American Composers Alliance

American Composers Alliance Nonprofit, alternative American concert music administration and publishing www.composers.com (BMI affiliated). New York, NY
Non-profit publishing organization that offers worldwide print and digital distribution for American concert music composers.

Music presenter, publisher

Mission: The American Composers Alliance was founded in 1937 by Aaron Copland and others, to protect the rights of music creators and to strengthen career opportunities for contemporary concert music composers. Today, the ACA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing public access to its vast catalog of music and historical archives through its searchable online database and print on demand services. ACA's composer members can receive a variety of services including legal registration of their works, publication and promotion, and library archiving for future generations.

Harlem Chamber Players, season finale gala concert, May 31.
05/06/2019

Harlem Chamber Players, season finale gala concert, May 31.

05/03/2019
Michael Dellaira - Elegy For The Jewish Villages

Music for Baritone and Double Bass by Michael Dellaira after the poem "Elegy for the Jewish Villages" by Edward Hirsch

Elegy for the Jewish Villages for Baritone and contrabass Music by Michael Dellaira after the poem "Elegy for the Jewish Villages" by Edward Hirsch Matthew P...

05/02/2019
Tenth Intervention

Tenth Intervention

👻 Workshopping “Snapchat Chorus” from “Reading the Landscape” by Nathan Hall, with Adam, Erin, and Hajnal. World premiere tomorrow at 8pm at Dimenna 👻

04/26/2019
Association of Concert Bands (ACB)

Association of Concert Bands (ACB)

Make sure you visit the exhibit area today and say hello to the following: Aria Lights, American Composers Alliance, Claude T Smith Publications, Dillon Music, Kaleidoscope Adventures, Manhattan Concert Productions (MCP), Mark Custom Recording, Perillo Tours, Siegfried's Call, ACB 2020 Convention, and our hosts New Jersey Wind Symphony #acb2019

Next Thursday, May 2: Tenth Intervention at DiMennaOn the program: Matt Welch: Cumha Na Marbh for string quartet Daniel ...
04/26/2019
Reading the Landscape - music from ACA and Nathan Hall

Next Thursday, May 2: Tenth Intervention at DiMenna
On the program:

Matt Welch: Cumha Na Marbh for string quartet
Daniel Tacke: a quiet and lingering violence for alto sax and accordion/piano
Beth Wiemann: Crowded Sourcing for violin and tape
Nathan Hall: Portals for soprano sax and tape
Skip and Slumber for violin and piano
Reading the Landscape for soprano sax, violin, and piano

Ensemble:

Erin Rogers, saxophone
Andrea Lodge, piano
Adam Tendler, piano
Lynn Bechtold, violin
Hajnal Pivnick, violin
Carrie Frey, viola
Jisoo Ok, cello

8pm
DiMenna Center Benzaquen Hall
$12 advance/$20 at the door
Tickets available. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reading-the-landscape-music-from-aca-and-nathan-hall-tickets-60029178890

Tenth Intervention performs works by American composers, including a world premiere of Nathan Hall's Reading the Landscape, a book of graphic scores composed while on residency this fall in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland. Program: ​Matt Welch: Cumha Na Marbh for string quartet Daniel Tacke: a quiet and...

You are invited - Monday April 22, 2019: Mezzo-Soprano Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev, pianist Margaret Kampmeier, and Baritone Jose Ma...
04/12/2019

You are invited - Monday April 22, 2019: Mezzo-Soprano Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev, pianist Margaret Kampmeier, and Baritone Jose Manuel Pietri-Coimbre bring to life rarely performed works by composers Vally Weigl, and Dorothy Rudd Moore.

The Cheah-Chan Duo - Phillip Cheah and Trudy Chan - will reprise a number of great songs by H. Leslie Adams, Frank J. Oteri, Chet Biscardi, and others.

Two works by New York City composer Dorothy Rudd-Moore, "Weary Blues" and "Fourth of July Speech" from her opera Frederick Douglass will be performed by Baritone Jose Manuel Pietri-Coimbre, with pianist Richard Liebowitz and cellist Halie Morris.

This is a free concert at National Opera Center 330 Seventh Ave. (28-29), in New York City, on Monday, April 22. 7:30pm

Mezzo-Soprano Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev has been working to bring Vally Weigl’s music back to New York City. Weigl was an important ACA member for decades, and her music is often performed in Europe. She was the wife of composer Karl Weigl, but an accomplished and gifted composer in her own right. Working with Peggy Kampmeier, pianist with the New York Philharmonic, Re’ut will give premiere performances of some of Vally’s art songs from the 1970s.

