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First recording of two songs by Vladimir Ussachevsky- since 1952
04/14/2020
Peter Nelson-King

First recording of two songs by Vladimir Ussachevsky- since 1952

I was invited by the American Composers Alliance to record two pieces from a list of authorized works by composers in their library - I was to do them in my own home and with my own equipment, and they would be world premiere recordings, posted online. I obliged them, and was honored to do so. This one is the Two Songs of Autumn (1952) by Vladimir Ussachevsky, a Russian expatriate mostly known for his pioneering electronic compositions and co-founding of the Columbia Princeton Electronic Studio with Otto Luening. According to the ACA, my recordings of these songs may have been the first time they were performed at all, and undoubtedly I will perform them again if given the opportunity.

ACA music licensingThis past year ACA has licensed music from its catalog for a number of film and media projects.  Toni...
04/10/2020

ACA music licensing

This past year ACA has licensed music from its catalog for a number of film and media projects. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am uses a piano etude by H. Leslie Adams, as played by Maria Thompson on Albany Records. Sara Fishko's The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith uses Sonata for Viola and Piano by Hall Overton, as played by the Zaslav Duo Bernard Zaslav, viola and Naomi Zaslav, piano. Filmmaker Maiko Endo releases her 6th film with Tokyo Telepath (2020) currently screening at film festivals. And McGraw-Hill renewed its license to continue using Vladimir Ussachevsky's Wireless Fantasy in its educational series Music! Its Role and Importance in Our Lives (Grades 9-12).

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cancel live performances across the world, the music community suffers a major ...
03/27/2020
The Shelter Recordings

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cancel live performances across the world, the music community suffers a major blow to its livelihood. Freelance performers find themselves suddenly without necessary performance income. The Shelter Recordings: ACA's initiative to support players sheltering at home will take immediate effect.

Professional musicians who have suddenly lost their livelihood in the wake of the pandemic will be hired to create premiere recordings of ACA works in the safety of their own homes.

Recordings will be made DIY with whatever recording equipment the players have on hand.

Your generous donation will go directly to players' fees, and you will soon see/hear the results linked here on this page as soon as projects are completed.

Our warmest thanks for any contributions you are able to offer, which will allow ACA to continue working with the new music community in new ways, through these uncertain times.

- Donate here: https://composers.com/page/shelter-recordings

Use the button below to contribute to ACA's The Shelter Recordings project for 2020, which supports professional musicians with the creation of in-home premiere recordings of music by American composers from the vast catalog of music at composers.com. Contribute here:

03/27/2020
Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center

New piece taking shape with composer Beth Wiemann

Professor Beth Wiemann, Chair of the Music Division at UMaine - School of Performing Arts, on what she's been working on from home, setting the poetry of Marianne Moore to music. She shares a book recommendation, and shows the notation program she uses to make it all happen.

How are YOU making the #HumanitiesFromHome a part of your day? Share your art, music, poetry, research, new hobby, and big ideas with us using the hashtag above, or by emailing a video or photo to [email protected].

03/26/2020
Transient Canvas

RE-PLAY TONIGHT 6PM EDT, Friday 3/27 From their home to ours, Transient Canvas Duo presents music and discussion every Thursday live-streamed from their page. Featuring works from their incredible repertoire, test-runs of new pieces, traditional arrangements, and more!
Today - concert #1 features Lament for bass clarinet and marimba by Elliott Miles McKinley - Composer.

https://www.facebook.com/TransientCanvas

Living Rooms Unite #1
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 6pm Eastern

Barbara White, Fool Me Once (2016)
Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, shenpa (2015)
Elliot Miles McKinley, Soliloquy I: Lament (2017)
Curtis Hughes, Vestibule III (2013)

Boston-based contemporary duo Transient Canvas is on a mission to revolutionize the modern concert experience. their innovative performances have been praised as “superb” by the Boston Globe and “disarming” by Cleveland Classical.

ACA music licensing
03/18/2020
ACA music licensing

ACA music licensing

This past year ACA has licensed music from its catalog for a number of film and media projects. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am uses a piano etude by H. Leslie Adams, as played by Maria Thompson on Albany Records. Sara Fishko's The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith uses Sonata for Viola and Pian...

