June 23, 2013
Fifth Annual Guitar Celebration
David Acker has had extensive experience as a musical performer and educator over the course of his thirty year career. The list of people he has performed with includes such names as Charles Earland, Jack McDuff, Bernard Purdie, Grady Tate, Glenn Moore, Marty Ehrlich, Ron McLure, Will Lee, Nat Adderly jr., Patti Austin, Richard Bona, Gil Goldstien, Andy LaVerne, Peggy Stern, Steve LaSpina, Mike Clark, Jeff Andrews, Jerome Harris, Stu Woods, Paul Bollenbeck and many others. David holds a masters degree in classical guitar performance from the Mannes College of Music in NYC and has had extensive studies with such teachers as Charles Banacos in Boston and Frederic Hand and John Scofield in New York. He has taught at Bennington College in Vermont and Hunter College and the City University of New York as well as Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. David currently teaches private students at the Dwight School in NYC.
The Alturas Duo and Melanie Chirignan came together with the idea of performing both classical and world music with the unusual combination of the flute, viola, charango and guitar. Individually and as a trio, the members have performed in Canada, the United States, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia.
The trio members have commissioned and premiered over 30 new pieces including recent works by; Nolan Stolz, Javier Farías, Raimundo Penaforte, Alexander Silas Walker, Ben Starr and Ronald Pearl. The trio is looking forward to collaborating with Japanese composer, Masatora Goya in a project that will see new pieces written for solo instruments, duos and trios culminating in a recording of his music later this year.
Cristian Amigo is an American composer, guitarist, producer, and educator who explores connections between art (classical and jazz) music and American popular and roots musics. Known as an acoustic and electric guitarist, and improviser, Amigo writes avant-music for chamber ensembles, orchestra, opera, theater, and film; he composes and performs in various roots and experimental music groups including The Gotham Roots Orchestra, Kingdom of Jones, and Tilted Axes. Cristian is currently composer-in-residence at INTAR Theater in New York City where he produces concerts and the INTAR Roots & New Music Festival. His awards include fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Meet the Composer. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the American Composers Forum, and Innova Recordings, among others. The 2012 New Grove Dictionary of American Music contains an entry on Cristian and his music. In 2011, he produced the recording NYFA: 25 Years of New York New Music, an anthology that includes music from Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, Joan Tower, ETHEL, and hundreds of others. http://www.cristianamigo.com
For the past 20 years the Anderson/Fader Guitar Duo has been heard in concerts, festivals and Master Classes throughout the US, Latin America and Europe, both as a duo and as members of the award-winning Cygnus Ensemble. Guitar Review magazine noted that “Anderson and Fader are expert chamber musicians with a perfect sense of timing, virtuosity and a sensitivity to nuance.” The Duo champions the work of living American composers. The list of composers who have written for the Duo and Cygnus include Babbitt, Biscardi, Bond, Davidovsky, Naito, Rakowski, Wuorinen, and many others. Their debut recording, “Le Cirque” featuring works for classical and electric guitars, is available on the Furious Artisans label.
Angela Babin has been playing guitar since she was 10 years old. She learned how to play at Girl Scout camp, and first performed live at Folk City when she was 13 years old. She subsequently started playing electric guitar in a band that played at NYC high school dances and block parties when she was 14. Angela entered the downtown New York music scene playing with Off Beach and the Ordinaires in 1979, and got to perform all over Europe, Canada and the US. Angela has been playing guitar and bass, composing , and recording with many bands and projects including Homer Erotic, Inviolate, the Raging Hormones, and more. She is currently playing with Cristian Amigo in the Gotham Roots Orchestra. She is very happy to be playing with Amigo and Soldier for this performance as this collaboration will weave together years of music and composition in the New York music scene.
Greg Baker performs, writes, and records classical and electric guitar music in solo and chamber contexts with an emphasis on experimental genre bending musical transgressions. As a solo guitarist, his recordings include Scars, Wounds, and Lacerations - The Guitar Music of Gene Pritsker (2008) and Latin American Guitar Music (2002). Greg Baker plays guitar in Gene Pritsker’s eccentric band Sound Liberation and appears on 'Open Up Your Ears and Get Some' and the ‘VRE Suite’ recordings. In New York City, he has performed in Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, live on WNYC radio, and Le Poisson Rouge. He has worked with and given NY premieres of music by many composers that include Gene Pritsker, Arthur Kampela, and Thea Musgrave.
