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:
Joey Crane will perform his work Reibung for solo cello. Reibung was conceived as a companion piece to Lachenmann's solo cello piece Pression. It hopes to expand the visual component of a musical performance.
Joey Crane attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition and Theory. There, he studied with composers James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, Zhou Long, and Chen Yi, and he also co- founded the improv group Tin Foil Ensemble. He received a Master of Music degree in Composition at the University of Louisville where he studied with Steve Rouse and Krzysztof Wolek and co-founded the improv ensemble Bonecrusher. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Composition at the University of Minnesota studying with James Dillon. As a composer he has had works performed by the Cleveland Graduate String Quartet, the Brookside String Quartet, Brave New Works, Ricochet Ensemble, Duo Gelland, Euridice String Quartet, and the University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra. Joey attended the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Young Composer Program, Tutti New Music Festival at Denison University, highSCORE New Music Festival in Pavia, Italy, and ORIENT/OCCIDENT New Music Festival in Kiev Ukraine.
Tyler Tracy presents his work Cosmogony, a collection of musical snapshots exploring formative concepts from the universe. Each piece offers a science fiction fly-by of cosmic phenomena you probably wouldn't want to experience in person. Put another way, this work is imaginal, guitar-mediated space music.
Tyler is a guitarist, writer, and college truant with a penchant for the Twin Cities art scene. He spends much of his free time perambulating St. Paul with Brahms in his ears. Occasionally, he'll get a musical idea of his own down on paper.
Sam Krahn presents slow/noise/tone, a semi-improvisational work for solo electric guitar in which the guitar is tuned to produce pitches in a 24-tone equal tempered scale. The piece is structured around a series of “moments” which vary in length and content, and extremes of timbre, volume, and pitch. The material varies between extremely inaudible to loud sounds, and strict pitch series to more open-ended processes of generating noise. Various levels of “beat” interference occur as well, as additional layers of depth in the sound.
Sam Krahn is a Minneapolis based guitarist, performer, composer, and teacher. His works have been performed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fidelio Trio, Ensemble Uusinta, Duo Gelland, Christina Baldwin, Lara Bolton, Benjamin Cold, Lux String Quartet, Rappel-Steinmetz Percussion Duo, Contemporary Music Workshop, the Anaphora Ensemble, and many others. He has received numerous commissions to compose new works for Ed Harrison of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Maraca Concerto), Duo Gelland (Resistance/Resonance), the Fidelio Trio (Trio), Harper College (Spring Dirge), Benjamin Cold (flux-mirror), and the Anaphora Contemporary Ensemble (String Quartet No. 1). He participated in the MATA Festival in New York City and the Source Song Festival in Minneapolis. Most recently, he was invited to participate in the 70th annual Cheltenham Music Festival in England. Sam is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in music composition at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, studying with James Dillon.
Kindohm (a.k.a. Mike Hodnick) will present a live, improvised, on-the-spot composition.
Kindohm performs live-coded, algorithmic electronic music. Sounds range from glitchy ambient to bass-heavy IDM (and everything in between). Music is coded in real time using programming languages.