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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This Composer Night features:
Aaron Kerr presents songs from his latest release, Union County Forever, with fellow musicians Jeff Crandall (guitar) and Mike Nordby (mandolin). The instrumental compositions on the album were inspired by Aaron's ancestral farm in Union County, South Dakota, which was homesteaded by his great-great-grandparents 150 years ago. The release performance of the album was over Memorial Day weekend, 2016, at Pleasant Hill Church, a historic landmark built by his great-grandfather in 1905. The album was recorded using a rebuilt 1960 Gibson guitar played by his grandmother. The original compositions are folk-inspired but retain the rhythmic diversity of modern classical.
Carlisle Evans Peck presents Meditation 2: Tenderness, a short and sweet meditative piano solo which is one of the most unexpected pieces he has written.
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.
Seamus Hubbard Flynn presents anywhere, anywhere, a lyrical and whimsical solo harp piece performed by Abigail Hansen.
Seamus Hubbard Flynn is a 17-year-old composer from Saint Paul, Minnesota. He was raised around music, and from a very early age was plunking out miniature “compositions” on the piano. Today he is a senior in high school taking 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.