This past year we licensed our music for a number of film and media projects.  Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am uses a pia...
03/17/2020

This past year we licensed our music for a number of film and media projects. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am uses a piano etude by H. Leslie Adams, as played by Maria Thompson on Albany Records. Sara Fishko's The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith uses Sonata for Viola and Piano by Hall Overton, as played by the Zaslav Duo Bernard Zaslav, viola and Naomi Zaslav, piano. Filmmaker Maiko Endo releases her 6th film with Tokyo Telepath (2020) currently scheduled for film festivals worldwide, which uses an electronic work by Vladimir Ussachevsky. And McGraw-Hill renewed its license to continue using Vladimir Ussachevsky's Wireless Fantasy in its educational series Music! Its Role and Importance in Our Lives (Grades 9-12).

David Froom's Hidden Motives, upcoming performances, March 12,18, and 29
03/14/2020
David Froom's Hidden Motives, upcoming performances, March 12,18, and 29

David Froom's Hidden Motives, upcoming performances, March 12,18, and 29

"David Froom’s Hidden Motives begins ferociously, but uncovers a very different path to an unsettled close." -- Collage New Music Four upcoming performances: Louis Moreau Institute - Contemporary Masters and Promising Voices - Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at 7:30 pm Dixon Recital Hall, Tulane Univer...

David Froom's Three Fantasy Dances: Concerto for Wind Ensemble, U.S. Marine Band in Virginia, April 5.
03/10/2020
David Froom's Three Fantasy Dances Concerto for Wind Ensemble, U.S. Marine Band, April 5

David Froom's Three Fantasy Dances: Concerto for Wind Ensemble, U.S. Marine Band in Virginia, April 5.

The “President’s Own” United States Marine Band will present "Concerti Aplenti" with David Froom's Three Fantasy Dances: A Concerto for Wind Ensemble (world premiere) on Sunday, April 5, 2pm, in the Rachel M. Schlesigner Concert Hall at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria (also kno...

Check out the new additions to the ACA catalog.
03/08/2020
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Check out the new additions to the ACA catalog.

Radical Eclecticism: Music of Andrew Ardizzoia, April 3
02/28/2020
Radical Eclecticism: Music of Andrew Ardizzoia, April 3

Radical Eclecticism: Music of Andrew Ardizzoia, April 3

Muhlenberg College presents the Contemporary Music Festival 2020 with two events, March 13 and April 3. On March 13, new music for solo piano with Holly Roadfeldt, piano, at 730pm at Baker Center for the Arts Recital Hall. On Friday, April 3, the music of Andrew Ardizzoia including percussion, chora...

loadbang
02/26/2020
loadbang

loadbang

Composers! It's the last 5 days to apply to the annual loadbang Commission Competition! Application is easy and free and the prizes include:

- $1,000 as a commission to write a new piece, which will be premiered in New York City by loadbang in the Spring of 2021.
- Tuition free participation and workshops with loadbang at the Longy School of Music's Divergent Studio from June 7-17, 2020 in Cambridge, MA.

02/24/2020
Castle of our Skins

Castle of our Skins

Check out this video #repost from our friends @peabodyessex
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We’re spending our Wednesday and Friday of #SchoolVacationWeek at the Peabody Essex Museum. Check out this clip of Ashleigh Gordon presenting ‘A Little History’, which teaches kids through music about legendary figures in Black history.
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Visit the @peabodyessex museum tomorrow Friday Feb. 20 at 1PM for another hour of history, music, and interactive fun!
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#blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #music #viola #classicalmusic #blackcomposers #blackexcellence #museum #kids #salem #peabody #bostonfamily #bostonfamilyfun #education #margaretbonds

Free concert today - Brian Schober organist 4pm - 5th Avenue at 90th street.
02/23/2020

Free concert today - Brian Schober organist
4pm - 5th Avenue at 90th street.

02/20/2020
Lumba-Lumba Hijau by Matthew Welch

Lumba-Lumba Hijau by Matthew Welch

Commissioned and performed by Transient Canvas at Avaloch Farm Music Institute. Video by Nicole Parks.

Castle of our Skins
02/16/2020

Castle of our Skins

New music for our library! Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (the cat) approves 🙂

Thanks American Composers Alliance and G. Schirmer & Associated Music Publishers for the scores!

