presented by The New Ruckus
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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Seamus Hubbard Flynn presents among leaves performed by Kirby Goodell, tenor; Louisa Byron and Alana Duffy, violins; Lydia Grimes, viola; Zachary Molitor, cello. among leaves is one of a set of three pieces for string quartet entitled "on reaching and collapsing" and is a setting of a poem the composer wrote about a tree he has known his whole life. Seamus Hubbard Flynn is a 17-year-old composer from Saint Paul, Minnesota. He was raised around music and was plunking out miniature “compositions” on the piano from a very early age. He is junior in high school and takes most of his classes through post-secondary enrollment at Concordia University St. Paul, where he studies composition with Abbie Betinis. He hopes to pursue a career in music composition.
Benjamin MacInnes presents Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Cello, a new work written about industrialization and anxiety. Originally from Linköping, Sweden, Benjamin MacInnes received a degree in Music Theory and Composition at Concordia's Saint Paul University campus under composition and theory professors John Eggert and Abbie Betinis. His music has been performed in Saint Paul and surrounding regions by numerous musical ensembles, including Flying Forms and the Mill City String Quartet.
Carlisle Evans Peck is a composer and singer songwriter. His songs belie a classical piano training, a choral upbringing, an undergraduate degree in ecology, and a fascination with linguistics. The skeletons in his closet include family sing-alongs to Jesus Christ Superstar, and he wouldn’t trade them for anything. His world is an unfolding drama, full of mysticism, and he seeks to convey this in his music. His work traverses broad themes such as environmentalism, queerness, and the divine. In 2016 he self-released the album Ekphrasis, a three-act meditation on becoming, starring a pheasant.
Joshua Stallings presents Two suites of thematically similar micro-compositions performed by Anna Berntson, violin; Ben Osterhouse, cello; and Joshua Stallings, spoken word. Joshua Stallings composes music combining small string ensembles and spoken word poetry in a punk aesthetic.