Tag Archives: Contemporary Music

yes::no – nienteForte

Celebrate nienteForte’s 10th season with our season finale featuring the yes::no duet! This concert is being held at the Hotel Peter and Paul.

yes::no comprises of ECCE Ensemble members flutist Roberta Michel and clarinetist Carlos Cordeiro, who have been praised as having “extreme adventurousness…inspiring one to want a repeated hearing.”

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Portland Percussion Group – nienteForte

Celebrate nienteForte’s 10th season with a concert featuring the Portland Percussion Group at the Tulane University Dixon Concert Hall!

This concert will feature Nagoya Marimbas by Steve Reich, two world premiere performances of works composed by Stephen Montalvo and Mendel Lee, and more!

The Portland Percussion Group formed in 2011 to invigorate new music in the city and the greater Northwest, and since then has become a mainstay in the contemporary music space in Portland. To date, the PPG has worked with developing composers to create over 60 new works for percussion quartet and continues to look for ways to develop new sounds, explore new spaces, and engage new audiences.

The Portland Percussion Group also extends into educational outreach through involvement with young percussionists in our region and the creation of new educational opportunities for developing percussionists. The PPG frequently presents clinics and workshops at universities on the topic of chamber percussion repertoire and performance as well as maintaining an ongoing involvement with the Portland Summer Percussion Academy.

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Byrne:Kozar:Duo – nienteForte

Celebrate nienteForte’s 10th season with our premiere concert at Sidebar NOLA: Byrne:Kozar:Duo!

Created by New York City based soprano Corrine Byrne and trumpeter Andy Kozar, the Byrne:Kozar:Duo have been said to create ‘an arresting symbiosis in their melding of voice and trumpet timbres’ (Textura) and that the ‘trumpet and voice seem to take on one another’s qualities’ (Bandcamp Daily).

As individuals, Corrine has been called a ‘celebrated singer’ (Broadway World) and ‘a rising star’ (Arts Westchester) while Andy has been called a ‘star soloist’ (TimeOutNY) and ‘polished and dynamic, with very impressive playing’ (Baltimore Sun). Combining their strengths as performers and interpreters of both early and modern music, the Byrne:Kozar:Duo has commissioned new works by composers including Reiko Futing, Paula Matthusen, David Smooke, Scott Worthington and Scott Wollschleger. As recording artists, they can be heard on a recent release of the music of Scott Wollshleger on New Focus Recordings which was named a Notable Recording of 2017 in The New Yorker. Recent appearances include performances at the Boston Early Music Festival, Lake George Music Festival, Divergent Studio at the Longy School of Music, nienteForte in New Orleans, and New Music Miami.

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Versipel New Music Presents Giacomo Baldelli, Contemporary Guitar

Versipel New Music is excited to welcome New York City-based guitarist Giacomo Baldelli to open our sixth season on October 15th at Hotel Peter and Paul.

Critically noted as “one of the most complete performers of the new generation”, Baldelli is focused on exploring works of the 20th century, but also on developing a new 21st century repertoire for guitar. Most recently, he has been interested in expanding the contemporary repertoire for electric guitar.

Giacomo Baldelli will perform a concert of modern music for electric guitar, including performances of works by some of today’s leading voices in contemporary music such as French composer Tristain Murail and U.S. composer Eve Beglerian.

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Versipel New Music Presents Sound and Motion

Join the Versipel Collective for our season finale concert on May 12, for a collection of works that unite music, story, and motion.

Music is often considered the most abstract of all the artistic media, however, its power to sway the emotions, paint an image and tell a story is universal and an integral part of human experience. Also inherent in music is kinetic energy, motion, and the passing of time. Music, along with dance and film, are time based arts in which regularity, irregularity, rhythm, and duration become important elements.

This evening, we explore works that purposefully incorporate the ideas of story and motion through their inception and performance. Tom Johnson’s Bedtime Stories playfully and humorously unfolds several bedtime stories through music performed on clarinet with narration. The Collective will be joined by mezzo-soprano Brindley McWhorter for a special performance of Louisiana-based composer Monica Pearce’s breathtakingly expressive Leda Songs – a work that evokes the myth of Leda from the angles of three different poets. Moon Young Ha’s work Fairy Tale expresses the elusive, universal, and ephemeral importance of story. The Versipel Collective will be joined by dancer and Marigny Opera Ballet guest choreographer Rebecca Allen on John Cage’s Variations III and IV – a collaborative work that explores the connection between music, motion, and space in real time. The concert will also feature a performance of Luciano Berio’s virtuosic Sequenza X, performed by trumpeter Shane Courville.