Tonight! Random Access Music's "We the Whole People" concert series, RAM clarinetist Thomas Piercy and special guest pia...
02/14/2020
Upcoming Events | Random Access Music

Tonight! Random Access Music's "We the Whole People" concert series, RAM clarinetist Thomas Piercy and special guest pianist Taka Kigawa team up again to perform the revised clarinet work - written for Thomas Piercy - "They rescued them in their peril" (2014, rev. 2020)

Feb 14, 2020, 7:00 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W 13th St New York, NY 10011
https://www.ram-nyc.org/event

RAM supports the creation and performance of new music through the Queens New Music Festival. This festival, which was first produced in 2012, is an annual event that brings new music front and center into Queens.

David Froom's Hidden Motives, upcoming performances, March 12,16, and 29
02/06/2020
David Froom's Hidden Motives, upcoming performances, March 12,16, and 29

David Froom's Hidden Motives, upcoming performances, March 12,16, and 29

"David Froom’s Hidden Motives begins ferociously, but uncovers a very different path to an unsettled close." -- Collage New MusicFour upcoming performances:Louis Moreau Institute - Contemporary Masters and Promising Voices - March 12th, 2020 at 7:30 pmDixon Recital Hall, Tulane University, New Orl...

la chanson du printemps . . . by Marilyn Shrude, with Northern Iowa Symphony, March 5
02/05/2020
la chanson du printemps . . . by Marilyn Shrude, with Northern Iowa Symphony, March 5

la chanson du printemps . . . by Marilyn Shrude, with Northern Iowa Symphony, March 5

Spotlight Series: Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 7:30 pm Under the direction of School of Music professor and conductor Rebecca Burkhardt, the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra presents the first Spotlight Series concert of the spring 2020 term, which will include la chans...

Songs of Wallace McClain Cheatham, in performance at St. Monica Church, Wisconsin, Feb. 2
02/04/2020
Songs of Wallace McClain Cheatham, in performance at St. Monica Church, Wisconsin, Feb. 2

Songs of Wallace McClain Cheatham, in performance at St. Monica Church, Wisconsin, Feb. 2

Sunday, Feb 2nd - Selections from A Collection of Songs by Wallace McClain Cheatham. Performance to begin after the morning Mass, with Soprano Cecilia Davis and the composer at the organ. Donovan Hall at St. Monica Church, 5681 N Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay, WI 53217. This performance is featu...

Songs and Arias from the opera "Blake" by H. Leslie Adams, presented by the Cleveland AGO, March 15
01/29/2020
Songs and Arias from the opera "Blake" by H. Leslie Adams, presented by the Cleveland AGO, March 15

Songs and Arias from the opera "Blake" by H. Leslie Adams, presented by the Cleveland AGO, March 15

On Sunday March 15, 2020 at 3pm, the American Guild of Organists, Cleveland Chapter, will present a concert of music by the noted Cleveland composer, H. LESLIE ADAMS at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 18001 Detroit in Lakewood, OH. Included in the program will be works for organ, piano, trumpet, and...

New music from Scott L. Miller and Wilfull Devices
01/27/2020

New music from Scott L. Miller and Wilfull Devices

This month, Pat O’Keefe and I (as Willful Devices) are excited to publicly present our latest project, HDPHN. We’ve been working on this since 2018 (during the inaugural Pat Camp!) and we will offer a preview concert on Saturday, February 1 @ 7:30 pm in St. Paul at Studio Z. Admission is FREE, just make sure to bring headphones (see below)!

HDPHN

HDPHN presents the audience with a new way to experience live electro-acoustic music performance. Similar to the “silent disco,” HDPHN imagines a shared audience experience dependent on the use of a technology, headphones, which is usually regarded as isolating. The music is performed live, but instead of being amplified through a set of speakers in the room, all sounds (both acoustic and electric) are delivered to the audience via headphones. Processed sound is also returned to the clarinet via analog ‘talk box,’ which is piped through the clarinet to be filtered by the instrument and amplified by the microphones, creating a feedback loop that is further manipulated by Pat on the clarinet. The use of headphones allows for a live concert of music that involves sounds that are often impossible to hear without amplification, and also for an extremely precise presentation of sound moving in space. Typically in concerts involving electronic and amplified sound there are a limited number of seats in the sweet-spot, but going straight to headphones eliminates that obstacle, and creates an egalitarian and ideal listening experience for each member of the audience.

