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Alvin Singleton: Contemporary Black Composers Today
Hearing the works of contemporary composers is an exploration of ideas, music, sounds and conceptions. The language, approach, style, the intent, the instrumental components and the process. This is part of the musical exploration. Essays of Note looks this week at the work, artistry of composer Alvin Singleton. We hope you enjoy! Don't miss any of Blog Talk Radio's/ Tavis Smiley networks shows. Hear what 30,000 listeners have experienced with ACC ear You There! Be sure to follow us now on Twitter. Be a follower @accbillbanfield Look for Bill Banfield's The jazz Urbane, ACC show's Theme Music(s) on the Jazz Urbane YOUTube channel news on the music and the grooves.
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Director Rohan Spong guests on SnowbizNow to discuss his documentary, ALL THE WAY THROUGH EVENING, as does Mimi Stern-Wolfe, one of the subjects of the documentary. When the HIV/AIDS epidemic swept through New York, and indeed the world, in the early 1980s, each were infected and were dead by the early 1990s. After these deaths, Mimi Stern-Wolfe devoted much of her life to The Benson AIDS Series, an annual concert of works by composers who were lost to HIV/AIDS, which she performs on World AIDS Day (December 1st).
Directed by Rohan Spong (whose first feature documentary, T IS FOR TEACHER was acclaimed by two Australian film reviewers as amongst "the best films of 2009"), ALL THE WAY THROUGH EVENING follows Mimi as she prepares for one such concert - a small but proud figure, gallantly rousing a remembrance in the shadow of bustling Manhattan.
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When it comes to classical music composers, the names of men such as Bach and Mozart come to mind. Are there any women who have done some compositions? New York composer Debra Kaye has honed her craft collaborating with musicians of Manhattan's dynamic new music community. Debra will talk about her debut album, AND SO IT BEGINS as will we feature a few of her pieces.
Spencer Day will be featured at a show taking place in Queens, along with the Queens Symphony Orchestra. It will be an evening of Frank Sinatra. That doens't mean he either looks or sounds like him. We will hear about his jazz singing career.
Simpson’s latest masterwork is the perfect amalgamation of music that is close to his heart – Jazz, R&B, Funk and Soul. Out Of A Dream (Released February 17, 2015) is Simpson’s sixth album as a leader and third recording for Shanachie Entertainment. “When I first embarked on making this album, I was at a point where I felt I had to take my music to a different place,” explains Simpson who enlists nine different co-composers on the album that keep the sound ever-evolving and fresh. “By collaborating with other composers I was able to explore different styles of writing while still maintaining my own vibe.” Out Of A Dream unites Brian Simpson with an all-star cast including saxophonists Najee, Dave Koz and Grace Kelly, guitarists Marc Antoine and Norman Brown, singer Maysa and trumpeter Maurice Brown, Jonathan Fritzen, among others.
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Peter Gregson is a cellist and composer "working at the forefront of the new music scene" (The New Yorker) Recently, he has premiered works by composers including Tod Machover, Daníel Bjarnason, Gabriel Prokofiev, Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Steve Reich, and Sally Beamish; he collaborates with many of the world’s leading technologists, including Microsoft Labs, UnitedVisualArtists, Reactify and the MIT Media Lab.His debut solo album, ‘Terminal’, was commissioned by Bowers & Wilkins and launched in April 2010. A limited edition 10′′ vinyl was commissioned by Mute in May 2011, featuring new solo works for Peter written by Max Richter and Jóhann Jóhannsson and was released at the ‘Short Circuit’ Festival at The Roundhouse. In May 2012, Nonclassical released Gabriel Prokofiev’s ‘Cello Multitracks’, a cello suite written for Peter which the two have toured around the world. 'Lights in the Sky', his second studio album, composed for cello, piano, and analogue synthesisers, was released at Imogen Heap's 'Reverb Festival' in August 2014. He recently completed scoring his first feature film, 'A Little Chaos' , directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts, which closed the Toronto International Film Festival 2014.You can email your questions to email@example.com or follow us on Twitter @123Film
Barry Brisk first conducted in public at the age of fourteen, when he performed selections from South Pacific at his graduation from Webster Junior High School in West Los Angeles.