Shaun Barlow is a flutist based between Sydney and New York City. In demand as a soloist, chamber musician and educator, he is engaged as flutist and producer with the New York City-based ExhAust New Music Collective and as Junior Program Coordinator of the Australian Flute Festival (since 2010). Known for his passion for whacky sounds, improvisation, flute beatboxing, and collaboration with composers, Shaun has premiered and recorded new flute, piccolo, alto and bass flute works. He was flute soloist with the Eastman School of Music Composers Sinfonietta (2012) and a fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival (2011) and holds a Masters of Music (Performance) (2011) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied under Dr. Alexa Still.
Thomas Carlo Bo started his career as Assistant Conductor for the Piccolo Teatro at the Brooklyn Academy of Music where he worked under Lukas Foss & Tania Leon. Since then, he has been Music Director for Opera Music Theater International, Principal Conductor for Boston Bel Canto Opera, Conductor of Composers Concordance Chamber Orchestra, Artistic Director for Opera at Florham, guest Conductor for the Albanian National Opera, Syracuse University, New York University, Washington Square Music Festival, Symphony by the Sea, and Music Director for Golden Fleece Ltd. His repertoire has included most of the works from the classical canon, but his passion for new music has led to his continuing involvement with new works of every sort. He is on the Faculty of New Jersey City University where he is the Music Director for the Opera Workshop, a vocal and chamber music coach, and teaches conducting and composition. Guitarists David Ricco, Erunc Jim Oran, and Nathaly Corales, and bassist Justin Valazquez are currently students at New Jersey City University, where the dynamic interpreter of classical and contemporary music Ana María Rosado currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Guitar Coordinator. http://www.thomascarlobo.com http://www.njcu.edu/mdt
Dan Cooper was born and raised in Manhattan, and educated at Columbia, NEC, and Princeton. The recipient of an Aaron Copland fellowship to Tanglewood, he has received awards, commissions, residencies, and premieres from Albany Symphony, ASCAP, Cary Trust, Engine 27, ESYO, Fontainebleau, Imani Winds, NARAS, NEA, North River Music, NYYS, Shakespeare & Company, ACO / Sonic Festival, Vox Novus, Walter W. Naumburg Fund, and Zentripetal Duo, among others. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has performed at venues including Anadolu Auditorium Istanbul, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Bunkamura Orchard Hall, CBGB, Chicago Theater, Davies Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, Joe's Pub, LPR, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House,Teatro Albeniz Madrid, Teatro Grand Rex Buenos Aires, The Blue Note, and Town Hall. Cooper is a music professor at SUNY-FIT, and a co-director of Composers Concordance. http://www.dan-cooper.com
Colin Davin is considered one of the most exciting young talents of the guitar. He has earned top accolades in several major international competitions, and was a two-time prizewinner in the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition. Mr. Davin has performed actively as a soloist and chamber musician, with a strong focus on new works. Prominent venues include Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on historic instruments from the museum's collection), and touring dates across the United States, France and Spain.
In January 2013, Mr. Davin was a guest artist-faculty at Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan. Other appearances in 2013 include the New York Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Hall, the New York Chamber Music Festival at Symphony Space, and a teaching fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Mr. Davin has studied with Jason Vieaux at the Cleveland Institute of Music and William Kanengiser at the USC Thornton School of Music, and holds a Master of Music from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Sharon Isbin.
Luis Ianes is a guitarist, composer and improviser from Argentina currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. Has has performed and participated in multiple musical experiences throughout his career, playing folk, rock, classical, experimental and avant jazz projects. He leads a series of groups and projects among them: Parias Ensemble, Otra Gente, Interior, Trans-Atlantik. He is currently a guitar instructor at the Harbor Conservatory, in Manhattan and at the Circulo de la Hispanidad in Long Beach (Long Island).