The Cheah Chan Duo celebrates their 10th incredible year of collaboration, with “Life’s Work”, a musical meditation on the themes of love and life.

Robert Ceely Electronic Music Studio dedication concertWednesday, April 17 at 8 P.M.Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theater,...
04/11/2019

Robert Ceely Electronic Music Studio dedication concert

Wednesday, April 17 at 8 P.M.
Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theater, New England Conservatory

Please join us for this special event celebrating the official renaming of NEC’s Electronic Music Studio after its founder, Robert Ceely. The program will feature a performance of Robert Ceely’s Synoecy (1986) for clarinet and tape by Stephanie Key ’92, Director, Soli Chamber Ensemble, along with five commissioned works by recent alumni composers including a collaborative piece for live electronics by Beth McDonald ’11 MM and Neal Markowski ‘13; an acousmatic composition by Caroline Park ’08, ’10 MM; a piano/electronics work by Quentin Tschoefen ‘17; and a guitar/electronics composition by Dan VanHassel ‘07.

The concert will also showcase electronic miniatures, sometimes in combination with acoustic instruments, by current students Fernando Allendes, Isaac Blumfield, Ari Brown, Christian Cahill, Yanqi Chen, Stephen Jackson, Robin Meeker-Cummings, Kimmie Phan Stattman, Nyhta Taguchi, Christopher Vu, Tianyi Wang, Hua Xin, and Ni Zheng.

Music of Richard Cameron-Wolfe, Lou Harrison, and more, Pomona College - April 28th.
04/09/2019
Cameron-Wolfe’s Lilith at Pomona College – Sunday, April 28

Music of Richard Cameron-Wolfe, Lou Harrison, and more, Pomona College - April 28th.

Pianist Gayle Blankenburg is joined by New Zealand violinist, pianist and composer Mark Menzies in a program of music by Richard Cameron-Wolfe (his 2016 duo Lilith), Debussy, Lou Harrison, Schoenberg, Takemitsu, and Menzies, to be held at the Bridges Hall of Music, Pomona College (150 E. Fourth St.,...

ensemble mise-en festival selections for 2019
04/01/2019

ensemble mise-en festival selections for 2019

Dear composers,

It was truly a pleasure to have a chance to listen to all of your wonderful works, and we appreciate your patience during our judging process. This year we received 782 submissions from 61 countries, and we have listed 30 pieces that we have chosen for MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019 below:

Alisson Kruusmaa(Estonia): Hummingbirds (2019, world premiere)
Bekah Simms (Canada): skinscape (2017, NY premiere)
Benjamin Louis Brody (United States of America): Oscillations (2018)
Carole Chargueron (France): Fonomicroscopía del D.F. (2015, US premiere)
Cody Myre (U.S.A.): Emerge (2018, NY premiere)
David Solis (Mexico): kontakt (2017, US premiere)
Eun Young Lee (South Korea): Jindo (2018, US premiere)
Frej Wedlund (Sweden): Plasticity (2018, US premiere)
Gráinne Mulvey (Ireland): LUCA (2018, US premiere)
Jacopo Greco d'Alceo Mascheroni (Italy): soffio (2018, US premiere)
João Quinteiro (Portugal): Energeia (2014, world premiere)
John Liberatore (U.S.A.): a very star-like start (2017, NY premiere)
Kyle Krause (U.S.A.): Recycled Effervescence (2018, world premiere)
Lanqing Ding (China): The possibilities of freedom (2107, US premiere)
Leah Reid (U.S.A.): Cranberries (2019, world premiere)
Lise Morrison (South Africa): Staircase Wit (2018, US premiere)
Martin Loridan (France): Souffle (2019, world premiere)
Matteo Tundo (Italy): Genesi Astratta (2018, US premiere)
Meliha Doguduyal (Netherlands): ABYSS (2009, US premiere)
Michael Seltenreich (Israel): Schnaim (2016, US premiere)
Mohammad H. Javaheri (Iran): Rebirth (2019, world premiere)
Mu-Xuan Lin (U.S.A.): new work (2019, world premiere)
Nathaniel Haering (U.S.A.): Medical Text p.57 (2017)
Peder Barratt-Due (Norway): Ildfluer (2017, US premiere)
Piotr Peszat (Poland): Movement of People (2019, world premiere)
Santa Bušs (Latvia): a chantar m'er... (lacuna)' (2019, world premiere)
Talia Amar-Krim (Israel): Triangulation (2017, NY premiere)
Tobias Fandel (Germany): guilty pleasure (2019, world premiere)
Yie-Eun Chun (South Korea): Urban Symphony (2017, US premiere)
Zuriñe F Gerenabarrena (Spain): FYR (2016)