As a student he also conducted the orchestras at University High School, Mount St. Mary's College, and the University of Music (formerly Academy of Music) in Vienna, Austria where he studied with the prominent conductor/teacher Hans Swarowsky.
Professionally, Brisk has conducted many orchestras in Southern California, as well as in Mexico and Austria.
Maestro Brisk has been Music Director of the Beach Cities Symphony since 1994 and is particularly proud of having expanded the orchestra's repertoire.
He has conducted works by more than eighty composers, more than a dozen of whom are living.
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Indian-American composer, Reena Esmail, is a graduate of Juilliard and has a masters from the Yale School of Music. She was a recipient of a Fulbright-Nehru grant for the 2011-2012 year and studied Hindustani vocal music in New Delhi, India. She was selected as a 2011 INK Fellow to speak about her work at the INK Conference (in association with TED) in Jaipur, with additional speaking engagements in Chennai, Delhi and Goa. Her work draws elements from both Western and Hindustani (North Indian) classical music.
Her primary teachers have included Susan Botti, Aaron Jay Kernis, Christopher Theofanidis and Martin Bresnick, Christopher Rouse and Samuel Adler. . Her most recent Hindustani vocal studies have been with Srimati Lakshmi Shankar and Saili Kalyanpur in Los Angeles, CA.
She has won numerous awards, including the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (with forthcoming publication of a work by C.F. Peters) and two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. She is currently a Post- Residential doctoral candidate at the Yale School of Music. Reena’s doctoral thesis, entitled Finding Common Ground: Uniting Practies in Hindustani and Western Art Musicians explores the methods and challenges of the collaborative process between Hindustani musicians and Western composers.
For the 2010-11 season, she was the conductor and arranger for Yale’s Hindi a cappella group, Sur et Veritaal. Her commissions include: Teen Murti, for string orchestra, Curiosity for the Pasadena Master Chorale, Tuttarana for Mount Holyoke Glee Club, and Vishwas for the Albany Symphony and bharatanatyam dancer Sisira Gorthala. Reena’s recent film work includes scores for Kali Juger Kumbh, a Bengali film by Ashish Avikunthak and Radha, by Rupeshi Shah.
Reena currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
American film composer Matthew Margeson was born in Bricktown, New Jersey
and began studying classical and jazz piano at a very early age. He attended Berklee
College of Music in Boston, where he studied film music and honed his skills as a
pianist. Matthew relocated to Los Angeles in 2003 and was invited to start an
apprenticeship at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions. While at Remote
Control, Margeson developed his composition style by collaborating with Zimmer and
other composers on feature films such as: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON
STRANGER TIDES, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, and CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER
SOLDIER among many others. Margeson’s music has been performed and recorded
by orchestras in Los Angeles and London, as well as other ensembles throughout
Eastern Europe. In 2010, Margeson completed his first studio feature, SKYLINE, for Universal Studios. This score led to a nomination for the BSOSPIRIT Revelation Composer
Award at the Úbeda Film Music Festival. In addition to Margeson’s film contributions, he has also composed the music for the Universal Studio Tram Tour, as well as multiple TV shows and video games, including HBO’s EASTBOUND AND DOWN, and Sony Playstation’s ALL-STAR BATTLE ROYALE and KNACK. Most recently, Margeson provided the underscore arrangements for Disney’s acclaimed INTO THE WOODS, directed by Rob Marshall. Margeson has also just completed writing the scores to Matthew Vaughn’s highly anticipated KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, as well as Paramount’s SCOUTS VS. ZOMBIES, directed by Christopher Landon. Both films will be released in theatres worldwide in 2015.You can email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter @123Film
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