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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Featuring music by:
Ian Flomer presents a work entitled rather dream alone, can't stand can't breathe, on the day that I met eve for voice and piano.
J2J (Jacqueline Ultan, cello & effects pedals; Julie Johnson, flute, bass flute, & looping pedals) performs an excerpt from the upcoming premier of a newly commissioned collaborative composition by J2J, based on the four elements.
The piece is in four sections and is inspired by the four elements: earth, water, air, and fire. Many cultures believe these classical elements reflect the essential constitution and fundamental powers from which everything is based. For example, the Buddha's teaching regarding the four elements is understood as “the base of all observation of real sensations…” The earliest Buddhist texts explain that the four primary material elements are the sensory qualities cohesion (water), solidity or inertia (earth), expansion or vibration (air) and heat or energy content (fire). Our piece, explores these ideas through sound, with the use of melodic and rhythmic interplay between the instruments, along with extended techniques, looping, and effects pedals, resulting in a unique soundscape that defines each element and section.
Since forming as an official duo in 2010, J2J has developed a repertoire that reflects our broad musical interests and features our individual and collective versatility. Our classical training, coupled with our desire to “play outside the box,” enables us to perform music from Bach to our own unique arrangements of world folk (Irish, Argentinian, Russian, Ukrainian) and jazz standards, as well as providing a context in which to feature our own original compositions. Within this broad musical palette, we are both inspired to try innovative ideas on our instruments and in our arrangements and compositions.
Artemis is a treble-voice chamber ensemble based in Minneapolis. Its members are Bethany Battafarano, Mandy Goldberg, Tara Loeper, Elizabeth Roddy, Elizabeth Windnagel, and Tessa Vigoren. The group formed in the fall of 2014 and performs a wide variety of repertoire, from Gregorian chant to Irish and Bulgarian folk tunes to contemporary classical works by such icons as Meredith Monk and Steve Reich. So far this year, they have performed at The Guthrie Theater, The Bedlam Theater, Northern Voice, Northern Spark, Jazz Central, and The Baroque Room.
Cocaine Enema is an avant garde experimental collaboration between Adam Malone and Noah Tilsen. Adam Malone brings his technical and musical knowhow, while Noah Tilsen brings his untechnical no knowhow. Adam Malone: piano, percussion, modular synthesizer, vocals. Noah Tilsen: clarinet, vuvuzela, saw, vocals.