A committee comprised of ensemble mise-en musicians Kelley Barnett, Mark Broschinsky, Josh Perry, Yumi Suehiro, Dirk Wels, Geoff Landman, Maria Hadge, Dorothy Chan, Hugh Ash, Liz Hogg, Yumi Ito, Sam Zagnit, Amber Evans, Moon Young Ha along with guest composer Seth Rozanoff, carefully reviewed all submissions.

We hope to see you at the 2019 festival as well as at our season concerts, and please keep in touch!

Best,
ensemble mise-en

https://mailchi.mp/mise-en/result-mise-en-music-festival-2019

John Eaton Remembered - great review
03/31/2019
New York Classical Review

John Eaton Remembered - great review

Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson joined other students of the late John Eaton to pay tribute to their beloved teacher on Saturday at Symphony Space. Photo: Jeremy Tressler

03/30/2019
International Trombone Festival

International Trombone Festival

ITF2019 Youth Workshop Faculty Member Timothy Riordan and his students from the Merit School of Music in Chicago invite you to register and attend! Both Youth Workshop and main ITF information is all at the website: www.trombonefestival.net

Founded 70 years ago now, KPFA FM in Berkeley was established by Pacifists to bring intelligent, sophisticated discourse...
03/27/2019

Founded 70 years ago now, KPFA FM in Berkeley was established by Pacifists to bring intelligent, sophisticated discourse and non-commercial arts & culture to Bay Area audiences. Some of the programs from the early era are now streaming online at radiOM.org. Photo Langston Hughes, Eleanor McKinney on KPFA 1958.

Modular Suite for Horn and Piano
03/22/2019
Modular Suite for Horn and Piano

Modular Suite for Horn and Piano

Composer's note: The Modular Suite was written at the request of my friend Rose French, who wanted a multi-movement work that could be rearranged or abridged depending on the performance situation. The work may be performed as a three movement sonata, a slow-fast combination (in the tradition of the...

Review John Holiday's concert in Dallas: "The second half of his program was characterized by selections from H. Leslie ...
03/18/2019
TheaterJones.com: John Holiday | The Dallas Opera and Nasher Sculpture Center

Review John Holiday's concert in Dallas: "The second half of his program was characterized by selections from H. Leslie Adams’ song cycle Nightsongs, which features the musical setting of poetry from African-American poets..."

John Holiday TheaterJones.com Holiday Time Countertenor John Holiday gave a beautiful recital in the Dallas Opera and Nasher Scul...

The passing of composer Edith Borroff (1925-2019), in North Carolina. She authored the book Three American Composers, 19...
03/16/2019
Edith Borroff

The passing of composer Edith Borroff (1925-2019), in North Carolina. She authored the book Three American Composers, 1986) which traces the power shift from the apprentice/conservatory system of training composers to the university system, focusing on how this change influenced Irwin Fischer, Ross Lee Finney, and George Crumb.

Edith Borroff (b. 1925) received her education at Oberlin Conservatory, the American Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan. She has taught at Hillsdale College, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and has been professor of music at Eastern Michigan University since 1966. Her areas of...

This Land is Ours - featuring 10 world premiere art songs, with The Mirror Visions Ensemble; including music by H. Lesli...
03/12/2019
This Land is Ours – The Sheen Center

This Land is Ours - featuring 10 world premiere art songs, with The Mirror Visions Ensemble; including music by H. Leslie Adams, Nate May, Francine Trester, Mohammed Fairouz, Brittney Boykin, Carlos Simon, Adolphus Hailstork, Harold Meltzer, and Braxton Blake.

Louis Karchin - new album coming out on New Focus Recordings, March 22; Featuring Miranda Cuckson, Jacqueline Leclair, a...
03/12/2019
Louis Karchin - new album released on New Focus Recordings, March 22

Louis Karchin - new album coming out on New Focus Recordings, March 22; Featuring Miranda Cuckson, Jacqueline Leclair, and Steven Beck.

