I hear a woody forest quality. I structured this meditation in the same way one would draw a tree. The beginning starts with a trunk and rises to reveal its leaves. Finally, the quiet winds blows through the tree.
Fiona Linnane is a composer based in the West of Ireland. She is a member of the Association of Irish Composers and is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin.
Múscailt (pronounced Moo-skulch) is an Irish word meaning awakening. The piece reflects on the moment you open your eyes after meditation when awareness is heightened, calmly noticing your surroundings in great detail but with a sense of calm detachment.
Iain Matheson (1956 - ) Iain is Scottish. He graduated BMus from Glasgow University and now lives in Edinburgh. Iain's music typically explores aspects of time and memory. He has been performed throughout Britain, in mainland Europe and New Zealand. Further details of Iain's work can be found at: http://www.iainmatheson.co.uk
My name is Daniel Mihai and I have studied with the Maestro and teachers like Serban Nichifor, Stefan Gheorghiu and a lot of great teachers of Romanian School of Music (National University of Music in Bucharest)! The first teacher in my life was my father who brings my special love to music and special to my first love- violine! I 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 i reach one of the meaning of the mood in the reason of the word of "meditation"! I compose a special line for the English Horn who is in my perception the most known and intimate instrument in whole world! This composition expresses also all the postmodern sense on this fancy instrument! I hope with this miniature to be a special one, remembering and also connecting the past with the future, only in this PRESENT day! The shorts moments are the best because what you feel in that moments is very exciting. The theme of appears like a remembering in the feelings and the skills of the English Horn tehniques and expressions in only 60 seconds.
Alex Nohai-Seaman’s music has recently been performed by professional ensembles throughout the United States, as well as in Israel, Canada, and Taiwan. Alex is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Suffolk County Community College, where he teaches music theory, composition, piano, and directs the contemporary music ensemble.
Event was composed in December 2012 for Anne. H Goldberg and Vox Novus' Fifteen Minutes of Fame. The music was inspired by the poetry of August Stramm.
While studying electronics in Tokyo on a Japanese Government scholarship, composer-vocalist Akmal Parwez studied composition with Yasushi Akutagawa and Klaus Pringsheim. After completing his university studies (B.E., M.E.), he felt compelled to devote his life to composing, singing and teaching music. In the U.S. he studied composition with Florence Jolley, Leo Kraft, Samuel Adler(M.A., Queens College; ,Ph.D., Eastman School of Music).
The title 'Mallaal' means 'sadness' and 'regret'. It is written as a prayerful tribute to the brave 12-year-old Pakistani girl, Mallala Yousafzai, who almost lost her life for raising her voice against ignorance and bigotry. The melody is a meditation based on Raag Anand Bhairon, which depicts peace and serenity.
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.
Hinaufziehen (to pull up, to move up) is a short meditation that emerges from nothing, blossoms to a focal multiphonic sonority, then dissipates. The title is also a reference to an enigmatic oboe and english horn direction in movement four of Mahler’s Third Symphony where Nietzche’s poem speaks of joy longing for eternity.
Dr. Greg A Steinke is retired, former Joseph Naumes Endowed Chair of Music/Art and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon; Associate Director, Ernest Bloch Music Festival (‘93–97) and Director, Composers Symposium (‘90–97) (Newport, OR); served as the National Chairman of the Society of Composers, Inc. (1988–97); President of NACUSA (2012–). Composer of chamber and symphonic music with published/recorded works and performances across the U. S. and internationally; and oboist specializing in contemporary music.
A short "meditation" via a dance form sarabande
Luca Vanneschi’s music was awarded prizes in more than twenty International competitions and it has been performed by some of the more qualified musicians all over the world. Hans Werner Henze said about his music: “… it is an intelligent, non conformist, elegant and full of grace music.”
The aural drama isn’t the result of acrobatic and technically amazing multiplications of regular harmonic terms, but of unusual and unforeseeable itineraries. The music delimits itself in sections that follow one another, dissolving each customary form, each grammatical convention, each rigour of time: the sounds seem torn off their hinges, as though all the connections among them had been skipped. It’s a succession of scraps, of melodic and harmonic larvae that separate to give then birth to a new sound “corpus”, in search of further essentials dense of timbric grandeur, gradually taking up gradually the whole range of the instrument
Jean-Pierre Vial, French, born in 1946, former software designer. At an early age, learned the piano, the organ, and composed several pieces for both instruments. Now creates scores and audio mockups (e.g., two piano concertos) using computer resources. Pleased to be played by real performers.
Rêverie, which sounds like an impromptu, is meant to help the audience relax, muse, or dream for a short while.
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.
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