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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This Composer Night features music by:
The Modern Spark Trio (Laura Harada, violin; Rebecca Hass, piano; and Aaron Kerr, cello) presents Piano Trio No. 1, a three-movement composition composed by cellist Aaron Kerr. The piece was composed in 2014 and premiered in March 2015. This is the second performance of the piece.
The Modern Spark Trio met through performing in different groups in the Twin Cites. Their experience includes classical repertoire, jazz standards, gypsy folk music, Brazilian percussion, and modern composition. They enjoy playing all types of music at any kind of event.
Tyler Tracy is a guitarist, writer, and college truant with a penchant for the Twin Cities art scene. He spends much of his free time perambulating St. Paul with Brahms in his ears. Occasionally, he'll get a musical idea of his own down on paper. Tyler will perform a new work for classical guitar that is “like that one trance track you always listen to while doing aerobics in a dystopia.”
Michael Betz presents his Suite for solo unaccompanied flute, composed for flutist Joshua Weinberg. The piece premiered November 19, 2015 as part of the "Punk Ass Classical" concert series and includes four movements: 1. Ballade 2. Toccata "Asphyxiation" 3. Passacaglia 4. Air "Repose”.
Michael Betz is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He currently teaches beginning piano, violin, and guitar at the Minnetonka Music Academy, but also freelances in the area as a collaborative pianist, percussionist, and electronic musician. Additionally, Betz sings bass in Magnum Chorum and Academy of Voices. He graduated from St. Olaf College in 2015.