A new album of seven recent solos and duos by Louis Karchin will be released on New Focus Recordings on March 22, 2019. The works are for violin, piano, and oboe in various combinations, several premiered in Venice; others in New York City at Barge Music and the Met-Breuer Gallery. From the liner no...

Da Capo Chamber Players
03/10/2019

Da Capo Chamber Players

NYC friends! Poetry Morphs into Music! Da Capo at Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center March 14 featuring works by Eric Moe, Ralph Shapey, Yotam Haber, and Valerie Coleman. #merkinconcert #NYC #newmusic #dacaponewmusic #dacapochamberplayers

'Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am' documentary film review - and worth noting uses piano etudes by H. Leslie Adams perform...
03/09/2019
Film Review: ‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’

'Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am' documentary film review - and worth noting uses piano etudes by H. Leslie Adams performed by Maria Corley.

Toni Morrison’s artistic, cultural and historical legacies are by now firmly established, which doesn’t prevent “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” from revealing them anew and setting them out in an …

Textura reviews ACA electroacoustic album CURRENTS "One of the major takeaways, however, doesn't concern the music itsel...
03/08/2019
textura

Textura reviews ACA electroacoustic album CURRENTS "One of the major takeaways, however, doesn't concern the music itself but something related, specifically how inspiring it is to be presented with composers who are still vital, engaged, and explorative after decades of creative work.."

Currents provides a magnificent survey of the electroacoustic field, not only because works by thirteen different ACA-affiliated composers are featured but for the fact that the pieces presented span fifty years. As such, the release brings into focus changes in production methodology that have tran...

American Composers Alliance, founded in 1937 by Aaron Copland and other composers, has been awarded a generous grant of ...
03/07/2019

American Composers Alliance, founded in 1937 by Aaron Copland and other composers, has been awarded a generous grant of support from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc. for 2019-20.

This Thursday March 7th
03/05/2019
The Rhythm Method

This Thursday March 7th

Doors 6:30pm || Music 7:00pm

In honor of International Women’s Day, The Rhythm Method presents the second annual iteration of Broad Statements, a mini-festival celebrating the fantastic breadth and diversity of creative music-making by women in and around New York City. This year’s lineup will feature sets by vocalist, percussionist, composer, writer and community facilitator Anaïs Maviel, experimental composer, performer, and sound artist Viola Yip, performance artist, composer, and horn player Nicolee Kuester, and, of course, The Rhythm Method, playing their own work as well as Tonia Ko's ethereal "Escape/Landscape."

There will be a brief reception following the performance, and drinks and snacks will be available throughout the evening!

Admission is $20 general / $15 for students and seniors.

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About the Artists:

Nicolee Kuester makes things to be seen-heard-experienced out of sounds, bodies, texts, and small objects. Of particular interest are things that change slowly and quietly, things that cannot be very well explained, things that take an uncomfortably long time, and new ways that performing bodies might come together into careful and strange spaces. Her performance work crops up on both coasts of the United States, in Norway, in Switzerland, and in front of baffled teenagers in North Carolina. She is otherwise gainfully employed playing the French horn.
nicoleekuester.com

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Experimental composer, performer, and sound artist, Viola Yip will be performing an audiovisual set, using the electric flow and the vibrations of flickering light bulbs as a sound source, and exploring the musical possibilities in the common ground between the vibrations of light and sound.

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Anaïs Maviel's solo performance practice has been a sanctuary to navigate spaces between composition and improvisation languages from a bodily & spiritual approach. Exploring the relation between voice and other instruments, drum first with a focus on the surdo, various percussion instruments, sacred instruments, and strings, especially the n'goni with which she explores non western tuning, rhythmic harmonic possibilities in experimental /experiential song formats.
"I’m interested in the witnessing experience being performative and the performing experience being meditative. I’m exploring gaps between contemplative and cathartic practices, and the mediation of articulate language between these realms, in order to transform shared reality with continued intent through vibration."

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Praised as "“fierce, fearless, and virtuosic… unapologetically stylistically omnivorous and versatile” (New Music Box), The Rhythm Method strives to reimagine the string quartet in a contemporary, feminist context. The four performer-composers of The Rhythm Method continually expand their sonic and expressive palette through the use of graphic notation, vocalization, improvisation, and performance. Their set for the second annual iteration of Broad Statements will feature new works by Leah Asher and Meaghan Burke (the quartet's violinist and cellist, respectively), as well as Tonia Ko's ethereal "Escape/Landscape" for string quartet.

This event has been made possible by the generous support of the Open Meadows Foundation.

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