presented by The New Ruckus
Formerly known as the American Composers Forum’s Tuesday Salon, Composer Nights are an opportunity for composers to present their work, chat with the audience, receive feedback, and connect with others with a passion for musical adventure. These events are friendly, fun, and always surprisingly varied. Come to share, come to ask, come to listen.
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This Composer Night features music by:
Bryan Schumann presents Soundscape No. 1, the first in a future set of works for solo piano. Soundscape No. 1 is an exploration of C Locrian as discovered through pandiatonic improvisational composition.
Minnesota based composer and singer-songwriter Bryan Schumann blends classical and popular traditions and styles in his music. He improvises on guitar and trumpet with Sound Wave Hello and The Eclectic Ensemble, and is the singer-songwriter behind the indie ensemble The Sunshapes. Besides writing music for stage performance, he also composes music and creates sounds for video games.
Marika Straw presents “I’m Lost Without You” and “Friend.” How do people pull together and how do they pull apart? These two songs pull together and apart two different facets of the human experience of love.
Marika Straw is a singer-songwriter from Oregon who is new to the Twin Cities. She aims to inspire people to think, act, and feel with courage, integrity, and compassion for the world and its people. She does this by singing, songwriting, and writing about social justice, human rights, and the human experience.
Mark Gjevre presents The Return, originally recorded in real time (no-overdub) with Roland D-50 and Korg DS-8 synthesizers on cassette with 4 track mixer.
1. Overture - The Return
2. Escape - The Journey - Re-Entry
3. The Arrival
"Started piano at age seven--the same year that Neil landed on the moon, followed by another Neil performing at Woodstock (I did not attend). My two passions are music and trains; the trains won out and I started working for Burlington Northern Railroad in 1992. For the last 15 years I have been a Civil Engineer for BNSF Railway doing track design and construction on new customer facilities throughout Minnesota, the Dakotas, NW Iowa and Western Wisconsin. For the last five years, I have played keyboards with a band called All About the Music. We released our first CD in June 2015. Anything that sounds like a piano, organ, synthesizer or banjo is me. I have been composing since high school. Influences include Scott Joplin, Dave Brubeck, Gary Numan and Kraftwerk." --Mark Gjevre