HDPHN was created and is performed by Willful Devices, Pat O'Keefe (Bass clarinet, Bb clarinet) and Scott L. Miller (Kyma, Keyboard). It was developed while in residence at Sparta Sound, a ‘Rock ‘n Roll Bed and Breakfast’ up on the Iron Range of Minnesota, owned and run by musician and studio engineer, Rich Mattson. The residency was funded by the McKnight Foundation, in support of Miller’s 2018 McKnight Composer Fellowship.

How to experience HDPHN

Each member of the audience will need to provide headphones in order to hear the music of HDPHN. Traditional wired headphones (with a stereo mini or full-size jack) can plug in to provided headphone amplifiers. Additionally, those with headphones connected to mobile devices will be able to listen via local wifi network. Willful Devices will live stream the music using VLC on a wifi network in the performance space. Directions will be provided at the concert for connecting. It is highly recommended that you download the VLC for Mobile app in advance of the concert. Visit VideoLAN to download the app for your device here: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/


The following compositions (some classic Willful Devices in there!!) will be included during the concert, with improvised interludes to create a seamless experience:

Partched (2019) Pat O’Keefe and Scott L. Miller. Clarinet, Kyma, MXR Talk Box
Song for Doug (2019) Pat O’Keefe and Scott L. Miller. Bass Clarinet, Kyma
GG/SIM (2019) Pat O’Keefe and Scott L. Miller. Bass Clarinet, Kyma
HPGF (2019) Pat O’Keefe and Scott L. Miller. Clarinet, Kyma, MXR Talk Box
H/OFL (2019) Scott L. Miller. Bass Clarinet, Kyma
Quartet (2019) Scott L. Miller. Clarinet, Kyma
Mirror Inside (2004) Pat O’Keefe and Scott L. Miller. Bass Clarinet, Kyma
Chimeric Night (2009) Scott L. Miller. Clarinet, Kyma
Consortium (2009) Scott L. Miller. Clarinet, Kyma

#tbt Check out the cool cover from one of our founding members and first president of ACA, Aaron Copland.
01/23/2020

#tbt Check out the cool cover from one of our founding members and first president of ACA, Aaron Copland.