Masatora Goya is a composer writing extensively in the areas of chamber music and theater. Trained as a vocal performer first, he explores the musical landscape of drama, space, and emotion. A winner of the 2012 JFund for New Music, Masatora is currently collaborating with the Alturas Duo and Melanie Chirignan on a newly commissioned trio piece "Sound of Life". ("Saudade", an excerpt from the "Sound of Life", was made possible by a grant from the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation.)
Molly Joyce is a twenty year old composer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her music has recently been praised as “dreaming” (BBC Music Magazine), written in an “emotionally appealing twenty-first century style” (Fanfare Magazine), and “vibrant, inventive music that communicates straight from the heart.” (Prufrock’s Dilemma). Most recently, she has been venturing into electroacoustic music and writing for many of her close friends and peers. Recent notable commissions and performances include a world premiere by The Declassified, a reading by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and a performance on Stephen Burns’ Fulcrum Point Discoveries Series. In addition, Molly presently serves as Digital Content Manager for New Amsterdam Presents/Records. Currently, Molly is pursuing a Bachelor of Music at The Juilliard School studying with Samuel Adler. www.mollyjoycemusic.com
Composer and guitarist Andrew McKenna Lee has given solo performances of his original compositions for guitar in venues such as Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s prestigious “Green Umbrella Series.” His debut CD release, "Gravity and Air," was named one of the year’s “Top Ten Best Classical Albums” of 2009 in TimeOut Chicago, and another recently released project, "Solar/Electric," also met with critical praise, most notably from composer Steve Reich, who claimed Lee’s realization of his work Electric Counterpoint, “A magnificent performance beautifully recorded.”
Daniel Reyes Llinas began his musical career at the age of 10 teaching himself how to play the guitar. He studied Classical Guitar at Andes University in Bogota, Colombia under Carlos Castilla, Carlos Rocca Lynn & Jaime Arias Obregon. He has been an attendant of Guitar Craft seminaries directed by Robert Fripp Since 2004. Mr. Reyes Llinás studied composition with pianist and composer Fernando Otero and enjoys writing music for film and theater. Is the Co-leader of Parias Ensemble. ”Molino” his first CD is available on iTunes, His second album “En Remolinos” will be released in the spring 0f 2013.
Ertunc Jim Oran
RUBENS SALLES is one of the most prominent Brazilian pianists/keyboardists of his generation. He has played and recorded with American guitarist David Fiucinsky, Turkish sax player Serhan Erkol, Latin Grammy nominee Brazilian singer/songwriter Zeca Baleiro, singers Alcione, Emilio Santiago, Luciana Mello, Brazilian Guitar Player Magazine editor Marcio Okayama, Brazilian Bass Player Magazine editor Nilton Wood, Clube do Balanço and Cravo e Canella band, a Brazilian samba rock group that achieved the record of 300,000 albums sold in Brazil. Rubens has appeared on TV shows in Boston for ABC, in Brazil for Globo TV, Cultura TV and SBT, in magazines such as Brazilian Keyboard Player, and in various newspapers and radio stations. Rubens has lectured at the New England Conservatory and at Università Della Musica in Rome. He is currently on the faculty of the Piano School of New York in Long Island, P.S.49 in Queens, and joined the Dwight School in 2011. Rubens recently released his newest album, ‘Liquid Gravity’, a mix of Brazilian, Jazz and Contemporary Classical music.
Composer Dave Soldier's projects include the Thai Elephant Orchestra consisting of 14 elephants in northern Thailand, the cult Delta punk band the Kropotkins, The People's Choice (The World's Most Unwanted Music), the Soldier String Quartet, the Brainwave Music Project, and coaching children to compose their own music in Harlem, Brooklyn, and Guatemala. He has performed as violinist, guitarist, and composer/ arranger with Bo Diddley, John Cale, Kurt Vonnegut, and many others, appearing on over 100 CDs, including nearly 20 featuring his compositions for classical and jazz musicians. http://davesoldier.com/photos.html
Jan Hus Church - You were welcome here long before you arrived!
Donations of food and 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.