This week, the American Composers Orchestra premieres its Middle Eastern and Indian inspired Orchestra Underground: Eastern Wind program at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, led by music director George Manahan, on Friday, April 1.
After illustrating what the technology can do through her sketch, Red Moon, this March composer Judith Shatin will be bringing her experimental Xbox powered Black Moon project to American Composers Orchestra's (ACO) coLABoratory workshop -- the world's first and only Research and Development lab for experimental new music. In preparation for her world premiere of Black Moon by the ACO at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hal this fall, the workshop, open free to the public March 5, will show how Shatin developed the video-gaming system's motion-sensing input device, the Kinect, into a musical instrument capable of reacting in real-time.
The chance for seven young composers to have their music read through by the American Composers Orchestra is still within grasp. Submissions for the 25th Annual Underwood New Music Reading Session are being accepted (and have been since October), but the December 11th deadline is creeping up fast.
Here in the dwindling nights of the American Composers Orchestra's aptly titled showcase SONiC: Sounds of a New Century, composers aged 40 and under are filing out of venues in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, all of which have played safe harbor to their thoroughly modern machinations. Saturday night's performance at National Sawdust, care of the unflappable vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, duly certified festival, venue and ensemble together as one hell of a discovery.
Upon earning her undergrad in opera from the University North Texas, like so many others before and since, a doe-eyed Shara Worden packed up her scores and moved to New York City. Studying privately with Australian composer/violinist Padma Newsome, palling around with people like the Dessner brothers, she was determined--perhaps destined, even--for their kind of "crossover." And, indeed, just like Clogs and The National did, Worden struck gold first with the indie-r stuff. Cases in point: a gorgeous slew of remarkably baroque records--Bring Me the Workhorse (2006), A Thousand Shark's Teeth ('08), All Things Will Unwind ('11), last year's This Is My Hand--on Asthmatic Kitty Records, ground zero for through-composed indie rock.
American Composers Orchestra's 38th season will continue with “Orchestra Underground: Sins & Songs” at Carnegie Hall. Shara Worden and her pop “alter-ego,” My Brightest Diamond, will headline the show.
Ian Williams, erstwhile guitarist in math rock pioneers Don Caballero, has been busy as of late--working on a new Battles record, writing his first piece for the American Composers Orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall, fathering his first child. With Classicalite favorites George Manahan behind the podium, Theo Bleckmann on vocals and members of the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble lending support, Williams debuted his Clear Image work during the ACO's Orchestra Underground: Monk's Sphere, opening night of that storied ensemble's 38th season. We recently caught up with Williams to chat about his rocker past, the ACO collaboration, having a daughter and even his cameo in High Fidelity.
The American Composers Orchestra has announced its deadline for all EarShot submissions for the 2014-15 season. Various reading opportunities are available for emerging composers for the upcoming season with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Chicago Modern Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony and the ACO's own Underwood.
The American Composers Orchestra (ACO) has named their 2014 Underwood Commission award to Andy Akiho. In addition to the accolade, the American-born composer will also be awarded a $15,000 prize for a future work to be premiered by the ACO.
The League of American Orchestras has announced a new initiative for female composers at the start of their careers. The program will provide a series of orchestral readings with professional orchestras, as well as two commissions.
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Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has been named the new artistic director of the American Composers Orchestra commencing with the 2013-14 season.