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.
Visit newruckus.org/composernights for more information.
This Composer Night features music by:
Sam Tygiel will present excerpts from his Requiem: Lux, a sparse, simple setting of the Requiem text, written in honor of someone who chose to end their own life. Performed by soprano Bethany Battafarano, pianist Bess Boever, and Sam Tygiel on flute.
Sam Tygiel is a flutist and composer from San Francisco who moved to Minnesota for the weather. Favorite subjects for musical inspirations are: Death, Dying and being Dead.
Paul Cantrell (piano) and Kim Sueoka (voice) present a movement in progress from a five(ish)-song cycle.
Paul Cantrell is a composer and pianist. His work is praised as “profound and deeply moving” (Eric Mandat) and “beautiful, intense, inspiring, magical” (Julie Johnson). His music’s organic lyricism arises from a meticulously crafted internal logic, synthesizing diverse musical languages so that “they emerge from one another, as distinct voices from a single being” (Larry Yank). Born in Colorado, he studied music with Donald Betts and Carleton Macy at Macalester, and lives in Minneapolis. He co-founder and artistic director of The New Ruckus.
Vocalist Kim Sueoka is passionate about creating musical insights into the human experience. Lauded as “radiant” (Cleveland Classical), she is an active performer of Hawaiian historical music, early music, chamber music, and new compositions. She frequently appears in concert with The Rose Ensemble, Silver Swan, and Lau Hawaiian Trio. Her “crystalline voice” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) can be heard on a growing number of recordings.
Aaron Kerr will lead The Semiconductor Orchestra for improvised conducting with a group of 10+ performers. The conductor uses a set of 75 conducting cues to arrange music that is created by the musicians. Any parameter of music can be manipulated. The end result is unique sonic designs that are different for every performance. This is the 11th year the group has been performing.
Sandy Waterman presents two songs ("Today is a Golden Day" and ”That's What I Like”) sung by cast members of The Golden Queen, from Unity Church-Unitarian, St. Paul, MN.