May 12, 2013
An award-winning performer, passionate teacher and avid chamber musician, cellist Diana Golden is the Founder and Artistic Director of Firebrand Concerts Series in greater Boston. Diana is active as a freelance musician with ensembles throughout New England and New York.Devoted to using music as a tool for social change, Diana is currently the cello faculty for Union City Music Project, an El Sistema program in New Jersey. Prior to this, Diana was a cello instructor for many programs including Open Access to Music Education for Children (OAMEC); a music program for Boston’s Haitian community “dedicated to engaging at risk youth into the world of music;” Newcomer’s Academy, a school for immigrants; the École de Musique Dessaix-Baptiste in Jacmel, Haiti; and Tufts University’s Community Music Program.
Flutist Jacqueline Martelle resides in New York City, where she has performed in diverse concert venues, including Experimental Intermedia, Symphony Space, Issue Project Room, Roulette, Le Poisson Rouge, Third Street Music School Settlement, Merkin Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall. She has been a featured artist in the World Music Institute!s Interpretations series and recently appeared with the Remarkable Theater Brigade!s Opera Shorts at Weill-Carnegie Hall. Martelle has presented concerts and recitals highlighting the flute in combination with electronic media and has premiered works written for her by Larry Austin, Jacques Bekaert, David Behrman, Tom Hamilton, Alvin Lucier, Al Margolis, and Robert Rowe. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM) and Florida State University (DM-Flute Performance), her teachers include Samuel Baron, Israel Borouchoff, and Charles DeLaney. Martelle is Assistant Program Officer for the D.M.A. program in music performance at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. When I was contacted by Rob Voisey about his Fifteen Minutes of Fame project, the date suggested for the works for solo flute was May 12, 2013, Mother’s Day. It seemed natural and fitting that the call for compositions should be for works that would evoke motherhood. I’ve chosen the fifteen submissions that spoke to me and gave me insight into each composer’s memories. There were many wonderful submissions (over forty!) and the process of choosing which works to perform was difficult. I loved thinking about each composer’s process of expressing motherly reminiscences (or what I imagined were the recollections of each composer). JACQUELINE MARTELLE
Soprano Jenny Ribeiro is from Washington State and is a graduate of Central Washington University. Credits include: Martha (God Bless Us Everyone) and Nella (Gianni Schicchi) at Dicapo Opera, Pamina (The Magic Flute) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) at Opera Manhattan, Serpina (La Serva Padrona), Musetta (La Boheme), Pamina, Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), PeepBo (The Mikado) and Giulietta (Les Contes d'Hoffmann) at Regina Opera. Equally at home on the concert stage, Jenny recently performed her second 15-Minutes-of-Fame for Vox Novus and made her Carnegie Hall solo debut as Elvira (Song of Norway). Jenny is currently a student of Olga Makarina.
Julius Bucsis was awarded the Excellent Achievement Prize by the Musicacoustica Beijing 2012 composition competition. His electro-acoustic compositions have been presented at Iceland's RAFLOST 2011, Electronic Music Midwest 2011, SEAMUS 2012, Ireland's Hilltown New Music Festival 2012, Soundcrawl 2012, Electroacoustic Barn Dance 2012, KC Soundwalk 2012, by the Soundproof Ensemble for their autumn 2012 tour, Tutti New Music Festival 2013, the CSUF New Music Festival 2013, the 60x60 East Coast Mix 2013, and SEAMUS 2013. His acoustic compositions have been performed by the Relache Ensemble in 2010, by Richard Palacio for the My Dad's Violin film project in 2012, and in 2013 by Anne Goldberg and by the De Padua – Zelesky duo. He frequently performs a set of original compositions for electric guitar and computer.
Louis Castillo attends Brooklyn highschool of the arts. Our vision for this piece was for it to encompass the emotions people feel when they reach the tipping point of their lives. When they reach that inevitable climax which leads to get in tune with their own spirituality and that defines who they will become for the rest of their lives. Requiem For The Weary is a title that implies much more than what in initially implies. To get past that climax successfully without any regrets and pain we must find that place of rest, that solace which is attractive to our tired souls. That is what our piece stands for. The solace that the weary grope for and the comforting arms that are in reach but cannot be seen through the eyes of the weary one.
Tcheser Feaster attends Brooklyn highschool of the arts.
Composer-Pianist Christian McLeer is artistic director and founder of Remarkable Theater Brigade (RTB), a company that creates and produces new musical works. Originally founded to produce his work, RTB has grown, and in its 6th season, will begin presenting the music of other living composers as well.
His musical success began as a youth, winning piano competitions and commissions while still in high school. He received his first commission at the age of 14 for the American Cancer Society for which he wrote and performed HOPE, later included on the CD Encores 2 by the renowned pianist Anna Marie Bottazzi. He attended Julliard Pre-College and
worked his way through Manhattan School of Music where he acquired his Bachelor’s degree, composing and performing professionally for classical, jazz and rock ensembles. He has performed at many respected venues including Alice Tully Hall, Weill-Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and the New Orleans Astro Dome among others. Performing his own compositions has won him special acclaim from publications such as The New York Times, Newsday and OCS.
Christian’s compositions have been commissioned for numerous groups and artists, including the Long Island Singers, the Harmonia Opera Company, The New Millennium Orchestra, concert pianist Phillip Dieckow, director Vincent Scott, OnTrac Productions, jazz pianist Mickey Laverine, conductor Ted Puffer, RTB, and numerous others. Musing has seen many performances and was recorded by flautist, Sophia Anastasia on her debut CD, Musing. His song cycle Longing Eternal Bliss, originally written for Monica Harte and Ken Merrill, will be recorded by McLeer and Harte on Harte’s upcoming CD of American art songs featuring Christian McLeer, Tom Cipullo and other respected living composers. As film composer/Sound Designer, Christian has worked with Nova Rock, FFK, Joey Piscopo, and Joachim Wiese.
As Conductor, Mr. McLeer has performed with Claire Heidrick and the New Music Consort and RTB. He is an artist-in-residence for the National Choral and the musical director for Jan Hus Church. He also conducts and plays for RTB’s outreach program that tours to special-needs and at-risk children.
David Morneau is a composer of an entirely undecided genre, a provider of exclusive unprecedented experiments. In his work he endeavors to explore ideas about our culture, issues concerning creativity, and even the very nature of music itself.
“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.
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.