The Versipel Collective:
Laura Patterson, flutes
Wilbert Gilley, clarinets
Shane Courville, trumpet
Elise Butler-Pinkham, cello
Katalin Lukács, piano
Mendel Lee, percussion and narration
Philip Schuessler, conductor

With special guests:
Chloe Helene Groth, violin
Fanny Friadt, viola
Brindley McWhorter, mezzo-soprano
Rebecca Allen, dance

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Songs of the Earth

Musaica performs works inspired by the folk and indigenous music from different parts of the world. Along with the String Sextet in A major by Dvorak and works by Bartok and Villa Lobos will be two world premieres! These will include a trio from past “Tribute the the Classical Arts” nominee Mollie O’Meara for harp, oboe, and flute inspired by Irish folk melodies; and a string quartet on Vietnamese folk music by Dylan Tran, this year’s participant in Musaica’s composition workshop.

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Versipel New Music Presents Nouveau Classical Project

Versipel New Music is excited to welcome Nouveau Classical Project for their New Orleans debut. They will perform Currents, an electro-acoustic concert that juxtaposes contrasting compositional styles in an eclectic program, celebrating the marriage of tradition and technology featuring works by composers who thrive in both the classical and pop worlds, Olga Bell and Gabrielle Herbst aka GABI, as well as award-winning composers David Bird and Isaac Schankler. NCP will also premiere a new work by New Orleans composer Rick Snow.

The Nouveau Classical Project (NCP) is a New York-based contemporary classical music ensemble that is “bringing a refreshing edge to the widely conservative genre” (VICE). It began by collaborating with fashion designers for its concerts and has expanded to creating multidisciplinary performances. Its mission is to engage new audiences and show that classical music is a living, breathing art form.

Tickets:

Suggested Donation $20 adults/$10 students

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Versipel New Music Presents Byrne:Kozar:Duo

Join Versipel New Music for an amazing evening of song and sound with New York City’s Byrne:Kozar:Duo. Created by New York City based soprano Corrine Byrne and trumpeter Andy Kozar, the Byrne:Kozar:Duo presents historically informed performances of Baroque music for natural trumpet and soprano in addition to commissioning new works for modern trumpet and soprano. They have been said to create ‘an arresting symbiosis in their melding of voice and trumpet timbres’ (Textura) and that the ‘trumpet and voice seem to take on one another’s qualities’ (Bandcamp Daily). As individuals, Corrine has been called a ‘celebrated singer’ (Broadway World) and ‘a rising star’ (Arts Westchester) while Andy has been called a ‘star soloist’ (TimeOutNY) and ‘polished and dynamic, with very impressive playing’ (Baltimore Sun). Combining their strengths as performers and interpreters of both early and modern music, the Byrne:Kozar:Duo has commissioned new works by composers including Reiko Futing, Paula Matthusen, David Smooke, Scott Worthington and Scott Wollschleger.

Their March 14th New Orleans Debut will feature works by Scott Wollschleger, David Smooke, Rob Deemer, Scott Worthington and a world premiere piece by Versipel New Music’s assistant director Philip Schuessler.

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Versipel New Music Presents Winter Night

The Versipel collective celebrates the holiday season in a concert that invokes the magic, wonder and stillness of winter nights – from hushed winter hymns and meditations on snowy landscapes, to explorations of the darker recesses of the equinox.

This show features the dreamily poetic work Winternacht by Hans Abrahamsen, Earle Brown’s famous graphic work December 1952, a chamber arrangement of Perotin’s famous Viderunt Omnes, a strikingly modern sounding 800 year old work, As if Snow by Kirsten Broberg for harp, piano and vibraphone, Beat Furrer’s enchantingly meditative work for piano, Voicelessness (The Snow has No Voice), along with the ghostly murmurs of Lucy McNight’s wail for bass clarinet and marimba, selected from Versipel’s Annual Call for Scores and Versipel Assistant Director Philip Schuessler’s Sun Hammered Blue.

Doors at 6:30PM.

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