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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Michael Manore presents two pieces for piano: The Breath Embellissement de Gnossienne No. 1 (a rewrite of the original by E. Satie) and Journey of a Glance. The pieces are a mixture of classical & contemporary with a taste of new age. A touch of improvisation may find its way into the mix.
Michael Manore began piano lessons on May 3rd, 2014. Halfway through his third lesson he was informed he would perform his first recital on June 1, 2014. Soon after, he revealed a skill for improvisation, driving an interest to compose for the piano. By August he completed and recorded his first piece (The Breath), and then learned, rewrote and performed Satie's Gnossienne No. 1 that November. Michael has composed multiple pieces and was recently asked to perform one of them for a benefit at the Phipps Center for the Arts.
George Cartwright went through a long period of making electronic music. Now he will revisit that paradigm in a performance of original music for saxophone with electronics.
Ben Davis presents bzrrblssm for tape. Emerging from the productive failure of a simple mechanism, bzrrblssm is a study in the potential of multilayered recursion.
Ben Davis is a Minneapolis-based composer whose recent works explore fluid possibilities of comprehension and intelligibility in construction, performance, and listening. Performers including Clocks in Motion, Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble 20+, the Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra, Mark Hetzler, and Nick Meryhew have collaborated with Ben and in 2015 he participated in the biennial Sommerakademie at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany where he studied in private lessons with Chaya Czernowin, Rebecca Saunders, and Ming Tsao. Ben holds an M.M. in Music Composition from DePaul University where he studied with Fredrick Gifford, Christopher Wendell Jones, and Seung-Won Oh and a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied with Filippo Santoro and participated in courses with Stephen Dembski.
Basil Considine presents two songs from the musical The Princess Pirate Party. Basil is the Artistic Director of Really Spicy Opera and the Performing Arts Editor for the Twin Cities Arts Reader. A composer-librettist who writes musicals and operas, he holds degrees in music and theatre from the University of San Diego and Boston University, and moonlights as a professional singer. He was a finalist for the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in 2012 and a graduate of the Nautilus Music Theatre Composer Librettist Studio in 2016.