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A prayer for these uneasy times, courtesy of Robert DeMaine and Genevieve Feiwen Lee.
My piano improvisation
CALL FOR SCORES dedicated to the theme SYNESTHESIA AMONG ARTS AVAILABILITY TO MAKE. The authors of "SYNESTHESIA AMONG ARTS" of Salsomaggiore Terme (Italy), are evaluating with the promoting institutions the organization of a concert of contemporary music on the theme "SYNESTHESIA" to be performed, at the TEATRO G. VERDI of BUSSETO (PR) or in another location, in September 2019. The compositions must be very freely inspired by the experience of synesthesia between sound and / or image, eco-fashion, color, olfactory perceptions, gestures with the aim of highlighting the possible synesthetic interaction between the different sensory stimuli. Duration: between 5 and 7 minutes chosen between 1 and 6 instruments flute, clarinet (sib or bass), violin, viola, cello, double bass. Electronic instruments will not be accepted. You can participate with more compositions. Contribution for the organization: 30 euros for the first composition, 20 euros for the subsequent composition must be paid after sending the announcement. The jury will be composed of renowned musicians. Confirmation of the performance of the event, upon reaching the minimum number of participants, and the information for sending the passages will be subsequently given to the composers who have declared themselves available to compose on the subject of SYNESTHESIA. Please reply by 10 May 2019 indicating your name and surname with e-mail for the answer: "Yes, I am available to compose on the subject "SYNESTHESIA" The confirmation email must be sent to this address: [email protected] At your place:10 10 May 2019 – Declaration of willingness to compose 30 July 2019 – deadline for sending the scores September 2019 Festivals and concerts For the direction of the Festival: Igam Ussaro and Cristina Servini
Composers! Submission deadline for the MIGF Composition Competition is coming soon in 3 days! Complete your work and submit by January 15 midnight EST! http://migf.fiu.edu/2019/composition-competition/
The first New York Composers Circle of the year coming up Tuesday, January 15, 7:30 at The Little Church Around the Corner (1 East 19th St.) I hope you can join us for this concert of new music for string quartet and string trios.
Dear Friends & Colleagues, Please join me for my upcoming Solo Recital presented my the Arts Society of Kingston (ASK). “The Virtuoso Classical Guitar” Friday 9 November @ 7:30 pm Arts Society of Kingston 97 Broadway Kingston, NY 12401 United States Tickets: $20 For Information Phone: (845) 338-0333 http://www.askforarts.org/event/the-virtuoso-classical-guitar/ PRESS RELEASE: Internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz will present a recital devoted to Baroque, Romantic, Contemporary and Latin American Virtuoso Masterpieces for the classical guitar. Compositions by Italy’s Girolamo Frescobaldi, France’s Napoleon Coste, and Vienna’s Johann Dubez will be featured on the first half of the recital. The second half will be centered around showpieces by the Latin American guitar’s greatest composers—Hector Angulo (Cuba), and Manuel Ponce (Mexico), and compositions by two of North America’s greatest composers—NYU “Composer Emeritus” (and Kingston resident, the late) Brian Fennelly, and Maestro Robert W. Butts—composer and conductor of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey! This concert is being presented in conjunction with a workshop on Saturday, November 10. If you wish to attend the workshop, there is a discounted price with the purchase of a ticket to the performance.
Hello! We would appreciate your cooperation in sharing this with your colleagues. Many thanks. Paul Witkowski [email protected] Entries for the 2019 Art Song Composition Award are being accepted. Application deadline is December 1, 2018. Presented by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the annual composition contest fosters the collaborative energy of vocalists and composers, with prizes sponsored by composer Lori Laitman. INFO:
The saddest thing is that schools become battle fields instead of peaceful classrooms. Love to share with you my philosophical and poetic song-"Peace of Mind Brings Peace of the World” for the "Peace, Love, and Dream” Vocal Event. https://www.facebook.com/David-Haotian-Dai-391140414566468/
There are too many artists to entertain the world, but too few artists to inspire the world.-David H.Dai "Peace, Love, and Dream” International Vocal Project ---To Entertain, Inspire and Change the World Love to have your support. https://www.facebook.com/David-Haotian-Dai-391140414566468/
Deadline in one week, looking for music scored for Flute/Objects/Electronics/Keyboard, as well as stereo acousmatic music https://hertzbreakerz.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/sound-spaces-call-for-music/
Dear Friends and Colleagues, please join me for my upcoming solo recital on 3 February at the beautiful and sonically marvelous 1867 Sanctuary in Ewing NJ! Details below: "“The Genesis of Fantasy” — Internationally Acclaimed classical guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz performs an evening of virtuoso guitar works spanning four centuries. Beginning with the masterful “Ouverture de la Grotte de Versailles (de Lully)” by Robert de Visee (court guitarist to Louis XIV), his program will feature masterworks by the 19th Century’s greatest composer-guitarists: Napoleon Coste (France), J. K. Mertz (Hungary), and Johann Dubez (Vienna). Contemporary compositions by some of America’s greatest living composers dominate the second half of the program, and include Ernst Bacon’s tuneful “Americana—Hymn-tune Suite,” Edward Green’s powerful “Genesis—Variations for Guitar,” Brian Fennelly’s urbane “Maverick Prelude and Tango,” and conclude with Eric Sessler’s fantasy-work “Bombadiliana” — based on Tolkien! Stanley Alexandrowicz — Classical Guitar Guitarist Saturday February 3rd @ 8:00 pm 1867 Sanctuary 101 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ 08628 Tel: 609-392-6409 or E-mail: [email protected]
In celebration of 40 years of bringing excellence in organ performance to the Pittsburgh community, the Organ Artists Series of Pittsburgh is soliciting new, unpublished works for organ, to be premiered by Nathan J. Laube during the 2018-2019 season, and published by Selah Publishing Co., Inc. An award of $5,000 will be given to the winning composition. Works may be single or multi-movement, and should be suitable for worship and recital. All compositions must be received by April 1, 2018, and a winner will be announced by June 15, 2018. Please email a completed application form and submissions to [email protected] Follow the link below for the PDF application form.