Alumnus Elliott Bark’s “(Com)Passionate Music for Guitar and String Quartet”–commissioned and recorded by the Petar Jankovic Ensemble for its new album, “(Com)Passionate,”–received the 2014 Korean National Composer Prize, one of the most prestigious awards for Korean composers.
“(Com)Passionate Music” is a 12-minute, complex, and very engaging new work. The first movement is full of raw energy and passion bursting with tension throughout. Then, just when it reaches its peak, it resolves in a gorgeous second part full of warmth and love, making sense of all the motives and materials previously exposed.
In Bark’s words: “Passion, the zeal within you, makes you move forward; and compassion, the heart for others, compels you to reach out. Passion and compassion together seem more effective than one without the other.”
Learn more about Bark and the Petar Jankovic Ensemble.
Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton’s fild “The General” will now feature a new orchestral score by Andrew Simpson (DM ’95) which will be performed live at IU Cinema November 8th and 9th at 7 pm. This is the Midwest premier.
The first 100 IUB students to present their University ID will recieve free admission and children under 12 get in free on Sunday.
Full Article Here: http://www.cinema.indiana.edu/?post_type=film&p=7361
Andrew Earle Simpson, composer, pianist, and organist, is ordinary professor and head of the division of Theory and Composition at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. A composer of opera, silent film, orchestral, chamber, choral, dance, and vocal music, his musical works make multi-faceted, intimate connections with literature, visual art, and film, reflecting his own interest in linking music with the wider world, an approach which he calls “humanistic music.” He is Resident Film Accompanist at the National Gallery of Art and House Accompanist at the Library of Congress’ Mt. Pony Theater in Culpeper, Va. Andrew is also an alumnus of Indiana University.
Melody Eötvös (DM ’14) has been selected by the League of American Orchestras and Earshot for an orchestral commission supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
The Toulmin commission is a part of a new program to provide commissions and premieres for scores composed by women. Eötvös was selected from among six composers who took part in EarShot’s series of rehearsals, career development workshops and mentoring sessions with orchestras around the country.
More Information Here: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/30/winners-chosen-in-program-to-aid-female-composers/?_php=true&_type=blogs&src=twr&_r=0
Sang Mi Ahn’s Metabolism was realized in a sound installation called “Sound Planetarium” in three different locations (Tours, Bourges, and Orélans) in France during the Arts & Science Days (JAS 2014). In July, her Convergence was performed by Theofilos Sotiriades at The 3rd International Summer Music Academy in Kavala, Greece and also performed by Lindsay Vickery at the 2014 Australasian Computer Music Conference in Melbourne, Australia..
Ahn completed a Doctor of Music degree in Composition from Indiana University, where she also earned her Master of Music in Composition and served as an Associate Instructor in Music Theory. Her teachers at Indiana include Claude Baker, Don Freund, David Dzubay, P. Q. Phan, Aaron Travers, John Gibson (electro-acoustic), Jeffrey Hass (electro-acoustic), and Alicyn Warren (electro-acoustic). She received her Bachelor of Music in Composition from Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea) with top distinction in her class.
Ara Cho (MM ’13) won the 4th Ilshin Composition Prize, which included the premiere of a new composition at the Seoul Spring Festival. With an additional prize of ten thousand dollars, her piece “The Star” was performed by Ensemble TIMF for Seoul Spring Festival in Korea.
Cho’s teachers of composition include Jiesun Lim, Soyeon Lee, Aaron Travers and P.Q.Phan.
More Information Here: http://www.seoulspringnew.org/2014-en/land-of-opportunity/
Justin Merritt (MM ’99, DM ’03) has 3 new CDs of his music available: “American Lyricism” by pianist Christ Atzinger,” Blender” by pianist Matthew McCright, and “Norge Mitt Norge” by the St. Olaf Choir.
Merritt studied composition with Samuel Adler, Sven-David Sandstrom, Claude Baker, Timothy Kramer, Don Freund, and electronic and computer music with Jeffrey Hass. He is currently Associate Professor of Composition at St. Olaf College. He resides in Northfield, Minnesota with his wife Faye and their children Cullen Fang Ouxiang and Molly Fang Qinghe.
Keith Fitch (BM, ’89; MM, ’92, DM, ’95) spent the month of July in residence at The Copland House (Rock Hill), in Cortlandt Manor, NY, Aaron Copland’s longtime home. He was one of eight composers chosen for 2014 from a pool of 99 applicants. While there, he worked on a piano quartet to be premiered in February 2015 by members of The Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music faculty. Recent performances of his music include his guitar and harp duo Knock on Wood, performed by Jason Vieaux (guitar) and Yolanda Kondonassis (harp) to great acclaim on their Spring 2014 West Coast tour and subsequently recorded by them for Azica Records (Fall 2014 release); In Memory (chamber orchestra) performed by the League of Composers Orchestra (NY), the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and the Berkshire (MA) Symphony; and Midnight Rounds, performed several times in the last two seasons (including an East Coast tour) by Ars Futura, a Cleveland-based new music ensemble. Keith currently heads the Composition Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Fitch earned his BM, MM, and DM from Indiana University as a student of composition under Frederick Fox, Eugene O’Brien, and Claude Baker, double bass with Bruce Bransby and Murray Grodner, and chamber music with Rostislav Dubinsky, founder of the Borodin Quartet.
More information here: http://www.keithfitch.com
Benjamin Taylor (DM 2014) enjoys an active career as a composer/performer/entrepreneur. He has recently had performances of his compositions in Sweden, Brazil, Oregon, New York, Idaho, Utah, and Indiana. He is excited to be booked solid with commissions through 2015.
Taylor holds his DM (’14) from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and received his MM from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his BM from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
More information here: http://www.benjamintaylormusic.com/biography.html
In April, Eric Nathan (MM’08) was awarded a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Musical Composition and was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at Williams College for the 2014-15 academic year. This summer, New York Philharmonic Principal Trombonist Joseph Alessi premiered Eric’s “As Above, So Below” at the New York Philharmonic Biennial, and “Toying” for solo trumpet was performed at the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. In July, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra premiered “Gibellina” for orchestra. This fall Eric works on a commission for the Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players to premiere in January 2015 and a new work for violinist Jennifer Koh.
Nathan received his D.M.A. in composition from Cornell University, an M.M. from Indiana University, and his B.A. from Yale College. He also attended The Juilliard School Pre-College Division. His principal teachers include Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, Claude Baker, Sven-David Sandström and Kathryn Alexander.
More information here: http://www.gf.org/fellows/17641-eric-nathan
The trombone music of Dr. David P. Jones (DM 1995) is featured exclusively on “Bone Moan”, a CD (Summit) released in December 2013. The recording features Mark Hetzler (Faculty, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison), the Pro Arte String Quartet and several professional and student trombonists and percussionists from Wisconsin and Florida and includes most of the trombone centered works of Dr. Jones composed between 1986-2007. Three more CD’s to be released in the next six months will also include his music. PercuDuo (Paris) has recorded “Gamelocity” (2012) for vibraphone and marimba for the French Polymnie label. Michael Tunnell (Trumpet, Louisville Orchestra) and Meme Tunnell have recorded “OrNoPeia” (commissioned in 2010) for corno di caccia and piano for release on the Centaur label. “Family Dances”, a work completed in 2014 (for clarinet, bassoon, violin and cello) will be recorded this fall by a faculty ensemble from Eastern Washington University. Dr. Jones continues to teach jazz, history of rock music, improvisation and music appreciation at Peninsula College (WA).
More information here: http://www.summitrecords.com/product.tmpl?SKU=678